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A Crazy Gobert Gamble, KD’s Summer Stalemate, and Boston’s Big Flex With Ryen Russillo

Plus, some rapid-fire NBA free agency observations and debating whether the Jazz really want to keep Donovan Mitchell

Taylor Swift’s Fourth of July Parties

In this patriotic episode of Pop Culture History Lesson, Nora Princiotti and Kate Halliwell join forces to examine the cultural significance of Taylor’s infamous Fourth of July parties from 2013 to 2016

‘Stranger Things’ Season 4, Episode 9 Deep Dive

Mal and Joanna discuss what is going on with the California kids and with Joyce and Hopper in Russia, and talk about what happened in Hawkins

British Grand Prix Reactions

Kevin, Megan, and Drew discuss Carlos Sainz Jr.’s win and the crash involving Zhou Guanyu and Alex Albon

Baratunde Thurston on ‘America Outdoors’

Larry is joined by Baratunde Thurston to talk about the complex connection Black people have to the outdoors and complications of loving America despite the imperfections within its history

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How Kevin Costner Helped ‘Bull Durham’ Find Studio Backing at the 11th Hour

In an exclusive excerpt from his new book ‘The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham,’ screenwriter and director Ron Shelton describes how close the movie was to never getting made—and how Costner’s attachment pushed it across home plate

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The Ringer Guide to Streaming in July

Two mega-episodes of ‘Stranger Things’ kick off the summer with a month of new seasons and rewatching

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Is ‘The Bear’ Really All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

The FX series has quickly established itself as the surprise hit of the summer. Our critics debate the show’s successes as well as some aspects of the series that should’ve been 86’d.

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Abortion Pills Are a Game Changer, Plus Our Next Big Culture War

Derek is joined by New York Times journalist Margot Sanger-Katz to explain the basics of abortion pills and how they’ll change the abortion debate forever

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The Hawks Make a Big Bet That Dejounte Murray Can Put Them Back in the Title Mix

After a disappointing follow-up to its surprise run to the East finals, Atlanta agreed to send a robust package to the Spurs in the hopes that Murray can be the perfect complement to Trae Young

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‘Stranger Things’ and Streaming TV’s Indulgence in Overlong Episodes

This weekend’s ‘Stranger Things’ finale is slated to run 140 minutes, a move that has few precedents in the history of television. Our TV critics discuss the exacting task ahead, and a trend that’s increasingly prevalent in the medium.

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Andrej Stojakovic Is Paving His Own Path to the NBA

The 17-year-old with the familiar last name and silky shooting stroke is out to prove he’s much more than just a famous hooper’s son. "Proving to them that I can make it as Andrej—and not Peja’s son."

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Kevin Durant Wants a Trade Out of Brooklyn

Instant reaction to Kevin Durant’s trade request

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What Does Formula One’s New TV Deal Mean for the Sport in the U.S.?

Last week, F1 and ESPN reportedly agreed to a new rights deal that will pay F1 between $75 million and $90 million per year over the next three years. John Ourand of ‘Sports Business Journal’ joined ‘The Ringer F1 Show’ to explain the deal and why F1 chose it over other offers.

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Focuses on Family in a New Way

The Disney+ series has separated itself from other MCU projects by centering on its superpowered protagonist’s family as an influential part of her identity and an ongoing presence in her life

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“How Would You Like a Lap Dance?”: The Oral History of ‘Magic Mike’

Ten years ago, Channing Tatum turned his past as a male stripper into movie gold with the help of Steven Soderbergh—and tapped into a thirst in a way Hollywood never had before

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How Dance and Club Music Is Reacting to Drake and Beyoncé

‘Honestly, Nevermind’ and "Break My Soul" find two of pop’s biggest artists moving in new directions. Are the producers and DJs in those scenes viewing that as an opportunity or an appropriation of their music?

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The Two-Man Battle That Could Define the 2022 Tour de France

Tadej Pogacar is the reigning two-time Tour champion and a cycling phenom. But the man he beat two years ago—Primoz Roglic—has the team and skill to take back what was nearly his in 2020.

