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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing

This week, we played fantasy barista, listened to some robot tunes, and then finally went outside to stare at some pretty clouds.Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention...

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'Succession,' Season 4, Episode 5, 'Kill List'

The gist of itIn this episode, Team Waystar heads for Norway to meet with Matsson and knock out the details of the GoJo deal. Kendall and Roman try to play hardball, but Matsson prefers what he's...

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In 'Baby J,' John Mulaney's jokes are all at the expense of one person: John...

Almost every joke in the new John Mulaney special, Baby J, is at the expense of the same person: John Mulaney, circa 2020-2021.2023 John Mulaney wants to talk about going to rehab at the end of 2020 to...

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In 'Are You There, God?' Margaret's story isn't universal — and that's OK

When the lights go down on the new adaptation of Judy Blume's middle-grade classic Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, one of the first things you see is a note about the year in which the film is...

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'Succession' season 4, episode 6: 'Living+'

Catch up with our recaps.The gist of itThe easiest way to explain this eventful episode might be to start by talking about where all our characters end up, and then we'll explain how they all got there...

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If you think a writers' strike will be bad for viewers, status quo may be...

It's beyond question that the WGA strike, which began Tuesday, will have potentially devastating effects on writers, on the industry, and on the economy. That's not controversial; people don't engage...

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'Succession' season 4, episode 7, 'Tailgate Party'

On the eve of the presidential election, Tom and Shiv host what was supposed to be Logan's party, but little goes as planned. Roman and Kendall identify a potential weakness that could crush Matsson's...

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Brace yourself for a bleaker 'Bridgerton' in the new 'Queen Charlotte' spin-off

It's not surprising that Bridgerton, with two successful Netflix seasons down and more to come, already has its first spin-off. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story is intellectual property upon...

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

This week we talked to some Pulitzer winners, debated which TV finale is the best, and watched a Monsoon Wedding. Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what...

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'Succession' season 4, episode 8: 'America Decides'

The gist of itIn an excruciating hour of TV, the Roys camp out at ATN to run election night coverage. Roman is perfectly ready to interfere to hand the election to Mencken, Connor just wants to be...

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'Succession' season 4, episode 9: 'Church and State'

The gist of itAt Logan's funeral, Roman's plans for greatness go awry after Uncle Ewan unloads some heavy truths. Kendall steps into the breach, and for the second time this season, he puts on a good...

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend viewing and listening

This week we celebrated the life of an icon, ranked the SNL musical guests, and talked with the composer of theSuccession soundtrack. Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying...

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'Platonic' is more full-circle friendship than love triangle, and it's better...

Some of Seth Rogen's best chemistry with women has bloomed in properties that pair him with someone whose vibes are, or can be rendered as, vaguely patrician. Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up, Charlize...

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'Succession' has ended — and the point was never who was going to win

The gist of itMatsson's alliance with Shiv fell apart, thanks to Greg sniffing around a meeting where Matsson revealed his actual choice for the new U.S. CEO: Tom. Kendall managed to get the siblings...

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Dear 'Succession' fans, we need to talk about Shiv Roy in that series finale

HBO's Succession ended a four-season run on Sunday night. And Siobhan Roy's final choice, which determined the fate of her father's empire, exemplifies what the show has been best at, and what its...

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These are the new movies and TV shows we can't wait to watch this summer

Studios raced to finish summer attractions ahead of the writers strike— and we're back with a great big guide of what to watch as the days get hotter and longer. You can search by genre and where to...

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Five great moments from the 'Ted Lasso' finale

Ted Lasso had a bit of a bumpy third season, and its final episode (now streaming on Apple TV+) didn't undo all of those bumps. Nevertheless, the show pulled off some very nice moments that doubtless...

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If you don't love the 3D movie experience, you're not alone

I saw the Pixar film Elementalthis week. It's a story about Element City, where fire people, water people, cloud/air people and earth people all live alongside each other, sometimes uncomfortably. Some...

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'The Bear' deftly turns the 'CORNER!' into Season 2

It's hard to maintain the level of enthusiasm that critics and audiences worked up over The Bear last summer. The impeccably made story of Carmy (Jeremy Allen White), who takes over the family...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend reading, viewing and listening

This week we listened to some Kelly Clarkson, solved someRubik's cubes, and stayed up 'till midnight. Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what you should...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing and listening

This week we ate some hot dogs, took aJoy Ride, set a new deadline, and saw things heat up on reality TV. Here's what NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what you should...

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It's going to be a weird year at the Emmys: Here are our predictions

It's going to be a strange Emmys year. It just is.This year's awards come in an atmosphere of profound labor unrest, most obviously in the form of the writers' strike that's been going on since May and...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing, listening and reading

This week actors joined writers on strike. Black Mirror scored another point for its prescience. And a hotly anticipated premiere experienced some high-profile walkouts.Here's what the NPR's Pop...

