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Queer Eye

18:14 | Feb 21st, 2018

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...Show More

Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions, Plus What's Making Us Happy

48:30 | Jan 5th, 2018

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.

The Oscar-Nominated Documentaries And Foreign-Laungage Films

33:15 | Feb 15th

We're diving into the Oscar-nominated documentaries and foreign language films. We'll tell you which ones to watch and where to find them, which might make you the star of your Oscar party.

The 2019 Grammys

19:57 | Feb 11th

This year's awards were a big night for Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves. It was also a night of strong performances from artists like Janelle Monae and Cardi B. And don't forget Diana Ross, who wished herself a happy birthday a month and a half ...Show More

'The Lego Movie 2'

20:42 | Feb 8th

The Lego Movie was a surprise commercial and critical hit. It starred Chris Pratt as an every-man construction worker named Emmet and Elizabeth Banks as a rugged bad ass called Wyldstyle. Together, they saved the Lego world. Now, five years later, Em...Show More

The 2019 Super Bowl

14:37 | Feb 4th

Another year, another Patriots Super Bowl win. But was it a high scoring game? It was not. In fact, no one had even scored a touchdown when Maroon 5 came out to headline the halftime show. We recap the game, the halftime show, and the commercials.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice and Green Book

26:49 | Feb 1st

What do Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, and Green Book have in common? Two things: one, they're nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars; and two, they're based on events in the lives of real people. Today, awards season leads us to a wide-reaching conversa...Show More

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

17:29 | Jan 30th

If you've noticed your friends have been a little more "tidy" than usual, or your thrift store a bit better stocked, it might be because of Netflix. The streaming series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo has spurred an organizational renaissance. Or at lea...Show More

Roma and What's Making Us Happy

21:16 | Jan 25th

Alfonso Cuarón directed the award-winning film Gravity in 2013, and won an Oscar for it. Now he's back with a movie that's equally ambitious, and much more personal. Roma is inspired by Alfonso Cuarón's childhood, and the movie tells the story of Cl...Show More

We Get It Now

15:45 | Jan 23rd

Despite how firm our opinions often seem when we first declare them, there have been times when they've changed. During our recent live show at the Brooklyn Podcast Festival, we took a moment to talk about some things we have different feelings on no...Show More

Glass

25:07 | Jan 18th

In 2000, director M. Night Shyamalan presented Unbreakable, the story of two men whose epic tales of good and evil collided. Then came 2016's Split, a stealth sequel. Now, Shyamalan wraps up the trilogy with Glass.

The Masked Singer

18:11 | Jan 16th

The Masked Singer isn't your everyday singing competition. Based on a South Korean format, each week we learn the identity of the elaborately costumed "celebrity" who gets voted off. So far, we've unmasked football player Antonio Brown, and comedian ...Show More

If Beale Street Could Talk

24:32 | Jan 11th

After winning an Oscar in 2017 for Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins is back with If Beale Street Could Talk. This time, he adapts a James Baldwin novel for the screen.

The 2019 Golden Globes

17:01 | Jan 7th

Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody unexpectedly won big. So did thanking your parents and going on just a little too long. It's the wee hours of Monday morning, and we are wrapping up this year's big winners and big surprises.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and What's Making Us Happy

21:47 | Jan 4th

The sci-fi series Black Mirror has always been about changing technology and its usually dark implications for the future. Its latest episode, Bandersnatch, is itself the result of new technology developed at Netflix. As you watch it, you make your o...Show More

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

19:28 | Jan 2nd

Fox canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine at the end of its fifth season, but much to our delight, NBC picked it back up again. It's coming back for a sixth season starting on January 10th, and we thought that would make it just the right time to revisit our c...Show More

Our Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions

38:37 | Dec 28th, 2018

Today, we look back on our 2018 resolutions to see how we fared, and make some new ones for the year to come. We also make our fearless pop culture predictions for the next 12 months, and see how last year's predictions panned out.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and a little Aquaman

