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“A lot of people are kind of depressed. I’m happy some of the time, and some of the time I’m not.”
– Elliott Smith in 1998, as told to Barney Hoskyns

We came across a really lost special tape for this episode of Blank on Blank: Elliott Smith interviewed in 1998 by Barney Hoskyns. It’s a little eerie hearing him now more than 10 years after his death, but it’s also kind of soothing to hear his signature comfort and discomfort bubbling beneath the surface. It’s kind of like his timeless collection of music. Smith died under mysterious circumstances in 2003 at the age of 34.

In this animated film Elliott Smith talks about feeling like a freak in high school, how he initially didn’t feel confident singing in the style that became his signature voice, what he said when people compared him to Paul Simon, writing about people with addictions, the internal chaos that people face, and how his music isn’t happy or sad. “I couldn’t say what it is”

RIP, Elliott.

Does McDonald’s use real potatoes? Why do the fries always taste so good? Are they mashed and formed in a mold? Do we still have to keep our eyes on our fries? There are a lot of questions about their fries so Mythbusters co-host Grant Imahara investigates their fry making process in his own way.

Patti Smith talks with renowned director-come-musician David Lynch at the Fondation Cartier in Paris for BC Newsnight’s ‘Encounters’ series.

A highlight came when the pair discussed Russian activists Pussy Riot, who were jailed for almost two years for what they described as a “punk prayer” against President Vladimir Putin.

“This kind of oppression and misunderstanding goes back to biblical times, taking young girls who have families and have hopes and dreams and putting them in prison for issuing a teenage prayer,” said Smith. “One of the things they were saying to me was ‘Everyone wants us to speak to them but what are we supposed to say?’ I said ‘You should say that we are all you because of our belief system or trying to say something new, or against the church or corporations. We are all potentially in danger. Speak to the younger generation to think for themselves.’ These girls did something absolutely original, they are in my prayers.”

Here’s Stan Lee on a 1970 episode of To Tell The Truth, the game show where a panel of celebrities – in this case, Peggy Cass, Tom Poston, and Kitty Carlisle – had to identify an individual with an unusual profession among a group of fakers. Stan Lee is in the second segment, starting around 14 minutes in. I love these clips.

“Speechless,” the newest domestic violence and sexual assault PSA series from the NO MORE movement, is a raw, unscripted and powerful video collection featuring more than a dozen celebrities and athletes, including this one from Oscar-winner Hilary Swank. They urge viewers to start a conversation about these issues with friends and loved ones.