Pop Culture Happy Hour

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
Will & Grace and What’s Making Us Happy
Oct 13 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 12 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…
Spy, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig, And Other Directors With Their Muses
Jun 12, 2015 • 46 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 action comedy Spy. They’ll chat about the film and why collaborations between Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig work so…
Small Batch: Sense8
Jun 9, 2015 • 9 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish sit down to chat about the new Netflix sci-fi series Sense8.
All About Romance Novels
Jun 5, 2015 • 44 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Petra Mayer, Barrie Hardymon, and Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books sit down for a discussion of romance novels. They’ll chat about how they discovered the genre, what kind of…
Small Batch: You Guys, We Really Hated The Briefcase
Jun 3, 2015 • 9 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the CBS reality show The Briefcase—a series they both really, really hated.
Tomorrowland, Visions Of The Future And The Past
May 29, 2015 • 46 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss the new Disney film Tomorrowland. Then they’ll discuss visions of the past and if they are any less of a fantasy than our visions of…
A Farewell To Mad Men And David Letterman
May 22, 2015 • 46 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon and Code Switch’s Gene Demby talk about the end of Mad Men and if Don, Peggy, and Joan get the endings they deserve. Then they’ll look back at David…
Small Batch: Mad Max: Fury Road
May 21, 2015 • 9 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour Extra, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller’s cinematic return to a post-apocalyptic wasteland that boasts a weirdly thriving car culture.
Pitch Perfect 2 And A Summer Movie Preview
May 15, 2015 • 45 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer review the a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect 2. Then they’ll dive into a summer movie preview, discussing the big ones, the less big ones, the…
Small Batch: A Short Delay And A Visit To the A Capella Championships
May 15, 2015 • 6 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson share a quick update about this week’s show and then we hear Linda’s postcard from the the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.
Small Batch: The End Of American Idol
May 11, 2015 • 6 min
Fox announced today that the 15th season of American Idol will be the end of the road for what was once the biggest show on TV. In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson about the show’s legacy and what lead to the show’s…
Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Pop Culture Pariahs
May 8, 2015 • 52 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron, covering everything from the fighting, exploding, and if Thor is really necessary. Then they’ll talk about…
Free Comic Book Day and Pop Culture Rabbit Holes
May 1, 2015 • 45 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer offer a guide to Free Comic Book Day, an annual celebration of reading and exploring comics.Then they’ll discuss pop culture rabbit holes,…
Food In Pop Culture And Back To College
Apr 24, 2015 • 42 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Kat Chow, and Gene Demby discuss many facets of food in pop culture, from cooking competition shows and luscious portrayals of food in movies. Then its time for a…
Daredevil And Credulity
Apr 17, 2015 • 44 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss the new Netflix superhero series Daredevil. Then they’ll discuss credulity — specifically, how difficult it can be to enjoy…
The Comedians and Cameos
Apr 10, 2015 • 42 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek discuss the new FX series The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. They’ll discuss its relatives in the broader family of show…
Small Batch: Wolf Hall
Apr 9, 2015 • 9 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon chat about the Hilary Mantel novel Wolf Hall and its adaptation, currently airing on PBS.
Small Batch: Remembering Stan Freberg
Apr 8, 2015 • 6 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to remember pioneering satirist Stan Freberg.
Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides
Apr 6, 2015 • 9 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson find themselves on opposite sides of Monday night’s NCAA men’s basketball final. Things could get tense.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt And Derivatives In Pop Culture
Apr 3, 2015 • 46 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow discuss the new Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. They’ll talk about it’s extraordinary silliness, its employment of stereotypes, and…
Small Batch: Furious 7
Apr 2, 2015 • 9 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Chris Klimek about Furious 7, the latest movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise.
SXSW Discoveries and Pop Culture Geography
Mar 27, 2015 • 44 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, are joined by PCHH newbie Katie Presley. Katie and Stephen share some of their favorite South by Southwest discoveries. Then the gang discusses pop culture…
Small Batch: The X-Files Returns With Kumail Nanjiani
Mar 26, 2015 • 10 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.
