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Harold Perrineau, who played Michael Dawson
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"Meet Kevin Johnson" is the eighth episode of the fourth season of Lost and first aired March 20, 2008, on ABC in the United States. It was written by Elizabeth Sarnoff and Brian K. Vaughan, and directed by Stephen Williams. Most of the narrative is a flashback centering on Michael Dawson, played by Harold Perrineau (pictured), in the month preceding the show's present day. The writers completed the episode on the first day of the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike. ABC pledged to air the episode regardless of the strike's resolution even though the writers felt that its cliffhanger was unsuitable as a potential season finale. Thirteen million Americans watched the episode. Its climax was criticized for its placement in the story and its focus on secondary characters. Critics responded well to Michael's emotional journey but complained that his physical journey conflicted with Lost's timeline. The episode was given the fourth season's only Primetime Emmy Award, for its sound mixing. (Full article...)

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The earliest recordings of Little Walter, an American blues artist, were as a sideman, when he contributed harmonica to songs by Chicago blues musicians such as Jimmy Rogers and Muddy Waters. As the featured artist, Little Walter recorded the instrumental "Juke" in 1952. The single reached number one on Billboard's Rhythm and Blues chart and launched his career as a solo artist. A string of popular singles followed, including "Mean Old World", "Blues with a Feeling", and "Key to the Highway". His "My Babe" was one of the biggest R&B sellers of 1955. In addition to his solo career, Little Walter continued to record harmonica for songs by other artists. He recorded at a time when blues musicians were primarily singles artists. His records were released on Checker Records, run by the Chess brothers, Leonard and Phil. The one album released during his lifetime is a compilation issued by Chess Records, titled The Best of Little Walter (1958). Rolling Stone ranked it at number 198 in its list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". (Full list...)

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The blue-throated macaw (Ara glaucogularis) is a species of macaw that is endemic to a small area of north-central Bolivia, known as the Llanos de Moxos. Recent population and range estimates suggest that about 350 to 400 individuals remain in the wild. Its demise was brought on by nesting competition, avian predation, and a small native range, exacerbated by indigenous hunting and capture for the pet trade. Although plentiful in captivity, it is critically endangered in the wild and protected by trading prohibitions. In 2014, the species was designated a natural patrimony of Bolivia. This blue-throated macaw in flight was photographed at Loro Parque, on the Spanish island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

Photograph credit: Carsten Steger

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