Hi, I'm Carly Mallenbaum. The only one, as far as I know. Welcome to my site!
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Below is a collection of stories and columns that I've written as a journalist in the Life section of USA TODAY. Bonus: Some pieces include videos that I've hosted. 
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Why I'm conflicted when it comes to speaking negatively about female action heroes.

CAN I CRITIQUE CAPT. MARVEL?
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Artists are letting their brushes, spray paint and digital drawings speak of racial reckoning. 

  STORIES BEHIND ART ACTIVISM
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COVID-19: I GOTTA RUN

An essay about why I Must Keep Running (so long as it's legal). 

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Don't cry that "Avengers: Endgame" is over; smile that we got to appreciate Cap's backside.

THE BEST END IN THE GAME
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I didn't realize it 15 years ago, but the Nicholas Sparks film romanticizes toxic relationships. 

"THE NOTEBOOK" IS AWFUL
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How I tried to fix bad dreams brought on by the coronavirus age.

DOES LUCID DREAMING WORK?
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FIRST-TIME GLOBES GUEST

The highs and lows of attending the boozy Golden Globe Awards and arriving too early.

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ACADEMY AWARDS CARPET

Before he swept the 2020 Oscars, Bong Joon-Ho told me about why he felt lucky.

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THAT TIME I BECAME A DEMON

I became part of a haunted house and scared many people. My mom wasn't pleased.

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"GLOW": FEMINIST BIO-DOME

The Netflix showrunners and star Betty Gilpin discuss making TV in the #MeToo era.

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'BETWEEN 2 FERNS' INTERVIEW

Zach Galifianakis became the vulnerable interviewee betwixt greenery.

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MAGIC DRINKING SHROOMS?

I went to a place called the Shroom Room for this story.

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SCENE-STEALING SPORK

Get to know (and learn to make) Forky, the new "Toy Story 4" character.

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INSIDE A CANNABIS CAFE

We met "Flowers Hosts" and learned the rules behind LA's first weed restaurant.

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OAT MILK IS HOT RIGHT NOW

I got so invested in this piece I made my own oat milk. It wasn't great.

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ELASTIGIRL IS "THICC"

Her non-Disney Princess bodytype is a step forward for inclusion in animation.

"BLOCKBUSTER" MOVIE MAGIC

A report from the '90s "Captain Marvel" set, with Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson.

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MY "NINJA WARRIOR" FAILURE

I thought it would be tough. I also thought I'd last more than ten seconds on the course.

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"SAVED BY THE BELL" FOOD

A satisfying meal of burger, fries and nostalgia at this LA pop-up diner.

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VANDERWAAL BACKSTAGE

I've interviewed singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal several times over the years.

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A BUTT-SPRITZING TOILET?

This isn't a load of crap: The bidet is finally making a splash in the U.S.

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I DID THE "CREED 2" WORKOUT

Michael B. Jordan's trainer said I didn't look strong, but I showed him! And almost fainted.

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A LYMPHATIC MASSAGE?

I tried the celebrity wellness trend to see what all the fuss is about.

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MEET "THE POST" WRITER

Liz Hannah talks about finding success with help from women in powerful Hollywood roles.

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OFFERMAN & POEHLER ON SET

The former "Parks & Rec" co-stars riff on the set of their competition show, "Making It."

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INCLUSION RIDER IN USE

Netflix's "First Match" used one before Frances McDormand made the term popular.

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FIGHT LIKE A GIRL

Female stunt performers from "Marvel Universe Live" teach me their superhero moves.

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This fashion trend piece, about millennials ditching underwire, has over 1M page views.

GOING BRA-LESS IS IN
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MARGOT ROBBIE SIT-DOWN

She talks about her "formal" name, perfectly-shaped head for acting and new Tarantino film.

I CRIED ON THE CARPET

It happened at the Emmys when Mandy Patinkin whispered my favorite movie line.

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