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NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast by Linda Holmes

NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast

by Linda Holmes

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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.


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Beauty and the Beast & SXSW

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 24, 2017


The panel discusses a tale as old as time, Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast. Then, they share what bands and films they saw at SXSW. Guest: Katie Presley, Bitch Media's music editor.

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Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 17, 2017


Comedian Guy Branum joins the panel for a discussion about why some fads and memes endure and others fade away. Then, the panel offer some pop culture advice to listeners. Plus, NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer talks to Neil Gaiman about his new book Norse Mythology.

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Get Out and The Americans

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 10, 2017


This week, we'll get very unsettled by the very successful film, Get Out, and we'll catch up with the intrigue of The Americans as it returns for its fifth season. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guests: Code Switch's Kat Chow and Gene Demby.

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Big Little Lies and Feud

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 03, 2017


This week, we'll drop in on the volatile suburban surroundings of HBO's Big Little Lies, and we'll consider Ryan Murphy's high-drama look at Hollywood legends in Feud. Guest: NPR Editor Barrie Hardymon.

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The Oscars Were Crazy

Author: NPR
Mon, Feb 27, 2017


It wasn't a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.

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Our Oscars Preview

Author: NPR
Wed, Feb 22, 2017


NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk the nominees for Best Picture, some of the hottest races, and make some predictions we may regret later. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Justin Timberlake

Author: NPR
Tue, Feb 21, 2017


Morning Edition Host David Greene talks with singer and actor Justin Timberlake about how it feels to be an Oscar nominee, his boy band past, and progress on his upcoming album. (A shorter version of this interview aired on Morning Edition on February 10, 2017.)

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Legion and Planet Earth II

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 17, 2017


Television critic Alan Sepinwall joins us for a discussion of the new FX series Legion, which is based on an obscure X-Men character and adapted by Fargo's Noah Hawley. Then, they'll chat about Planet Earth II, the BBC nature documentary series that is now airing in the United States.

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Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy

Author: NPR
Tue, Feb 14, 2017


Glen Weldon talks to author Philip Pullman about his return to the world of Lyra Belacqua, who we first met in The Golden Compass. The first volume of the new trilogy will be published in October.

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Small Batch: The Grammys

Author: NPR
Mon, Feb 13, 2017


NPR Music's Jacob Ganz and Stephen Thompson join Linda Holmes for a discussion of Beyonc?, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, and much more.

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The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 10, 2017


NPR Politics Podcast alum Sam Sanders joins the panel for The LEGO Batman Movie. Then, Code Switch's Kat Chow sits in for a chat about MasterChef Junior and other kids reality competition shows. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga

Author: NPR
Mon, Feb 06, 2017


Code Switch's Gene Demby joins Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes for a look at Super Bowl LI. The New England Patriots won with a huge fourth-quarter push, and also featured a high-flying halftime show from Lady Gaga, who mixed traditional Americana with doing her own thing.

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Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 03, 2017


NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for a roundup of all the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: I Am Not Your Negro, OJ: Made in America, Fire at Sea, 13th, and Life, Animated. Then they'll discuss The Salesman, Iran's entry into the best Foreign Language Film category. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 27, 2017


Sarah D. Bunting of Previously.TV and the Extra Hot Great podcast joins the panel for a review of Riverdale, the CW's dark and sexy reimagining of Archie Comics (yes, really). Then it's onto other teen soaps from Dawson's Creek, Beverley Hills 90210, and The OC. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore

Author: NPR
Wed, Jan 25, 2017


Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday at 80 years old. Host Linda Holmes talks to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and co-creator Rachel Bloom about how one very funny woman of television influenced many others.

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Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations

Author: NPR
Tue, Jan 24, 2017


Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon round up this year's Oscar nominations. As widely predicted, La La Land racked up the most nominations, while Moonlight made a strong showing, as did Hell or High Water.

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The Young Pope & Hell or High Water

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 20, 2017


Code Switch Co-Host Gene Demby joins the panel for a discussion of the nutty new HBO series The Young Pope, which stars Jude Law. Then, the panel reviews the wonderful western Hell or High Water, which is the second-best reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes of 2016.

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Small Batch: DJ Khaled

Author: NPR
Tue, Jan 17, 2017


Morning Edition host David Greene talks with musician and Snapchat star DJ Khaled about the keys to his success, getting lost in a jet ski, and the importance of comfy pillows.

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Hidden Figures and One Day at a Time

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 13, 2017


Brittany Luse, host at Gimlet and co-host of For Colored Nerds, joins NPR's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon for a chat about Hidden Figures, the new historical drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. Then, the panel reviews Netflix's One Day a Time, a well-reviewed remake of the classic Norman Lear sitcom.

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Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards

Author: NPR
Mon, Jan 09, 2017


Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Stephen Thompson wrap up the 2017 Golden Globe awards, including La La Land's sweep, the surprising wins in television, and Meryl Streep's political acceptance speech.

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Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 06, 2017


Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon joins the panel for a discussion of mystery series Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Then the panel takes a few moments to remember some of the people who passed away recently, including Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds. Plus, what's making us happy.

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Ciao 2016, Hello 2017!

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 30, 2016


Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel as they say goodbye to 2016 by revisiting their resolutions and predictions from last year and making new ones for 2017. Plus, what's making us happy.

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2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business

Author: NPR
Wed, Dec 21, 2016


Sam Sanders of NPR's Politics Podcast joins the panel for a roundup of their favorite movies, songs, TV shows, and writing of the year. Then, they revisit some of the things they covered earlier in 2016—big blockbusters and box office flips, TV shows that might survive cancellation, and a Broadway phenomenon that continues to dominate the culture.

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Favorite Podcasts of 2016

Author: NPR
Mon, Dec 19, 2016


Lauren Ober, the host of The Big Listen, joins Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Stephen Thompson for a roundup of their favorite podcast episodes of the year.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 16, 2016


NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins the panel for a discussion of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Then, the panel discusses the romantic musical La La Land, which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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This Is Us and Speechless

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 09, 2016


All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro joins the panel to disuss This Is Us, NBC's hit family drama. Then, All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish tags in for a chat about ABC's new sitcom Speechless. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Small Batch: Younger

Author: NPR
Tue, Dec 06, 2016


Linda Holmes chats with Emmanuel Hapsis, the host of KQED's The Cooler and a bonafide millenial, about the plausibility of the TV Land show Younger.

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Small Batch: Westworld

Author: NPR
Mon, Dec 05, 2016


Glen Weldon and All Things Considered host Audie Cornish discuss the first season of HBO's densely plotted science fiction series.

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Gilmore Girls and Moana

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 02, 2016


Margaret H. Willison and Daisy Rosario join the panel for a discussion of the return of Gilmore Girls that's now streaming on Netflix. Then, they chat about Moana, the new Disney film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson that features music from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Plus, what's making us happy.

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Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani

Author: NPR
Wed, Nov 23, 2016


Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani joins the gang for our live show recorded at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles. First, they discuss romantic comedies, a favorite subject of Kumail and Linda. Then, it's time for a quiz all about disguises. Plus, what's making us happy.

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Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 18, 2016


Critic Chris Klimek joins the panel for a chat about the inventive sci-fi film Arrival. Then, the gang shares some of their picks for pop culture serotonin: music, movies, and comedy albums that will boost your mood. Plus, what's making us happy.

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Doctor Strange and Moonlight

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 11, 2016


Code Switch's Gene Demby and Kat Chow join Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon for a discussion of the trippy Marvel blockbuster Doctor Strange. Then, they chat about the critically acclaimed indie Moonlight. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy

Author: NPR
Mon, Nov 07, 2016


Tomorrow is Election Day, so Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon guide us through the state of political comedy. Topics include Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

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Hamilton: An American Musical

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 04, 2016


The Pop Culture Happy Hour team is recovering from our west coast tour, so we decided to bring you one of our favorite episodes of the year: Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now: We didn't want to throw away our shot at talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda's acclaimed musical Hamilton. We decided OK, so we're doing this. But we had to wait for it. Then, a few weeks ago, Code Switch's Gene Demby joined us in the greatest city of the world so we could finally be in the room where it happens. Just you wait, just you wait...

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The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 28, 2016


It's a Halloween Spooktacular! We bring you two Halloween-themed segments from our west coast tour: Mallory Ortberg (Dear Prudence, The Toast.) joins us for a Halloween candy debate, and All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish sits down for our super-difficult Halloween quiz. And as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.

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Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 21, 2016


The Pop Culture Happy Hour team is traveling this week, so we bring you two of our favorite segments. First, NPR Editor Barrie Hardymon joins the panel for a discussion about Jane the Virgin. Then, Code Switch's Kat Chow and the gang discuss Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

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Lupita Nyong'o, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, and the Best of TV

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 14, 2016


All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro talks with Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga, the stars of Queen of Katwe. Then, television critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall chat with Linda Holmes about TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time. Then, Ari Shapiro interviews comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher about their show Take My Wife, which is now streaming on Seeso.

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A Fall Movie and Television Preview

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 07, 2016


NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for a fall television and movie preview. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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The Magnificent Seven and Fleabag

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


Writer Chris Klimek and NPR Editor Tanya Ballard join Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon to review the remake of The Magnificent Seven. Then, they chat about Fleabag, a dark British comedy currently streaming on Amazon. Plus, What's Making Us Happy.

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Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 23, 2016


Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon reflect on this year's Emmy Awards. Then, Morning Edition host David Greene interviews comedian Hari Kondabolu. We close the show with NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer's conversation with writer and comics legend Alan Moore.

