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The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds

Code Switch's Gene Demby and critic Chris Klimek join the gang for a discussion of latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Then, it's time for a discussion of clapbacks and feuds recorded live in Chicago with our NPR's Sam Sanders.

The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds

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Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race

The panel is on the road this week, so we are bringing you two special treats. First, you'll hear an episode of Code Switch that explores how comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity. Then, we revisit our conversation about RuPaul's Drag Race which first aired in 2014.

Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race

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S-Town and Chewing Gum

The panel dissects the new podcast S-Town, the latest project from the team behind Serial and This American life. Then, they'll chat about Chewing Gum, a british sex comedy that's now streaming on Netflix. Guest: Librarian Margaret H. Willison.

S-Town and Chewing Gum

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Dave Chappelle and CHiPs

First we review Dave Chappelle's new Netflix stand-up specials with Code Switch's Gene Demby and For Colored Nerds co-host Brittany Luse. Then, we discuss the action comedy CHiPs with Morning Edition host David Greene. Plus, what's making us happy.

Dave Chappelle and CHiPs

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Beauty and the Beast & SXSW

The panel discusses a tale as old as time, Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast. Then, they share what bands and films they saw at SXSW. Guest: Katie Presley, Bitch Media's music editor.

Beauty and the Beast & SXSW

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Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman

Comedian Guy Branum joins the panel for a discussion about why some fads and memes endure and others fade away. Then, the panel offer some pop culture advice to listeners. Plus, NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer talks to Neil Gaiman about his new book Norse Mythology.

Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman

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Get Out and The Americans

This week, we'll get very unsettled by the very successful film, Get Out, and we'll catch up with the intrigue of The Americans as it returns for its fifth season. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guests: Code Switch's Kat Chow and Gene Demby.

Get Out and The Americans

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Big Little Lies and Feud

This week, we'll drop in on the volatile suburban surroundings of HBO's Big Little Lies, and we'll consider Ryan Murphy's high-drama look at Hollywood legends in Feud. Guest: NPR Editor Barrie Hardymon.

Big Little Lies and Feud

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The Oscars Were Crazy

It wasn't a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.

The Oscars Were Crazy

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Our Oscars Preview

NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk the nominees for Best Picture, some of the hottest races, and make some predictions we may regret later. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

Our Oscars Preview

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