Podcast

Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, comics and music.

Episodes

  • The Oscar-Nominated Documentaries And Foreign-Laungage Films

    Feb 15 2019

    We're diving into the Oscar-nominated documentaries and foreign language films. We'll tell you which ones to watch and where to find them, which might make you the star of your Oscar party.

  • The 2019 Grammys

    Feb 11 2019

    This year's awards were a big night for Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves. It was also a night of strong performances from artists like Janelle Monae and Cardi B. And don't forget Diana Ross, who wished herself a happy birthday a month and a half early.

  • 'The Lego Movie 2'

    Feb 08 2019

    The Lego Movie was a surprise commercial and critical hit. It starred Chris Pratt as an every-man construction worker named Emmet and Elizabeth Banks as a rugged bad ass called Wyldstyle. Together, they saved the Lego world. Now, five years later, Emmet is back — and so is the fusillade of cameos, both surprising and not so surprising — to take on a new threat to the extruded plastic world.

  • The 2019 Super Bowl

    Feb 04 2019

    Another year, another Patriots Super Bowl win. But was it a high scoring game? It was not. In fact, no one had even scored a touchdown when Maroon 5 came out to headline the halftime show. We recap the game, the halftime show, and the commercials.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice and Green Book

    Feb 01 2019

    What do Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, and Green Book have in common? Two things: one, they're nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars; and two, they're based on events in the lives of real people. Today, awards season leads us to a wide-reaching conversation on some very different movies.

  • Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

    Jan 30 2019

    If you've noticed your friends have been a little more "tidy" than usual, or your thrift store a bit better stocked, it might be because of Netflix. The streaming series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo has spurred an organizational renaissance. Or at least a conversation about one.

  • Roma and What's Making Us Happy

    Jan 25 2019

    Alfonso Cuarón directed the award-winning film Gravity in 2013, and won an Oscar for it. Now he's back with a movie that's equally ambitious, and much more personal. Roma is inspired by Alfonso Cuarón's childhood, and the movie tells the story of Cleo, a nanny and housekeeper in 1970's Mexico City.

  • We Get It Now

    Jan 23 2019

    Despite how firm our opinions often seem when we first declare them, there have been times when they've changed. During our recent live show at the Brooklyn Podcast Festival, we took a moment to talk about some things we have different feelings on now then we once did.

  • Glass

    Jan 18 2019

    In 2000, director M. Night Shyamalan presented Unbreakable, the story of two men whose epic tales of good and evil collided. Then came 2016's Split, a stealth sequel. Now, Shyamalan wraps up the trilogy with Glass.

  • The Masked Singer

    Jan 16 2019

    The Masked Singer isn't your everyday singing competition. Based on a South Korean format, each week we learn the identity of the elaborately costumed "celebrity" who gets voted off. So far, we've unmasked football player Antonio Brown, and comedian Tommy Chong.

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    Jan 11 2019

    After winning an Oscar in 2017 for Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins is back with If Beale Street Could Talk. This time, he adapts a James Baldwin novel for the screen.

  • The 2019 Golden Globes

    Jan 07 2019

    Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody unexpectedly won big. So did thanking your parents and going on just a little too long. It's the wee hours of Monday morning, and we are wrapping up this year's big winners and big surprises.

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and What's Making Us Happy

    Jan 04 2019

    The sci-fi series Black Mirror has always been about changing technology and its usually dark implications for the future. Its latest episode, Bandersnatch, is itself the result of new technology developed at Netflix. As you watch it, you make your own on-screen choices that determine which of several possible endings you reach.

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Jan 02 2019

    Fox canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine at the end of its fifth season, but much to our delight, NBC picked it back up again. It's coming back for a sixth season starting on January 10th, and we thought that would make it just the right time to revisit our conversation about it.

  • Our Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions

    Dec 28 2018

    Today, we look back on our 2018 resolutions to see how we fared, and make some new ones for the year to come. We also make our fearless pop culture predictions for the next 12 months, and see how last year's predictions panned out.

  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and a little Aquaman

    Dec 26 2018

    The animated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse focuses on one of the Spider-People who has come along in the years since the world first met Peter Parker, in 1962. In the film, Miles Morales is a Brooklyn teenager who acquires spider-powers at the same time he discovers that there are other versions of himself across alternate dimensions.

  • Our 15 Favorite Things Of 2018

    Dec 21 2018

    It's the end of the year, and that makes it the perfect time to talk about the things we loved the most in 2018. From Black Panther, to Crazy Rich Asians, to the viral moments you might have missed, we are rounding up our fifteen favorites of the year. So get ready for a whole lot of recommending.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Dec 19 2018

    In 1964, the original Mary Poppins made Julie Andrews a movie star and introduced a generation to Dick Van Dyke's regrettable Cockney accent. Now, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda head up Mary Poppins Returns.

  • The Favourite and What's Making Us Happy

    Dec 14 2018

    The Favourite, set in the early 1700s, tells the story of Britain's Queen Anne and two women who are jostling for her favor. Rachel Weisz plays the Queen's close adviser Sarah, and Emma Stone plays an ambitious servant named Abigail who has her eye on a bigger prize.

  • Sam Sanders Chats With Guy Branum

    Dec 12 2018

    Comedian Guy Branum joins NPR's Sam Sanders to talk about his new book My Life As A Goddess and the many challenges presented by a mostly white, hetero-normative comedy scene.

  • Hallmark Holiday Movies

    Dec 07 2018

    What's warm and fuzzy, emotionally manipulative, and desperate for attention almost every hour of every day? Linda's dog, sure. But also the Hallmark Channel's endless supply of holiday movies and the competitors nipping at their heels.

  • Our Favorite Christmas Songs

    Dec 05 2018

    You can't have an abundance of Christmas songs without also having an abundance of opinions about Christmas songs — songs we love, songs we hate, songs we love when they're sung by one person, but hate when they're sung by another. This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, we've convened a special panel to tackle our favorite songs for the season.

  • Ralph Breaks The Internet and What's Making Us Happy

    Nov 30 2018

    Wreck It Ralph was a hit when it came out in 2012. Ralph Breaks the Internet picks up where that film left off, and is even more ambitious than its predecessor. This time, Ralph travels to the Internet — which gives the movie a lot of material to work with.

  • Creed II

    Nov 28 2018

    It's been three years since the Rocky movies were reborn with Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan as Apollo Creed's son, Adonis. Now, in Creed 2, Adonis is up against the son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed his father in the ring in 1985.

  • Widows and What's Making Us Happy

    Nov 23 2018

    Widows is not your average heist movie — director Steve McQueen and co-screenwriter Gillian Fylnn have created something far more interesting. The film also has a star-studded cast that includes Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, Brian Tyree Henry, and Liam Neeson.

  • Die Hard

    Nov 21 2018

    Die Hard turned 30 this year. So as the season of Season's Greetings approaches, it's time for the Pop Culture Happy Hour conversation we've always been dying to have.

  • Homecoming

    Nov 16 2018

    In the Amazon thriller Homecoming, Julia Roberts plays a caseworker at a facility that helps soldiers re-adjust to civilian life. Or at least that's what she thinks it does. But calls from a mysterious boss and sessions with a young soldier make her question everything.

  • Remembering Stan Lee

    Nov 13 2018

    Stan Lee helped create some of the most indelible comic book characters in American popular culture, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Black Panther. He died Monday. He was 95.

  • 'Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj' and 'Busy Tonight'

    Nov 09 2018

    There are a bunch of new shows to pay attention to this season, and today we're talking about two of our favorite talk entries — Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj and Busy Tonight.

  • Nobody's Fool

    Nov 07 2018

    Nobody's Fool is a Tyler Perry movie, but maybe more important at the moment, it's a Tiffany Haddish movie. Haddish plays Tanya, who fears her sister is being catfished in an online relationship.

  • The Haunting of Hill House

    Nov 02 2018

    The Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House tells what is, in many ways, an old-fashioned ghost story. Moving between the past and the present, the series traces the effects of trauma on a family that once chose to spend a summer living in a house that is up to no good.

  • Wildlife

    Oct 31 2018

    Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, tells the story of a marriage in crisis in 1960's Montana. Based on a novel by Richard Ford and directed by actor Paul Dano, it's told from the point of view of a young teenager watching his family fall to pieces.

  • Beautiful Boy and What's Making Us Happy

    Oct 26 2018

    Beautiful Boy is a story of addiction starring two Oscar-nominated actors. Timothée Chalamet plays Nic Sheff, who's addicted to crystal meth. Steve Carell plays David Sheff, his journalist father who's struggling to help him get well.

