Archives for June, 2012

‘Amish’ Recap From Mose: Season Finale

The following is written by ex-Amish community leader Mose Gingerich who’s featured on the new series Amish: Out of Order: When I look back now over the span of the time it took to film the entire series of Amish: Out of Order, and I realize exactly how much went into making this show a…

World Party: The Hardest Drinking Countries

In this week’s episode, Taboo looks at the sometimes questionable and even dangerous effects that alcohol can have on some individual’s lives. The way people interact with booze has much to do with culture as well as individual behavior. Alcohol consumption is met with different expectations and limitations from country to country. Most countries however,…

Locked Up Abroad: Son of Saddam

23 year-old Iraqi soldier Latif Yahia is fighting in the Iran-Iraq War when he was summoned to the Republican Palace. There, Saddam Hussein’s eldest son Uday demands that Latif becomes his body double. Latif is a near-exact physical match for the evil son, virtually his twin.  He doesn’t want the role, but Uday has him…

Meet the Hutterites: Getting Blood on Her Hands

Written by Cherisse Corbin, Co-Executive Producer When Claudia told us that she was ready to try something different and was tired of doing her normal cooking and cleaning on the colony, I thought OK – what does she have up her sleeve?  When she said she wanted to try men’s work we were excited about…

So What’s With the Talking Baboons, Anyway?

Guest post from Executive Producer Jon Kroll Of the comedic tone we took in editing Big Baboon House, one of the biggest creative decisions we faced was: should the baboons “speak”? Ultimately, we determined that since we were making every effort to develop the baboons as archetypical reality show characters, it would help to add…

The Science of Self-Mutilation

Self-mutilation, often referred to as self-injurious behavior or SIB, is the act of deliberately harming your own body, such as cutting or burning yourself. SIB is not meant as a suicide attempt, but often seems to be a way to cope with emotional pain, intense anger and frustration. In this week’s episode of Taboo: Strange…

The Autism Spectrum

Autism Spectrum Disorder is becoming increasingly common in the United States, but it is still often misunderstood. In this week’s episode of Taboo: Strange Behaviors, Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher live with Autism and must manage life in a world that finds their behavior bizarre. Working together they are trying to help others who share…

Meet the Photo Contest Judges: Cole Rise

You’ve met Casey, you’ve met Cynthia – now say hello to…. Cole Rise.  Cole has spent the better half of his life taking pleasure behind the lens; stalking cows and lying in the grass to capture the landscape. You may have seen his work in a few magazines, art blogs, CD covers and the like.…

Locked Up Abroad Lessons Guyana: The False Allure of Pre-Paid Vacations

The tiny South American nation of Guyana has one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Also known as the “land of many waters,” Guyana possesses a bountiful assemblage of mammals, and nearly 4,000 species of plant growing exclusively within its lush rain forests (70% of which are in pristine condition). The nation…

Meet the Photo Contest Judges: Cynthia Drescher

Our photo contest has come to a close and our judges, Cynthia Drescher, Cole Rise and Casey Anderson are hard at work choosing a winner – a daunting task to be sure!  You already know Casey – over the next couple of days we’ll be sharing more about the other two folks who are pouring…