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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, comics and music.

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Pop Culture Punching Bags and What's Making Us Happy
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Every once in a while, we decide to defend the seemingly indefensible pieces of pop culture that everyone loves to hate. Today, we put on our boxing gloves to defend the honor of some of pop culture's most notorious punching bags. Guests: Audie Cornish and Guy Branum.
Aug 10, 2018
Sorry to Bother You
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The indie movie Sorry to Bother You is a summer hit. Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green, a telemarketer whose world spirals into chaos. Code Switch's Gene Demby and Shereen Meraji have some very different views on the film.
Aug 08, 2018
Eighth Grade and What's Making Us Happy
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This week, we're talking about Bo Burnam's breakout festival hit Eighth Grade. Kayla Day, played by Elsie Fisher, is a middle-schooler who gives pep talks on YouTube and yearns for friends she can talk to. Guest: New York Times editor Aisha Harris.
Aug 03, 2018
Breath Of The Wild
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Video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild drops you into a world of sweeping vistas and challenging weapons, and it gives you a vast area to explore. It's an adventure and a challenge, and there are lots of different ways to play. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.
Aug 01, 2018
Mission: Impossible - Fallout and What's Making Us Happy
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We're taking to the streets, the skies, the water and the glitzy high-class nightclubs to talk about Mission: Impossible - Fallout on this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour. Guest: Chris Klimek.
Jul 27, 2018
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
1232
Under the blue skies of summer, what could be more welcome than ABBA songs? That's right, eight years after a big cast whooped it up in the film adaptation of the jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, there's a sequel. Today, we're talking about the all-singing, all-dancing, all-silly extravaganza that is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
Jul 25, 2018
Skyscraper and What's Making Us Happy
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Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, has fought all kinds of things in the movies. Earthquakes, criminals, zoo animals. And now, he's up against a building. On today's Pop Culture Happy Hour, we're defying gravity and saving our families.
Jul 20, 2018
Hannah Gadsby's Netflix Special 'Nanette' With Kumail Nanjiani
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Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special arrived in late June and has become a genuine phenomenon. It's an hour that starts as standup and morphs into something else entirely. Guest: Comedian, actor, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Kumail Nanjiani.
Jul 18, 2018
Sharp Objects and What's Making Us Happy
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Before Gillian Flynn wrote Gone Girl, she wrote Sharp Objects. Now, HBO has produced an adaptation starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Messina. Guest: NPR Weekend Edition books editor, Barrie Hardymon.
Jul 13, 2018
Jeopardy!
1087
Jeopardy! — the juggernaut, the pop culture monster, the game show to shave your mustache to and then grow it back again. Guest: NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso.
Jul 11, 2018
Ant-Man And The Wasp, Plus What's Making Us Happy
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The sequel to 2015's Ant-Man is just as light and inconsequential, but a forgettable villain and an over-complicated plot means it has to work harder — and it shows. Guest: writer Chris Klimek.
Jul 06, 2018
The Mister Rogers Documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor'
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Using archival footage and new interviews, Morgan Neville's film explores what how Rogers' unusual children's show came to be and what his legacy is for tens of millions of kids who are now tens of millions of grownups. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.
Jul 04, 2018
The Songs Of Summer
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Stephen Thompson and our pals at NPR Music road-test the songs the songs of the summer.
Jun 29, 2018
Cooking Shows
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The panel chats about some of their favorite cooking shows including Top Chef, Chopped and Chef's Table. Guests: Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon and Code Switch's Kat Chow. (This segment originally aired on September 9, 2016.)
Jun 27, 2018
Jurassic World, Jurassic Park and What's Making Us Happy
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes a bizarre but not unwelcome left turn. How does it compare to 2015's mediocre but hugely successful revival and the original 1993 film? Guest: Chris Klimek.
Jun 22, 2018
The Great Big Stand-Up Roundup
1344
You can find new stand-up specials just about every week. In fact, you can find so many that it's hard to keep track of them all. So we spent this episode recommending eight standout specials. Guest: Pop Culture Happy Hour producer emeritus and Ask Me Another producer Mike Katzif.
Jun 20, 2018
Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy
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The action of this animated sequel, which picks up where The Incredibles ended 14 years ago, is fresh and inventive, but the laughs aren't. Guest: NPR Code Switch host Gene Demby.
Jun 15, 2018
The Tony Awards and Remembering Anthony Bourdain
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The Tony Awards paid off for The Band's Visit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Angels in America revival and a scrappy theater kid named Bruce Springsteen. Also we remember chef and television host Anthony Bourdain, who died last week.
Jun 11, 2018
Ocean's 8 and What's Making Us Happy
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Ocean's 8 great cast and some clever commentary about women and Hollywood make it a whole lot of fun. Guest: Bim Adewunmi, senior culture writer at Buzzfeed and co-host of the Thirst Aid Kit podcast.
Jun 08, 2018
The Paddington Movies
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At last, we take a deep, overdue dive into the sweet, tangy jars of emotional marmalade that are the Paddington films. Guests: writer Chris Klimek and librarian Margaret Willison.
