The things we watched, listened to and streamed while we weren’t celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend.


A reporting endeavor seven years in the making, “Toms River” was the 2014 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Fagin spent years buried up to his eyeballs in court documents and juggling crooked capitalists, enraged residents and one impassioned Greenpeace volunteer. The effort was not misplaced. In the end, the reader is left with the sobering realization that a community’s health is often sacrificed on the altar of economic growth and environmental justice does not come quickly. (James Steinbauer, opinion editor)


Next time you’re scouring Netflix for something worth watching, consider “Stuck In Love,” a romantic drama following a man, his cheating ex-wife and their two children as they experience love and life. Samantha is a college student and budding author who doesn’t believe in love — until a guy proves her wrong. Her brother, high school nice guy, Rusty, falls for a popular, more experienced girl with a drug problem. At times, “Stuck In Love” follows the script of a typical romance, but it’s different enough to keep you guessing. Instead of a storybook ending, it feels more like real life. (Marissa Stipek, opinion editor)


On Sunday night, HBO released yet another teaser trailer for the sixth season of their hit fantasy series, “Game of Thrones.” If 30 seconds of basically nothing can get fans into a frenzy, you know the show is worthwhile. The book series it’s based on is phenomenal, but the show is some of the best television you’ll ever watch. Prepare for gore, language and a lot of nudity, but it’s worthwhile for the great acting and engaging plot. Binge watch now and you’ll be ready for season six in April. (Abbey Gingras, news editor)


I’ve never been a fan of shows like “The Bachelor” — the whole fairy-tale-romance-live-on-TV thing just doesn’t fly with me. But “UnReal,” focuses on the people who make reality TV, which is infinitely more interesting. Set on-location in California with “Everlasting,” a show scarily similar to “The Bachelor,” the first season follows Rachel, a producer, and Quinn, the executive producer, as they create the 13th season of their hit show. The behind-the-scenes drama is just as ridiculous as you’d expect it to be — a British suitor who refuses to cooperate, producers who manipulate the contestants right and left for more money and catty women who will do anything to win their “prince’s” heart. It’s good TV about the making of bad TV. The first season’s 10 addictive episodes are available on Hulu for your viewing pleasure. (Britton Perelman, managing editor)


Last week, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler was announced MVP of the NBA Celebrity All-Star game after Team Canada beat Team USA 74 to 64. During the post-game interview with Butler, the reporter from ESPN ripped the microphone away from Butler as he was explaining, “Since this is an election year in the United States, they could learn a lot from Canada in terms of free health care—” but was interrupted. This pointed gesture on live TV reminds us that his songwriting has always been politically charged. “Neon Bible,” released in 2007, is a lament on international wars, namely the war in Iraq, phony televangelists, debt, and consumer culture. So it’s been playing almost non-stop this week. (Kyle Hayden, design editor)