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On Happy Sad Confused, Josh Horowitz gets nerdy and intimate with the biggest movie stars and filmmakers on the planet. Each and every week, you’ll hear in-depth, career-spanning conversations with everyone from Emma Stone and Hugh Jackman to Woody Allen and Quentin Tarantino. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like to get casual with A-listers like Anna Kendrick, Tom Hiddleston, or Kristen Stewart (all HSC regulars), then come on in and join Josh in the Happy Sad Confused studio.
 
Join our heroes (SYFY WIRE’s Brian Silliman, Caitlin Busch, and Matt Romano) for a celebratory visit to the world of Star Wars each and every week, where they’ll cover everything going on in the galaxy far, far away. Celebrating the films in the saga? Of course. Exploring new movies and shows? On it. Big news? They’ll have it. New episode breakdowns for The Mandalorian, The Clone Wars, and more? Bet on it. From interviews, new canon reveals, intensely spirited discussions and more, JABBA THE ...
 
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So many good first issues last week - it was hard to choose just three! But we're talking Mother of Madness, by the Mother of Dragons herself, Emilia Clarke - Dark Blood on BOOM! Studios which is by LaToya Morgan (Who's also worked as a screenwriter on some of your favorite comic book shows like Walking Dead) - And Lastly, we cover Moon Knight to s…
 
The "Mother of Dragons" is out with a new comic book, Mother of Madness. Actress Emilia Clarke talks with guest host Ayesha Rascoe about superpowers in real life and fantasy, her career-launching role in Game of Thrones and how Hollywood has changed since her first season as Daenerys. You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at sam…
 
Prince's posthumous album, Welcome 2 America, came out last weekend. In honor of the release, Sam revisits his 2020 conversation with Prince's photographer, Randee St. Nicholas. She shares intimate stories about the legendary artist: from spontaneous photo shoots in burned out buildings to late nights after sold-out concerts. You can follow us on T…
 
Disinformation about COVID-19 vaccines abounds on social media, but there's more to it than meets the eye. Sam talks to Max Fisher, international reporter for the New York Times, about "disinformation for hire" and what social media platforms are doing to combat it. Plus, Sam talks to actress Hannah Waddingham, one of the stars of Ted Lasso. They'r…
 
The "Skywalker Saga" (as it was dubbed a few years ago) might be over, but the future of Star Wars is just getting started and we get into how 2022 is set up to be the biggest year in franchise history. We also answer several tough ones in our segment Will of the Force like, will Rogue Squadron feature a roster of fighter pilots introduced in anima…
 
For nearly three decades Matt Damon has been seemingly working his way through the great directors of our times so it's natural he'd end up working with a talent like Tom McCarthy (SPOTLIGHT). Matt joins Josh on the podcast for the first time(!) to chat about his new film, STILLWATER, saying no to films like AVATAR and THE DARK KNIGHT, and much mor…
 
Lucasfilm didn't bring Hayden Christensen back as Vader in Rogue One, so why for Obi-Wan Kenobi? Will he be fighting maskless in the series? We talk about that and give our takes on all of the other latest Star Wars news including Qi'ra's cold feelings toward Han Solo in the original trilogy era and what that means for #MakeSolo2Happen. The Resista…
 
The Black Hair Experience is a pop-up visual exhibit dedicated to the beauty, history and nostalgia of Black hair. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe takes a trip there and chats with its co-founder, Alisha Brooks. Then, Ayesha is joined by NPR's Susan Davis and Asma Khalid about the two huge economic priorities for the Biden administration. — Read Ayesha's …
 
Can you imagine a Darth Vader live-action Disney Plus series? We can and discuss what it could be like in this week's discussion. We also tackle several other topics in our segment Will of the Force like, will Force-ghost Luke Skywalker appear in any content that takes place after Episode IX? We close out the show by featuring your tweets in #Resis…
 
How could we let an event like "Loki" go by without chatting with one of our faves, Tom Hiddleston?! Tom returns on this episode of the podcast for a deep dive into his beloved Marvel character, plus some geeking out about one of his favorite comfort movies, "Cast Away". Don't forget to check out the Happy Sad Confused patreon here! We've got exclu…
 
Actress Sonequa Martin-Green has made a career of otherworldly roles. She survived a zombie apocalypse in The Walking Dead, she explores space — the final frontier — in Star Trek: Discovery, and she's the wife of NBA star LeBron James in Space Jam: A New Legacy. She talks to guest host Ayesha Rascoe about her career, her hair and identity, and why …
 
On this episode we talk about the reveal that Disney Gallery will return for a special episode on The Mandalorian season 2 finale, and how seeing Mark Hamill return on set as Luke Skywalker is going to be something truly special to see. We also look at The Mandalorian's Emmy nominations and check in with the latest in the War of the Bounty Hunters …
 
Americans are quitting their jobs in record numbers. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe brings on CBS MoneyWatch editor Irina Ivanova to break down some of the reasons why. Then, The New Republic staff writer Jo Livingstone joins Ayesha to discuss the current state of horror movies and why nothing's better than a good scare. Author and Big Mood, Little Mood …
 
