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Netflix developing a movie based on friendship that started from an accidental Thanksgiving invite
"His neck An accidental Thanksgiving invite over 5 years ago is now going to turn into a Netflix film Michael kosner reports streaming giant is developing a movie based off the story of one to dench and Jamal Hinton of Arizona The two met after dench accidentally sent a text to Hinton instead of her grandson inviting Hinton to Thanksgiving dinner while they figured out the mix up the invites stood and the pair of celebrated Thanksgiving together every year since in the statement the Tuesday they hope it will inspire more people to reach out and make connections they wouldn't ordinarily make I'm Michael castner Broadway is honoring a legendary composer and lyricist Next
Biden to attend Kennedy Center Honors, resuming tradition
"Of Joni Mitchell be featured as the Kennedy Center Honors are set for Sunday President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will be in the audience The ceremony will honor Mitchell along with Motown records creator Barry Gordy Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels actress singer Bette Midler and opera singer justino Diaz Always love that Yeah Coming up we're learning what caused a recent fire that did a $1 million in damage to
Hulu Pulls ‘Astroworld: Concert From Hell’ Documentary After Backlash
"Hulu has released a new documentary special on the deadly events at a Houston music festival last month in which ten people were killed during a crowd surge but the special called ASTRO world concert from hell was quickly pulled from the lineup after a social media backlash The news special was produced by a Houston TV station that's owned and operated by ABC critics had the documentary is too soon noting that people are still burying their loved ones and legal cases have not yet begun Pope Francis opened a 5 day trip to Cyprus and Greece and reports say the pontiff seems to be taking some health precautions The Pope's health is always a concern
A highlight from Lower Blood Pressure the Natural Way | Dr. Neal Barnard Live Q&A
"To health and our lead question today is about blood pressure and the foods that can help to lower it naturally. What foods are they? We're going to find out in just a moment when we are joined by doctor Neal Barnard, and we're also going to be talking about the foods that you're going to want to avoid when it comes to high blood pressure. What are the ones that you want to take off of your plate to bring that blood pressure down? We're going to find that out. And also, can you lower blood pressure just by taking table salt off of the table? We're going to get that answer as well. And then on a different note, we're also going to be talking about what we know so far about vegan diets and the acron variant. You know, it's still very much too early to know for certain, much of anything, but doctor Barnard will share where we think diet and acron will shake out in the end. And we also have questions today about flax and chia seeds and omega threes and nuts and whether they can thicken the blood. That's an interesting question. But before we bounce around, I wanted to share a couple of points with you about hypertension. You know, it affects nearly half of all adults in the United States, and perhaps, because it is so common that it often goes overlooked, it's just accepted as the norm, and yet high blood pressure was at the very least a contributing factor in more than a half a million deaths in 2019. And the price tag that is associated with high blood pressure, I mean, this is something that can give anybody sticker shock. We're talking about 131 billion dollars every year, according to the CDC. 131 billion. Just to treat high blood pressure. So we're going to talk about ways that we can flip that script in just a moment. But before we do, I wanted to say a special thank you to the Gregory J rider memorial fund for helping us to raise our health IQ today. Their support of the exam room podcast is making this episode possible. The Gregory J rider memorial fund supports organizations like the physicians committee that carry on the love that Greg had for animals by promoting plant based health and working to end animal abuse. And you can visit the Gregory J rider memorial fund online right now at Gregory writer fund dot org. That's Gregory. REI, TER fund dot org sign up for their newsletter and learn about everything that they're working on. Okay, time now to see if we can offer up some help with hypertension, bring down those sky high rates and astronomical costs by addressing the root cause of the issue. And for that, we welcome doctor Neal Barnard. My friend so good to see you again. Good to see you, chuck. A high blood pressure when I was looking at up for today's show. I was stunned to hear that nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have it. What is the current criteria, the clinical criteria for high blood pressure? Yeah, but by the way, back to where you were starting about why this is such a terrible thing. So it's why it's so expensive. It's not really that people have to go and buy blood pressure pills. That's a big part of it. They are pricey and often you're on two pills or three. But the thing about it is it affects your heart. And it affects your kidneys. It affects other parts of your health. So all the health costs that you need to treat all those things. Those are all adding up into that astronomical figure. It's not just the blood pressure itself. But the criteria that we want to aim for is a 120 over 80. That's a good one, and it's been around for a long time and there have been mild adjustments here and there to it, but that's still a good number. And what that number means is that the doctor nurse medical technician or yourself, you put the cuff around your arm. And the blood pressure will go up to one 20 and down to 80 with each heartbeat. When your heart is contracting, it goes up to one 20 when it's relaxing, goes down to 80. That's systolic, diastolic. Systolic diastolic. One 20 down to 80. If you are higher than that with either one of those measurements, we're going to say that's higher. And higher than it should be. And we want to bring it down. A lot of people will say, well, gee, you know, I changed my diet. I'm way below that. I'm now a hundred over 65 or something like that is that dangerous. The answer is if you're a healthy person, no lower blood pressure is a good thing to be a good place to be. All right. Well, let's go ahead and see if we can't bring that blood pressure down our first question comes to us from tessie, who was wondering what are the best foods to lower high blood pressure? Ah, great question. So what can we do about it? There are really a couple of different strategies that we're aiming for when we're picking foods. The first one you already know about. We want to get away from high sodium foods. And get toward high potassium foods. Sodium brings blood pressure up, potassium brings it down. We also want to get away from high fat foods and go toward low fat foods, fat brings blood pressure up to because it makes the blood thicker, more viscous, harder to move, and that raises blood pressure. And the final thing, the third thing, is foods that help you lose weight. So low fat, vegan, high fiber foods, those are hot. So what specifically are we thinking about? All right, I want to have a food that doesn't have a lot of fat. Doesn't have a lot of sodium has a lot of potassium. Vegetables, fruits. Whole range, they're going to be your very best Friends. Along with them are the bean group and the whole grain group. What are the worst? Okay, the three worst foods are cheese, cheese, and cheese. Three I was saying that is that it's really high in saturated fat. It's got sodium too. Hold on to your blood pressure. If I have potato chips, two ounces of potato chips, 330 milligrams of sodium in that back. If I have some Cheddar, it's got more sodium. Yes, it has more sodium than potato chips. Three 50 if it's Velveeta, it's 800 milligrams of sodium. In two ounces. So get away from the cheese. Get away from the meats in general. So vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, get away from the animal products. Oh, by the way, one other thing. Coconut oil, palm oil, have been marketed a lot, throw them out, shine your shoes with them, don't eat them. You know, you mentioned potato chips. Just a minute ago. I'm glad that you did because we have a question from Sabrina. Potato chips absolutely a vegan food, and if you spend any time in the grocery store recently, you've noticed that there are more and more vegan options on store shelves. But Sabrina is wondering, can those processed vegan foods like the ones you find in the frozen food aisle? Also raise blood pressure. They can if you did one of the things that we were talking about, added a whole bunch of sodium. Or added a lot of bad fats. Those are the two ways to ruin it. Now, processing itself gets a bad name, but it's not such a terrible thing. If you take a grain of wheat, grind it up into flour and you make spaghetti out of it. That's fine. As long as you're not putting something bad on top of your spaghetti, that's a perfectly fine food, even though it's processed. Where we run into trouble is when people start adding a lot of sodium and a lot of fatty foods, especially the coconut palm oil, that's when you're really running into trouble. Let's take a question from Andre. This is a really good one and I think it's something that a lot of people do immediately when they're told that they have a high blood pressure. It's the first thing that they do. Andre is wondering, is cutting out
A highlight from Spotify Wrapped is here!