Jun 06, 2018
Law & Order and What's Making Us Happy
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We talk about one of the most durable franchises in television history. Guests: Librarian Margaret H. Willison and Sarah D. Bunting, the East Coast Editor of Previously.TV
Jun 01, 2018
'Cobra Kai' Is A Surprisingly Good 'Karate Kid' Reboot
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Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso are still at it in Cobra Kai, a surprisingly interesting look at what happens later to people who peak — or crash — in high school. Guests: All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.
May 30, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story and What's Making Us Happy
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The odds of successfully telling the origin story of the Star Wars trilogy's lovable rogue are approximately 3,720 to 1. After a sluggish start, Solo: A Star Wars Story beats those odds. Guest: NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen.
May 25, 2018
The Royal Wedding
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Normally, royal weddings are like the Oscars: a lot of pomp, but no real surprises. But when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, the audience sat up and took notice. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and Librarian Margaret Willison.
May 19, 2018
Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy
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Ryan Reynolds once again assumes the role of a deadly mercenary who makes many references to various pop culture properties while disemboweling folk a lot. Guests: Writer Chris Klimek and Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.
May 18, 2018
The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'
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The new Starz half-hour drama tells the story of two young women who learn a lot about their mother when they go home to deal with the consequences of her death. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.
May 16, 2018
Tully and What's Making Us Happy
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Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, the film stars Charlize Theron in an often brutal look at the emotional and physical tolls of parenthood. Guest: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon.
May 11, 2018
Killing Eve
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BBC America's cat-and-mouse spy show is a classic genre piece executed very well. We talk about its tension and its great lead performance from Sandra Oh on this week's episode. Guest: Code Switch's Kat Chow
May 09, 2018
A Quiet Place and What's Making Us Happy
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The shush-iest film to become a hit in quite some time gets some overdue attention from the panel on this episode. Guest: Writer Meryl Williams.
May 04, 2018
Leaving 'Hamilton' And 'Failing Up' With Leslie Odom Jr.
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Broadway's original Aaron Burr sits down with host Linda Holmes to talk about his new book, how it feels to hear ugly things about your career, and what he wants to do now that he couldn't before.
May 02, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War and What's Making Us Happy
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The Avengers try to keep a space-tyrant from performing cosmic genocide. The film doubles down on character interactions both familiar and unfamiliar. Guest: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby.
Apr 27, 2018
Scandal
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After seven seasons, Shonda Rhimes' roller-coaster of a drama screeches to a final halt as Olivia Pope and the team try to get out of one last scrape and Olivia tries to make it to Vermont. Guests: All Things Considered host Audie Cornish, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans, and NPR Music's Sidney Madden.
Apr 23, 2018
Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy
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The panel predicsts the hits and flops, tell you what they're looking forward to, and help you spend that ticket money wisely. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent podcast.
Apr 20, 2018
Pop Culture Dichotomies
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Star Trek vs. Star Wars? The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones? Gale vs. Peeta? Batman vs. Superman? The gang breaks down their favorite pop culture dichotomies. Guest: NPR Books editor Petra Mayer. (This segment originally aired on November 14, 2014.)
Apr 18, 2018
Antiques Roadshow and What's Making Us Happy
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To talk about the PBS institution that celebrates used stuff and how much it may or may not be worth. Guest: Jesse Thorn, host of NPR's Bullseye and the head honcho of the Maximum Fun podcast network.
Apr 13, 2018
Barry
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Bill Hader stars as a depressed hit man who wants a fresh start in acting but can't seem to get one. And the HBO comedy-drama asks questions most antihero shows won't. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.
Apr 11, 2018
Roseanne and What's Making Us Happy
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The panel chats about the Roseanne revival and how the show's politics intersects with the politics of Roseanne Barr. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guest: Hanna Rosin, Co-Host of Invisibilia.
Apr 06, 2018
Love, Simon
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The panel chats about Love, Simon; the first big American studio film to give a gay teenager the kind of story that John Hughes gave straight kids in the 1980s. Guest: Dave Holmes, Editor at Large for Esquire.com.
Apr 04, 2018
Ready Player One and What's Making Us Happy
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Spielberg returns to his cinema-as-thrill-ride roots in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's YA novel. Guest: The Verge's Tasha Robinson.
Mar 30, 2018
Isle of Dogs
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The panel chats about the new Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs, a stop-motion-animated film about loyal dogs exiled to a lonely island. Guest: Film critic Chris Klimek.
Mar 28, 2018
SXSW 2018 Wrap
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The panels shares some of their favorite new music discoveries from this year's SXSW Music Festival. Guests: NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and music writer Katie Presley.
Mar 23, 2018
High Maintenance
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The panel High Maintenance, HBO's anthology series about a marijuana dealer and his clients in New York City. Guests: Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon and All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.
Mar 21, 2018
Talk Show Talk and What's Making Us Happy
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The panel chats about some of their favorite talk show guests and what makes an ideal host-guest dynamic. Guest: Comedian Guy Branum, the host and creator of TruTV's Talk Show the Game Show.
Mar 16, 2018
Atlanta
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Donald Glover's Emmy-winning comedy returns for second season that includes sharply drawn characters and an appreciation for the problems with success. Guests: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby and It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders.
Mar 14, 2018
A Wrinkle In Time and What's Making Us Happy
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Director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the classic Madeleine L'Engle novel is devoid of cynicism, filled with beautiful images and deeply moving. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.
