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Steve Lacy performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring in Maryland on Oct. 15, 2022. Kyle Gustafson/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening, viewing and reading

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Midwest Modern Twitter account, Unclear and Present Danger podcast, Gemini Rights and more.

Items from NPR Life Kit host Marielle Segarra's ancestral altar, clockwise from right: a Julio Iglesias cassette tape, an address book, a crucifix, a mango candy, a card with a rose depicted on it, eyeglass lenses and a ring. Malaka Gharib/ NPR hide caption

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How to create an ancestral altar at home: A cross-cultural guide

Spiritual practitioners and Indigenous educators explain how to set up an special place to honor your loved ones.

How to create an ancestral altar at home: A cross-cultural guide

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Health workers sit at a check-in table at a pop-up mpox vaccination clinic which opened today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the West Hollywood Library on August 3, 2022 in West Hollywood, California. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on August 1st over the mpox outbreak. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Mpox will not be renewed as a public health emergency next year

Cases of Mpox, which was previously named monkeypox, peaked in August and fell steadily over the past months to a daily average of seven new cases by the end of November.

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Dear Life Kit: My folks guilt-trip me into spending the holidays with them

Between long-held traditions, unfair expectations and clashing personalities, the holidays can be a perfect storm for conflict. Therapist John Kim helps untangle three holiday conundrums.

Dear Life Kit: My folks guilt-trip me into spending the holidays with them

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Zooey Zephyr, state Rep.-elect for the 100th district of the Montana House of Representatives, is the first openly trans woman to be elected in the state legislature. Zephyr poses for a portrait at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C., on Dec. 2, 2022. Keren Carrión/NPR hide caption

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After record election year, some LGBTQ lawmakers face a new challenge: GOP majorities

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Montana state Rep.-elect Zooey Zephyr is the first openly trans woman elected to the state legislature. She and other lawmakers across the country are now faced with trying to curb anti-LGBTQ bills.

After record election year, some LGBTQ lawmakers face a new challenge: GOP majorities

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South Korean women take part in a march supporting feminism during a protest to mark International Women's Day in Seoul on March 8, 2019. Anti-feminism has been on the rise, turbocharged this year by President Yoon Suk Yeol. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Feminists are protesting against the wave of anti-feminism that's swept South Korea

Many men in South Korea claim to be victims of gender discrimination, a movement turbocharged by President Yoon. Meanwhile, women lag far behind men in pay and face unrealistic beauty standards.

Alexis Mukwedi tested positive for sleeping sickness during a two-day mobile screening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He had complained about nervous tics and fatigue. Xavier Vaheed-DNDi hide caption

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With one dose, new drug may cure sleeping sickness. Could it also wipe it out?

This often fatal disease found in many African countries is painful and lengthy to treat. But a single oral dose proved incredibly effective in a clinical trial, raising hopes of eradication.

Yoel Roth used to be Twitter's Head of Trust & Safety until he resigned in early November. He worries about the changes Elon Musk is making to the platform. David Odisho/Getty Images hide caption

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Twitter's former safety chief warns Musk is moving fast and 'breaking things'

Yoel Roth was a top executive at Twitter, until he resigned in early November. He says people need to "very thoughtfully and carefully weigh the costs and benefits of using Twitter."

Twitter's former safety chief warns Musk is moving fast and "breaking things"

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Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita speaks during a watch party for Jennifer-Ruth Green, the Republican candidate for Indiana's 1st Congressional District. Rokita, Indiana's Republican attorney general, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, asked the state medical licensing to discipline Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis doctor who has spoken publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim. Darron Cummings/AP hide caption

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Judge rules Indiana AG broke state law while investigating abortion provider

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A county judge ruled Friday that Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita violated state law, breaking confidentiality in his office's investigation of Dr. Caitlin Bernard. But the judge also denied Bernard's request to put a halt to Rokita's investigation.

A rare recording of Phinney's Rainbow — thought to be the first produced musical of Stephen Sondheim (shown here as a wizened showbiz veteran of 32, with three Broadway musicals under his belt) — has been found on a bookshelf in Milwaukee. Michael Hardy/Express/Getty Images hide caption

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A rare recording of a musical by an 18-year-old Stephen Sondheim surfaces

Broadway-legend-in-training Stephen Sondheim was a college sophomore in 1948 when his musical Phinney's Rainbow was produced — and recorded — at Williams College in Massachusetts.

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Director Noah Baumbach tackles misinformation in 'White Noise,' wryly

Film director Noah Baumbach speaks with NPR's Steven Inskeep about his latest film, "White Noise," based on the 1985 Don DeLillo novel of the same name

Director Noah Baumbach tackles misinformation in 'White Noise,' wryly

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A Democratic panel OKs a Biden-backed shakeup of the party's presidential calendar

Biden has proposed elevating South Carolina to the first spot, moving the swing states of Georgia and Michigan up to the early slate, and putting Iowa back in the pack.

A Biden-backed shakeup of Democrats' presidential calendar is OK'd by a party panel

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The Royal Mint Court office complex, bought by the Chinese government for 255 million pounds ($311 million) in May 2018, in London, on Friday. China's controversial plan to build a new embassy on the site near the Tower of London was rejected in a Tower Hamlets council meeting on Thursday. Hollie Adams/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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London says no to a big Chinese Embassy, in a blow to Beijing ties

Local officials in London rejected plans for a massive, new Chinese Embassy, a bitter setback for China's government that once promised a "golden age" for its British relations.

Anish Adhikari, now 26, worked construction jobs in Qatar for 33 months in the lead-up to the World Cup. In this 2021 photo, he poses inside the new Lusail stadium, which he helped build and which will host the World Cup final on Dec. 18. Adhikari says the Nepali agent who got him the job misled him about working conditions in Qatar: "They sell a dream that's not reality." Anish Adhikari hide caption

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Death and dishonesty: Stories of two workers who built the World Cup stadiums in Qatar

Vinod Kumar of India and Anish Adhikari of Nepal are among the many migrant workers who helped build the stadiums. Adhikari says he was misled about working conditions. Kumar died on the job.

Death and dishonesty: Stories of two workers who built the World Cup stadiums in Qatar

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Members of security, right, speak with two Iran supporters as they take away a flag reading "Woman life freedom" prior to the match between Wales and Iran on Nov. 25. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Some clothing choices have caused a stir at the World Cup

Qatar warned about clothing restrictions for this year's World Cup, and fans are finding out that officials weren't bluffing — but some controversial outfits have slipped into stadiums.

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Julia Reichert, an Oscar-winning leader in independent U.S. documentaries, dies

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The former WYSO host explored the stories of ordinary, working class people in relationship to gender, social-economic class, activism and race in America. Her films included American Factory and The Last Truck.

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