How to Follow the 2014 Midterm Election Returns

Whether you’re a hard-core political junkie or just an ordinary citizen who’s interested in the outcome, there are a wealth of ways to follow the midterm elections on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Here are some suggestions: TV news websites ABC News will provide a live streaming webcast of its election coverage, anchored by George Stephanopoulos, starting at 7 p.m.  Additionally, the network will augment its programming with live blogging by a team of analysts from FiveThirtyEight, including Nate Silver, …

This Week in Boomer History: Deep Throat … Michael Jackson … ‘Mrs. Robinson’

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India dies on May 27, 1964, at age 74, having served in the post since India’s independence in 1947. His daughter Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi will also serve as prime minister of India; both are assassinated. On May 31, 2005, Vanity Fair reveals that former FBI official Mark Felt is “Deep Throat,” the source who confirmed explosive information about the Watergate break-in and cover-up to Washington Post investigative reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. In Culpeper, Va., …

CNN Summer Series ‘The Sixties’ Debuts May 29

Let’s just proclaim Tom Hanks America’s Official Historian. The first TV program Hanks ever produced was the monumental miniseries From Earth to the Moon (1998).  His G.I. dramas Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010) remain the definitive World War II miniseries. And now he’s the executive producer of CNN’s ambitious attempt to crystalize the most turbulent decade of the past half-century, the 10-part documentary series The Sixties. CNN has made a few episodes available to the press for …

Siri, Who Is Siri?

“When I first discovered that was my voice, to be honest it was a little creepy.” That’s Susan C. Bennett, identified today by CNN as the voice of Siri, Apple’s talking virtual assistant. At least she was the voice of Siri in the United States before two different voices began to replace her as part of Apple’s new operating system. Apple won’t confirm the news, but CNN enlisted a vocal forensics expert, who is “100 percent” certain that Bennett is …

‘Our Nixon’: History in Home Movies

Next year marks the 40th anniversary of the culmination of the Watergate scandal, which ended in the summer of 1974 when Richard Nixon defiantly boarded a helicopter on the White House lawn and left his presidency - and the American public’s trust in their government – smoldering on the ground below. Nixon died in 1994 – he would have turned 100 this year – but his legacy remains a living, breathing entity. The latest entry in Nixonography is the documentary Our …

Larry King Signs Off

Pic via WireImage/Getty This week, cable pioneer Larry King signs off from his CNN show after 25 years of incredible interviews and commentary. Via Lorrie Lynch at AARP: At the height of his success, he had 1.6 million nightly viewers, wrote a weekly column of quirky observations (which I edited for a short time) in the nationally circulated USA TODAY, and appeared as himself in 1990s movies like Dave and Bullworth. As he goes out, King ranks third in his …