Nick Hornby’s ‘Funny Girl’ And Book Adaptations
Mar 20, 2015 • 45 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon, and Chris Klimek discuss Nick Hornby’s new comedic showbiz novel Funny Girl. Then they’ll talk about book to film adaptations. All that, plus What’s Making…
Small Batch: Loving Romance With Sarah Wendell
Mar 18, 2015 • 11 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.
Anniversaries And Kids Entertainment That Stands The Test Of Time
Mar 13, 2015 • 45 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Guy Raz tape the podcast in front of an audience at NPR Headquarters. They’ll discuss pop culture anniversaries, how often it makes sense to celebrate…
Small Batch: King Of The Nerds
Mar 11, 2015 • 7 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon chat about the reality television show King of the Nerds.
Focus, Other Con Artist Movies, And What Happened To Rock Music
Mar 6, 2015 • 48 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Code Switch’s Gene Demby talk about the Will Smith con film Focus. Then they’ll chat about rock music, how it’s changed, and where to find new rock…
Parks and Recreation and Better Call Saul
Feb 27, 2015 • 41 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon look back at the legacy of Parks and Recreation. Then they’ll discuss Better Call Saul, AMC’s spinoff of Breaking Bad. All that, plus…
Small Batch: The Sculptor and Other Graphic Novels
Feb 26, 2015 • 8 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer review Scott McCloud’s landmark graphic novel The Sculptor. They’ll also offer some additional graphic novel recommendations.
Small Batch: The 2015 Oscars
Feb 23, 2015 • 8 min
In this small batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson wrap up the The 87th Annual Academy Awards.
The 2015 Oscars Omnibus
Feb 20, 2015 • 48 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Bob Mondello sit down for the anual Oscars Omnibus. They’ll talk about the nine best picture nominations—will Birdman, Boyhood, or another film take…
We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program To Bring You This Message
Feb 19, 2015 • 2 min
Unfortunatley the Oscars Omnibus will arrive late in your podcast feeds. Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson explain why.
Jupiter Ascending and On-Screen Chemistry
Feb 13, 2015 • 44 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Jupiter Ascending, the latest film from the Wachowski siblings. Then they’ll use the premiere of 50 Shades of Grey as an excuse…
Small Batch: Jon Stewart’s Farewell From The Daily Show
Feb 11, 2015 • 7 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the aftermath of Jon Stewart’s farewell from The Daily Show and what might come next for him and his show.
Small Batch: The 2015 Grammy Awards
Feb 9, 2015 • 9 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson look back at the 2015 Grammys telecast and conclude that it could have used a little more joy.
Empire and Public Radio Voices
Feb 6, 2015 • 41 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…
Small Batch: Super Bowl XLIX
Feb 2, 2015 • 11 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the Super Bowl. They’ll discuss the game, Katy Perry’s half time show, and the adorable, adorable puppy.
Jane The Virgin, The Boy Next Door, And Erotic Thrillers
Jan 30, 2015 • 43 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon discuss Jane The Virgin. Then they’ll talk about The Boy Next Door and other erotic thrillers. All that, plus What’s Making Us…
Broad City and High School Required Reading
Jan 23, 2015 • 43 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss the offbeat Comedy Central show Broad City. Then they’ll talk about high school required reading lists: the books they had…
Selma and the Use of Dramatic License in Historical Dramas
Jan 16, 2015 • 42 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch’s Gene Demby to discuss the Civil Rights Era film Selma. They’ll discuss the direction by Ava DuVernay, the Oprah of it all,…
Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations
Jan 15, 2015 • 10 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the Oscar nominations. They’ll discuss the idiosyncratic men up for nominations and the films, actors, and directors who the Academy decided not to recognize.
Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards
Jan 13, 2015 • 7 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the Golden Globes. They’ll talk about the surprising wins, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s final night as hosts, and much more.
In One Year, Out the Other: Resolutions And Predictions for 2015
Jan 9, 2015 • 53 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow partake in a PCHH New Year’s tradition. First, they’ll look back on their pop culture resolutions for 2014 before setting some new goals for…
Small Batch: The Bachelor
Jan 6, 2015 • 11 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about Monday night’s three hour premiere of The Bachelor. They’ll talk about the Iowa farmer at the center of the fury, the women trying to win his heart, and lots more.
