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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: October 17, 2014 | 1:23 am - Transparent and Pop Culture Debuts

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Transparent and Pop Culture Debuts (47:29) October 17, 2014 | 1:23 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and NPR International Correspondent Ari Shapiro discuss Amazon's critically acclaimed family dramedy Transparent. Then they'll discuss pop culture debuts, covering everything from beloved child stars, blockbuster directors, and favorite first albums. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Small Batch: A Report From New York Comic-Con (5:21) October 15, 2014 | 12:03 pm

Petra Mayer recently returned from New York Comic-Con, so we asked her to talk a little about what she did while she was up there. She kept herself very busy, moderating a panel full of authors she admires and chatting up one of the biggest nerd icons of her pop-culture coming-of-age, Gillian Anderson.

Small Batch: The Very, Very Spoiled Edition of Gone Girl (11:25) October 14, 2014 | 1:03 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon take a few minutes to discuss the twists and turns of David Fincher's film Gone Girl. WARNING: this podcast extra is meant for those who have seen the movie and/or read the novel, or for those who don't like to be surprised.

Gone Girl and Things We've Learned From Pop Culture (43:47) October 10, 2014 | 2:40 pm

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Barrie Hardymon talk about David Fincher's film adaptation of Gone Girl. Then they'll talk about practical things they learned from musicians like Tom Lehrer and They Might Be Giants, shows like Quantum Leap, and channels like the Food Network. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

Small Batch: Twin Peaks Returns (7:48) October 08, 2014 | 10:33 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and self-proclaimed Twin Peaks superfan Glen Weldon chat about the David Lynch cult television series returning to Showtime. They'll discuss where the show might be going from here, why Glen believes having both original creators on board is so important, and which two favorites from public television he imagines when he thinks about their collaborative process.

Small Batch: House Hunters International (6:55) October 07, 2014 | 9:01 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon talk about HGTV's real estate reality series House Hunters International. They'll discuss Americans and their high demands, the smarmy narration, and what happens to the couples once they've settled into their new abodes.

The Equalizer, Denzel Washington, and Gilligan's Island (41:54) October 03, 2014 | 1:13 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Tanya Ballard Brown talk about The Equalizer and the evolving career of Denzel Washington. Then they'll use the 50th anniversary of Gilligan's Island as a jumping off point for a discussion about absurdist sitcoms, the power of reruns, and Saturday morning cartoons. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Books for the Fall and Our Favorite Detectives (50:27) September 26, 2014 | 1:23 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon, and Margaret H. Willison discuss books they're looking forward to reading this fall. It's a wide ranging conversation, covering everything from fiction to graphic novels to celebrity memoirs. Then they'll talk about their favorite detectives and how, exactly, you define a detective. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

Wrapping Up The Toronto International Film Festival and The Fall Television Poll (49:49) September 19, 2014 | 1:33 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss Bob and Linda's trip to the Toronto Film Festival. They'll discuss what to see, what to skip, and what Stephen will dread having to watch during Oscar season. Then it's time for the annual fall television poll--the gang will pick new show they think will survive cancellation. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

Celebrity Apologies And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz (35:59) September 12, 2014 | 1:13 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch team members Kat Chow and Gene Demby. After a few words about Joan Rivers, the gang delves into a conversation about apologies, sincerity, authenticity, free speech and PR. Then it's time for another round of the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

Binge Watching the Simpsons and Getting Stuck In A Cultural Rut (41:57) September 05, 2014 | 1:04 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about FXX's 'Every Simpson Ever' marathon. They'll discuss the repurposing of pop culture and the draw of binging on pop culture you love. Then they'll offer advice about what to do when you're stuck in a cultural rut.  All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Live From The Bell House: Silly Quizzes For Special Guests (43:07) August 29, 2014 | 1:13 am

In the second half of our live show from the Bell House in Brooklyn, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon are joined by a variety of special guests for a few silly quizzes. Ask Me Another's Jonathan Coulton and Ophira Eisenberg tackle "Foot or Fight," Sarah D. Bunting and Joe Reid tear into obscure television trivia, Parul Sehgal and Josh Gondelman test their knowledge of world records, and a few audience members help Stephen and Linda answer questions about Krypto the Superdog.

Small Batch: Stephen and Linda Face Off On Ask Me Another (11:11) August 28, 2014 | 1:53 am

Tomorrow you'll hear the second half of our show live from the Bell House in Brooklyn, featuring Ask Me Another's Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton. But first, the backstory...

Small Batch: Project Runway (6:39) August 27, 2014 | 1:23 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon talk about Lifetime's reality fashion competition Project Runway. They'll discuss the show's comforting structure, the enduring charm of Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, and how the contestants can earn their sick burn cards.

Small Batch: The Emmy Awards (7:14) August 26, 2014 | 2:53 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the 2014 Emmy Awards. They'll discuss the predictable victories and the new shows they wish would receive recognition.

Small Batch: The MTV Video Music Awards (7:07) August 25, 2014 | 1:17 pm

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the highlights of this year's VMAs, which featured memorable performances from Nicki Minaj and Beyonce.

Live From the Bell House (41:24) August 22, 2014 | 6:00 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and music director/producer emeritus Mike Katzif are LIVE from the Bell House in Brooklyn. They'll wrap up the best of summer entertainment and discuss what television shows and movies they're looking forward to this fall. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Film Ratings and Disaster Movies (38:55) August 15, 2014 | 1:43 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Kat Chow to talk about film ratings. What's the function of film ratings--and do they actually work? The gang decided no to see the new film "Into the Storm," but they couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about some of their favorite disaster movies. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

Small Batch: Remembering Robin Williams (7:53) August 12, 2014 | 11:53 am

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about the life and career of Robin Williams. The comedian died yesterday at the age of 63.

Guardians of the Galaxy and So Bad It's Good (42:19) August 08, 2014 | 1:53 am

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek talk about Guardians of the Galaxy. They'll talk about everything from Chris Pratt's abs to the phrase "Necropilots, enact immolation protocol!" They'll then use the Sharknado phenomenon as a jumping off point to discuss the concept of so bad it's good. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.



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