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Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour

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

On Endings And Road Trips 2016/07/15, 08:01
On Endings And Road Trips

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 Vampire Slayer and LOST to books like Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and comics like Calvin And Hobbes, Sandman and Y: The Last Man. Then, a look at road trips and the pop culture they use to occupy and distract and energy while in the car. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Small Batch: Pokemon Go 2016/07/14, 00:55
Small Batch: Pokemon Go

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 2016/07/08, 08:00
The BFG and The Great British Baking Show

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? 2016/07/07, 19:34
The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam?

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 2016/07/01, 08:01
The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz

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 2016/06/28, 08:00
Small Batch: Game of Thrones

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, host of the <em>Nerdette</em> podcast, about the show. (This segment originally aired on All Things Considered on June 27th, 2016.)

Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro 2016/06/28, 01:27
Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

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 2016/06/24, 08:02
Finding Dory and Great Voice Acting

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 2016/06/21, 20:02
Small Batch: The Outs with Adam Goldman

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon talks to Adam Goldman, the star and co-creator of the web series <em>The Outs, </em>about what sets the comedy apart and why queer people are superheroes.

O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz 2016/06/17, 08:01
O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz

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 week.