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Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 16, 2016


Sam Sanders, Co-Host of NPR's Politics Podcast, joins the panel for a discussion of Documentary Now!, the mockumentary series from Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers. Then, the panel rounds up some interesting docs streaming online. Plus, what's making us happy.

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HGTV and Cooking Shows

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 09, 2016


Code Switch's Kat Chow and Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon join Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon for a discussion of home improvement shows, real estate shows, and cooking shows. Plus, What's Making Us Happy.

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You're The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 02, 2016


Pop Culture Happy Hour Producer Emeritus Mike Katzif joins the panel for a discussion of the FXX comedy You're The Worst. Then, they discuss when the lines get blurred between comedy and drama. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Big News: West Coast Tour!

Author: NPR
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


WEST COAST TOUR! WOOHOO!We are so excited to announce that Pop Culture Happy Hour is coming to the west coast in October. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 6th at NPRpresents.org. Here are the dates: Monday, October 17, Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA. Guest: Audie Cornish. Wednesday, October 19: Revolution Hall, Portland, OR. Guest: Audie Cornish. Friday, October 21: Marines' Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA. Guest: Mallory Ortberg. Sunday, October 23: The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA. Guest: Kumail Nanjiani. WOOHOO!

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Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 2016

Author: NPR
Mon, Aug 29, 2016


Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson discuss this year's MTV Video Music Awards. This year's VMAs featured Rihanna, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and several minutes of Kanye West doing whatever he wants — all vying for social-media dominance in the hours, days and weeks ahead.

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Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 26, 2016


NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon for a discussion of the critically acclaimed Disney film Pete's Dragon. Then its onto kids and their monsters, both real and imaginary. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers

Author: NPR
Wed, Aug 24, 2016


All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro talks with Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the Netflix summer hit Stranger Things. (A shorter version of this interview aired on All Things Considered on August 19, 2016.)

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Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 23, 2016


Morning Edition host David Greene talks with comedian Amy Schumer about her new book, the Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. (A shorter version of the interview aired on Morning Edition on August 19, 2016.)

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The Get Down and TCA 2016

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 19, 2016


Writer Kiana Fitzgerald and Brittany Luse, host of Sampler and For Colored Nerds, join Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson for a chat about the Netflix series The Get Down. Then, Linda gives a roundup of what she learned and saw at the Television Critics Association press tour, which gives critics a first look at fall television. Plus, What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah

Author: NPR
Wed, Aug 17, 2016


Morning Edition host David Greene talks with late night radio personality Delilah Rene Luke. This year marks 20 years Delilah has been taking calls and making song dedications. (This interview originally aired on Morning Edition on August 16, 2016.)

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Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail

Author: NPR
Mon, Aug 15, 2016


All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro talks with Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot. (A shorter version of the interview aired on All Things Considered on August 10, 2016.)

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Steven Universe and Board Games

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 12, 2016


Code Switch's Kat Chow and Gene Demby join the show for thoughts on the groundbreaking Cartoon Network series Steven Universe and various card and board games. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 05, 2016


Critic Chris Klimek and NPR Editor Tanya Ballard-Brown join Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon for a discussion of two summer blockbusters, Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: MTV Classic

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 02, 2016


MTV turns 35 years old Monday, and they're marking the occasion with a channel called MTV Classic. The new channel will air MTV programming from the 1990s and 2000s. Audie Cornish and Stephen Thompson discuss the new project. (A shorter version of this conversation aired on All Things Considered on August 1st, 2016.)

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Small Batch: Match Game

Author: NPR
Mon, Aug 01, 2016


ABC recently rebooted the vintage game show with Alec Baldwin as host and celebrity panelists such as Rosie O'Donnell and Tituss Burgess. Here, Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson offer their thoughts.

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Stranger Things and Weddings

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 29, 2016


Host Linda Holmes, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, Librarian Margaret Willison, and Producer Emeritus Mike Katzif chat about the new Netflix series Stranger Things. Then, they'll discuss some of their favorite weddings in television and film. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Swiss Army Man

Author: NPR
Tue, Jul 26, 2016


Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek debate the merits of Swiss Army Man, the new indie comedy referred to as the Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse movie.

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Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches

Author: NPR
Mon, Jul 25, 2016


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, hear two dispatches from this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego. First, panelist Glen Weldon explores hard science fiction. Then, NPR Books editor Petra Mayer reports on Wonder Woman fandom in honor of her 75th birthday. (Glen Weldon's piece originally aired on Weekend All Things Considered on July 23, 2016. Petra Mayer's piece originally aired on Weekend Edition Sunday on July 24, 2016.)

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Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 22, 2016


All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro joins the gang for a discussion of the new Ghostbusters film and the return of the television thriller Mr. Robot.

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On Endings And Road Trips

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 15, 2016


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, we revisit an episode from summer 2012. Linda Holmes talked with Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon about pop culture finales — from television shows like Six Feet Under, Community, M.A.S.H., Buffy the Vampire Slayer and LOST to books like Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and comics like Calvin And Hobbes, Sandman and Y: The Last Man. Then, a look at road trips and the pop culture they use to occupy and distract and energy while in the car. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Pokemon Go

Author: NPR
Wed, Jul 13, 2016


Pop Culture Happy Hour's Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson discuss the game: its allure and ubiquity, its backlash and glitches, and its zeitgeist-y collision of gaming, community and nostalgia.

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The BFG and The Great British Baking Show

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 08, 2016


NPR Books editor Petra Mayer joins the panel to discuss The BFG specifically and Steven Spielberg movies in general. Then they move on to talk of crumpets and The Great British Baking Show.

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The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam?

Author: NPR
Thu, Jul 07, 2016


Pop Culture Happy Hour's Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby discuss Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors: Is it good for basketball? Is this the wave of the mercenary future?

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The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Code Switch's Gene Demby joins the panel for a discussion of the state of the sequel and why we decided not to go deep on Independence Day: Resurgence. Then, the gang takes a quiz all about sequel taglines.

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Small Batch: Game of Thrones

Author: NPR
Tue, Jun 28, 2016


The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show. (This segment originally aired on All Things Considered on June 27th, 2016.)

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Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Author: NPR
Mon, Jun 27, 2016


Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin chats with Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, the co-creator of Lifetime's UnREAL and a former producer of The Bachelor. (A shorter version of the interview aired on Weekend Edition Sunday on June 5, 2016.)

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Finding Dory and Great Voice Acting

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 24, 2016


Latino U.S.A's Daisy Rosario joins the panel for a discussion of Pixar's Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo. Then they chat about voice acting, from cartoons to translation to video games. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: The Outs with Adam Goldman

Author: NPR
Tue, Jun 21, 2016


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon talks to Adam Goldman, the star and co-creator of the web series The Outs, about what sets the comedy apart and why queer people are superheroes.

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O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 17, 2016


Code Switch's Gene Demby joins the panel for a discussion of ESPN's new documentary miniseries O.J.: Made in America. Then, we bring you a television quiz featuring Audie Cornish, recorded live at the Vulture Festival. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: 2016 Tony Awards

Author: NPR
Mon, Jun 13, 2016


The shadow of a mass shooting in Orlando cast a pall over the 70th Annual Tony Awards broadcast, but host James Corden offered a spirited paean to "every Broadway would-be." Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon discuss.

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Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Making Music Funny

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 10, 2016


Librarian Margaret Willison joins the gang for a discussion of Popstar, the new movie from the Lonely Island comedy group. The they looka back at other films that find humor in the foibles of musicians. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: The Black Film Canon

Author: NPR
Tue, Jun 07, 2016


Slate recently published The Black Film Canon, a list of 50 films by black directors curated by a panel that included Henry Louis Gates Jr., Wesley Morris, and Ava DuVernay. Slate Culture Writer Aisha Harris helped spearhead the project, so she sat down with host Linda Holmes to highlight some of the films on the list.

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X-Men: Apocalypse and Supervillains

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 03, 2016


Writer Chris Klimek and NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen join Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson for a discussion of X-Men: Apocalypse. Then they discuss villains of all kinds and why their motives never seem to make sense. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Live At Vulture Festival

Author: NPR
Fri, May 27, 2016


All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish joins the panel for a show recorded live at New York Magazine's Vulture Festival. First, the panel runs with the vulture theme and discuss pop culture artifacts they continue to pick over. Then, it's onto a discussion of the crossover of politics and pop culture. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Money Monster and Eurovision

Author: NPR
Fri, May 20, 2016


Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon joins the crew this week. They discuss George Clooney and Julia Roberts in their new movie, Money Monster, before moving on to the sparkling singers of Eurovision.

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Captain America: Civil War

Author: NPR
Fri, May 13, 2016


Code Switch's Gene Demby joins Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon for a discussion of the new Marvel blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. Then, Linda Holmes interviews Joe and Anthony Russo about directing Captain America and many beloved television comedies. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Free Comic Book Day and Keanu

Author: NPR
Fri, May 06, 2016


NPR Books editor Petra Mayer joins the panel for a preview of Free Comic Book Day. Then, they discuss Keanu, the new action comedy from the team behind Key and Peele. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Silicon Valley and Bob's Burgers

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 29, 2016


Writer Danielle Henderson joins the gang for a discussion of the HBO comedy Silicon Valley. Then, Stephen Thompson interviews Loren Bouchard, the creator of Bob's Burgers. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Small Batch: Another Round's Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton

Author: NPR
Wed, Apr 27, 2016


Linda Holmes chats with Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, the hosts of BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast.

