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Tabitha Soren on Photography, Media, and Baseball

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Podcast |

If you’re of a certain age (say… ours) you likely have very specific memories of Tabitha Soren — the red-haired girl teaching us about politics and world affairs on MTV, encouraging us to Rock the Vote. But Soren has been out of media for a while now, and deep into a second career as a photographer.

Her new book is a unique supplement to the “Moneyball” story. Soren photographed the members of that famous 2002 Oakland A’s draft class over a stretch of years, cataloguing success and failure as well as the subtleties of baseball easily missed by fans. The result: Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream.

We spoke to her about the book, baseball, and her life in media as both a journalist and now an artist.

Soren will be appearing at Arcana Books in Culver City on Saturday, April 29 from 4-6 pm. It’s worth checking out. The book is very cool, and she’s had a really fascinating career.

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W. Kamau Bell on comedy, hoops, and America’s social fabric

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Opinion, Podcast |

With hoops season winding down, it’s time again to start talking to other folks, and comedian W. Kamau Bell has long been on our list of people we hoped to get on the show.

Long a host of one of our favorite podcasts, Bell is kicking off the second season as the host of CNN’s United Shades of America, a timely look at the social fabric of America. We had a great conversation covering race, why people don’t always understand each other, and the language of racial politics, along with a look at the role of comedy in social commentary… and some hoops. (He’s a Warriors fan.)

Give it a listen.

 

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How Good Is the Young Core (Compared To All the Others)?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 3 comments

The big question facing the Lakers as the season winds down (other than those related to lottery odds) centers around the young core, and determining where the Lakers need to go from here. How good are these guys, exactly? How do they compare with other young cores around the league? The answer goes a long way to determining just how far the Lakers need to go, given all the teams they need to jump to reach the top — or even the semi-top — of the Western Conference.

It was a theme running through a few big picture NBA features this week, whether talking about the best of the worst teams in the Association, or how re-do’s of the last two Drafts might look.

All that, plus big headlines (KD returning, Cleveland bickering) and a Hallmark Christmas Quiz.

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D’Angelo Russell is a starter again! (Plus “Rest-Gate!!!)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast | 1 comment

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In today’s episode, we break down the post-Lou work the Lakers have tried to do, gathering information to get ready for this offseason and future (potential) moves. That includes the dramatic, though apparently short-lived, experiment of having D’Angelo Russell come off the bench.

We kick that around, plus take a look at the latest controversy surrounding rest and NBA stars, plus dive deep into the growing group of NBA Flat Earth Truthers.

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Jeanie Buss vs. Jim Buss (and Johnny…)

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss, Jim Buss, Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So, no joke, like five minutes after we finished taping last week’s show, all hell broke loose, in the form of legal drama surrounding the Buss family. But hey, it was Friday afternoon, so re-recording felt like a stretch.

But we’re back today, and there’s actually a little more to talk about now than last week, anyway. We unpack it all. How it happened and what it means. Plus, a critical discussion of where the Moody Blues fit in the birthing of what would eventually become Prog Rock.

 

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Jordan Clarkson 2.0, Russell the Leader, and KD’s Bum Knee

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Kamenetzky Brothers Land O'Lakers Podcast, Lakers Analysis, Lakers Audio, Opinion, Podcast |

So about five minutes after we finished recording today, the news broke about the newest kerfuffle between Jim and Jeanie Buss, meaning we didn’t cover it in this show. Fortunately, there’s plenty of reason to believe this won’t be the only opportunity. (And if it is, all the better for the Lakers.)

So what was on the agenda? Glad you asked!

  • Lou Williams is gone, meaning Jordan Clarkson has an opportunity to be more the guy he was as a rookie. Earlier this week, Luke Walton broke down where he thinks Clarkson’s game is going, and how he can get there. We opine.
  • The Lakers are looking for leadership, specifically in the fourth quarter. Who’s gonna deliver? Well, it probably has to be D’Angelo Russell, given the construction of the roster. So is he up for it? What will it take to make Russell the leader L.A. is searching for? We opine.
  • Kevin Durant is down, and likely out for the regular season. What does that mean for the Western Conference playoff race? We (wait for it…) opine. Plus, Cleveland has added some talent, and the Knicks are back to relying on “proven shot-maker” Sasha Vujacic.
  • Finally, we look back at the career of Bill Paxton, who died unexpectedly last week at 61.
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