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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh
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Latest episode: January 30, 2015 | 1:00 am - Jane The Virgin, The Boy Next Door, And Erotic Thrillers

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Jane The Virgin, The Boy Next Door, And Erotic Thrillers (2594) January 30, 2015 | 1:00 am
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon discuss Jane The Virgin. Then they'll talk about The Boy Next Door and other erotic thrillers. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.**Pop Culture Happy LIVE: The Oscars Omnibus Featuring Bob Mondello**When: Tuesday February 17th, 2015 at 7:00pmWhere:  Studio 1, NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20002Tickets go on sale February 3rd at 12PM ET at events.npr.
Broad City and High School Required Reading (43:50) January 23, 2015 | 6:43 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss the offbeat Comedy Central show Broad City. Then they'll talk about high school required reading lists: the books they had to read, the books they wanted to read, and what it all means as adults. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

Selma and the Use of Dramatic License in Historical Dramas (42:57) January 16, 2015 | 2:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby to discussthe Civil Rights Era film Selma. They'll discuss the direction by Ava DuVernay, the Oprah of it all, and how well it brings Martin Luther King, Jr. to life. Then they'll discuss other historical dramas and the advantages and limitations of dramatic license. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations (10:08) January 15, 2015 | 10:53 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the Oscar nominations. They'll discuss the idiosyncratic men up for nominations and the films, actors, and directors who the Academy decided not to recognize.

Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards (7:57) January 13, 2015 | 1:24 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the Golden Globes. They'll talk about the surprising wins, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's final night as hosts, and much more.

In One Year, Out the Other: Resolutions And Predictions for 2015 (53:03) January 09, 2015 | 2:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow partake in a PCHH New Year's tradition. First, they'll look back on their pop culture resolutions for 2014 before setting some new goals for 2015. Then, they'll relive their predictions for the previous year and then make some guesses about what's to come in 2015. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Small Batch: The Bachelor (11:42) January 06, 2015 | 12:13 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about Monday night's three hour premiere of The Bachelor. They'll talk about the Iowa farmer at the center of the fury, the women trying to win his heart, and lots more.

Small Batch: Remembering Stuart Scott (6:03) January 05, 2015 | 2:03 pm

Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby remember influential ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, who died yesterday at the age of 49.

Live At The Sixth & I: A Few Quizzes And A Few Questions (38:39) January 02, 2015 | 1:43 am

This week you'll hear the second half of our live show at the Sixth & I in Washington, D.C. First, a few quizzes, featuring our friends Matt Thompson, Kat Chow, Bob Mondello and Audie Cornish. Then, Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon answer some audience questions.

Into The Woods and Movie Franchises (40:41) December 26, 2014 | 1:43 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss Disney's film adaptation of the Broadway musical Into The Woods. Then they'll discuss movie franchises--why do some take off while others never fail to leave the ground? All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

Chris Rock, Top Five, And The Art Of The Mixtape (45:36) December 19, 2014 | 1:43 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish talk about the new Chris Rock film Top Five. Then they'll discuss the art of the mixtape. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Live At The Sixth & I: Takeaways From 2014 And Pop Culture Firsts (58:29) December 12, 2014 | 1:23 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon are LIVE from the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. They'll discuss what their takeaways from the year in pop culture before sharing some embarrassing stories about some of their pop culture firsts. All that, plus All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

Topics covered: Beyonce, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Let It Go, Pharrell Williams, Chris Pratt, Serial, The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters, Ali Smith, Department of Speculation, David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks, Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming, What If, Obious Child, Judy Blume, Wifey, Mary Oliver, Chicago, Iron Maiden, Heather Thomas, Trans Am, Sideshow Bob, Van Halen, Saved By The Bell, Split Enz, Pride and Prejudice, The Lorax, Donald Duck, Encyclopedia Brown, Archie Comics, Legion of Super-Heroes, The Flash, Lord of the Rings, Grey Gardens, The King and I, Transparent, Thom Yorke, Ms Marvel, D4ve, Hip Hop Family Tree, The Gigantic Beard that was Evil, The Wicked and the Divine, Trillium, Here, Boardwalk Empire, Into the Woods, The Next Five Years, Peter Pan.

Encore: Our Favorite Holiday Moments (45:01) December 05, 2014 | 1:23 am

This week, we step into the Pop Culture Happy Hour time machine to bring you two encore segments. First, a trip back to 2010 when the gang discussed some of their favorite and least favorite holiday pop culture artifacts. Then you'll hear a segment from 2011 about the best and worst Christmas music.

Big Hero 6, Kids' Movies, Outtakes And Bloopers (42:24) November 28, 2014 | 1:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and TED Radio Hour host and PCHH-newbie Guy Raz briefly discuss Big Hero 6 before diving into a lively conversation about other kids' movies. Then they'll discuss the appeal of bloopers and outtakes. The gang also shares some embarrassing stories from the PCHH blooper vault. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

Foxcatcher and Movie Trailers (39:33) November 21, 2014 | 1:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss the wrestling drama Foxcatcher. They'll discuss the fine performances from Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. They'll also talk about if you'll be hearing more about the film during Oscar season. Then they'll chat about movie trailers, how they evolved, and what make's a memorable trailer. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

Small Batch: Remembering Mike Nichols (6:49) November 20, 2014 | 1:23 pm

Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson remember writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died yesterday at the age of 83.

Small Batch: Serial (8:17) November 19, 2014 | 1:13 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Gene Demby about the podcast Serial, a spin-off of This American Life. They'll discuss the podcasts created to discuss Serial and why listeners are picking apart episodes as if it's True Detective.

Small Batch: The Comeback (8:48) November 17, 2014 | 3:23 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon discuss the return of the HBO comedy The Comeback. They'll talk about how Lisa Kudrow's turn as Valerie Cherish isn't a depressing take on a middle-aged actress, why the show shares DNA with The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and why Paulie G is the worst villain on television.

Reviving Your Favorite Properties and Pop Culture Dichotomies (44:24) November 14, 2014 | 1:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer use the return of the Dumb and Dumber franchise as an opportunity to talk about whether it's ever too late to resuscitate, revive, or reanimate your favorite property. Then they'll talk about a multitude of pop culture dichotomies, touching on everything from The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, Star Trek vs. Star Wars, and Dallas vs. Dynasty. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

Small Batch: Doctor Who (8:29) November 13, 2014 | 3:43 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon sits down with Doctor Who superfan Petra Mayer to talk about Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Clara's role as a companion, and their expectations for the Christmas special.



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