21:55 | Dec 26th, 2018

The animated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse focuses on one of the Spider-People who has come along in the years since the world first met Peter Parker, in 1962. In the film, Miles Morales is a Brooklyn teenager who acquires spider-powers at the sa...Show More

Our 15 Favorite Things Of 2018

36:57 | Dec 21st, 2018

It's the end of the year, and that makes it the perfect time to talk about the things we loved the most in 2018. From Black Panther, to Crazy Rich Asians, to the viral moments you might have missed, we are rounding up our fifteen favorites of the yea...Show More

Mary Poppins Returns

18:10 | Dec 19th, 2018

In 1964, the original Mary Poppins made Julie Andrews a movie star and introduced a generation to Dick Van Dyke's regrettable Cockney accent. Now, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda head up Mary Poppins Returns.

The Favourite and What's Making Us Happy

24:25 | Dec 14th, 2018

The Favourite, set in the early 1700s, tells the story of Britain's Queen Anne and two women who are jostling for her favor. Rachel Weisz plays the Queen's close adviser Sarah, and Emma Stone plays an ambitious servant named Abigail who has her eye ...Show More

Sam Sanders Chats With Guy Branum

38:57 | Dec 12th, 2018

Comedian Guy Branum joins NPR's Sam Sanders to talk about his new book My Life As A Goddess and the many challenges presented by a mostly white, hetero-normative comedy scene.

Hallmark Holiday Movies

24:53 | Dec 7th, 2018

What's warm and fuzzy, emotionally manipulative, and desperate for attention almost every hour of every day? Linda's dog, sure. But also the Hallmark Channel's endless supply of holiday movies and the competitors nipping at their heels.

Our Favorite Christmas Songs

23:57 | Dec 5th, 2018

You can't have an abundance of Christmas songs without also having an abundance of opinions about Christmas songs — songs we love, songs we hate, songs we love when they're sung by one person, but hate when they're sung by another. This week on Pop ...Show More

Ralph Breaks The Internet and What's Making Us Happy

25:14 | Nov 30th, 2018

Wreck It Ralph was a hit when it came out in 2012. Ralph Breaks the Internet picks up where that film left off, and is even more ambitious than its predecessor. This time, Ralph travels to the Internet — which gives the movie a lot of material to wor...Show More

Creed II

17:53 | Nov 28th, 2018

It's been three years since the Rocky movies were reborn with Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan as Apollo Creed's son, Adonis. Now, in Creed 2, Adonis is up against the son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed his father in the ring in 1985.

Widows and What's Making Us Happy

25:27 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Widows is not your average heist movie — director Steve McQueen and co-screenwriter Gillian Fylnn have created something far more interesting. The film also has a star-studded cast that includes Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, Brian ...Show More

Die Hard

22:36 | Nov 21st, 2018

Die Hard turned 30 this year. So as the season of Season's Greetings approaches, it's time for the Pop Culture Happy Hour conversation we've always been dying to have.

Homecoming

24:50 | Nov 16th, 2018

In the Amazon thriller Homecoming, Julia Roberts plays a caseworker at a facility that helps soldiers re-adjust to civilian life. Or at least that's what she thinks it does. But calls from a mysterious boss and sessions with a young soldier make her ...Show More

Remembering Stan Lee

13:55 | Nov 13th, 2018

Stan Lee helped create some of the most indelible comic book characters in American popular culture, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Black Panther. He died Monday. He was 95.

'Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj' and 'Busy Tonight'

25:39 | Nov 9th, 2018

There are a bunch of new shows to pay attention to this season, and today we're talking about two of our favorite talk entries — Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj and Busy Tonight.

Nobody's Fool

17:16 | Nov 7th, 2018

Nobody's Fool is a Tyler Perry movie, but maybe more important at the moment, it's a Tiffany Haddish movie. Haddish plays Tanya, who fears her sister is being catfished in an online relationship.

