The Nose is off this week, but we bring you some pop culture topics anyway:
Jon M. Chu's Crazy Rich Asians is the number-one movie in the country, and it's expected to hold onto the top spot on the charts through this weekend. It's on the cover of Time magazine, and it's seen as "a major step forward for representation -- and the industry."
And: Hits are down, and strikeouts are up. Pitching changes and replays are at an all-time high, and take-out slides and home-plate collisions have been banned. As such, baseball greats find the game "very difficult to watch." Is baseball in trouble? (Spoiler alert: Probably not.)
Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:
- Beating King of Pop, The Eagles have No.1 album of all-time
- After a Tragic 2017 and a Very Pete Davidson 2018, Ariana Grande Has Made the Pop Album of the Year
The singer's 'Sweetener' is a thrilling leap forward for the 25-year-old singer and a much-needed ode to joy
- Winona Ryder And Keanu Reeves Just Discovered They May Have Accidentally Gotten Married 26 Years Ago
Someone write this rom-com immediately!
- Smash Mouth, Smashing Pumpkins singer are currently debating Shrek soundtrack's history
You know, somebody once told me...
- The MTV VMAs May Be Dying, but We Can't Stop Watching
With Madonna's cringey tribute, J.Lo's middling medley, and Logic's earnest anthem, the once-vaunted awards show remains a reliable source of schadenfreude, confusion, and self-loathing
- Relatedly: Every VMAs Video of the Year Award, Ranked From Worst to Best
- "Front Hole" Is Not A New Word For "Vagina," Despite What The Internet Says
A safe-sex guide specifically created for queer, trans, intersex, and asexual people was picked up by conservative sites and all hell broke loose.
- The Joy of Being a Little League World Series Superfan
What do you get when you send kids from all over the world to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to compete in a baseball tournament right as school is about to start? One of the best sporting events of the year.
- The Sports Miracle Named Serena
- Carmen Baskauf - Producer at Connecticut Public Radio (@cbaskauf)
- Lydia Brown - Senior producer at Connecticut Public (@lydiamay14)
- Karen K. Ho - A business, culture, and media reporter; she wrote the Time magazine cover story, "Crazy Rich Asians Is Going to Change Hollywood. It's About Time." (@karenkho)
- Betsy Kaplan - Senior producer at Connecticut Public Radio (@betsykap)
- Carlos Mejia - Digital producer at Connecticut Public Radio (@thecarlosmejia)
- Scott Miller - National Major League Baseball columnist for Bleacher Report and Turner Sports (@ScottMillerBbl)
- Chion Wolf - Technical producer, announcer, and photographer at Connecticut Public Radio (@ChionWolf)
Colin McEnroe contributed to this show.