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Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy

Don't Wait Up: Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) prepares to do some derring-do, leaving Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) to his stay-at-home-superdad duties, in Incredibles 2. Pixar hide caption

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Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy

The action of this animated sequel, which picks up where The Incredibles ended 14 years ago, is fresh and inventive, but the laughs aren't. Guest: NPR Code Switch host Gene Demby.

Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy

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The Tony Awards and Remembering Anthony Bourdain

Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub perform "Omar Sharif" from The Band's Visit at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. John P. Filo/CBS hide caption

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The Tony Awards and Remembering Anthony Bourdain

The Tony Awards paid off for The Band's Visit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Angels in America revival and a scrappy theater kid named Bruce Springsteen. Also we remember chef and television host Anthony Bourdain, who died last week.

The Tony Awards and Remembering Anthony Bourdain

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Ocean's 8 and What's Making Us Happy

Gala Gals: Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock, and Rihanna in Ocean's 8. Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Ocean's 8 and What's Making Us Happy

Ocean's 8 great cast and some clever commentary about women and Hollywood make it a whole lot of fun. Guest: Bim Adewunmi, senior culture writer at Buzzfeed and co-host of the Thirst Aid Kit podcast.

Ocean's 8 and What's Making Us Happy

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The Paddington Movies

Wee Ol' Teddy, Marmalade: Ben Whishaw voices the perpetually well-meaning bear in Paddington 2. Warner Bros. hide caption

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The Paddington Movies

At last, we take a deep, overdue dive into the sweet, tangy jars of emotional marmalade that are the Paddington films. Guests: writer Chris Klimek and librarian Margaret Willison.

The Paddington Movies

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Law & Order and What's Making Us Happy

Jerry Orbach, Angie Harmon, Sam Waterston and Jesse L. Martin, from the 1999 cast of Law & Order. Getty Images hide caption

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Law & Order and What's Making Us Happy

We talk about one of the most durable franchises in television history. Guests: Librarian Margaret H. Willison and Sarah D. Bunting, the East Coast Editor of Previously.TV

Law & Order and What's Making Us Happy

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'Cobra Kai' Is A Surprisingly Good 'Karate Kid' Reboot

William Zabka and Ralph Macchio star in Cobra Kai, which revisits Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso more than 30 years after The Karate Kid. YouTube Red hide caption

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'Cobra Kai' Is A Surprisingly Good 'Karate Kid' Reboot

Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso are still at it in Cobra Kai, a surprisingly interesting look at what happens later to people who peak — or crash — in high school. Guests: All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

'Cobra Kai' Is A Surprisingly Good 'Karate Kid' Reboot

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Solo: A Star Wars Story and What's Making Us Happy

Never tell him the odds: L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm/Disney hide caption

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Solo: A Star Wars Story and What's Making Us Happy

The odds of successfully telling the origin story of the Star Wars trilogy's lovable rogue are approximately 3,720 to 1. After a sluggish start, Solo: A Star Wars Story beats those odds. Guest: NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen.

Solo: A Star Wars Story and What's Making Us Happy

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The Royal Wedding

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle ride a horse-drawn carriage, after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel. Phil Noble/AP hide caption

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The Royal Wedding

Normally, royal weddings are like the Oscars: a lot of pomp, but no real surprises. But when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, the audience sat up and took notice. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and Librarian Margaret Willison.

The Royal Wedding

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Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy

Ultraviolent super-mercenary Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) references a film that many people will recognize — that's kind of his whole deal — in Deadpool 2. Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy

Ryan Reynolds once again assumes the role of a deadly mercenary who makes many references to various pop culture properties while disemboweling folk a lot. Guests: Writer Chris Klimek and Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.

Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy

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The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'

Mishel Prada plays the returning daughter Emma in Starz' half-hour drama Vida. Erica Parise/Starz hide caption

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The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'

The new Starz half-hour drama tells the story of two young women who learn a lot about their mother when they go home to deal with the consequences of her death. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.

The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'

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