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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 17, 2017 | 10:01 pm - Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

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Displaying episodes 796 through 776
Regrettable Television Pop Quiz (1660) August 17, 2017 | 10:01 pm
Sam Sanders (NPR's It's Been A Minute) joins the panel for the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz, in which the gang shares their knowledge about trashy television of the past and present.
Judith Light From 'Transparent,' 'Ugly Betty' And 'Who's The Boss?' (966) August 15, 2017 | 10:01 pm
Actress Judith Light talks to host Linda Holmes her roles as Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent, Angela Bower on Who's The Boss?, and Karen Wolek on One Life To Live.
A Guide to Stephen King (1628) August 10, 2017 | 10:01 pm
Dark Tower is a snooze, so instead we talk about some of our favorite Stephen King books and film adaptations. Guests: Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon and The Verge's TV and Film Editor Tasha Robinson.
Detroit (875) August 08, 2017 | 10:01 pm
We discuss Kathryn Bigelow's new film Detroit. Its intense and unsettling depictions of police brutality in the summer of 1967, Detroit got under the panel's skin in different ways. Guests: Gene Demby (NPR's Code Switch) and Aisha Harris (Slate).
Insecure (1561) August 03, 2017 | 10:01 pm
We check back in on Issa Rae's HBO comedy series Insecure as it kicks off its tighter, more assured second season. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guest: Brittany Luse, co-host of The Nod podcast.
Atomic Blonde (1144) August 01, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Film critic Chris Klimek joins us to talk Atomic Blonde, a stylish and visceral spy thriller set in 1989 Berlin. It co-stars Charlize Theron and a really impressive wig.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (1241) July 27, 2017 | 10:01 pm
We review the bonkers space opera Valerian, a passion project of director Luc Besson. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent podcast.
Girls Trip (1027) July 26, 2017 | 9:20 am
The "surprising" success of the raunch-com Girls Trip didn't particularly surprise us; we talk about precisely where this "out-of-nowhere" hit came from. Guests: Code Switch's Gene Demby and Slate's Aisha Harris.
Dunkirk (1605) July 20, 2017 | 10:00 pm
NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins the panel for a discussion of the new film Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's World War II epic.
Dunkirk (1605) July 20, 2017 | 10:00 pm
NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins the panel for a discussion of the new film Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's World War II epic.
Twin Peaks: The Return (1675) July 19, 2017 | 9:32 am
We sort out the adventures of Dale Cooper and the other residents of Twin Peaks: what works, what doesn't, and whether there's such a thing as "understanding." Plus, we remember George Romero, Martin Landau, and celebrate a new Doctor. Guests: NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and The Verge's TV and Film Editor Tasha Robinson.
Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy (2407) July 13, 2017 | 10:00 pm
All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel for discussions about Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming and Andy Samberg's HBO special Tour de Pharmacy.
Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy (2407) July 13, 2017 | 10:00 pm
All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel for discussions about Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming and Andy Samberg's HBO special Tour de Pharmacy.
Baby Driver and When Auteurs Meet Film Franchises (3055) July 06, 2017 | 10:01 pm
First, a discussion of Baby Driver, Edgar Wright's fun new action film with Code Switch co-host Gene Demby and It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders. Then, Code Switch co-host Shereen Marisol Meraji and the panel dive into what happens when auteur directors helm big film franchises. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
Baby Driver and When Auteurs Meet Film Franchises (3055) July 06, 2017 | 10:01 pm
First, a discussion of Baby Driver, Edgar Wright's fun new action film with Code Switch co-host Gene Demby and It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders. Then, Code Switch co-host Shereen Marisol Meraji and the panel dive into what happens when auteur directors helm big film franchises. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House' (2711) June 29, 2017 | 10:00 pm
This week, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel to chat about how they spent their summers growing up. Plus, a conversation with best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of USA's Playing House.
Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House' (2708) June 29, 2017 | 10:00 pm
This week, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel to chat about how they spent their summers growing up. Plus, a conversation with best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of USA's Playing House.
GLOW And Lena Waithe (2335) June 22, 2017 | 10:00 pm
This week, the panel discusses Netflix's new wrestling comedy GLOW with NPR's Code Switch Kat Chow. Then, we bring you a conversation we recently had in Los Angeles with Master of None actress and writer Lena Waithe.
GLOW And Lena Waithe (2335) June 22, 2017 | 10:00 pm
This week, the panel discusses Netflix's new wrestling comedy GLOW with NPR's Code Switch Kat Chow. Then, we bring you a conversation we recently had in Los Angeles with Master of None actress and writer Lena Waithe.
Wonder Woman And The Tony Awards (2682) June 15, 2017 | 10:00 pm
This week, the panel talks about Wonder Woman — or Diana, Princess of Themyscira — with NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer. Then, they shift the spotlight to the stage to talk about the Tony Awards with critics Trey Graham and Chris Klimek.


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