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Pop Culture Happy Hour

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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features “Monkey See” blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast o
Forever And What’s Making Us Happy
Sep 21 • 27 min
Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen star in the new Amazon series Forever. The two of them play a middle-aged married couple named Oscar and June, who are in a bit of a rut. Along the way, they find themselves in an unexpected situation that challenges their…
2018 Emmy Awards
Sep 18 • 21 min
We’re here to fill you in on everything you need to know about the 2018 Emmys. On a night we were constantly reminded how diverse this year’s nominations were — the winners were mostly white. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Game of Thrones won the top…
On the Books: An All-Book Edition
Sep 14 • 24 min
Today, we take a break from TV and movies to talk about some of our favorite books we’ve read — and what books we’re most looking forward to this fall.
Celebrating Women in Music With Turning the Tables
Sep 12 • 35 min
NPR Music’s ambitious Turning the Tables series re-imagines the popular music canon by putting women and non-binary musicians at the center. All Songs Considered recently had a great conversation about the project, and today we bring that conversation to…
Pop Culture Serotonin and What’s Making Us Happy
Sep 7 • 32 min
Not every day can be Friday, not every bit of weather can be sunny and not every plate can have cookies on it. That’s why we love our pop culture serotonin — the stuff we watch, read and listen to that boosts our mood and makes us feel better. Today, we…
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Sep 5 • 20 min
The Netflix young adult romance To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before tells the story of a high school pair who may or may not — but come on, they will — end up together. You’ve probably seen it on your Twitter feed, and today we assemble a very special panel…
Fall TV Preview and What’s Making Us Happy
Aug 31 • 32 min
It’s almost the end of the summer, which means it’s time for Pop Culture Happy Hour’s fall TV preview. We’re telling you what new shows we’re excited about, and which ones we think are built to last. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.
Black Panther
Aug 29 • 19 min
Ryan Coogler’s Marvel film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — original. Guest: Code Switch’s Gene Demby. (This episode originally aired on February 16, 2018.)
BlacKkKlansman and What’s Making Us Happy
Aug 24 • 26 min
BlacKkKlansman tells the story Ron Stallworth — a black police detective who infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. On today’s Pop Culture Happy Hour, we dive into the most talked about Spike Lee movie in years. Guest: Code Switch’s Gene Demby
2018 MTV VMAs
Aug 21 • 15 min
Last night the VMAs honored some top songs and artists including Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The show also recognized Aretha Franklin—sort of. And trotted out Aerosmith—again. New York Times editor Aisha Harris joins us…
Crazy Rich Asians and What’s Making Us Happy
Aug 17 • 24 min
This week, we talk about the charming romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which has been lauded as groundbreaking for its all Asian and Asian-American cast. Guests: NPR’s Mallory Yu and Code Switch’s Kat Chow.
Remembering Aretha Franklin
Aug 16 • 21 min
The “Queen of Soul” died today at age 76. She was a gifted pop singer, gospel singer, R&B singer, and even opera singer. We talk with All Things Considered’s Audie Cornish about the unforgettable Aretha Franklin, and the utter abundance of music she left…
Blockers and Game Night: Playing Catch-Up On Comedies We Missed
Aug 15 • 18 min
Most of this summer’s blockbusters are already out. That makes it a great time to catch up on a couple of surprisingly well-reviewed comedies. In this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk about Blockers and Game Night.
Pop Culture Punching Bags and What’s Making Us Happy
Aug 10 • 25 min
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…
Sorry to Bother You
Aug 8 • 14 min
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.
Eighth Grade and What’s Making Us Happy
Aug 3 • 24 min
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.
Breath Of The Wild
Aug 1 • 20 min
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…
Mission: Impossible - Fallout and What’s Making Us Happy
Jul 27 • 23 min
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.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Jul 25 • 20 min
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,…
Skyscraper and What’s Making Us Happy
Jul 20 • 21 min
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.
Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix Special ‘Nanette’ With Kumail Nanjiani
Jul 18 • 23 min
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.
