Hive Mind Newsletter

Britney, Rachel, and Rosie, a Bachelor wellness check, and lots of podcast episodes

Weeks ago on the podcast, I said I would link the Rachel Lindsay NY Mag profile in the newsletter and then I just…didn’t. And then I kept meaning to link it and still didn’t and now here we are long past the cultural moment that was Rachel Lindsay’s profile in NY Mag when I’m finally keeping my promise and linking the Rachel Lindsay NY Mag profile. It is very much worth your time to read, even if we’ve all moved on and are now talking about the Ronan Farrow Britney profile in The New Yorker or this excellent Vulture piece on Rosie O’Donnell. (Don’t you miss Rosie? I spent every afternoon watching her after school. I don’t know if I ever felt more embarrassed to be a Utahn than when Donny Osmond mocked her weight on air.)

All those pieces are great. You know what else is great? This Bachelor Wellness Check by Hive Mind contributor L.R. Encinas

Two years ago I gave my Catholic friend a gift not only tainted by sacrilege, but also now by cancellation. It was one of those religious-type votive candles with the image of Chris Harrison with prayer hands emblazoned on the front — the patron saint of Bachelor Nation.

Etsy, man.

When Chris was first excused after that terrible, no-good interview with queen Rachel Lindsey early this year, I joked we couldn't burn the candle in effigy thus paying homage to Chris himself! The candle would have to be thrown out or left to collect waxy dust like a sad dollar store candle sitting atop a half-bath toilet.

It’s not like I saw Chris Harrison’s departure from The Bachelor franchise as a surprise. It was just a matter of time before he was excused or he excused himself for any number of reasons. And in recent years, it seems like the franchise knew that too and was testing out other sorts of arrangements and hosting possibilities. Continue reading

After you’ve read that, listen to our podcasts, starting with the episode in which Irene and I tackle the Top Chef finale controversy.

If I were an executive chef I would simply not harass my employees. HOW HARD IS THAT, GABE?

Anyway, here’s the food/food places we talk about at the end of the episode:



Sunday’s Best (Get the monkey bread)

Melissa Clark’s Ice Cream Base

Costco Rotisserie Chicken

Irene and I also covered episode 5 of The Bachelorette

which features a number of unfortunate chain belts.

Then Emily and I dove into the dynamics of the Cannon Family on our Pop Culture Pop In,

plus Gwen Stefani’s boring wedding dress, Zendaya and Tom Holland making it official, Harry and Olivia setting sail, Sara from RHOSLC getting arrested, and Papa Johns attending Stadium of Fire. And Mark McGrath’s cameo confusion.

Emily and I are also halfway through season 1 of Cruel Summer on the Patreon. It is an incredibly silly show that I can’t get enough of.

And Eli and I have now covered four Best Picture winners for our $8 tier. This week we did Mrs. Miniver, a movie I never would have seen if we weren’t doing this series and I’m so glad I watched.

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