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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: March 26, 2015 | 10:03 pm - SXSW Discoveries and Pop Culture Geography

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SXSW Discoveries and Pop Culture Geography (2642) March 26, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, are joined by PCHH newbie Katie Presley. Katie and Stephen share some of their favorite South by Southwest discoveries. Then the gang discusses pop culture geography and if it's important to accurately capture a sense of place. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: The X-Files Returns With Kumail Nanjiani (631) March 26, 2015 | 4:03 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.
Nick Hornby's 'Funny Girl' And Book Adaptations (2712) March 19, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon, and Chris Klimek discuss Nick Hornby's new comedic showbiz novel Funny Girl. Then they'll talk about book to film adaptations. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: Loving Romance With Sarah Wendell (691) March 18, 2015 | 11:46 am
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.
Anniversaries And Kids Entertainment That Stands The Test Of Time (2759) March 12, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Guy Raz tape the podcast in front of an audience at NPR Headquarters. They'll discuss pop culture anniversaries, how often it makes sense to celebrate them, and the best ways to keep nostalgia in check. Then they'll talk about why some favorite kids entertainment endures while other favorites don't stand the test of time. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: King Of The Nerds (457) March 11, 2015 | 4:03 am
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon chat about the reality television show King of the Nerds.
Focus, Other Con Artist Movies, And What Happened To Rock Music (2884) March 05, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the Will Smith con film Focus. Then they'll chat about rock music, how it's changed, and where to find new rock bands. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Parks and Recreation and Better Call Saul (2470) February 26, 2015 | 10:06 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon look back at the legacy of Parks and Recreation. Then they'll discuss Better Call Saul, AMC's spinoff of Breaking Bad. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: The Sculptor and Other Graphic Novels (530) February 26, 2015 | 12:01 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer review Scott McCloud's landmark graphic novel The Sculptor. They'll also offer some additional graphic novel recommendations.
Small Batch: The 2015 Oscars (510) February 23, 2015 | 6:49 pm
In this small batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson wrap up the The 87th Annual Academy Awards.
The 2015 Oscars Omnibus (2927) February 20, 2015 | 4:15 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Bob Mondello sit down for the anual Oscars Omnibus. They'll talk about the nine best picture nominations--will Birdman, Boyhood, or another film take home an Academy Award for best picture? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program To Bring You This Message (129) February 19, 2015 | 4:19 pm
Unfortunatley the Oscars Omnibus will arrive late in your podcast feeds. Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson explain why.
Jupiter Ascending and On-Screen Chemistry (2649) February 13, 2015 | 1:00 am
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Jupiter Ascending, the latest film from the Wachowski siblings. Then they'll use the premiere of 50 Shades of Grey as an excuse to talk about the importance of on-screen chemistry. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.
Small Batch: Jon Stewart's Farewell From The Daily Show (428) February 11, 2015 | 11:44 am
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the aftermath of Jon Stewart's farewell from The Daily Show and what might come next for him and his show.
Small Batch: The 2015 Grammy Awards (590) February 09, 2015 | 12:07 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson look back at the 2015 Grammys telecast and conclude that it could have used a little more joy.
Empire and Public Radio Voices (2477) February 06, 2015 | 1:00 am
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon are joined by Tanya Ballard Brown and Code Switch's Gene Demby to talk about Fox's hip-hop drama Empire. Then they'll chat about the recent discussions about public radio voices, and broaden the conversation to the variety of voices you hear on the radio. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: Super Bowl XLIX (682) February 02, 2015 | 12:22 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about the Super Bowl. They'll discuss the game, Katy Perry's half time show, and the adorable, adorable puppy.
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.



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