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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: December 08, 2016 | 10:01 pm - This Is Us and Speechless

726 episodes

Displaying episodes 726 through 706
This Is Us and Speechless (2995) December 08, 2016 | 10:01 pm
All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro joins the panel to disuss This Is Us, NBC's hit family drama. Then, All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish tags in for a chat about ABC's new sitcom Speechless. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
Small Batch: Younger (538) December 06, 2016 | 4:00 am
Linda Holmes chats with Emmanuel Hapsis, the host of KQED's The Cooler and a bonafide millenial, about the plausibility of the TV Land show Younger.
Small Batch: Westworld (722) December 05, 2016 | 1:15 pm
Glen Weldon and All Things Considered host Audie Cornish discuss the first season of HBO's densely plotted science fiction series.
Gilmore Girls and Moana (2654) December 01, 2016 | 10:00 pm
Margaret H. Willison and Daisy Rosario join the panel for a discussion of the return of Gilmore Girls that's now streaming on Netflix. Then, they chat about Moana, the new Disney film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson that features music from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Plus, what's making us happy.
Gilmore Girls and Moana (2654) December 01, 2016 | 10:00 pm
Margaret H. Willison and Daisy Rosario join the panel for a discussion of the return of Gilmore Girls that's now streaming on Netflix. Then, they chat about Moana, the new Disney film starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson that features music from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Plus, what's making us happy.
Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani (2737) November 22, 2016 | 10:00 pm
Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani joins the gang for our live show recorded at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles. First, they discuss romantic comedies, a favorite subject of Kumail and Linda. Then, it's time for a quiz all about disguises. Plus, what's making us happy.
Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin (2565) November 17, 2016 | 10:00 pm
Critic Chris Klimek joins the panel for a chat about the inventive sci-fi film Arrival. Then, the gang shares some of their picks for pop culture serotonin: music, movies, and comedy albums that will boost your mood. Plus, what's making us happy.
Doctor Strange and Moonlight (2400) November 10, 2016 | 10:00 pm
Code Switch's Gene Demby and Kat Chow join Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon for a discussion of the trippy Marvel blockbuster Doctor Strange. Then, they chat about the critically acclaimed indie Moonlight. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy (824) November 06, 2016 | 10:00 pm
Tomorrow is Election Day, so Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon guide us through the state of political comedy. Topics include Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Hamilton: An American Musical (2953) November 03, 2016 | 10:00 pm
The Pop Culture Happy Hour team is recovering from our west coast tour, so we decided to bring you one of our favorite episodes of the year: Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now: We didn't want to throw away our shot at talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda's acclaimed musical Hamilton. We decided OK, so we're doing this. But we had to wait for it. Then, a few weeks ago, Code Switch's Gene Demby joined us in the greatest city of the world so we could finally be in the room where it
The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg (2386) October 27, 2016 | 10:00 pm
It's a Halloween Spooktacular! We bring you two Halloween-themed segments from our west coast tour: Mallory Ortberg (Dear Prudence, The Toast.) joins us for a Halloween candy debate, and All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish sits down for our super-difficult Halloween quiz. And as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.
Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2790) October 20, 2016 | 10:00 pm
The Pop Culture Happy Hour team is traveling this week, so we bring you two of our favorite segments. First, NPR Editor Barrie Hardymon joins the panel for a discussion about Jane the Virgin. Then, Code Switch's Kat Chow and the gang discuss Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Lupita Nyong'o, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, and the Best of TV (3257) October 13, 2016 | 10:00 pm
All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro talks with Lupita Nyong'o and Madina Nalwanga, the stars of Queen of Katwe. Then, television critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall chat with Linda Holmes about TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time. Then, Ari Shapiro interviews comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher about their show Take My Wife, which is now streaming on Seeso.
A Fall Movie and Television Preview (3085) October 06, 2016 | 10:01 pm
NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for a fall television and movie preview. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
A Fall Movie and Television Preview (3165) October 06, 2016 | 10:01 pm
NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for a fall television and movie preview. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
The Magnificent Seven and Fleabag (1859) September 29, 2016 | 10:00 pm
Writer Chris Klimek and NPR Editor Tanya Ballard join Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon to review the remake of The Magnificent Seven. Then, they chat about Fleabag, a dark British comedy currently streaming on Amazon. Plus, What's Making Us Happy.
Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore (2651) September 22, 2016 | 10:00 pm
Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon reflect on this year's Emmy Awards. Then, Morning Edition host David Greene interviews comedian Hari Kondabolu. We close the show with NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer's conversation with writer and comics legend Alan Moore.
Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup (3074) September 15, 2016 | 10:01 pm
Sam Sanders, Co-Host of NPR's Politics Podcast, joins the panel for a discussion of Documentary Now!, the mockumentary series from Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers. Then, the panel rounds up some interesting docs streaming online. Plus, what's making us happy.
HGTV and Cooking Shows (2587) September 08, 2016 | 10:01 pm
Code Switch's Kat Chow and Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon join Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon for a discussion of home improvement shows, real estate shows, and cooking shows. Plus, What's Making Us Happy.
You're The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama (2565) September 01, 2016 | 10:01 pm
Pop Culture Happy Hour Producer Emeritus Mike Katzif joins the panel for a discussion of the FXX comedy You're The Worst. Then, they discuss when the lines get blurred between comedy and drama. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.


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