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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 31, 2015 | 10:44 am - Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards

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Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards (522) August 31, 2015 | 10:44 am
Even if you didn't watch Sunday night's VMAs— especially if you didn't watch — we've got good conversation about Kanye's speech, Miley's hosting, and even who won the awards at the awards show.
Show Me A Hero And Summer Stuff We Missed (2609) August 27, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Stephen Thompson talk about the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero. Then they'll chat about pop culture we missed, including a look back at their box office predictions and a discussion of the song of the summer. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything? (641) August 25, 2015 | 9:46 am
In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the recent controversy over an athlete's decision to return his children's participation trophies.
Straight Outta Compton And Too Much TV (2776) August 20, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Audie Cornish, and Code Switch's Gene Demby discuss the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. And since Linda is just back the TCA tour, they'll discuss if there is too much television. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: David Foster Wallace And The End Of The Tour (493) August 17, 2015 | 10:03 pm
In in Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Katie Presley discuss the new film, which is based on a series of interviews between David Lipsky and the late writer David Foster Wallace.
The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre (755) August 16, 2015 | 10:03 pm
In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby tackle the many metaphors at the heart of the retired quarterback's public persona.
Difficult People And Amusement Parks (2568) August 13, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, Margaret Willison, and Code Switch's Gene Demby tackle a new Hulu comedy starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner. Then they'll discuss outdoor entertainment: theme parks, water parks, Disney World, you name it. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: Fantastic Four (275) August 11, 2015 | 12:09 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss the latest attempt to turn the Marvel Comics super-team into a blockbuster film franchise.
Wet Hot American Summer And Mission: Impossible (2514) August 06, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss an unlikely Netflix prequel, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp. Then they'll discuss the far-more-likely sequel, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Music, Movies And Music In Movies (2479) July 30, 2015 | 9:58 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, film critic Bob Mondello, and soon-to-be All Things Considered co-host Ari Shapiro discuss soundtracks, from Top Gun to The Bodyguard. Then they'll discuss movie musicals and whether it's possible to bring the magic from the stage to the silver screen. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
The Giant Foam Finger: Why Sports Fans Hate (769) July 26, 2015 | 10:03 pm
In this episode of the Giant Foam Finger, Stephen Thompson and Gene discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.
Trainwreck And Ant-Man (2768) July 23, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Mike Katzif discuss Trainwreck, the romantic comedy from Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow. Then they'll discuss Marvel's Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
BoJack Horseman And People We're Pulling For (2548) July 16, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Mike Katzif chat about the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman. Then they'll return to one of our favorite segments, people we're pulling for. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Introducing: The Giant Foam Finger (723) July 13, 2015 | 10:03 pm
Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby kick off our new sports series, The Giant Foam Finger. In our first episode, Stephen and Gene talk about '4th and 26,' an NFL play so infamous it has its own Wikipedia page.
Key & Peele And Pop Culture Critters (2477) July 09, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the sketch comedy show Key & Peele. Plus, Minions opens this weekend, so the gang decides to talk about pop culture critters, including Ewoks, Gremlins, and and more. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: Terminator Genisys (573) July 07, 2015 | 12:17 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon talks with Chris Klimek about Terminator Genisys, the latest film in the long-running sci-fi action franchise.
Magic Mike XXL And Catastrophe (2520) July 02, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret Willison discuss Magic Mike XXL. Then they'll discuss Catastrophe, a relationship comedy that is now streaming on Amazon. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
Small Batch: Audiobooks With Our Favorite Librarian (719) June 29, 2015 | 12:41 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Margaret Willison chat about why they love audiobooks, and share a few of their favorites.
Judy Blume's In The Unlikely Event and Lifetime's UnREAL. (2793) June 25, 2015 | 10:04 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss Judy Blume's new adult novel In The Unlikely Event. Then they'll discuss Lifetime's new scripted drama UnREAL, a biting look at a reality show that closely resembles The Bachelor. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
Inside Out, And Moms And Dads In Love (2493) June 18, 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 Disney and Pixar film Inside Out. Spoiler alert: they all loved it, and Stephen cried. Then they'll discuss the romantic lives of moms and dads, and whether if pop culture can let those things coexist. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.


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