Ben Hull travels to Peru's Amazon region, where his first port of call is Iquitos, a town with no connecting roads and where he finds the frenetic pace of life as intoxicating as the heat and humidity. From there Ben embarks on an epic five day trip deep into the mighty rainforest on cruise ship Aria. With his trusted Natural Guides for support Ben explores the wildlife, meets the indigenous people, fishes for piranhas and even wrestles a Caiman out of the water. It's a once in a life time voyage into one of the planet's true natural wonders.
Ben Hull takes to some of the world's most treacherous waters as he rounds Cape Horn. En route, he experiences Santiago, Chile's modern capital and samples some of their most popular wines, before flying south to Punta Arenas in Southern Patagonia, where he learns how to live like a Gaucho. From there, Ben follows in the footsteps of Darwin as he sails for Cape Horn via penguin islands and glacier alleys. The cruise then takes him to Ushuaia in the land of fire; Tierra del Fuego. Finally Ben flies to Buenos Aires, Argentina's bustling capital and home of juicy Parrilla grilled meats and the seductive dance, Tango.
A serial killer brutally slays and dismembers several gay men in New York's S&M and leather districts. The young police officer Steve Burns is sent undercover onto the streets as decoy for the murderer. Working almost completely isolated from his department, he has to learn and practice the complex rules and signals of this little society. While barely seeing his girlfriend Nancy anymore, the work starts changing him.
Having blown the music world's mind with the Mothers, Frank Zappa made a left turn to indulge his childhood love of doo-wop. Recording with the rest of the Mothers, he created CRUISING WITH RUBEN & THE JETS, an album of "greasy love songs and cretin simplicity." It is also an album of authentically performed doo-wop songs that might have even been hits had they been recorded a decade earlier. From the falsetto voice singing of unrequited love, street-corner background harmonies and "Earth Angel"- styled narratives in "Love Of My Life " and "Deseri" to the questionable production values, Zappa accurately recreated the doo-wop sound. In the process, he proved that there was more to his talent than a crude sense of humor.