Sharp Objects and What’s Making Us Happy
Jul 13 • 26 min
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.
Jeopardy!
Jul 11 • 18 min
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.
Ant-Man And The Wasp, Plus What’s Making Us Happy
Jul 6 • 22 min
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.
The Mister Rogers Documentary ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’
Jul 4 • 19 min
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…
The Songs Of Summer
Jun 29 • 26 min
Stephen Thompson and our pals at NPR Music road-test the songs the songs of the summer.
Cooking Shows
Jun 27 • 15 min
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.)
Jurassic World, Jurassic Park and What’s Making Us Happy
Jun 22 • 24 min
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.
The Great Big Stand-Up Roundup
Jun 20 • 22 min
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…
Incredibles 2 and What’s Making Us Happy
Jun 15 • 27 min
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.
The Tony Awards and Remembering Anthony Bourdain
Jun 11 • 24 min
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.
Ocean’s 8 and What’s Making Us Happy
Jun 8 • 26 min
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.
The Paddington Movies
Jun 6 • 16 min
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.
Law & Order and What’s Making Us Happy
Jun 1 • 21 min
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
‘Cobra Kai’ Is A Surprisingly Good ‘Karate Kid’ Reboot
May 30 • 23 min
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.
Solo: A Star Wars Story and What’s Making Us Happy
May 25 • 23 min
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.
The Royal Wedding
May 19 • 20 min
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.
Deadpool 2 and What’s Making Us Happy
May 18 • 24 min
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.
The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With ‘Vida’
May 16 • 17 min
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.
Tully and What’s Making Us Happy
May 11 • 25 min
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.
Killing Eve
May 9 • 16 min
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
A Quiet Place and What’s Making Us Happy
May 4 • 24 min
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.
Leaving ‘Hamilton’ And ‘Failing Up’ With Leslie Odom Jr.
May 2 • 19 min
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.
Avengers: Infinity War and What’s Making Us Happy
Apr 27 • 28 min
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.
Scandal
Apr 23 • 23 min
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…
Summer Movie Preview and What’s Making Us Happy
Apr 20 • 41 min
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.
Pop Culture Dichotomies
Apr 18 • 15 min
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.)
Antiques Roadshow and What’s Making Us Happy
Apr 13 • 30 min
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.
Barry
Apr 11 • 17 min
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.
Roseanne and What’s Making Us Happy
Apr 6 • 28 min
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.
Love, Simon
Apr 4 • 17 min
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.
Ready Player One and What’s Making Us Happy
Mar 30 • 28 min
Spielberg returns to his cinema-as-thrill-ride roots in this adaptation of Ernest Cline’s YA novel. Guest: The Verge’s Tasha Robinson.
Isle of Dogs
Mar 28 • 17 min
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.
SXSW 2018 Wrap
Mar 23 • 35 min
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.
High Maintenance
Mar 21 • 19 min
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.
Talk Show Talk and What’s Making Us Happy
Mar 16 • 32 min
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.
Atlanta
Mar 14 • 23 min
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.
A Wrinkle In Time and What’s Making Us Happy
Mar 9 • 27 min
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.
The 2018 Oscars
Mar 5 • 18 min
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.
Our 2018 Oscars Preview
Mar 2 • 45 min
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
The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz
Feb 28 • 20 min
The panel tries to stump each other with clips from the weirdest TV they could find. Guest: All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.
Annihilation and What’s Making Us Happy
Feb 23 • 25 min
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.
Queer Eye
Feb 21 • 18 min
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,…
Black Panther and What’s Making Us Happy
Feb 16 • 26 min
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.
The Winter Olympics
Feb 14 • 22 min
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.
Darkest Hour and What’s Making Us Happy
Feb 9 • 24 min
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.
The Super Bowl
Feb 5 • 22 min
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…
Roxane Gay
Feb 2 • 20 min
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…
The 2018 Grammys
Jan 29 • 19 min
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.
The Good Doctor and What’s Making Us Happy
Jan 26 • 26 min
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.
