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15 Things from 2015

December 18, 2015

This week we reflect on yet another year gone by—a busy and productive year for Planet.

Before we all decamp for the holidays, we leave you with 15 things from 2015—some stuff that really got our attention during our last trip around the sun.

We’ll be back next year with more food for thought, but until then, Happy Holidays, and thanks for reading.

(ONE) Albums: Joanna Newsom, Divers; Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly; Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell; Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear; Ought, Sun Coming DownBob Dylan's Bootleg Series Vol. 12Hamilton: Original Cast Recording; Sleater Kinney, No Cities to Love; Amason, Sky City

(TWO) TV: Transparent, Broad CityFargo Season 2, The Leftovers, Silicon Valley, Master of None, and the Mad Men finale (even if the conspiracy didn’t hold).

(THREE) Movies: Mad Max: Fury Road, TimbuktuEx MachinaSpotlightIt Follows

(FOUR) Documentary Films: The Wolfpack, Francis Mallmann Chef’s Table

(FIVE) Shorts: Imagination, Driving, Mark Mahoney

(SIX) Podcast Episodes: PTA on WTFThe Mystery Show: Belt BuckleReply All: Why is Mason Reese Crying?, Freakonomics Radio: The Maddest Men of All

(SEVEN) Books: Culture Trumps Everything by Gustavo R. Grodnitzky, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The First Bad Man by Miranda July, Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, Would the Insects Inherit the Earth? by Jack C. Greene and Daniel J. Strom, Consciousness Explained by Daniel Dennett, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

(EIGHT) Video Games: Hotline Miami 2: Wrong NumberMetal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Star Wars: Battlefront

(NINE) Apps: Swig, Pizza Compass

(TEN) Inside Baseball: We've started using Slack, and it's been great (just like all the podcast ads said it would be).

(ELEVEN) Innovation: Google Cardboard—virtual reality for commoners.

(TWELVE) The Presidential Primaries: Butterface Trump says all there is to say.

(THIRTEEN) Sea Changes: Marriage Equality is the law of the land.

(FOURTEEN) New Madison Restaurants: Hamilton’s on the Square, Tavernakaya

(FIFTEEN) New Madison Bar: Gib's

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