"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes. One brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Happy Thursday listeners, it's Bret Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. If you're a subscriber to Spotify, one of the coolest features that they have put out each year at the end of the year is Spotify rap. It is a quick look at top songs you streamed on the service in the top artists that you streamed through the platform. It's back again for 2021. On Wednesday, Spotify introduced Spotify wrapped. I wrote about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. If you've never used Spotify before or maybe you just signed up for it like a few months ago and you never knew what Spotify rap was, here's what it's like. You'll go to the app and when you go to the app, you'll see this big section for Spotify wrapped. And what it does is it takes a look back at the artists that you stream the most. The songs you stream the most, as well as the podcasts you enjoyed the most. It's a feature that's available on Spotify app for iOS and Android. And you can also see some of the stuff on the web. We'll talk about that in a minute. When you click on the rap feature, it actually has a story and it runs like SnapChat or Instagram story that you'll see on social media. And it'll show you information such as the minutes streaming songs and then it'll get into your top 5 artists this year and your top 5 songs of this year. Once the story wraps up, you'll get to the end of this story and you'll be able to share these lists. So if you want to share your top artists with other folks on social media or just through text, minutes listen to whatever you want to share, you can share that kind of stuff. There are a couple of new wrinkles this year, the sharing part they've added these new cards that basically make it easier for anyone to share. And also through the stories you can share any slide at any time. And they've done some different slides as well, which we'll talk about in a sec. So you can do all that. The other thing you can do too is they've tried to take the data that you have accumulated through your listening. And try to present it to you in some creative and fun ways. There is a feature called 2021 the movie, which what it does is it basically says if there was a movie about you being made in 2021, this would be the soundtrack. And so it might take a song from your playlist or a song that you stream the most and say, this is the title track for the movie. Here's the song that would play during a scene. There was one I think where it said something like, here's the song that would play if you're professing your love for someone in The Rain. So just taking these funny movie moments and matching them to a song that you really enjoyed on Spotify that year. There's also one called an audio aura and what it does is it displays this colorful visual and it's supposed to be based on your music moods. So it'll take everything you've listened to over the past year and it'll assemble it into these different moods just to give a sense for where your head was at. In terms of your music listening for the year and this story is available just on the app. You can access some of this stuff on the browser as well. But it's mostly the playlists. So the other thing that happens as well is Spotify puts together playlists of your top songs from 2021 and then the same thing with your artist. It'll take collections of music from various artists that you really loved that year. And it'll put it all together in one nice playlist. So it's a lot of fun. Again, I enjoy, I enjoy it a lot. It's funny too because I share my Spotify count with my oldest child. And so our musical tastes are obviously very different. And so it's just funny to see how skewed she makes my Spotify wrap list because you know it'll be a mix of there's this 90s alternative music in there and then we throw in Taylor Swift or we throw in Olivia Rodrigo. So someone seeing my Spotify might be like, wow, you have a very eclectic ear and when it comes to the music you like, but it's really just no, I just share it with one of my kids, so there we go. I wish I could take the credit for it, but unfortunately I can't. But again, if you have Spotify, it's a really fun feature. If you don't have Spotify, you're considering it. Again, it's a once a year thing, but it's still fun. It's part of it's one of the things that makes Spotify really fun and enjoyable as a subscription. So if you haven't checked it out yet, I highly advise you to do so now. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments? Questions or show ideas? Any tech problems you want us to try to address? You can find me on Twitter at Bret melina 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us, or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher. Anywhere you get your podcasts. You've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech. We get support from ionic shoes.
