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


DECEMBER 23, 2014 11:57AM

A New Direction For Star Trek

The last few weeks have seen a bit of a minor panic playing out at Star Trek central. With the next film due for release in 2016, the franchise's big fiftieth anniversary, home studio Paramount had settled on Roberto Orci, who co-wrote and co-produced the previous J.J. Abrams-directed entries, to dir/… Read full post »
DECEMBER 22, 2014 11:02AM

Recommended Reading

I've been saying here for years that the whole notion of requiring voters to display identification at the polls is a solution in search of a problem. Given the negligible percentage of folks who actually vote fraudulently, and the substantial number of people who are unable to vote thanks to new…

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DECEMBER 21, 2014 1:32PM

SNL Spoofs Serial

Our interview with Rabia Chaudry on last month's Diffused Congruence has proven to be one of our all-time most-listened episodes, which is just one more indication of how much of a cultural footprint the Serial podcast has managed to create in a very short time. As if to underscore that point, t…

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Here's another relic from the halls of forgotten '80s cereal. The cult of fandom surrounding Mr. T during that decade is this weird thing that we all kind of have to live with, but one of its outgrowths was the cavalcade of T merchandising. There was that cartoon show that I/…

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DECEMBER 19, 2014 2:24PM

So Long, Stephen.

Last night saw the final episode of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. After nine years of making the post-Daily Show slot one of the prime destinations for biting political commentary (a situation I don't expect to change with Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show), it couldn't help but feel a li/…

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You may remember me from around this same time last year, fresh from seeing The Hobbit: The DesolaRead full post »
This month we're pleased to be joined by actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi as he talks about his journey as a working actor to becoming The Daily Show's "Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent." He talks about how his time with Jon Stewart has made him more "Muslim-ish," what he's learned during… Read full post »
DECEMBER 14, 2014 1:44PM

Nostalgia Theater: Sonny Spoon Edition

Sonny Spoon was a short-lived detective show that ran on NBC for two half-seasons in 1988. Created by '80s detective show stalwart Stephen J. Cannell, it starred Mario Van Peebles as the title character, a street smart private eye who's also a master of disguise, and Mario's dad Melvin played Sonny's/…

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DECEMBER 11, 2014 12:42PM

Awesome Sauce

Hasan Minhaj explains the awesomeness of the just-released CIA torture report to Jon Stewart:

DECEMBER 11, 2014 12:17PM

The New Mad Max Trailer Makes Me Happy

As you know, I'm pretty stoked about next year's Mad Max: Fury Road, the first new entry in that franchise in thirty years. I dug the teaser trailer earlier this year, and I think I dig this one even more. Watch, and dig.

DECEMBER 10, 2014 12:23PM

The MovieFilm Podcast: Episode 60

It's been a week-and-a-half since the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit the web, racking up a record 100 million global views in the process, and while it's generated plenty of commentary, conversation, and even consternation, the one opinion you've been waiting for is finally here, a… Read full post »
DECEMBER 7, 2014 12:05PM

"We Can't Breathe"

And speaking of the Eric Garner grand jury decision, here's Jon Stewart from Thursday's Daily Show, making mincemeat of some cockamamie folks (I'm looking at you, Peter King) arguing that Garner getting choked to death by an overzealous police officer was his own damn fault:

DECEMBER 7, 2014 11:58AM

Recommended Reading

Two questionable grand jury decisions in two weeks have left many people wondering about larger problems in our law enforcement apparatus. Matt Taibbi takes that a step further and says that we're on the cusp of a legitimacy problem for the police if corrective steps aren't taken. From Taibbi:
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It's Sunday morning and my kids are watching vintage G.I. Joe cartoons on Netflix, and as I figure out what to make them for breakfast, I'm naturally reminiscing back to the 1980s, and the magical days when just about every kiddie property got turned into breakfast food. To wit, G.I. Joe Action… Read full post »
DECEMBER 4, 2014 2:33PM

First Trailer for Terminator 5!

It's been five years since Terminator Salvation hit theaters and essentially killed the franchise dead, but like any good IP in Hollywood, if there's money to be made, there's a reboot in the wings. And so we end up with Terminator Genisys, which reunites Arnold Schwarzenegger with the one brand that/…

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DECEMBER 4, 2014 11:49AM

James Bond Will Return In...

It's now just over two years since our last James Bond adventure, and if you're anything like me, you're starting to get a little antsy waiting for 007's next bit of big screen derring-do. Well, via a press conference early this morning, the brain-trust at EON Productions made it official: James/…

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DECEMBER 3, 2014 4:42PM


Here's Larry Wilmore on last night's Daily Show, on the protests in Ferguson, and the reactions to same:

DECEMBER 1, 2014 12:13AM

From The Onion...

And what a relief.
Ferguson Decision Reaffirms Right Of Police To Use Deadly Force When They Feel Sufficiently Inclined 
WASHINGTON—Following a legal precedent established over the course of decades, the St. Louis County grand jury decision Monday to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the shoot… Read full post »
DECEMBER 1, 2014 12:09AM

Rock On...

Comedian Chris Rock sat down with Frank Rich for a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from the recent midterms to President Obama's legacy to Bill Cosby's travails, and all of it is worth reading. Enjoy.
NOVEMBER 30, 2014 9:27PM

The Plinkett Awakens

Since Friday, the web has been swarmed by all manner of reactions various and sundry to the Star Wars trailer, but we all know there's only one review we were waiting for, that of infamous Internet curmudgeon (and prequel eviscerator) Harry Plinkett (a.k.a. web critic Mike Stoklasa of Red Letter Medi…

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NOVEMBER 30, 2014 2:40PM

And Now the Special Edition...

Well, that didn't take long. It's been just two days since the trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII dropped, we've barely had time to let the good feelings wash over us, and now here's the George Lucas-approved Special Edition version. Keep in mind, this is satire. Or is it?

Like Ripley's Believe it or Not last week, That's Incredible! was another piece of "reality TV" from the 1980s. The series, which aired on ABC from 1980 to 1984, was deceptively simple. Every week, producers would collect a variety of "Wow, people are strange/cool/stupid" footage culled from across t/…

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NOVEMBER 29, 2014 11:29AM

Recommended Reading

The Sand Creek Massacre occurred 150 years ago today. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, the massacre was the result of years of alienating policy by the United States government toward the Native Americans whose land and rights were being taken. It culminated in an action by militia…

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NOVEMBER 28, 2014 10:55AM

The Star Wars Trailer Awakens

Here it is: The 88 seconds that's going to feed countless hours of examination, conversation, and introspection over the next several months. It's more than a year until JJ Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VIII opens, so it's understandable that we don't really get much in the way of exposition or eve/…

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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 »