HQ trivia

Photo: HQ Trivia

Recently, my favorite children (and millennials), Will and Kirby, told me about the new game they're loving called HQ. Available on the App Store, the daily live trivia show is played by millions of folks around the country and hosted by quick-thinking comedian Scott Rogowsky. Contestants have ten seconds to answer a multiple-choice question. Guess right and you move on to the next one (there are 12 total). Guess wrong and you're booted from that day's game. Technically, you play for cash—the shared pot has ranged from $250 to $50,000—but given how tricky some questions are, the true prize is bragging rights. So far I've made it to the fifth question. Lucky number six, here I come!
Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell

Photo: Lazarus Jean-Baptiste, Brooks Running

Here's the kind of person Norah O'Donnell is: On her birthday, she gave me a gift. Why? Because I couldn't stop drooling over the rainbow-colored sneakers she wore to the CBS This Morning studio. Norah is a bona fide runner; me, not so much. But these sporty kicks give me happy feet while I walk down the street. ($100; brooksrunning.com)
maxwell chophouse

Photo: Nitzan Rubin

Not many steakhouses are owned by women, let alone mother-daughter teams. So I'm happy to introduce you to Babette Haddad (mom) and Melissa Haddad Malaga (daughter), the duo behind Maxwell's Chophouse in New York City. I brought Team Gayle there recently, and we ordered burgers, steaks, crispy onion rings, and—the day's big hit—a can of bacon strips that you grab and eat like French fries. Consider Maxwell's Chophouse kid tested and mother approved.
janelle monae

Photo: Atlantic Records

When Janelle Monáe hit the music scene in 2010, she wore a lot of black and white. Today she's embracing a boldly colorful style, with a new album, Dirty Computer (April 27), to prove it. She recently told me that with help from therapy, she's lost some inhibitions and is ready to fully express herself. In her first Prince-inspired single, she sings, "I'm powerful with a little bit of tender." Janelle, I'm all ears!

Photo: Atsushi Nishijima

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is brought to life in HBO Films' biopic Paterno (streaming now on HBO Go), thanks to a spot-on portrayal by Al Pacino. JoePa's celebrated 45-year career ended in disgrace amid the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. The movie examines what Joe knew, when he knew it, and why it took so long for the allegations against Sandusky to break—and you'll be getting every answer right down to the last second of the film.