Mar 09, 2018
The 2018 Oscars
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Last year's Oscars were wildly unpredictable. This year's were very predictable, with big wins for The Shape Of Water, all the actors who were expected to win all along, and Jordan Peele.
Mar 05, 2018
Our 2018 Oscars Preview
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The team takes a moment to consider the upcoming Oscars in categories big and small. They probably won't end with anyone handing over the wrong envelope. But wouldn't it be surprising if they did? Guest: NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello
Mar 02, 2018
The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz
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The panel tries to stump each other with clips from the weirdest TV they could find. Guest: All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.
Feb 28, 2018
Annihilation and What's Making Us Happy
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Alex Garland's new sci-fi thriller is very weird, and we loved it. Guests: Writer Chris Klimek and Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.
Feb 23, 2018
Queer Eye
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The Netflix series "Queer Eye" is a reboot of the 2003 phenomenon, not a retread. They've dropped "For the Straight Guy" from the title, reflecting the retooled makeover series' updated, and slightly broadened, mission. Guests: Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, co-hosts of Nancy, a podcast from WNYC studios.
Feb 21, 2018
Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy
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Ryan Coogler's Marvel film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — new. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.
Feb 16, 2018
The Winter Olympics
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Sam Sanders joins the panel to talk about his memories of the Sochi Olympics, the way young athletes handle attention and athleticism itself, what we love watching during this year's games in Pyeongchang.
Feb 14, 2018
Darkest Hour and What's Making Us Happy
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The panel discusses the Oscar-nominated film Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent Podcast.
Feb 09, 2018
The Super Bowl
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The Eagles won a thrilling victory in the Super Bowl on Sunday night, to the delight of Philadelphians everywhere. Tom Brady of the Patriots proved fallible, while Justin Timberlake was ... just fine. Guests: Code Switch's Gene Demby and writer Katie Presley.
Feb 05, 2018
Roxane Gay
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Roxane Gay latest book is the memoir Hunger. It's about her relationship with her body, with trauma, and with her own history. In September 2017, host Linda Holmes and Gay sat down at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. They talked about writing, about bodies, about the closeness people feel with her when they've read her work.
Feb 02, 2018
The 2018 Grammys
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We recap the highlights of this year's Grammy Awards, including a sweep by Bruno Mars and memorable performances from Kendrick Lamar and Kesha. Guests: NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden.
Jan 29, 2018
The Good Doctor and What's Making Us Happy
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We chat about The Good Doctor, ABC's hit medical drama in which Freddie Highmore plays a surgical resident with autism and savant syndrome. Guest: Uproxx TV Critic Alan Sepinwall.
Jan 26, 2018
Phantom Thread
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The gang discusses Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Phantom Thread. The story about the twisted relationship between a dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his muse (Vicky Krieps) just earned six Oscar nominations. Guest: KJZZ Senior Producer and Daniel Day-Lewis super fan Sarah Ventre.
Jan 24, 2018
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and What's Making Us Happy
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The gang takes a look at Amy Sherman-Palladino's award-winning comedy, starring Rachel Brosnahan as a '50s housewife-turned-comedian. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: Writer Katie Presley and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon.
Jan 19, 2018
The Florida Project and Remembering Dolores O'Riordan
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The panel talks about the Florida Project, Sean Baker's small-scale but memorable film set at a motel near Disney World. Then, we take a moment to remember Dolores O'Riodan, the lead singer of the Cranberries, who died suddenly at age 46. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.
Jan 17, 2018
I, Tonya and What's Making Us Happy
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This week's show takes a look at an emerging awards contender in the acting categories: I, Tonya, the semi-mockumentary retelling of the life of Tonya Harding, controversial figure skater. Guest: Librarian Margaret H. Willison.
Jan 12, 2018
The Golden Globe Awards
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Recent stories of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood inspired black dresses and unexpected guests at the Golden Globes. Plus, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and she spent nearly all her time talking about the long struggle for justice for women. In the actual awards races, Three Billboards, Ladybird, and Amazon scored.
Jan 08, 2018
Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions, Plus What's Making Us Happy
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Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel as they say goodbye to 2017 by revisiting their resolutions and predictions from last year and making new ones for 2018.
Jan 05, 2018
John Cho
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Host Linda Holmes talks with actor John Cho (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Star Trek) about why he misses doing broad comedies, his decision to join The Exorcist, what it's like being the subject of internet fandom, and his new film Columbus.
Jan 03, 2018
Black Mirror and What's Making Us Happy
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The panel chats about Black Mirror, Netflix's sci-fi anthology series. The fourth season premiers today. Guests: film and theater critic Chris Klimek and Brittany Luse, co-host of The Nod.
Dec 29, 2017
Our 15 Favorites Of 2017
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The panel runs down their 15 favorite TV shows, movies, books, video games, and trends of 2017.
Dec 27, 2017
The Post and What's Making Us Happy
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The panel chats about the Post, Steven Spielberg's latest film which follows the Washington Post's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. The movie stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Guest: All Things Considered Film Critic Bob Mondello.
Dec 22, 2017
Our Hanukkah Special
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While you may have wrapped up your Hanukkah celebrations, we wanted to share a conversation about the role that Hanukkah plays for kids and adults, and some of the pop culture that surrounds it. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and KJZZ Senior Producer Sarah Ventre.
Dec 20, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi and What's Making Us Happy
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Writer/director Rian Johnson joins the Star Wars franchise to deliver a chapter that's fast, fun and freewheeling, even as it introduces surprising nuance to the classic Dark Side vs. Light Side beef. Guest: NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith.
Dec 15, 2017
The Shape of Water
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The panel talks about the Guillermo del Toro film about a woman racing to save her not-quite-human true love from the bad guys. Guest: NPR Arts Desk Correspondent Neda Ulaby.
Dec 13, 2017
The Disaster Artist, The Room, and What's Making Us Happy
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James Franco's The Disaster Artist tells the story of the making of The Room, one of the most famous awful movies of all time. The panel sits down to talk about Franco's vision and his muse. Guest: NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso.
Dec 08, 2017
Call Me By Your Name
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Luca Guadagnino's lush adaptation of Andre Aciman's novel stars Timothee Chalamet as a teenage prodigy who falls in love with a visiting grad student played by Armie Hammer. Guest: All Things Considered Film Critic Bob Mondello.
Dec 06, 2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
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The panel reviews Martin McDonagh's polarizing new film, which stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell. Guest: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby.
Dec 01, 2017
Coco
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Pixar's latest animated film follows young Miguel through an adventure that teaches him about family and remembrance. Code Switch's Shereen Marisol Meraji joins the panel to talk about the film and the Disney short Olaf's Frozen Advenure.
Nov 29, 2017
Black-ish and What's Making Us Happy
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The panel checks in with the ABC sitcom Black-ish, then share what's making them happy this week. Guests: Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, co-hosts of The Nod.
Nov 24, 2017
Lady Bird
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The panel chats about why they love Lady Bird, the coming-of-age film written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan.
Nov 22, 2017
Justice League and What's Making Us Happy
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The gang discusses DC Comics' latest movie, featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Cyborg. That, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: NPR Music
Nov 17, 2017
Murder On The Orient Express and Cozy Murder Mysteries
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The panel tackles Kenneth Branagh's new Agatha Christie remake — and picks a few recommendations for when you just want to snuggle under blankets and watch a murder get solved. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and Librarian Margaret H. Willison.
Nov 15, 2017
This Is Us, Speechless, and What's Making Us Happy
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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. (This episode originally aired on December 6, 2016.)
Nov 10, 2017
Pop Culture Advice With Audie Cornish
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The Pop Culture Happy Hour gang answer some pop culture advice questions, including balancing recaps with television consumption and if you should try to expand your girlfriend's pop culture tastes.
Nov 08, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok and What's Making Us Happy
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The panel takes on the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with help from Code Switch co-host and established Taika Waititi fan Shereen Marisol Meraji.
Nov 03, 2017
Stranger Things 2
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After a highly successful first season, the Netflix monster mystery returns. But does it overcome the challenges that have plagued sequels for decades? Guest: TV Critic Eric Deggans.
Nov 01, 2017
American Vandal and What's Making Us Happy
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The panel discusses American Vandal, the Netflix mockumentary series that's a hilariously precise dissection of our cultural fascination with true crime narratives. Guest: Mallory Ortberg of Slate's Dear Prudence.
Oct 27, 2017
John Hodgman
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Author, comedian, and fake internet judge John Hodgman talks about his new book Vacationland, mediating internet disputes, writing a serious book after a lot of fake facts, and lots more.
Oct 25, 2017
Shark Tank and What's Making Us Happy
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NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins the panel to talk about the oddly successful and often bizarre ABC series that brings entrepreneurs to beg for money from rich people.
Oct 20, 2017
Tom Hanks
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Actor Tom Hanks talks to host Linda Holmes about his new short story collection Uncommon Type, the cosmos, David S. Pumpkins, Nora Ephron, men dancing in shrimp costumes, and how the film industry is changing.
Oct 18, 2017
Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy
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NBC's Will & Grace is back for at least two revival seasons, more than 10 years after it went off the air the first time. But is the sitcom still relevant in 2017? Guests: Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, Co-Hosts of Nancy from WNYC Studios.
Oct 13, 2017
The Good Place
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A discussion of the NBC comedy The Good Place, which stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. We're big fans of the show, and it's from one of the creators of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's funny and weird and packed with jokes, and it's all about the afterlife. Guest: Producer Emeritus and Music Director Mike Katzif.
Oct 11, 2017
Blade Runner 2049
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Writer Chris Klimek joins Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon to discuss Denis Villeneuve's sequel to the Ridley Scott cult classic Blade Runner.
Oct 06, 2017
The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty
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This year The Princess Bride turns 30, so we decided to discuss the film and its enduring legacy. Plus, we take a moment to remember rock legend Tom Petty, who died Monday at the age of 66. Guest: Code Switch's Kat Chow.
Oct 04, 2017
Battle of the Sexes and What's Making Us Happy
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The new film, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, the players facing off in one of the most famous tennis matches in history. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guest: Writer Katie Presley.
Sep 29, 2017
Movie Roundup: The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, And Mother!
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Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon discuss three recent releases then look back at their summer box office predictions.
Sep 27, 2017
Fall Movie Preview
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As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Critics Linda Holmes, Bob Mondello, Tasha Robinson, and Bilal Quershi share some of the best, buzziest and otherwise noteworthy films coming to theaters.
