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ADELE (Boing Boing TV, 2008)

I won't say Boing Boing TV *discovered* Ms. Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, but I will say that our old pal Russell Porter introduced her to many of our readers and viewers for the first time, in this classic Boing Boing TV episode from 2008.

The "heartbroken soul" sound captured in her debut album, 19, won her a Mercury Prize that year. Russell caught up with her backstage at the awards show.

One year later, she would take home two Grammys, then in 2012 she nabbed an unprecedented six, cementing Adele's role as one of the most powerful and famous female vocalists in contemporary popular music.

The video for her song "Chasing Pavement" excerpted in this BBTV episode was directed by Matthew Cullen.

Just a few days ago, by the way, the 24-year-old songstress gave birth to her first child—a beautiful baby boy.

Florence + the Machine (Boing Boing TV, 2008)

A classic Boing Boing TV episode from our vaults: Russell Porter interviews Florence Welch of Florence+the Machine at the 2008 edition of the Standon Calling festival.

Nobody in the US knew who these guys were in in 2008! Includes an interview and an impromptu, unplugged performance outside of their trailer.

Top 11 Chemistry Moments in Breaking Bad

WARNING: Video contains spoilers.

To celebrate the premiere of Breaking Bad's Fifth Season this week, my fellow trufan Miles O'Brien and I dug into the show's vaults to explore the top 10 chemistry moments in Breaking Bad, from seasons One through Four. Only, there was so much awesome science, we had to choose 11 top chemistry moments, instead.

Also, check out our excellent adventure: air-dropping in to a random Breaking Bad fan's premiere party in the show's hometown of Albuquerque, NM.

[Video Link]. More Boing Boing coverage of Breaking Bad here.

Assembled by Joe Sabia (Twitter: @joesabia, web: joesabia.co). Check out his CDZA project on YouTube, too. Thanks, Joe!

Classic arcade game deaths

A compilation of classic arcade deaths, arranged to an 8-bit cover of “Mad World” by Rob Beschizza.

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The Decemberists by Scott Compton

Meet The Decemberists, a fantastic indie/folk/rock outfit from Portland, Oregon who took 15 years to become an overnight success.

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WikiWecaps

Joe Sabia offers this hilarious and appropriately instructive recap of the Wikileaks saga as it has unfolded over the last few weeks.

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CIA torture victim more than just a leaked cable

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When Wikileaks released thousands of classified US diplomatic cables this week, a familiar criticism was repeated by the project's foes: these leaks could harm innocent people. There's no evidence of that yet, but within the documents there is evidence the American government has harmed innocent people.

One of them is Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, and a victim of so-called "extraordinary rendition." He was a car salesman in Germany, a father of six. The CIA kidnapped him by mistake (his name sounds and looks identical to that of an actual terror suspect), and sent off to receive months of torture in Afghanistan.

When the CIA realized he was innocent, he was flown to Albania and dumped on a back road without so much as an apology.

El-Masri's futile efforts at receiving justice in the U.S. are well-known, but the cables published this week by Wikileaks include revelations the U.S. also warned German authorities not to allow a local investigation into his kidnapping and abuse.

The nearest he's gotten to justice is an arrest warrant for 13 CIA agents issued by prosecutors in Spain, which they entered on forged passports.

In this video, originally part of the Witness.org documentary OUTLAWED, El-Masri relates his experiences. Boing Boing presented a portion of this documentary on our video channel back in 2008; the documents brought to light by Wikileaks provide an opportunity to revisit the story with new context.

[Video Link; Photo: (Photo: Khaled el-Masri with his family in Germany, 2005. Dieter Mayr for The New York Times)]

Gogol Bordello: "Immigraniada (We Comin' Rougher)"

Directed by Isaiah Seret and shot in L.A., Gogol Bordello’s new video chronicles the day-to-day life of an immigrant, as experienced by the members of this multi-cultural rock band

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Markets of Britain, a short film by Lee Titt

A touching reminder of Britain’s fast-vanishing rural heritage from the archives of the great and underappreciated documentary filmmaker, Lee Titt.

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Looking back at Look Around You with Popper and Serafinowicz

Offbeat British comedy duo Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz, creators of “Look Around You,” speak to us about their absurdist fake-educational science program

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N.A.S.A. Project: Strange Enough

A “Dante’s Inferno of Brazilian art” to accompany The N.A.S.A. Project’s song, Strange Enough.

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iPhone 4: How does it perform for video recording?

I took the new iPhone 4 out for a Venice Beach bike ride, to test the smartphone’s new high-res video recording capabilities. All footage in this video shot with iPhone 4.

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Rich Fulcher's Tiny Acts of Rebellion

Xeni Jardin caught up with comedian Rich Fulcher is well known for his multiple character roles on the hit BBC comedy series “The Mighty Boosh.

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Die Antwoord's US debut at Coachella

Ninja and Yo-Landi of Die Antwoord sat down with me for an interview with Xeni after the South African rap-rave band’s first-ever US performance at Coachella.

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Stone and Parker on South Park's 200th, litigious celebs and Mohammed

South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker speak with Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin.

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