A highlight from Lilly Singh: A Roast of the Jonas Brothers
"It is such an honor to be part of the Jonas Brothers family roast. Man. You know, to be honest, I already feel like a member of the family because at Nick and Priyanka's wedding, Kevin and Joe both said to me, we're so happy you're marrying our brother Nick. If you don't know me, totally understandable. I'm Lilly Singh. What's up? Thank you. I love the Jonas Brothers so much that I came dressed as Kevin Jonas today. As you can see, we both shop at forever 21. Now, I got my start making comedy videos on YouTube. And since then, my career has been filled with ups and downs in an industry that's still predominantly white males. So yeah, I'm thrilled to finally be on a Netflix comedy special celebrating three white guys from New Jersey. Yeah. And the Jonas Brothers are so white and basic. They're like if white claw were a person. I mean, Joe is so white that when it was time to name his band, he couldn't even spell dance right. I did love the Jonas Brothers as a teen. You know, I had their posters on my walls. I mean, come on, they were hot, right? Yes. And they helped me figure out who I was as a person. And I'll never forget being a young girl in Canada, staring at a picture of the Jonas Brothers and thinking, maybe I'm into girls. This is fun. It's crazy that the Jonas Brothers are now under late 20s and 30s, and I can still grow more facial hair than all of you. Weird flex, but here we are. I know my strengths and weaknesses, okay? Speaking of weaknesses, Kevin is here. Kevin, real talk. Kevin is actually my favorite Jonas brother. Yes. Mine too. Because he makes you believe that anyone can be a pop star. When you see a picture of him next to Nick and Joe, you always think, wow, Nick and Joe are really close with their accountant. Nick, you'll always be the baby of the Jonas Brothers. And I don't know if you know this, but Nick can't even grow a beard. Yeah. That's why he married one. But it's hard not to love Nick Jonas. Am I right? Come on, look at him. Yeah. Nick is the dreamer. He's determined. He wants to be the best. Nick hopes to someday have a Grammy, an Emmy, an Oscar and a Tony. And he will, if he adopts four more dogs and names them, Grammy, Emmy Oscar and Tony. Hi, Joe. I didn't forget about you. Thank God. I mean, I did from 2008 to 2015, but not tonight. But it also, I am so honored to be here tonight and to be included as part of your family rose. Thank you so much for having me. Obviously, I'm a huge fan of Kenan Thompson. Thank you so much, everyone. Good night. Watch Lilly Singh roast the Jonas Brothers in the Jonas Brothers family roast, only on
A highlight from Tick Tick Boom
"A that's Q&A with an ampersand. Welcome back, Jeffrey. Hey y'all. So delighted you could be with us. Bear with me, it is worth offering a little bit of background here for the people who are not tick tick boom heads. So the stage musical tick tick boom was originally a monologue with songs in which Jonathan Larson told a fictionalized version of his own story of writing this other show called suburbia that was never actually produced a few years later he wrote rent. He tragically died just before it's off Broadway previews were to start. And after his death, tick tick boom was adapted and edited into a piece for three actors, and that's how it's most often been staged. So the roles are Jonathan, his best friend, Michael, and his girlfriend, Susan. And the actors playing Michael and Susan also kind of pick up the other parts that need to appear in scenes. So that's kind of what it looks like on stage. So filming this as a fully realized movie with a full cast is a big change. Here Andrew Garfield plays Jonathan, Alexander ship plays Susan. Robin de Jesus plays Michael, but you'll also see Vanessa Hudgens and Joshua Henry as collaborators of Jonathan's and Judith light as his agent. And not for nothing, Bradley Whitford as Jonathan's idol, Steven Sondheim, who he spends the entire time trying to impress the action is set in 1990 and it takes place over a few days leading up to Jonathan's 30th birthday and a superbia presentation that's meant to get producers interested. This is all happening against the backdrop of a crisis in his relationship with Susan. And a lot of friction between Jonathan and Michael, who's a gay man experiencing, maybe the one of the worst stretches of the age of crisis in New York City. Michael's in advertising and the fact that he's chosen that and Jonathan has sort of chosen his art is a source of tension between them as Jonathan is kind of trying to decide whether he really wants this life of struggle and disappointment. The film is now streaming on Netflix ayesha, what'd you think? Well, this one is for the theater kids. And I was definitely a theater kid and still love musical theater. And I actually really enjoyed it. I think that there have been some questions about Andrew Garfield being cast and this is a question that always arises when you bring a musical from the stage to the screen. It's like, do you cast actual perform? Like theater musical theater actors? Or do you cast movie stars? And obviously we've seen both iterations of those things. One of the more recent examples was, of course, Dear Evan Hansen, where they capture the same star of that show and put it in the movie version. And