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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: February 05, 2016 | 2:04 pm - Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks

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Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks (753) February 05, 2016 | 2:04 pm
Dan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast joins Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson for a chat about the eternal question: If you're watching the Super Bowl, what are you eating while you do?
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grease: Live, and Musicals On TV (2802) February 04, 2016 | 10:00 pm
Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel to discuss the musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, currently airing on the CW. Then the gang discusses Fox's live staging of Grease and other musicals on television. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Fred Armisen and Welcome To Night Vale (2395) January 28, 2016 | 10:00 pm
The PCHH gang couldn't tape a show this week, so instead we bring you two interviews. First, Linda Holmes chats with Fred Armisen about his illustrious career in a never-been-heard outtake from our live show in 2015. Then Linda interviews Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of Welcome to Night Vale. Holmes spoke with the writers in late 2015, at an event hosted by Politics & Prose and the Sixth & I.
Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman (2484) January 21, 2016 | 10:00 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Sarah D. Bunting chat about Making a Murderer and the true crime genre. Then they'll look back at the career of Alan Rickman, who passed away last week at the age of 69. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team? (708) January 20, 2016 | 10:53 am
Sometimes, sports fandom comes naturally: We grew up immersed in it, or we get swept up in local fervor. But there's more than one way to become a fan. Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss.
The Hateful Eight and the Evolving Theatrical Experience (2547) January 14, 2016 | 10:00 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss new Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight. Then, from recliners to 30mm to Smell-O-Vision, it's an examination of the ever-changing movie theater experience. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney (920) January 11, 2016 | 10:00 pm
All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish talks with comedian John Mulaney about his new stand-up special The Comeback Kid, his failed network sitcom, and his childhood. (A shorter version of this interview originally aired on All Things Considered on November 16, 2015)
Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie (634) January 11, 2016 | 11:00 am
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson remember pop icon David Bowie.
American Idol and People We're Pulling For (2679) January 07, 2016 | 10:00 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Tanya Ballard Brown, and Marc Hirsh look back at the legacy of American Idol. Then they'll return to one of our favorite segments, people we're pulling for. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Ciao 2015, Hello 2016! (3363) December 31, 2015 | 8:48 pm
Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon and guest Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch say goodbye to 2015, and revisit their resolutions and predictions. And they make new ones for 2016. And no fail, Pop Culture Happy Hour panelists share what's making them happy.
Melancholidays, Sisters and 2015 Highlights (2859) December 24, 2015 | 8:47 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, librarian Margaret Willison helps NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon get on their melacholidays — yes, it's okay to have a not-so-merry little Christmas. They talk about the Pohler-Fey film, Sisters, their 2015 surprises and, always, what's making them happy.
Small Batch: Star Wars (The Force Awakens) (603) December 22, 2015 | 12:05 pm
By now, billions of people have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We didn't spoil it for you last week. But on this bonus epidose, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon do nothing but talk spoilers that make you really want to see the movie.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Movie Merchandise (3041) December 17, 2015 | 10:01 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Chris Klimek, and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Then they'll reveal some of their most beloved and reviled pieces of movie merchandise. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: Frank Sinatra With Sonari Glinton (876) December 15, 2015 | 5:04 am
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson chats with NPR's biggest Frank Sinatra fan, reporter Sonari Glinton.
Creed, Men Crying At Movies, and Visceral Responses (2913) December 10, 2015 | 10:04 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about Creed, the latest film in the Rocky franchise. Then they'll discuss men crying at movies, and other visceral reactions we have while consuming pop culture. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
The Good Dinosaur and When We Were Wrong (2963) December 03, 2015 | 10:04 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Kat Chow the new Pixar film The Good Dinosaur. Then the gang share some examples of pop culture in which their first impression was completely wrong. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
The Good Dinosaur, Pixar And Second Thoughts (2963) December 03, 2015 | 10:04 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Kat Chow the new Pixar film The Good Dinosaur. Then the gang share some examples of pop culture in which their first impression was completely wrong. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
A Conversation With Trevor Noah (3342) November 26, 2015 | 10:04 pm
Our panel is on vacation, but that doesn't mean there's no show: in October, host Linda Holmes chatted with The Daily Show's new host Trevor Noah about comedy, diversity, decor, visiting South Africa, and lots more.
Small Batch: Shonda Rhimes On Her 'Year Of Yes' (1276) November 23, 2015 | 10:04 pm
All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish talks with Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. Rhimes decided to step out of her comfort zone for a year, sparking major changes in her personal and professional life. Rhimes chronicles this year in a new memoir titled Year Of Yes. (A shorter version of this interview originally aired on All Things Considered on November 10, 2015.)
Master Of None And Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep (2751) November 19, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Barrie Hardymon chat about Aziz Ansari's new series Master of None, available on Netflix. Then they'll discuss Neal Shusterman's young adult novel Challenger Deep, which recently won a National Book Award. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.


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