Phantom Thread
Jan 24 • 20 min
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…
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and What’s Making Us Happy
Jan 19 • 25 min
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…
The Florida Project and Remembering Dolores O’Riordan
Jan 17 • 22 min
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…
I, Tonya and What’s Making Us Happy
Jan 12 • 27 min
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.
The Golden Globe Awards
Jan 8 • 19 min
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…
Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions, Plus What’s Making Us Happy
Jan 5 • 48 min
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.
John Cho
Jan 3 • 22 min
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.
Black Mirror and What’s Making Us Happy
Dec 29, 2017 • 26 min
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.
Our 15 Favorites Of 2017
Dec 27, 2017 • 30 min
The panel runs down their 15 favorite TV shows, movies, books, video games, and trends of 2017.
The Post and What’s Making Us Happy
Dec 22, 2017 • 26 min
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.
Our Hanukkah Special
Dec 20, 2017 • 26 min
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…
Star Wars: The Last Jedi and What’s Making Us Happy
Dec 15, 2017 • 31 min
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.
The Shape of Water
Dec 13, 2017 • 16 min
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.
The Disaster Artist, The Room, and What’s Making Us Happy
Dec 8, 2017 • 25 min
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.
Call Me By Your Name
Dec 6, 2017 • 18 min
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.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Dec 1, 2017 • 28 min
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.
Coco
Nov 29, 2017 • 22 min
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.
Black-ish and What’s Making Us Happy
Nov 24, 2017 • 28 min
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.
Lady Bird
Nov 22, 2017 • 22 min
The panel chats about why they love Lady Bird, the coming-of-age film written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan.
Justice League and What’s Making Us Happy
Nov 17, 2017 • 23 min
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
Murder On The Orient Express and Cozy Murder Mysteries
Nov 15, 2017 • 17 min
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.…
This Is Us, Speechless, and What’s Making Us Happy
Nov 10, 2017 • 45 min
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…
Pop Culture Advice With Audie Cornish
Nov 8, 2017 • 45 min
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.
Thor: Ragnarok and What’s Making Us Happy
Nov 3, 2017 • 27 min
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.
Stranger Things 2
Nov 1, 2017 • 19 min
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.
American Vandal and What’s Making Us Happy
Oct 27, 2017 • 25 min
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.
John Hodgman
Oct 25, 2017 • 13 min
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.
Shark Tank and What’s Making Us Happy
Oct 20, 2017 • 30 min
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.
Tom Hanks
Oct 18, 2017 • 30 min
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.
Will & Grace and What’s Making Us Happy
Oct 13, 2017 • 28 min
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.
The Good Place
Oct 11, 2017 • 17 min
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…
Blade Runner 2049
Oct 6, 2017 • 20 min
Writer Chris Klimek joins Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon to discuss Denis Villeneuve’s sequel to the Ridley Scott cult classic Blade Runner.
The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty
Oct 4, 2017 • 23 min
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.
Battle of the Sexes and What’s Making Us Happy
Sep 29, 2017 • 25 min
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.
Movie Roundup: The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, And Mother!
Sep 27, 2017 • 23 min
Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon discuss three recent releases then look back at their summer box office predictions.
Fall Movie Preview
Sep 22, 2017 • 47 min
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.
Emmy Awards 2017
Sep 18, 2017 • 18 min
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…
The Deuce and What’s Making Us Happy
Sep 15, 2017 • 28 min
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.
People We’re Pulling For
Sep 13, 2017 • 17 min
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…
Outlander
Sep 8, 2017 • 29 min
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.
Mother-Daughter Directors Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer
Sep 6, 2017 • 14 min
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…
Lake Bell and What’s Making Us Happy
Sep 1, 2017 • 20 min
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.
Game of Thrones
Aug 30, 2017 • 22 min
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.
The MTV VMAs and Taylor Swift
Aug 28, 2017 • 18 min
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.
Fall TV Preview
Aug 25, 2017 • 33 min
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
Logan Lucky
Aug 23, 2017 • 22 min
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…
Regrettable Television Pop Quiz
Aug 18, 2017 • 27 min
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.
