Zaki Hasan

Zaki Hasan
Newark, California, USA
September 25
Co-author of GEEK WISDOM, Writer, Professor of Communication & Media, Co-founder of You can e-mail him at


Since its launch last October, the Serial podcast has taken the country by storm. Reporter Sarah Koenig's gripping investigation into the 1999 murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee, and the subsequent conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed for the killing -- a crime for which he maintains his innoc/… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 26, 2014 1:32PM

Recommended Reading

Jonathan Chait on how President Obama's end-run around Republicans on immigration last week represented a win for common sense and a failure in strategizing for the GOP:
It is clear that Obama’s executive action places Republicans in a near-impossible spot. The newest evidence is a poll this week fr… Read full post »

Watch. This. Now.

Man, the wait until June 12 is feeling pretty excruciating right now.
NOVEMBER 25, 2014 12:10PM

The MovieFilm Podcast: Episode 59

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we're thankful to bring you episode 59 of the MovieFilm Podcast! Brian starts things off by discussing a Q&A event he attended featuring Christopher Nolan while I share my thoughts so far on the The Martian, a novel currently being adapted into a/…

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NOVEMBER 24, 2014 12:56PM

Cracked Cosby

I've spent a lot of time discussing the many accusations swirling around Bill Cosby over on my Facebook page, but I realize I haven't talked about it here, mainly because it's such a horribly depressing story that I'm not sure what I can add to the conversation (especially given how I… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 23, 2014 1:50PM

Islamophobia and Religious Violence

Author Karen Armstrong (who wrote one of the definitive English-language biographies of Prophet Muhammad) is interviewed by Salon's Michael Schulson about her new book, Fields of Blood, and chimes in on a host of issues related to the perception (or misperception) that religion is a catalyst for viol/… Read full post »
Ripley's Believe It or Not began its life in 1919 as a newspaper feature collecting oddities and bizarre bits of arcana from around the world and throughout history. As "curated" by cartoonist Robert Ripley, the Believe It or Not brand proved so popular that it eventually expanded into books, radio,/…

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NOVEMBER 20, 2014 7:04PM

Hasan Minhaj's Daily Show Debut

Last night my friend Hasan Minhaj made his debut as a correspondent on The Daily Show, and he's off to a great start! Big props to Hasan for scaling the current Everest of comedy, joining the ranks of such illustrious TDS alums as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms,…

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In the few short years she's been on the Hollywood scene, Washington native Mikaela Hoover has racked up an impressive array of appearances in such high profile fare as How I Met Your Mother, Anger Management, Two and a Half Men, and more, but it' s safe bet that her biggest/…

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(L-R) Richard Hatch, Lorne Greene, Dirk BenedictWith Glen Larson's passing yesterday, it seemed an appropriate enough time to fire up the Nostalgia Theater time machine and look back at one of his most cherished (especially to himself) creations, the original Battlestar Galactica. Launching on ABC in/…

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NOVEMBER 15, 2014 1:53PM

Glen A. Larson, RIP

Veteran writer-producer Glen A. Larson has passed away at age 77, following a battle with cancer. Over the course of five decades in the TV industry, his output has provided a reliable well to pull from whenever I was grasping for a Nostalgia Theater. Buck Rogers. The Fall Guy. Magnum. Knight RiRead full post »
NOVEMBER 14, 2014 1:47PM

Zaki's Review: Rosewater

For his feature directing debut, Rosewater, longtime Daily Show host and "most trusted newsman in America" Jon Stewart made the somewhat counter-intuitive decision to sidestep the comedy genre entirely. Instead, he chose to tell the true-life story of Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari, who spent 118 da/…

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For fifteen years, Jon Stewart has been "America's Most Trusted Newsman" as host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, even as he'd be the first to tell you he's not an actual newsman. When it came time to branch out from his Daily Show desk two summers ago Stewart instead chose/…

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We start off episode thirteen with audio from Zaki's roundtable interview with Daily Show host Jon Stewart on his feature directing debut, the based-on-true-events Iranian prison drama Rosewater. After that, listen to Parvez and Zaki's lunchtime conversation with comedian and political commenta… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 12, 2014 9:56PM

Go Read It!

Yesterday I posted an article fondly looking back at the '60s Batman TV series on the occasion of its long-awaited home video release. Check it out over at HuffPo.
NOVEMBER 12, 2014 2:43PM

The MovieFilm Podcast: Episode 58

After a weeklong break, the boys are back, and with plenty to discuss! First up, Brian shares his thoughts on seeing Steven Spielberg's 1941 for the first time, and after that I weigh in on the 1966 Batman TV series getting a high-definition blu-ray release. From there, listen to a snippetRead full post »
Gary Graham (L) and Eric Pierpoint (R)The very best kind of science fiction works by using a fantastical palette to tell stories aimed at illuminating the human condition. On television, that's why The Twilight Zone worked. That's also why the original Star Trek worked so well. I'm pretty sure A… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 7, 2014 1:39PM

SCOTUS Gets Second Bite at Obamacare?

In a move that's come as a surprise to many, this morning the Supreme Court agreed to hear another challenge to the Affordable Care Act. While we all assumed the Court had issued its final word on the law, the lodestone of President Obama's legacy, with a 2012 decision that left… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 7, 2014 11:54AM

Episodic Awakening

I posted this on Facebook yesterday, but just for the sake of posterity, here it is as well. The title for the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII was announced via Twitter by Disney yesterday upon completion of principle photography. Behold: The Force Awakens. I've gotten a few messages since yesterday/…

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NOVEMBER 5, 2014 3:14PM

How Batman Finally Hit Home Vid

Just over two years ago, I wrote a Nostalgia Theater post fondly reminiscing about the 1960s Batman TV series, starring Adam West and Burt Ward. At the close of that piece, I mentioned the legal standoff that had prevented the show from coming to home video, a standoff that wasn't in/…

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NOVEMBER 5, 2014 12:03PM

Ten Years on the Corner!

In all the workaday business of being a grownup, I forgot to note an anniversary of note yesterday, as I hit the ten year mark of maintaining and running this site. On November 4, 2004, my general dissatisfaction with George W. Bush getting re-elected prompted me to start Zaki's Corner, just…

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NOVEMBER 3, 2014 12:27PM

Shadow Government

Another winner from John Oliver, as he takes an extended, hilarious look at what's really at stake in the upcoming election this Tuesday. While all eyes are focused on which way the Senate will fall, there are thousands of uncontested races playing out across the country at the local level, where…

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I woke up this morning with the unexplainable urge to binge-watch Looney Tunes cartoons while munching on a Hershey's bar. Well, not that unexplainable, as I happened to I re-discover the following commercial last night while spelunking through the cavernous recesses of YouTube (one of the joys of be…

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OCTOBER 31, 2014 2:27PM

From The Onion...

Again, just this side of satire.
Traumatized Nation Terrified To Make Its Voice Heard In Another Election
From the piece:
“When I think back to past years—whether it’s ’86, ’88, ’94, ’02, ’04, 2010, or 2012—I realize that pretty much every time I’ve spoken up, I’ve been badly hurt,… Read full post »
OCTOBER 31, 2014 1:48PM

Koch Fiends

Earlier this week Jon Stewart found out the Koch Brothers are advertisers on The Daily Show. This is what happened next: