Top Picks: 'Hidden Figures' on DVD and Blu-ray, 'Children of the Force' podcast, and more

The Dog Park Finder Plus app can help you locate nearby dog parks as well as other dog-friendly locations, the Maps 3D Pro app brings maps to life for those who love the great outdoors, and more top picks.


Force family

Al Nowatzki is a “Star Wars” fan, but he’s not the only one in his family. So he and his young children, Anna and Liam, teamed up for a podcast, Children of the Force. On the podcast, the trio discuss the latest “Star Wars” news, providing reactions to trailers and other information from various age groups. The podcast is a sweet listen and demonstrates that, because the first “Star Wars” film came out 40 years ago, watching the “Star Wars” movies is often a family affair today. You can find the podcast at

Influential figures

The movie Hidden Figures, which is the story of the African-American women who worked at NASA as mathematicians and helped launch John Glenn into orbit, inspired many when it was released in 2016, becoming a box-office hit and earning multiple Oscar nominations, including one for best picture. The movie stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer (who was nominated for an Oscar), and Janelle Monáe, and it’s available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Prime-time karaoke

Do you fight to keep your eyes open before “The Late Late Show with James Corden” comes on at 12:30 a.m. EDT on CBS? Then check out The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017, which will feature Corden’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment, among others. “Carpool Karaoke” is always enjoyable no matter when it’s on TV. It airs May 22 at 10 p.m.  

Park help

Looking for furry friends for Fido and fellow pet owners to chat with? The Dog Park Finder Plus app can help you locate nearby dog parks as well as other dog-friendly locations, such as beaches. The app also includes useful details such as whether the parks are fenced and when they’re open. Dog Park Finder Plus is $1.99 for iOS. 


Lifelike maps

The Maps 3D Pro app brings maps to life for those who love the great outdoors. It depicts mountains, valleys, and other features in 3-D so you have a better idea of what the landscape you’re headed to will really look like and you’ll be able to plan accordingly. The app is $4.99 and is available for iOS.

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