The Haunting of Hill House

22:37 | Nov 2nd, 2018

The Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House tells what is, in many ways, an old-fashioned ghost story. Moving between the past and the present, the series traces the effects of trauma on a family that once chose to spend a summer living in a house ...Show More

Wildlife

15:30 | Oct 31st, 2018

Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, tells the story of a marriage in crisis in 1960's Montana. Based on a novel by Richard Ford and directed by actor Paul Dano, it's told from the point of view of a young teenager watching his fami...Show More

Beautiful Boy and What's Making Us Happy

24:48 | Oct 26th, 2018

Beautiful Boy is a story of addiction starring two Oscar-nominated actors. Timothée Chalamet plays Nic Sheff, who's addicted to crystal meth. Steve Carell plays David Sheff, his journalist father who's struggling to help him get well.

Halloween

21:13 | Oct 24th, 2018

It's been forty years since the release of the classic horror film, Halloween. Since then, the franchise has wandered through its own house of horrors in the form of sequels and reboots. The newest Halloween throws all of those additions out, and ass...Show More

Big Mouth and What's Making Us Happy

22:22 | Oct 19th, 2018

If you've been longing for a cartoon that covers the really important questions — like how to manage lust, and how to avoid your embarrassing parents — you are in luck. Big Mouth, Netflix's animated comedy series about the horrors of puberty, is b...Show More

Venom

14:13 | Oct 17th, 2018

In Venom, Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who's trying to rebound from a major setback in his career. But Eddie's plans are halted when he's overtaken by a violent — and gooey — alien symbiote.

'First Man' and What's Making Us Happy

23:47 | Oct 12th, 2018

First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong's life in the decade leading up to his walk on the moon. Ryan Gosling stars as Armstrong, and it's directed by Damien Chazelle. It's the second time they're teaming up after the huge commercial and critical...Show More

The Hate U Give

19:54 | Oct 10th, 2018

The Hate U Give finds teenager Starr Carter caught between two worlds — her mostly black neighborhood and a white prep school. When her friend Khalil is killed by a police officer, she's forced to reconcile these two very different parts of her ident...Show More

A Star Is Born and What's Making Us Happy

26:49 | Oct 5th, 2018

Lady Gaga stars opposite Bradley Cooper in the latest retelling of A Star Is Born. It's also Cooper's directing debut, with a cast that includes Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, and Dave Chappelle. We're joined by Ari Shapiro to break down the singing,...Show More

A Simple Favor

15:15 | Oct 3rd, 2018

What has Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, menswear looks, mysteries, and YouTube's most cheerful mom? It's the stylish, mischievous, and sometimes darkly funny thriller A Simple Favor.

Fall Movie Preview

34:03 | Sep 28th, 2018

We're excited for a whole bunch of new movies this fall. Today, we dive into our 2018 Fall Movie Preview and talk about as many of them as we can — from the big studio flicks to the festival favorites and everything in between.

All-Books Edition: Volume 2

14:57 | Sep 26th, 2018

We recommended a lot of stuff during our 'All-Books' episode. So please enjoy this second volume (see what we did there?) of the All-Books Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, again led by our extra special panel.

Forever And What's Making Us Happy

27:26 | Sep 21st, 2018

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 the...Show More

2018 Emmy Awards

21:38 | Sep 18th, 2018

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 ...Show More

On the Books: An All-Book Edition

24:38 | Sep 14th, 2018

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.

Skyscraper and What's Making Us Happy

21:01 | Jul 20th, 2018

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

23:57 | Jul 18th, 2018

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

26:03 | Jul 13th, 2018

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!

18:07 | Jul 11th, 2018

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

22:16 | Jul 6th, 2018

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'

19:37 | Jul 4th, 2018

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 me...Show More

The Songs Of Summer

26:06 | Jun 29th, 2018

Stephen Thompson and our pals at NPR Music road-test the songs the songs of the summer.

