Why you should care
The Weekender is a special collaboration between OZY Tribe members near and far to provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
Slow Burn — Reliving History. Politics in 2018 is so wacky and so fast-moving that it’s sometimes hard to remember that it’s been like this before. Slate’s podcast Slow Burn is a step-by-step re-examination of the Watergate scandal in Season 1 and the Monica Lewinsky scandal in Season 2, resurfacing overlooked characters and comparing previous impeachment-level crises to what’s going on right now with President Donald Trump. They get incredible access — don’t skip the exclusive interview with Linda Tripp (remember her?) — and in the process show how difficult it is to impeach a president. (Recommended by Stu Harmon, Video Champion)
Hip-Hop Saved My Life — Mostly Jokes, a Little Rap. As with any podcast genre, it helps to know a little bit about the subject — in this case hip-hop — before listening. British comedian Romesh Ranganathan, the host, is a professional stand-up and TV personality — if you watch U.K. panel shows, you’ve probably spotted him. So you’re listening mostly for the laughs, and there are plenty of those. Ranganathan, who had a brief rap career before choosing comedy, talks his celebrity guests through recollections of their favorite or personally defining hip-hop moments. (Recommended by Sophia Akram, News Junkie)
The Rewatchables — Movie School Dropouts. Some movies you just can’t get enough of. That doesn’t mean they’re great art or even so-bad-they’re-good, but no matter how many times you come across them while flipping through the channels, you invariably stop … and stay. The Rewatchables podcast, from the Ringer Network and sports and entertainment superfan Bill Simmons, is a tribute to these sticky cult classics. From A Few Good Men to Jaws, Simmons and his guests discuss which aspects of the films have aged the best and worst. These films are unlikely to be discussed by serious film studies majors, but they are ones you’re more likely to discuss with your friends. To start, head for the episode on The Princess Bride. (Recommended by Sean Braswell, History Buff)
WHAT TO WATCH
A Star Is Born — The ’70s Are Back. A new version of this much-remade film comes out this week, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, so go see that too. But the 1976 version starring Barbra Streisand is a visual feast. Much of the movie is timeless: Barbra’s instant-chills-inducing voice, a beautifully flawed and unapologetic Kris Kristofferson — and a love story like no other (except the other times this has been remade). But the not-so-timeless stuff is great too, like rotary phones, 8-track players in cars and ruffled tuxedo shirts! You could even make it a marathon with the totally stunning 1954 Judy Garland version of the same film, which you might know from her knockout rendition of The Man That Got Away — and, if you’re really dedicated, the black-and-white 1937 version, which nobody really remembers very well but which has the same title and basic story. (Recommended by Annette Roy, Tastemaker)
Forever — No Spoilers Now. If 21st century film has taught us anything, it’s that Maya Rudolph is always worth watching. Remember that weird film she did with John Krasinski, Away We Go, about a couple looking for a new city to call home? It totally holds up; you should go watch it. Her new Amazon show Forever continues the winning streak. Forever, which also stars Fred Armisen, is co-created by Alan Yang (co-creator of Master of None), and is both laugh-out-loud and cry-in-front-of-other-people good, but — and we cannot emphasize this enough — do not read any spoilers. This is all part of the fun. Here’s what we will say: The show is ultimately about the nature of relationships, love, and commitment, and it’ll make you question all of your life’s decisions (in a good way). (Recommended by Chris Kim, Editor Extraordinaire)
WHAT TO COOK
Maangchi’s Korean Beef Short Ribs — Worth Waiting For. Food blogger Maangchi has been called the Korean Julia Child by … oh, probably everyone who’s ever seen her videos. She’s funny, forthright and encouraging, managing to make Korean food that’s both authentic and accessible. And did we mention it’s delicious? Browsing her site will teach you how many times you can, while writing a 250 word paragraph, change your mind about what to make for dinner because you have to have absolutely everything you see.
We have, if you’re curious, settled on the beef short ribs, or galbi jjim, which involves cooking meat in flavorful broth with assorted vegetables for an hour or two until it’s so good you want to die. No, seriously, doesn’t that sound easy and incredible? It is. And everything on Maangchi’s blog is like that. She won’t make you feel out of your depth, but she will teach you new skills and put you at ease when it comes to Korean food, whether you’re used to old family recipes or you’ve only ever eaten the cuisine on special occasions.
If you’re not in the mood for beef, just go browse the site until something speaks to you. But a great vegetarian option is the corn cheese, or kon-chijeu, which is…melted cheese and corn. Exactly what it sounds like! And yet somehow better. (Recommended by Elle Choi, Carnivore)
And whatever you do, don’t do this …
Twerk During Scrabble. But you can now officially play the word “twerk” in a Scrabble game, according to the sixth edition of the game’s official dictionary (released this week). In all, 300 words were added to the Scrabble lexicon, including “emoji,” “sriracha” and two all-important two-letter options, “ew” and “ok.” (AP)
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Do you have a killer potato salad recipe that you’d like to share? Think you discovered the next great jam band? Share your suggestions with us here at OZY! Email us: Weekender@ozy.com.