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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: August 29, 2014 | 1:13 am - Live From The Bell House: Silly Quizzes For Special Guests

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Live From The Bell House: Silly Quizzes For Special Guests (43:07) August 29, 2014 | 1:13 am

In the second half of our live show from the Bell House in Brooklyn, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon are joined by a variety of special guests for a few silly quizzes. Ask Me Another's Jonathan Coulton and Ophira Eisenberg tackle "Foot or Fight," Sarah D. Bunting and Joe Reid tear into obscure television trivia, Parul Sehgal and Josh Gondelman test their knowledge of world records, and a few audience members help Stephen and Linda answer questions about Krypto the Superdog.

Small Batch: Stephen and Linda Face Off On Ask Me Another (11:11) August 28, 2014 | 1:53 am

Tomorrow you'll hear the second half of our show live from the Bell House in Brooklyn, featuring Ask Me Another's Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton. But first, the backstory...

Small Batch: Project Runway (6:39) August 27, 2014 | 1:23 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon talk about Lifetime's reality fashion competition Project Runway. They'll discuss the show's comforting structure, the enduring charm of Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, and how the contestants can earn their sick burn cards.

Small Batch: The Emmy Awards (7:14) August 26, 2014 | 2:53 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the 2014 Emmy Awards. They'll discuss the predictable victories and the new shows they wish would receive recognition.

Small Batch: The MTV Video Music Awards (7:07) August 25, 2014 | 1:17 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the highlights of this year's VMAs, which featured memorable performances from Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.

Live From the Bell House (41:24) August 22, 2014 | 6:00 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and music director/producer emeritus Mike Katzif are LIVE from the Bell House in Brooklyn. They'll wrap up the best of summer entertainment and discuss what television shows and movies they're looking forward to this fall. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Film Ratings and Disaster Movies (38:55) August 15, 2014 | 1:43 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 Kat Chow to talk about film ratings. What's the function of film ratings--and do they actually work? The gang decided no to see the new film "Into the Storm," but they couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about some of their favorite disaster movies. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Small Batch: Remembering Robin Williams (7:53) August 12, 2014 | 11:53 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the life and career of Robin Williams. The comedian died yesterday at the age of 63.

Guardians of the Galaxy and So Bad It's Good (42:19) August 08, 2014 | 1:53 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Guardians of the Galaxy. They'll talk about everything from Chris Pratt's abs to the phrase "Necropilots, enact immolation protocol!" They'll then use the Sharknado phenomenon as a jumping off point to discuss the concept of so bad it's good. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

Small Batch: Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' (7:22) August 06, 2014 | 3:11 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," a film that uses music and technology to boost its presentation of time passing. 

Live at San Diego Comic-Con (49:01) August 01, 2014 | 7:23 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon join comic book luminary (and Stephen's mother) Maggie Thompson for a show live at San Diego Comic-Con. They'll talk about the ups and downs of nerd culture and sharing the things you love. Glen will then make the panel take an epic quiz about superhero sidekicks. They'll round out the show with a few audience questions and What's Making Us Happy this week.

Flyover Country and Imperfect Fits (46:25) July 25, 2014 | 1:43 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, the show is bicoastal! NPR's Monkey See's Linda Holmes and guest Barrie Hardymon are out west in Los Angeles, while Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon hold down the fort at NPR Headquarters in Washington, D.C. They use the occasion to talk about pop culture representations of the midwest and other states that are frequently misunderstood by those on the coasts. Then they'll talk about imperfect fits. Linda sights Marlon Brando in Guys and Dolls as a prime example--he may embody Sky Masterson, but unfortunately he can't sing. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.**POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR LIVE IN BROOKLYN**Date:        Tuesday August 19, 2014Time:        7:30pmLocation:  The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215Tickets go on sale Monday July 28, 2014 at 12:00pm EST at popculturetickets.org

For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A (48:30) July 18, 2014 | 1:53 am

