• Transparent and Pop Culture Debuts MP3

    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.

    18.10.2014

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  • Hunger Games and What to Give MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Audie Cornish and Kat Chow talk about the second installment in the Hunger Games franchise. Then, in the age of digital downloads, what kind of pop culture can you still give? All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

    29.11.2013

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    29.11.2013

  • Typecasting, Tony Soprano And The Chicken Dance MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Trey Graham, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon talk about James Gandolfini, the downsides — and upsides — of typecasting, and picking music for your wedding. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

    28.06.2013

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    28.06.2013

  • Superman And What Gets Better With Age MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and guest Chris Klimek talk about Zack Snyder's summer blockbuster 'Man of Steel.' They'll discuss what they liked and disliked: the movie's length, its action sequences and Henry Cavill's performance as Superman. Next, they'll discuss pop culture that gets better as we get older, from 1980s funk music to c...

    21.06.2013

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    21.06.2013

  • Tony Awards And Shared Songs MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk about the 2013 Tony Awards and its winners, including 'Kinky Boots' and 'Pippin.' They'll discuss their favorite performances of the night and how host Neil Patrick Harris puts the Oscars to shame. Next, they talk about the "he said/she said" song, which encompa...

    14.06.2013

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    14.06.2013

  • Funny Moms And Funny Pages MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk about the moms and wives that make sitcoms run. From 'Mork and Mindy' to 'Modern Family,' they'll cite examples of fully fleshed out characters, as well as women relegated as props to their on-screen husbands. They'll also remember the late Jean Stapleton and her portrayal of Edith...

    07.06.2013

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    07.06.2013

  • Binge Viewing And A Summer TV Quiz MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson are joined by special guests Gene Demby and Kat Chow, of NPR's Code Switch team. On the occasion of the new season of 'Arrested Development,' they'll discuss the trend of binge viewing and the shows they've binge-watched. Favorites include 'House Hunters,' 'Scandal,' 'Mad Men,' 'Friday Night Ligh...

    31.05.2013

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    31.05.2013

  • Star Trek, SNL, And Boldly Going To New Places MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk about 'Star Trek Into Darkness.' How does a franchise with a long history satisfy both die-hard fans and those that are just jumping on board? Next, they'll discuss 'Saturday Night Live,' its changing place in pop culture and whether it really needs to be live anymore. Al...

    24.05.2013

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    24.05.2013

  • Cancellation Blues And Cultural Etiquette MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk about the cancellation of television shows, from the ones they loved to the ones they forgot existed. Why is the cancellation of our favorite shows so disappointing? They'll also discuss how shows can have a second life after cancellation, through syndication, video streaming or by jumping to ...

    17.05.2013

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    17.05.2013

  • Iron Man And Giving Up MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and special guest Matt Thompson talk about 'Iron Man 3,' directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey, Jr. They'll discuss why the latest installment of the superhero series is about much more than a man and his gadgets. Also, why it surprised the panelists by passing the Bechdel test and featuring m...

    10.05.2013

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    10.05.2013

  • The Retail And Science Edition MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk about brick and mortar retail in the age of online consumption. Whither the record store, whither the record store jerk? Leading into Free Comic Book Day, they'll discuss how the role of the brick and mortar store has changed in the face of online competition and what we may lose, cultur...

    03.05.2013

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    03.05.2013

  • Our Great Big Summer Movies Show MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk about upcoming summer films. From the much-hyped 'Great Gatsby' to the much-anticipated 'Before Midnight,' they'll discuss what movies they're looking forward to in a summer season seemingly dominated by apocalyptic sci-fi thrillers. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy...

    26.04.2013

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    26.04.2013

  • Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Sense Of Place And A Nostalgic Quiz MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and producer Jess Gitner talk about sense of place on the occasion of NPR moving to its new headquarters. How do settings affect the culture we enjoy? And what does it take to capture sense of place in a TV show or film, aside from buildings and external details? They'll talk New York, as portrayed in 'Seinfeld'...

    19.04.2013

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    19.04.2013

  • Mad Men, Madmen, And A Fond Farewell MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and special guest Barrie Hardymon talk about the two-hour season opener of 'Mad Men.' They'll discuss how the show is changing as they move into the late Sixties and why they love Peggy. Next, they take a moment to bid the fondest of farewells to one of their pop-culture heroes, Roger Ebert. Final...

    12.04.2013

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    12.04.2013

  • In The Long Run MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon talk about whether it's really possible to capture the magic of a first season later on in a series. What do shows do to reinvigorate themselves and last a long time? They'll talk 'Law and Order,' 'The Wire' and 'Mad Men,' which returns this weekend. Next, they'll di...

    05.04.2013

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  • Moody Mysteries And More Punching Bags MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon are joined by producer Jess Gitner and NPR Books editor Petra Mayer. They discuss the new Sundance miniseries 'Top of the Lake,' a crime drama starring Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter, directed and written by Jane Campion. They'll talk about the pacing, the acting, and how to best put a drug trip on screen. Then the...

    29.03.2013

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    29.03.2013

  • Kickstarter TV And Comedy Contests MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon discuss crowd-funded art. They'll talk about the Veronica Mars movie which raised more than 3 million dollars on Kickstarter and they'll weigh the pros and cons of a patronage model. They'll also discuss Vulture's Ultimate Sitcom bracket, in which 'The Simpsons' emerged victorious over 'Cheers.' The gang ...

    22.03.2013

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    22.03.2013

  • For Young And Old Alike MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson are joined by producer Jess Gitner and comics guru (also Stephen's mom) Maggie Thompson to talk about pop culture for all ages. They'll discuss how pop culture is passed down from generation to generation and share some favorite examples of entertainment that can be enjoyed by both the young and old, together. Next,Â...

    15.03.2013

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    15.03.2013

  • Sex Comedies And Marshmallow Peeps (REBROADCAST) MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, the the gang takes some time off due to a perfect storm of illness and SXSW preparation. Here's a favorite episode from last Spring in which NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes joins Glen Weldon, Trey Graham and Stephen Thompson to talk about the vitality (or not) of the teen sex comedy — from Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Porky's to American Pie and Superbad. Then...

    08.03.2013

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    08.03.2013

  • Jingle Madness And Oscar Gold MP3

    This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon round up the Oscars telecast, from Daniel Day Lewis' speech and Jennifer Lawrence's tumble to Seth McFarlane's jokes. Next, they declare an "earworm warm" and take a close look at the commercial jingle. They'll go through a few of their favorites from past to present and a...

    01.03.2013

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