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Small Batch: Beyonc?'s 'Lemonade'

Author: NPR
Mon, Apr 25, 2016


NPR Music's Kiana Fitzgerald reviews Beyonce's new album Lemonade. Fitzgerald says the story Beyonce is telling this time, that of a woman wronged, is universal, but the way she's delivered it is a crystal-clear representation of the black female experience. (The review originally aired on Morning Edition on April 25, 2016.) Live show tickets available at: vulturefestival.com

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Summer Movie Preview

Author: NPR
Thu, Apr 21, 2016


Pop Culture Happy Hour Producer Emeritus Mike Katzif joins the gang for a summer movie preview. They'll discuss what they most want to see. They will also predict the biggest box office hits and bombs. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Small Batch: Remembering Prince

Author: NPR
Thu, Apr 21, 2016


Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson discuss the way Prince changed music, supported other artists, defied creative constraints and challenged the notion of what it means for a pop singer to rebel.

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Small Batch: Comedian Josh Gondelman

Author: NPR
Tue, Apr 19, 2016


Linda Holmes chat with Josh Gondelman, and stand-up comedian and writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. His album Physical Whisper is available now.

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The Mindy Project and Romantic Comedies

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 15, 2016


All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and librarian Margaret Willison join Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon for a discussion of The Mindy Project and romantic comedies. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Small Batch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther

Author: NPR
Wed, Apr 13, 2016


All Things Considered host Audie Cornish chats with Ta-Nehisi Coates about writing the latest iteration of Marvel's Black Panther. Marvel's Black Panther. The first issue is out now and features illustrations by artist Brian Stelfreeze. (A shorter version of this interview aired on All Things Considered on April 6, 2016.)

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Best Bad Movies and a Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 08, 2016


Trey Graham returns to PCHH for a discussion of the best bad movies. Then, Glen Weldon tests the panel in a top-secret quiz. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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Small Batch: The Real Housewives of Potomac

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, hosts of the For Colored Nerds podcast, join Linda Holmes for a chat about the Real Housewives of Potomac.

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Batman V Superman and Pop Culture Objects

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 01, 2016


Writer Chris Klimek joins Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon for a discussion of Batman V Superman and how to build a better blockbuster. They also discuss pop culture objects they wish they owned. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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SXSW Wrap and Songs That Changed Our Lives

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 25, 2016


All Things Considered Audie Cornish and NPR Music's Katie Presley join the PCHH gang for a look at the 2016 SXSW Festival. Then, they'll discuss the songs that change their lives. All that, plus what's making us happy.

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Small Batch: Glen Weldon's 'The Caped Crusade'

Author: NPR
Wed, Mar 23, 2016


All Things Considered host Audie Cornish chats with Glen Weldon about his new book "The Cape Crusade." It traces the evolution of Batman, and argues that his various iterations over the years are a sort of Rorschach test for America's cultural mood. (A shorter version of this interview aired on All Things Considered on March 23, 2016.)

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Hamilton

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 18, 2016


Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now: We didn't want to throw away our shot at talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda's acclaimed musical Hamilton. We decided OK, so we're doing this. But we had to wait for it. Then, a few weeks ago, Code Switch's Gene Demby joined us in the greatest city of the world so we could finally be in the room where it happens. Just you wait, just you wait...

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Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Kanye, and Gilmore Girls

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 11, 2016


While our panel recovers from our New York field trip, we bring you three great conversations. First, NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen talks to Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. Then, host Linda Holmes talks with WNYC's Sean Rameswaram about Kanye West and his new ablum The Life of Pablo. Then, Linda chats with Latino USA's Daisy Rosario about the Gilmore Girls reboot.

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Small Batch: American Crime

Author: NPR
Wed, Mar 09, 2016


In our first dispatch from New York, Linda Holmes chats with culture writer Danielle Henderson about American Crime, ABC's acclaimed anthology series.

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Downton Abbey and Nostalgia as a Genre

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 04, 2016


All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon join Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon for a look back at Downton Abbey. Then, they discuss nostalgia as a genre, covering everything from Mad Men to Galavant to American Crime Story. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: The 2016 Oscars

Author: NPR
Mon, Feb 29, 2016


Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Code Switch's Gene Demby chat about the 88th Academy Awards, including Chris Rock's monologue, Lady Gaga and Joe Biden's friendship, and the orchestra's questionable music choices.

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The Oscars Omnibus 2016

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 26, 2016


All Things Considered's film critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for the annual Oscars omnibus. The gang discuss all the best picture nominees, a number of the performances, and recommend some movies that the academy overlooked.

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Small Batch: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 19, 2016


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon of NPR's Weekend Edition about the book that was, for most of her life, Harper Lee's only published novel.

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Hail, Caesar! and Entertainment About Entertainment

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 19, 2016


Film critics Bob Mondello and Chris Klimek join Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon for a discussion of the new Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar! Then the panel chats about why Hollywood loves to make films and television about the entertainment business.

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Small Batch: The 2016 Grammy Awards

Author: NPR
Tue, Feb 16, 2016


Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about how awards themselves went more or less as expected. But two performances, one from Broadway's Hamilton and one an extended medley by Kendrick Lamar, overwhelmed everything that surrounded them.

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Awards Show Expectations and Product Placement

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 12, 2016


Alex Kapelman, host of the Pitch podcast, joins the gang for a discussion of what they want and expect from award shows. Then they'll chat about product placement in pop culture. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Super Bowl 50

Author: NPR
Mon, Feb 08, 2016


Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about Super 50, including the game itself, Beyonc? stealing the halftime show, and some memorable commercials.

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Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 05, 2016


Dan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast joins Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson for a chat about the eternal question: If you're watching the Super Bowl, what are you eating while you do?

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grease: Live, and Musicals On TV

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 05, 2016


Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel to discuss the musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, currently airing on the CW. Then the gang discusses Fox's live staging of Grease and other musicals on television. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Fred Armisen and Welcome To Night Vale

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 29, 2016


The PCHH gang couldn't tape a show this week, so instead we bring you two interviews. First, Linda Holmes chats with Fred Armisen about his illustrious career in a never-been-heard outtake from our live show in 2015. Then Linda interviews Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of Welcome to Night Vale. Holmes spoke with the writers in late 2015, at an event hosted by Politics & Prose and the Sixth & I.

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Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 22, 2016


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Sarah D. Bunting chat about Making a Murderer and the true crime genre. Then they'll look back at the career of Alan Rickman, who passed away last week at the age of 69. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

Author: NPR
Wed, Jan 20, 2016


Sometimes, sports fandom comes naturally: We grew up immersed in it, or we get swept up in local fervor. But there's more than one way to become a fan. Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss.

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The Hateful Eight and the Evolving Theatrical Experience

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 15, 2016


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss new Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight. Then, from recliners to 30mm to Smell-O-Vision, it's an examination of the ever-changing movie theater experience. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney

Author: NPR
Tue, Jan 12, 2016


All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish talks with comedian John Mulaney about his new stand-up special The Comeback Kid, his failed network sitcom, and his childhood. (A shorter version of this interview originally aired on All Things Considered on November 16, 2015)

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Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie

Author: NPR
Mon, Jan 11, 2016


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson remember pop icon David Bowie.

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American Idol and People We're Pulling For

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 08, 2016


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Tanya Ballard Brown, and Marc Hirsh look back at the legacy of American Idol. Then they'll return to one of our favorite segments, people we're pulling for. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Ciao 2015, Hello 2016!

Author: NPR
Thu, Dec 31, 2015


Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon and guest Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch say goodbye to 2015, and revisit their resolutions and predictions. And they make new ones for 2016. And no fail, Pop Culture Happy Hour panelists share what's making them happy.

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Melancholidays, Sisters and 2015 Highlights

Author: NPR
Thu, Dec 24, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, librarian Margaret Willison helps NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon get on their melacholidays — yes, it's okay to have a not-so-merry little Christmas. They talk about the Pohler-Fey film, Sisters, their 2015 surprises and, always, what's making them happy.

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Small Batch: Star Wars (The Force Awakens)

Author: NPR
Tue, Dec 22, 2015


By now, billions of people have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We didn't spoil it for you last week. But on this bonus epidose, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon do nothing but talk spoilers that make you really want to see the movie.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Movie Merchandise

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Chris Klimek, and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Then they'll reveal some of their most beloved and reviled pieces of movie merchandise. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Frank Sinatra With Sonari Glinton

Author: NPR
Tue, Dec 15, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson chats with NPR's biggest Frank Sinatra fan, reporter Sonari Glinton.

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Creed, Men Crying At Movies, and Visceral Responses

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 11, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about Creed, the latest film in the Rocky franchise. Then they'll discuss men crying at movies, and other visceral reactions we have while consuming pop culture. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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The Good Dinosaur, Pixar And Second Thoughts

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 04, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Kat Chow the new Pixar film The Good Dinosaur. Then the gang share some examples of pop culture in which their first impression was completely wrong. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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A Conversation With Trevor Noah

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 27, 2015


Our panel is on vacation, but that doesn't mean there's no show: in October, host Linda Holmes chatted with The Daily Show's new host Trevor Noah about comedy, diversity, decor, visiting South Africa, and lots more.

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Small Batch: Shonda Rhimes On Her 'Year Of Yes'

Author: NPR
Tue, Nov 24, 2015


All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish talks with Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. Rhimes decided to step out of her comfort zone for a year, sparking major changes in her personal and professional life. Rhimes chronicles this year in a new memoir titled Year Of Yes. (A shorter version of this interview originally aired on All Things Considered on November 10, 2015.)

