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The Scream

In 1893, Edvard Munch created The Scream, one of the world’s most recognized paintings. Now, Romanian animator Sebastian Cosor offers a new take on that emblematic work of art, combining Cosor’s visuals with words by Munch and music by Pink Floyd. H/T Kuriositas

Transylvania’s Plum Liquor

VICE correspondent Jordan Redaelli heads to a tiny Romanian village in the foothills of the Carpathians to hang out with the Cazan family, master brewers of a fiery tequila-like drink called palinka. There he samples the 70-proof hooch, visits a Gypsy disco, and attempts to mix up a palinka based punch for an impromptu post-church party, Romanian-style.

Last Mask

Romanian animator Anton Octavian creates surreal graphics for music videos,  in this case, “Last Mask” by a modern jazz, techno-oriented band called Brainkiller. It’s a truly international effort. The three-member band includes keyboardist Jacob Koller from Arizona, trombone player Brian Allen from Texas and drummer Hernan Hecht from Mexico City.  Their music is distributed through Rare Noise Records, based in the United Kingdom.

To see other music videos illustrated by Octavian, visit his website at

World of Beers LXI

On tap tonight: Bergenbier, Romania.

Wild nights, stone-cold morning afters.

Europe’s Slave Trade

At the culmination of a five-year criminal investigation, this special report from Journeyman Pictures exposes an old scourge that has once again reared its ugly head in Europe — the trafficking in human slaves. The report focuses on Romanian workers lured to the Czech Republic on promises of well-paying jobs. Instead, they have been conscripted as unpaid laborers on asparagus farms, beaten, their IDs confiscated to prevent their escape and forced to live in decrepit hovels. The traffickers have now been convicted, but the Dutch company that hired them has professed ignorance of their actions and so far gone without prosecution.

World of Beers XXVII

On tap tonight: Skol, Romania.

It’s hard to make ground with your hot date when you’ve got a buttinski boss always horning in.

How Dallas Won the Cold War

Reason.TV’s Nick Gillespie remembers the heyday of Dallas, the uber-popular TV show that once boasted ratings higher than late 1970s’ interest rates. While it was a huge cultural phenomenon in the United States, the show’s greatest impact might have occurred in Romania, where it helped to topple the brutal Ceausescu regime. Says Larry Hagman, who played the villainous J.R., “”I think we were directly or indirectly responsible for the fall of the [communism]. They would see the wealthy Ewings and say, ‘Hey, we don’t have all this stuff.'”

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