  • Halloween

    Oct 24 2018

    It's been forty years since the release of the classic horror film, Halloween. Since then, the franchise has wandered through its own house of horrors in the form of sequels and reboots. The newest Halloween throws all of those additions out, and assumes that only the 1978 original ever happened.

  • Big Mouth and What's Making Us Happy

    Oct 19 2018

    If you've been longing for a cartoon that covers the really important questions — like how to manage lust, and how to avoid your embarrassing parents — you are in luck. Big Mouth, Netflix's animated comedy series about the horrors of puberty, is back for a second season.

  • Venom

    Oct 17 2018

    In Venom, Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who's trying to rebound from a major setback in his career. But Eddie's plans are halted when he's overtaken by a violent — and gooey — alien symbiote.

  • 'First Man' and What's Making Us Happy

    Oct 12 2018

    First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong's life in the decade leading up to his walk on the moon. Ryan Gosling stars as Armstrong, and it's directed by Damien Chazelle. It's the second time they're teaming up after the huge commercial and critical success of La La Land.

  • The Hate U Give

    Oct 10 2018

    The Hate U Give finds teenager Starr Carter caught between two worlds — her mostly black neighborhood and a white prep school. When her friend Khalil is killed by a police officer, she's forced to reconcile these two very different parts of her identity. We're joined by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, hosts of The Nod podcast.

  • A Star Is Born and What's Making Us Happy

    Oct 05 2018

    Lady Gaga stars opposite Bradley Cooper in the latest retelling of A Star Is Born. It's also Cooper's directing debut, with a cast that includes Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, and Dave Chappelle. We're joined by Ari Shapiro to break down the singing, the glamour, the tears, and the wonder of Sam Elliott's voice.

  • A Simple Favor

    Oct 03 2018

    What has Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, menswear looks, mysteries, and YouTube's most cheerful mom? It's the stylish, mischievous, and sometimes darkly funny thriller A Simple Favor.

  • Fall Movie Preview

    Sep 28 2018

    We're excited for a whole bunch of new movies this fall. Today, we dive into our 2018 Fall Movie Preview and talk about as many of them as we can — from the big studio flicks to the festival favorites and everything in between.

  • All-Books Edition: Volume 2

    Sep 26 2018

    We recommended a lot of stuff during our 'All-Books' episode. So please enjoy this second volume (see what we did there?) of the All-Books Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, again led by our extra special panel.

  • Forever And What's Making Us Happy

    Sep 21 2018

    Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen star in the new Amazon series Forever. The two of them play a middle-aged married couple named Oscar and June, who are in a bit of a rut. Along the way, they find themselves in an unexpected situation that challenges their thinking about the permanence of marriage. Today, we dive into this very curious relationship comedy. Guest: Aisha Harris

  • 2018 Emmy Awards

    Sep 18 2018

    We're here to fill you in on everything you need to know about the 2018 Emmys. On a night we were constantly reminded how diverse this year's nominations were — the winners were mostly white. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Game of Thrones won the top awards. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

  • On the Books: An All-Book Edition

    Sep 14 2018

    Today, we take a break from TV and movies to talk about some of our favorite books we've read — and what books we're most looking forward to this fall.

  • Celebrating Women in Music With Turning the Tables

    Sep 12 2018

    NPR Music's ambitious Turning the Tables series re-imagines the popular music canon by putting women and non-binary musicians at the center. All Songs Considered recently had a great conversation about the project, and today we bring that conversation to your Pop Culture Happy Hour feed.

  • Pop Culture Serotonin and What's Making Us Happy

    Sep 07 2018

    Not every day can be Friday, not every bit of weather can be sunny and not every plate can have cookies on it. That's why we love our pop culture serotonin — the stuff we watch, read and listen to that boosts our mood and makes us feel better. Today, we share some of our favorites.

  • To All The Boys I've Loved Before

    Sep 05 2018

    The Netflix young adult romance To All The Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of a high school pair who may or may not — but come on, they will — end up together. You've probably seen it on your Twitter feed, and today we assemble a very special panel to talk about it.

  • Fall TV Preview and What's Making Us Happy

    Aug 31 2018

    It's almost the end of the summer, which means it's time for Pop Culture Happy Hour's fall TV preview. We're telling you what new shows we're excited about, and which ones we think are built to last. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

  • Black Panther

    Aug 29 2018

    Ryan Coogler's Marvel film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — original. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby. (This episode originally aired on February 16, 2018.)

  • BlacKkKlansman and What's Making Us Happy

    Aug 24 2018

    BlacKkKlansman tells the story Ron Stallworth — a black police detective who infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. On today's Pop Culture Happy Hour, we dive into the most talked about Spike Lee movie in years. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby

  • 2018 MTV VMAs

    Aug 21 2018

    Last night the VMAs honored some top songs and artists including Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The show also recognized Aretha Franklin—sort of. And trotted out Aerosmith—again. New York Times editor Aisha Harris joins us for a recap.

  • Crazy Rich Asians and What's Making Us Happy

    Aug 17 2018

    This week, we talk about the charming romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which has been lauded as groundbreaking for its all Asian and Asian-American cast. Guests: NPR's Mallory Yu and Code Switch's Kat Chow.

  • Remembering Aretha Franklin

    Aug 16 2018

    The "Queen of Soul" died today at age 76. She was a gifted pop singer, gospel singer, R&B singer, and even opera singer. We talk with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish about the unforgettable Aretha Franklin, and the utter abundance of music she left us.

  • Blockers and Game Night: Playing Catch-Up On Comedies We Missed

    Aug 15 2018

    Most of this summer's blockbusters are already out. That makes it a great time to catch up on a couple of surprisingly well-reviewed comedies. In this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk about Blockers and Game Night.

  • Pop Culture Punching Bags and What's Making Us Happy

    Aug 10 2018

    Every once in a while, we decide to defend the seemingly indefensible pieces of pop culture that everyone loves to hate. Today, we put on our boxing gloves to defend the honor of some of pop culture's most notorious punching bags. Guests: Audie Cornish and Guy Branum.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Aug 08 2018

    The indie movie Sorry to Bother You is a summer hit. Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green, a telemarketer whose world spirals into chaos. Code Switch's Gene Demby and Shereen Meraji have some very different views on the film.

  • Eighth Grade and What's Making Us Happy

    Aug 03 2018

    This week, we're talking about Bo Burnam's breakout festival hit Eighth Grade. Kayla Day, played by Elsie Fisher, is a middle-schooler who gives pep talks on YouTube and yearns for friends she can talk to. Guest: New York Times editor Aisha Harris.

  • Breath Of The Wild

    Aug 01 2018

    Video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild drops you into a world of sweeping vistas and challenging weapons, and it gives you a vast area to explore. It's an adventure and a challenge, and there are lots of different ways to play. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout and What's Making Us Happy

    Jul 27 2018

    We're taking to the streets, the skies, the water and the glitzy high-class nightclubs to talk about Mission: Impossible - Fallout on this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour. Guest: Chris Klimek.

  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Jul 25 2018

    Under the blue skies of summer, what could be more welcome than ABBA songs? That's right, eight years after a big cast whooped it up in the film adaptation of the jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, there's a sequel. Today, we're talking about the all-singing, all-dancing, all-silly extravaganza that is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

  • Skyscraper and What's Making Us Happy

    Jul 20 2018

    Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, has fought all kinds of things in the movies. Earthquakes, criminals, zoo animals. And now, he's up against a building. On today's Pop Culture Happy Hour, we're defying gravity and saving our families.

  • Hannah Gadsby's Netflix Special 'Nanette' With Kumail Nanjiani

    Jul 18 2018

    Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special arrived in late June and has become a genuine phenomenon. It's an hour that starts as standup and morphs into something else entirely. Guest: Comedian, actor, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Kumail Nanjiani.

  • Sharp Objects and What's Making Us Happy

    Jul 13 2018

    Before Gillian Flynn wrote Gone Girl, she wrote Sharp Objects. Now, HBO has produced an adaptation starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Messina. Guest: NPR Weekend Edition books editor, Barrie Hardymon.

  • Jeopardy!

    Jul 11 2018

    Jeopardy! — the juggernaut, the pop culture monster, the game show to shave your mustache to and then grow it back again. Guest: NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso.

  • Ant-Man And The Wasp, Plus What's Making Us Happy

    Jul 06 2018

    The sequel to 2015's Ant-Man is just as light and inconsequential, but a forgettable villain and an over-complicated plot means it has to work harder — and it shows. Guest: writer Chris Klimek.

