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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
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Latest episode: May 18, 2017 | 10:00 pm - Master of None and Snatched

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Displaying episodes 763 through 743
Master of None and Snatched (2312) May 18, 2017 | 10:00 pm
On this week's show, Gene Demby from NPR's Code Switch and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans join us for a conversation about the second season of Master Of None and the very silly film Snatched.
The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy (2313) May 11, 2017 | 10:00 pm
The panel talks about the harrowing TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, then switches gears to check in on the NBC comedy Great News, from – among others – executive producer Tina Fey. Guests: Code Switch's Leah Donnella and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell (2696) May 04, 2017 | 10:01 pm
This week we discuss Marvel's space action-comedy Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Plus, a conversation we recently had in Chicago with comedian and writer W. Kamau Bell.
Summer Movie Preview 2017 (2647) April 27, 2017 | 10:01 pm
All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish joins us for our annual summer movie preview. We break down what we are excited to watch, what we think will smash box office records, and what we think will lose millions of dollars.
The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds (2793) April 20, 2017 | 10:01 pm
Code Switch's Gene Demby and critic Chris Klimek join the gang for a discussion of latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Then, it's time for a discussion of clapbacks and feuds recorded live in Chicago with our NPR's Sam Sanders.
Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race (2792) April 13, 2017 | 10:00 pm
The panel is on the road this week, so we are bringing you two special treats. First, you'll hear an episode of Code Switch that explores how comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity. Then, we revisit our conversation about RuPaul's Drag Race which first aired in 2014.
S-Town and Chewing Gum (2422) April 06, 2017 | 10:00 pm
The panel dissects the new podcast S-Town, the latest project from the team behind Serial and This American life. Then, they'll chat about Chewing Gum, a british sex comedy that's now streaming on Netflix. Guest: Librarian Margaret H. Willison.
Dave Chappelle and CHiPs (2260) March 30, 2017 | 10:00 pm
First we review Dave Cheppelle's new Netflix stand-up specials with Code Switch's Gene Demby and For Colored Nerds co-host Brittany Luse. Then, we discuss the action comedy CHiPs with Morning Edition host David Greene. Plus, what's making us happy.
Dave Chappelle and CHiPs (2260) March 30, 2017 | 10:00 pm
First we review Dave Chappelle's new Netflix stand-up specials with Code Switch's Gene Demby and For Colored Nerds co-host Brittany Luse. Then, we discuss the action comedy CHiPs with Morning Edition host David Greene. Plus, what's making us happy.
Beauty and the Beast & SXSW (2528) March 23, 2017 | 10:01 pm
The panel discusses a tale as old as time, Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast. Then, they share what bands and films they saw at SXSW. Guest: Katie Presley, Bitch Media's music editor.
Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman (2391) March 16, 2017 | 10:01 pm
Comedian Guy Branum joins the panel for a discussion about why some fads and memes endure and others fade away. Then, the panel offer some pop culture advice to listeners. Plus, NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer talks to Neil Gaiman about his new book Norse Mythology.
Get Out and The Americans (2202) March 09, 2017 | 10:01 pm
This week, we'll get very unsettled by the very successful film, Get Out, and we'll catch up with the intrigue of The Americans as it returns for its fifth season. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guests: Code Switch's Kat Chow and Gene Demby.
Big Little Lies and Feud (2380) March 02, 2017 | 10:00 pm
This week, we'll drop in on the volatile suburban surroundings of HBO's Big Little Lies, and we'll consider Ryan Murphy's high-drama look at Hollywood legends in Feud. Guest: NPR Editor Barrie Hardymon.
The Oscars Were Crazy (879) February 27, 2017 | 4:25 am
It wasn't a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.
Our Oscars Preview (2688) February 22, 2017 | 2:43 pm
NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk the nominees for Best Picture, some of the hottest races, and make some predictions we may regret later. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
Justin Timberlake (890) February 20, 2017 | 10:01 pm
Morning Edition Host David Greene talks with singer and actor Justin Timberlake about how it feels to be an Oscar nominee, his boy band past, and progress on his upcoming album. (A shorter version of this interview aired on Morning Edition on February 10, 2017.)
Legion and Planet Earth II (2282) February 16, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Television critic Alan Sepinwall joins us for a discussion of the new FX series Legion, which is based on an obscure X-Men character and adapted by Fargo's Noah Hawley. Then, they'll chat about Planet Earth II, the BBC nature documentary series that is now airing in the United States.
Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy (643) February 14, 2017 | 5:29 pm
Glen Weldon talks to author Philip Pullman about his return to the world of Lyra Belacqua, who we first met in The Golden Compass. The first volume of the new trilogy will be published in October.
Small Batch: The Grammys (1104) February 13, 2017 | 3:57 pm
NPR Music's Jacob Ganz and Stephen Thompson join Linda Holmes for a discussion of Beyoncé, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, and much more.
The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior (2310) February 09, 2017 | 10:00 pm
NPR Politics Podcast alum Sam Sanders joins the panel for The LEGO Batman Movie. Then, Code Switch's Kat Chow sits in for a chat about MasterChef Junior and other kids reality competition shows. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

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