Asawin Suebsaeng

Asawin Suebsaeng

Reporter

Asawin Suebsaeng is a reporter at the Washington, DC, bureau of Mother Jones. He has also written for The American Prospect, the Bangkok Post, and Shoecomics.com.

Full Bio | Get my RSS |

A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., Asawin came back to DC with hopes of putting his flimsy Creative Writing major, student newspaper tenure, and interest in human rights and political chicanery to some use. He started cutting his teeth at F&M's student-run weekly, The College Reporter, serving as editor in chief. He has interned at The American Prospect, been a reporter for the Bangkok Post, and scribbled for ShoeComics.com. His favorite movie is either Apocalypse Now or Pirahna 3D, depending on the day or mood.

"Movie & An Argument" Podcast: Terrorists, Serial Killers & Samuel L. Jackson

| Fri Sep. 28, 2012 3:00 AM PDT

On this week's episode of A Movie & An Argument, With Alyssa Rosenberg & Asawin Suebsaeng, we discuss:

  • Last Resort, a new serial drama about a rogue US nuclear submarine, premiering on Thursday, September 27 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. (Alyssa thinks it's one of the very best pilots she's seen this fall; I thought it was worse than The World Is Not Enough.)
  • Homeland, the Emmy-winning psychodrama that returns for a second season on Sunday, September 30 at 10 p.m. EDT on Showtime.
  • Dexter, which kicks off its seventh and penultimate season on Sunday, September 30 at 9 p.m. EDT on Showtime.
  • Samuel L. Jackson's new pro-Obama, super-PAC-funded video, titled "Wake the Fuck Up," and other celebrity political ads and web videos.

 Listen here:

Each week, I'll be sitting down to chat with ThinkProgress critic Alyssa Rosenberg (who also does killer work at The Atlantic and Slate's "Double X"). We'll talk, argue, and laugh about the latest movies, television shows, and pop-cultural nonsense—with some politics thrown in just for the hell of it.

Alyssa describes herself as being "equally devoted to the Star Wars expanded universe and Barbara Stanwyck, to Better Off Ted and Deadwood." I (everyone calls me Swin) am a devoted lover of low-brow dark humor, Yuengling, and movies with high body counts. I hope you enjoyed this episode, and tune in during the weeks to come.

We'll be featuring guests on the program, and also taking listeners' questions, so feel free to Tweet them at me here, and we'll see if we can get to them during a show.

Thank you for listening!

Click here for more movie and TV features from Mother Jones. To read more of Asawin's reviews, click here.

To find more episodes of this podcast in the iTunes store, click here.

To check out Alyssa's Bloggingheads show, click here.

Advertise on MotherJones.com

Movie & An Argument: Chick Flicks & Dick Flicks Edition

| Thu Sep. 27, 2012 6:46 PM PDT

Length: 41:58 minutes (26.89 MB)

Download Audio

What do Jon Tester, George Harrison, and Sam Raimi Have in Common?

| Wed Sep. 26, 2012 3:23 PM PDT

Watch these three videos back-to-back.

The first is a new ad released this week by Montana Senate candidate Jon Tester, a wolf-hating, steak-loving, buzz-cut-having Democrat who is locked in a wacky and wild campaign that could very well determine control of the Senate. He—along with the talking zombie wildlife nailed to his cabin walls—wants you to remember that he's a Democrat hunters can get behind:

Now, watch this segment of the music video for George Harrison's 1987 cover of "Got My Mind Set on You":

Finally: This bizarre sequence from Sam Raimi's 1987 slapstick horror movie Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn:

So what exactly do Jon Tester, George Harrison, and Sam Raimi have in common? Magical talking zombie wildlife on their cabin walls. That's what.

He could use a little bit of magic at this point. The latest survey from Mason–Dixon has Tester trailing his Republican challenger, Rep. Denny Rehberg, by three points.

The Impending Global Bacon Shortage... and Climate Change

| Wed Sep. 26, 2012 8:33 AM PDT

We are all so very screwed. Here is a CBS News report to ruin your day:

Britain's National Pig Association, "the voice of the British pig industry," warned recently that a global shortage of bacon and pork "is now unavoidable" because of shrinking herds...[A]nnual pig production for Europe's main pig producers fell across the board between 2011 and 2012, a trend that "is being mirrored around the world." The group tied the decline to increased feed costs, an effect of poor harvests for corn and soybeans...

But the projected decline isn't news to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In its monthly outlook report (PDF) from August, the department linked a reduction next year in the United States to this year's drought in the Midwest.

WATCH: In Pro-Obama Ad, Samuel L. Jackson Tells Complacent Voters to "Wake the Fuck Up!"

| Wed Sep. 26, 2012 3:00 AM PDT

Hollywood megastar and snake-punching virtuoso Samuel L. Jackson plays the lead in a new ad from The Jewish Council for Education & Research (JCER), a liberal super-PAC. It is nearly four minutes long. It is unabashedly pro-Obama. It will be shown exclusively online. Oh, and it's titled, "Wake the Fuck Up."

Jackson, 63, narrates in a Seussian fashion (Whoville!), while paying homage to the audiobook he recorded for Adam Mansbach's children's book sendup Go the Fuck to Sleep. The clip consists primarily of the actor, clad in jeans and a black beret, magically appearing in houses and hurling obscenities and Democratic talking points at unsuspecting white suburbanites.

In one scene, for example, Jackson intones:

Sorry, my friend, but there's no time to snore.
And out-of-touch millionaires just declared war.
On schools, the environment, unions, fair pay.
We're all on our own if Romney has his way.
And he's against safety nets, if you fall, tough luck.
So I strongly suggest that you wake the fuck up.

Fri Feb. 28, 2014 4:00 AM PST
Fri Feb. 7, 2014 5:39 PM PST
Fri Feb. 7, 2014 10:22 AM PST