📺 "Madam Secretary" Strategic Ambiguity | CBS

Watched "Madam Secretary" Strategic Ambiguity from CBS
Directed by Eric Stoltz. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. Elizabeth must salvage a deal with a military contractor by supplying fighter jets to Taiwan, but she risks triggering a war with China in the process. Also, Daisy gets frustrated with Matt for failing to help take care of her dog like he promised.

This is certainly an interesting philosophical question at the heart of this episode: how far can defense contractors go to bend the policies of the US Government.

📺 PBS NewsHour – January 17, 2019 | PBS

Watched PBS NewsHour - January 17, 2019 from PBS
Thursday on the NewsHour, President Trump cancels an overseas trip planned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the shutdown hits day 27. Also: The president’s plan to boost missile defense, how the shutdown is affecting food stamps, making sense of the "curse of bigness" when giant companies dominate, new details about family separations at the border, a historic trip across Antarctica and more.

📺 “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Kirsten Gillenbrand/M. Night Shyamalan | CBS

Watched "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Kirsten Gillenbrand/M. Night Shyamalan from CBS
With Stephen Colbert, Kirsten Gillibrand, M. Night Shyamalan, Jonathan Batiste. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.); filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (Glass (2019));

📺 “Equus Story of the Horse: Origins” | Nature | PBS

Watched "Equus: Story of the Horse" | Nature from PBS
Join anthropologist Dr. Niobe Thompson and equine experts on a two-part adventure around the world and throughout time to discover the origins of the horse.

Passively watching television this evening and this popped up. Very interesting. Might be worth watching the other episodes in this sub-series.

📺 PBS NewsHour – January 16, 2019 | PBS

Watched PBS NewsHour: January 16, 2019 from PBS NewsHour
Wednesday on the NewsHour, Nancy Pelosi asks President Trump to postpone his State of the Union address over security concerns due to the government shutdown. Also: ISIS on the attack in Syria, two mayors share how the shutdown is affecting their cities, how new members of Congress are adapting to Washington, the shutdown’s impact on the EPA, an NBA player fears his country and much more.

📺 "Shtisel" Love Pains | Netflix

Watched "Shtisel" Love Pains from Netflix
Directed by Alon Zingman. With Doval'e Glickman, Michael Aloni, Sasson Gabai, Neta Riskin. The Shtisels are worried about Ruhami's sudden marriage and Giti returns home to bring Ruhami back. This brings old love memories to Giti. Akiva gets a scholarship for his drawings but Shulem is not impressed from the accomplishment.

📺 “Shtisel” Mauricio | Netflix

Watched "Shtisel" Mauricio from Netflix
Directed by Alon Zingman. With Doval'e Glickman, Michael Aloni, Sasson Gabai, Neta Riskin. The man Libbi is seeing suddenly reappears. Bube Malka discovers her friend Rebetzen Erblich has a terminal disease. Gitti can't come home and decides to move in with her father with all her children. Ruchami and Hanina come closer.

📺 "Shtisel" Shteingletz and Shutenshtein | Netflix

Watched "Shtisel" Shteingletz and Shutenshtein from Netflix
Directed by Alon Zingman. With Doval'e Glickman, Michael Aloni, Sasson Gabai, Neta Riskin. While Libbi and Akiva get closer, the man Libbi is seeing disappears and Shulem and Nuchem try to locate him. Gitti can't forgive Lipa. Ruhami tries to contact the boy from the synagogue.

📺 "Shtisel" A Very Important Friend | Netflix

Watched "Shtisel" A Very Important Friend from Netflix
Directed by Alon Zingman. With Doval'e Glickman, Michael Aloni, Sasson Gabai, Neta Riskin. The joy from the birth is mixed with Gitti's fears from the rich widow. Libbi finds Akiva's drawings and encourages to draw again, while Shulem assists her father in finding a match for his daughter.

📺 “Madam Secretary” Family Separation: Part 2 | CBS

Watched "Madam Secretary" Family Separation: Part 2 from CBS
Directed by Martha Mitchell. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. Elizabeth goes head to head with a U.S. governor over the state's new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children.

Not as powerful as part 1, but still interesting.

📺 “Madam Secretary” Family Separation: Part 1 | CBS

Watched "Madam Secretary" Family Separation: Part 1 from CBS
Directed by Rob Greenlea. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. Elizabeth goes head to head with a U.S. governor over the state's new policy of separating unauthorized immigrants from their children.

A gut-wrenching episode to be sure. It took me several attempts to make it through. Definitely an example where art has a place in helping to shape and change our lives.

📺 "Blue Bloods" Milestones | CBS

Watched "Blue Bloods" Milestones from CBS

Directed by Heather Cappiello, Jonathan Lopez. With Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou. After a former officer waits on Frank at a restaurant, he feels guilty about the circumstances surrounding why she was fired, and he tries to reinstate her.

Danny Reagan and Maria Baez standing in some bleachers during an investigation

📺 Meet the Press: January 13, 2019 | S71 E7115 | NBC

Watched Meet the Press: January 13, 2019 | S71 E7115 from NBC

When will the government shutdown end? The bombshell Russia story from the New York Times: is Trump working for Russia?
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas); Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.); former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo); roundtable discussion with Cornell Belcher, Al Cardenas (American Conservative Union), Carol Lee (Wall Street Journal) and Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal)

Meet the Press: 1-13-19 When Will this end? teaser plackard

Somewhat interesting to note that the source for the web page for this episode includes the non-standardized meta data "sameAs":"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103396/". This feels reminiscent of the function of the microformats for u-syndication or rel-syndication which gives the folks at the network a trail to the copy of the data for the episode that they likely syndicated to imdb.com so that it’s findable there. Sadly, the URL link incorrectly points to a page for Dateline, so I’m not sure if their data is pointing to the right place, though it appears that the data for the episode on imdb.com is correct for this episode. It would also be nice if they were using the correct markup so that web parsers and crawlers would pick up the data properly.

📺 “Face the Nation” on January 13, 2019 | CBS

Watched "Face the Nation" on January 13, 2019 from CBS News

On this "Face the Nation" broadcast moderated by Margaret Brennan:

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (read more)
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (read more)
  • Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro (read more) (full interview)
  • Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (read more)
  • Michael Crowley, Jeffrey Goldberg, David Nakamura, Seung Min Kim (watch)