unfortunately, Ben Platt, he's playing a high schooler in Evan Hansen, and he was way too old to be playing one on the screen. I actually think that despite the fact that Andrew Garfield is several years older than the Jonathan Larson character here who's supposed to be turning 30 and Andrew Garfield is nearing 40. Actually, I think it works because he surprisingly looks like he could be 30. Yeah. And I think he brings a vibrance and a sort of cocky self assuredness and all the things that this character is supposed to have. His voice is strong. And I also just think that I really loved all of the very specific nods to the musical theater scene. There's tons of cameos. I now know how marvel fans felt at the end of The Avengers the last one for every single avenger comes out at the end and they're fighting. This was totally that. I now know who they feel. This is right up my alley. And I've loved this musical for a while and I think that this is a very good adaptation and I will probably watch it again. Yeah, what do you think, Jeffrey? I agree with so much of what ayesha said. I think that movie musicals are so challenging and so easy to screw up. So I think this is super successful. That said, there are some things that really, really bugged me. So this was, as you said, a one man show that became a three person show that became a movie. And to expand it into a movie, they had to enhance a lot of parts of it. And I felt like they drew so much from the rent musical, and so they're using a later work to inform an earlier work, but also saying that that earlier work inspired the later work and the kind of created like a closed circle there. And they didn't let this movie stand on its own as much as I wanted. They kind of like heavy handed let you know every step of the way that this inspired this in rent and they made it kind of the unofficial prequel in my view. Yeah, no, I definitely agree with you. It is interesting to have these very specific the way it opens is they're like, this is Jonathan Larson's story before he won the Pulitzer, blah, blah, blah. And then it ends in that same way where there's like a bookend. And I do think that this could be the type of movie that is for a very specific audience. I can't see it necessarily broadening out. I think that many different timelines and framing devices work, but if you don't know anything about this, you're gonna be confused. It's not exactly clear always when it's superbia, when it's Jonathan Larson, singing about superbia and then what is tick to bloom itself? How do all those pieces go together? Yeah, I agree. Yeah, I kind of felt like the things that they added in to make this into like a full movie were kind of just like copy paste scenes from rent, and it kind of felt like that bootleg version. And so I just prefer a bit less heavy handed of this character and this person's life inspired this in this show, because it didn't leave room for like imagination. As we know, like Jonathan Larson based rent in part by la boheme, but according to the tic tac movie, it was just all based on people that he met in New York City. He was living with. I enjoyed this a lot as I think what you guys are talking about. I enjoyed it as what it is, which is a smart and canny. I think this was for Lin-Manuel Miranda to do at this moment. And he a number of years ago was in one of these three person productions of TikTok boom and played Jonathan. And so he's loved this show for a long time. He loved rent. And after Hamilton, you kind of got that Lin-Manuel Miranda backlash, I think, where a certain number of people in particular also after there were disappointments about the in the heights movie and things like that. I think people got a little bit tapped out on that guy in some ways. And I think this is such an interesting and smart thing for him to do. I think nobody can take away from him how much he loves theater and loves theater people and has tried to advocate for theater and theater people. You know, it comes through so clearly. And it is the cameos, like not only is there an entire scene full of cameos of performers that takes place in the diner where Jonathan works. But there's also a scene that's essentially an audience full of Broadway composers. If you don't care about Broadway, you're not going to look at them and be like, oh, that's Stephen Schwartz who wrote pippin. That's not going to be a thing where if you're not a theater person or oh, that's Jason Robert Brown, who wrote the last 5 years. It comes from a place of love, and I think because part of this story is that Jonathan Larson is a really difficult dude to like sometimes. And I appreciated the fact that I was like, oh, so this is a story about an extremely talented guy who will eventually become a phenomenon who in order to get to that point really drives people crazy sometimes. I think I can understand why maybe this was the right director. You know? Yeah. Well, also lemon well has a very, very personal connection to it as well, which is that he saw rent when he was a teenager, then he saw the three person version of tick boom when it premiered in 2001. You can't look at in the heights and not think of rent. There's just so many thematic and also just visual cues to that and that show. And so I think that this is a deeply personal project for him and you can definitely see that in the way he has all of those little touches and really and also just this question around this idea of by the time you're 30, what have you done with your life? Right. And that's sort of the driving force of this. And Jonathan Larson unfortunately didn't get to see rent become a phenomenon. He died when he was 35. And women well didn't have his big hit until he was in his 30s. So I think there's just so many layers there that for me at least add a lot of oomph and heft to it that I think another director
