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Pop Culture Happy Hour



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



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Shark Tank and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:15 -0400

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.


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Tom Hanks

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:01:29 -0400

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.


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Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 00:00:25 -0400

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.


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The Good Place

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:24 -0400

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.


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Blade Runner 2049

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Writer Chris Klimek joins Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon to discuss Denis Villeneuve's sequel to the Ridley Scott cult classic Blade Runner.


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The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:01:21 -0400

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.


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Battle of the Sexes and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 00:00:27 -0400

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.


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Fall Movie Preview

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Emmy Awards 2017

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:35:00 -0400

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.


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The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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People We're Pulling For

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Outlander

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Mother-Daughter Directors Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Lake Bell and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Game of Thrones

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:01:21 -0400

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.


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Fall TV Preview

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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


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Logan Lucky

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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A Guide to Stephen King

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Detroit

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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).


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Insecure

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Atomic Blonde

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.


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Girls Trip

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:20:00 -0400

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.


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Twin Peaks: The Return

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:32:00 -0400

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.


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Baby Driver and When Auteurs Meet Film Franchises

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House'

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.


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GLOW And Lena Waithe

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.


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Wonder Woman And The Tony Awards

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.


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When To Break Up With Television And Pop Culture Advice With Mallory Ortberg

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.


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Master of None and Snatched

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.


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The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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


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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell

Fri, 05 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Summer Movie Preview 2017

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.


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Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.


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S-Town and Chewing Gum

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:12 -0400

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.


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Dave Chappelle and CHiPs

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.


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Beauty and the Beast & SXSW

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:01:15 -0400

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


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Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:01:16 -0400

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


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Get Out and The Americans

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:01:17 -0500

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


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Big Little Lies and Feud

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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


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Our Oscars Preview

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:43:00 -0500

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


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Justin Timberlake

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:01:20 -0500

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


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Legion and Planet Earth II

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:18 -0500

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


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

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:29:00 -0500

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


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Small Batch: The Grammys

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:57:00 -0500

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.


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The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:02 -0500

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


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

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:18:00 -0500

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


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Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:05 -0500

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


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Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:01:27 -0500

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


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Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 22:06:00 -0500

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


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Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:27:00 -0500

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


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The Young Pope & Hell or High Water

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:01:24 -0500

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


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Small Batch: DJ Khaled

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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


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Hidden Figures and One Day at a Time

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:09 -0500

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


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Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:25:00 -0500

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


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Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:05 -0500

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


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Ciao 2016, Hello 2017!

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0500

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


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2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:29:00 -0500

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


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Favorite Podcasts of 2016

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:30:00 -0500

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


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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0500

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


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This Is Us and Speechless

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:01:18 -0500

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


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Small Batch: Younger

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:00:17 -0500

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


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Small Batch: Westworld

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:15:00 -0500

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


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Gilmore Girls and Moana

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0500

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


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Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:11 -0500

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


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Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:23 -0500

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


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Doctor Strange and Moonlight

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:20 -0500

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


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Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:18 -0500

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


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Hamilton: An American Musical

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 00:00:17 -0400

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


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The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:23 -0400

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


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Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:01 -0400

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


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

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:00:28 -0400

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


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A Fall Movie and Television Preview

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 00:01:00 -0400

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


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The Magnificent Seven and Fleabag

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:28 -0400

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


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Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:24 -0400

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


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Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:01:26 -0400

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


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HGTV and Cooking Shows

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:01:21 -0400

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


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You're The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:01:20 -0400

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


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Big News: West Coast Tour!

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:55:20 -0400

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


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Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 2016

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:25:00 -0400

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


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Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:06 -0400

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


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Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:20 -0400

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


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Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:05:00 -0400

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


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The Get Down and TCA 2016

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400

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


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Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:16:00 -0400

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


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Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:03:00 -0400

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


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Steven Universe and Board Games

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:12 -0400

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


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Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:01:30 -0400

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


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Small Batch: MTV Classic

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 07:00:29 -0400

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


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Small Batch: Match Game

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:52:00 -0400

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


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