What's Your Monoculture Moment: The Olympics Or Bennifer? : It's Been a Minute Sam is joined by LA Times television editor Matt Brennan to understand why ratings for this year's Olympics are not just dismal, but symbolic of changes in our culture. Then, culture writers Hunter Harris and Alessa Dominguez join the show to talk all things Bennifer.

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What's Your Monoculture Moment: The Olympics Or Bennifer 2.0?

What's Your Monoculture Moment: The Olympics Or Bennifer 2.0?

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Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck sparked a romance nearly 20 years ago, when phones were bigger and times were very, very different. Chris Weeks/WireImage hide caption

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Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck sparked a romance nearly 20 years ago, when phones were bigger and times were very, very different.

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Sam ticks through all the missteps of this year's Olympic Games in Tokyo with LA Times television editor Matt Brennan and digs into why the dismal ratings mark yet another loss of the monoculture.

Later, Sam talks about the resurgence of Bennifer with freelance culture writer and critic Hunter Harris and Alessa Dominguez, culture writer for Buzzfeed News. The three discuss the evolution of J. Lo's star power, the uniqueness of this celebrity pairing, and how they may be the last stars of their kind.

This episode of 'It's Been a Minute' was produced by Jinae West, Anjuli Sastry and Liam McBain. Our intern is Manuela López Restrepo. Our editor is Muthoni Muturi. Our director of programming is Steve Nelson. You can follow us on Twitter @NPRItsBeenAMin and email us at samsanders@npr.org.