On this episode we speculate on the fate of Din Djarin and who will rule Mandalore by the end of The Mandalorian. We also answer questions on several topics in our segment Will of the Force like, will Omega get a helmet or armor by the end of The Bad Batch series? We also bring back #ResistanceTransmissions!The Resistance base is open to all, so sp…
 
Colin Farrell loves a good adventure as much as he loves a great part. His latest project, "The North Water" checks both boxes and gives Josh a great excuse to catch up with the Irishman. Of course Josh picks Colin's brain on his role as Penguin in "The Batman" and they even geek out a bit about his comfort movie, "Tootsie"! Don't forget to check o…
 
The Cruelty Is The Point: The Past, Present, and Future of Trump's America, is journalist Adam Serwer's new book, based on a popular essay he wrote for The Atlantic. Serwer talks with guest host Ayesha Rascoe and lays out the ways in which Donald Trump came to power, the historical roots of his vision of law and order, and how he managed to build a…
 
Ahsoka Tano really opened the floodgates of main Star Wars characters jumping from animated to live-action. So we are speculating whether Hera Syndulla is next, and whether the show will be Andor. We also give our takes on Patty Jenkins and the latest on Rogue Squadron, the familiar faces returning to direct The Book of Boba Fett, Star Wars Visions…
 
Remember why you loved Star Wars in the first place? We discuss what it takes to preserve that joy as we grow older. Eric Whiteley from Blind Wave joins us to discuss the different ways we can preserve our love for Star Wars, connecting back to what made us love this franchise to begin with. We also talk collectibles, old and new, including the bra…
 
With Sha'Carri Richardson's recent disqualification, and the controversy surrounding the banning of natural hair swimming caps, there's a lot to talk about the treatment of Black women in the Olympics and across the sports world. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe brings on ESPN producer and podcast host Terrika Foster-Brasby and The Athletic's Kavitha A. Da…
 
Tiffany Haddish has had a busy year. From starring in prank film Bad Trip, to hosting Kids Say the Darndest Things, to voicing a self-confident toucan in animated series Tuca & Bertie, it seems like she's everywhere. Sam talks to Tiffany about her many projects, her hopes and dreams for the entertainment industry, and she tells a wild story about N…
 
The upcoming live-action Star Wars series The Acolyte is reportedly filming early next year, does this all but guarantee a 2023 release date? Our takes on that and the other latest Star Wars news including Patty Jenkins' writer for Rogue Squadron, and the latest in comics, video games, and more!The Resistance base is open to all, so spread the word…
 
Sam sits in the guest seat at Pop Culture Happy Hour to discuss the glue that holds this nation together — The Fast and the Furious franchise. Alongside NPR White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, as well as PCHH hosts Linda Holmes and Aisha Harris, the group talks about the legacy of the decades-spanning series, why we love to hate it, and how ac…
 
This week, the Trump Organization and its Chief Financial Officer were charged with fraud and tax related crimes by the Manhattan District Attorney as a result of a years-long investigation. In light of these new charges, Sam revisits his conversation from last fall with Andrea Bernstein, co-host of the WNYC & ProPublica podcast Trump, Inc. They ta…
 
Star Wars fans always thought Boba Fett would return, but I don't think anyone thought he would return in such a big way, and now he has a twin sister, sort of?! Oshie Bichar from the band Beartooth joins us to talk about the implications of Omega also being a clone of Jango Fett and what the future may hold for Boba Fett in The Book of Boba Fett a…
 
This week we literally read and reviewed every single first issue! We have: Gamma Flight, Batman Reptilian, Vinyl (image), Good Luck (Boom!), Black Hammer Reborn (Darkhorse), Heroes Reborn (Marvel), Spawn's Universe and more 10 books ranked, and hotly debated for your viewing experience! The big summer 10 - come and read those sweet #1's with us! T…
 
Few filmmakers would warrant a return visit just six months after their last trip to "Happy Sad Confuse", but there are few directors like Steven Soderbergh! Since his last visit, he finished a new film ("No Sudden Move"), shot another ("Kimi"), and he produced the Academy Awards! So yeah, there's lots to catch up on this chat! Don't forget to chec…
 
Sam interviews Riley Keough, one of the stars of Zola— a new movie adapted from a viral 148-tweet thread story full of sex work, guns and plot twists. They talk about how Riley prepared her character's "blaccent," why she tends to play unlikeable characters, and how she became a death doula. You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us…
 
Emilia Clarke not only wants to return to play Qi'ra, but she has written pages for the character. We discuss that as well as the latest details on the upcoming live-action Star Wars series The Acolyte, Andor approaching the end of filming, and Carrie Fisher getting a star on the Walk of Fame. That and more on a loaded episode!The Resistance base i…
 
The furor over critical race theory fits into a longer history of culture wars in schools. Sam talks to Adam Laats, a professor of history and education at Binghamton University, about what the past can teach us about today's fight. Plus, Sam talks to Lucia Aniello, Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky, writers and creators of the HBO Max series Hacks. Th…
 
Star Wars is full of hilarious jabs and wisecracks, but we have put together our list of the 12 best insults in franchise history! We also discuss several other topics like R2-D2's most heroic moment, which prequel character do we wish survived and existed during the original trilogy, and whether future Star Wars trilogies should be filmed all at o…
 
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