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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: April 16, 2015 | 10:03 pm - Daredevil And Credulity

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Displaying episodes 516 through 496
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.
Small Batch: King Of The Nerds (457) March 11, 2015 | 4:03 am
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon chat about the reality television show King of the Nerds.
Focus, Other Con Artist Movies, And What Happened To Rock Music (2884) March 05, 2015 | 10:03 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the Will Smith con film Focus. Then they'll chat about rock music, how it's changed, and where to find new rock bands. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Parks and Recreation and Better Call Saul (2470) February 26, 2015 | 10:06 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon look back at the legacy of Parks and Recreation. Then they'll discuss Better Call Saul, AMC's spinoff of Breaking Bad. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Small Batch: The Sculptor and Other Graphic Novels (530) February 26, 2015 | 12:01 pm
In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer review Scott McCloud's landmark graphic novel The Sculptor. They'll also offer some additional graphic novel recommendations.
Small Batch: The 2015 Oscars (510) February 23, 2015 | 6:49 pm
In this small batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson wrap up the The 87th Annual Academy Awards.
The 2015 Oscars Omnibus (2927) February 20, 2015 | 4:15 pm
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Bob Mondello sit down for the anual Oscars Omnibus. They'll talk about the nine best picture nominations--will Birdman, Boyhood, or another film take home an Academy Award for best picture? All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program To Bring You This Message (129) February 19, 2015 | 4:19 pm
Unfortunatley the Oscars Omnibus will arrive late in your podcast feeds. Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson explain why.
Jupiter Ascending and On-Screen Chemistry (2649) February 13, 2015 | 1:00 am
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Jupiter Ascending, the latest film from the Wachowski siblings. Then they'll use the premiere of 50 Shades of Grey as an excuse to talk about the importance of on-screen chemistry. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.


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