Summer Olympics (July 27-Aug. 12)

London becomes the first city to host the Games three times (1908, 1948). In Beijing, the United States claimed more total medals (110) than any other nation, leading the overall medal count for the fourth consecutive Games. In addition to NBC’s multi-channel ubiquitous TV coverage, all 302 events from all 32 sports will be streamed live on

Superhero movies

“The Amazing Spider-Man.” “The Dark Knight Rises.” And it won’t be long before “The Avengers” will be out on DVD.

“Breaking Bad”

The best show on television keeps getting badder and badder. Eight episodes this summer, then a final eight next summer.


“It’s The Middle Class, Stupid” — James Carville and Stan Greenberg

Political guru Carville and pollster Greenberg contend that Washington and Wall Street have really screwed things up for the average American. We agree.

“Channel Orange” — Frank Ocean

Ocean grabbed headlines with his sexual revelations but the real big deal is the 24-year-old New Orleans singer-songwriter’s talent. This is his second album.

ESPN The Magazine’s “The Body Issue”

MMA’s Ronda Rousey, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and the WNBA’s Candace Parker are among the athletes who took it off for the magazine’s fourth annual celebration of the athletic form.

 Sigourney Weaver in “Poltical Animals”

Weaver wonderfully channels Hillary Clinton in USA’s limited series political drama. She shows she can be a powerful woman without a super machine gun.

I Dream Books website

The Rotten Tomatoes” of literature. I Dream Books collects reviews from both “professional publications and individual critics” and assigns a numerical value to those reviews.

Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

The career of the American icon is celebrated with a 150-page large-format book with 3 CDs containing 57 tracks, including Woody’s most important recordings such as the complete version of “This Land Is Your Land.”