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Master Of None And Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 20, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Barrie Hardymon chat about Aziz Ansari's new series Master of None, available on Netflix. Then they'll discuss Neal Shusterman's young adult novel Challenger Deep, which recently won a National Book Award. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Live at The Howard Theatre

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 13, 2015


In our live show from the historic Howard stage, Fred Armisen of Portlandia and former SNL cast member competes in a Halloween trivia quiz and shares with our audience the techno joys that make him happy.

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Brooklyn Nine Nine and Things We Meant To Do

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 06, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Mike Katzif talk about what makes Brooklyn Nine Nine a show worth watching. Then, they tackle the meant-to-do pile before What's Making Us Happy.

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A Conversation With Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

Author: NPR
Mon, Nov 02, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Barrie Hardymon chats with J.K. Rowling about the new Cormoran Strike mystery novel Career of Evil. Rowling writes these books under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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Empire And Public Radio Voices

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 30, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon are joined by Tanya Ballard Brown and Code Switch's Gene Demby to talk about Fox's hip-hop drama Empire. Then they'll chat about the recent discussions about public radio voices, and broaden the conversation to the variety of voices you hear on the radio. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy. (Original broadcast date: February 6, 2015)

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Bridge of Spies And The Long, Varied Career Of Tom Hanks

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 23, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Audie Cornish talk about the new Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies. Then they'll examine the long and varied career of Tom Hanks. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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The Giant Foam Finger: What's Your Walk-Up Music?

Author: NPR
Mon, Oct 19, 2015


Four teams remain in the battle to crown a World Series champion. So it's a natural time for Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby to discuss the songs you hear when different players get up to bat.

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Steve Jobs And Other Portrayals of Moguls

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 16, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the new film Steve Jobs and portrayals of other real and fictional moguls. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: The National Book Awards

Author: NPR
Wed, Oct 14, 2015


Glen Weldon and Barrie Hardymon chat with Morning Edition Host David Greene about the shortlists for this year's National Book Awards. This conversation originally aired on NPR's Morning Edition, which you can find on your local public radio station.

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The Martian And What We've Learned About Other Jobs

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 09, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss the fun astronaut flick The Martian. Then they'll discuss what pop culture has taught them about other professions. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Ms. Marvel And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 02, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer discuss the acclaimed Marvel comic book series Ms. Marvel. Then, it's time for another round of the regrettable television pop quiz. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week. (For live show information, visit popculturetickets.org)

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A Special Annoucement

Author: NPR
Wed, Sep 30, 2015


Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson interrupt our regular scheduled programming to bring you a special announcement. (For more information, visit popculturetickets.org.)

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A Fall Film And Television Preview

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 25, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss Bob and Linda's trip to the Toronto Film Festival. They'll discuss what to see, what to skip, and what Stephen will dread having to watch during Oscar season. Then it's time for the annual fall television poll--the gang will pick new shows they think will survive cancellation. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: The 2015 Emmy Awards

Author: NPR
Mon, Sep 21, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about Sunday's Emmy Awards, which brought great stories and some very stirring speeches.

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Stephen Colbert's Return And Great Talk-Show Guests

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 18, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, Margaret Willison, and Code Switch's Gene Demby discuss CBS's Late Show With Stephen Colbert and describes what makes a great talk-show guest. And, as always, we run through What's Making Us Happy this week.

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The Giant Foam Finger: If Serena Williams Loses, Is It Still The U.S. Open?

Author: NPR
Mon, Sep 14, 2015


In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss this weekend's U.S. Open final between two women not named Serena.

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Labor Pains And Inspirations

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 11, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Barrie Hardymon celebrate Labor Day with a discussion of childbirth and pregnancy in pop culture. Then it's on to a discussion of times small pop-culture moments have changed the way they behaved and shaped their long-term interests. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Mr. Robot and Title Sequences

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 04, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss the summer hit series Mr. Robot. Then they'll discuss title sequences, and share some of their favorites from both television and film. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards

Author: NPR
Mon, Aug 31, 2015


Even if you didn't watch Sunday night's VMAs— especially if you didn't watch — we've got good conversation about Kanye's speech, Miley's hosting, and even who won the awards at the awards show.

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Show Me A Hero And Summer Stuff We Missed

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 28, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Stephen Thompson talk about the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero. Then they'll chat about pop culture we missed, including a look back at their box office predictions and a discussion of the song of the summer. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 25, 2015


In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the recent controversy over an athlete's decision to return his children's participation trophies.

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Straight Outta Compton And Too Much TV

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 21, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Audie Cornish, and Code Switch's Gene Demby discuss the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. And since Linda is just back the TCA tour, they'll discuss if there is too much television. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: David Foster Wallace And The End Of The Tour

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 18, 2015


In in Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Katie Presley discuss the new film, which is based on a series of interviews between David Lipsky and the late writer David Foster Wallace.

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The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre

Author: NPR
Mon, Aug 17, 2015


In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby tackle the many metaphors at the heart of the retired quarterback's public persona.

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Difficult People And Amusement Parks

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 14, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, Margaret Willison, and Code Switch's Gene Demby tackle a new Hulu comedy starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner. Then they'll discuss outdoor entertainment: theme parks, water parks, Disney World, you name it. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Fantastic Four

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 11, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss the latest attempt to turn the Marvel Comics super-team into a blockbuster film franchise.

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Wet Hot American Summer And Mission: Impossible

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 07, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss an unlikely Netflix prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp.

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Music, Movies And Music In Movies

Author: NPR
Thu, Jul 30, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, film critic Bob Mondello, and soon-to-be All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro discuss soundtracks, from Top Gun to The Bodyguard. Then they'll discuss movie musicals and whether it's possible to bring the magic from the stage to the silver screen. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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The Giant Foam Finger: Why Sports Fans Hate

Author: NPR
Mon, Jul 27, 2015


In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.

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Trainwreck And Ant-Man

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 24, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Mike Katzif discuss Trainwreck, the romantic comedy from Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow. Then they'll discuss Marvel's Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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BoJack Horseman And People We're Pulling For

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 17, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Mike Katzif chat about the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman. Then they'll return to one of our favorite segments, people we're pulling for. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Introducing: The Giant Foam Finger

Author: NPR
Tue, Jul 14, 2015


Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby kick off our new sports series, The Giant Foam Finger. In our first episode, Stephen and Gene talk about '4th and 26,' an NFL play so infamous it has its own Wikipedia page.

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Key & Peele And Pop Culture Critters

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 10, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the sketch comedy show Key & Peele. Plus, Minions opens this weekend, so the gang decides to talk about pop culture critters, including Ewoks, Gremlins, and and more. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Terminator Genisys

Author: NPR
Tue, Jul 07, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon talks with Chris Klimek about Terminator Genisys, the latest film in the long-running sci-fi action franchise.

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Magic Mike XXL And Catastrophe

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 03, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret Willison discuss Magic Mike XXL. Then they'll discuss Catastrophe, a relationship comedy that is now streaming on Amazon. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Audiobooks With Our Favorite Librarian

Author: NPR
Mon, Jun 29, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Margaret Willison chat about why they love audiobooks, and share a few of their favorites.

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Judy Blume's In The Unlikely Event and Lifetime's UnREAL.

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 26, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss Judy Blume's new adult novel In The Unlikely Event. Then they'll discuss Lifetime's new scripted drama UnREAL, a biting look at a reality show that closely resembles The Bachelor. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Inside Out, And Moms And Dads In Love

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 19, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow discuss the new Disney and Pixar film Inside Out. Spoiler alert: they all loved it, and Stephen cried. Then they'll discuss the romantic lives of moms and dads, and whether if pop culture can let those things coexist. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Jurassic World

Author: NPR
Mon, Jun 15, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the new super-mega-blockbuster dinosaur movie Jurassic World. They'll talk about fun dino stuff, a great performance from a guy in glasses, and two main characters who are severely underwritten.

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Spy, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig, And Other Directors With Their Muses

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 12, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish talk about the new action comedy Spy. They'll chat about the film and why collaborations between Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig work so well. Then they dive into other actor/director collaborations, and what it means to be a muse. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Sense8

Author: NPR
Tue, Jun 09, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish sit down to chat about the new Netflix sci-fi series Sense8.

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All About Romance Novels

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 05, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Petra Mayer, Barrie Hardymon, and Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books sit down for a discussion of romance novels. They'll chat about how they discovered the genre, what kind of romances they like, and romance fandom. Then, the gang's romance knowledge is tested in a silly quiz. Finally, they'll offer a multitude of recommendations for new and longtime romance readers.

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Small Batch: You Guys, We Really Hated The Briefcase

Author: NPR
Wed, Jun 03, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the CBS reality show The Briefcase--a series they both really, really hated.

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Tomorrowland, Visions Of The Future And The Past

Author: NPR
Fri, May 29, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss the new Disney film Tomorrowland. Then they'll discuss visions of the past and if they are any less of a fantasy than our visions of the future. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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A Farewell To Mad Men And David Letterman

Author: NPR
Fri, May 22, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the end of Mad Men and if Don, Peggy, and Joan get the endings they deserve. Then they'll look back at David Letterman's late night career and share some of their favorite memories. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Mad Max: Fury Road

Author: NPR
Thu, May 21, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour Extra, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller's cinematic return to a post-apocalyptic wasteland that boasts a weirdly thriving car culture.