A highlight from Sandra Bullock on Parenting 2 Black Kids, Ben Affleck Won't Talk J.Lo - Daily Pop 12/01/21
"Sandra Bullock opens up about her private parenting struggles and Ben Affleck is ready to tell all kinda Morgan is out. So I'm here with Wendy Raquel Robinson from the game. And dating coach and author Monique hello. How many both of y'all today? Because we got a lot to talk about. Hollywood and relationship was. Oh, yeah. Okay, well let's start off with Sandra Bullock. She always turns heads on the red carpet, but is what she set on red table talk that got everybody chatting. She opened up about the struggles of raising a biracial family. Check out what she said here. To say that I wish our skins matched. Sometimes I do. Yeah. Because then it would be easier on how people approach us. Yeah. And I have the same feelings as a woman with brown skin. And being her babies, or white woman with, you know, wiping. But it's the mother child. Relationship. You don't have to put a color on. Maybe one day that will go away. Maybe one day we will be able to see with different eyes. I love Sandra Bullock. I love her. She is my miss congeniality. You know we did that together. Yes. I love her. And when I say she is so transparent, she's so authentic. She is just so real and so grounded. She shoots straight from the hip. I love her. She's always been like that. Yeah. And I love that I always tell people. 'cause I've had friends who adopted kids. If you're gonna adopt a child, you're gonna adopt a culture. Exactly. So I know you love the fact that a family name is William Randolph. They're gonna be that true. But you have a Japanese child. And that culture is rich. That culture is amazing. Give that child something from the culture. You have to understand it. And, you know, a lot of times, people adopt children and don't realize that it's their responsibility to make sure that your black kids understand what it means to have black skin. And to your point, when you adopt a child, a black child, you have to acknowledge their blackness. It's not, you can't hide it. It's not, you know, I don't see race. I don't see color 'cause the world sees color. The world sees race and you need to make sure you explain that to your children. So I appreciate Sandra and what she's doing. It's not easy. It's not. Did she get to learn the hair? 'cause it's a problem for me. I worked at this real fancy swan in Beverly Hills. Every celebrity would come here. Jennifer Aniston. Everybody was coming to the swan. Right. This woman who has been on the show before, and we talk about this every time she comes in, came into the salon and she had a black daughter, you know, she adopted a black daughter, and she said, oh, I'm gonna see. And she is going to see Marco. And I looked at her and I said, she is not going to see Marco. I'm going to get you an appointment with this dude Duran dude. Okay, okay. Exactly. Exactly. But and she was like, I don't understand. I'm like, when you go to see Demarco down the street, you will understand. And now it's become a ritual for them on Sundays to have the hair braided and for her to learn how to do it. And she took part in that, but sometimes it takes someone telling you. Yes. For you to realize it. And being open, being open to receiving that, and being able to say, okay, I hear you, not getting defensive about it, right? I mean, those real conversations. Good for you, Jess. Right? It's so interesting because Sandra Bullock has been so private. Especially about her kids for so many years. Why do you think she's ready to open up now? Well, I mean aside from having the movie coming out, you know what I mean? But I think it's a great platform and then coming out of quarantine, you know what I mean? Probably having to have nest and, you know, been with the children and all of that. I just think it's time. I mean, she's 57. Yeah. She gets it. She knows who she is. She's a woman and this is who it is and this is who I am and these are my children. I love that her son is Louis Armstrong. I love that. I love you. I love that. You know what I mean? You talk about keeping the culture and the family. It's a beautiful thing. So I applaud her. And I also think after what this country went through over the last year and a half and all the things that were happening with race relations and things like that, maybe it was eye opening, even more so. And she might feel even more comfortable letting her kids be seen now as the world is changing. Yeah, and by the way, red table is the same space. Y'all talking about entanglements? Y'all talking about masturbation? Why not talk about my black children? As a parent in a space where I won't be judged when you guys have sat there and called yourself out on something. So kudos to Jada and will. I know there's a petition going on online for them not to do any more interviews. I say do all the usual. We get lots of information on. Exactly. And I'm not mad about it. Speaking of a lot of information, Ben Affleck is opening up and he says he is grateful for his second chance, but doesn't expect him to talk about his relationship with J lo. He tells WSJ magazine, their story is definitely beautiful, but he's learned not to share everything with the world. Ben says he's going to exercise
