“The French Connection” (1971)
"The French Connection" is a 1971 American crime thriller that features a New York Detective and his partner in a hot chase with a French heroin smuggler. It was the first R-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and is based on a non-fiction book. It’s definitely worth a spot on your must-watch list. It’s available to stream for free with a subscription on HBO Now, HBO GO and HBO Amazon.
“Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
This classic film features Jodie Foster as a top student at the FBI’s training academy, who has a chance to interview the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Anthony Hopkins). The breathtaking creepy atmosphere and impressive acting are two reasons why this movie is a must-watch. But beware of nightmares afterwards. "Silence of the Lambs" is available to stream for free with a subscription on HBO Now, HBO GO and HBO Amazon.
What I streamed and what I liked: Evil Genius
Our streaming pick for the weekend from Netflix is called "Evil Genius: The True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist." In August 2003, an attempted bank robbery in Erie, Pa., made news headlines across America when the robbery-gone-wrong turned into a public murder. This four-part Netflix original documentary series sets out to prove that there's more to the conspiracy and murder than what was previously thought.
“Dead Poets Society” (1989)
"Dead Poets Society" is a celebration of knowledge and comradery, featuring Robin Williams as a new English teacher to an all-boys preparatory school. His unorthodox methods clash with the historically traditional standards held at the school while he tries to reach out and connect with his students. It’s quite the rollercoaster of emotions to watch, with superb acting, and you can find it streaming for free with a subscription on Netflix.
The ‘Matilda Challenge’
"Matilda" may have hit theaters over 22 years ago, but the 1996 cult classic is still motivating fans to try their hand at summoning their inner telekinetic powers. A new viral challenge inspired by the scene from the movie when Matilda, played by Mara Wilson, masters her psychic abilities to the tune of Thurston Harris’s “Little Bitty Pretty One” has begun to take the Internet by storm.
All the different accents in America
Even in America, there’s not one accent. Someone who hails from Boston probably won’t sound the same as someone from Minnesota, and many other states with famous accents. If you’ve ever traveled to a different state, it may even sound like a completely different language. But we are all American, so where did all the different accents come from?
The huge factories of Coca-Cola
Coca-cola is a huge company, and you see their products everywhere, but how are they able to mass-produce so many products around the world? In this video, get a sneak peek into their massive factories and warehouses, and see how the Coca-Cola cans are able to get made so quickly and efficiently.
Can we resurrect the Wooly Mammoth?
13Wooly mammoths are an ancient creature, and while there are none alive today, that may soon not be true. With the towering size of an elephant and long wooly hair, seeing one would seem like taking a step back thousands of years. But with the technological innovations of today, we may soon be able to resurrect this extinct creature, and maybe some others as well.
History’s deadliest colors
What’s your favorite color? Do you love blue, the color of the sky and ocean? Or maybe you’re more of an orange sunset person. Did you know that some colors don’t always come from such innocuous backgrounds? For example, there are some colors that have a more sinister and deadly background.
3 NEW places better than Craigslist to buy and sell used items
It’s been a little while since the last time we talked about Craigslist alternatives, but once again you’ve fallen out of love with some items in your closet, and gotten some new electronics that make you less interested in your older ones. It’s time to sell some things - but where can you go these days that still isn’t Craigslist?
Every map of Louisiana is a lie
There are many things that you learned in high school that aren’t true. For instance, there aren’t just 5 senses, there are many more! But one of the things you probably trusted were those geography lessons, especially on maps of the U.S. However, there’s one state that’s always been wrong.
How to find indoor cameras when renting a house or apartment
Matthew from Kansas called in to the Kim Komando Show to talk about some strange happenings at his new apartment that have been occurring over the last few months. After sharing some stories with Kim, Matthew is convinced his neighbors are spying on him with a hidden camera in his apartment. Kim gives Matthew some great tips on how to spot and stop hidden cameras in his home.
Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth vs. USB tethering: Which is best for you?
You have your laptop open and ready. You need to answer some emails or complete a work assignment, but there’s no Wifi in sight. This could end up being a frustrating situation, but there’s a simple workaround that can get you online in a jiffy. All you need is a device, either Apple or Android, with a cellular connection. But which is the best way to connect? It all comes down to what you need to accomplish.
Podcast: Hi-tech farms – Is automated technology replacing farmers
When you think about farms and ranches, what comes to mind? You’ll be surprised to know just how hi-tech they have become. Drones, self-driving tractors and sophisticated imaging are about to revolutionize the way our food is grown. Will technology replace farmers?
Podcast: Alex Jones, the First Amendment and Big Tech
The First Amendment states that our government can't regulate our right to free speech but what about Big Tech? Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and other tech companies have been cracking down on conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones. In this Consumer Tech Update podcast Kim explores the topic of free speech and Big Tech.
Podcast: How to outsmart hackers and scammers when you travel
You go on vacation to escape. But one thing you can’t escape is the danger of being hacked, scammed or tracked - and as traveler, you’re a prime target! In this episode of Komando on Demand, you'll learn crucial safety practices to safeguard your internet security, whether travelling for business or pleasure. So before you even log on to book a flight, hotel, or car you need to arm yourself.