Small Batch: Remembering Stuart Scott
Jan 5, 2015 • 6 min
Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby remember influential ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, who died yesterday at the age of 49.
Live At The Sixth & I: A Few Quizzes And A Few Questions
Jan 2, 2015 • 38 min
This week you’ll hear the second half of our live show at the Sixth & I in Washington, D.C. First, a few quizzes, featuring our friends Matt Thompson, Kat Chow, Bob Mondello and Audie Cornish. Then, Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon answer…
Into The Woods and Movie Franchises
Dec 26, 2014 • 40 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss Disney’s film adaptation of the Broadway musical Into The Woods. Then they’ll discuss movie franchises—why do some take off while…
Chris Rock, Top Five, And The Art Of The Mixtape
Dec 19, 2014 • 45 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 Chris Rock film Top Five. Then they’ll discuss the art of the mixtape. All that plus What’s Making Us Happy this week.
Live At The Sixth & I: Takeaways From 2014 And Pop Culture Firsts
Dec 12, 2014 • 58 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon are LIVE from the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. They’ll discuss what their takeaways from the year in pop culture…
Encore: Our Favorite Holiday Moments
Dec 5, 2014 • 45 min
This week, we step into the Pop Culture Happy Hour time machine to bring you two encore segments. First, a trip back to 2010 when the gang discussed some of their favorite and least favorite holiday pop culture artifacts. Then you’ll hear a segment from…
Big Hero 6, Kids’ Movies, Outtakes And Bloopers
Nov 28, 2014 • 42 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and TED Radio Hour host and PCHH-newbie Guy Raz briefly discuss Big Hero 6 before diving into a lively conversation about other kids’ movies. Then they’ll…
Foxcatcher and Movie Trailers
Nov 21, 2014 • 39 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss the wrestling drama Foxcatcher. They’ll discuss the fine performances from Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. They’ll…
Small Batch: Remembering Mike Nichols
Nov 20, 2014 • 6 min
Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson remember writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died yesterday at the age of 83.
Small Batch: Serial
Nov 19, 2014 • 8 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Gene Demby about the podcast Serial, a spin-off of This American Life. They’ll discuss the podcasts created to discuss Serial and why listeners are picking apart episodes as if it’s True…
Small Batch: The Comeback
Nov 17, 2014 • 8 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon discuss the return of the HBO comedy The Comeback. They’ll talk about how Lisa Kudrow’s turn as Valerie Cherish isn’t a depressing take on a middle-aged actress, why the show shares DNA…
Reviving Your Favorite Properties and Pop Culture Dichotomies
Nov 14, 2014 • 44 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer use the return of the Dumb and Dumber franchise as an opportunity to talk about whether it’s ever too late to resuscitate, revive, or…
Small Batch: Doctor Who
Nov 13, 2014 • 8 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon sits down with Doctor Who superfan Petra Mayer to talk about Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Clara’s role as a companion, and their expectations for the Christmas special.
Interstellar and Other Space Movies
Nov 7, 2014 • 41 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Chritopher Nolan’s space adventure, Interstellar. This leads to a conversation about other hard sci-fi space movies like…
Small Batch: Fan Fiction With Petra Mayer
Nov 4, 2014 • 7 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson sits down with our pal and fan fiction enthusiast Petra Mayer. Topics covered: One Direction, Harry Styles, Anna Todd, Dr. Who, Blackadder.
Small Batch: Taylor Swift’s New Album 1989
Nov 3, 2014 • 8 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson sits down with his fellow NPR Music Editor Jacob Ganz for a chat about Taylor Swift’s new album titled 1989.
