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    Pop Tradition Pleased Hour hosts share what’s bringing them pleasure : NPR

    Group photograph of Bakers within the Tent (L to R) (again) Sandro, William, Abdul, Carol, Maisam, Syabira, Maxy (entrance) James Rebs Janusz, Daybreak, Kevin on The Nice British Baking Present on Netflix.

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    Group photograph of Bakers within the Tent (L to R) (again) Sandro, William, Abdul, Carol, Maisam, Syabira, Maxy (entrance) James Rebs Janusz, Daybreak, Kevin on The Nice British Baking Present on Netflix.

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    This week, Twitch made some controversial strikes, the plot thickened in an elite chess dishonest scandal, and Idris Elba will most likely not play James Bond, sadly.

    This is what the NPR’s Pop Tradition Pleased Hour crew was taking note of — and what it is best to try this weekend.



    There’s a present on HBO Max known as Trade that simply wrapped Season 2, which I completely love. I feel it is implausible, and I feel one of many issues that I get pleasure from rather a lot about it’s it is exhibiting younger individuals at first of their profession form of happening a journey and the whole lot that comes with that.

    But it surely’s set within the finance trade, and me, who’s decidedly not a finance bro, actually enjoys seeing the high-intensity finance scenes the place strains like this are stated: “How a lot Rycan is offered out there? No concept. We’ll must verify the free circulate. Supply it. Purchase it. I do not want a value.”

    And I am sitting on my sofa like, “Nah, the again finish’s going to be killer. You wish to cease out as quickly as potential,” like I do know what I am speaking about. It is actually thrilling. — Ronald Younger Jr.

    George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ 2014 interview for Vainness Truthful

    Just lately, a clip, resurfaced from 2014 of George Clooney and Julia Roberts giving an impossibly cute, attractive, and wonderful interview to Vainness Truthful, went round on Twitter.

    That is in anticipation, I feel, partially as a result of they’ve a brand new film popping out, a rom com, which I am very excited to see known as Ticket to Paradise.

    On this clip, George Clooney is prompted by the interviewer. You realize, like, “What’s the very first thing you consider whenever you say Julia Roberts,” they usually’re each simply being so charming. Simply hearken to them and listen to Julia Roberts’ infectious giggle that everyone knows and love.

    The total on chemistry, the vibes, the previous Hollywood really feel jogged my memory of the ’90s and the early aughts in one of the simplest ways potential. — Aisha Harris

    Music for Animals and Ambient Music for Watering Crops

    I have been swimming in a three-hour album by the German composer Nils Frahm, who’s a pianist and multi-instrumentalist, and he is bought this new album known as Music for Animals. It is his pandemic venture.

    The title Music for Animals is a reference to the truth that animals appear to love it. It is not engineered to be appreciated by animals, however I examined it on my cat Bashi and he appeared to sleep comfortably. Effectively, he was sleeping comfortably earlier than I pressed play, however it appeared to work superbly for him.

    This is one of many singles, the 27 minutes on “Briefly”.


    This Music for Animals file jogged my memory to revisit a chunk of music from this previous Might from a musician from Virginia who goes by the identify Previous Palms. He focuses on ambient music for watering vegetation, as evidenced by the title of his newest EP, Ambient Music for Watering Crops.


    I am simply going to take his phrase for it that that is precisely the piece of music you’ll want to hearken to whenever you’re watering your vegetation. — Stephen Thompson

    The Nice British Baking Present


    I’m at all times stunned how pleased I’m when the Nice British Baking Present returns to Netflix. Do I like it as a lot as I did when it was Mary Berry and it was run by the BBC? No. Do I like Matt Lucas as a bunch? No. Am I fully pleased about all of the adjustments that they’ve made? No.

    Nonetheless, I’m at all times so pleased when it comes again and as quickly as I see individuals in that tent baking stuff – struggling, scorching individuals, previous individuals, pretty individuals with nice senses of humor – making all totally different sorts of meals. I’m at all times so excited to see it.

    We at the moment are getting it very a lot concurrently it airs within the UK. It is like a day later, however you’ve a a lot decrease likelihood of being spoiled about the whole lot. You realize, hit up your Netflix, watch some baking, be taught to make some stuff. New season. — Linda Holmes

    Extra suggestions from the Pop Tradition Pleased Hour publication

    by Linda Holmes

    The Discovery+ documentary Batali: The Fall of a Famous person Chef is ably made and raises some enormously essential questions on sexual harassment and misconduct within the restaurant trade (and elsewhere). It does elevate the query of how to verify movies like this stay constructive and respectful and do not merely gawk at terrible tales, however for essentially the most half, this one stays on the suitable aspect, I feel.

    A narrative from Bob Mondello kicked off an NPR collection about regional theater this week. Give it a hear — and keep tuned for extra.

    NPR’s Jeevika Verma coated Saeed Jones’ new poetry assortment, Alive on the Finish of the World.

    NPR’s Maison Tran tailored the Pop Tradition Pleased Hour phase “What’s Making Us Pleased” right into a digital web page. For those who like these ideas, think about signing up for our publication to get suggestions each week. And hearken to Pop Tradition Pleased Hour on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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