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Scandal

Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal, which aired its series finale Thursday night. Eric McCandless/ABC hide caption

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Scandal

After seven seasons, Shonda Rhimes' roller-coaster of a drama screeches to a final halt as Olivia Pope and the team try to get out of one last scrape and Olivia tries to make it to Vermont. Guests: All Things Considered host Audie Cornish, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans, and NPR Music's Sidney Madden.

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Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy
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Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy

The panel predicsts the hits and flops, tell you what they're looking forward to, and help you spend that ticket money wisely. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent podcast.

Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy

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Pop Culture Dichotomies

Left: The Rolling Stones, from left, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts attend the opening night party for "Exhibitionism" at Industria on Nov. 15, 2016, in New York. Right: The Beatles, from left, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon arriving at London Airport after a trip to Paris Feb. 6, 1964. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Evening Standard/Getty Images/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP; Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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Pop Culture Dichotomies

Star Trek vs. Star Wars? The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones? Gale vs. Peeta? Batman vs. Superman? The gang breaks down their favorite pop culture dichotomies. Guest: NPR Books editor Petra Mayer. (This segment originally aired on November 14, 2014.)

Pop Culture Dichotomies

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Antiques Roadshow and What's Making Us Happy

Antiques Roadshow appraiser Lark Mason and a guest in Little Rock, Arkansas. Meredith Nierman/PBS hide caption

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Antiques Roadshow and What's Making Us Happy

To talk about the PBS institution that celebrates used stuff and how much it may or may not be worth. Guest: Jesse Thorn, host of NPR's Bullseye and the head honcho of the Maximum Fun podcast network.

Antiques Roadshow and What's Making Us Happy

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Barry

Bill Hader plays Barry in the new HBO series Barry, created by Hader and Silicon Valley's Alec Berg. John P. Johnson/HBO hide caption

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Barry

Bill Hader stars as a depressed hit man who wants a fresh start in acting but can't seem to get one. And the HBO comedy-drama asks questions most antihero shows won't. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

Barry

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Roseanne and What's Making Us Happy

Sara Gilbert and Roseanne Barr in the return of ABC's Roseanne. Adam Rose/ABC hide caption

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Roseanne and What's Making Us Happy

The panel chats about the Roseanne revival and how the show's politics intersects with the politics of Roseanne Barr. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guest: Hanna Rosin, Co-Host of Invisibilia.

Roseanne and What's Making Us Happy

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Love, Simon

Nick Robinson starts in Love, Simon — a high-school-set tale of social media, first love, and coming out. Ben Rothstein/20th Century Fox hide caption

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Love, Simon

The panel chats about Love, Simon; the first big American studio film to give a gay teenager the kind of story that John Hughes gave straight kids in the 1980s. Guest: Dave Holmes, Editor at Large for Esquire.com.

Love, Simon

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Ready Player One and What's Making Us Happy

Midnight in the OASIS: Parzifal (Tye Sheridan) checks his virtual status in Ready Player One. Warner Bros. hide caption

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Ready Player One and What's Making Us Happy

Spielberg returns to his cinema-as-thrill-ride roots in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's YA novel. Guest: The Verge's Tasha Robinson.

Ready Player One and What's Making Us Happy

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Isle of Dogs

Bryan Cranston voices the gruff-but-lovable mutt Chief in Wes Anderson's star-studded, stop-motion tale Isle of Dogs. Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Isle of Dogs

The panel chats about the new Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs, a stop-motion-animated film about loyal dogs exiled to a lonely island. Guest: Film critic Chris Klimek.

Isle of Dogs

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SXSW 2018 Wrap

Nailah Blackman performs onstage at during SXSW at 800 Congress on March 17, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Sean Mathis/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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SXSW 2018 Wrap

The panels shares some of their favorite new music discoveries from this year's SXSW Music Festival. Guests: NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and music writer Katie Presley.

SXSW 2018 Wrap

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