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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch: Taylor Swift's '1989'

In terms of sheer commercial heft, the release of Taylor Swift's <i>1989</i> is one of the stories of the year in music: Its first-week sales are expected to outstrip those of any album since Swift's last record, <i>Red</i>, in 2012. For the 24-year-old singer-songwriter, <i>1989</i> completes her transformation from …

Is Pop Culture Having a Trans Moment?

I spoke with Jennifer Finney Boylan about whether the rise of icons like Laverne Cox and the popularity of shows like <i>Transparent</i> prove that 2014 is a tipping point in the cultural acceptance of trans people.<p>For years, popular culture has circled around the supposed uniqueness of the …

Examining Taylor Swift's Spotify breakup: Will she go steady with Apple now?

Pop music star Taylor Swift has a huge fan base, and as of this morning none of them will be able to listen to her music on Spotify: She’s removed it from the streaming service.<p>Spotify was apparently caught off guard by the news, according to BuzzFeed. And Spotify itself is at least playing dumb …

A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please'

When comedian Amy Poehler was in her 20s, she read her boyfriend's journal and found out that he didn't think she was pretty.<p>"It was almost like an itch being scratched, which was, 'Aha! I knew that you didn't think I was pretty!' ... And then it was followed by a real crash because ... my ego was …

The 30 Best Movies of 2014 (So Far)

With Oscar season just around the corner (literally -- we can see it peeking out, all gilded and glittery and begging for attention), we thought we'd run down 10 more of the best movies of 2014. (For those of you playing along at home, this is our third such rundown in three such quarters.)<p>This is …