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I’m in Santa Monica for Thanksgiving until Sunday. If you’re around and want to hang out with me, drop me an email.

California Gym for Teens Mixes Exercise with Xbox


by Cyrus Farivar

Weekend Edition Sunday, November 19, 2006 · Teens spend a lot of time playing video games, but that doesn’t have to mean they’re not getting enough exercise. A recently opened gym in Mountain View, Cali., is open only to teens and combines traditional gym equipment such as punching bags with electronic gaming activities, like virtual boxing, and body-controlled Xbox games.

This Sunday: Cyrus on NPR!

I’ll have a piece on “Weekend Edition Sunday” this Sunday, which airs on the following times/stations:

New York – 8-10 am Eastern – WNYC – 820 AM –
Los Angeles – 5-10 am Pacific – KPCC – 89.3 FM – www.kpcc.opg
Boston – 10 am-12 pm Eastern – WGBH – 89.7 FM –
San Francisco – 5-10 am Pacific – KQED – 88.5 FM –

I’ll be on the last segment during the first hour, between the puzzle segment and and interview about the PS3.

What’s my piece on?

This’ll give you a preview.

Has CNN Headline News ever met a Muslim it liked?

My editor at Foreign Policy, Mike Boyer, had this scathing comment on FP Passport today with regard to CNN Headline News‘ reaction to Congressman-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim to be elected to our legislative body:

When it comes to Rep.-elect Keith Ellison of Minnesota, CNN Headline News host Glenn Beck just isn’t sure. That’s because Ellison is Muslim, which Beck said made him “nervous.” Interviewing Ellison on Tuesday, Beck said he felt like questioning Ellison’s loyalty to America. Then he said Ellison “could be” a shining example to European countries that are struggling with multiculturalism.

Seriously, this is why I refuse to watch CNN Headline News, which has the most thoughtless programming of any 24-hour news network. Here’s a news flash for Glenn Beck and CNN producers: Not all Midwesterners are white. And they’re not all Christian, either. Also, you might try learning a thing or two about a congressman-elect before you interview him. Ellison was born in Detroit, not Mogadishu. He hasn’t “integrated” into America — he was born here.

“I . . . fully support my countrymen’s decision to sue this Jew.”

Well folks, you knew it was coming sooner or later — the first legal shots have been fired against Sacha Baron Cohen by those drunken frat guys in that RV ”to protect themselves from any additional and unnecessary embarrassment.”

The Associated Press:

The lawsuit claims that in October 2005, a production crew took the students to a bar to drink and ”loosen up” before participating in what they were told would be a documentary to be shown outside of the United States.

”They were induced to agree to participate and were told the name of the fraternity and the name of their school wouldn’t be used,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney, Olivier Taillieu. ”They were put into an RV and were made to believe they were picking up Borat the hitchhiker.”

After a bout of heavy drinking, the plaintiffs signed a release form they were told ”had something to do with reliability issues with being in the RV,” Taillieu said.

I’m not exactly sure why the dateline on this is my hometown of Santa Monica, but so it goes. Speaking of my fair city, I remind you of the brilliant legal analysis by fellow Santa Monican Nate Cardozo:

if you’re dumb enough to (a) get interviewed by borat, and (b) give a crap that you got fooled, you (c) don’t have a reputation to protect and (d) deserve what you got. Plus (e) you fucking signed the release, dumbass.

Also, for people who are new to Borat/Sacha Baron Cohen, check out this serious interview with Cohen on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” that dates from July 2004.