A highlight from P.S. I Love You: Rene Fleming Sings Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
"And finally, one day I'm in my little bedroom and I decide I have to call him today and I open up my flip phone and I go through my contacts until I find the name Ben. And I'm pacing back and forth in my bedroom until finally, I don't know exactly what I'm going to say, but I start the call. And I sit in the window of my bedroom looking out at the key food grocery across the street and the answer isn't he says manly. Like it's a full sentence. And I say I have a question for you, and he says, go for it. And I say, do you want to go on a date with me? And there's a pause. There's a bit of a driving sense here. In the strings you hear it's 6 days of and then the wood winds come into kind of answer that in a little call and response there. So I would not give my heart to anyone else but you. She uses the word confession and she comes back to this passion and flaming really strong words, which, you know, when you're young, you're thinking it's life and death in this moment. You're not thinking, this one might not work out. You're thinking, this is it. It's this or nothing. But you can tell she's read a lot because she finds the words that are poetic that are beautiful. And I say, I have this idea of something that you and I could be. You and I holding hands, you and I swapping t-shirts. You and I, together, and I tell him, I'm so grateful that whenever I tell him about my fears and my anxieties, he says back manly. You just have to realize that you're beautiful and everything will be okay. And I wait for him to say it now. She's working through in her mind all the various manifestations of what she's feeling, what she's thought, how much he has opened up her horizon because she's now thinking
A highlight from 10 Trivia Questions on Elton John
"Got some great stuff in there. I've been nonstop talking about this brand new book. It's called trivia with buds, pop culture puzzles, volume one, Mia's Bob Ross on the cover, painting my logo on a canvas 23 brand new puzzles. Trivia quizzes. Basically written versions of this podcast for you to go figure out great stuff in there like what's the theme trivia snake? The numbers game, pop culture, math and tons tons more. Go check all those out. They've never been recorded anywhere or posted anywhere or hosted anywhere. They're just for the book, and I'm going to try and do that at least a couple of times a year because the reception to the book has been fantastic. I only have about 20 left. And just yesterday's episode I posted that would be giving away some pin sets from last holiday season from drew with the next 5 orders. And those went off the shelves right away. And people messaged me a shout out to my friend, Yolanda, who said, hey, I hope I can get one. She was the last person to get one of those pin sets that I sent out today with the book. You can get the physical copy, ten bucks on the store, 12 two bucks for shipping, so about 12 bucks total or you can get the digital download, which somebody bought today for the first time, which is $7. You can print it off at home. You can print as many copies as you want, give it out to your friends and family for Halloween for the holidays for Christmas time or or whatever you want. It's fun for you. You can print just a few puzzles out from the book and solve it home or use them as a trivia host for handouts at your next trivia night. Whatever you want to do, the book is yours when you download it. There's also a great Cobra Kai T-shirt that says answer first answer right no Googling with the Cobra Kai logo and my logo splattered across it. We have a mister of the night, which is like the mistress of the night, elvira, parody T-shirt. We have a mister of the night coffee mug. We have a me as buddy the elf in the movie elf, red crew neck sweatshirt. We have a unisex 80s bouncer T, which is Mia's Patrick Swayze roadhouse and a couple different colors there and a zip up hoodie or a throw over hoodie. So check all that stuff out. It is Etsy dot com slash shop slash trivia with buds and you'll find a gift in there for your friend or loved one who likes this podcast. Today's episode is about Elton John and you are going to love it. Written by Luke McCain, and we're jumping into those questions right now. Here we go. Here it is around on Elton John. Question number one, what is Elton John's real first in last name? Number one, what is Elton John's real first and last name? Number one. Number two, who played Elton John in the 2019 biopic rocket man. Number two played Elton John in the 2019 biopic Rocketman. Number three, who was Elton John married to from 1984 to 1988, who was out and married to from 84 to 88. Four, the song candle Nguyen was rewritten and performed by Elton in 1997 as a tribute to Princess Diana, who was the song originally written about.