Sep 22, 2017
Emmy Awards 2017
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NPR's TV critic joins the gang for a look at this year's Emmy Awards. The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies, Saturday Night Live, Veep and Atlanta all won multiple awards in major categories, on a night that rarely strayed far from current events. Also, we take a moment to remember actor Harry Dean Stanton.
Sep 18, 2017
The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy
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The gang tackles David Simon's new HBO drama about the rise of the adult-film industry in New York's Times Square. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon and Writer Katie Presley.
Sep 15, 2017
People We're Pulling For
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It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders and writer Katie Presley join Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson for an old favorite: People We're Pulling For. The panel explains why props to a comedian, a TV mogul, a wonderfully eccentric author and a deeply dry character actor all get our stamp of approval.
Sep 13, 2017
Outlander
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Weekend Edition Book Editor Barrie Hardymon and librarian Margaret Willison chat with Linda about Outlander, a sexy time-travel fantasy series currently airing on Starz. The series is based on a popular series of romance novels by Diana Gabaldon.
Sep 08, 2017
Mother-Daughter Directors Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer
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Nancy Meyers is the filmmaker behind comedies like Something's Gotta Give and It's Complicated. Now her daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, is joining the family business with her debut film Home Again, which stars Reese Witherspoon. Host Linda Holmes talks to the mother-daughter team about working together, the challenges of making an indie rom-com, and building worlds through beautiful homes.
Sep 06, 2017
Lake Bell and What's Making Us Happy
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Director, writer, and actor Lake Bell talks about the making of her new film I Do... Until I Don't, the way her British friends hang up the phone, and her fascination with unseen voices.
Sep 01, 2017
Game of Thrones
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Game of Thrones just wrapped its penultimate season, so we sit down for a spoiler-packed discussion with our pals Gene Demby, Barrie Hardymon, and Tasha Robinson.
Aug 30, 2017
The MTV VMAs and Taylor Swift
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Music writers Sarah Ventre and Marissa Lorusso join us to discuss Taylor Swift's new single and a disjointed MTV Video Music Awards hosted by Katy Perry.
Aug 28, 2017
Fall TV Preview
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The broadcast, cable and streaming networks have a lot on tap for the remainder of 2017. We talk about what we are excited to watch and what we think we survive cancellation
Aug 25, 2017
Logan Lucky
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Steven Soderbergh's racetrack heist film opened small for a big director, but its strong cast (Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig) and unusual release strategy make it a lot of fun to talk about. Guests: Culture writers Chris Klimek and Danielle Henderson.
Aug 23, 2017
Regrettable Television Pop Quiz
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Sam Sanders (NPR's It's Been A Minute) joins the panel for the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz, in which the gang shares their knowledge about trashy television of the past and present.
Aug 18, 2017
Judith Light From 'Transparent,' 'Ugly Betty' And 'Who's The Boss?'
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Actress Judith Light talks to host Linda Holmes her roles as Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent, Angela Bower on Who's The Boss?, and Karen Wolek on One Life To Live.
Aug 16, 2017
A Guide to Stephen King
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Dark Tower is a snooze, so instead we talk about some of our favorite Stephen King books and film adaptations. Guests: Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon and The Verge's TV and Film Editor Tasha Robinson.
Aug 11, 2017
Detroit
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We discuss Kathryn Bigelow's new film Detroit. Its intense and unsettling depictions of police brutality in the summer of 1967, Detroit got under the panel's skin in different ways. Guests: Gene Demby (NPR's Code Switch) and Aisha Harris (Slate).
Aug 09, 2017
Insecure
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We check back in on Issa Rae's HBO comedy series Insecure as it kicks off its tighter, more assured second season. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guest: Brittany Luse, co-host of The Nod podcast.
Aug 04, 2017
Atomic Blonde
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Film critic Chris Klimek joins us to talk Atomic Blonde, a stylish and visceral spy thriller set in 1989 Berlin. It co-stars Charlize Theron and a really impressive wig.
Aug 02, 2017
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
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We review the bonkers space opera Valerian, a passion project of director Luc Besson. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent podcast.
Jul 28, 2017
Girls Trip
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The "surprising" success of the raunch-com Girls Trip didn't particularly surprise us; we talk about precisely where this "out-of-nowhere" hit came from. Guests: Code Switch's Gene Demby and Slate's Aisha Harris.
Jul 26, 2017
Dunkirk
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NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins the panel for a discussion of the new film Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's World War II epic.
Jul 21, 2017
Twin Peaks: The Return
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We sort out the adventures of Dale Cooper and the other residents of Twin Peaks: what works, what doesn't, and whether there's such a thing as "understanding." Plus, we remember George Romero, Martin Landau, and celebrate a new Doctor. Guests: NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and The Verge's TV and Film Editor Tasha Robinson.
Jul 19, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy
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All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel for discussions about Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming and Andy Samberg's HBO special Tour de Pharmacy.
Jul 14, 2017
Baby Driver and When Auteurs Meet Film Franchises
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First, a discussion of Baby Driver, Edgar Wright's fun new action film with Code Switch co-host Gene Demby and It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders. Then, Code Switch co-host Shereen Marisol Meraji and the panel dive into what happens when auteur directors helm big film franchises. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
Jul 07, 2017
Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House'
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This week, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel to chat about how they spent their summers growing up. Plus, a conversation with best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of USA's Playing House.
