On this episode of Fresh Films, the guys debate whether God will forgive what man has done to the Earth and reminisce about the likeability of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver.

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[Neil Young - “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”]

Marco Cartolano: So Elliot.

Elliot Kronsberg: “So Elliot,” what?

Marco: Elliot, what’d you describe this film as to me when we walked out?

Elliot: Ok, so it’s basically like Paul Schrader took the plot to Bergman’s Winter Light, and he used the lead character from Robert Bresson’s Diary of a Country Priest. And then he threw in an ample helping of Taxi Driver, especially towards the end. As our main character gets more pissed off, he becomes a lot like Travis Bickle actually. I expected him to start talking to his reflection in the mirror at one point.

Marco: Al right, so this is Fresh Films. We’re a podcast devoted to ...

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Marco Cartolano, May 27, 2018

On Marco Cartolano Cartolano's last mixtape, he talks about some of his personal favorites who have never been on a mixtape. You can listen to this mixtape on Spotify here.

[OutKast - “Elevators(Me & You)”]

Hello everybody and welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano, and this is my last official Monday Mixtape. Now that the end is near, I wanted to highlight some music by a few of my favorite artists that I haven’t put on a mixtape yet. Let’s start by heading down south to the ATL and talking about OutKast. OutKast helped put Southern hip-hop on the map by releasing bold albums that fused the soul sounds of the South with hip-hop instrumentals. Rappers Andre 3000 and Big Boi complimented each other – Andre’s spacy persona was brought back to earth by Big Boi’s streetsmart lyrics. By their second album, ATLiens, OutKast was already expanding the sound they helped to popularize. “Elevators (Me ...

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On this episode of Fresh Films, the guys revel in the hard-R hilarity of what will either be the start of Fox's next big spin-off franchise (X-Force) or the beginning of the end for their decades-long X-Men expanded universe.

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[Céline Dion - “Ashes”]

Marco Cartolano: What’d you think about the Céline Dion song?

Marcus Galeano: Oh yeah the opening... Yeah they didn’t laugh at the James Bond homage. I thought that was really funny and no one laughed in my theater.

Elliot Kronsberg: I mean they did that in the last movie, the credits where…

Marcus: Well yeah, but it wasn’t the super stylized Albert Broccoli presents... I thought the one they did here was really funny. I also enjoyed the “holy shitballs” in the climax. Did you guys get this one?

Marco: Yeah. I don’t think my audience understood that they were doing that.

Marcus: Yeah. I don’t think they ...

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Marco Cartolano, May 21, 2018

On this week’s Monday Mixtape Marco Cartolano recommends some of his favorite non-Nirvana alternative rock tracks from the '80s and '90s. (No, Hootie & the Blowfish didn't make the cut). You can listen to this mixtape on Spotify here. -

[R.E.M. - “Radio Free Europe”]

Hello everybody, and welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano, and I love alternative rock. Alternative rock had its heyday in the ‘80s and ‘90s when small record labels would sign bands that rebelled against the arena rock of the ‘80s. While Nirvana helped bring alternative rock to the mainstream, there are so many other great alt rock bands that you should know about. Our mixtape starts with some weirdos from Athens, Georgia. R.E.M. helped usher in the alternative rock boom through constant touring and support from college radio. “Radio Free Europe” is an early single that was re-recorded for their first album, Murmur. It’s an energetic and anthemic track ...

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Madison Dong, May 20, 2018

For NBNtertainment weekly, Madison Dong takes a dive into Frank Ocean’s mind through his most abstract album. Transcript below.

[“Lost” by Frank Ocean]

Madison Dong: Six years ago, Frank Ocean burst on the music scene with the R&B album Channel Orange, and, shortly after, plunged into four years of pretty much radio silence.

And then: in the summer of 2016, there surfaced a livestream on Frank Ocean’s website. Except it wasn’t what anyone expected. It was monochrome and stripped down, with Frank and a handful of helpers in a warehouse. Over the course of 46 minutes, they saw wood and weld things to build… a staircase, all while creating beautiful music.

Yeah, a little bit weird. But shortly after that, Frank released Blonde, his second album. But people tend to forget about the livestream, which has been officially released as a visual album called Endless.

Endless isn’t something to be forgotten. In fact, I think ...