A highlight from Superconductivity: One Step Closer
"Sustainability is a critical issue and on the new sustainably speaking podcast, we'll talk with trailblazing leaders who champion solutions to ensure a more sustainable and low carbon future. Subscribe today and don't miss this limited episode podcast. Hey, future of everything listeners, it's Janet Babin. The UN climate conference that just wrapped up in Glasgow Scotland, it elevated global conversations about new clean energy sources. And the podcast has spent the last couple of months now reporting out strategies for a zero carbon future that include a reboot of the world's energy sector. And earlier this year, we reported on a development that could one day reboot the energy sector in a completely different way. By eliminating electrical resistance. Thereby dramatically improving energy efficiency. This is the game changing potential of superconductivity. If the world could harness it, we could make trains that run routinely from New York to California in record time and power rockets that could fly to Jupiter. We're taking this holiday week as an opportunity to bring back this popular episode. Hope you enjoy. Several months ago, The Wall Street Journal featured an article about a man who was mining Bitcoin from a computer in his house. The computer was working so hard. It was heating up the entire room. Bitcoin, put your computer through a lot of calculations. And many of us are spending most of our time at home these days. So the man found a way to use all that energy coming off of his computer. He siphoned it to heat a greenhouse and grow basil and cherry tomatoes. That's how much energy his computer was wasting. And it's not just the Bitcoin guy, all of the devices we're using give off excess energy. How many times have you noticed your laptop scorching your thighs? Collectively, we lose billions of dollars every year because of this so called waste heat. It got me thinking about futuristic alternatives that could work to reduce that waste. So I reached out to an expert. I'm Marvin Cohen. I'm university Professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley. Doctor Cohen explained that this waste heat from all of our devices happens because of friction. Too much friction from electrons. The electrons go down the wire, and they bump into things sort of. In the wire is heated so they get knocked around. And that gives you resistance and the wire gets hot. Cohen says that friction is called electrical resistance. And it's just what happens when you conduct electricity. It's normal. It means that some of the energy gets lost. But there is a way to get around it to manipulate the electrons, so the wires don't get hot and energy doesn't get lost. So if you could bring them together and keep them together, you'll have a superconductor. Superconductivity. The ability to conduct electricity without any kind of interference or electrical resistance. Materials that are perfect conductors of energy. Doctor Cohn says it's really hard to bring the electrons together to get them to pair up like this. You have to find the right material and then put them under extreme conditions, super cold or high pressure. But when you do these materials become almost magical. They conduct energy without electrical resistance. They're perfect conductors of electricity. And if we could get that to happen, could figure out how to make that happen on the regular, superconductivity could change the world. Cohen says it would mean super high-speed trains that can go as fast as planes. And it could make our energy problems almost disappear. If you could hook up Niagara Falls to Berkeley, you can get all the electricity from Niagara Falls, Berkeley without any losses. It would be incredible. We could even make a space rocket that could get us to the outer reaches of our solar system. Forget about mass, maybe we can go to Jupiter. Basically, superconductivity is the Holy Grail of physics. But like the Holy Grail, superconductivity has