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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: July 25, 2014 | 1:43 am - Flyover Country and Imperfect Fits

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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.

A Visit to Book Expo and Pop Culture When We're Grieving (51:18) June 06, 2014 | 1:03 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about BookExpo America. Linda and Petra talk about what it's like at BEA and give us a peek at what books we can read later this year. Glen talks about the book parties, and tells a story about cornering Junot Diaz and Chris Ware at one soiree. Then they'll talk about grieving and what pieces of media helped them work through the grieving process. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

2014-05-34: Wide variety of topics discussed from calls and emails (57:02) May 30, 2014 | 8:23 pm
Aspirin seems to reduce risks of breast cancer; Treatments for central sleep apnea; Controlling inflammation of hand arthritis with supplement and diet; When to take and calcium, magnesium and vitamins for best absorption for bone health; Risks of contaminating others with oral herpes; Coping with a spouses denial of his wife's terminal illness; Getting off of Metformin for diabetes by diet and supplements; Mysterious pain and irritation on the skin of the back; Health advice to help stay off of methamphetamine; Issues with having a spouse in the room at an office visit; Nutritionals to compensate for the many X-rays received for a pneumothorax
Unexpected Remakes and Cover Art (39:53) May 30, 2014 | 9:24 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 to discuss unexpected remakes. From Pokemon to the upcoming Sailor Moon and Boy Meets World reboots, the gang debate who is watching new versions of old franchises. Then they'll discuss cover art. The gang covers a lot of ground, from book covers like Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey to album covers from artists like Journey and Kanye West. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

 

**Pop Culture Happy Hour's 200th Episode - Live Recording!**Date:        Tuesday June 24, 2014Time:        7:30pmLocation:   NPR Headquarters, 1111 N Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20002Tickets go on sale Monday June 2, 2014 at 12:00pm EST at http://pchh200.bpt.me/

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2014-05-17: Good news for Parkinson's and Hepatitis C patients and much more health news and advice (56:49) May 24, 2014 | 6:43 am
An important new strategy for treating Parkinson's disease; Poor sleep during pregnancy increases risks of higher weight and diabetes in her children in adulthood; Is weight gain contributing to my symptoms from a leaky heart valve? Chemicals from molds affects dopamine levels which may lead to Parkinson's disease; Physiology and treatments for bursitis and other ailments in the shoulder; New law in Colorado is the first to allow use of drugs not fully-approved by FDA for terminal diseases; Sleep apnea can lead to cardiac, blood pressure and other health problems; Why too much sugar and starch is bad for your brain; Heat wave increased frequency of seizures in my dog; A new excellent, but very expensive, drug therapy for Hepatitis C
Godzilla and Pop Culture That Improved (45:06) May 23, 2014 | 1:04 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Matt Thompson talk about Godzilla. Is the movie a fun popcorn flick or a total bore? Then they'll discuss pieces of culture that got better as they went along. The gang touches on everything from the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to The Walking Dead to The Flaming Lips. Linda also has a special, exciting announcement. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.**Pop Culture Happy Hour's 200th Episode - Live Recording!**Date:        Tuesday June 24, 2014Time:        7:30pmLocation:   NPR Headquarters, 1111 N Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20002Tickets go on sale Monday June 2, 2014 at 12:00pm EST at http://pchh200.bpt.me/

2014-05-10: The problems with medical procedure and drug pricing are center stage in today's show (0:00) May 17, 2014 | 5:03 am
The crazy and wasteful system of the pricing of medical care and drugs; The sensation of electrical tingling caused by nerve irritation by an under-wire bra; A vaccine is available for tick-borne encephalitis; Consider malaria, not Lyme disease, for a listener's flu-like symptoms; Suggestions for borderline high blood pressure without the usual drugs and more about medical costs; Caller relates a good experience with a doctor, and even more discussion about problems in the US healthcare system; Other tick-borne diseases are important in addition to Lyme disease; Caller relates a good experience with a doctor, and even more discussion about problems in the US healthcare system; Other tick-borne diseases are important in addition to Lyme disease; The risks and removal of Gadolinium taken for an MRI; Get a second opinion about operating for a bone spur and arthritis; A woman with dry nipples should check for Paget's disease; How do I evaluate a good acupuncturist or chiropractor?
Fairy Tales and An Upfronts Quiz (41:58) May 16, 2014 | 1:04 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Barrie Hardymon talk about the fairy tale. With the premiere of the Disney film Maleficent a few weeks away, the gang talks about why fairy tales endure and their place in pop culture. Then, Linda gives a quiz all about the television upfronts. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

2014-05-03: Crowd-sourced suggestions for dry mouth, plus medical news and advice to listeners (0:00) May 10, 2014 | 3:33 am
New biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease promise earlier detection; The different varieties of glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support; Various causes and solutions for dry mouth in an elder, with many suggestions from callers; Stress causing HSV genital herpes outbreaks; Occasional sore and swollen knuckles; Supplement and other support for before and after hip replacement surgery; Drugs and other suggestions for erectile dysfunction for someone with HIV; Caller has success with using turmeric plus black pepper to reduce pain and inflammation; How international intellectual property and patent rights affect the ability to produce generic drugs; Dr Dawn discusses the controversial issue of chronic lyme disease, antibiotic therapy; A Chinese herb suggestion for dry mouth and black currant oil for dry eyes
Casting the New Star Wars Film & Louie (48:55) May 09, 2014 | 2:04 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about the lack of divserse casting of the new Star Wars film. They'll talk about how one publicity photo for the new movie has the Internet buzzing, and what role race and gender should play in casting decisions. Then they'll talk about the comedy-drama series Louie, and the cult of Louis C.K.  All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

2014-04-26: News about e-Cigarettes, lung cancer screening and statins plus answers to questions (0:00) May 03, 2014 | 1:33 am
FDA finally announces rules to regulate electronic cigarettes; New CT screening technique to detect lung cancer early; Bone physiology of arthritis, but lump on hand may be a ganglion cyst; Could a pH imbalance contribute to chronic yeast infection? Is there a cheaper source for methylated folic acid than the drug Deplin? Detecting and treating carotid artery plaque; Sex and other things that affect the vaginal pH; More about Deplin and genetic testing for MTHFR and other mutations; All about microscopic colitis; A study shows that people on long-term statins eat more! Suggestions for hormonal birth control; Benadryl plus Tagamet is good for hives


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