1. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)
You heard it here last: "Stranger Things" is sweeping the nation. An eight part series set in the '80s, "Stranger Things" is about a group of tween boys (and a determined mom, played by Winona Ryder) who discover that something really weird is going on in their town when their bestie (son) Will disappears. Think of this show as all your favorite things from the '80s packed into a compact episodes of science fiction and adventure. It reminded me of movies like "E.T.," "The Goonies," "Close Encounters" and "Poltergeist." I swear there was some music in there from "War Games" and "Pretty in Pink" too.
"Stranger Things" season one is streaming now on Netflix.
2. The 2016 Olympics in Rio
The Olympics are always exciting and this year brings an extra layer of suspense because of what a shit show (literally) the organizers and athletes in Rio are dealing with. From Zika to E coli to unsanitary housing to a potential coup, this should be interesting. GO TEAM USA! The Opening Ceremony starts at 7:30 pm EST tonight on NBC.
3. "Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC)
Get ready, kids: this season is as wild as ever. Watch season 3 Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.
P.S. This came as a result of just the first episode:
4. Rabia Chaudry, co-host of "Undisclosed" Podcast and author of Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial
Need a new hero to worship? Here she is.
We all know the story of Adnan Syed, the young man who many believe was wrongly convicted for the 1999 murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in suburban Baltimore. But lesser known in the story of Adnan is Rabia Chaudry, the close family friend Adnan's who is largely responsible for securing the evidence that led to his sentence being vacated and a new trial ordered this past June. A former civil rights and immigration attorney, Rabia brought Adnan's story to Sarah Koenig, who turned it into the smash podcast "Serial." Rabia then continued the story and the investigation with her own podcast "Undisclosed." It was while producing "Undisclosed" where the evidence that eventually got Adnan a new hearing was uncovered by Rabia and her colleagues.
5. President Obama's Glamour essay: "This is what a feminist looks like"
Yesterday, Glamour released an essay written by POTUS himself, Barack Obama, explaining why "this is an extraordinary time to be a woman." He also writes:
"It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. And as spouses and partners and boyfriends, we need to work hard and be deliberate about creating truly equal relationships.
"This fall we enter a historic election. Two hundred and forty years after our nation’s founding, and almost a century after women finally won the right to vote, for the first time ever, a woman is a major political party’s presidential nominee. No matter your political views, this is a historic moment for America. And it’s just one more example of how far women have come on the long journey toward equality.
"I want all of our daughters and sons to see that this, too, is their inheritance. I want them to know that it’s never been just about the Benjamins; it’s about the Tubmans too. And I want them to help do their part to ensure that America is a place where every single child can make of her life what she will."
Read the full essay here.