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A Prairie Home Companion Has a New, Garrison-Keillor-Free Name

When Minnesota Public Radio abruptly cut ties with Garrison Keillor, who hosted public radio staple A Prairie Home Companion from 1974 until 2016, they announced that not only would Keillor’s episodes of the show—decades of them—be pulled from reruns immediately, but the show, hosted by Chris Thile since Keillor’s retirement, would also be renamed. Show More Summary

What Would the Original Star Wars Trilogy Look Like if Luke Skywalker Never Abandoned His Dream of Going to Tosche Station?

Long before he became famous for pummeling Ted Cruz on Twitter, actor Mark Hamill appeared in a little science fiction film called Star Wars. Although it did well at the box office, the narrative has one fatal flaw: the hero almost immediately abandons his original goals. Show More Summary

Saturday Night Live Discovers the Secret Ingredient to Staging the Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Christmas pageants are an inevitable, inevitably terrible part of the holiday season, but as Barbara Robinson knew, they can sometimes be tolerable if—and only if—everything goes horribly wrong. That’s just what happened in this Saturday...Show More Summary

Dave Grohl, Who Used to Be in Nirvana, Plays Crowd-Pleasing Christmas Ditties With the Foo Fighters on Saturday Night Live

Dave Grohl, who, many lifetimes ago was in a band called Nirvana, stopped by Saturday Night Live with his new band the Foo Fighters, and he brought some Christmas cheer with him! After starting off with “Everlong,” from 1997’s The Colour...Show More Summary

Scarlett Johansson Stops by Saturday Night Live to Hang an Ornament on Donald Trump’s Tree of Shame

This week’s Saturday Night Live started off with a visit to the Trump White House, where Alec Baldwin’s Trump was celebrating Christmas with his staff. Or, more accurately, forcing the remaining members of his administration to hangShow More Summary

Genius Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle Is the Instant Gift We All Need

This post originally appeared in Genius Recipes on Food52. This chocolate chip cookie variant should get its own special bookmark in your brain right now, for the next time you need a last-minute party snack or cookie swap entry or a...Show More Summary

Is The Last Jedi’s Ending a Travesty—or the Best Part of the Movie? Three Slate Critics Discuss.

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies, the occasional TV show, and, once in a blue moon, another podcast, in full, spoiler-filled detail. In this week’s episode, Slate’s movie critic, Dana Stevens, Slate senior editor Sam Adams, and Slate culture editor Forrest Wickman spoil Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Show More Summary

The Last Jedi Finally Revealed the Identity of Rey’s Parents. It Was the Right Choice.

Spoilers for Rey’s parentage and a major Last Jedi plot point ahead. She’s not a Skywalker. She’s not a Solo. She’s not even a Kenobi or a Jinn or a Palpatine or an Erso. Since The Force Awakens, the Star Wars franchise has been teasing...Show More Summary

Lin-Manuel Miranda #HamilDrops New Track “Ben Franklin’s Song” With The Decemberists

Last week, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the HAMILDROPS, a new Hamilton project that will see previously unreleased content drop once per month between now and December 2018. The first of Miranda’s HAMILDROP is upon us, with the Hamilton...Show More Summary

Why Beyoncé Needed Ed Sheeran to Score Her First No. 1 Hit in Nine Years

If living well is the best revenge, perhaps charting well is the best Grammy clap-back? For Ed Sheeran, our premier polymath pop troubadour, this holiday season really has been the ultimate in bad news–good news whiplash. Within theShow More Summary

A Make-Ahead, Totally Genius Holiday Breakfast Casserole

This post originally appeared in Genius Recipes on Food52. Of course make-ahead breakfast casseroles are genius. They let you knock out all the thinking and doing the day before, when you have time and space to putter. And they feedShow More Summary

More Women Accuse Dustin Hoffman of Sexual Assault, Indecent Exposure

Dustin Hoffman—the man who has said of previous misconduct allegations against him that this is simply how members of a “family” treat one another on set—has been accused of sexually assaulting two women and exposing himself to a minor. Show More Summary

6 Things We Know (and Don’t Know) About the Disney-Fox Merger

This article originally appeared in Vulture. With the Walt Disney Company’s announcement Thursday that it had reached a megadeal to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion (plus another $13.7 billion in assumed debt),...Show More Summary

Spike Lee’s Crooklyn Deserved a Modern Day Update, Not She’s Gotta Have It

Like pretty much every narrative he’s ever produced, Spike Lee’s Netflix adaptation of his feature debut She’s Gotta Have It has proven to be polarizing. It’s been deemed “a boring rehash of the original” and “buoyant, funny … and un-Spikeishly...Show More Summary

Black Women Came Through With Both the Votes in Alabama and the Jokes on Late Night

On Tuesday night, Doug Jones became the first Democratic candidate to win a Senate race in Alabama since 1992. This was thanks in large part to massive black voter turnout—and in particular, to black women, who made up 17 percent of voters and overwhelmingly chose Jones over opponent Roy Moore. Show More Summary

The Last Jedi Revives an Extremely Arcane Bit of Star Wars Lore. Here’s What You Need to Know.

The new Star Wars installment is chock-full of references to the space opera’s past, but here’s one allusion that moviegoers, and even many Star Wars buffs, might not be able to place: a pair of tiny golden cubes on a chain, the Millennium Falcon’s space-travel equivalent of fuzzy rearview mirror dice. Show More Summary

Disney Makes Deal to Acquire 21st Century Fox for $52.4 Billion

The Walt Disney Company announced on Thursday that it will acquire most of 21 st Century Fox in a deal valued at $52.4 billion. The acquisition will include Fox’s TV and film studios, cable networks such as National Geographic and FX, and international TV businesses. Show More Summary

The Trick to Smooth, Melty, Austin Diner–Worthy Queso

This post originally appeared in Genius Recipes on Food52. There’s a difference between the jarred queso I pop into the microwave as guests walk through the door and the ooey, gooey appetizer gracing Tex-Mex restaurant tables. The former...Show More Summary

Here’s Why “Duel of the Fates” Transcends the Star Wars Prequels

This article originally appeared in Vulture. Darth Maul is one of the few elements in George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels to be almost universally admired. The badass Sith lord—red-and-black war paint obscuring his entire head, which is...Show More Summary

The Trump Era Has Taken Some of the Fun Out of The Book of Mormon

The most satisfying moment in The Book of Mormon might be when a disillusioned and rumpled Elder Price, a formerly straight-laced and pompous Mormon missionary, says the word fuck. The savage catharsis of that line is what the political hell (H-E-double-hockey-sticks, if you ask the musical’s proselyting characters) of 2017 demands. Show More Summary

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