In tonight's episode, Blake discusses honors Trans Day of Remembrance with a reading of Joshua Jennifer Espinoza's "The Moon is Trans" and discusses the millennial conundrum of self-worth in a capitalist society. Additionally, Blake introduces a new segment, the Millennial Milestone, and our kickoff, Rihanna's career. New music from Miley Cyrus and Dua Lipa, plus Donna Lewis, Ryan Cabrera, The Shins, and many more.

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Tonight's playlist:

  1. EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS: Home
  2. DRAKE feat. MAJID JORDAN: Hold On, We’re Going Home
  3. MILEY CYRUS feat. DUA LIPA: Prisoner
  4. DAGNY: Somebody (Acoustic)
  5. INGRID MICHAELSON: Stick
  6. DONNA LEWIS: I Love You Always Forever
  7. BETTY WHO: High Society
  8. BILLY JOEL: Vienna
  9. LAUREN PRITCHARD: Not the Drinking
  10. EVERCLEAR: Wonderful
  11. SARAH MCLACHLAN: Witness
  12. RYAN CABRERA: On the Way Down
  13. ALESSIA CARA: Seventeen
  14. LESLEY ROY: Gold
  15. PHOEBE BRDIGER & MAGGIE ROGERS: Iris
  16. THE SHINS: Caring is Creepy
  17. TORI AMOS: Smells Like Teen Spirit
  18. JOE JONES: You Talk Too Much
  19. RIHANNA: Diamonds
  20. SILVERLAKE STRING QUARTET: Umbrella (Rihanna Cover)
  21. RIHANNA: Only Girl (In the World)
  22. SAM SMITH feat. NORMANI: Dancing with a Stranger
  23. ROBYN: Dancing On My Own
  24. SPACECRAFT: Starling Passage
  25. DANIEL JOHNSTON: Some Things Last a Long Time

Millennial Milestone: Rihanna

  • Music was always an escape: As a kid raised in Barbados, Rihanna often leaned on music to escape from "anxieties of a violent home life."
  • She is still Billboard’s No. 1 Artist: Since her “Pon de Replay” debut in 2005, Rihanna has had 30 Top Ten Hits. That’s a lot of hits.
  • She made her silver screen debut in 2012: Rihanna starred as Cora Raikes, a weapons specialist in the critical flop Battleship, a part specifically chosen for her by the movie’s director Peter Berg.
  • She is the first recipient of American Music Awards’ Icon Award: The 2013 American Music Awards called Rihanna "the voice of our time" (as stated by Bill Maher).
  • She is the 27th most-followed Instagram user: Rihanna has over 87 ½ million followers, making her the 27th most-followed user on the Facebook-owned platform.