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Pitch Perfect 2 And A Summer Movie Preview

Author: NPR
Fri, May 15, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer review the a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect 2. Then they'll dive into a summer movie preview, discussing the big ones, the less big ones, the ones we expect to love, the ones we kind of dread, and many, many sequels to come. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: A Short Delay And A Visit To the A Capella Championships

Author: NPR
Fri, May 15, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson share a quick update about this week's show and then we hear Linda's postcard from the the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

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Small Batch: The End Of American Idol

Author: NPR
Mon, May 11, 2015


Fox announced today that the 15th season of American Idol will be the end of the road for what was once the biggest show on TV. In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson about the show's legacy and what lead to the show's demise.

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Pop Culture Pariahs

Author: NPR
Fri, May 08, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron, covering everything from the fighting, exploding, and if Thor is really necessary. Then they'll talk about pop culture pariahs: the bands that get no respect, movies that are shorthand for things that aren't cool, and even the selfie stick. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Free Comic Book Day and Pop Culture Rabbit Holes

Author: NPR
Fri, May 01, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer offer a guide to Free Comic Book Day, an annual celebration of reading and exploring comics.Then they'll discuss pop culture rabbit holes, and how the Internet enables deep dives into their personal obsessions. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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Food In Pop Culture And Back To College

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 24, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Kat Chow, and Gene Demby discuss many facets of food in pop culture, from cooking competition shows and luscious portrayals of food in movies. Then its time for a discussion about how films and movies get the college experience right and wrong. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Daredevil And Credulity

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 17, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss the new Netflix superhero series Daredevil. Then they'll discuss credulity — specifically, how difficult it can be to enjoy a piece of pop culture when you know a lot about its subject. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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The Comedians and Cameos

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 10, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek discuss the new FX series The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. They'll discuss its relatives in the broader family of show business stories and backstage satire. Then they'll take a look at the briefest of acting triumphs: the cameo. From football players who are a little wooden to politicians who should have stayed in their offices, they'll chat about what cameos are and how they work. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy

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Small Batch: Wolf Hall

Author: NPR
Thu, Apr 09, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon chat about the Hilary Mantel novel Wolf Hall and its adaptation, currently airing on PBS.

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Small Batch: Remembering Stan Freberg

Author: NPR
Wed, Apr 08, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to remember pioneering satirist Stan Freberg.

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Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides

Author: NPR
Mon, Apr 06, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson find themselves on opposite sides of Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final. Things could get tense.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt And Derivatives In Pop Culture

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 03, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow discuss the new Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. They'll talk about it's extraordinary silliness, its employment of stereotypes, and that unforgettable theme music. Then they'll try to find the solution to the problem of when culture that's inspired by other work becomes what we derisively call "derivative," whether it's critters that look a lot like Hobbits or songs that sound like Iggy Pop. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Furious 7

Author: NPR
Thu, Apr 02, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Chris Klimek about Furious 7, the latest movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise.

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SXSW Discoveries and Pop Culture Geography

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 27, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, are joined by PCHH newbie Katie Presley. Katie and Stephen share some of their favorite South by Southwest discoveries. Then the gang discusses pop culture geography and if it's important to accurately capture a sense of place. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: The X-Files Returns With Kumail Nanjiani

Author: NPR
Thu, Mar 26, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.

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Nick Hornby's 'Funny Girl' And Book Adaptations

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 20, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon, and Chris Klimek discuss Nick Hornby's new comedic showbiz novel Funny Girl. Then they'll talk about book to film adaptations. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Loving Romance With Sarah Wendell

Author: NPR
Wed, Mar 18, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.

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Anniversaries And Kids Entertainment That Stands The Test Of Time

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 13, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Guy Raz tape the podcast in front of an audience at NPR Headquarters. They'll discuss pop culture anniversaries, how often it makes sense to celebrate them, and the best ways to keep nostalgia in check. Then they'll talk about why some favorite kids entertainment endures while other favorites don't stand the test of time. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: King Of The Nerds

Author: NPR
Wed, Mar 11, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon chat about the reality television show King of the Nerds.

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Focus, Other Con Artist Movies, And What Happened To Rock Music

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 06, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the Will Smith con film Focus. Then they'll chat about rock music, how it's changed, and where to find new rock bands. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Parks and Recreation and Better Call Saul

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 27, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon look back at the legacy of Parks and Recreation. Then they'll discuss Better Call Saul, AMC's spinoff of Breaking Bad. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: The Sculptor and Other Graphic Novels

Author: NPR
Thu, Feb 26, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer review Scott McCloud's landmark graphic novel The Sculptor. They'll also offer some additional graphic novel recommendations.

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Small Batch: The 2015 Oscars

Author: NPR
Mon, Feb 23, 2015


In this small batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson wrap up the The 87th Annual Academy Awards.

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The 2015 Oscars Omnibus

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 20, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Bob Mondello sit down for the anual Oscars Omnibus. They'll talk about the nine best picture nominations--will Birdman, Boyhood, or another film take home an Academy Award for best picture? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program To Bring You This Message

Author: NPR
Thu, Feb 19, 2015


Unfortunatley the Oscars Omnibus will arrive late in your podcast feeds. Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson explain why.

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Jupiter Ascending and On-Screen Chemistry

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 13, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Jupiter Ascending, the latest film from the Wachowski siblings. Then they'll use the premiere of 50 Shades of Grey as an excuse to talk about the importance of on-screen chemistry. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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Small Batch: Jon Stewart's Farewell From The Daily Show

Author: NPR
Wed, Feb 11, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the aftermath of Jon Stewart's farewell from The Daily Show and what might come next for him and his show.

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Small Batch: The 2015 Grammy Awards

Author: NPR
Mon, Feb 09, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson look back at the 2015 Grammys telecast and conclude that it could have used a little more joy.

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Empire and Public Radio Voices

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 06, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon are joined by Tanya Ballard Brown and Code Switch's Gene Demby to talk about Fox's hip-hop drama Empire. Then they'll chat about the recent discussions about public radio voices, and broaden the conversation to the variety of voices you hear on the radio. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Super Bowl XLIX

Author: NPR
Mon, Feb 02, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the Super Bowl. They'll discuss the game, Katy Perry's half time show, and the adorable, adorable puppy.

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Jane The Virgin, The Boy Next Door, And Erotic Thrillers

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 30, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon discuss Jane The Virgin. Then they'll talk about The Boy Next Door and other erotic thrillers. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.**Pop Culture Happy LIVE: The Oscars Omnibus Featuring Bob Mondello**When: Tuesday February 17th, 2015 at 7:00pmWhere:  Studio 1, NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20002Tickets go on sale February 3rd at 12PM ET at events.npr.org

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Broad City and High School Required Reading

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 23, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss the offbeat Comedy Central show Broad City. Then they'll talk about high school required reading lists: the books they had to read, the books they wanted to read, and what it all means as adults. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Selma and the Use of Dramatic License in Historical Dramas

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 16, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby to discuss the Civil Rights Era film Selma. They'll discuss the direction by Ava DuVernay, the Oprah of it all, and how well it brings Martin Luther King, Jr. to life. Then they'll discuss other historical dramas and the advantages and limitations of dramatic license. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations

Author: NPR
Thu, Jan 15, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the Oscar nominations. They'll discuss the idiosyncratic men up for nominations and the films, actors, and directors who the Academy decided not to recognize.

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Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards

Author: NPR
Tue, Jan 13, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the Golden Globes. They'll talk about the surprising wins, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's final night as hosts, and much more.

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In One Year, Out the Other: Resolutions And Predictions for 2015

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 09, 2015


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow partake in a PCHH New Year's tradition. First, they'll look back on their pop culture resolutions for 2014 before setting some new goals for 2015. Then, they'll relive their predictions for the previous year and then make some guesses about what's to come in 2015. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: The Bachelor

Author: NPR
Tue, Jan 06, 2015


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about Monday night's three hour premiere of The Bachelor. They'll talk about the Iowa farmer at the center of the fury, the women trying to win his heart, and lots more.

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Small Batch: Remembering Stuart Scott

Author: NPR
Mon, Jan 05, 2015


Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby remember influential ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, who died yesterday at the age of 49.

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Live At The Sixth & I: A Few Quizzes And A Few Questions

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 02, 2015


This week you'll hear the second half of our live show at the Sixth & I in Washington, D.C. First, a few quizzes, featuring our friends Matt Thompson, Kat Chow, Bob Mondello and Audie Cornish. Then, Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon answer some audience questions.

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Into The Woods and Movie Franchises

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 26, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss Disney's film adaptation of the Broadway musical Into The Woods. Then they'll discuss movie franchises--why do some take off while others never fail to leave the ground? All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Chris Rock, Top Five, And The Art Of The Mixtape

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 19, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish talk about the new Chris Rock film Top Five. Then they'll discuss the art of the mixtape. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Live At The Sixth & I: Takeaways From 2014 And Pop Culture Firsts

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 12, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon are LIVE from the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. They'll discuss what their takeaways from the year in pop culture before sharing some embarrassing stories about some of their pop culture firsts. All that, plus All that, plus What's Making Us Happy. Topics covered: Beyonce, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Let It Go, Pharrell Williams, Chris Pratt, Serial, The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters, Ali Smith, Department of Speculation, David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks, Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming, What If, Obious Child, Judy Blume, Wifey, Mary Oliver, Chicago, Iron Maiden, Heather Thomas, Trans Am, Sideshow Bob, Van Halen, Saved By The Bell, Split Enz, Pride and Prejudice, The Lorax, Donald Duck, Encyclopedia Brown, Archie Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, The Flash, Lord of the Rings, Grey Gardens, The King and I, Transparent, Thom Yorke, Ms Marvel, D4ve, Hip Hop Family Tree, The Gigantic Beard that was Evil, The Wicked and the Divine, Trillium, Here, Boardwalk Empire, Into the Woods, The Next Five Years, Peter Pan.

