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Ruthless Cosmopolitan Howard

By Rob Eshman

August 4, 2009 | 5:57 pm

"Deliverance": What Howard Thinks of
When He Thinks of the Country

On vacation up in Lake Arrowhead, I turned on Howard in the car.  I’d been with my family the whole time, which means no Howard.  I love the guy, but anyone who allows his 13 year-old... read on

  • When Howard Met Sacha

    By Rob Eshman

    July 14, 2009 | 8:31 pm

    Sacha Baron Cohen was on the show yesterday. It was theatre.  Cohen as Bruno, Stern and Robin as his straight man and woman.  If you didn’t hear it, imagine a Sid Caesar sketch from “Your Show of Shows”—funny accents, stream of consciousness humor, one-liners—but imagine... read on

  • Raising the Dead

    By Rob Eshman

    July 10, 2009 | 6:27 pm

    “There is no lower form of media than radio,” Howard is fond of saying—over and over. Throughout the “The History of Howard Stern, Part 2,” Howard slams radio as the bottom of the media industry, and D.J.s as the lowest media life form (this was before Harvey Levin, mind... read on

  • Mommy Dearest

    By Rob Eshman

    July 7, 2009 | 9:29 pm

    “The History of Howard Stern, Part 2” replayed a segment from many years ago where Howard describes his upbringing by a domineering mother to being raised as a “little Hitler.” I think at one point he describes himself as the child of Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress.

    That... read on

  • Last Licks

    By Rob Eshman

    July 6, 2009 | 10:21 pm

    Whether Howard Stern retires from his daily morning show at the end of his contract, or extends it for another couple years, the writing is on the wall—he isn’t going to be doing his show for that much longer.  Two years?  Three years? Five? Any way you look at it, it’s hard to... read on

  • A-hole Journalism

    By Rob Eshman

    July 2, 2009 | 9:43 pm

    Today’s “History of Howard Stern, Part II” spent some time on the show’s use of ambush interviews, when the show sends out an intern or employee to pose as a reporter and pester celebrities with rude and inappropriate questions.

    At first Stern used his producer, Gary... read on

  • “A”

    By Rob Eshman

    July 1, 2009 | 4:23 pm

    The show is on vacation this week, so they’re playing a radio documentary Stern and his team did on his life and career, “The History of Howard Stern, Part 2.”  It may not be compelling to anyone but diehard fans, but it should be. 

    There’s a lot of universal insight and... read on

  • Julius Genachowski—A Smart Jewish Boy

    By Rob Eshman

    June 30, 2009 | 8:42 pm

    The new head of the FCC is a smart Jewish boy.

    How smart is Julius Genachowski?

    According to his Wikipedia bio:

    Genachowski grew up in Great Neck, New York and received his B.A. in history in 1985 magna cum laude, from Columbia College, Columbia University, where he was an editor... read on

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Rob Eshman created the blog Serious Stern on June 17, 2009.  Serious Stern is devoted to a serious (hence the name) exploration of the cultural impact of Howard Stern.

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