Cooking Shows

15:20 | Jun 27th, 2018

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

24:51 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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

22:24 | Jun 20th, 2018

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 M...Show More

Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy

27:44 | Jun 15th, 2018

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

24:35 | Jun 11th, 2018

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

26:01 | Jun 8th, 2018

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

16:32 | Jun 6th, 2018

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

21:18 | Jun 1st, 2018

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

23:09 | May 30th, 2018

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

23:44 | May 25th, 2018

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

20:16 | May 19th, 2018

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

24:27 | May 18th, 2018

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'

17:20 | May 16th, 2018

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

25:46 | May 11th, 2018

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

16:41 | May 9th, 2018

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

Avengers: Infinity War and What's Making Us Happy

26:18 | Apr 27th, 2018

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

23:52 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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 Cri...Show More

Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy

41:49 | Apr 20th, 2018

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

15:36 | Apr 18th, 2018

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

30:27 | Apr 13th, 2018

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

17:29 | Apr 11th, 2018

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

28:37 | Apr 6th, 2018

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

17:51 | Apr 4th, 2018

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

28:36 | Mar 30th, 2018

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

17:35 | Mar 28th, 2018

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

35:16 | Mar 23rd, 2018

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

19:37 | Mar 21st, 2018

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

32:57 | Mar 16th, 2018

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

23:21 | Mar 14th, 2018

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

27:31 | Mar 9th, 2018

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

18:38 | Mar 5th, 2018

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

45:28 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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

20:22 | Feb 28th, 2018

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

25:55 | Feb 23rd, 2018

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.

Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy

26:47 | Feb 16th, 2018

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

22:54 | Feb 14th, 2018

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

24:03 | Feb 9th, 2018

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

22:23 | Feb 5th, 2018

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...Show More

Roxane Gay

20:39 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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 wr...Show More

The 2018 Grammys

19:07 | Jan 29th, 2018

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

26:27 | Jan 26th, 2018

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

20:12 | Jan 24th, 2018

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 Dan...Show More

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

25:14 | Jan 19th, 2018

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 Barr...Show More

The Florida Project and Remembering Dolores O'Riordan

22:27 | Jan 17th, 2018

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...Show More

I, Tonya and What's Making Us Happy

27:06 | Jan 12th, 2018

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

19:08 | Jan 8th, 2018

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 talkin...Show More

John Cho

22:24 | Jan 3rd, 2018

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

26:23 | Dec 29th, 2017

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

30:32 | Dec 27th, 2017

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

26:33 | Dec 22nd, 2017

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

26:11 | Dec 20th, 2017

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...Show More

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

31:00 | Dec 15th, 2017

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...Show More

The Shape of Water

16:06 | Dec 13th, 2017

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

25:28 | Dec 8th, 2017

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

18:37 | Dec 6th, 2017

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

28:20 | Dec 1st, 2017

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

22:03 | Nov 29th, 2017

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

28:45 | Nov 24th, 2017

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

22:53 | Nov 22nd, 2017

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

23:27 | Nov 17th, 2017

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

17:45 | Nov 15th, 2017

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. ...Show More

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

45:16 | Nov 10th, 2017

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 ep...Show More

Pop Culture Advice With Audie Cornish

10:34 | Nov 8th, 2017

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

27:51 | Nov 3rd, 2017

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

19:22 | Nov 1st, 2017

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

08:58 | Oct 27th, 2017

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

13:46 | Oct 25th, 2017

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

30:43 | Oct 20th, 2017

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

30:19 | Oct 18th, 2017

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

28:59 | Oct 13th, 2017

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

17:09 | Oct 11th, 2017

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...Show More

Blade Runner 2049

20:32 | Oct 6th, 2017

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

23:08 | Oct 4th, 2017

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

25:53 | Sep 29th, 2017

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!

23:07 | Sep 27th, 2017

Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon discuss three recent releases then look back at their summer box office predictions.

