For November 22, 2010.  Twenty years ago today, the city of Kissimmee, Florida put a new proposed ordinance to a vote.  If passed, theaters could not sell tickets for movies with the new NC-17 rating to minors.  I talk about the fate of that proposal, and offer a history of the MPAA's rating system for movies as well as two other ratings systems -- for video games and TV shows -- which have been instituted in the last twenty years.

For a look at the politics behind the MPAA's system as well as its unwritten rules, I highly recommend This Film Is Not Yet Rated (which was itself originally rated NC-17 but surrendered that rating in favor of being released unrated).

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Sunday, October 3, 2010. Twenty years ago today, the nations of East Germany and West Germany, separated for 45 years, reunited as one nation.  I take a look at this event, which was the biggest step toward the end of the Cold War to that time, and reflect on how Germany -- and the world -- has changed since then.

 

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It was four years ago tomorrow -- on October 3, 2006 -- that the first episode of "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" hit the podcast feed. Tomorrow -- October 3, 2010 -- the show returns with our first new episode since November 2009.

In the coming weeks I'll be looking at an unexpected winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, the origin of one of the Internet's most famous institutions, the end of political eras in the UK and Haiti, the birth of the World Wide Web, and many more.

Join me tomorrow for a look at German reunification, 20 years on.

 

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The "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" podcast is going on an indefinite hiatus.  The show will come back -- right now, though, I can't say exactly when.

I'm making this official, as I am trying to reorganize myself, set my priorities, and admit that there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do -- let alone do it well.  For a little more about that, and what my big priorities for the new year are, please check out my personal blog, Sailbourne.

I do plan to continue work on the "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" book, compiling the scripts of the first 164 episodes (plus additional episodes that didn't make it to the feed).  When the podcast returns, we'll have a new blog and website.

Watch this space for news and updates, and please be sure to check out my Sailbourne blog and the Ollin Productions website for more on what I'm doing during the hiatus.

Best wishes to all of you for a happy and healthy 2010, and thank you all for your support!

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