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Encore: Our Favorite Holiday Moments

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 05, 2014


This week, we step into the Pop Culture Happy Hour time machine to bring you two encore segments. First, a trip back to 2010 when the gang discussed some of their favorite and least favorite holiday pop culture artifacts. Then you'll hear a segment from 2011 about the best and worst Christmas music.

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Big Hero 6, Kids' Movies, Outtakes And Bloopers

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 28, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and TED Radio Hour host and PCHH-newbie Guy Raz briefly discuss Big Hero 6 before diving into a lively conversation about other kids' movies. Then they'll discuss the appeal of bloopers and outtakes. The gang also shares some embarrassing stories from the PCHH blooper vault. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Foxcatcher and Movie Trailers

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 21, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss the wrestling drama Foxcatcher. They'll discuss the fine performances from Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. They'll also talk about if you'll be hearing more about the film during Oscar season. Then they'll chat about movie trailers, how they evolved, and what make's a memorable trailer. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Remembering Mike Nichols

Author: NPR
Thu, Nov 20, 2014


Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson remember writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died yesterday at the age of 83.

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Small Batch: Serial

Author: NPR
Wed, Nov 19, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Gene Demby about the podcast Serial, a spin-off of This American Life. They'll discuss the podcasts created to discuss Serial and why listeners are picking apart episodes as if it's True Detective.

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Small Batch: The Comeback

Author: NPR
Mon, Nov 17, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon discuss the return of the HBO comedy The Comeback. They'll talk about how Lisa Kudrow's turn as Valerie Cherish isn't a depressing take on a middle-aged actress, why the show shares DNA with The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and why Paulie G is the worst villain on television.

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Reviving Your Favorite Properties and Pop Culture Dichotomies

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 14, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer use the return of the Dumb and Dumber franchise as an opportunity to talk about whether it's ever too late to resuscitate, revive, or reanimate your favorite property. Then they'll talk about a multitude of pop culture dichotomies, touching on everything from The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, Star Trek vs. Star Wars, and Dallas vs. Dynasty. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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Small Batch: Doctor Who

Author: NPR
Thu, Nov 13, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon sits down with Doctor Who superfan Petra Mayer to talk about Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Clara's role as a companion, and their expectations for the Christmas special.

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Interstellar and Other Space Movies

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 07, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Chritopher Nolan's space adventure, Interstellar. This leads to a conversation about other hard sci-fi space movies like Contact, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Alien. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week. Topics Covered: Interstellar, Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chatain, Bill Irwin, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Steven Spielberg, Inception, The Abyss, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Signs, Event Horizon, Silent Running, Elysium, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, The Forever War, Kip Thorne, Gravity, Star Wars, Jodorowsky's Dune, T-Pain, Tiny Desk, Internet Arcade, Serial, This American Life, The Emperor's New Groove, David Spade, Ertha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Tempist, Battle Zone, Dig Dug, Frogger, Three Stooges.

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Small Batch: Fan Fiction With Petra Mayer

Author: NPR
Tue, Nov 04, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson sits down with our pal and fan fiction enthusiast Petra Mayer. Topics covered: One Direction, Harry Styles, Anna Todd, Dr. Who, Blackadder.

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Small Batch: Taylor Swift's New Album 1989

Author: NPR
Mon, Nov 03, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson sits down with his fellow NPR Music Editor Jacob Ganz for a chat about Taylor Swift's new album titled 1989.

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Dear White People and The Golden Age of Animation

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 31, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby. First they'll discuss the film Dear White People. Does the satire about race relations on an ivy league campus live up to the hype? Then they'll discuss animation, surveying everything from Bob's Burgers to some of cable's darker corners. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy. Topics Covered: Dear White People, Justin Simien, Tyler James Williams, Tyler Perry, Bob's Burgers, The Flintsones, Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Jetsons, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Simpsons, The Legend of Korra, Mask, G.I. Joe, He-Man, Sagwa, South Park, Family Guy, Batman: The Animated Series, FOX, American Dad, Momofuku, Sheila E, Prince, Purple Rain, Gravity Falls, Serial, This American Life, Taylor Swift, Aphex Twin, David Rees. 

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Whiplash and Pop Culture Carbon Dating

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 24, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish talk about the film Whiplash, which Audie nicknamed "Dude Black Swan." Then they'll discuss pop culture carbon dating--why do some pop culture artifacts feel timeless while others feel dated in a matter of years? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. Topics covered: Whiplash, J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Buddy Rich, sports movies, jazz, Bobby Knight, Smash Mouth, Shrek, Looney Tunes, The Muppet Show, Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, The Sure Thing, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, James Brolin, The Normal Heart, Angels in America, Larry Kramer, Notorious B.I.G, Ready to Die, The Breakfast Club, The Sopranos, Purple Rain, Prince, XTC, The Mayor of Simpleton, Bon Iver, Bruce Hornsby, Paul Reubens, Assassins Creed Black Flag, Shadow of Mordor, Starred Up. **Pop Culture Happy Hour Live at the Sixth & I** Date: Tuesday, December 9th Time: 7pm Location: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001 Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 29th at 12pm EST. You can buy tickets at popculturetickets.org.

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Small Batch Special Announcement: Pop Culture Happy Hour LIVE at the Sixth & I

Author: NPR
Wed, Oct 22, 2014


Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes sit down for a quick programming update. **Pop Culture Happy Hour Live at the Sixth & I** Date: Tuesday, December 9th Time: 7pm Location: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001 Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 29th at 12pm EST. You can buy tickets at: http://www.sixthandi.org/event/pop-culture-happy-hour/

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Transparent and Pop Culture Debuts

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 17, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and NPR International Correspondent Ari Shapiro discuss Amazon's critically acclaimed family dramedy Transparent. Then they'll discuss pop culture debuts, covering everything from beloved child stars, blockbuster directors, and favorite first albums. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: A Report From New York Comic-Con

Author: NPR
Wed, Oct 15, 2014


Petra Mayer recently returned from New York Comic-Con, so we asked her to talk a little about what she did while she was up there. She kept herself very busy, moderating a panel full of authors she admires and chatting up one of the biggest nerd icons of her pop-culture coming-of-age, Gillian Anderson.

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Small Batch: The Very, Very Spoiled Edition of Gone Girl

Author: NPR
Tue, Oct 14, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon take a few minutes to discuss the twists and turns of David Fincher's film Gone Girl. WARNING: this podcast extra is meant for those who have seen the movie and/or read the novel, or for those who don't like to be surprised.

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Gone Girl and Things We've Learned From Pop Culture

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 10, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon talk about David Fincher's film adaptation of Gone Girl. Then they'll talk about practical things they learned from musicians like Tom Lehrer and They Might Be Giants, shows like Quantum Leap, and channels like the Food Network. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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Small Batch: Twin Peaks Returns

Author: NPR
Wed, Oct 08, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and self-proclaimed Twin Peaks superfan Glen Weldon chat about the David Lynch cult television series returning to Showtime. They'll discuss where the show might be going from here, why Glen believes having both original creators on board is so important, and which two favorites from public television he imagines when he thinks about their collaborative process.

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Small Batch: House Hunters International

Author: NPR
Tue, Oct 07, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon talk about HGTV's real estate reality series House Hunters International. They'll discuss Americans and their high demands, the smarmy narration, and what happens to the couples once they've settled into their new abodes.

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The Equalizer, Denzel Washington, and Gilligan's Island

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 03, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Tanya Ballard Brown talk about The Equalizer and the evolving career of Denzel Washington. Then they'll use the 50th anniversary of Gilligan's Island as a jumping off point for a discussion about absurdist sitcoms, the power of reruns, and Saturday morning cartoons. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Books for the Fall and Our Favorite Detectives

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 26, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon, and Margaret H. Willison discuss books they're looking forward to reading this fall. It's a wide ranging conversation, covering everything from fiction to graphic novels to celebrity memoirs. Then they'll talk about their favorite detectives and how, exactly, you define a detective. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Wrapping Up The Toronto International Film Festival and The Fall Television Poll

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 19, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss Bob and Linda's trip to the Toronto Film Festival. They'll discuss what to see, what to skip, and what Stephen will dread having to watch during Oscar season. Then it's time for the annual fall television poll--the gang will pick new show they think will survive cancellation. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Celebrity Apologies And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 12, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby. After a few words about Joan Rivers, the gang delves into a conversation about apologies, sincerity, authenticity, free speech and PR. Then it's time for another round of the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Binge Watching the Simpsons and Getting Stuck In A Cultural Rut

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 05, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about FXX's 'Every Simpson Ever' marathon. They'll discuss the repurposing of pop culture and the draw of binging on pop culture you love. Then they'll offer advice about what to do when you're stuck in a cultural rut.  All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Live From The Bell House: Silly Quizzes For Special Guests

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 29, 2014


In the second half of our live show from the Bell House in Brooklyn, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon are joined by a variety of special guests for a few silly quizzes. Ask Me Another's Jonathan Coulton and Ophira Eisenberg tackle "Foot or Fight," Sarah D. Bunting and Joe Reid tear into obscure television trivia, Parul Sehgal and Josh Gondelman test their knowledge of world records, and a few audience members help Stephen and Linda answer questions about Krypto the Superdog.