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Morgan Smith, May 17, 2018

Welcome to NBNtertainment’s newest audio series, “Superfans.” In this series, we will speak with Wildcats from all walks of life about their quirky interests, and where these passions have led them.

[Scott Holmes’ “Summer Dance” plays]

Morgan Smith: Hello lovely listeners, welcome back to NBN Entertainment and happy week 7 of the quarter! I'm Morgan Smith, and today we are going to talk about superfans. There's no one right way to define or even be a superfan; it simply requires a fascination, or passion for something that makes your heart swell with joy. Frankly, I'd describe myself as a superfan of pizza bagels. But on this episode, we'll talk to a couple of Wildcats who are superfans in the traditional sense, of celebrities and art. We'll hear about chance encounters, euphoria erupting from super fandom, and the things they've gained from geeking out over their obsessions.

Morgan Smith: The first superfan I spoke ...

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On this episode of Fresh Films, the guys seize the opportunity to practice their Spanish comprehension while watching Lucretia Martel's take on the costume drama, a critical and satirical exploration of the misery of one colonial magistrate in late-eighteenth-century New Spain.

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[Ondatrópica - “Tiene Sabor, Tiene Sazón”]

Marco Cartolano: I think I’m at a disadvantage for this film because I don’t think I understood everything that was going on. So take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Elliot Kronsberg: I don’t know if you were supposed to a hundred percent know what was going on in the film I think it’s more like an emotional experience.

Marco: Hello and welcome to Fresh Films. We’re a podcast devoted to reviewing new films out in Evanston. So today we’re reviewing the new film Zama. This is an Argentinian film directed by Lucrecia Martel. It is set in the 1700s in Latin ...

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Jakob Lazzaro, Justin Curto and Sam Maude Can't Let Go of volcanoes, new jeans, Elon Musk + Grimes, beards, The Met Gala and bowling. Stories featured in this episode hail from The Washington Post, The New York Post and Vogue. Transcript below.

[Music: Little Lily Swing]

Jakob Lazzaro: Hello, welcome back to Can't Let Go, the NBN podcast where we discuss the news stories and the personal stories from the past week or two that we can just not get out of our heads. I'm your host, Jakob Lazzaro, and I want to welcome you to the third episode of this beautiful spring quarter. The weather’s finally nice outside, which is great. This week, I have a returning guest – been here many times before – NBN Editor-in-Chief Justin Curto. Justin, say hi.

Justin Curto: Hi.

Jakob: That’s how he says hi every time he’s on, fun fact. And I also have a new guest, new to ...

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Marco Cartolano, May 13, 2018

On this week's Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano gets political when he recommends some of his favorite politically-inspired tracks. You can listen on Spotify here.

[“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” - Gil Scott-Heron]

Hello everybody, and welcome to Monday Mixtape. I’m Marco Cartolano, and let’s get political. Today, I’m going to recommend some of my favorite songs about political and social issues. As a political science double-major and all-around music geek, I’ve always been fascinated by the intersection of two of my biggest interests. Let’s start out with the one and only Gil Scott-Heron. “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” gets its title from a slogan used in the ‘60s Black Power movement. Scott-Heron adapted one of his poems into a spoken-word funk track that is now considered a forerunner to hip-hop. Scott-Heron attacks mass media’s ability to numb its audience to the injustices committed by the government. He contrasts TV staples of the ...

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On this episode of Fresh Films, the guys channel their inner forty-year-old mom by watching the latest Jason Reitman film and reflecting on how the title character is really just a hipster Mary Poppins. 

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[Hamilton Leithauser + Rostram - “The Bride’s Dad]

Marco: What was Mark Duplass’ job in this film?

Elliot: He definitely had a job because he was the rich brother. But they never really specify what it was. All they show us is the fact that he lives in a giant house and he can build a Tiki bar in his basement and he can hire night nannies and full time live-in nannies for his kids and…

Marco: ...To rant about preservatives.

Elliot: And he hates Ron Livingston, or he thinks Ron Livingston hates him.

Marco: It’s interesting that Ron Livingston and Mark Duplass hate each other so much, because if there wasn’t a beard on Mark Duplass’ face, I couldn’t tell them ...

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Charlie Sidles, Rob Konoff, May 6, 2018

On the first episode of The Loop, Charlie Sidles and Rob Konoff talk to freshman football player Earnest Brown.