Judith Light From ‘Transparent,’ ‘Ugly Betty’ And ‘Who’s The Boss?’
Aug 16, 2017 • 16 min
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.
A Guide to Stephen King
Aug 11, 2017 • 27 min
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.
Detroit
Aug 9, 2017 • 14 min
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).
Insecure
Aug 4, 2017 • 26 min
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.
Atomic Blonde
Aug 2, 2017 • 19 min
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.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Jul 28, 2017 • 20 min
We review the bonkers space opera Valerian, a passion project of director Luc Besson. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate’s Represent podcast.
Girls Trip
Jul 26, 2017 • 17 min
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.
Dunkirk
Jul 21, 2017 • 26 min
NPR Music’s Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins the panel for a discussion of the new film Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic.
Twin Peaks: The Return
Jul 19, 2017 • 27 min
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…
Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy
Jul 14, 2017 • 40 min
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.
Baby Driver and When Auteurs Meet Film Franchises
Jul 7, 2017 • 50 min
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…
Pop Culture Summer Stories And ‘Playing House’
Jun 30, 2017 • 45 min
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.
GLOW And Lena Waithe
Jun 23, 2017 • 38 min
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.
Wonder Woman And The Tony Awards
Jun 16, 2017 • 44 min
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.
When To Break Up With Television And Pop Culture Advice With Mallory Ortberg
Jun 9, 2017 • 32 min
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)…
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture
Jun 2, 2017 • 46 min
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…
Alien: Covenant and Veep
May 26, 2017 • 38 min
Film critic Chris Klimek joins the panel for a chat about the new Ridley Scott film Alien: Covenant and HBO’s Veep.
Master of None and Snatched
May 19, 2017 • 38 min
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.
The Handmaid’s Tale and a New Comedy
May 12, 2017 • 38 min
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…
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell
May 5, 2017 • 44 min
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.
Summer Movie Preview 2017
Apr 28, 2017 • 44 min
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.
The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds
Apr 21, 2017 • 46 min
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.
Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul’s Drag Race
Apr 14, 2017 • 46 min
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…
S-Town and Chewing Gum
Apr 7, 2017 • 40 min
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.
Dave Chappelle and CHiPs
Mar 31, 2017 • 37 min
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.
Beauty and the Beast & SXSW
Mar 24, 2017 • 42 min
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.
Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman
Mar 17, 2017 • 39 min
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…
Get Out and The Americans
Mar 10, 2017 • 36 min
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.
Big Little Lies and Feud
Mar 3, 2017 • 39 min
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.
The Oscars Were Crazy
Feb 27, 2017 • 14 min
It wasn’t a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.
Our Oscars Preview
Feb 22, 2017 • 44 min
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.
Justin Timberlake
Feb 21, 2017 • 14 min
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,…
Legion and Planet Earth II
Feb 17, 2017 • 38 min
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…
Philip Pullman To Follow-Up ‘His Dark Materials’ Trilogy
Feb 14, 2017 • 10 min
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.
Small Batch: The Grammys
Feb 13, 2017 • 18 min
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.
The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior
Feb 10, 2017 • 38 min
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.
Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From ‘Overdog’ Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga
Feb 6, 2017 • 9 min
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…
Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love
Feb 3, 2017 • 44 min
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,…
Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps
Jan 27, 2017 • 40 min
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…
Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore
Jan 25, 2017 • 9 min
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.
Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations
Jan 24, 2017 • 6 min
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.
The Young Pope & Hell or High Water
Jan 20, 2017 • 38 min
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…
Small Batch: DJ Khaled
Jan 17, 2017 • 17 min
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.
Hidden Figures and One Day at a Time
Jan 13, 2017 • 38 min
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…
Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards
Jan 9, 2017 • 10 min
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.
Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds
Jan 6, 2017 • 43 min
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,…
Ciao 2016, Hello 2017!
Dec 30, 2016 • 44 min
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.