Jun 30, 2017
GLOW And Lena Waithe
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This week, the panel discusses Netflix's new wrestling comedy GLOW with NPR's Code Switch Kat Chow. Then, we bring you a conversation we recently had in Los Angeles with Master of None actress and writer Lena Waithe.
Jun 23, 2017
Wonder Woman And The Tony Awards
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This week, the panel talks about Wonder Woman — or Diana, Princess of Themyscira — with NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer. Then, they shift the spotlight to the stage to talk about the Tony Awards with critics Trey Graham and Chris Klimek.
Jun 16, 2017
When To Break Up With Television And Pop Culture Advice With Mallory Ortberg
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This week, we bring you two unaired segments from our fall tour. First, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish helps us figure out when to quit a television show — and when to stick it out to the bitter end. Then, Mallory Ortberg (Slate's Dear Prudence) answers some pop culture advice questions.
Jun 09, 2017
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture
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This week the panel is prepping for a few live shows, so we decided to revisit one of our favorite episodes from 2015. Code Switch's Kat Chow joins us for a chat about the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and and the line between inspired and derivative when it comes to culture.
Jun 02, 2017
Alien: Covenant and Veep
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Film critic Chris Klimek joins the panel for a chat about the new Ridley Scott film Alien: Covenant and HBO's Veep.
May 26, 2017
Master of None and Snatched
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On this week's show, Gene Demby from NPR's Code Switch and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans join us for a conversation about the second season of Master Of None and the very silly film Snatched.
May 19, 2017
The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy
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The panel talks about the harrowing TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, then switches gears to check in on the NBC comedy Great News, from – among others – executive producer Tina Fey. Guests: Code Switch's Leah Donnella and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon
May 12, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell
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This week we discuss Marvel's space action-comedy Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Plus, a conversation we recently had in Chicago with comedian and writer W. Kamau Bell.
May 05, 2017
Summer Movie Preview 2017
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All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish joins us for our annual summer movie preview. We break down what we are excited to watch, what we think will smash box office records, and what we think will lose millions of dollars.
Apr 28, 2017
The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds
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Code Switch's Gene Demby and critic Chris Klimek join the gang for a discussion of latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Then, it's time for a discussion of clapbacks and feuds recorded live in Chicago with our NPR's Sam Sanders.
Apr 21, 2017
Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race
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The panel is on the road this week, so we are bringing you two special treats. First, you'll hear an episode of Code Switch that explores how comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity. Then, we revisit our conversation about RuPaul's Drag Race which first aired in 2014.
Apr 14, 2017
S-Town and Chewing Gum
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The panel dissects the new podcast S-Town, the latest project from the team behind Serial and This American life. Then, they'll chat about Chewing Gum, a british sex comedy that's now streaming on Netflix. Guest: Librarian Margaret H. Willison.
Apr 07, 2017
Dave Chappelle and CHiPs
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First we review Dave Chappelle's new Netflix stand-up specials with Code Switch's Gene Demby and For Colored Nerds co-host Brittany Luse. Then, we discuss the action comedy CHiPs with Morning Edition host David Greene. Plus, what's making us happy.
Mar 31, 2017
Beauty and the Beast & SXSW
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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.
Mar 24, 2017
Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman
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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.
Mar 17, 2017
Get Out and The Americans
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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.
Mar 10, 2017
Big Little Lies and Feud
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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.
Mar 03, 2017
The Oscars Were Crazy
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It wasn't a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.
Feb 27, 2017
Our Oscars Preview
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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.
Feb 22, 2017
Justin Timberlake
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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.)
Feb 21, 2017
Legion and Planet Earth II
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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.
Feb 17, 2017
Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy
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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.
Feb 15, 2017
Small Batch: The Grammys
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NPR Music's Jacob Ganz and Stephen Thompson join Linda Holmes for a discussion of Beyoncé, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, and much more.
Feb 13, 2017
The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior
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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.
Feb 10, 2017
Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga
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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.
Feb 06, 2017
Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love
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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.
Feb 03, 2017
Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps
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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.
Jan 27, 2017
Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore
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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.
Jan 26, 2017
Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations
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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.
Jan 24, 2017
The Young Pope & Hell or High Water
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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.
Jan 20, 2017
Small Batch: DJ Khaled
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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.
Jan 17, 2017
Hidden Figures and One Day at a Time
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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.
Jan 13, 2017
Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards
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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.
Jan 09, 2017
Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds
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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.
Jan 06, 2017
Ciao 2016, Hello 2017!
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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.
Dec 30, 2016
2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business
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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.
Dec 21, 2016
Favorite Podcasts of 2016
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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.
Dec 19, 2016
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land
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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.
Dec 16, 2016
This Is Us and Speechless
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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.
Dec 09, 2016
Small Batch: Younger
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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.
Dec 06, 2016
Small Batch: Westworld
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Glen Weldon and All Things Considered host Audie Cornish discuss the first season of HBO's densely plotted science fiction series.
Dec 05, 2016
Gilmore Girls and Moana
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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.
Dec 02, 2016
Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani
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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.
Nov 23, 2016
Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin
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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.
