Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘GLOW’ And Lena Waithe

Alison Brie as Ruth, in a ring on GLOW.

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Alison Brie as Ruth, in a ring on GLOW.

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This week’s partial of Pop Culture Happy Hour coincides accurately with Netflix’s recover of GLOW, a 10-episode TV array starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron. Presenting a fictionalized story of a late-’80s syndicated TV uncover GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, GLOW carries a challenging DNA of executive author Jenji Kohan (Orange Is The New Black, Weeds) and producers Liz Flahive (Nurse Jackie, Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange Is The New Black, Weeds, Nurse Jackie).

For this discussion, Kat Chow joins Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon and me to tackle GLOW — a surprising concept, a grade to that a stars possibly play opposite form (Brie) or don’t (Maron), and a joining to impression development. Some of us found it some-more disproportionate than others — and one or dual of us questioned a grade to that it earns a explanation on secular stereotypes — though we all design large things, buzz-wise. (For those looking to learn some-more about a genuine women on whom GLOW is based, a 2012 documentary called GLOW: The Story Of The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling is also on Netflix.)

Then, we take a tough left spin (albeit adhering with Netflix) and move we Linda’s Jun 15 talk with Lena Waithe. Waithe, who plays Denise on Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Master Of None, seemed on theatre with us as partial of Pop Culture Happy Hour‘s live coming during Largo during a Coronet in Los Angeles. Together, a dual plead Waithe’s work on Master Of None — including her instant-classic coming-out partial “Thanksgiving,” that Waithe describes as “really black, really female, really specific and happy as hell” — and how it’s mapped out over her possess life. Waithe also explains how operative as a author and author has done her a improved actor, and gives us a few hints about what to design from The Chi, a stirring Showtime play array she created. (Hint: Expect some-more of a radical consolation that’s helped make Master Of None a vital standout.)

[For some-more on Lena Waithe, demeanour for a entrance partial of It’s Been A Minute, a new NPR podcast hosted by a companion Sam Sanders.]

Finally, as always, we tighten with What’s Making Us Happy this week. I’m carrying fun personification a new Nintendo Switch game with my kids — in partial since it’s too new for them to have entirely schooled how to kick a ruin out of me. Glen loves an desirous new audiobook by one of his favorite authors. Kat righteously praises a superb new album (don’t skip this Code Switch discussion), as good as a bird-themed book. And Linda loves two new books, one of which she describes as “devastating” and one of which she… doesn’t.

As always, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter: the show, Linda, me, Glen, Kat, author Jessica, guest author Thomas, and author emeritus and companion for life Mike.

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