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Pop Culture Happy Hour

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

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Annihilation and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:22 -0500

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.

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Queer Eye

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:21 -0500

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.

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Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:19 -0500

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.

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The Winter Olympics

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:18 -0500

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.

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Darkest Hour and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:24 -0500

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.

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The Super Bowl

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:25:00 -0500

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.

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Roxane Gay

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:20 -0500

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.

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The 2018 Grammys

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

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.

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The Good Doctor and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:16 -0500

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.

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Phantom Thread

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:01:17 -0500

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.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:22 -0500

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.

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The Florida Project and Remembering Dolores O'Riordan

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:21 -0500

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.

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I, Tonya and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500

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.

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The Golden Globe Awards

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 04:47:00 -0500

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.

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John Cho

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:13 -0500

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.

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Black Mirror and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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.

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The Post and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:09 -0500

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.

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Our Hanukkah Special

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:00:08 -0500

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.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:01:00 -0500

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.

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The Shape of Water

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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.

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The Disaster Artist, The Room, and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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.

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Call Me By Your Name

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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.

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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.

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Murder On The Orient Express and Cozy Murder Mysteries

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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.

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This Is Us, Speechless, and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -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. (This episode originally aired on December 6, 2016.)

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Pop Culture Advice With Audie Cornish

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0500

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.

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Stranger Things 2

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.

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American Vandal and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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.

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John Hodgman

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:01:00 -0400

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.

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Shark Tank and What's Making Us Happy

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -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 00:01:00 -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 00:00:00 -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 00:00:00 -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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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 00:00:00 -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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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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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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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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