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Is ‘Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown’ the Great New Kids’ Cooking Show ‘MasterChef Junior’ Fans Are Looking For?

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One of the out-of-nowhere reality show hits of 2013 was Fox’s MasterChef Junior, a spinoff of MasterChef that focused on a younger generation of chefs: children ages eight to 13. It was both exciting and adorable, and even people who dislike precocious children and cooking shows (see: me) were not immune to its charms. That’s why it’s surprising it took this long for a similar show to pop up in its shadow (or, at least, another cooking show; Project Runway had a children’s spinoff). What’s not surprising is that Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown is a poor imitation. 
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The 30 Essential Comedy Podcasts

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Professor Blastoff, the beloved, long-running podcast from Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger, released its final episode this week. In loving memory, we’ve compiled the best of podcasting’s most prolific — and most crowded — subgenre: comedy.
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Decoding Katy Perry’s Ill-Phrased Tweet about Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj

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Katy Perry has weighed in on the debate sparked by Taylor Swift’s defensive, tone-deaf exchange with Nicki Minaj, who at the time was calling out pop music’s racial bias in light of yesterday’s VMA nominations. Unfortunately, Perry’s tweet is confusing to read, due to its lack of punctuation and awkward phrasing. Shade can only be as effective as its syntax, after all.
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