The Thrill: Raffi on Lois, Ben Affleck, pop-culture crushes

Our pop-culture podcast asks Raffi what makes a great kids' entertainer, discusses Ben Affleck's fiasco, and reveals our first pop-culture crushes


This week, our pop-culture podcast—Adrian Lee, Emma Teitel and Julia De Laurentiis Johnson—rang rang rang up Mr. Bananaphone himself, the children’s entertainer Raffi, to talk about the legacy of Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois & Bram fame, who died on Thursday at age 78. Then, we examine the tempest over Ben Affleck’s efforts to squelch a segment of PBS’s Finding Your Roots after the revelation that his ancestor owned slaves and ask: Just how poorly did he handle that? Then, in memory of Jonathan Crombie, best known for playing Gilbert Blythe in CBC’s Anne of Green Gables—and who was, for so many people, a first pop-culture crush—we reveal our first pop-culture crushes and figure out whether they say anything about us now, as adults.

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