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    Listen: The COVID-19 Pandemic Took Away Hugs. But Do We Want Them Back?

    “There are a lot of reasons people do or don’t like hugs. And I think it’s a good opportunity for us all to think about checking in with people to see what they’re comfortable with.”

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    On today's episode:

    1. It’s been a long pandemic. You might (literally) be ready to embrace the world. Or maybe the thought of touching another human seems unthinkable. Whatever the case, we’re all going to have to learn some new rules when it comes to human contact. Among the most complicated? Hugging.

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    To talk about the controversial return of hugs, we’re chatting with BuzzFeed senior culture editor Estelle Tang. She wrote the piece “Stay The F*ck Away From Me": Not Everyone Is Excited About Hugs Making A Comeback.”

    2. Ellie Kemper is apologizing for participating in THAT debutante ball.

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    3. Chris Harrison is officially out as the host of the Bachelor franchise.

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