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Consider This from NPR
Dec 27, 2020
BONUS: 12 Memorable Pop Culture Moments From 2020
Play • 34 min
At the end of every year, the hosts of NPR's
Pop Culture Happy Hour
like to look back on some of their favorite things from the last 12 months. In this episode, they revisit some of the TV, film and music that helped us make it through 2020.
Here's the full list:
Moira's wedding officiant outfit in the series finale of
and the year in escapism
Uncle Clifford and Lil Murda in the season 1 finale of
Michael Jordan watching interviews about him on an iPad in
The Last Dance
winning best picture at this year's Oscars, portending the further rise of non-English-language powerhouses
The first 10 minutes of
The Invisible Man
Kentucky Route Zero
"Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)" from David Byrne's
Fiona Apple chirping like a dolphin on "I Want You To Love Me"
Cassidy Diamond (played by Shalita Grant) in the third season of
"Uncle Naseem" (Season 2, Episode 9) of
The Good Place
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