  • The Mister Rogers Documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor'

    Jul 04 2018

    Using archival footage and new interviews, Morgan Neville's film explores what how Rogers' unusual children's show came to be and what his legacy is for tens of millions of kids who are now tens of millions of grownups. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.

  • The Songs Of Summer

    Jun 29 2018

    Stephen Thompson and our pals at NPR Music road-test the songs the songs of the summer.

  • Cooking Shows

    Jun 27 2018

    The panel chats about some of their favorite cooking shows including Top Chef, Chopped and Chef's Table. Guests: Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon and Code Switch's Kat Chow. (This segment originally aired on September 9, 2016.)

  • Jurassic World, Jurassic Park and What's Making Us Happy

    Jun 22 2018

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes a bizarre but not unwelcome left turn. How does it compare to 2015's mediocre but hugely successful revival and the original 1993 film? Guest: Chris Klimek.

  • The Great Big Stand-Up Roundup

    Jun 20 2018

    You can find new stand-up specials just about every week. In fact, you can find so many that it's hard to keep track of them all. So we spent this episode recommending eight standout specials. Guest: Pop Culture Happy Hour producer emeritus and Ask Me Another producer Mike Katzif.

  • Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy

    Jun 15 2018

    The action of this animated sequel, which picks up where The Incredibles ended 14 years ago, is fresh and inventive, but the laughs aren't. Guest: NPR Code Switch host Gene Demby.

  • The Tony Awards and Remembering Anthony Bourdain

    Jun 11 2018

    The Tony Awards paid off for The Band's Visit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Angels in America revival and a scrappy theater kid named Bruce Springsteen. Also we remember chef and television host Anthony Bourdain, who died last week.

  • Ocean's 8 and What's Making Us Happy

    Jun 08 2018

    Ocean's 8 great cast and some clever commentary about women and Hollywood make it a whole lot of fun. Guest: Bim Adewunmi, senior culture writer at Buzzfeed and co-host of the Thirst Aid Kit podcast.

  • The Paddington Movies

    Jun 06 2018

    At last, we take a deep, overdue dive into the sweet, tangy jars of emotional marmalade that are the Paddington films. Guests: writer Chris Klimek and librarian Margaret Willison.

  • Law & Order and What's Making Us Happy

    Jun 01 2018

    We talk about one of the most durable franchises in television history. Guests: Librarian Margaret H. Willison and Sarah D. Bunting, the East Coast Editor of Previously.TV

  • 'Cobra Kai' Is A Surprisingly Good 'Karate Kid' Reboot

    May 30 2018

    Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso are still at it in Cobra Kai, a surprisingly interesting look at what happens later to people who peak — or crash — in high school. Guests: All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story and What's Making Us Happy

    May 25 2018

    The odds of successfully telling the origin story of the Star Wars trilogy's lovable rogue are approximately 3,720 to 1. After a sluggish start, Solo: A Star Wars Story beats those odds. Guest: NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen.

  • The Royal Wedding

    May 19 2018

    Normally, royal weddings are like the Oscars: a lot of pomp, but no real surprises. But when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, the audience sat up and took notice. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and Librarian Margaret Willison.

  • Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy

    May 18 2018

    Ryan Reynolds once again assumes the role of a deadly mercenary who makes many references to various pop culture properties while disemboweling folk a lot. Guests: Writer Chris Klimek and Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.

  • The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'

    May 16 2018

    The new Starz half-hour drama tells the story of two young women who learn a lot about their mother when they go home to deal with the consequences of her death. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.

  • Tully and What's Making Us Happy

    May 11 2018

    Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, the film stars Charlize Theron in an often brutal look at the emotional and physical tolls of parenthood. Guest: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon.

  • Killing Eve

    May 09 2018

    BBC America's cat-and-mouse spy show is a classic genre piece executed very well. We talk about its tension and its great lead performance from Sandra Oh on this week's episode. Guest: Code Switch's Kat Chow

  • A Quiet Place and What's Making Us Happy

    May 04 2018

    The shush-iest film to become a hit in quite some time gets some overdue attention from the panel on this episode. Guest: Writer Meryl Williams.

  • Leaving 'Hamilton' And 'Failing Up' With Leslie Odom Jr.

    May 02 2018

    Broadway's original Aaron Burr sits down with host Linda Holmes to talk about his new book, how it feels to hear ugly things about your career, and what he wants to do now that he couldn't before.

  • Avengers: Infinity War and What's Making Us Happy

    Apr 27 2018

    The Avengers try to keep a space-tyrant from performing cosmic genocide. The film doubles down on character interactions both familiar and unfamiliar. Guest: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby.

  • Scandal

    Apr 23 2018

    After seven seasons, Shonda Rhimes' roller-coaster of a drama screeches to a final halt as Olivia Pope and the team try to get out of one last scrape and Olivia tries to make it to Vermont. Guests: All Things Considered host Audie Cornish, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans, and NPR Music's Sidney Madden.

  • Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy

    Apr 20 2018

    The panel predicsts the hits and flops, tell you what they're looking forward to, and help you spend that ticket money wisely. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent podcast.

  • Pop Culture Dichotomies

    Apr 18 2018

    Star Trek vs. Star Wars? The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones? Gale vs. Peeta? Batman vs. Superman? The gang breaks down their favorite pop culture dichotomies. Guest: NPR Books editor Petra Mayer. (This segment originally aired on November 14, 2014.)

  • Antiques Roadshow and What's Making Us Happy

    Apr 13 2018

    To talk about the PBS institution that celebrates used stuff and how much it may or may not be worth. Guest: Jesse Thorn, host of NPR's Bullseye and the head honcho of the Maximum Fun podcast network.

  • Barry

    Apr 11 2018

    Bill Hader stars as a depressed hit man who wants a fresh start in acting but can't seem to get one. And the HBO comedy-drama asks questions most antihero shows won't. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

  • Roseanne and What's Making Us Happy

    Apr 06 2018

    The panel chats about the Roseanne revival and how the show's politics intersects with the politics of Roseanne Barr. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guest: Hanna Rosin, Co-Host of Invisibilia.

  • Love, Simon

    Apr 04 2018

    The panel chats about Love, Simon; the first big American studio film to give a gay teenager the kind of story that John Hughes gave straight kids in the 1980s. Guest: Dave Holmes, Editor at Large for Esquire.com.

  • Ready Player One and What's Making Us Happy

    Mar 30 2018

    Spielberg returns to his cinema-as-thrill-ride roots in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's YA novel. Guest: The Verge's Tasha Robinson.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Mar 28 2018

    The panel chats about the new Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs, a stop-motion-animated film about loyal dogs exiled to a lonely island. Guest: Film critic Chris Klimek.

  • SXSW 2018 Wrap

    Mar 23 2018

    The panels shares some of their favorite new music discoveries from this year's SXSW Music Festival. Guests: NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and music writer Katie Presley.

  • High Maintenance

    Mar 21 2018

    The panel High Maintenance, HBO's anthology series about a marijuana dealer and his clients in New York City. Guests: Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon and All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.

  • Talk Show Talk and What's Making Us Happy

    Mar 16 2018

    The panel chats about some of their favorite talk show guests and what makes an ideal host-guest dynamic. Guest: Comedian Guy Branum, the host and creator of TruTV's Talk Show the Game Show.

  • Atlanta

    Mar 14 2018

    Donald Glover's Emmy-winning comedy returns for second season that includes sharply drawn characters and an appreciation for the problems with success. Guests: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby and It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders.

  • A Wrinkle In Time and What's Making Us Happy

    Mar 09 2018

    Director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the classic Madeleine L'Engle novel is devoid of cynicism, filled with beautiful images and deeply moving. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.

  • The 2018 Oscars

    Mar 05 2018

    Last year's Oscars were wildly unpredictable. This year's were very predictable, with big wins for The Shape Of Water, all the actors who were expected to win all along, and Jordan Peele.

  • Our 2018 Oscars Preview

    Mar 02 2018

    The team takes a moment to consider the upcoming Oscars in categories big and small. They probably won't end with anyone handing over the wrong envelope. But wouldn't it be surprising if they did? Guest: NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello

  • The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

    Feb 28 2018

    The panel tries to stump each other with clips from the weirdest TV they could find. Guest: All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.

  • Annihilation and What's Making Us Happy

    Feb 23 2018

    Alex Garland's new sci-fi thriller is very weird, and we loved it. Guests: Writer Chris Klimek and Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.

