The Takeaway Weekender: Power, War, and The Best of The Web

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This week, The Takeaway spoke with investigative journalist James Risen. He's spent years exposing the dark underbelly of the War on Terror, and in his latest book, "Pay any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War," Risen reveals the hidden costs of that war: From squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, and a crackdown on the U.S. press.

General Dan Bolger, a retired three-star Army lieutenant general, has worn our country's uniform for 35 years. His takeaway from more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan? We lost. On Veterans Day, Gen. Bolger held himself accountable for the human consequences of two wars gone wrong. 

Every Friday, Sean Rameswaram, a producer with Studio 360 and host of the Sideshow podcast, rounds up the week in internet phenomena. Below you'll find Sean's list of the online treasures you may have missed.

The music for this episode of The Takeaway Weekender podcast is by our Technical Director Jay Cowit.

1. High Maintenance 


High Maintenance, one of the best web series in the world, is making a return. The short and sweet stories about life, love, and loneliness in New York has won critical acclaim and is now funded by Vimeo. The character studies presented by husband and wife Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld are better than most you’ll find on TV—even fancy TV. And the new episodes are their best yet. You have to pay two bucks an episode now, but it’s way more gratifying than a cup of coffee. And it lasts longer. 

2. Martin Cole’s Art in Film

Here's the Tumblr Cataloging Art in Film

There’s now a wonderful tumblr dedicated to all the art we only see for fleeting moments in movies and TV. From the garish portrait of Bill Murray’s family in Rushmore to the landscape featuring a McDonald’s from Coming to America. Martin Cole’s "Art in Film" is a lot of fun.

3. Bored in the U.S.A.

Father John Misty is Josh Tillman, best known from his work in the beloved indie folk band Fleet Foxes. With his sweeping, tragicomic ballad “Bored in the USA,” he seems to be setting his sights on being more of a Harry Nilsson for millennials. The song is tragicomic and sort of disorienting, mostly on account of a jarring laugh track in the bridge. Misty’s got some serious problems, but he’s the first to laugh at them.

4. WARNING! EXPLICIT! You Have to F**king Eat, narrated by Bryan Cranston 

Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad" fame can do no wrong, and to prove it, he’s cursing at children. Cranston will narrate “You Have to F**king Eat,” the children’s book follow-up to “Go The F**k to Sleep” by Adam Mansbach. It’s clearly going to be great, judging from the preview that hit this week.

5. Too Many Cooks 

Too Many Cooks. It broke late last week, but it was this week when everyone (from 8-bit enthusiasts to the New Yorker to the Cookie Monster) really processed their reactions to one of the most brilliant cultural satires in recent memory. It also proved that there’s no such thing as “too long,” when it comes to viral video—so long as said video is really damn good.