America was a hit single in 1981.  I’m fairly certain I first remember hearing it on an episode of Reading Rainbow.  No explanation necessary.  Oddly enough this is my second Neil Diamond reference in this feature over the past 3 weeks.


On a slightly related tangent, a month ago I wrote a post about how excited I was for the new HBO series The Newsroom.  And after watching the first episode, it’s exactly what I expected it to be.  The show’s opening scene seems relevant today:

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