Fall Movie Preview

47:01 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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

18:20 | Sep 18th, 2017

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. Als...Show More

The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy

28:30 | Sep 15th, 2017

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

17:24 | Sep 13th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Outlander

29:09 | Sep 8th, 2017

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

14:26 | Sep 6th, 2017

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 tal...Show More

Lake Bell and What's Making Us Happy

20:50 | Sep 1st, 2017

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

22:37 | Aug 30th, 2017

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

18:24 | Aug 28th, 2017

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

33:17 | Aug 25th, 2017

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

22:30 | Aug 23rd, 2017

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 Da...Show More

Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

27:40 | Aug 18th, 2017

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?'

16:06 | Aug 16th, 2017

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

27:08 | Aug 11th, 2017

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

14:35 | Aug 9th, 2017

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

26:01 | Aug 4th, 2017

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

19:04 | Aug 2nd, 2017

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

20:41 | Jul 28th, 2017

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

17:07 | Jul 26th, 2017

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

26:45 | Jul 21st, 2017

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

27:55 | Jul 19th, 2017

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...Show More

Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy

40:07 | Jul 14th, 2017

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

50:55 | Jul 7th, 2017

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 dire...Show More

Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House'

45:11 | Jun 30th, 2017

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

38:55 | Jun 23rd, 2017

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

44:44 | Jun 16th, 2017

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

32:01 | Jun 9th, 2017

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 Prud...Show More

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture

46:14 | Jun 2nd, 2017

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...Show More

Alien: Covenant and Veep

38:58 | May 26th, 2017

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

38:32 | May 19th, 2017

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

38:33 | May 12th, 2017

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 E...Show More

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

44:56 | May 5th, 2017

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

44:07 | Apr 28th, 2017

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

46:33 | Apr 21st, 2017

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

46:32 | Apr 14th, 2017

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 Dr...Show More

S-Town and Chewing Gum

40:22 | Apr 7th, 2017

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

37:40 | Mar 31st, 2017

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

42:08 | Mar 24th, 2017

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

39:51 | Mar 17th, 2017

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 Nor...Show More

Get Out and The Americans

36:42 | Mar 10th, 2017

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

39:40 | Mar 3rd, 2017

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

14:39 | Feb 27th, 2017

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

44:48 | Feb 22nd, 2017

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

14:50 | Feb 21st, 2017

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 Februar...Show More

Legion and Planet Earth II

38:02 | Feb 17th, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

10:43 | Feb 15th, 2017

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

18:24 | Feb 13th, 2017

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

38:30 | Feb 10th, 2017

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

09:48 | Feb 6th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love

44:31 | Feb 3rd, 2017

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 Salesm...Show More

Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps

40:56 | Jan 27th, 2017

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,...Show More

Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore

09:03 | Jan 26th, 2017

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

06:20 | Jan 24th, 2017

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

38:01 | Jan 20th, 2017

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 Tomat...Show More

Small Batch: DJ Khaled

17:11 | Jan 17th, 2017

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

38:03 | Jan 13th, 2017

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,...Show More

Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards

10:43 | Jan 9th, 2017

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

43:16 | Jan 6th, 2017

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,...Show More

Ciao 2016, Hello 2017!

44:11 | Dec 30th, 2016

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

43:51 | Dec 21st, 2016

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...Show More

Favorite Podcasts of 2016

32:14 | Dec 19th, 2016

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

45:36 | Dec 16th, 2016

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

49:55 | Dec 9th, 2016

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

08:58 | Dec 6th, 2016

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

12:02 | Dec 5th, 2016

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

44:14 | Dec 2nd, 2016

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-Ma...Show More

Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani

45:37 | Nov 23rd, 2016

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, wh...Show More

Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin

42:45 | Nov 18th, 2016

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

40:00 | Nov 11th, 2016

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

13:44 | Nov 7th, 2016

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

49:13 | Nov 4th, 2016

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 ...Show More

The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg

39:46 | Oct 28th, 2016

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 supe...Show More

Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

46:30 | Oct 21st, 2016

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

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

54:17 | Oct 14th, 2016

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...Show More

A Fall Movie and Television Preview

52:45 | Oct 7th, 2016

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

30:59 | Sep 30th, 2016

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

44:11 | Sep 23rd, 2016

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 Moo...Show More

Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup

51:14 | Sep 16th, 2016

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...Show More

HGTV and Cooking Shows

43:07 | Sep 9th, 2016

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

42:45 | Sep 2nd, 2016

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 thi...Show More

Big News: West Coast Tour!

