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By admin Published: February 11, 2010

You can find today's mailbag here. Topics include the actress Gail Russell, whom I have always found impressive onscreen, and her bad life.

With the Olympics starting tomorrow night (which means the bride will be logging many extra TV hours), I offer these notes from Time Warner Cable about programming:

Time Warner Cable will offer customers many unique opportunities to experience the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, which run Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 28.

Where to find the Olympics on TV (Channel lineups available at
In High-Definition

Start Over
An exclusive product only available to Time Warner Cable customers, Start Over allows customers to restart programs already in progress with the touch of a button, without the need for a digital video recorder (DVR). Available on USA, MSNBC and CNBC, along with many other channels, viewers who turn on the TV to find they are in the middle of an event can simply “start over” the program and watch it from the beginning. With Start Over, customers won’t miss a second of the Olympics.

On Demand
Available free, anytime to Time Warner Cable’s digital cable customers, Olympic fans can watch many extra offerings on Sports On Demand (channel 511) and HD Showcase On Demand (544), including full-length events, daily highlights, pre-game pieces and topics such as “Olympics 101,” “Athlete Profiles,” and much more. Content can be found on both channels under the “2010 Olympics” category.

NBC Olympic Online Connect Content
More than 1,000 combined hours of LIVE coverage and full event replays of events such as Ice Hockey, Curling, Downhill Training, Skating Practice and the Medals Plaza.
Olympics Online Connect content is available at no cost to all Time Warner Cable video customers who subscribe to at least an expanded basic package, (which includes CNBC and MSNBC). To access this content, customers will need to create a Time Warner Cable online user name and password at under the “Get Ready to Watch” section.
Throughout the Olympic Games, fans can access to get up-to-the-minute news, stats and more.

By the way, I have tried Start Over, but it does not appear to be on channels I spend the most time watching, so its usefulness has been limited.

Susan Faludi is coming to NE Ohio. From Kent State:

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Susan Faludi will discuss "Why Haven't Women Remade the World Yet?" as part of the Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Kiva at Kent State University. Following the lecture, there is a reception and book signing at 6:30 p.m. in room 204 of the Kent Student Center. Both the lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Faludi charted a new course for feminism in the United States with the publication of her seminal work Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women (1991). Over her career, she has chronicled the ever-shifting roles of men and women in society and has become one of the most provocative voices on women's rights and gender equality.

In her lecture, Faludi will discuss where American women find themselves today, one decade into the new millennium. Massive in scope, yet also finely detailed, Faludi's talk presents a frank and powerful portrait of women today.

In addition to her Pulitzer Prize, she has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Faludi has written for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among others, and has also authored Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man (1999) and, most recently, The Terror Dream (2007).

I read Faludi's book some years ago and liked it for the most part -- although I remember taking issue with her analysis of TV content.

The Akron Art Museum has set an interesting-sounding screening:

The Akron Art Museum is featuring a screening of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 7 pm. The film is presented as a tie-in with the museum’s Pattern ID exhibition, as many artists in the exhibition draw on hip-hop culture for inspiration.

A documentary made by hip-hop fan Byron Hurt, the film explores a number of issues in modern hip-hop culture. These include defining masculinity, representations of women and gays, views on violence in rap music and representations of hip-hop culture in media. Hip-Hop features interviews with celebrities such as Russell Simmons, Chuck D, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes.

The screening is FREE with first-come, first-serve seating available in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium.

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