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Cruise control: An homage to the relentless reliability of 'Mission:...

More than Marvel or DC, more than Jurassic World, maybe even more than James Bond with its revolving 007s, the Mission: Impossible franchise runs on its ability to meet expectations. Not just any...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing and listening

This week we said goodbye to Tony Bennett, we looked ahead to a very different Comic-Con, and we braced ourselves for Barbenheimer. Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying...

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'Below Deck,' reality producers stepped in to stop a drunken assault — this...

On Monday night's double episode of Bravo's Below Deck Down Under, viewers saw show producers intervening to prevent a sexual assault by one crew member (a man) on another. After the offender was...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend reading and listening

This week a movie's real-life story took an upsetting turn, Netflix's DVD business decided to go out with a bang, and a film adaptation soared. Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was...

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In 'BS High' and 'Telemarketers,' scamming is a group effort

The thriving true-crime category in television is dominated by murders and scams, and it tends to be far better at explaining the latter than the former. Murders often don't seem rationally motivated....

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing, reading and listening

This week Taylor Swift created a new wrinkle, Adam Driver talked solidarity, and a big book prize named its finalists. Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and...

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This romcom lets you pick the ending — that doesn't make it good

During the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, one topic of interest has been AI, or artificial intelligence — really, more accurately, machine learning. Nobody seriously believes that AI is currently...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing and listening

This week Toronto warmed up for a different kind of film festival, good music really got things going, and we continued to hope for an end to the strikes. Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour...

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Puzzlers gather 'round the digital water cooler to talk daily games

It's hard to find water-cooler TV anymore in the same way it once existed. That's partly because it's hard to find water coolers, and because fewer people even work in offices. But it's also because TV...

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Have you run out of TV? Our 2023 fall streaming guide can help

As the Hollywood strikes stretch on, viewers are sitting down on the couch and asking: What's next? We scoured the streaming sites to find fantastic new releases (there are quite a few!) and excellent...

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'The Morning Show' is back, with a new billionaire

The Morning Show is a story about two awful people who think they are noble people. Bad journalists who think they are good journalists. Selfish people who think they are caring people. And, like the...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend reading and listening

This week, Natasha Lyonne offered to solve a crossword puzzle with you, two shows that normally have writers claimed they could wing it, and NSYNC is in a "Better Place." Here's what the NPR's Pop...

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Maybe think twice before making an innocent stranger go viral?

It's challenging to explain the problem of people thoughtlessly making other people into social media content, because if you provide examples, you only draw more attention to something that shouldn't...

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Here are the movies we can't wait to watch this fall

With no end in sight for the Hollywood strikes, we check in on new film releases for the fall. Our critics share recommendations for more than 25 films coming out between now and...

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The best '90s thrillers according to NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour

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'The Super Models,' in their own words

The Apple TV+ docuseries The Super Modelswill, for some, be an introduction to the very idea of supermodels, who don't exist in the same way they once did. In the '80s and '90s, they were not...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing and listening

This week, the Hollywood labor situation was not as close to a resolution as we might have hoped, Netflix decided to go into the opposite business from the business it is in, and Taylor Swift showed up...

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'Moonlighting,' a weird, wonderful '80s detective romcom, is now streaming on...

For years, Moonlighting, the late-'80s detective/romcom starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd, has been on a lot of people's lists of shows that weren't on streaming and should be on streaming....

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The recipe for a better 'Bake-Off'? Fun format, good casting, and less host...

I think last season of The Great British Baking Show was the first one I didn't gobble up (no pun intended) the minute the episodes dropped. I had grown weary of the hosting team of Noel Fielding and...

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A match made in fandom: Travis, Taylor and the weirdness of celebrity...

Could it be true love for Taylor and Travis? Sure! Why not? Do you know how many of the bachelors who have been bachelors on The Bachelor are currently married to the woman they chose in the final...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing, reading, and listening

This week, Hasan Minhaj elaborated, friendships were in demand, and the actors' strike carried on.Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew was paying attention to — and what you should check...

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What's Making Us Happy: A guide to your weekend viewing and reading

This week, Tracy Chapman was still the best, Jared Leto wanted attention, and it Patrick Dempsey was apparently sexier than anyone else on the planet? Here's what the NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour crew...

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A new documentary examines the 'Star Wars Holiday Special' and asks: Why?

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What makes a good Christmas movie

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Frontrunners and snubs: A breakdown of the Oscar nominations

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The big takeaways from last night's Oscars

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Breaking down the PR debacle that is Kate Middleton's Mother's Day photo

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