Nov 18, 2016
Doctor Strange and Moonlight
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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.
Nov 11, 2016
Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy
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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.
Nov 07, 2016
Hamilton: An American Musical
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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...
Nov 04, 2016
The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg
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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.
Oct 28, 2016
Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
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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.
Oct 21, 2016
Lupita Nyong'o, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, and the Best of TV
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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.
Oct 14, 2016
A Fall Movie and Television Preview
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NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for a fall television and movie preview. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
Oct 07, 2016
The Magnificent Seven and Fleabag
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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.
Sep 30, 2016
Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore
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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.
Sep 23, 2016
Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup
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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.
Sep 16, 2016
HGTV and Cooking Shows
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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.
Sep 09, 2016
You're The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama
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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.
Sep 02, 2016
Big News: West Coast Tour!
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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!
Sep 01, 2016
Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 2016
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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.
Aug 29, 2016
Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters
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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.
Aug 26, 2016
Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers
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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.)
Aug 24, 2016
Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer
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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.)
Aug 23, 2016
The Get Down and TCA 2016
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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.
Aug 19, 2016
Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah
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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.)
Aug 17, 2016
Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail
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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.)
Aug 15, 2016
Steven Universe and Board Games
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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.
Aug 12, 2016
Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad
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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.
Aug 05, 2016
Small Batch: MTV Classic
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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.)
Aug 02, 2016
Small Batch: Match Game
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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.
Aug 01, 2016
Stranger Things and Weddings
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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.
Jul 29, 2016
Small Batch: Swiss Army Man
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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.
Jul 26, 2016
Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches
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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.)
Jul 25, 2016
Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot
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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.
Jul 22, 2016
On Endings And Road Trips
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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.
Jul 15, 2016
Small Batch: Pokemon Go
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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.
Jul 13, 2016
The BFG and The Great British Baking Show
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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.
Jul 08, 2016
The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam?
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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?
Jul 07, 2016
The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz
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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.
Jul 01, 2016
Small Batch: Game of Thrones
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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.)
Jun 28, 2016
Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
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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.)
Jun 27, 2016
Finding Dory and Great Voice Acting
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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.
Jun 24, 2016
Small Batch: The Outs with Adam Goldman
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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.
Jun 21, 2016
O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz
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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.
Jun 17, 2016
Small Batch: 2016 Tony Awards
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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.
Jun 13, 2016
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Making Music Funny
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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.
Jun 10, 2016
Small Batch: The Black Film Canon
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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.
Jun 07, 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse and Supervillains
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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.
Jun 03, 2016
Live At Vulture Festival
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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.
May 27, 2016
Money Monster and Eurovision
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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.
May 20, 2016
Captain America: Civil War
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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.
May 13, 2016
Free Comic Book Day and Keanu
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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.
May 06, 2016
Silicon Valley and Bob's Burgers
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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.
Apr 29, 2016
Small Batch: Another Round's Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton
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Linda Holmes chats with Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, the hosts of BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast.
Apr 27, 2016
Small Batch: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'
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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
Apr 25, 2016
Summer Movie Preview
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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.
Apr 22, 2016
Small Batch: Remembering Prince
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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.
Apr 21, 2016
Small Batch: Comedian Josh Gondelman
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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.
Apr 19, 2016
The Mindy Project and Romantic Comedies
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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.
Apr 15, 2016
Small Batch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther
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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.)
Apr 13, 2016
Best Bad Movies and a Quiz
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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.
Apr 08, 2016
Small Batch: The Real Housewives of Potomac
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Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, hosts of the For Colored Nerds podcast, join Linda Holmes for a chat about the Real Housewives of Potomac.
Apr 01, 2016
Batman V Superman and Pop Culture Objects
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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.
Apr 01, 2016
SXSW Wrap and Songs That Changed Our Lives
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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.
Mar 25, 2016
Small Batch: Glen Weldon's 'The Caped Crusade'
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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.)
Mar 23, 2016
Hamilton
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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...
Mar 18, 2016
Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Kanye, and Gilmore Girls
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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.
Mar 11, 2016
Small Batch: American Crime
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In our first dispatch from New York, Linda Holmes chats with culture writer Danielle Henderson about American Crime, ABC's acclaimed anthology series.
Mar 09, 2016
Downton Abbey and Nostalgia as a Genre
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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.
Mar 04, 2016
Small Batch: The 2016 Oscars
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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.
Feb 29, 2016
The Oscars Omnibus 2016
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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.
Feb 26, 2016
Small Batch: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird
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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.
Feb 19, 2016
Hail, Caesar! and Entertainment About Entertainment
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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.
Feb 19, 2016
Small Batch: The 2016 Grammy Awards
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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.
Feb 16, 2016
Awards Show Expectations and Product Placement
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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.
Feb 12, 2016
Small Batch: Super Bowl 50
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Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about Super 50, including the game itself, Beyoncé stealing the halftime show, and some memorable commercials.
Feb 08, 2016
Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks
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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?
Feb 05, 2016
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grease: Live, and Musicals On TV
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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.
Feb 05, 2016
Fred Armisen and Welcome To Night Vale
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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.
Jan 29, 2016
Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman
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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.
Jan 22, 2016
The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?
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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.
Jan 20, 2016
The Hateful Eight and the Evolving Theatrical Experience
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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.
