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Orange is the New Black

By Bob on October 3, 2013 4:15 AM

Netflix' new original series, Orange is the New Black, is more than just another edgy drama. It's a shot across the bow of traditional network and cable TV, because it's only available to Netflix subscribers (all 33 million of us).

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As the mainstream networks continue losing viewers due to bland programming, providers like Netflix are serving up some tasty alternatives. Orange is the New Black is the new dish on its menu and it's pretty spicy. It's also not for the easily offended or anyone who still considers Jay Leno "edgy" or even funny. Brief nudity. Language. Adult situations. You have been warned. 

Orange is the story of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman in her thirties who's sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of a decade-old crime of transporting money for her drug dealing girlfriend (Laura Prepon, That 70's Show). It's based on a true story written by ex-con Piper Kerman and directed by Weeds' Jenji Kohan.


It's gritty and funny and (since I've never spent time in a women's prison I can only assume this next part) all together REAL.

Schilling's portrayal of upper-middle-class-white-girl-sent-to-prison Piper is almost too good. You feel her pain, alienation and fear of the general prison population. The only thing missing from this soundtrack is Leon Russell's Stranger in a Strange Land. That song is the perfect illustration of Piper's plight - because, that's EXACTLY what she is

If you're looking for a series to spice up your TV viewing, then check out Orange is the New Black. The entire 2013 season is now available on Netflix streaming.

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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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