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Old And What's Making Us Happy

Jul 23 • 21:19

Sexy Beasts

Jul 22 • 15:15

Kevin Can F**k Himself

Jul 21 • 15:32

Naomi Osaka

Jul 20 • 21:19
Naomi Osaka is one of the best tennis players in the world. She's a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, and she's about to represent Japan in the Olympics. And in a new Netflix documentary series, directed by Oscar nominee Garrett Bradley, it's clear that these pressures and others have taken a toll on the 23-year-old. What you see in these three episodes also sheds lig...

Boy Bands: A Guide

Jul 19 • 23:27
Boy bands have been a staple of pop music for generations. They've won over millions of fans and provided gateways to fandom and pop-cultural obsession. From New Edition and New Kids On The Block in the '80s to BTS today — with a whole lot of acts like *NSYNC and The Backstreet Boys in the middle — there've been countless boy bands to choose from. Today we're offering up a...

Space Jam: A New Legacy And What's Making Us Happy

Jul 16 • 23:28


Jul 15 • 22:03
In 2018, Blindspotting was one of the buzziest movies to come out of the Sundance Film Festival. Now, it's has been spun off into a series on Starz, offering a fresh and more expansive take on the movie's themes around incarceration and race. Jasmine Cephas Jones plays Ashely. She had a supporting role in the film, but now she is story's central focus. And there's a colorf...

Britney Spears' Conservatorship: What We Know, And What's Next

Jul 14 • 20:03
For more than 13 years, Britney Spears has been under a conservatorship. Her assets and career have been kept under the control of her father, Jamie Spears, as well as an attorney. A movement called #FreeBritney has pushed for that conservatorship to be lifted — and Spears herself recently gave a speech in court asking for autonomy over her own life. Today, another court h...

2021 Emmy Nominations

Jul 13 • 24:24
This year's Emmy Award nominations brought some expected triumphs (Ted Lasso, The Queen's Gambit)and welcomed surprises (WandaVision, Pose). The Crown and The Mandalorian tied for the most nominations for a drama, and Saturday Night Live earned the most nominations for a comedy. HBO and HBO Max came away with the most nominations for a network. We recap this year's nominat...

The Emmy Nominations

Jul 13 • 00:23

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