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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: Introducing, Coronavirus For Her!

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: Don't Mess With Texas, Trump's Border Wall


Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: Coronavirus is not an excuse to be racist.


It's now 2:46 p.m. Japan time, anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan earthquake/tsunami

Japan's Tsunami Caught On Camera:



"The Great East Japan Earthquake struck Tohoku at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011. At 3:12 p.m., twenty-two-foot-high waves hit the city of Kamaishi, killing over twelve hundred people. Monstrous waves barreled farther down the Tohoku coast, killing nearly two thousand people in Rikuzentakara and over three thousand in Ishinomaki. The waves were black and composed of what the Japanese call the hedoro, the dark, smelly, dirty underbelly of the sea that normally lies dormant on the ocean floor. The last officially documented wave was fourteen feet high, and it struck Oarai, about eighty-one miles Northeast of Tokyo, at 4:42 p.m. Here, only one person was killed. That evening, the sun set at 5:45, and the temperature in Tohoku dropped below freezing over night. All told, more than eighteen thousand people died that afternoon and evening, most by drowning. Five days later, with much of Tohoku still cut off from power, and numerous roads damaged, it snowed, further hampering rescue and recovery efforts."

Marie Mutsuki Mockett, "Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye"

"The size of the 2011 tsunami astonished many, but the signs were there -- literally -- posted on roadways all along the Sanriku coastline. Some were set high on winding, hilly roads -- ancient, chilling reminders of a tsunami's long, destructive reach. Farther up, shrines could be found on sites established centuries ago, often on steep hills behind coastal towns. In all likelihood, they were built by the ancestors of the 2011 victims, knowingly far enough away from destructive tsunamis. Blind faith in modern protective seawalls caused numerous deaths. Although the concrete walls may have helped lessen the death toll and level of destruction, most were built too low to stop the waves, and often at astronomical cost. The height of the 1960 Chile tsunami became the standard for specifications, rather than the higher 1896 Meiji Sanriku tsunami. ... Poorly designated evacuation sites also added to the death toll. More than 100 sites in the three hardest-hit coastal prefectures were destroyed by the tsunami. Many fled for safety to designated temples, public schools, and community sites, only to be swept away as the tsunami waves engulfed the buildings. ... Power cuts and the lack of backups left many public warning systems useless."

Lucy Birmingham and David McNeill, "Strong in the Rain"

Paul Krugman and Samantha Bee: Arguing with Zombies


Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: Is the Iowa Caucus A Relic of the Past?


Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: Are Republicans Being Shadow Banned? (No).

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: Sexism in Country Music

The Nutcracker Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland



"For a lot of people, Tchaikovsky is The Nutcracker ... . The Nutcracker is Tchaikovsky's masterpiece. He said beforehand that he would write music that would make everyone weep! ... Tchaikovsky remained a child all his life, he felt things like a child. He liked the German idea that man in his highest development approaches the child. Tchaikovsky loved children as themselves, not as future adults. Children contain maximum possibilities. These possibilities often do not develop, they are lost.

"In Hoffman the place is called Konfetenburg while Petipa called it Konfetuerenburg: I rather like that change. Konfetuerenbug is a marvelous word! ... I also like the German word Schlaraffenland -- the land of the lazy, with rivers of milk and shores of pudding. ... The second act of Nutcracker is more French than German, Petipa liked the idea of Konfituerenburg because at that time in Paris there was a fad for spectacles in which various sweets were depicted by dancers. Actually, Nutcracker's second act is an enormous balletic sweetshop. In Petersburg there was a store like that, it was called Eliseyevsky's: huge glass windows, windows big enough for a palace, high ceilings, opulent chandeliers, almost like the ones at the Maryinsky. The floors at Eliseyevsky's were covered with sawdust, and you could not hear footsteps ... . The store had sweets and fruits from all over the world, like in 'A Thousand and One Nights.' I used to walk past and look in the windows often.

"Everything that appears in the second act of Nutcracker is a candy or something tasty. Or a toy ... . The Sugar Plum Fairy is a piece of candy and the dewdrops are made of sugar. The Buffon is a candy cane. It's all sugar! ... I think that people also like Nutcracker so much because nowadays everyone is interested in how children used to live and play. In my day there was no interest in that. No one asked children how they lived and what they thought. Children simply tried to become as much like adults as quickly as possible, and that was all."

From Solomon Volkov's "Balanchine's Tchaikovsky"

Fun fact: In this video Leslie Browne of "The Turning Point" fame is seen pre-nose job.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee: "'Tis Impeachment Season"



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