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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: April 11, 2014 | 12:33 am - Fargo, a Farewell and Pop Culture Breadcrumbs?

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Fargo, a Farewell and Pop Culture Breadcrumbs? (46:42) April 11, 2014 | 12:33 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello bid a fond farewell to a good friend, discuss the upcoming Fargo spin-off on FX and talk a bit about The Simpsons, Looney Tunes and other pop culture that references earlier pop culture. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier and We Say Goodbye to Television Without Pity (46:11) April 04, 2014 | 1:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Matt Thompson talk about 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' the latest movie in the Avengers franchise. Then they'll discuss the demise of Television Without Pity and how the site changed television criticism and fandom. Stephen and Linda also discuss TWoP's role in the PCHH origin story. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

Divergent, Hurt Feelings, and a Visit From Jesse Thorn (40:06) March 28, 2014 | 1:03 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 Kat Chow to talk about the new film Divergent. Then they'll discuss pop culture they take seriously--has someone's response to something you loved hurt your feelings? Plus, Jesse Thorn stops by to talk about his NPR show Bullseye and Maximum Fun podcast network. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Authenticity and a Quiz (40:28) March 21, 2014 | 1:03 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 talk about authenticity. In  light of President Obama appearing on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, how is authenticity used and why does it matter? Then, they'll take a quiz called Paint or Perp--can the gang correctly guess if the word is a Sherwin-Williams paint color or an episode of Law & Order: SVU? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Nudity in Pop Culture and Pi Day (40:06) March 14, 2014 | 12:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Maggie Thompson talk about nudity in pop culture--everything from Lena Dunham getting naked on Girls to Leonardo Dicaprio keeping his clothes on in the Wolf of Wall Street. They'll then discuss Pi Day, a celebration of nerd culture. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Oscars Recap, RuPaul's Drag Race, and What To Do When You're Stuck at Home (44:42) March 07, 2014 | 12:53 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham, and Glen Weldon talk about the campy reality show RuPaul's Drag Race. They'll address everything from the meaning of glamour to the age politics amongst drag queens. Then they'll suggest some things to do when you're stuck at home, from picking up a new hobby like knitting to catching up on Veronica Mars. They'll also briefly weigh in the Oscars. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

The Oscars Omnibus (50:22) February 28, 2014 | 1:04 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Bob Mondello sit down for the Oscars Omnibus. They'll talk about the nine best picture nominations--will Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, or another film take home an Academy Award for best picture? They'll also check in on some of the other races. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

'House of Cards' and Pop Culture Punching Bags (36:47) February 21, 2014 | 12:53 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham, Glen Weldon and Kat Chow talk about the Netflix political drama "House of Cards." They'll then tackle another round of Pop Culture Punching Bags, in which they take turns defending the seemingly indefensible. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

'The Lego Movie' and Adolescence in Pop Culture (43:02) February 14, 2014 | 1:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about "The Lego Movie." Without spoiling the plot, they'll discuss why they love the film--and why it's beloved by critics and a box office success. Stephen will soon be the father of a teenager, so they'll take a look at how teens are portrayed in popular culture. Do books, movies and television accurately capture the pain of adolescence-- or exaggerate teen angst? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Why We Watch Sports, Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Poisoning the Well (48:44) February 07, 2014 | 12:05 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about why we watch sports. Why are some people drawn to events like the Super Bowl or Olympics, while others don't see the appeal of being "temporarily, adjacently victorious?" They'll also take a moment to remember the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. Then they'll examine the idea of poising the well--can one observation change your opinion about a piece of pop culture? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

A Grammy Postmortem And Reality TV In Middle Age (60:07) January 31, 2014 | 12:17 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Gene Demby and Glen Weldon talk about the Grammys, Macklemore, and the state of reality TV. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Oscar Nominations and 'Looking' (45:51) January 24, 2014 | 2:33 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk the field of Oscar nominations and non-nominations. Next, they'll discuss HBO's new show "Looking" or, "The show that launched a thousand think pieces," according to Glen. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

Golden Globes And Eagle Eyes (54:13) January 17, 2014 | 12:23 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about the first big awards show of the season and take inventory of the things we will never look away from. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

In One Year, Out the Other: Resolutions And Predictions for 2014 (50:50) January 10, 2014 | 12:44 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon listen back to see how they did on their 2013 New Year's resolutions and make new ones for 2014. Then they'll follow up on their 2013 pop culture predictions and try for some educated guesses in 2014. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

Silly Questions Live For Special Guests (54:06) January 03, 2014 | 12:04 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour: The second half of our December live show, featuring lots of our pals (and one relative) answering questions we like to affectionately think of as “bonkers.”

Our Second Ever Live Show (46:55) December 27, 2013 | 4:23 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are LIVE from Studio One at NPR headquarters. They take stock of the year by choosing one event they'd revisit in a time machine and one thing to put in the 2013 time capsule. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

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A New Definition Of Smaug-ness: Movie Sequels And Christmas Music (51:29) December 20, 2013 | 2:23 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and special guest Chris Klimek journey into "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" and the world of movie sequels. What makes them worth it and how do movies like "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" even happen? Then, they'll get into the holiday spirit by talking about Christmas music — the good, the bad and the ugly. Guest Chris Klimek dissects his recent article on why it's so difficult for a new Christmas song to enter the pop culture canon. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Frozen' and the Death of Beloved Characters (43:04) December 13, 2013 | 12:48 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon dive into the winter world of Disney's "Frozen." Then, they'll take a sharp turn and talk about the death of beloved characters and actors. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 

Live Shows and the Return of Regrettable Television (45:05) December 06, 2013 | 12:13 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk live TV in anticipation of the live "Sound of Music" and their very own live PCHH show. Then, it's time to return to an old tradition, the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. 



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