2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business
Dec 21, 2016 • 43 min
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…
Favorite Podcasts of 2016
Dec 19, 2016 • 32 min
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.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land
Dec 16, 2016 • 45 min
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.
This Is Us and Speechless
Dec 9, 2016 • 49 min
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.
Small Batch: Younger
Dec 6, 2016 • 8 min
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.
Small Batch: Westworld
Dec 5, 2016 • 12 min
Glen Weldon and All Things Considered host Audie Cornish discuss the first season of HBO’s densely plotted science fiction series.
Gilmore Girls and Moana
Dec 2, 2016 • 44 min
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…
Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani
Nov 23, 2016 • 45 min
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…
Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin
Nov 18, 2016 • 42 min
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.
Doctor Strange and Moonlight
Nov 11, 2016 • 40 min
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.
Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy
Nov 7, 2016 • 13 min
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.
Hamilton: An American Musical
Nov 4, 2016 • 49 min
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…
The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg
Oct 28, 2016 • 39 min
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…
Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Oct 21, 2016 • 46 min
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…
Lupita Nyong’o, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, and the Best of TV
Oct 14, 2016 • 54 min
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…
A Fall Movie and Television Preview
Oct 7, 2016 • 52 min
NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for a fall television and movie preview. Plus, what’s making us happy this week.
The Magnificent Seven and Fleabag
Sep 30, 2016 • 30 min
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.
Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore
Sep 23, 2016 • 44 min
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.
Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup
Sep 16, 2016 • 51 min
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…
HGTV and Cooking Shows
Sep 9, 2016 • 43 min
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.
You’re The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama
Sep 2, 2016 • 42 min
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…
Big News: West Coast Tour!
Sep 1, 2016 • 5 min
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.…
Small Batch: MTV’s Video Music Awards 2016
Aug 29, 2016 • 13 min
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…
Pete’s Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters
Aug 26, 2016 • 42 min
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…
Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers
Aug 24, 2016 • 13 min
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.)
Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer
Aug 23, 2016 • 12 min
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.)
The Get Down and TCA 2016
Aug 19, 2016 • 48 min
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…
Small Batch: You’re Listening To Delilah
Aug 17, 2016 • 10 min
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.)
Small Batch: Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail
Aug 15, 2016 • 14 min
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.)
Steven Universe and Board Games
Aug 12, 2016 • 46 min
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.
Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad
Aug 5, 2016 • 36 min
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.
Small Batch: MTV Classic
Aug 2, 2016 • 5 min
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…
Small Batch: Match Game
Aug 1, 2016 • 9 min
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.
Stranger Things and Weddings
Jul 29, 2016 • 42 min
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…
Small Batch: Swiss Army Man
Jul 26, 2016 • 6 min
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.
Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches
Jul 25, 2016 • 8 min
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…
Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot
Jul 22, 2016 • 43 min
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.
On Endings And Road Trips
Jul 15, 2016 • 43 min
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…
Small Batch: Pokemon Go
Jul 13, 2016 • 9 min
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.
The BFG and The Great British Baking Show
Jul 8, 2016 • 47 min
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.
The Giant Foam Finger: Who’s Afraid of a Superteam?
Jul 7, 2016 • 14 min
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?
The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz
Jul 1, 2016 • 41 min
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.
Small Batch: Game of Thrones
Jun 28, 2016 • 5 min
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,…
Small Batch: UnREAL’s Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Jun 27, 2016 • 12 min
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.)
Finding Dory and Great Voice Acting
Jun 24, 2016 • 44 min
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.
Small Batch: The Outs with Adam Goldman
Jun 21, 2016 • 7 min
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.
O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz
Jun 17, 2016 • 46 min
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…
Small Batch: 2016 Tony Awards
Jun 13, 2016 • 11 min
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.
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Making Music Funny
Jun 10, 2016 • 45 min
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.
Small Batch: The Black Film Canon
Jun 7, 2016 • 11 min
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…
X-Men: Apocalypse and Supervillains
Jun 3, 2016 • 46 min
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…
Live At Vulture Festival
May 27, 2016 • 46 min
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…
Money Monster and Eurovision
May 20, 2016 • 49 min
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.
