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Rotten Bananas: ‘The Mandalorian’

“The Mandalorian” is a Star Wars universe tale that feels ripped straight out of an old spaghetti western (and that’s a good thing).  The series, created by Jon Favreau of “Iron Man” and “Chef” fame, stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian bounty hunter, Din Djarin, as he traverses the galaxy with his …

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Democrats’ naughtiest word: ‘affordable’

The two primary political parties, Democrats and Republicans, are often referred to as “liberal” and “conservative.” All this really boils down to is approaches to economic and social policy. The Democrats, the liberal party, is primarily concerned with larger government legislation that provides aid to the working poor, and civil …

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Smooth Bananas: ‘When You See Yourself’

The Kings of Leon have certainly seen better days than the one they chose to write “When You See Yourself” on. They’re capturing a sound that no longer exists.  The album, produced by Markus Dravs and released by label RCA, is the band’s eighth studio album and features 11 tracks of varying lengths. …

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Smooth Bananas: The Artists of TikTok

Since the advent of the internet and social media, the distribution of commercial music, that is music you are likely to hear on the radio, has become a whole new ball game. Despite its shortform video format, the social media app TikTok has become an incredible way to get a song to go viral. …

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University police and PPD encounter ‘suspicious device’ on Joplin

Drivers on Joplin Street were detoured by uniformed officers after the 1500 block was blocked off for an explosive’s investigation.  On Wed. March 3, the Pittsburg State University Police (UPD) became aware of a ‘suspicious device’ located on the 1500 block of Joplin Street. After discovering that the device was not actually on the campus …

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Throwback Rotten Bananas: ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’

“Bedknobs and Broomsticks” is a magical journey from the treasure trove of Disney’s yesteryears, a musical adventure for everyone.  The film, directed by Robert Stevenson, stars the great Angela Lansbury, known for “Sweeney Todd” and “Beauty & The Beast,” as Eglantine Pryce, a witch-in-training working to discover a spell to defeat …

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Rotten Bananas: the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Not even the producers of 2008’s Iron Man could have predicted the sweeping phenomenon that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has become. It’s turned some true B-listers into the forefront of the Marvel universe. Let’s take a look at the history and some things to remember when watching any of …

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Smooth Bananas: The Hold Steady’s ‘Open Door Policy’

The Hold Steady’s latest album is much like their own careers: born out of tough times and rough roads, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  The album, produced and released by Frenchkiss Records, Vagrant Records, Full Time Hobby, and Washington Square, is the rock band’s eighth studio album and features 11 tracks of …

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