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New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in Newark, New Jersey. They compete in the National Hockey League as a member of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference; the club was founded as the Kansas City Scouts in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1974. The Scouts became the Colorado Rockies. In 1982, they took their current name. For their first 25 seasons in New Jersey, the Devils were based at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford and played their home games at Brendan Byrne Arena. Before the 2007–08 season, the Devils moved to Prudential Center in Newark; the franchise was poor to mediocre in the eight years before moving to New Jersey, a pattern that continued during the first five years in New Jersey as they failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs and never finished higher than fifth in their division. Their fortunes began to turn around following the hiring of president and general manager Lou Lamoriello in 1987. Under Lamoriello's stewardship, the Devils made the playoffs all but three times between 1988 and 2012, including 13 berths in a row from 1997 to 2010, finished with a winning record every season from 1992–93 to 2009–10.

They have won the Atlantic Division regular season title nine times, most in 2009–10, before transferring to the newly created Metropolitan Division as part of the NHL's realignment in 2013. The Devils have reached the Stanley Cup Finals five times, winning in 1994–95, 1999–2000 and 2002–03, losing in 2000–01 and 2011–12; the Devils were known for their defense-first approach throughout their years of Cup contention, but have since moved towards a more offensive style. The Devils have a rivalry with their cross-Hudson River neighbor, the New York Rangers, as well as a rivalry with the Philadelphia Flyers; the Devils are one of three NHL teams in the New York metropolitan area. With the move of the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn in 2012, the franchise is the only major league team in any sport that explicitly identifies itself as a New Jersey team. In 1972, the NHL announced plans to add two expansion teams, including one in Kansas City, Missouri owned by a group headed by Edwin G. Thompson; the new team was nicknamed the Scouts in reference to Cyrus E. Dallin's statue of the same name which stands in that city's Penn Valley Park.

In the team's inaugural season, 1974–75, the Scouts were forced to wait until the ninth game to play in Kansas City's Kemper Arena, did not post a win until beating the Washington Capitals, their expansion brethren, in their tenth contest. With 41 points in their inaugural season, the Scouts finished last in the Smythe Division. Kansas City fell to 36 points the following season, had a 27-game win-less streak, three short of the NHL record, set when the 1980–81 Winnipeg Jets went 30 games without a win; the Scouts had difficulty drawing fans to home games, National Hockey League Players' Association leader Alan Eagleson publicly expressed concerns about whether Scouts players would be paid. After two seasons in Kansas City, the franchise moved to Denver and was renamed the Colorado Rockies it played at the McNichols Sports Arena; the team won its first game as 4 -- 2, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Rockies were in position to qualify for the playoffs 60 games into the 1976–77 season, but a streak of 18 games without a win caused them to fall from contention.

The Rockies ended the campaign last in the division with a 20–46–14 record and 54 points, improved to 59 points the next season. Despite having the sixth-worst record in the League, the Rockies beat-out the Vancouver Canucks for second in the Division by two points and gained a playoff berth; the Philadelphia Flyers eliminated the Rockies from the playoffs in the Preliminary Round. A lack of stability continually plagued the team. In their first eight years, the Scouts/Rockies went through ten coaches, none lasting two full seasons; the franchise never won more than 22 games and did not return to the playoffs after 1977–78 in its six seasons in Colorado. Prior to the 1978–79 season, the team was sold to New Jersey trucking tycoon Arthur Imperatore, who intended to move the team to his home state; the plan was criticized due to the existence of three other NHL teams in the region. In any event, their intended home in the Meadowlands was still under construction, there was no nearby facility suitable for temporary use.

In 1979, the team featured forward Lanny McDonald. The Rockies still posted the worst record in the NHL, Cherry was subsequently fired after the season. After two more years in Denver, the Rockies were sold to a group headed by John McMullen on May 27, 1982, the franchise moved to New Jersey; as part of the relocation deal, the Devils had to compensate the three existing teams in the region – the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Flyers – for encroaching on their territory. On June 30, 1982, the team was renamed the New Jersey Devils, after the legend of the Jersey Devil, a creature that inhabited the Pine Barrens of South Jersey. Over 10,000 people voted in a contest held to select the name; the team began play in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the Brendan Byrne Arena renamed the Continental Airlines Arena and the Izod Center, where they called home through the 2006–07 season. With their relocation, the newly-christened Devils were placed in the Wales Conference's Patrick Division, their first game ended in a 3–3 tie against the Pittsburgh Pengu

Antaragni (band)

Antaragni was a fusion band from Bangalore which disbanded in 2004. Antaragni's repertoire included an amalgamation of Indian Classical and Western rock, funk and country. After Antaragni disbanded, the band's frontman, Raghupathy Dixit went on to form The Raghu Dixit Project, which he likes to refer to as an open house for musicians and artistes from different genres to come together and create a dynamic sound and expression; the name Antaragni is a union of two Sanskrit words — antar meaning'within' and agni meaning fire. Put together, they form'Antar Ki Agni' or'Antaragni' for short meaning'the fire within'; the name of the band reflected the zeal of its members for music. Antaragni, which went on to become one of Bangalore's most popular music acts, was formed sometime in the late 1990s by guitarist/songwriter/singer Raghupathy Dixit. An experimentalist in search of a new sound, Raghu hit it off with talented violin player H. N. Bhaskar. Together the duo formed Antaragni. Armed with a new sound and Bhaskar moved base to Bangalore, where they started making waves.

