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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: May 21, 2015 | 10:11 pm - A Farewell To Mad Men And David Letterman

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A Farewell To Mad Men And David Letterman (2793) May 21, 2015 | 10:11 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the end of Mad Men and if Don, Peggy, and Joan get the endings they deserve. Then they'll look back at David Letterman's late night career and share some of their favorite memories. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: Mad Max: Fury Road (570) May 21, 2015 | 12:13 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour Extra, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller's cinematic return to a post-apocalyptic wasteland that boasts a weirdly thriving car culture.
Pitch Perfect 2 And A Summer Movie Preview (2726) May 15, 2015 | 7:51 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer review the a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect 2. Then they'll dive into a summer movie preview, discussing the big ones, the less big ones, the ones we expect to love, the ones we kind of dread, and many, many sequels to come. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: A Short Delay And A Visit To the A Capella Championships (394) May 14, 2015 | 10:01 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson share a quick update about this week's show and then we hear Linda's postcard from the the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.
Small Batch: The End Of American Idol (401) May 11, 2015 | 12:01 pm
Fox announced today that the 15th season of American Idol will be the end of the road for what was once the biggest show on TV. In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson about the show's legacy and what lead to the show's demise.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Pop Culture Pariahs (3161) May 07, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron, covering everything from the fighting, exploding, and if Thor is really necessary. Then they'll talk about pop culture pariahs: the bands that get no respect, movies that are shorthand for things that aren't cool, and even the selfie stick. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Free Comic Book Day and Pop Culture Rabbit Holes (2754) April 30, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer offer a guide to Free Comic Book Day, an annual celebration of reading and exploring comics.Then they'll discuss pop culture rabbit holes, and how the Internet enables deep dives into their personal obsessions. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.
Food In Pop Culture And Back To College (2528) April 23, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Kat Chow, and Gene Demby discuss many facets of food in pop culture, from cooking competition shows and luscious portrayals of food in movies. Then its time for a discussion about how films and movies get the college experience right and wrong. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
Daredevil And Credulity (2655) April 16, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss the new Netflix superhero series Daredevil. Then they'll discuss credulity — specifically, how difficult it can be to enjoy a piece of pop culture when you know a lot about its subject. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
The Comedians and Cameos (2555) April 09, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek discuss the new FX series The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. They'll discuss its relatives in the broader family of show business stories and backstage satire. Then they'll take a look at the briefest of acting triumphs: the cameo. From football players who are a little wooden to politicians who should have stayed in their offices, they'll chat about what cameos are and how th
Small Batch: Wolf Hall (586) April 09, 2015 | 10:50 am
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon chat about the Hilary Mantel novel Wolf Hall and its adaptation, currently airing on PBS.
Small Batch: Remembering Stan Freberg (400) April 08, 2015 | 10:59 am
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to remember pioneering satirist Stan Freberg.
Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides (574) April 06, 2015 | 1:12 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson find themselves on opposite sides of Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final. Things could get tense.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt And Derivatives In Pop Culture (2799) April 02, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow discuss the new Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. They'll talk about it's extraordinary silliness, its employment of stereotypes, and that unforgettable theme music. Then they'll try to find the solution to the problem of when culture that's inspired by other work becomes what we derisively call "derivative," whether it's critters that look a lot like Hobbits or songs that sound like Iggy
Small Batch: Furious 7 (584) April 02, 2015 | 10:49 am
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Chris Klimek about Furious 7, the latest movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise.
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.


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