Captain America: Civil War
May 13, 2016 • 45 min
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…
Free Comic Book Day and Keanu
May 6, 2016 • 38 min
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.
Silicon Valley and Bob’s Burgers
Apr 29, 2016 • 52 min
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.
Small Batch: Another Round’s Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton
Apr 27, 2016 • 16 min
Linda Holmes chats with Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, the hosts of BuzzFeed’s Another Round podcast.
Small Batch: Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’
Apr 25, 2016 • 5 min
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…
Summer Movie Preview
Apr 21, 2016 • 50 min
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.
Small Batch: Remembering Prince
Apr 21, 2016 • 11 min
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.
Small Batch: Comedian Josh Gondelman
Apr 19, 2016 • 12 min
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.
The Mindy Project and Romantic Comedies
Apr 15, 2016 • 50 min
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.
Small Batch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther
Apr 13, 2016 • 26 min
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…
Best Bad Movies and a Quiz
Apr 8, 2016 • 41 min
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.
Small Batch: The Real Housewives of Potomac
Apr 1, 2016 • 16 min
Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, hosts of the For Colored Nerds podcast, join Linda Holmes for a chat about the Real Housewives of Potomac.
Batman V Superman and Pop Culture Objects
Apr 1, 2016 • 45 min
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.
SXSW Wrap and Songs That Changed Our Lives
Mar 25, 2016 • 51 min
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.
Small Batch: Glen Weldon’s ‘The Caped Crusade’
Mar 23, 2016 • 15 min
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…
Hamilton
Mar 18, 2016 • 50 min
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…
Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr., Kanye, and Gilmore Girls
Mar 11, 2016 • 57 min
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…
Small Batch: American Crime
Mar 9, 2016 • 14 min
In our first dispatch from New York, Linda Holmes chats with culture writer Danielle Henderson about American Crime, ABC’s acclaimed anthology series.
Downton Abbey and Nostalgia as a Genre
Mar 4, 2016 • 47 min
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…
Small Batch: The 2016 Oscars
Feb 29, 2016 • 13 min
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.
The Oscars Omnibus 2016
Feb 26, 2016 • 54 min
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.
Small Batch: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird
Feb 19, 2016 • 8 min
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.
Hail, Caesar! and Entertainment About Entertainment
Feb 19, 2016 • 42 min
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.
Small Batch: The 2016 Grammy Awards
Feb 16, 2016 • 13 min
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.
Awards Show Expectations and Product Placement
Feb 12, 2016 • 41 min
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.
Small Batch: Super Bowl 50
Feb 8, 2016 • 8 min
Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about Super 50, including the game itself, Beyoncé stealing the halftime show, and some memorable commercials.
Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks
Feb 5, 2016 • 12 min
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?
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grease: Live, and Musicals On TV
Feb 5, 2016 • 46 min
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.
Fred Armisen and Welcome To Night Vale
Jan 29, 2016 • 39 min
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…
Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman
Jan 22, 2016 • 41 min
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…
The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?
Jan 20, 2016 • 11 min
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.
The Hateful Eight and the Evolving Theatrical Experience
Jan 15, 2016 • 42 min
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…
Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney
Jan 12, 2016 • 15 min
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…
Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie
Jan 11, 2016 • 10 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson remember pop icon David Bowie.
American Idol and People We’re Pulling For
Jan 8, 2016 • 44 min
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,…
Ciao 2015, Hello 2016!
Dec 31, 2015 • 56 min
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…
Melancholidays, Sisters and 2015 Highlights
Dec 24, 2015 • 47 min
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…
Small Batch: Star Wars (The Force Awakens)
Dec 22, 2015 • 10 min
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.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Movie Merchandise
Dec 18, 2015 • 50 min
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…
Small Batch: Frank Sinatra With Sonari Glinton
Dec 15, 2015 • 14 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson chats with NPR’s biggest Frank Sinatra fan, reporter Sonari Glinton.