Dear White People and The Golden Age of Animation
Oct 31, 2014 • 36 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby. First they’ll discuss the film Dear White People. Does the satire about race relations on an ivy league campus live…
Whiplash and Pop Culture Carbon Dating
Oct 24, 2014 • 44 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish talk about the film Whiplash, which Audie nicknamed “Dude Black Swan.” Then they’ll discuss pop culture carbon dating—why do some pop…
Small Batch Special Announcement: Pop Culture Happy Hour LIVE at the Sixth & I
Oct 22, 2014 • 3 min
Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes sit down for a quick programming update. **Pop Culture Happy Hour Live at the Sixth & I** Date: Tuesday, December 9th Time: 7pm Location: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001 Tickets go on sale…
Transparent and Pop Culture Debuts
Oct 17, 2014 • 47 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and NPR International Correspondent Ari Shapiro discuss Amazon’s critically acclaimed family dramedy Transparent. Then they’ll discuss pop culture debuts,…
Small Batch: A Report From New York Comic-Con
Oct 15, 2014 • 5 min
Petra Mayer recently returned from New York Comic-Con, so we asked her to talk a little about what she did while she was up there. She kept herself very busy, moderating a panel full of authors she admires and chatting up one of the biggest nerd icons of…
Small Batch: The Very, Very Spoiled Edition of Gone Girl
Oct 14, 2014 • 11 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon take a few minutes to discuss the twists and turns of David Fincher’s film Gone Girl. WARNING: this podcast extra is meant for those who have seen the movie and/or read the novel, or…
Gone Girl and Things We’ve Learned From Pop Culture
Oct 10, 2014 • 43 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon talk about David Fincher’s film adaptation of Gone Girl. Then they’ll talk about practical things they learned from musicians like Tom…
Small Batch: Twin Peaks Returns
Oct 8, 2014 • 7 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and self-proclaimed Twin Peaks superfan Glen Weldon chat about the David Lynch cult television series returning to Showtime. They’ll discuss where the show might be going from here, why Glen believes…
Small Batch: House Hunters International
Oct 7, 2014 • 6 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon talk about HGTV’s real estate reality series House Hunters International. They’ll discuss Americans and their high demands, the smarmy narration, and what happens to the couples once…
The Equalizer, Denzel Washington, and Gilligan’s Island
Oct 3, 2014 • 41 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Tanya Ballard Brown talk about The Equalizer and the evolving career of Denzel Washington. Then they’ll use the 50th anniversary of Gilligan’s Island as a jumping off…
Books for the Fall and Our Favorite Detectives
Sep 26, 2014 • 50 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon, and Margaret H. Willison discuss books they’re looking forward to reading this fall. It’s a wide ranging conversation, covering everything from fiction to…
Wrapping Up The Toronto International Film Festival and The Fall Television Poll
Sep 19, 2014 • 49 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…
Celebrity Apologies And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz
Sep 12, 2014 • 35 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby. After a few words about Joan Rivers, the gang delves into a conversation about apologies, sincerity, authenticity,…
Binge Watching the Simpsons and Getting Stuck In A Cultural Rut
Sep 5, 2014 • 41 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about FXX’s ‘Every Simpson Ever’ marathon. They’ll discuss the repurposing of pop culture and the draw of binging on pop culture you…
Live From The Bell House: Silly Quizzes For Special Guests
Aug 29, 2014 • 43 min
In the second half of our live show from the Bell House in Brooklyn, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon are joined by a variety of special guests for a few silly quizzes. Ask Me Another’s Jonathan Coulton and Ophira Eisenberg…
Small Batch: Stephen and Linda Face Off On Ask Me Another
Aug 28, 2014 • 11 min
Tomorrow you’ll hear the second half of our show live from the Bell House in Brooklyn, featuring Ask Me Another’s Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton. But first, the backstory…
Small Batch: Project Runway
Aug 27, 2014 • 6 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon talk about Lifetime’s reality fashion competition Project Runway. They’ll discuss the show’s comforting structure, the enduring charm of Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, and how the contestants…
Small Batch: The Emmy Awards
Aug 26, 2014 • 7 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the 2014 Emmy Awards. They’ll discuss the predictable victories and the new shows they wish would receive recognition.
Small Batch: The MTV Video Music Awards
Aug 25, 2014 • 7 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the highlights of this year’s VMAs, which featured memorable performances from Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.
