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

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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.

Interstellar and Other Space Movies (41:36) November 07, 2014 | 1:25 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Chritopher Nolan's space adventure, Interstellar. This leads to a conversation about other hard sci-fi space movies like Contact, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Alien. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.Topics Covered: Interstellar, Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chatain, Bill Irwin, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Steven Spielberg, Inception, The Abyss, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Signs, Event Horizon, Silent Running, Elysium, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, The Forever War, Kip Thorne, Gravity, Star Wars, Jodorowsky's Dune, T-Pain, Tiny Desk, Internet Arcade, Serial, This American Life, The Emperor's New Groove, David Spade, Ertha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Tempist, Battle Zone, Dig Dug, Frogger, Three Stooges.

Small Batch: Fan Fiction With Petra Mayer (7:37) November 04, 2014 | 8:43 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson sits down with our pal and fan fiction enthusiast Petra Mayer.Topics covered: One Direction, Harry Styles, Anna Todd, Dr. Who, Blackadder.

Small Batch: Taylor Swift's New Album 1989 (8:46) November 03, 2014 | 3:15 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson sits down with his fellow NPR Music Editor Jacob Ganz for a chat about Taylor Swift's new album titled 1989.

Dear White People and The Golden Age of Animation (36:52) October 31, 2014 | 7:36 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby. First they'll discuss the film Dear White People. Does the satire about race relations on an ivy league campus live up to the hype? Then they'll discuss animation, surveying everything from Bob's Burgers to some of cable's darker corners. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

Topics Covered: Dear White People, Justin Simien, Tyler James Williams, Tyler Perry, Bob's Burgers, The Flintsones, Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Jetsons, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Simpsons, The Legend of Korra, Mask, G.I. Joe, He-Man, Sagwa, South Park, Family Guy, Batman: The Animated Series, FOX, American Dad, Momofuku, Sheila E, Prince, Purple Rain, Gravity Falls, Serial, This American Life, Taylor Swift, Aphex Twin, David Rees. 

Whiplash and Pop Culture Carbon Dating (44:22) October 24, 2014 | 1:33 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish talk about the film Whiplash, which Audie nicknamed "Dude Black Swan." Then they'll discuss pop culture carbon dating--why do some pop culture artifacts feel timeless while others feel dated in a matter of years? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.Topics covered: Whiplash, J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Buddy Rich, sports movies, jazz, Bobby Knight, Smash Mouth, Shrek, Looney Tunes, The Muppet Show, Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, The Sure Thing, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild, James Brolin, The Normal Heart, Angels in America, Larry Kramer, Notorious B.I.G, Ready to Die, The Breakfast Club, The Sopranos, Purple Rain, Prince, XTC, The Mayor of Simpleton, Bon Iver, Bruce Hornsby, Paul Reubens, Assassins Creed Black Flag, Shadow of Mordor, Starred Up. **Pop Culture Happy Hour Live at the Sixth & I**Date: Tuesday, December 9thTime: 7pmLocation: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 29th at 12pm EST. You can buy tickets at popculturetickets.org.

Small Batch Special Announcement: Pop Culture Happy Hour LIVE at the Sixth & I (3:12) October 22, 2014 | 5:03 pm

Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes sit down for a quick programming update.

**Pop Culture Happy Hour Live at the Sixth & I**Date: Tuesday, December 9thTime: 7pmLocation: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 29th at 12pm EST. You can buy tickets at:

http://www.sixthandi.org/event/pop-culture-happy-hour/

Transparent and Pop Culture Debuts (47:29) October 17, 2014 | 1:23 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and NPR International Correspondent Ari Shapiro discuss Amazon's critically acclaimed family dramedy Transparent. Then they'll discuss pop culture debuts, covering everything from beloved child stars, blockbuster directors, and favorite first albums. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Small Batch: A Report From New York Comic-Con (5:21) October 15, 2014 | 12:03 pm

Petra Mayer recently returned from New York Comic-Con, so we asked her to talk a little about what she did while she was up there. She kept herself very busy, moderating a panel full of authors she admires and chatting up one of the biggest nerd icons of her pop-culture coming-of-age, Gillian Anderson.

Small Batch: The Very, Very Spoiled Edition of Gone Girl (11:25) October 14, 2014 | 1:03 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon take a few minutes to discuss the twists and turns of David Fincher's film Gone Girl. WARNING: this podcast extra is meant for those who have seen the movie and/or read the novel, or for those who don't like to be surprised.

Gone Girl and Things We've Learned From Pop Culture (43:47) October 10, 2014 | 2:40 pm

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon talk about David Fincher's film adaptation of Gone Girl. Then they'll talk about practical things they learned from musicians like Tom Lehrer and They Might Be Giants, shows like Quantum Leap, and channels like the Food Network. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

Small Batch: Twin Peaks Returns (7:48) October 08, 2014 | 10:33 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and self-proclaimed Twin Peaks superfan Glen Weldon chat about the David Lynch cult television series returning to Showtime. They'll discuss where the show might be going from here, why Glen believes having both original creators on board is so important, and which two favorites from public television he imagines when he thinks about their collaborative process.



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