Jan 15, 2016
Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney
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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)
Jan 12, 2016
Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie
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In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson remember pop icon David Bowie.
Jan 11, 2016
American Idol and People We're Pulling For
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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.
Jan 08, 2016
Ciao 2015, Hello 2016!
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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.
Jan 01, 2016
Melancholidays, Sisters and 2015 Highlights
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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.
Dec 25, 2015
Small Batch: Star Wars (The Force Awakens)
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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.
Dec 22, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Movie Merchandise
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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.
Dec 18, 2015
Small Batch: Frank Sinatra With Sonari Glinton
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In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson chats with NPR's biggest Frank Sinatra fan, reporter Sonari Glinton.
Dec 15, 2015
Creed, Men Crying At Movies, and Visceral Responses
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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.
Dec 11, 2015
The Good Dinosaur, Pixar And Second Thoughts
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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.
Dec 04, 2015
A Conversation With Trevor Noah
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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.
Nov 27, 2015
Small Batch: Shonda Rhimes On Her 'Year Of Yes'
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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.)
Nov 24, 2015
Master Of None And Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep
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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.
Nov 20, 2015
Live at The Howard Theatre
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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.
Nov 13, 2015
Brooklyn Nine Nine and Things We Meant To Do
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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.
Nov 06, 2015
A Conversation With Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
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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.
Nov 02, 2015
Empire And Public Radio Voices
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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)
Oct 30, 2015
Bridge of Spies And The Long, Varied Career Of Tom Hanks
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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.
Oct 23, 2015
The Giant Foam Finger: What's Your Walk-Up Music?
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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.
Oct 19, 2015
Steve Jobs And Other Portrayals of Moguls
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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.
Oct 16, 2015
Small Batch: The National Book Awards
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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.
Oct 14, 2015
The Martian And What We've Learned About Other Jobs
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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.
Oct 09, 2015
Ms. Marvel And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz
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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)
Oct 02, 2015
A Special Annoucement
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Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson interrupt our regular scheduled programming to bring you a special announcement. (For more information, visit popculturetickets.org.)
Sep 30, 2015
A Fall Film And Television Preview
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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.
Sep 25, 2015
Small Batch: The 2015 Emmy Awards
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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.
Sep 22, 2015
Stephen Colbert's Return And Great Talk-Show Guests
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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.
Sep 18, 2015
The Giant Foam Finger: If Serena Williams Loses, Is It Still The U.S. Open?
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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.
Sep 14, 2015
Labor Pains And Inspirations
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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.
Sep 11, 2015
Mr. Robot and Title Sequences
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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.
Sep 04, 2015
Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards
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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.
Aug 31, 2015
Show Me A Hero And Summer Stuff We Missed
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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.
Aug 28, 2015
The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?
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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.
Aug 25, 2015
Straight Outta Compton And Too Much TV
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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.
Aug 21, 2015
Small Batch: David Foster Wallace And The End Of The Tour
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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.
Aug 18, 2015
The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre
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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.
Aug 17, 2015
Difficult People And Amusement Parks
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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.
Aug 14, 2015
Small Batch: Fantastic Four
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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.
Aug 11, 2015
Wet Hot American Summer And Mission: Impossible
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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.
Aug 07, 2015
Music, Movies And Music In Movies
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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.
Jul 31, 2015
The Giant Foam Finger: Why Sports Fans Hate
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In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.
Jul 27, 2015
Trainwreck And Ant-Man
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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.
Jul 24, 2015
BoJack Horseman And People We're Pulling For
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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.
Jul 17, 2015
Introducing: The Giant Foam Finger
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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.
Jul 14, 2015
Key & Peele And Pop Culture Critters
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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.
Jul 10, 2015
Small Batch: Terminator Genisys
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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.
Jul 07, 2015
Magic Mike XXL And Catastrophe
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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.
Jul 03, 2015
Small Batch: Audiobooks With Our Favorite Librarian
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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.
Jun 29, 2015
Judy Blume's In The Unlikely Event and Lifetime's UnREAL.
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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.
Jun 26, 2015
Inside Out, And Moms And Dads In Love
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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.
Jun 19, 2015
Small Batch: Jurassic World
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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.
Jun 15, 2015
Spy, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig, And Other Directors With Their Muses
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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.
Jun 12, 2015
Small Batch: Sense8
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In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish sit down to chat about the new Netflix sci-fi series Sense8.
Jun 09, 2015
All About Romance Novels
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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.
Jun 05, 2015
Small Batch: You Guys, We Really Hated The Briefcase
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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.
Jun 03, 2015
Tomorrowland, Visions Of The Future And The Past
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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.
May 29, 2015
A Farewell To Mad Men And David Letterman
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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.
May 22, 2015
Small Batch: Mad Max: Fury Road
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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.
May 21, 2015
Pitch Perfect 2 And A Summer Movie Preview
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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.
May 16, 2015
Small Batch: A Short Delay And A Visit To the A Capella Championships
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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.
May 15, 2015
Small Batch: The End Of American Idol
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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.
May 11, 2015
Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Pop Culture Pariahs
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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.
May 08, 2015
Free Comic Book Day and Pop Culture Rabbit Holes
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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.
May 01, 2015
Food In Pop Culture And Back To College
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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.
Apr 24, 2015