Live From the Bell House
Aug 22, 2014 • 41 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and music director/producer emeritus Mike Katzif are LIVE from the Bell House in Brooklyn. They’ll wrap up the best of summer entertainment and discuss what…
Film Ratings and Disaster Movies
Aug 15, 2014 • 38 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch’s Kat Chow to talk about film ratings. What’s the function of film ratings—and do they actually work? The gang decided no to…
Small Batch: Remembering Robin Williams
Aug 12, 2014 • 7 min
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the life and career of Robin Williams. The comedian died yesterday at the age of 63.
Guardians of the Galaxy and So Bad It’s Good
Aug 8, 2014 • 42 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Guardians of the Galaxy. They’ll talk about everything from Chris Pratt’s abs to the phrase “Necropilots, enact immolation…
Small Batch: Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’
Aug 6, 2014 • 7 min
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Live at San Diego Comic-Con
Aug 1, 2014 • 48 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon join comic book luminary (and Stephen’s mother) Maggie Thompson for a show live at San Diego Comic-Con. They’ll talk about the ups and downs of nerd…
Flyover Country and Imperfect Fits
Jul 25, 2014 • 46 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, the show is bicoastal! NPR’s Monkey See’s Linda Holmes and guest Barrie Hardymon are out west in Los Angeles, while Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon hold down the fort at NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C. They use…
For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A
Jul 18, 2014 • 48 min
For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, the second half of our live show from NPR Headquarters and our official 200th episode. A myriad of special guests grace the stage and answer questions on topics ranging from…
Our 200th Show, Live From NPR Headquarters
Jul 11, 2014 • 45 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish are LIVE from Studio One at NPR headquarters. They’ll discuss what’s on their pop culture bucket lists and what defines summer…
Too Old For Youth Culture and Our Favorite Toys
Jul 4, 2014 • 41 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby. The group debate youth culture and whether you are too old for a television show, movie or band.…
Wild Cards and the Return of the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz
Jun 27, 2014 • 44 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch’s Gene Demby. The gang talks about wild cards—performers and creators who are sometimes delightful and sometimes a…
Buddy Films and First Impressions
Jun 20, 2014 • 42 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Tanya Ballard Brown talk about buddy movies. From the new 22 Jump Street to classics like Lethal Weapon and the Odd Couple, they’ll discuss the different buddy…
Edge of Tomorrow, Noble Flops, and the Tony Awards
Jun 13, 2014 • 50 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek talk about Edge of Tomorrow, the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster. The gang then talks about noble failures: movies, songs and televisions…
A Visit to Book Expo and Pop Culture When We’re Grieving
Jun 6, 2014 • 51 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about BookExpo America. Linda and Petra talk about what it’s like at BEA and give us a peek at what books we can read later this year.…
Unexpected Remakes and Cover Art
May 30, 2014 • 39 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby to discuss unexpected remakes. From Pokemon to the upcoming Sailor Moon and Boy Meets World reboots,…
Godzilla and Pop Culture That Improved
May 23, 2014 • 45 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Matt Thompson talk about Godzilla. Is the movie a fun popcorn flick or a total bore? Then they’ll discuss pieces of culture that got better as they went…
Fairy Tales and An Upfronts Quiz
May 16, 2014 • 41 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Barrie Hardymon talk about the fairy tale. With the premiere of the Disney film Maleficent a few weeks away, the gang talks about why fairy tales endure…
Casting the New Star Wars Film & Louie
May 9, 2014 • 48 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about the lack of divserse casting of the new Star Wars film. They’ll talk about how one publicity photo for the new movie has the…
Posthumust-We? & People We’re Pulling For
May 2, 2014 • 46 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch’s Gene Demby. From Franz Kafka to Tupac Shakur, they’ll discuss posthumous pop culture—or, as Glen calls it, posthumust-we?…
Last Week Tonight and a Bat Quiz
Apr 25, 2014 • 47 min
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR’s Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon and All Thing Considered host Audie Cornish discuss John Oliver’s new show Last Week Tonight, fake news and late night. Then, the tables are turned on Linda and the…