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The Nose Ponders Babs, 'Atlanta,' and Clowns

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Barbra Streisand's new album dropped two weeks ago. It's an album of duets with . . . actors. Babs and her famous friends sing . . . show tunes. To my mind, that's the makings of a pretty huge disaster (or even a completely ignored disaster). Instead, Streisand's Encore: Movie Friends Sing Broadway is the number one album in the country.

And then: Donald Glover has called his new FX series "Atlanta," "'Twin Peaks' with rappers." He was kidding, I think, but the show is definitely hard to pin down. It's a half-hour comedy that starts with a not-at-all-played-for-laughs shooting. It's got meticulously crafted banterous dialogue, but it's also got a Tasing and a main character who is "technically homeless."

And finally: There is an ongoing rash of "creepy clown sightings" in the Carolinas. And "clowns are not happy" about it. And, perhaps incidentally, this is not a new phenomenon.


  • Jim Chapdelaine - Emmy Award-winning musician, producer, composer, and recording engineer; and a patient advocate for people with rare cancers
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Colin McEnroe, Ray Hardman, Greg Hill, Ryan Caron King, Lori Mack, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

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