Kids discuss the 2012 election, the app Givit lets smart phone users easily edit movies, and more top picks.
A visit with Steve Jobs
Apple founder Steve Jobs was notoriously private, so since a long-lost interview from 1995 turned up on a VHS tape in a producer's garage, fans and critics alike are in for a treat with Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, arriving on DVD Oct. 23. Taped two years before his return to Apple, this uncut interview walks us through his life in remarkable detail, providing nuggets of insights for generations of aspiring entrepreneurs. Among other compelling bits, Mr. Jobs notes that creating one of his earliest inventions taught him that even a young man with few resources could create a tool that could win over the world.
Old favorites made new
The Electric Light Orchestra, with its infectious 1970s hits, was never a critics' darling, but even the most jaded probably wouldn't change the station if "Evil Woman" or "Telephone Line" came on. It is in that spirit that we happily recommend Long Wave, a new collection of favorite oldies from ELO mastermind, and former Traveling Wilburys band member, Jeff Lynne. The Everly Brothers' "So Sad" stands out, as do charming versions of Bobby Darin's "Beyond the Sea" and Chuck Berry's classic "Let it Rock." Big, shining baubles of fun.
The kiddie ballot
With the countdown to the presidential election, Parenting.com interviewed children at a block party to test their knowledge about the candidates. Highlights include a boy who identifies the US president as "Broccoli Ama" and an interviewee who, when asked if he would like to live in the White House, casually replies, "We've lived in there before." Check it out at http://bit.ly/prezkids.
The other nuclear crisis
As the world watches the nuclear standoff between Iran and Western nations, PBS reminds us that the globe has stared down the barrel of mutual assured destruction before. On the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, Cuban Missile Crisis – Three Men Go to War walks us through the 13 days that terrified the world. Airs Oct. 23.
Pocket video editor
Smart phones may be convenient video cameras, but they're rather crummy video editors. Givit wants to fix that. While Apple's own iMovie tries to condense desktop tools down to a 4-inch screen, Givit rethinks the whole process. This free iPhone app simplifies how people edit clips, add transitions, include soundtracks, and upload their videos. Think of it as an Instagram for video – a few taps and you're done.
Passing the torch
Lee Ritenour's masterly Rhythm Sessions is remarkable for its combination of legendary musicians sharing credits with novice winners of Ritenour's 2012 Rhythm Section Competition. From the funky Herbie Hancock tune "Fat Albert Rotunda," featuring deft keyboard work by former band mate Patrice Rushen, to Chick Corea's softly sweet "Children's Song #1," Ritenour maintains musical cohesion throughout. The young turks handle David Grusin's "Punta del Soul" with skill, revealing the promise that allowed them to keep such august company.