Slay vampire electronics to save big money
Americans spend $19 billion a year (that’s around $165 per household) on something completely wasteful. You’ve probably never thought about it, but idle electronics, also known as “vampire electronics,” consume all day and night. They us nearly a quarter of an average home's energy. Do you know how much energy is being sucked away in your home? You'd be surprised.
How to raise awareness for worthy causes
Stephen from Texas has been battling kidney disease for several years. He called in to the show asking Kim about the best ways to raise awareness about kidney donation on social media and more specifically about his own need for a kidney transplant. Kim gives Stephen some tips on how to start an awareness campaign that can help him and others in need.
How to stop Google from tracking and targeting you with ads
Have you ever noticed that Google's ads seem to know more about you than you know about yourself? When Google posts an ad about horror movies, for example, and you happen to be a horror movie buff. Google has a way of knowing what topics interest you. Did you know you can tell Google to stop tailoring its ads to your interests?
What I streamed and what I liked: “Nailed It” – Part reality show, part hot mess
Do you enjoy baking? Then you know how important it is to follow a recipe. You're going to enjoy the Netflix Original called "Nailed It", where contestants compete to win a $10,000 grand prize to create edible masterpieces. But there's a twist: the contestants have a terrible baking track record. It's a hilarious show that is guaranteed to make you laugh.
The best low-cost cellphone plans for 2018
Have you taken a look at your cellphone bill lately? It's most likely higher than you thought and you wonder why that is. Fortunately even the most expensive of carriers offer cheaper options, and while they may not be offered at the same price point as what is sold by lesser carriers, they provide the top-notch quality at a more affordable rate.
How to save your relationship from the devastation of porn addiction
Sally from Tennessee called into the show to talk about her husband's addiction to porn over the last 15 years. He wants to quit, but it has been a long and difficult road that has had some devastating effects on their marriage. Kim gives Sally tools that will offer long-term benefit not only break the addiction but also save their marriage.
Streaming video to watch this weekend: Kim’s Pick
Every week, Kim gives listeners her movie pick to watch or stream over the weekend. This week's choice is "The Music of Silence" which chronicles the life of world famous opera singer Andrea Bocelli, who transcended his blindness through his singing. If you are looking for an inspiring and heart-warming story this weekend, this is the perfect movie to watch!
The best streaming services you can get for $25 or less per month
Saving money is a good idea. A smart way to do that is to find ways to lower your monthly bills. One bill in particular comes to mind when thinking about spending less. Of course I'm talking about the cable bill. Cable and satellite companies have been raising prices for years. It's gotten to the point where it can cost up to a couple hundred dollars per month just to watch television. Don't fret! There are still quality streaming services out there that you can get at a bargain price.
Kim helps caller find a long-lost friend to thank her
Peri from Kentwood, MI called in to the Kim Komando Show looking for Kim to help her find a middle school friend named Norma. Peri wanted to find Norma to thank her for saving her life all those years ago and to tell her how much their friendship meant to her. If you've had a person impact your life, this story will tug at your heartstrings. Kim gives Peri advice on how to reconnect with her long lost friend Norma.
10 clever Gmail settings that will fix your inbox once and for all
Do you have problems with your email? Gmail is clearly the email program of choice for the majority of people. Free and with virtually unlimited storage, it boasts more than 1 billion active users! Google packs so many features into gmail but as we all know, more features means more clutter and more confusion. But don't worry, we will help you become a pro at managing your email.
Electric or gas-powered cars – Which one is cheaper to own?
We're in the age of the eco-friendly car boom. Hybrid vehicles aside, electric cars run solely on battery power and that means no trips to the gas station. The idea is to save money, right? Gas may be expensive but electricity is not particularly cheap, either. Add to the equation the price of an electric car compared to a fuel-efficient standard vehicle and some questions seem to arise. Kim Komando looks at the pros and cons of electric versus gas-powered cars and answers the question: which is cheaper?
Caller finds $611,000 by asking Kim for advice
Debbie called The Kim Komando Show concerned her father got a letter from an investigator claiming they found money that belonged to him and wanted a finder’s fee. The amount? $611,000! Before acting on it, she called Kim for her trusted advice. Kim did investigating on her own and found shocking results: This claim looks legitimate! Kim told Debbie how to get the money without paying anyone a finder's fee. Who knows? Maybe there is a fortune waiting for you too!
Amazon default privacy settings you need to change now
Amazon is the go-to for great deal on shopping. So when did it become a social media website too? Believe it or not, Amazon is recording a lot about you. There are some settings you should know about to make sure that your shopping activity isn't out there for everyone to see. The good news is that you have control over what is posted on there. In this video, Kim gives the steps you need to ensure your privacy when shopping on Amazon.
August 11, 2018 – Hour 2
Kim Komando shares the latest information about everything digital, with plenty of fun, and the best callers from coast-to-coast!
OneRepublic – ‘Good Life’
Music video by OneRepublic performing Good Life. (C) 2011 Mosley Music/Interscope Records