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The year-end Nose looks back at 2023

Mahershala Ali, Myha’la, Julia Roberts, and Ethan Hawke in Sam Esmail’s ‘Leave the World Behind.’
Jojo Whilden
Sam Esmail’s ‘Leave the World Behind,’ starring Mahershala Ali, Myha’la, Julia Roberts, and Ethan Hawke, is one of a whole bunch of movies and TV shows that come up as The Nose looks back at 2023.

Continuing a streak of long, strange years, it’s been a long, strange year. And so, The Nose wonders how our popular culture is dealing with it all.

We look back at a whole bunch of movies and TV shows: American Symphony, Barbie, Black Mirror, The Curse, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Headliners Only, Killers of the Flower Moon, Leave the World Behind, Maestro, Oppenheimer, Reservation Dogs, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, and more.

We wonder about the future of superhero movies. We look at the over- and under-appreciated figures in our pop culture.

And don’t worry: Taylor Swift gets discussed.

Some other stuff that happened this week, give or take:


  • Rebecca Castellani: Co-founder of Quiet Corner Communications and director of marketing at Washington Montessori
  • David Edelstein: America’s Greatest Living Film Critic
  • Rich Hollant: Principal at CO:LAB, founder of Free Center, and commissioner on cultural affairs for the city of Hartford
  • Bill Yousman: Professor of media studies at Sacred Heart University

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Colin McEnroe and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Jonathan is a producer for ‘The Colin McEnroe Show.’ His work has been heard nationally on NPR and locally on Connecticut Public’s talk shows and news magazines. He’s as likely to host a podcast on minor league baseball as he is to cover a presidential debate almost by accident. Jonathan can be reached at jmcnicol@ctpublic.org.
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