They met Ravichandra Rao, a flautist and percussionist of repute, their music continued to evolve. By concocting a potpourri of Indian classical and western undertones, Antaragni began to rock Bangalore. In Bangalore, Raghu met a violinist trained in western classical music. Together, Manoj George and Bhaskar started churning out some delightfully refreshing music laced with Indian folk influences; the two violinists trained in different styles added slick musical tussles to the songs, it seemed the band had two lead violinists, instead of the conventional lead guitarist. The band's fame continued to grow as it won competitions across the country with a voracious appetite; the most notable being winning the Radio City competition to be crowned the best band in Bangalore. Their first major tryst with fame however came when they were invited to open for Bryan Adams when he came to town, before a crowd of 30,000. Antaragni had arrived; the priorities of Ravi and Bhaskar as professional musicians differed from that of Raghu and they made their silent exits.

Raghu and Manoj George continued performing with guest artists until they disbanded in 2004. The Raghu Dixit Project official website Raghupathy Dixit, Bangalore, India

Crooked Media

Crooked Media is an American political media company. It was founded in 2017 by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, all former top Barack Obama staffers and co-hosts, with Dan Pfeiffer, of the Keepin' it 1600 podcast; the company's offerings encompass a network of podcasts. It aims to foster open conversation between liberals and support grassroots activism and political participation; the company's flagship podcast, Pod Save America, airs twice weekly and averages more than 1.5 million listeners an episode. In Fall 2018, four Pod Save America one-hour specials aired on HBO. By November of its first year, the podcast had been downloaded over 120 million times, 175 million times by February 2018; the company is headquartered in California. Favreau, Lovett and Pfeiffer hosted The Ringer's Keepin' it 1600 political podcast from March 2016 until December 2016. After Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election, Favreau and Vietor decided they wanted to do podcasting and activism on a full-time basis.

In an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher, Vietor explained that "If Hillary had won, we would've kept doing this as a hobby... But when she lost, I think we all had this existential crisis, where it didn't feel right to wake up every day and obsess about politics and what's happening in the country, go to work doing something else"; the quartet ended Keepin' it 1600 in December 2016. Favreau and Vietor formed their own company, Crooked Media, the following month, launched a new podcast called Pod Save America. Pfeiffer opted not to join the company, instead co-host the Thursday edition of the show. Crooked Media is named after a favorite term used by President Trump; when asked whether he thought Crooked Media was a'media company', Favreau said, "I don't know if it's a political movement or a media company". The company announced a major expansion in October 2017 with the launch of Crooked.com, a text journalism site helmed by Editor-In-Chief Brian Beutler, a former New Republic senior editor.

The expansion introduced the'Crooked Contributors' network—a diverse group of journalists, organizers, policy experts, campaign veterans, comedians who will be featured in podcasts and articles produced by the company. The company is not raising money from outside investors, instead using advertising revenue to fund the business. Abdul El-Sayed Akilah Hughes Alyssa Mastromonaco Ana Marie Cox Blair Imani Brittany Packnett Clint Smith III Dan Pfeiffer DeRay Mckesson Erin Ryan Gideon Resnick Grace Parra Ira Madison III Jason Kander Jon Favreau Jon Lovett Kara Brown Kiran Deol Louis Virtel Megan Gailey Rebecca Nagle Samuel Sinyangwe Tommy Vietor Ziwe Fumudoh Crooked Media produces and distributes a range of podcasts. An American progressive political podcast "for people not yet ready to give up or go insane." Pod Save America airs twice weekly, with the Monday edition hosted by Favreau and Lovett, the Thursday edition by Favreau and Pfeiffer. Pod Save America is noted for its focus on activism.

Hosted by organizer and activist DeRay Mckesson, Pod Save the People talks about culture, social justice, politics by exploring the history, the language, the people who are shaping the struggle for progress — and talking about the steps that each individual can take to make a difference. Hosted by Vietor, a former national security council spokesman in the Obama administration. Pod Save the World attempts to discuss foreign policy and international relations in a relatable and down to earth way; the show brings listeners behind the scenes into White House Situation Room meetings and secret negotiations through a series of conversations with people who were there. The podcast focuses on what listeners can do to make an impact on global events. Hosted by Lovett, former speech and joke writer for President Obama. Lovett or Leave it is a recording of a weekly live show and features the eponymous host dissecting the news with a panel of guests; the show features a variety of games, as well as one-on-one interviews that center around the week's news and American politics.

Hosted by political journalist Ana Marie Cox. With Friends Like These delves into social, and, to a lesser extent, political issues through in-depth interviews. Namely, how to bridge divides in our society and approach through conversations with peers. Cox focuses on attempting to have difficult conversations in a public space. Hosted by members of the company's'Crooked Contributor' network. Crooked Conversations features deeper dives into topics less tied to the latest headlines. Hosted by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, Majority 54 explores how Democrats can talk to Trump voters about divisive issues. Hosted by culture critic and columnist Ira Madison III, Louis Virtel and Aida Osman. Comedians, actors, activists and others join Madison for a conversation at the intersection of pop culture and politics. Hosted by Erin Ryan and a rotating set of women including Alyssa Mastromonaco, Blair Imani, Grace Parra, Kiran Deol, Megan Gailey, Ziwe Fumudoh, Hysteria discusses news and cultural stories that affect women’s lives.

Hosted by Jon Favreau, The Wilderness is a docuseries about the history and future of the Democratic Party