  • Queer Eye

    Feb 21 2018

    The Netflix series "Queer Eye" is a reboot of the 2003 phenomenon, not a retread. They've dropped "For the Straight Guy" from the title, reflecting the retooled makeover series' updated, and slightly broadened, mission. Guests: Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, co-hosts of Nancy, a podcast from WNYC studios.

  • Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy

    Feb 16 2018

    Ryan Coogler's Marvel film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — new. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.

  • The Winter Olympics

    Feb 14 2018

    Sam Sanders joins the panel to talk about his memories of the Sochi Olympics, the way young athletes handle attention and athleticism itself, what we love watching during this year's games in Pyeongchang.

  • Darkest Hour and What's Making Us Happy

    Feb 09 2018

    The panel discusses the Oscar-nominated film Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent Podcast.

  • The Super Bowl

    Feb 05 2018

    The Eagles won a thrilling victory in the Super Bowl on Sunday night, to the delight of Philadelphians everywhere. Tom Brady of the Patriots proved fallible, while Justin Timberlake was ... just fine. Guests: Code Switch's Gene Demby and writer Katie Presley.

  • Roxane Gay

    Feb 02 2018

    Roxane Gay latest book is the memoir Hunger. It's about her relationship with her body, with trauma, and with her own history. In September 2017, host Linda Holmes and Gay sat down at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. They talked about writing, about bodies, about the closeness people feel with her when they've read her work.

  • The 2018 Grammys

    Jan 29 2018

    We recap the highlights of this year's Grammy Awards, including a sweep by Bruno Mars and memorable performances from Kendrick Lamar and Kesha. Guests: NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden.

  • The Good Doctor and What's Making Us Happy

    Jan 26 2018

    We chat about The Good Doctor, ABC's hit medical drama in which Freddie Highmore plays a surgical resident with autism and savant syndrome. Guest: Uproxx TV Critic Alan Sepinwall.

  • Phantom Thread

    Jan 24 2018

    The gang discusses Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Phantom Thread. The story about the twisted relationship between a dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his muse (Vicky Krieps) just earned six Oscar nominations. Guest: KJZZ Senior Producer and Daniel Day-Lewis super fan Sarah Ventre.

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and What's Making Us Happy

    Jan 19 2018

    The gang takes a look at Amy Sherman-Palladino's award-winning comedy, starring Rachel Brosnahan as a '50s housewife-turned-comedian. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: Writer Katie Presley and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon.

  • The Florida Project and Remembering Dolores O'Riordan

    Jan 17 2018

    The panel talks about the Florida Project, Sean Baker's small-scale but memorable film set at a motel near Disney World. Then, we take a moment to remember Dolores O'Riodan, the lead singer of the Cranberries, who died suddenly at age 46. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.

  • I, Tonya and What's Making Us Happy

    Jan 12 2018

    This week's show takes a look at an emerging awards contender in the acting categories: I, Tonya, the semi-mockumentary retelling of the life of Tonya Harding, controversial figure skater. Guest: Librarian Margaret H. Willison.

  • The Golden Globe Awards

    Jan 08 2018

    Recent stories of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood inspired black dresses and unexpected guests at the Golden Globes. Plus, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and she spent nearly all her time talking about the long struggle for justice for women. In the actual awards races, Three Billboards, Ladybird, and Amazon scored.

  • Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions, Plus What's Making Us Happy

    Jan 05 2018

    Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel as they say goodbye to 2017 by revisiting their resolutions and predictions from last year and making new ones for 2018.

  • John Cho

    Jan 03 2018

    Host Linda Holmes talks with actor John Cho (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Star Trek) about why he misses doing broad comedies, his decision to join The Exorcist, what it's like being the subject of internet fandom, and his new film Columbus.

  • Black Mirror and What's Making Us Happy

    Dec 29 2017

    The panel chats about Black Mirror, Netflix's sci-fi anthology series. The fourth season premiers today. Guests: film and theater critic Chris Klimek and Brittany Luse, co-host of The Nod.

  • Our 15 Favorites Of 2017

    Dec 27 2017

    The panel runs down their 15 favorite TV shows, movies, books, video games, and trends of 2017.

  • The Post and What's Making Us Happy

    Dec 22 2017

    The panel chats about the Post, Steven Spielberg's latest film which follows the Washington Post's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. The movie stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Guest: All Things Considered Film Critic Bob Mondello.

  • Our Hanukkah Special

    Dec 20 2017

    While you may have wrapped up your Hanukkah celebrations, we wanted to share a conversation about the role that Hanukkah plays for kids and adults, and some of the pop culture that surrounds it. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and KJZZ Senior Producer Sarah Ventre.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi and What's Making Us Happy

    Dec 15 2017

    Writer/director Rian Johnson joins the Star Wars franchise to deliver a chapter that's fast, fun and freewheeling, even as it introduces surprising nuance to the classic Dark Side vs. Light Side beef. Guest: NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith.

  • The Shape of Water

    Dec 13 2017

    The panel talks about the Guillermo del Toro film about a woman racing to save her not-quite-human true love from the bad guys. Guest: NPR Arts Desk Correspondent Neda Ulaby.

  • The Disaster Artist, The Room, and What's Making Us Happy

    Dec 08 2017

    James Franco's The Disaster Artist tells the story of the making of The Room, one of the most famous awful movies of all time. The panel sits down to talk about Franco's vision and his muse. Guest: NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso.

  • Call Me By Your Name

    Dec 06 2017

    Luca Guadagnino's lush adaptation of Andre Aciman's novel stars Timothee Chalamet as a teenage prodigy who falls in love with a visiting grad student played by Armie Hammer. Guest: All Things Considered Film Critic Bob Mondello.

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Dec 01 2017

    The panel reviews Martin McDonagh's polarizing new film, which stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell. Guest: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby.

  • Coco

    Nov 29 2017

    Pixar's latest animated film follows young Miguel through an adventure that teaches him about family and remembrance. Code Switch's Shereen Marisol Meraji joins the panel to talk about the film and the Disney short Olaf's Frozen Advenure.

  • Black-ish and What's Making Us Happy

    Nov 24 2017

    The panel checks in with the ABC sitcom Black-ish, then share what's making them happy this week. Guests: Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, co-hosts of The Nod.

  • Lady Bird

    Nov 22 2017

    The panel chats about why they love Lady Bird, the coming-of-age film written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan.

  • Justice League and What's Making Us Happy

    Nov 17 2017

    The gang discusses DC Comics' latest movie, featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Cyborg. That, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: NPR Music

  • Murder On The Orient Express and Cozy Murder Mysteries

    Nov 15 2017

    The panel tackles Kenneth Branagh's new Agatha Christie remake — and picks a few recommendations for when you just want to snuggle under blankets and watch a murder get solved. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and Librarian Margaret H. Willison.

  • This Is Us, Speechless, and What's Making Us Happy

    Nov 10 2017

    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. (This episode originally aired on December 6, 2016.)

  • Pop Culture Advice With Audie Cornish

    Nov 08 2017

    The Pop Culture Happy Hour gang answer some pop culture advice questions, including balancing recaps with television consumption and if you should try to expand your girlfriend's pop culture tastes.

  • Thor: Ragnarok and What's Making Us Happy

    Nov 03 2017

    The panel takes on the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with help from Code Switch co-host and established Taika Waititi fan Shereen Marisol Meraji.

  • Stranger Things 2

    Nov 01 2017

    After a highly successful first season, the Netflix monster mystery returns. But does it overcome the challenges that have plagued sequels for decades? Guest: TV Critic Eric Deggans.

  • American Vandal and What's Making Us Happy

    Oct 27 2017

    The panel discusses American Vandal, the Netflix mockumentary series that's a hilariously precise dissection of our cultural fascination with true crime narratives. Guest: Mallory Ortberg of Slate's Dear Prudence.

  • John Hodgman

    Oct 25 2017

    Author, comedian, and fake internet judge John Hodgman talks about his new book Vacationland, mediating internet disputes, writing a serious book after a lot of fake facts, and lots more.

  • Shark Tank and What's Making Us Happy

    Oct 20 2017

    NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins the panel to talk about the oddly successful and often bizarre ABC series that brings entrepreneurs to beg for money from rich people.

  • Tom Hanks

    Oct 18 2017

    Actor Tom Hanks talks to host Linda Holmes about his new short story collection Uncommon Type, the cosmos, David S. Pumpkins, Nora Ephron, men dancing in shrimp costumes, and how the film industry is changing.

  • Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy

    Oct 13 2017

    NBC's Will & Grace is back for at least two revival seasons, more than 10 years after it went off the air the first time. But is the sitcom still relevant in 2017? Guests: Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, Co-Hosts of Nancy from WNYC Studios.

  • The Good Place

    Oct 11 2017

    A discussion of the NBC comedy The Good Place, which stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. We're big fans of the show, and it's from one of the creators of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's funny and weird and packed with jokes, and it's all about the afterlife. Guest: Producer Emeritus and Music Director Mike Katzif.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Oct 06 2017

    Writer Chris Klimek joins Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon to discuss Denis Villeneuve's sequel to the Ridley Scott cult classic Blade Runner.

  • The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty

    Oct 04 2017

    This year The Princess Bride turns 30, so we decided to discuss the film and its enduring legacy. Plus, we take a moment to remember rock legend Tom Petty, who died Monday at the age of 66. Guest: Code Switch's Kat Chow.

  • Battle of the Sexes and What's Making Us Happy

    Sep 29 2017

    The new film, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, the players facing off in one of the most famous tennis matches in history. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guest: Writer Katie Presley.

  • Movie Roundup: The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, And Mother!

    Sep 27 2017

    Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon discuss three recent releases then look back at their summer box office predictions.

  • Fall Movie Preview

    Sep 22 2017

    As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Critics Linda Holmes, Bob Mondello, Tasha Robinson, and Bilal Quershi share some of the best, buzziest and otherwise noteworthy films coming to theaters.

  • Emmy Awards 2017

    Sep 18 2017

    NPR's TV critic joins the gang for a look at this year's Emmy Awards. The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies, Saturday Night Live, Veep and Atlanta all won multiple awards in major categories, on a night that rarely strayed far from current events. Also, we take a moment to remember actor Harry Dean Stanton.

  • The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy

    Sep 15 2017

    The gang tackles David Simon's new HBO drama about the rise of the adult-film industry in New York's Times Square. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon and Writer Katie Presley.

  • People We're Pulling For

    Sep 13 2017

    It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders and writer Katie Presley join Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson for an old favorite: People We're Pulling For. The panel explains why props to a comedian, a TV mogul, a wonderfully eccentric author and a deeply dry character actor all get our stamp of approval.

  • Outlander

    Sep 08 2017

    Weekend Edition Book Editor Barrie Hardymon and librarian Margaret Willison chat with Linda about Outlander, a sexy time-travel fantasy series currently airing on Starz. The series is based on a popular series of romance novels by Diana Gabaldon.

  • Mother-Daughter Directors Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer

    Sep 06 2017

    Nancy Meyers is the filmmaker behind comedies like Something's Gotta Give and It's Complicated. Now her daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, is joining the family business with her debut film Home Again, which stars Reese Witherspoon. Host Linda Holmes talks to the mother-daughter team about working together, the challenges of making an indie rom-com, and building worlds through beautiful homes.

  • Lake Bell and What's Making Us Happy

    Sep 01 2017

    Director, writer, and actor Lake Bell talks about the making of her new film I Do... Until I Don't, the way her British friends hang up the phone, and her fascination with unseen voices.

  • Game of Thrones

    Aug 30 2017

    Game of Thrones just wrapped its penultimate season, so we sit down for a spoiler-packed discussion with our pals Gene Demby, Barrie Hardymon, and Tasha Robinson.

  • The MTV VMAs and Taylor Swift

    Aug 28 2017

    Music writers Sarah Ventre and Marissa Lorusso join us to discuss Taylor Swift's new single and a disjointed MTV Video Music Awards hosted by Katy Perry.

  • Fall TV Preview

    Aug 25 2017

    The broadcast, cable and streaming networks have a lot on tap for the remainder of 2017. We talk about what we are excited to watch and what we think we survive cancellation

  • Logan Lucky

    Aug 23 2017

    Steven Soderbergh's racetrack heist film opened small for a big director, but its strong cast (Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig) and unusual release strategy make it a lot of fun to talk about. Guests: Culture writers Chris Klimek and Danielle Henderson.

  • Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

    Aug 18 2017

    Sam Sanders (NPR's It's Been A Minute) joins the panel for the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz, in which the gang shares their knowledge about trashy television of the past and present.

  • Judith Light From 'Transparent,' 'Ugly Betty' And 'Who's The Boss?'

    Aug 16 2017

    Actress Judith Light talks to host Linda Holmes her roles as Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent, Angela Bower on Who's The Boss?, and Karen Wolek on One Life To Live.

  • A Guide to Stephen King

    Aug 11 2017

    Dark Tower is a snooze, so instead we talk about some of our favorite Stephen King books and film adaptations. Guests: Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon and The Verge's TV and Film Editor Tasha Robinson.

  • Detroit

    Aug 09 2017

    We discuss Kathryn Bigelow's new film Detroit. Its intense and unsettling depictions of police brutality in the summer of 1967, Detroit got under the panel's skin in different ways. Guests: Gene Demby (NPR's Code Switch) and Aisha Harris (Slate).

  • Insecure

    Aug 04 2017

    We check back in on Issa Rae's HBO comedy series Insecure as it kicks off its tighter, more assured second season. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guest: Brittany Luse, co-host of The Nod podcast.

  • Atomic Blonde

    Aug 02 2017

    Film critic Chris Klimek joins us to talk Atomic Blonde, a stylish and visceral spy thriller set in 1989 Berlin. It co-stars Charlize Theron and a really impressive wig.

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Jul 28 2017

    We review the bonkers space opera Valerian, a passion project of director Luc Besson. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent podcast.

  • Girls Trip

    Jul 26 2017

    The "surprising" success of the raunch-com Girls Trip didn't particularly surprise us; we talk about precisely where this "out-of-nowhere" hit came from. Guests: Code Switch's Gene Demby and Slate's Aisha Harris.

  • Dunkirk

    Jul 21 2017

    NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins the panel for a discussion of the new film Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's World War II epic.

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Jul 19 2017

    We sort out the adventures of Dale Cooper and the other residents of Twin Peaks: what works, what doesn't, and whether there's such a thing as "understanding." Plus, we remember George Romero, Martin Landau, and celebrate a new Doctor. Guests: NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and The Verge's TV and Film Editor Tasha Robinson.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy

    Jul 14 2017

    All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel for discussions about Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming and Andy Samberg's HBO special Tour de Pharmacy.

  • Baby Driver and When Auteurs Meet Film Franchises

    Jul 07 2017

    First, a discussion of Baby Driver, Edgar Wright's fun new action film with Code Switch co-host Gene Demby and It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders. Then, Code Switch co-host Shereen Marisol Meraji and the panel dive into what happens when auteur directors helm big film franchises. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House'

    Jun 30 2017

    This week, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel to chat about how they spent their summers growing up. Plus, a conversation with best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of USA's Playing House.

  • GLOW And Lena Waithe

    Jun 23 2017

    This week, the panel discusses Netflix's new wrestling comedy GLOW with NPR's Code Switch Kat Chow. Then, we bring you a conversation we recently had in Los Angeles with Master of None actress and writer Lena Waithe.

  • Wonder Woman And The Tony Awards

    Jun 16 2017

    This week, the panel talks about Wonder Woman — or Diana, Princess of Themyscira — with NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer. Then, they shift the spotlight to the stage to talk about the Tony Awards with critics Trey Graham and Chris Klimek.

  • When To Break Up With Television And Pop Culture Advice With Mallory Ortberg

    Jun 09 2017

    This week, we bring you two unaired segments from our fall tour. First, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish helps us figure out when to quit a television show — and when to stick it out to the bitter end. Then, Mallory Ortberg (Slate's Dear Prudence) answers some pop culture advice questions.

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture

    Jun 02 2017

    This week the panel is prepping for a few live shows, so we decided to revisit one of our favorite episodes from 2015. Code Switch's Kat Chow joins us for a chat about the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and and the line between inspired and derivative when it comes to culture.

  • Alien: Covenant and Veep

    May 26 2017

    Film critic Chris Klimek joins the panel for a chat about the new Ridley Scott film Alien: Covenant and HBO's Veep.

  • Master of None and Snatched

    May 19 2017

    On this week's show, Gene Demby from NPR's Code Switch and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans join us for a conversation about the second season of Master Of None and the very silly film Snatched.