05:28 | Sep 1st, 2016

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, ...Show More

Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 2016

13:00 | Aug 29th, 2016

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, d...Show More

Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters

42:58 | Aug 26th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers

13:17 | Aug 24th, 2016

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

12:21 | Aug 23rd, 2016

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

48:36 | Aug 19th, 2016

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 Criti...Show More

Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah

10:44 | Aug 17th, 2016

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

14:22 | Aug 15th, 2016

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

46:07 | Aug 12th, 2016

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

36:25 | Aug 5th, 2016

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

05:11 | Aug 2nd, 2016

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 th...Show More

Small Batch: Match Game

09:31 | Aug 1st, 2016

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

42:07 | Jul 29th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Small Batch: Swiss Army Man

06:35 | Jul 26th, 2016

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

08:29 | Jul 25th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot

43:33 | Jul 22nd, 2016

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

43:59 | Jul 15th, 2016

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...Show More

Small Batch: Pokemon Go

09:16 | Jul 13th, 2016

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

47:50 | Jul 8th, 2016

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?

14:14 | Jul 7th, 2016

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

41:27 | Jul 1st, 2016

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

05:28 | Jun 28th, 2016

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 Johnse...Show More

Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

12:48 | Jun 27th, 2016

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

44:40 | Jun 24th, 2016

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

07:56 | Jun 21st, 2016

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

46:05 | Jun 17th, 2016

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 th...Show More

Small Batch: 2016 Tony Awards

11:25 | Jun 13th, 2016

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

45:38 | Jun 10th, 2016

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 wee...Show More

Small Batch: The Black Film Canon

11:41 | Jun 7th, 2016

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 d...Show More

X-Men: Apocalypse and Supervillains

46:18 | Jun 3rd, 2016

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 t...Show More

Live At Vulture Festival

46:58 | May 27th, 2016

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 di...Show More

Money Monster and Eurovision

49:39 | May 20th, 2016

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

45:53 | May 13th, 2016

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...Show More

Free Comic Book Day and Keanu

38:30 | May 6th, 2016

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

52:00 | Apr 29th, 2016

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

16:41 | Apr 27th, 2016

Linda Holmes chats with Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, the hosts of BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast.

Small Batch: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'

05:21 | Apr 25th, 2016

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 exp...Show More

Summer Movie Preview

50:17 | Apr 22nd, 2016

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

11:40 | Apr 21st, 2016

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

12:14 | Apr 19th, 2016

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

50:52 | Apr 15th, 2016

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

26:48 | Apr 13th, 2016

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 ve...Show More

Best Bad Movies and a Quiz

41:02 | Apr 8th, 2016

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

16:41 | Apr 1st, 2016

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

45:11 | Apr 1st, 2016

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

51:06 | Mar 25th, 2016

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'

15:52 | Mar 23rd, 2016

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. ...Show More

Hamilton

50:21 | Mar 18th, 2016

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 wee...Show More

Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Kanye, and Gilmore Girls

57:48 | Mar 11th, 2016

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 wit...Show More

Small Batch: American Crime

14:23 | Mar 9th, 2016

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

47:17 | Mar 4th, 2016

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 Ame...Show More

Small Batch: The 2016 Oscars

13:12 | Feb 29th, 2016

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

54:49 | Feb 26th, 2016

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

08:33 | Feb 19th, 2016

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

42:26 | Feb 19th, 2016

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

13:08 | Feb 16th, 2016

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

41:00 | Feb 12th, 2016

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

08:16 | Feb 8th, 2016

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

12:33 | Feb 5th, 2016

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

46:42 | Feb 5th, 2016

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

39:55 | Jan 29th, 2016

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...Show More

Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman

41:24 | Jan 22nd, 2016

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 w...Show More

The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

11:48 | Jan 20th, 2016

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

42:27 | Jan 15th, 2016

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss new Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight. Then, from recliners to 30mm to Smell-O-Vision, it's an examination of the ever-c...Show More

Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney

15:20 | Jan 12th, 2016

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...Show More

Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie

10:34 | Jan 11th, 2016

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

44:39 | Jan 8th, 2016

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 tha...Show More

Ciao 2015, Hello 2016!

56:02 | Jan 1st, 2016

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 sha...Show More

Melancholidays, Sisters and 2015 Highlights

47:39 | Dec 25th, 2015

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...Show More

Small Batch: Star Wars (The Force Awakens)

10:03 | Dec 22nd, 2015

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

50:41 | Dec 18th, 2015

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 merch...Show More

Small Batch: Frank Sinatra With Sonari Glinton

14:36 | Dec 15th, 2015

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

48:30 | Dec 11th, 2015

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 rea...Show More

The Good Dinosaur, Pixar And Second Thoughts

49:23 | Dec 4th, 2015

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...Show More

A Conversation With Trevor Noah

55:42 | Nov 27th, 2015

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'

21:16 | Nov 24th, 2015

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 t...Show More

Master Of None And Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep

45:51 | Nov 20th, 2015

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 C...Show More

Live at The Howard Theatre

50:48 | Nov 13th, 2015

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

47:45 | Nov 6th, 2015

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)

22:54 | Nov 2nd, 2015

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

43:55 | Oct 30th, 2015

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 ra...Show More

Bridge of Spies And The Long, Varied Career Of Tom Hanks

50:28 | Oct 23rd, 2015

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, plu...Show More

The Giant Foam Finger: What's Your Walk-Up Music?

07:17 | Oct 19th, 2015

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

48:59 | Oct 16th, 2015

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...Show More

Small Batch: The National Book Awards

07:36 | Oct 14th, 2015

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

45:23 | Oct 9th, 2015

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, p...Show More

Ms. Marvel And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

50:21 | Oct 2nd, 2015

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. Al...Show More

A Special Annoucement

02:44 | Sep 30th, 2015

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

44:42 | Sep 25th, 2015

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 havin...Show More

Small Batch: The 2015 Emmy Awards

10:06 | Sep 22nd, 2015

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

38:41 | Sep 18th, 2015

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 M...Show More

The Giant Foam Finger: If Serena Williams Loses, Is It Still The U.S. Open?

07:38 | Sep 14th, 2015

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

48:53 | Sep 11th, 2015

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-cu...Show More

Mr. Robot and Title Sequences

41:15 | Sep 4th, 2015

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 a...Show More

Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards

08:42 | Aug 31st, 2015

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

43:29 | Aug 28th, 2015

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 a...Show More

The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?

10:41 | Aug 25th, 2015

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

46:16 | Aug 21st, 2015

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 ...Show More

Small Batch: David Foster Wallace And The End Of The Tour

08:13 | Aug 18th, 2015

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

12:35 | Aug 17th, 2015

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

42:48 | Aug 14th, 2015

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 par...Show More

Small Batch: Fantastic Four

04:35 | Aug 11th, 2015

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

41:54 | Aug 7th, 2015

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

41:19 | Jul 31st, 2015

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 mu...Show More

The Giant Foam Finger: Why Sports Fans Hate

12:49 | Jul 27th, 2015

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

46:08 | Jul 24th, 2015

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...Show More

BoJack Horseman And People We're Pulling For

42:28 | Jul 17th, 2015

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. A...Show More

Introducing: The Giant Foam Finger

12:03 | Jul 14th, 2015

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

41:17 | Jul 10th, 2015

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby tal