Why it’s greased lightnin’: this week on Fresh Powder

Why it’s greased lightnin’. A thousand years ago, when Zoom was basically nothing, who did the company think its product was for? It doesn’t matter now, as more than 100,000 U.S. school districts and about half of our higher-ed are using…

Bippity boppity boo: this week on Fresh Powder

Bippity boppity boo. Let’s talk about Fiona Apple. The musician’s latest album, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” was awarded a perfect score by Pitchfork, the first new album in a decade to earn that level of acclaim from the publication and…

The times they are a-changin’: this week on Fresh Powder

The times they are a-changin’.   Let’s talk about sports, the virtual kind. Video game simulations are as close as sports fans and professional athletes can get to the real thing right now, and all indications are that everybody is…

Hendrix played this guitar: this week on Fresh Powder

Hendrix played this guitar.   If you’re going to be watching the NFL Draft tonight, you may recall that, at one time, it was expected to look like something vastly different than it ever had been before, but not in the way it’s turning…

Zoom, zoom, zoom: this week on Fresh Powder

Zoom, zoom, zoom.   There’s a pandemic, but you know that. The New York Times is offering high school students and teachers unlimited digital access to its news through July 6, so you definitely don’t need us spamming you a bunch of…

Could you describe the ruckus, sir: this week on Fresh Powder

The lede It feels almost impossible anymore to imagine a world in which we don’t have podcasts to listen to. I’m listening to one right now; that is, both as I write this and later as you read this. But it wasn’t all that long ago when…

I wasn’t a failed DJ. I was pre-successful: this week on Fresh Powder

The lede Donald Trump has tipped the scale with which we grade our politicians in that everything they do gets compared to him. He also makes these assessments himself. By commuting the prison sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich,…

Not the steak: this week on Fresh Powder

The lede “Two kindergartners in Utah told a Latino boy that President Trump would send him back to Mexico, and teenagers in Maine sneered ‘Ban Muslims’ at a classmate wearing a hijab. In Tennessee, a group of middle-schoolers linked arms,…

I have lovely small feet, the best in the family: this week on Fresh Powder

The lede If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night, you were part of the record-low 23.6 million viewers to witness “Parasite” become the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture. You saw a lot of director Bong Joon-Ho because…

We’re not in Kansas anymore: this week on Fresh Powder

A summary of journalism news and pop culture brought to you by   The lede As of Wednesday, the coronavirus had killed 492 people and infected more than 24,500 more worldwide. (The latest: CNN.) In an effort to better treat the growing number…