  • The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy

    May 12 2017

    The panel talks about the harrowing TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, then switches gears to check in on the NBC comedy Great News, from – among others – executive producer Tina Fey. Guests: Code Switch's Leah Donnella and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell

    May 05 2017

    This week we discuss Marvel's space action-comedy Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Plus, a conversation we recently had in Chicago with comedian and writer W. Kamau Bell.

  • Summer Movie Preview 2017

    Apr 28 2017

    All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish joins us for our annual summer movie preview. We break down what we are excited to watch, what we think will smash box office records, and what we think will lose millions of dollars.

  • The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds

    Apr 21 2017

    Code Switch's Gene Demby and critic Chris Klimek join the gang for a discussion of latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Then, it's time for a discussion of clapbacks and feuds recorded live in Chicago with our NPR's Sam Sanders.

  • Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race

    Apr 14 2017

    The panel is on the road this week, so we are bringing you two special treats. First, you'll hear an episode of Code Switch that explores how comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity. Then, we revisit our conversation about RuPaul's Drag Race which first aired in 2014.

  • S-Town and Chewing Gum

    Apr 07 2017

    The panel dissects the new podcast S-Town, the latest project from the team behind Serial and This American life. Then, they'll chat about Chewing Gum, a british sex comedy that's now streaming on Netflix. Guest: Librarian Margaret H. Willison.

  • Dave Chappelle and CHiPs

    Mar 31 2017

    First we review Dave Chappelle's new Netflix stand-up specials with Code Switch's Gene Demby and For Colored Nerds co-host Brittany Luse. Then, we discuss the action comedy CHiPs with Morning Edition host David Greene. Plus, what's making us happy.

  • Beauty and the Beast & SXSW

    Mar 24 2017

    The panel discusses a tale as old as time, Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast. Then, they share what bands and films they saw at SXSW. Guest: Katie Presley, Bitch Media's music editor.

  • Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman

    Mar 17 2017

    Comedian Guy Branum joins the panel for a discussion about why some fads and memes endure and others fade away. Then, the panel offer some pop culture advice to listeners. Plus, NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer talks to Neil Gaiman about his new book Norse Mythology.

  • Get Out and The Americans

    Mar 10 2017

    This week, we'll get very unsettled by the very successful film, Get Out, and we'll catch up with the intrigue of The Americans as it returns for its fifth season. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guests: Code Switch's Kat Chow and Gene Demby.

  • Big Little Lies and Feud

    Mar 03 2017

    This week, we'll drop in on the volatile suburban surroundings of HBO's Big Little Lies, and we'll consider Ryan Murphy's high-drama look at Hollywood legends in Feud. Guest: NPR Editor Barrie Hardymon.

  • The Oscars Were Crazy

    Feb 27 2017

    It wasn't a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.

  • Our Oscars Preview

    Feb 22 2017

    NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk the nominees for Best Picture, some of the hottest races, and make some predictions we may regret later. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Justin Timberlake

    Feb 21 2017

    Morning Edition Host David Greene talks with singer and actor Justin Timberlake about how it feels to be an Oscar nominee, his boy band past, and progress on his upcoming album. (A shorter version of this interview aired on Morning Edition on February 10, 2017.)

  • Legion and Planet Earth II

    Feb 17 2017

    Television critic Alan Sepinwall joins us for a discussion of the new FX series Legion, which is based on an obscure X-Men character and adapted by Fargo's Noah Hawley. Then, they'll chat about Planet Earth II, the BBC nature documentary series that is now airing in the United States.

  • Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy

    Feb 15 2017

    Glen Weldon talks to author Philip Pullman about his return to the world of Lyra Belacqua, who we first met in The Golden Compass. The first volume of the new trilogy will be published in October.

  • Small Batch: The Grammys

    Feb 13 2017

    NPR Music's Jacob Ganz and Stephen Thompson join Linda Holmes for a discussion of Beyoncé, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, and much more.

  • The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior

    Feb 10 2017

    NPR Politics Podcast alum Sam Sanders joins the panel for The LEGO Batman Movie. Then, Code Switch's Kat Chow sits in for a chat about MasterChef Junior and other kids reality competition shows. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga

    Feb 06 2017

    Code Switch's Gene Demby joins Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes for a look at Super Bowl LI. The New England Patriots won with a huge fourth-quarter push, and also featured a high-flying halftime show from Lady Gaga, who mixed traditional Americana with doing her own thing.

  • Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love

    Feb 03 2017

    NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for a roundup of all the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: I Am Not Your Negro, OJ: Made in America, Fire at Sea, 13th, and Life, Animated. Then they'll discuss The Salesman, Iran's entry into the best Foreign Language Film category. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps

    Jan 27 2017

    Sarah D. Bunting of Previously.TV and the Extra Hot Great podcast joins the panel for a review of Riverdale, the CW's dark and sexy reimagining of Archie Comics (yes, really). Then it's onto other teen soaps from Dawson's Creek, Beverley Hills 90210, and The OC. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore

    Jan 26 2017

    Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday at 80 years old. Host Linda Holmes talks to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and co-creator Rachel Bloom about how one very funny woman of television influenced many others.

  • Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations

    Jan 24 2017

    Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon round up this year's Oscar nominations. As widely predicted, La La Land racked up the most nominations, while Moonlight made a strong showing, as did Hell or High Water.

  • The Young Pope & Hell or High Water

    Jan 20 2017

    Code Switch Co-Host Gene Demby joins the panel for a discussion of the nutty new HBO series The Young Pope, which stars Jude Law. Then, the panel reviews the wonderful western Hell or High Water, which is the second-best reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes of 2016.

  • Small Batch: DJ Khaled

    Jan 17 2017

    Morning Edition host David Greene talks with musician and Snapchat star DJ Khaled about the keys to his success, getting lost in a jet ski, and the importance of comfy pillows.

  • Hidden Figures and One Day at a Time

    Jan 13 2017

    Brittany Luse, host at Gimlet and co-host of For Colored Nerds, joins NPR's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon for a chat about Hidden Figures, the new historical drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. Then, the panel reviews Netflix's One Day a Time, a well-reviewed remake of the classic Norman Lear sitcom.

  • Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards

    Jan 09 2017

    Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Stephen Thompson wrap up the 2017 Golden Globe awards, including La La Land's sweep, the surprising wins in television, and Meryl Streep's political acceptance speech.

  • Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds

    Jan 06 2017

    Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon joins the panel for a discussion of mystery series Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Then the panel takes a few moments to remember some of the people who passed away recently, including Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds. Plus, what's making us happy.

  • Ciao 2016, Hello 2017!

    Dec 30 2016

    Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel as they say goodbye to 2016 by revisiting their resolutions and predictions from last year and making new ones for 2017. Plus, what's making us happy.

  • 2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business

    Dec 21 2016

    Sam Sanders of NPR's Politics Podcast joins the panel for a roundup of their favorite movies, songs, TV shows, and writing of the year. Then, they revisit some of the things they covered earlier in 2016—big blockbusters and box office flips, TV shows that might survive cancellation, and a Broadway phenomenon that continues to dominate the culture.

  • Favorite Podcasts of 2016

    Dec 19 2016

    Lauren Ober, the host of The Big Listen, joins Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Stephen Thompson for a roundup of their favorite podcast episodes of the year.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land

    Dec 16 2016

    NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins the panel for a discussion of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Then, the panel discusses the romantic musical La La Land, which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • This Is Us and Speechless

    Dec 09 2016

    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

    Dec 06 2016

    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

    Dec 05 2016

    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

    Dec 02 2016

    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

    Nov 23 2016

    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

    Nov 18 2016

    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

    Nov 11 2016

    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

    Nov 07 2016

    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

    Nov 04 2016

    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 ro...more

  • The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg

    Oct 28 2016

    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

    Oct 21 2016

    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

    Oct 14 2016

    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

    Oct 07 2016

    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

    Sep 30 2016

    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

    Sep 23 2016

    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

    Sep 16 2016

    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

    Sep 09 2016

    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

    Sep 02 2016

    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.

  • Big News: West Coast Tour!

    Sep 01 2016

    WEST COAST TOUR! WOOHOO!We are so excited to announce that Pop Culture Happy Hour is coming to the west coast in October. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 6th at NPRpresents.org. Here are the dates: Monday, October 17, Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA. Guest: Audie Cornish. Wednesday, October 19: Revolution Hall, Portland, OR. Guest: Audie Cornish. Friday, October 21: Marines' Memorial Theatre, San Francisco, CA. Guest: Mallory Ortberg. Sunday, October 23: The Regent Theater, Los Angeles, CA. G...more

  • Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 2016

    Aug 29 2016

    Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson discuss this year's MTV Video Music Awards. This year's VMAs featured Rihanna, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and several minutes of Kanye West doing whatever he wants — all vying for social-media dominance in the hours, days and weeks ahead.

  • Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters

    Aug 26 2016

    NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon for a discussion of the critically acclaimed Disney film Pete's Dragon. Then its onto kids and their monsters, both real and imaginary. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

  • Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers

    Aug 24 2016

    All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro talks with Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the Netflix summer hit Stranger Things. (A shorter version of this interview aired on All Things Considered on August 19, 2016.)

  • Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer

    Aug 23 2016

    Morning Edition host David Greene talks with comedian Amy Schumer about her new book, the Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. (A shorter version of the interview aired on Morning Edition on August 19, 2016.)

  • The Get Down and TCA 2016

    Aug 19 2016

    Writer Kiana Fitzgerald and Brittany Luse, host of Sampler and For Colored Nerds, join Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson for a chat about the Netflix series The Get Down. Then, Linda gives a roundup of what she learned and saw at the Television Critics Association press tour, which gives critics a first look at fall television. Plus, What's Making Us Happy.

  • Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah

    Aug 17 2016

    Morning Edition host David Greene talks with late night radio personality Delilah Rene Luke. This year marks 20 years Delilah has been taking calls and making song dedications. (This interview originally aired on Morning Edition on August 16, 2016.)

  • Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail

    Aug 15 2016

    All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro talks with Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot. (A shorter version of the interview aired on All Things Considered on August 10, 2016.)

  • Steven Universe and Board Games

    Aug 12 2016

    Code Switch's Kat Chow and Gene Demby join the show for thoughts on the groundbreaking Cartoon Network series Steven Universe and various card and board games. And, as always, we close with What's Making Us Happy this week.

  • Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad

    Aug 05 2016

    Critic Chris Klimek and NPR Editor Tanya Ballard-Brown join Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon for a discussion of two summer blockbusters, Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.

  • Small Batch: MTV Classic

    Aug 02 2016

    MTV turns 35 years old Monday, and they're marking the occasion with a channel called MTV Classic. The new channel will air MTV programming from the 1990s and 2000s. Audie Cornish and Stephen Thompson discuss the new project. (A shorter version of this conversation aired on All Things Considered on August 1st, 2016.)

  • Small Batch: Match Game

    Aug 01 2016

    ABC recently rebooted the vintage game show with Alec Baldwin as host and celebrity panelists such as Rosie O'Donnell and Tituss Burgess. Here, Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson offer their thoughts.

  • Stranger Things and Weddings

    Jul 29 2016

    Host Linda Holmes, NPR Music's Stephen Thompson, Librarian Margaret Willison, and Producer Emeritus Mike Katzif chat about the new Netflix series Stranger Things. Then, they'll discuss some of their favorite weddings in television and film. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

  • Small Batch: Swiss Army Man

    Jul 26 2016

    Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek debate the merits of Swiss Army Man, the new indie comedy referred to as the Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse movie.

  • Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches

    Jul 25 2016

    In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, hear two dispatches from this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego. First, panelist Glen Weldon explores hard science fiction. Then, NPR Books editor Petra Mayer reports on Wonder Woman fandom in honor of her 75th birthday. (Glen Weldon's piece originally aired on Weekend All Things Considered on July 23, 2016. Petra Mayer's piece originally aired on Weekend Edition Sunday on July 24, 2016.)

  • Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot

    Jul 22 2016

    All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro joins the gang for a discussion of the new Ghostbusters film and the return of the television thriller Mr. Robot.

  • On Endings And Road Trips

    Jul 15 2016

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, we revisit an episode from summer 2012. Linda Holmes talked with Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon about pop culture finales — from television shows like Six Feet Under, Community, M.A.S.H., Buffy the Vampire Slayer and LOST to books like Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and comics like Calvin And Hobbes, Sandman and Y: The Last Man. Then, a look at road trips and the pop culture they use to occupy and distract and energy while in the car. All that pl...more

  • Small Batch: Pokemon Go

    Jul 13 2016

    Pop Culture Happy Hour's Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson discuss the game: its allure and ubiquity, its backlash and glitches, and its zeitgeist-y collision of gaming, community and nostalgia.

  • The BFG and The Great British Baking Show

    Jul 08 2016

    NPR Books editor Petra Mayer joins the panel to discuss The BFG specifically and Steven Spielberg movies in general. Then they move on to talk of crumpets and The Great British Baking Show.

  • The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam?

    Jul 07 2016

    Pop Culture Happy Hour's Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby discuss Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors: Is it good for basketball? Is this the wave of the mercenary future?

  • The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz

    Jul 01 2016

    Code Switch's Gene Demby joins the panel for a discussion of the state of the sequel and why we decided not to go deep on Independence Day: Resurgence. Then, the gang takes a quiz all about sequel taglines.

  • Small Batch: Game of Thrones

    Jun 28 2016

    The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show. (This segment originally aired on All Things Considered on June 27th, 2016.)

  • Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

    Jun 27 2016

    Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin chats with Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, the co-creator of Lifetime's UnREAL and a former producer of The Bachelor. (A shorter version of the interview aired on Weekend Edition Sunday on June 5, 2016.)

  • Finding Dory and Great Voice Acting

    Jun 24 2016

    Latino U.S.A's Daisy Rosario joins the panel for a discussion of Pixar's Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo. Then they chat about voice acting, from cartoons to translation to video games. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.

  • Small Batch: The Outs with Adam Goldman

    Jun 21 2016

    In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Glen Weldon talks to Adam Goldman, the star and co-creator of the web series The Outs, about what sets the comedy apart and why queer people are superheroes.

  • O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz

    Jun 17 2016

    Code Switch's Gene Demby joins the panel for a discussion of ESPN's new documentary miniseries O.J.: Made in America. Then, we bring you a television quiz featuring Audie Cornish, recorded live at the Vulture Festival. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.

  • Small Batch: 2016 Tony Awards

    Jun 13 2016

    The shadow of a mass shooting in Orlando cast a pall over the 70th Annual Tony Awards broadcast, but host James Corden offered a spirited paean to "every Broadway would-be." Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon discuss.

  • Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Making Music Funny

    Jun 10 2016

    Librarian Margaret Willison joins the gang for a discussion of Popstar, the new movie from the Lonely Island comedy group. The they looka back at other films that find humor in the foibles of musicians. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

  • Small Batch: The Black Film Canon

    Jun 07 2016

    Slate recently published The Black Film Canon, a list of 50 films by black directors curated by a panel that included Henry Louis Gates Jr., Wesley Morris, and Ava DuVernay. Slate Culture Writer Aisha Harris helped spearhead the project, so she sat down with host Linda Holmes to highlight some of the films on the list.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse and Supervillains

    Jun 03 2016

    Writer Chris Klimek and NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen join Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson for a discussion of X-Men: Apocalypse. Then they discuss villains of all kinds and why their motives never seem to make sense. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Live At Vulture Festival

    May 27 2016

    All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish joins the panel for a show recorded live at New York Magazine's Vulture Festival. First, the panel runs with the vulture theme and discuss pop culture artifacts they continue to pick over. Then, it's onto a discussion of the crossover of politics and pop culture. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Money Monster and Eurovision

    May 20 2016

    Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon joins the crew this week. They discuss George Clooney and Julia Roberts in their new movie, Money Monster, before moving on to the sparkling singers of Eurovision.

  • Captain America: Civil War

    May 13 2016

    Code Switch's Gene Demby joins Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon for a discussion of the new Marvel blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. Then, Linda Holmes interviews Joe and Anthony Russo about directing Captain America and many beloved television comedies. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Free Comic Book Day and Keanu

    May 06 2016

    NPR Books editor Petra Mayer joins the panel for a preview of Free Comic Book Day. Then, they discuss Keanu, the new action comedy from the team behind Key and Peele. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Silicon Valley and Bob's Burgers

    Apr 29 2016

    Writer Danielle Henderson joins the gang for a discussion of the HBO comedy Silicon Valley. Then, Stephen Thompson interviews Loren Bouchard, the creator of Bob's Burgers. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Small Batch: Another Round's Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton

    Apr 27 2016

    Linda Holmes chats with Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton, the hosts of BuzzFeed's Another Round podcast.

