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February 26 2010

The Case for Same-Sex Marriage

Former legal rivals David Boies and Theodore Olson team up

February 19 2010

Buying America's courts?

Are big money campaign donations in judicial races corrupting America's courts?

February 12 2010

Bill T. Jones

Finding Lincoln through art

February 05 2010

After Citizen's United

Money and Politics

January 29 2010

The State of the Union and Campaign Finance

The State of the Union and Campaign Finance

January 22 2010

Obama's First Year

Peace Through Education

January 15 2010

Greg Mortenson and Thomas Frank

Peace Through Education

January 08 2010

Big Money and Big Politics

Kevin Drum and David Corn

January 07 2010

Georgia: Let's talk about sex, baby…

kiss-208-2bPerhaps the most buzzing topic in the Georgian social media scene was not politics, elections, sport, crisis, earthquakes or catastrophe. Instead, one of the most discussed topics was actually about a new television show, Ghame Shorenastan. Shown on Imedi TV, the title translates as Night with Shorena and covers topics about sex.

As the first to do so, and with former Georgian Playboy Playmate Shorena Begashvili, the show received a lot of feedback online, both positive and negative. NightGravity was certainly delighted.

გაქაჩავს. დარწმუნებული ვარ ბევრმა ცნობილმა თუ არა ცობილმა უყურა,ბევრმა კონსერვატმა და ა.შ.

This show will work. I'm sure a lot of famous, not so famous and also conservative people watched it.

Everybody agreed that Georgia needs a television programme about sex and most of the negative comments, such as this criticism by lukrenc, were of a more technical nature.

გადაცემას უდაოდ საინტერესო და სექსუალური წამყვანი ყავს–შორენა ბეგაშვილი,გადაცემის საინტერესოობაზე კი რა მოგახსენოთ მეგონა ტოპ 10 სიმღერას ვუსმენდი

The show has an indisputably interesting and sexy hostess - Shorena Begashvili - but the show itself is not so much - I thought I was listening to “Top 10 music videos”.

Popular Georgian blogger Tomushka made several posts about the show and reviewed every episode. She also criticized the technical aspect.

There was not a main topic, and it looked like a MTV program. During 45 minutes there was 20 minutes of advertisements and 20 minutes of MTV song videos :D last 5 minutes were “hello, goodbye, sex is not bad, sex is good” :D

Lishtota even conducted an online poll asking “When will be “night with Shorena” cancelled?”


[1. One month or earlier (40%); 2. Several months (28%); It won't be cancelled (31%)]

Another blogger, Giorgi Benashvili was surprised that people did not react nire strongly about the show, especially as the authors and producers expected more scandals.

“Today, in the year 2009, teaching sex via television is not relevant anymore - this is the conclusion which is reached because of the silence with which the programme was greeted and which was not expected by its authors or me. If the show was made in 2001, I can imagine the effect it would have, as opposed to that we have now.”

In fact, the lack of adverse reactions lead many to suppose that society, or at least that part of it online, was ready for such a show. Many posts on blogs and forums even complain that the show was not informative enough, as one comment complains.

გოგო კარგია უდაოდ. ყველაფერი ისე იყო როგორც ჩვენს ცხოვრებაში, გამომწვევი ფასადით შეფუთული ფრიგიდულობა. სექსი დარჩა ოცნებად :D :D

The girl is nice for sure. Everything [the show - D.] was like our life - frigidity wrapped in an extravagant cover. Sex remained as a dream :D :D

Perhaps the television show had hoped to make a sexual revolution, but failed because Georgia has already managed to escape from the mentality of there being no sex in the USSR. This topic is not taboo anymore and maybe that sexual revolution has already happened albeit as a velvet one.

December 25 2009

Bill T. Jones

Dance and Our History

December 18 2009

Robert Kuttner and Matt Taibbi

Robert Kuttner and Matt Taibbi

December 11 2009

Historian Howard Zinn

The People's History of the United States

December 04 2009

Director Oliver Stone

Filmmaker and Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone on his work and his experience of war.

November 27 2009

Dr. Jane Goodall

Bill Moyers interviews Dr. Jane Goodall

November 20 2009

LBJ's Path to War

Bill Moyers reflects on LBJ's Vietnam

November 13 2009

Anna Deavere Smith

A One-Woman Show About Health Care in America

October 30 2009

Economic recovery in review

Wall Street is looking up, but why is Main Street America still reeling from last year's collapse?

October 23 2009

Judge Richard Goldstone.

International courts, Israel and Hamas.

October 16 2009

Redefining the United States.

Barack Obama was elected on a message of change, promising a new era of diplomacy and international cooperation - but can the President deliver a new vision of America?

October 09 2009

America's economy reformed?

A year after economic calamity brought promises of reform, is Wall Street back to business as usual?
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