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Actor Brian Cox as the wealthy patriarch Logan Roy in the HBO show Succession, whose third season premiered on Oct. 17, 2021. Graeme Hunter/Graeme Hunter hide caption

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Why can't Democrats pass legislation? Plus, 'Succession'

Sam chats with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about why dysfunction in the Democratic Party is putting the big "Build Back Better" spending bill in Congressional limbo. Plus, The New Yorker staff writer Doreen St. Felix on Succession, representations of class on TV, and why the plethora of shows about white people being terrible (Succession, The White Lotus, The Undoing, Nine Perfect Strangers, Hacks ... you get the idea) are so addictive. Then, they are joined by The New York Times metro reporter Jazmine Hughes for a game of Who Said That?

Why can't Democrats pass legislation? Plus, 'Succession'

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Oscar Isaac, shown here at the 2020 Academy Awards, credits his father with introducing him to acting: "I started making movies with his camcorder." Richard Harbaugh/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images hide caption

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For Oscar Isaac, life — and acting — is all about impermanence

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Netflix employees are staging a walkout as a fired organizer speaks out

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Billy Porter attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. "Fabulous and serious can go hand in hand. I am proof positive of that," he says. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images hide caption

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Billy Porter makes peace with himself: 'I set myself free, honey. No more secrets'

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Victoria Pedretti and Penn Badgley in the third season of the Netflix series, You. John P. Fleenor/Netflix hide caption

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British author Douglas Adams, left, and Nick Landau read Adams' book The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy in October 1979. Colin Davey/Evening Standard/Getty Images hide caption

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It's been 42 years since 'The Hitchhiker's Guide' answered the ultimate question

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The character Ali Abdul (portrayed by actor Anupam Tripathi) is a Pakistani migrant worker in South Korea whose boss hasn't paid him in months. Ali joins a secret competition called Squid Game to earn money for his family. Noh Juhan/Netflix hide caption

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Nicole Byer's '#VeryFat #VeryBrave' guide to bikini confidence

Sam revisits his 2020 conversation with comedian and Nailed It! host Nicole Byer on her coffee table book: #VeryFat #VeryBrave: The Fat Girl's Guide to Being #Brave and Not a Dejected, Melancholy, Down-in-the-Dumps Weeping Fat Girl in a Bikini. They talk about home goods, drunken bravery, and learning to love yourself.

Nicole Byer's '#VeryFat #VeryBrave' guide to bikini confidence

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