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Malcolm Gladwell on the Future of Books, Kanye Tirades, Sandra Bland, Donald Sterling, Joe Paterno, and Intuition

The author and journalist joins Bill to discuss his new book ‘Talking With Strangers’

The Hottest Take: The Alphabet Needs a Change

Tyler Parker wants to edit the alphabet

NFL Week 3 Best Bets, Eli Is Out, and Best Nicknames

Plus, Mark Schlereth joins to discuss announcing the Bears-Broncos game, and more

Food Heists, Taco Bookmarks, and Angry Vegans

Liz Kelly joins for Food News, September edition

Everybody Loves Chelsea Now

Donnie, Micah, and Conor discuss Chelsea’s youth movement, the return of the Champions League, and more

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The Hottest Take: The Alphabet Needs a Change

Tyler Parker wants to edit the alphabet

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The Sons of John Rambo

The success of 1982’s ‘First Blood’ created a genre of its own: movies starring Chuck Norris and David Carradine that grappled with post-Vietnam America by returning to the scene, revising history, and blowing up stuff

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The Mekons’ 1989 Classic, ‘Rock ’N’ Roll,’ Sounds As Urgent Today As It Did When It Was Released

Celebrating the "classic rock" album from the unlikeliest of punk rock survivors

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NFL Backup Quarterback Situations, Ranked: From the Jets to the Best

With Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Nick Foles, and Sam Darnold all missing time, and now Eli Manning hitting the bench in favor of Daniel Jones, which teams have the best—or worst—circumstances when it comes to their second-string QB?

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The ‘Downton Abbey’ Economy: How One Costume Drama Reinvented British TV

The beloved series spawned a cottage tourism industry and a new feature film. But ‘Downton’ also changed the way we produce and watch international television (and also, possibly, the way we understand the U.K. itself).

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The Giants Are Benching Eli Manning to Kick Off the Great Daniel Jones Experiment

We’ll find out sooner than we expected whether New York was right about the Duke product

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NBC’s Upcoming Streaming Service Is Called … Peacock

The name is bad, but with ‘The Office,’ ‘Frasier,’ and a new ‘Battlestar Galactica’ spinoff in its library, the service seems primed to compete with the new offerings from Disney and Apple

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A Lifelong Cord-Cutter’s Journey Into the World of Cable

One writer spent her whole life witnessing TV’s biggest moments—Robert Durst’s confession, the end of ‘Game of Thrones,’ the Cubs winning the World Series—from a laptop. Then she moved into an apartment that came with DIRECTV.

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See, Hear, Do, Be: The Real-Life Retreats for the Wealthy Mimicked by ‘Succession’

"Argestes" brought the Roys to a conference reserved for the 0.0001 percent, and while it looked ridiculous (shout-out the Cobb salad), it was more than a little based in fact

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Mason Rudolph Is the Great QB Hope You Didn’t Know the Steelers Needed

Conventional wisdom says Pittsburgh is cooked without Ben Roethlisberger. Conventional wisdom didn’t see how bad Ben looked this season.

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The Return of Blood to the Wrestling Ring

Will All Elite Wrestling challenge WWE by relying on the venerable mat maxim that "red is green"?

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Major League Wrestling Is No Minor Promotion

An inside look at the company that could be AEW and WWE’s biggest competition

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‘The Hottest Take’: Fantasy Football Is Not Fun

Bill Simmons’s take about fantasy football gets hijacked by Chris Ryan’s even hotter take

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How ‘Hustlers’ Kept Its Strip Club Scenes Real

Behind-the-scenes consultants Jacq Frances and Johanna Sapakie taught Jennifer Lopez how to pole dance and director Lorene Scafaria how strip clubs function, all in the name of keeping the movie from feeling like a caricature

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The Reds Are Refining the Optimal Approach for a Two-Way Player

Michael Lorenzen isn’t a star like Shohei Ohtani, but Cincinnati’s September experiment is showing that as an all-around capable pitcher, hitter, and fielder, he’s ideally suited to maintain multiway play

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Bray Wyatt Is Turning WWE Into a Horror Movie. Thank God.

After ‘Clash of Champions,’ the Fiend is at the top of the card. Is he finally ready to take over?

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Brandon Ingram Is the NBA’s Most Intriguing Rookie Extension Candidate

The former no. 2 overall pick has loads of talent but plenty of questions heading into his first season in New Orleans. Should the Pelicans lock him up with a new deal or wait for him to prove himself next to Zion Williamson?

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The Jets Have Reached the “Luke Falk Is Our Quarterback” Level of Misery

And somehow it could get worse than it did in Monday’s loss to the Browns

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57 Minutes With Candace Parker

As the Los Angeles Sparks enter the playoffs in her 12th season, an all-time basketball great discusses the WNBA postseason format, heartbreaking losses, and the legacy she will leave behind

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‘Beverly Hills Cop’ With Bill Simmons, Wesley Morris, Sean Fennessey, and Chris Ryan

Bill, Sean, and Chris are joined by Wesley Morris to rewatch the 1984 comedy starring Eddie Murphy

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The Most Awkward Trade Destinations for Jalen Ramsey, Noted QB Trash Talker

The Jaguars All-Pro corner has reportedly requested a trade. His infamous GQ interview could make that an awkward proposition for some teams, to say the least.

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The Starting 11: The Most Convincing—and Surprising—NFC Performances Through Week 2

The Rams once again look like they have control over the conference, Russell Wilson is back to his West-terrorizing ways, and the Panthers … well, not everything can be positive

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What Does Orlando Know About Markelle Fultz That We Don’t?

Orlando picked up the point guard’s option and will pay him $12.3 million for the 2020-21 season, but how close is he to getting back on the court?

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The Winners and Losers of the 2019 FIBA World Cup

The United States and Australia flopped, but Spain got a kiss from God

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The Steelers Look Done Without Ben Roethlisberger. What Will Happen Now?

Pittsburgh will turn to Mason Rudolph to replace its 15-year starter, who will miss the rest of the year after undergoing elbow surgery

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Comedy in the ’90s, Part 3: The Bad Boys of ‘Saturday Night Live’

After Jim Carrey’s ascendance, Adam Sandler and Chris Farley emerged in the mid-’90s primed to take over the comedy world. Tragically, only one of them actually did.

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The Cool, Perfect Pop Music of Ric Ocasek

The Cars frontman, who died Sunday at age 75, challenged our expectations of how rock stars had to look or act

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Netflix Goes All in for ‘Seinfeld,’ One of the Streaming War’s Biggest Chess Pieces

After losing ‘The Office’ and ‘Friends’ earlier this year, Netflix plunked down about half a billion dollars for the show about nothing—and reinforced how important nostalgia is to a streaming site’s success

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How Do Injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger Impact the NFL Playoff Picture?

Brees is expected to miss at least six weeks. Big Ben has been ruled out for the season. What happened Sunday changes the outlook for the Saints and Steelers—and the early-season league pecking order at large.

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The ‘Hustlers’ Exit Survey

Talking Jennifer Lopez in a fur coat, scammer stories, 2007 nostalgia, and to repeat: JENNIFER LOPEZ IN A FUR COAT

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Every Great Thing About Dearica Hamby’s Miracle Game-Winning 3

On a shockingly improbable and incredible 3-pointer that merits closer examination, the Las Vegas Aces advanced to the WNBA semifinals

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The Many of Joys of Watching the International ‘Bachelor’

The megasuccessful franchise may be America’s greatest reality export—and there are plenty of lessons the U.S. show could learn from the international versions