4 Netflix Documentaries You Finally Have Time To Watch Over Summer Break

4 Netflix Documentaries You Finally Have Time To Watch Over Summer Break

What better time to sit down, tune out, and focus on these fantastic Netflix documentaries?
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Over the past three years, the documentary genre has seen a resurgence in popularity, mainly thanks to Netflix and its docuseries “Making a Murderer” which captured viewers from all walks of life. Earning a notable 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, the show revived the documentary genre and made it modern. After “Making a Murderer” came Ava DuVernay’s award-winning documentary “13th” which proved that documentaries could be gripping, inventive, and, overall, provocative.

These four docs continue to break down the stereotype of documentaries just being things you zone out during in class. They’re well produced, incredibly researched, and undeniably entertaining. With summer fast approaching, what better time to sit down, tune out, and focus on these fantastic Netflix documentaries?

1. Bobby Kennedy For President

A must for any history, Kennedy, or basic documentary fan, this four-episode series is incredibly constructed: interviews, television footage, and home videos are all cut together to paint a simultaneously promising and heart wrenching image of an America we could have had.

The first three episodes of the mini-series follow Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s rise to prominence, the road to his presidential campaign, and ultimate assassination. The fourth and final episode recounts the aftermath of Kennedy’s death and how the country, once hopeful for a future lead by Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy that was progressive and inclusive of all.

2. Wild Wild Country

The documentary was hilariously mocked by Saturday Night Live, but the subject matter of the eight-episode docuseries is far from funny. It follows the Rajneeshpuram community, their charismatic leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and the disparities between how the community saw themselves (a religion) and how the rest of the world saw them (a cult).

3. Wormwood

Prompted by Eric Olson’s refusal to accept his father’s mysterious death as a suicide, this series uncovers the covert CIA biological warfare program, Project MKUltra. After being unknowingly given LSD by his supervisor in 1953, CIA biological warfare agent Frank Olson plunges to his death from a hotel window.

Dramatically filmed, narrated, and acted, the docuseries does what “Making of a Murderer” did exceptionally well: it makes viewers question everything you thought you knew.

4. Ugly Delicious

The premise of “Ugly Delicious” is remarkably timely and necessary in the current political climate: the show follows David Chang who is determined to break down cultural and societally constructed barriers through the sharing of food. The argument set forth in the trailer is that one can open up their worldview (and potentially change their political stance) once they learn about the food from a new or misunderstood culture.

It also features comedians, world destinations, and (of course) amazing food. “Ugly Delicious” will make you open up your eyes and your stomach.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

I will always love you, Akon.
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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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Life's Too Short To Waste On Things You're Not Passionate About, So Just Buy Those Concert Tickets

Or don't buy them and spend your life wishing you did. Work and school are really important and not temporary or superficial at all, right?

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The concert of the year is quickly approaching and the more time that goes by, the more expensive those tickets are going to be. Do not keep telling yourself that "money is tight", or "it will be hard to cover the shift at work", or "school is really stressful right now". Yeah, yeah, and the sky is blue.

We all have obligations, and the whole venue is going to be filled with people that are blowing off their responsibilities and enjoying life in that moment. Someone that is constantly worried about work, school, or finances is not the same person who has the best stories to tell the next time everyone is standing around the water cooler.

Life is simply too short to waste on things that you aren't passionate about. Just go for it, already!

Now, this may be the typical opinion that one would expect from a millennial. Though regardless of someone's age, where anyone comes from or what they find value in, nobody should want to miss out on something that is clearly at this level of appeal, while also held at such little risk of regret. One day of work will not send any boss over the edge, and missing any time in class can be made up in no time. As for that oh-so-tight budget, ask yourself this question... How many unnecessary purchases have I made this month?


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Nobody needs the extra trip to Starbucks, the snack when filling up at the gas station, or the brand name clothes that looked much cuter on the mannequin. If the responsibility of where to spend a paycheck is in question, then the cut back on preventable spending should also be considered.

Concerts are completely necessary. The release that comes from amazing live music, an electric environment, and the bonding between friends is all combined to be an experience unlike any other in life. Nobody ever reminisces on a live concert event and promptly remembers how frustrated their boss was for taking the day off.


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Granted, the exact moment of purchase can be a bit painful. Just like a ripping off a band-aid, that discomfort can be aided by clinching your teeth and yelling... but with excitement! Scream! You're going! Circle that date on a calendar, start a count-down of days, and don't dare to think about all of the responsible things that are supposed to happen on that day. Opportunities for money and extra hours will always present themselves in the future, but there is only one date to see that band, concert, or festival that has been calling to you from the back of your mind for too long.

Start a new tradition and make memories with friends. The atmosphere at a concert is unlike any other, and the people that attend are just as indescribable as they are positive and encouraging. Having a bond that is shared between two music enthusiasts is something that can only be understood by someone who has had that experience. Make an entire day out of it! Get there early to tailgate and listen to the best pump-up jams on the way there. Play corn-hole in the parking lot and meet some new people. It's not like there's any work or school to do, right? Make this day off worth it!


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As if any more reasons need to be provided, always remember that the world can be a crazy and unusual place, and nobody ever knows when the last chance to do or see a certain thing will be. In 2017, the world lost Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden and Audioslave), Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park), and Tom Petty, among others. All three of these artists were on tour the year of their tragic deaths. Any fans that missed their last chance to see them play live in their nearest big city is no doubt regretting it.

Do not make the mistake of one day having to say "I wish I saw them when I had the chance". Ask any My Chemical Romance fan what they would give to go back in time just to make the irresponsible decision of buying concert tickets on a college student budget. Nobody ever knows when a band may break up, or when tragedy will strike, so make sure to attend all the concerts as possible while they are still around.

There may not always be "a next time" so when that big show is scheduled near you... do not hesitate. Learn from the ghost of missed opportunities. Nobody ever knows when their last chance to do anything will be, so live life the way it was meant to be lived and have as much fun as possible while there is still fun to be had. Buy those tickets and have something to look forward to. You owe it to yourself, and you will not regret it. Have fun.

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