For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, the second half of our live show from NPR Headquarters and our official 200th episode.  A myriad of special guests grace the stage and answer questions on topics ranging from Wonder Woman, The Bachelor, IMDB keywords, and summer television. The PCHH gang also takes audience questions.  **POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR LIVE AT COMIC-CON**Date:        Thursday July 24, 2014Time:        2:00pm-3:00pmLocation:  San Diego Comic-Con, Room 32ABCheck the official Comic-Con schedule for updates. **POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR LIVE IN BROOKLYN**Date:        Tuesday August 19, 2014Time:        7:30pmLocation:  The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215Tickets go on sale Monday July 28, 2014 at 12:00pm EST at popculturetickets.org

Our 200th Show, Live From NPR Headquarters (45:25) July 11, 2014 | 1:33 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish are LIVE from Studio One at NPR headquarters. They'll discuss what's on their pop culture bucket lists and what defines summer entertainment. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.(And in case you're counting, this is technically our 199th episode. You'll hear the official 200th episode next week!) **POP CULTURE HAPPY HOUR LIVE AT COMIC-CON**Date:        Thursday July 24, 2014Time:        2:00pm-3:00pm Location:  San Diego Comic-Con, Room 32AB(Check the official Comic-Con schedule for updates.)

Too Old For Youth Culture and Our Favorite Toys (41:41) July 04, 2014 | 1:33 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby. The group debate youth culture and whether you are too old for a television show, movie or band. The gang will also discuss some of their favorite childhood toys that they love and miss. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Wild Cards and the Return of the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz (44:15) June 27, 2014 | 1:43 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. The gang talks about wild cards--performers and creators who are sometimes delightful and sometimes a disappointment. Then the gang will partake in a round of the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz.  All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

2014-06-14: The many healthy aspects of Vitamin D plus advice on many other topics (58:00) June 21, 2014 | 1:43 am
People with less than normal vitamin D levels have twice the risk of dying; A drug that helps superoxide dismutase work better may slow progress of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;Do I need to take antibiotics when I have my teeth cleaned because of my metal hip implants? Some sunlight is good to make vitamin D but don't get burned; How to reduce joint pain with turmeric and other supplements; Vitamin D and probiotics are good for rheumatoid arthritis; A diet of beans and corn supply all the amino acids you need but not all the vitamins you need; The benefits of Epsom salt baths; Nutrition support for cancer and the hope that detection of circulating tumor cells before detectible tumor; Testosterone may help build muscle as part of a program to loose weight; Tapering off of blood pressure drugs and using more natural supplements
Buddy Films and First Impressions (42:43) June 20, 2014 | 1:43 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Tanya Ballard Brown talk about buddy movies. From the new 22 Jump Street to classics like Lethal Weapon and the Odd Couple, they'll discuss the different buddy dynamics and if the buddy movie is a dying genre. Then they'll discuss first impressions: what lines, sounds, and scenes set the tone and outline what a television show, movie, or album are all about. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

2014-06-07: The biology, business and politics of good nutrition are central themes this week (55:49) June 13, 2014 | 11:53 pm
Comments on food issues such as added sugar and dependence on prepared foods; Followup with a listener with skin cancer — monoclonal antibody treatments are in clinical trial; More discussion about nutrition in schools and other food issues; Probiotics, e.g from fermented foods, are important after heavy antibiotic doses; A woman has trouble finding yogurt without added sugar; Comparison of using colonoscopy vs. fecal blood test for colon cancer screening; How to shift ratio of cholesterol to HDL; A person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is not obese should be screened for pancreatic cancer; Urine is not sterile — the prevalence of commensal bacteria all throughout the body; A wide-spectrum light sensor has medical uses and can be printed by your laser printer! Theintentionexperiment.com conducts interesting research in affecting things by group concentration; Possible causes for nerve damage from corticobasal degeneration
Edge of Tomorrow, Noble Flops, and the Tony Awards (51:06) June 13, 2014 | 1:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek talk about Edge of Tomorrow, the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster. The gang then talks about noble failures: movies, songs and televisions shows that were highly ambitious, but commercial disasters. They also briefly discuss the "underwhelming" Tony Awards. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.



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