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Small Batch: Stephen and Linda Face Off On Ask Me Another

Author: NPR
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


Tomorrow you'll hear the second half of our show live from the Bell House in Brooklyn, featuring Ask Me Another's Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton. But first, the backstory...

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Small Batch: Project Runway

Author: NPR
Wed, Aug 27, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon talk about Lifetime's reality fashion competition Project Runway. They'll discuss the show's comforting structure, the enduring charm of Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, and how the contestants can earn their sick burn cards.

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Small Batch: The Emmy Awards

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 26, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the 2014 Emmy Awards. They'll discuss the predictable victories and the new shows they wish would receive recognition.

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Small Batch: The MTV Video Music Awards

Author: NPR
Mon, Aug 25, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the highlights of this year's VMAs, which featured memorable performances from Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.

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Live From the Bell House

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 22, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and music director/producer emeritus Mike Katzif are LIVE from the Bell House in Brooklyn. They'll wrap up the best of summer entertainment and discuss what television shows and movies they're looking forward to this fall. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Film Ratings and Disaster Movies

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 15, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Kat Chow to talk about film ratings. What's the function of film ratings--and do they actually work? The gang decided no to see the new film "Into the Storm," but they couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about some of their favorite disaster movies. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Remembering Robin Williams

Author: NPR
Tue, Aug 12, 2014


In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the life and career of Robin Williams. The comedian died yesterday at the age of 63.

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Guardians of the Galaxy and So Bad It's Good

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 08, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Guardians of the Galaxy. They'll talk about everything from Chris Pratt's abs to the phrase "Necropilots, enact immolation protocol!" They'll then use the Sharknado phenomenon as a jumping off point to discuss the concept of so bad it's good. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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Small Batch: Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'

Author: NPR
Wed, Aug 06, 2014


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Live at San Diego Comic-Con

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 01, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon join comic book luminary (and Stephen's mother) Maggie Thompson for a show live at San Diego Comic-Con. They'll talk about the ups and downs of nerd culture and sharing the things you love. Glen will then make the panel take an epic quiz about superhero sidekicks. They'll round out the show with a few audience questions and What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Flyover Country and Imperfect Fits

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 25, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, the show is bicoastal! NPR's Monkey See's Linda Holmes and guest Barrie Hardymon are out west in Los Angeles, while Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon hold down the fort at NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C. They use the occasion to talk about pop culture representations of the midwest and other states that are frequently misunderstood by those on the coasts. Then they'll talk about imperfect fits. Linda sights Marlon Brando in Guys and Dolls as a prime example--he may embody Sky Masterson, but unfortunately he can't sing. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.**POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR LIVE IN BROOKLYN**Date:        Tuesday August 19, 2014Time:        7:30pmLocation:  The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215Tickets go on sale Monday July 28, 2014 at 12:00pm EST at popculturetickets.org

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For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 18, 2014


For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, the second half of our live show from NPR Headquarters and our official 200th episode.  A myriad of special guests grace the stage and answer questions on topics ranging from Wonder Woman, The Bachelor, IMDB keywords, and summer television. The PCHH gang also takes audience questions.  **POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR LIVE AT COMIC-CON**Date:        Thursday July 24, 2014Time:        2:00pm-3:00pmLocation:  San Diego Comic-Con, Room 32ABCheck the official Comic-Con schedule for updates. **POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR LIVE IN BROOKLYN**Date:        Tuesday August 19, 2014Time:        7:30pmLocation:  The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215Tickets go on sale Monday July 28, 2014 at 12:00pm EST at popculturetickets.org

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Our 200th Show, Live From NPR Headquarters

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 11, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish are LIVE from Studio One at NPR headquarters. They'll discuss what's on their pop culture bucket lists and what defines summer entertainment. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.(And in case you're counting, this is technically our 199th episode. You'll hear the official 200th episode next week!) **POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR LIVE AT COMIC-CON**Date:        Thursday July 24, 2014Time:        2:00pm-3:00pm Location:  San Diego Comic-Con, Room 32AB(Check the official Comic-Con schedule for updates.)

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Too Old For Youth Culture and Our Favorite Toys

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 04, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby. The group debate youth culture and whether you are too old for a television show, movie or band. The gang will also discuss some of their favorite childhood toys that they love and miss. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Wild Cards and the Return of the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 27, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby. The gang talks about wild cards--performers and creators who are sometimes delightful and sometimes a disappointment. Then the gang will partake in a round of the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz.  All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Buddy Films and First Impressions

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 20, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Tanya Ballard Brown talk about buddy movies. From the new 22 Jump Street to classics like Lethal Weapon and the Odd Couple, they'll discuss the different buddy dynamics and if the buddy movie is a dying genre. Then they'll discuss first impressions: what lines, sounds, and scenes set the tone and outline what a television show, movie, or album are all about. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Edge of Tomorrow, Noble Flops, and the Tony Awards

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 13, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek talk about Edge of Tomorrow, the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster. The gang then talks about noble failures: movies, songs and televisions shows that were highly ambitious, but commercial disasters. They also briefly discuss the "underwhelming" Tony Awards. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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A Visit to Book Expo and Pop Culture When We're Grieving

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 06, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about BookExpo America. Linda and Petra talk about what it's like at BEA and give us a peek at what books we can read later this year. Glen talks about the book parties, and tells a story about cornering Junot Diaz and Chris Ware at one soiree. Then they'll talk about grieving and what pieces of media helped them work through the grieving process. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Unexpected Remakes and Cover Art

Author: NPR
Fri, May 30, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby to discuss unexpected remakes. From Pokemon to the upcoming Sailor Moon and Boy Meets World reboots, the gang debate who is watching new versions of old franchises. Then they'll discuss cover art. The gang covers a lot of ground, from book covers like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey to album covers from artists like Journey and Kanye West. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.   **Pop Culture Happy Hour's 200th Episode - Live Recording!** Date:        Tuesday June 24, 2014 Time:        7:30pm Location:   NPR Headquarters, 1111 N Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20002 Tickets go on sale Monday June 2, 2014 at 12:00pm EST at http://pchh200.bpt.me/

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Godzilla and Pop Culture That Improved

Author: NPR
Fri, May 23, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Matt Thompson talk about Godzilla. Is the movie a fun popcorn flick or a total bore? Then they'll discuss pieces of culture that got better as they went along. The gang touches on everything from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to The Walking Dead to The Flaming Lips. Linda also has a special, exciting announcement. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week. **Pop Culture Happy Hour's 200th Episode - Live Recording!** Date:        Tuesday June 24, 2014 Time:        7:30pm Location:   NPR Headquarters, 1111 N Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20002 Tickets go on sale Monday June 2, 2014 at 12:00pm EST at http://pchh200.bpt.me/

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Fairy Tales and An Upfronts Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, May 16, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Barrie Hardymon talk about the fairy tale. With the premiere of the Disney film Maleficent a few weeks away, the gang talks about why fairy tales endure and their place in pop culture. Then, Linda gives a quiz all about the television upfronts. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Casting the New Star Wars Film & Louie

Author: NPR
Fri, May 09, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about the lack of divserse casting of the new Star Wars film. They'll talk about how one publicity photo for the new movie has the Internet buzzing, and what role race and gender should play in casting decisions. Then they'll talk about the comedy-drama series Louie, and the cult of Louis C.K.  All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Posthumust-We? & People We're Pulling For

Author: NPR
Fri, May 02, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby. From Franz Kafka to Tupac Shakur, they'll discuss posthumous pop culture--or, as Glen calls it, posthumust-we? Can you honor a legacy without tarnishing it? And if you can, should you? Then they'll revisit a favorite topic--people we're pulling for.  All that plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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Last Week Tonight and a Bat Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 25, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon and All Thing Considered host Audie Cornish discuss John Oliver's new show Last Week Tonight, fake news and late night. Then, the tables are turned on Linda and the gang takes a predictably-themed quiz. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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Orphan Black and Dream Sequences

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 18, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about Orphan Black, and the dream sequence device. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Fargo, a Farewell and Pop Culture Breadcrumbs?

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 11, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello bid a fond farewell to a good friend, discuss the upcoming Fargo spin-off on FX and talk a bit about The Simpsons, Looney Tunes and other pop culture that references earlier pop culture. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.  