[Northwestern Fight Song]

Charlie Sidles: Hello everyone. My name is Charlie Sidles along with Rob Konoff.

Rob Konoff: Pronounced Rob Konoff. Thank you very much.

Charlie: And this is the inaugural show of our new podcast The Loop.

Rob: The Loop!

Charlie: The Loop, pending name obviously.

Rob: Obviously pending name, but it is also a pun on the fact that we keep you in the loop and The Loop is a Chicago reference for any of our non-Chicago viewers out there.

Charlie: Thank you for that explanation to our listeners.

Rob: Anytime, anytime.

Charlie: So basically what this is is it's two students sitting down talking about Cats Sports. And giving you an opportunity to get to know some of the players let's get right into it. This is our very first interview with Earnest Brown. He lives ...

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Marco Cartolano, May 6, 2018

On this week's Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano talks about some of his favorite singer-songwriters. You can find this playlist of Spotify here.

[Phil Ochs – “I Ain’t Marching Anymore”]

Hello everybody, and welcome to Monday Mixtape. Get ready to visit your favorite overpriced coffee shop, because we’re looking at singer-songwriters on this episode. From sensitive souls that were gone too soon to dedicated chroniclers of the human experience, singer-songwriters write intimate tracks that stir up emotion. Let’s go back to the ‘60s with a famous protest anthem: “I Ain’t Marching Anymore” by Phil Ochs is told from the perspective of a weary soldier that has somehow fought in every American war since 1812. He was witness to countless atrocities, and now he’ll stand defiant by refusing to march. It was made when the Vietnam War was at its height, and it became Ochs’ most famous song. The simple verses are filled with history, and Ochs ...

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Jakob Lazzaro, May 6, 2018

Tenure is a big part of academic life – supporters say it promotes academic freedom and provides job security. It’s typically awarded through departments, and some Northwestern program heads are making a push to change that. Jakob Lazzaro found out why. Further reading: The Daily Northwestern’s In Focus on tenure and foreign language professors. Transcript below.

[Music: Let’s Start at the Beginning by Lee Rosevere]

Jakob Lazzaro: Tenure is a big part of academic life at American universities. Once awarded, it basically means you’ll have a job for life – and supporters say this promotes academic freedom and provides job security. Tenure-track positions are thus highly coveted among those working in academia, and getting one requires going through a pretty rigorous process of peer review and evaluation. So why is there a push to change how tenure works regarding programs at Northwestern? I’m Jakob Lazzaro, and welcome to AskNBN.

[Music: Let’s Start at the Beginning by ...

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On this episode of Fresh Films, the guys ponder whether it is ethical to kill half the population of the universe in order to drastically improve the quality of life for the other half. If civilization could survive such great losses, would this utilitarian effort wreck every economy in the universe?

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[The Spinners - "Rubberband Man”]

Elliot Kronsberg: What about Natasha Romanoff?

Marco Cartolano: So they going to explain the blonde at some point or is that just natural hair?

Marcus Galeano: I assumed it was she went undercover or something.

Elliot: Yeah because everybody’s looking for a redhead Russian woman. You dye your hair blonde, nobody’s looking for…

Marcus: Oh for Captain America, just put on a fucking beard and grow your hair out just a little bit.

Elliot: Everybody’s like, “Oh that’s just Scarlett Johansson, no need to pay any attention to her.” It’s not like anybody in the Marvel Universe has ...

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Marco Cartolano, April 29, 2018

On this week’s Monday Mixtape, Marco Cartolano picks a few of the hundreds of song with “baby” in the title. This playlist is availabe on Spotify here.

[“Ooo Baby Baby” - The Miracles]

Hello everybody, and welcome to Monday Mixtape. Time to talk about pop music’s favorite word. That’s right, we’re talking about “baby.” Songs with baby in the title have existed since the birth of modern popular music. This mixtape is but a small sample of the hundreds of songs I could have chosen from. Let’s start with Motown. “Ooo Baby Baby” by the Miracles is a song of regret. Lead singer Smokey Robinson croons out an apology to a girlfriend that he cheated on. He says all humans, including the girlfriend, have made mistakes too. Like any great Motown song, this soul track has tight backing harmonies. They also get an assist from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on strings and from Motown’s in-house ...

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