The countdown has officially started around here: "Empire" will return in a month. It's as if it never left. Long live "Empire"!

The countdown has officially started around here: "Empire" will return in a month. It's as if it never left. Long live "Empire"!

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Well, well, well, what do we have here?

Culture critic Chris Vognar, he of the Mixed Media podcast, joined From the Hip With Dawn Burkes and Tawnell Hobbs today to talk about, well, a lot.

We give some Empire news, breeze through a recap of The Haves and the Have-Nots and Tawnell lets me know how she feels about NBC show The Carmichaels.

There is a lot of good stuff in the paper and online, too, a lot of it sad and some of it even a little mad: the on-air shootings in Virginia; Jimmy Carter's cancer;  a series on kids or criminals about people locked up at a very young age for long sentences; and apologies from Dre and a wine train.

Don't forget we're in friendly, portable form, too. Get your podcast right here, yo.

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