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier and We Say Goodbye to Television Without Pity

Author: NPR
Fri, Apr 04, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Matt Thompson talk about 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' the latest movie in the Avengers franchise. Then they'll discuss the demise of Television Without Pity and how the site changed television criticism and fandom. Stephen and Linda also discuss TWoP's role in the PCHH origin story. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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Divergent, Hurt Feelings, and a Visit From Jesse Thorn

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 28, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Kat Chow to talk about the new film Divergent. Then they'll discuss pop culture they take seriously--has someone's response to something you loved hurt your feelings? Plus, Jesse Thorn stops by to talk about his NPR show Bullseye and Maximum Fun podcast network. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Authenticity and a Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 21, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby to talk about authenticity. In  light of President Obama appearing on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, how is authenticity used and why does it matter? Then, they'll take a quiz called Paint or Perp--can the gang correctly guess if the word is a Sherwin-Williams paint color or an episode of Law & Order: SVU? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Nudity in Pop Culture and Pi Day

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 14, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Maggie Thompson talk about nudity in pop culture--everything from Lena Dunham getting naked on Girls to Leonardo Dicaprio keeping his clothes on in the Wolf of Wall Street. They'll then discuss Pi Day, a celebration of nerd culture. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Oscars Recap, RuPaul's Drag Race, and What To Do When You're Stuck at Home

Author: NPR
Fri, Mar 07, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham, and Glen Weldon talk about the campy reality show RuPaul's Drag Race. They'll address everything from the meaning of glamour to the age politics amongst drag queens. Then they'll suggest some things to do when you're stuck at home, from picking up a new hobby like knitting to catching up on Veronica Mars. They'll also briefly weigh in the Oscars. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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The Oscars Omnibus

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 28, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Bob Mondello sit down for the Oscars Omnibus. They'll talk about the nine best picture nominations--will Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, or another film take home an Academy Award for best picture? They'll also check in on some of the other races. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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'House of Cards' and Pop Culture Punching Bags

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 21, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham, Glen Weldon and Kat Chow talk about the Netflix political drama "House of Cards." They'll then tackle another round of Pop Culture Punching Bags, in which they take turns defending the seemingly indefensible. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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'The Lego Movie' and Adolescence in Pop Culture

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 14, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about "The Lego Movie." Without spoiling the plot, they'll discuss why they love the film--and why it's beloved by critics and a box office success. Stephen will soon be the father of a teenager, so they'll take a look at how teens are portrayed in popular culture. Do books, movies and television accurately capture the pain of adolescence-- or exaggerate teen angst? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Why We Watch Sports, Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Poisoning the Well

Author: NPR
Fri, Feb 07, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about why we watch sports. Why are some people drawn to events like the Super Bowl or Olympics, while others don't see the appeal of being "temporarily, adjacently victorious?" They'll also take a moment to remember the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Then they'll examine the idea of poising the well--can one observation change your opinion about a piece of pop culture? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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A Grammy Postmortem And Reality TV In Middle Age

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 31, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Gene Demby and Glen Weldon talk about the Grammys, Macklemore, and the state of reality TV. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Oscar Nominations and 'Looking'

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 24, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk the field of Oscar nominations and non-nominations. Next, they'll discuss HBO's new show "Looking" or, "The show that launched a thousand think pieces," according to Glen. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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Golden Globes And Eagle Eyes

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 17, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the first big awards show of the season and take inventory of the things we will never look away from. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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In One Year, Out the Other: Resolutions And Predictions for 2014

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 10, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon listen back to see how they did on their 2013 New Year's resolutions and make new ones for 2014. Then they'll follow up on their 2013 pop culture predictions and try for some educated guesses in 2014. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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Silly Questions Live For Special Guests

Author: NPR
Fri, Jan 03, 2014


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour: The second half of our December live show, featuring lots of our pals (and one relative) answering questions we like to affectionately think of as “bonkers.”

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Our Second Ever Live Show

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 27, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are LIVE from Studio One at NPR headquarters. They take stock of the year by choosing one event they'd revisit in a time machine and one thing to put in the 2013 time capsule. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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A New Definition Of Smaug-ness: Movie Sequels And Christmas Music

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 20, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and special guest Chris Klimek journey into "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" and the world of movie sequels. What makes them worth it and how do movies like "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" even happen? Then, they'll get into the holiday spirit by talking about Christmas music — the good, the bad and the ugly. Guest Chris Klimek dissects his recent article on why it's so difficult for a new Christmas song to enter the pop culture canon. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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'Frozen' and the Death of Beloved Characters

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 13, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon dive into the winter world of Disney's "Frozen." Then, they'll take a sharp turn and talk about the death of beloved characters and actors. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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Live Shows and the Return of Regrettable Television

Author: NPR
Fri, Dec 06, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk live TV in anticipation of the live "Sound of Music" and their very own live PCHH show. Then, it's time to return to an old tradition, the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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Hunger Games and What to Give

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 29, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Audie Cornish and Kat Chow talk about the second installment in the Hunger Games franchise. Then, in the age of digital downloads, what kind of pop culture can you still give? All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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$#@*! Profanity In Pop Culture and Outdated Tech

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 22, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon make good use of the bleep button and talk profanity in pop culture. Then, they revisit outdated tech in pop culture - the giant cell phone, the floppy disc - and talk about how tech has changed storytelling. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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Twitter and Subtitled Television

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 15, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham and Stephen Thompson are joined by All Things Considered host Audie Cornish to talk Twitter - the wonders and limitations of that 140 character limit. Then it's onto foreign language pop culture. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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Sisters And Brothers And A Holiday TV Quiz

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 08, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Kat Chow to talk brothers and sisters, just in time for the release of Thor: The Dark World. Next, they'll take a very special holiday TV movie quiz. All that plus What's Making Us Happy This Week. 

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Making Toddlers into Nerds

Author: NPR
Fri, Nov 01, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the comics, movies, TV, books and much more that make kids into wonderful, healthy and curious nerds. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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'12 Years' And Rites Of Passage

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 25, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby to talk about the movie 12 Years a Slave. Next they'll talk about Pop Culture rites of passage - movies that helps kids through to adulthood. They'll also discuss the sometimes messy passage into adulthood for young celebrities, and talk about untimely deaths of young talents. All that plus What's Making Us Happy This Week. 

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Pop Culture That Makes Us Cry & Somali Pirates

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 18, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and special guest Chris Klimek open up, spilling the movies, songs and various other ephemera that make them cry. Also, a discussion of the film Captain Phillips. All that, Plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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'Gravity' And The Thrill Of The Fiasco

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 11, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR's Code Switch blogger Gene Demby to discuss the new movie Gravity and choose their favorite -sometimes awe-inspiring- pop culture fiascos. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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Breaking Bad, Bad Boys, Bad Choices

Author: NPR
Fri, Oct 04, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about Breaking Bad, and — without spoilers — compare it to past antihero-laden series like The Wire and The Sopranos. Then, the gang talks video games and the new Grand Theft Auto V. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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The Emmy Statue And The One-Hit Wonder

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 27, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon discuss the funerial feeling at the Emmys and delve into the world of one-hit wonders. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Autumn Leaves, Cumberbatches, And More Fall Amusements

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 20, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon again pick what fall TV shows they think might last, from ‘Masters of Sex’ to ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, and look forward to some upcoming movies. All that, plus What’s Making Us Happy this week.

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Requested Reboots And 'Duck Dynasty'

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 13, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon are joined by guest Tanya Ballard Brown to discuss movie franchises that could stand to be revisited. Then it's on to the A&E reality TV sensation Duck Dynasty. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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'Blue Jasmine' And A Summer Movie Postmortem

Author: NPR
Fri, Sep 06, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the summer movie season that was, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, and Ben Affleck as Batman. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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The Shambolic VMAs And Hollywood In The White House

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 30, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro discuss twerking and the MTV Video Music Awards, share their thoughts on the carnage-filled Olympus Has Fallen and choose favorite Hollywood takes on the White House. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Voices And Changing Bands

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 23, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about a new film about the world of voiceovers and try to figure out how many band members have to leave before it's not the same band. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Jodie Foster's Accent, Fall TV, And Other Masterpieces

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 16, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the new allegorical dystopian post-apocalyptic "hot mess" that is Elysium, discuss the high and low points from Linda's adventures at the Television Critics Association Press Tour.  All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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'The Bridge' And The Doctor's Many Faces

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 09, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon are joined by All Things Considered host Audie Cornish to talk about FX's new serial-killer/immigration drama The Bridge, discuss a new Doctor Who! and other actors who make iconic roles their own. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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'Fruitvale Station' And Yelling At Clouds

Author: NPR
Fri, Aug 02, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby talk about 'Fruitvale Station', the perils of the biopic, and technologies we've failed to embrace. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Fan Gatherings And Fall Television

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 26, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and producer Jess Gitner talk about conventions and festivals. They'll discuss San Diego Comic Con, SXSW, film festivals and what's gained — and lost — by going big. Next, ahead of Linda's trip to TCA (Television Critic's Association) press tour,  they'll talk about what's coming up in television. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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'The New Black' And Secret Names

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 19, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham, Glen Weldon and producer Jess Gitner talk about the Netflix original series 'Orange Is The New Black.' They'll discuss Taylor Schilling's performance as Piper and the incredibly strong cast of supporting characters. They'll also discus the show's portrayal of sexuality and race.  Next, following J.K. Rowling's admittance that she wrote a book as Robert Galbraith, they talk about pseudonyms. What separates a pseudonym from a disguise? All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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The Big Three

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 12, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon celebrate the third anniversary of the podcast by talking about the number three, from Musketeers to westerns to comedy basics. Next, Linda gives a three-themed quiz. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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'The Heat' Is On, So Come On Down

Author: NPR
Fri, Jul 05, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk about box office hit 'The Heat,' directed by Paul Feig. They'll discuss the comedic talent of its stars, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, and how they played with the tropes of the buddy cop flick. Next, they devote a whole segment to 'The Price Is Right' and discuss their favorite and least favorite games. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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Typecasting, Tony Soprano And The Chicken Dance

Author: NPR
Fri, Jun 28, 2013


This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about James Gandolfini, the downsides — and upsides — of typecasting, and picking music for your wedding. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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