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Mary J. Blige and the Definitive “Real Love”

Our latest episode explores one of the best R&B songs of the 1990s from, quite possibly, the best R&B artist of the decade

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Kyrie Irving Needs to Embrace Normalcy for the Nets to Have a Chance at Being Exceptional

Irving boasted about being "different" when opting into the final year of his contract with the Nets, but that mindset is exactly what’s holding Brooklyn back

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The Golden Age of the Aging Actor

Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ isn’t the exception—he’s the rule. There’s long been anecdotal evidence that top-line actors and actresses are getting older. Now, The Ringer has the data to back it up.

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The Ringer’s 2022 NBA Free Agency Primer

Which big names could be on the move this summer? Should the Warriors run it back? And where the hell do the Nets go from here? We preview this offseason’s biggest story lines.

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Five Reasons Everybody Is Wrong About a U.S. Recession—Including Me

Derek is joined by Bloomberg economic columnist Conor Sen to explain why he believes the economy isn’t nearly as troubled as the headlines suggest

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The Most Interesting Free Agent on the NBA’s Open Market

Chris Boucher couldn’t crack the Raptors’ starting unit, but his rare combination of physical traits and skills could be unlocked on the right team

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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ and the Importance of Scrutinizing Sci-Fi and Fantasy Stories

Genre stories like the latest ‘Star Wars’ series are today’s dominant fictional narratives. It’s not a slight to subject them to impassioned analysis or critical inquiry; it’s a sign of respect.

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The Suffocating Excess of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’

The new biopic of the King does what’s totally unnecessary: clumsily bury the legend of Elvis under devices and metaphors

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Will the Real Tim Heidecker Please Stand Up?

Most know him for ‘Tim and Eric’ and his surrealist brand of humor. But this week, he’s back with ‘High School,’ a new album that may change what you think when you hear the name Tim Heidecker.

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Will Ospreay Enters the Forbidden Door and Steals the Show With Orange Cassidy

Elsewhere, Becky Lynch and Asuka continue their forever feud, and Fred Rosser bests "Filthy" Tom Lawlor to win NJPW Strong gold

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The Flies Are Buzzing Again in ‘Westworld’

If there’s any major takeaway from the Season 4 premiere, it’s that the insects are back in a big way—a recurring motif in the series and Michael Crichton–adapted franchises at large

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The 10 Non-Superstars Who Could Shape the 2022 NFL Season

Talent at the top of the roster is required for a Super Bowl run, but so is depth. And these difference-makers could determine whether their teams are playing into January, or watching from home.

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The End of Roe v. Wade Changes Everything

Derek examines the potential widespread ramifications of Friday’s landmark decision. We also rerun an interview with New York Times journalist Margot Sanger-Katz.

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Rock Biopics: Before Elvis, What Other Rockers Got the Silver Screen Treatment?

As Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ hits theaters, Ringer contributor Adam Nayman takes a look at some notable entries in the music biopic genre

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The Most Consciousness-Altering Things That Have Happened in ‘Westworld’

This also functions as a reminder of what went down in the show’s first three seasons, because we know you need it before the fourth premieres on Sunday

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Chet Holmgren Discusses His Draft Process and NBA Future

Wos and Chet also break down his fashion style and shoe game

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‘Loot’ Squanders the Genius of Maya Rudolph and Its Premise

The Apple TV+ series has a concept and a star that practically commands you to pay attention, but the show fails to build on its foundation and is an imperfect showcase for Rudolph’s talents

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The Avalanche Won the Stanley Cup—With a Little Help From the Lightning

For decades, Colorado had been trying to get over the hump in the postseason, much like the pre-2020 Lightning. And now, after a tight 2-1 win in Game 6 Sunday night, they’ve finally done it.

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The Knicks Bewilder Us Again, a Draft Tradition Unlike Any Other

As much as any NBA franchise, New York entered the draft in dire need of some buzz. Instead, all it got was some future protected picks and enough cap room to make a possibly doomed decision.