  • Small Batch: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'

    Apr 25 2016

    NPR Music's Kiana Fitzgerald reviews Beyonce's new album Lemonade. Fitzgerald says the story Beyonce is telling this time, that of a woman wronged, is universal, but the way she's delivered it is a crystal-clear representation of the black female experience. (The review originally aired on Morning Edition on April 25, 2016.) Live show tickets available at: vulturefestival.com

  • Summer Movie Preview

    Apr 22 2016

    Pop Culture Happy Hour Producer Emeritus Mike Katzif joins the gang for a summer movie preview. They'll discuss what they most want to see. They will also predict the biggest box office hits and bombs. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Small Batch: Remembering Prince

    Apr 21 2016

    Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson discuss the way Prince changed music, supported other artists, defied creative constraints and challenged the notion of what it means for a pop singer to rebel.

  • Small Batch: Comedian Josh Gondelman

    Apr 19 2016

    Linda Holmes chat with Josh Gondelman, and stand-up comedian and writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. His album Physical Whisper is available now.

  • The Mindy Project and Romantic Comedies

    Apr 15 2016

    All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and librarian Margaret Willison join Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon for a discussion of The Mindy Project and romantic comedies. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Small Batch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther

    Apr 13 2016

    All Things Considered host Audie Cornish chats with Ta-Nehisi Coates about writing the latest iteration of Marvel's Black Panther. Marvel's Black Panther. The first issue is out now and features illustrations by artist Brian Stelfreeze. (A shorter version of this interview aired on All Things Considered on April 6, 2016.)

  • Best Bad Movies and a Quiz

    Apr 08 2016

    Trey Graham returns to PCHH for a discussion of the best bad movies. Then, Glen Weldon tests the panel in a top-secret quiz. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

  • Small Batch: The Real Housewives of Potomac

    Apr 01 2016

    Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, hosts of the For Colored Nerds podcast, join Linda Holmes for a chat about the Real Housewives of Potomac.

  • Batman V Superman and Pop Culture Objects

    Apr 01 2016

    Writer Chris Klimek joins Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon for a discussion of Batman V Superman and how to build a better blockbuster. They also discuss pop culture objects they wish they owned. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

  • SXSW Wrap and Songs That Changed Our Lives

    Mar 25 2016

    All Things Considered Audie Cornish and NPR Music's Katie Presley join the PCHH gang for a look at the 2016 SXSW Festival. Then, they'll discuss the songs that change their lives. All that, plus what's making us happy.

  • Small Batch: Glen Weldon's 'The Caped Crusade'

    Mar 23 2016

    All Things Considered host Audie Cornish chats with Glen Weldon about his new book "The Cape Crusade." It traces the evolution of Batman, and argues that his various iterations over the years are a sort of Rorschach test for America's cultural mood. (A shorter version of this interview aired on All Things Considered on March 23, 2016.)

  • Hamilton

    Mar 18 2016

    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 happens. Just you wait, just you wait...

  • Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Kanye, and Gilmore Girls

    Mar 11 2016

    While our panel recovers from our New York field trip, we bring you three great conversations. First, NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen talks to Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. Then, host Linda Holmes talks with WNYC's Sean Rameswaram about Kanye West and his new ablum The Life of Pablo. Then, Linda chats with Latino USA's Daisy Rosario about the Gilmore Girls reboot.

  • Small Batch: American Crime

    Mar 09 2016

    In our first dispatch from New York, Linda Holmes chats with culture writer Danielle Henderson about American Crime, ABC's acclaimed anthology series.

  • Downton Abbey and Nostalgia as a Genre

    Mar 04 2016

    All Things Considered host Audie Cornish and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon join Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon for a look back at Downton Abbey. Then, they discuss nostalgia as a genre, covering everything from Mad Men to Galavant to American Crime Story. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

  • Small Batch: The 2016 Oscars

    Feb 29 2016

    Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Code Switch's Gene Demby chat about the 88th Academy Awards, including Chris Rock's monologue, Lady Gaga and Joe Biden's friendship, and the orchestra's questionable music choices.

  • The Oscars Omnibus 2016

    Feb 26 2016

    All Things Considered's film critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for the annual Oscars omnibus. The gang discuss all the best picture nominees, a number of the performances, and recommend some movies that the academy overlooked.

  • Small Batch: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird

    Feb 19 2016

    In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon of NPR's Weekend Edition about the book that was, for most of her life, Harper Lee's only published novel.

  • Hail, Caesar! and Entertainment About Entertainment

    Feb 19 2016

    Film critics Bob Mondello and Chris Klimek join Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon for a discussion of the new Coen brothers film Hail, Caesar! Then the panel chats about why Hollywood loves to make films and television about the entertainment business.

  • Small Batch: The 2016 Grammy Awards

    Feb 16 2016

    Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson talk about how awards themselves went more or less as expected. But two performances, one from Broadway's Hamilton and one an extended medley by Kendrick Lamar, overwhelmed everything that surrounded them.

  • Awards Show Expectations and Product Placement

    Feb 12 2016

    Alex Kapelman, host of the Pitch podcast, joins the gang for a discussion of what they want and expect from award shows. Then they'll chat about product placement in pop culture. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

  • Small Batch: Super Bowl 50

    Feb 08 2016

    Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson chat about Super 50, including the game itself, Beyoncé stealing the halftime show, and some memorable commercials.

  • Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks

    Feb 05 2016

    Dan Pashman from The Sporkful podcast joins Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson for a chat about the eternal question: If you're watching the Super Bowl, what are you eating while you do?

  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grease: Live, and Musicals On TV

    Feb 05 2016

    Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel to discuss the musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, currently airing on the CW. Then the gang discusses Fox's live staging of Grease and other musicals on television. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

  • Fred Armisen and Welcome To Night Vale

    Jan 29 2016

    The PCHH gang couldn't tape a show this week, so instead we bring you two interviews. First, Linda Holmes chats with Fred Armisen about his illustrious career in a never-been-heard outtake from our live show in 2015. Then Linda interviews Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of Welcome to Night Vale. Holmes spoke with the writers in late 2015, at an event hosted by Politics & Prose and the Sixth & I.

  • Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman

    Jan 22 2016

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Sarah D. Bunting chat about Making a Murderer and the true crime genre. Then they'll look back at the career of Alan Rickman, who passed away last week at the age of 69. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

  • The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

    Jan 20 2016

    Sometimes, sports fandom comes naturally: We grew up immersed in it, or we get swept up in local fervor. But there's more than one way to become a fan. Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss.

  • The Hateful Eight and the Evolving Theatrical Experience

    Jan 15 2016

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson and Chris Klimek discuss new Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight. Then, from recliners to 30mm to Smell-O-Vision, it's an examination of the ever-changing movie theater experience. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

  • Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney

    Jan 12 2016

    All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish talks with comedian John Mulaney about his new stand-up special The Comeback Kid, his failed network sitcom, and his childhood. (A shorter version of this interview originally aired on All Things Considered on November 16, 2015)

  • Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie

    Jan 11 2016

    In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson remember pop icon David Bowie.

  • American Idol and People We're Pulling For

    Jan 08 2016

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Tanya Ballard Brown, and Marc Hirsh look back at the legacy of American Idol. Then they'll return to one of our favorite segments, people we're pulling for. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

  • Ciao 2015, Hello 2016!

    Jan 01 2016

    Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon and guest Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch say goodbye to 2015, and revisit their resolutions and predictions. And they make new ones for 2016. And no fail, Pop Culture Happy Hour panelists share what's making them happy.

  • Melancholidays, Sisters and 2015 Highlights

    Dec 25 2015

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, librarian Margaret Willison helps NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon get on their melacholidays — yes, it's okay to have a not-so-merry little Christmas. They talk about the Pohler-Fey film, Sisters, their 2015 surprises and, always, what's making them happy.

  • Small Batch: Star Wars (The Force Awakens)

    Dec 22 2015

    By now, billions of people have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We didn't spoil it for you last week. But on this bonus epidose, Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon do nothing but talk spoilers that make you really want to see the movie.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Movie Merchandise

    Dec 18 2015

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Chris Klimek, and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Then they'll reveal some of their most beloved and reviled pieces of movie merchandise. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

  • Small Batch: Frank Sinatra With Sonari Glinton

    Dec 15 2015

    In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson chats with NPR's biggest Frank Sinatra fan, reporter Sonari Glinton.

  • Creed, Men Crying At Movies, and Visceral Responses

    Dec 11 2015

    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 Creed, the latest film in the Rocky franchise. Then they'll discuss men crying at movies, and other visceral reactions we have while consuming pop culture. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.