Top Picks: The Seasonal Food Guide app, 'The Lost City of Z' on DVD and Blu-ray, and more top picks

Documentary master Ken Burns returns with his latest work, 'The Vietnam War,' a NASA video has even more about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse that captivated the United States, and more top picks.


Seasonal selections

Does having fresh food from farmers markets year-round appeal to you? From nectarines to mustard greens, the Seasonal Food Guide app lets food lovers quickly see which produce is in season at any time in all 50 US states. Set reminders for when your favorites are in season, or tap “Learn & Cook” to get environmental impact data, professional preparation and preservation tips, and recipes for the database’s 140-plus fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and herbs. It’s free for iOS and Android.

More eclipse

Looking to see even more about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse that captivated the United States? A NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center G-III aircraft was over Oregon’s coast during the eclipse and captured a video of the moon’s umbra. Check it out at

Adventure story

The Lost City of Z is the story of explorer Lt. Col. Percival Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam, who stars with Tom Holland), a British Army officer who went looking for a civilization that he thought was located in South America. Monitor film critic Peter Rainer praises the work of director James Gray and cinematographer Darius Khondji: “[Gray] has a rare gift for creating visual tableaux that encompass the widest breadth of emotion in a single shot.... In ‘The Lost City of Z,’ he strikes these images again and again.” The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film is rated PG-13 (violence and disturbing images).

Calculating made easy

Looking for a new calculator app to solve your mathematical problems with ease? Numerical2 features a scientific keypad and fraction key, as well as various themes. It also saves your work so you can check back later. The app is free for iOS.

Vietnam documented

Documentary master Ken Burns returns with his latest work, The Vietnam War, which debuts Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. on PBS. The 10-part program, co-directed by Lynn Novick, delves into the background of one of the most controversial conflicts in American history, with interviews from both American and Vietnamese participants. Viewers should be aware of language and violent content.

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