Creed, Men Crying At Movies, and Visceral Responses
Dec 11, 2015 • 48 min
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…
The Good Dinosaur, Pixar And Second Thoughts
Dec 4, 2015 • 49 min
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…
A Conversation With Trevor Noah
Nov 27, 2015 • 55 min
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.
Small Batch: Shonda Rhimes On Her ‘Year Of Yes’
Nov 24, 2015 • 21 min
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…
Master Of None And Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep
Nov 20, 2015 • 45 min
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…
Live at The Howard Theatre
Nov 13, 2015 • 50 min
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.
Brooklyn Nine Nine and Things We Meant To Do
Nov 6, 2015 • 47 min
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.
A Conversation With Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Nov 2, 2015 • 22 min
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.
Empire And Public Radio Voices
Oct 30, 2015 • 43 min
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…
Bridge of Spies And The Long, Varied Career Of Tom Hanks
Oct 23, 2015 • 50 min
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…
The Giant Foam Finger: What’s Your Walk-Up Music?
Oct 19, 2015 • 7 min
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.
Steve Jobs And Other Portrayals of Moguls
Oct 16, 2015 • 48 min
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.
Small Batch: The National Book Awards
Oct 14, 2015 • 7 min
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.
The Martian And What We’ve Learned About Other Jobs
Oct 9, 2015 • 45 min
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…
Ms. Marvel And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz
Oct 2, 2015 • 50 min
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…
A Special Annoucement
Sep 30, 2015 • 2 min
Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson interrupt our regular scheduled programming to bring you a special announcement. (For more information, visit popculturetickets.org.)
A Fall Film And Television Preview
Sep 25, 2015 • 44 min
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…
Small Batch: The 2015 Emmy Awards
Sep 21, 2015 • 10 min
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.
Stephen Colbert’s Return And Great Talk-Show Guests
Sep 18, 2015 • 38 min
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…
The Giant Foam Finger: If Serena Williams Loses, Is It Still The U.S. Open?
Sep 14, 2015 • 7 min
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.
Labor Pains And Inspirations
Sep 11, 2015 • 48 min
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…
Mr. Robot and Title Sequences
Sep 4, 2015 • 41 min
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…
Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards
Aug 31, 2015 • 8 min
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.
Show Me A Hero And Summer Stuff We Missed
Aug 28, 2015 • 43 min
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…
The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?
Aug 25, 2015 • 10 min
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.
Straight Outta Compton And Too Much TV
Aug 21, 2015 • 46 min
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…
Small Batch: David Foster Wallace And The End Of The Tour
Aug 18, 2015 • 8 min
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.
The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre
Aug 17, 2015 • 12 min
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.
Difficult People And Amusement Parks
Aug 14, 2015 • 42 min
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,…
Small Batch: Fantastic Four
Aug 11, 2015 • 4 min
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.
Wet Hot American Summer And Mission: Impossible
Aug 7, 2015 • 41 min
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.
Music, Movies And Music In Movies
Jul 30, 2015 • 41 min
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…
The Giant Foam Finger: Why Sports Fans Hate
Jul 27, 2015 • 0 min
In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.
Trainwreck And Ant-Man
Jul 24, 2015 • 46 min
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…
BoJack Horseman And People We’re Pulling For
Jul 17, 2015 • 42 min
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…
Introducing: The Giant Foam Finger
Jul 14, 2015 • 12 min
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.
Key & Peele And Pop Culture Critters
Jul 10, 2015 • 41 min
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…
Small Batch: Terminator Genisys
Jul 7, 2015 • 9 min
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.
Magic Mike XXL And Catastrophe
Jul 3, 2015 • 42 min
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…
Small Batch: Audiobooks With Our Favorite Librarian
Jun 29, 2015 • 11 min
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.
Judy Blume’s In The Unlikely Event and Lifetime’s UnREAL.
Jun 26, 2015 • 46 min
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…
Inside Out, And Moms And Dads In Love
Jun 19, 2015 • 41 min
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…
Small Batch: Jurassic World
Jun 15, 2015 • 9 min
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…