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The Goldfinch And What's Making Us Happy

September 13th, 2019


Donna Tartt's 2013 book The Goldfinch won a Pulitzer Prize for its story of a boy whose mother dies in a bombing. It's an epic tale of grief, …

Steven Universe: The Movie

September 11th, 2019


The animated show Steven Universe has told the story of a human-alien hybrid boy and the race of alien women called Gems who've helped raise him on …

It: Chapter Two And What's Making Us Happy

September 6th, 2019


The 2017 movie It was a massive blockbuster, and became the highest-grossing R-rated horror film of all time. Adapting the Stephen King novel of the same name, it tells the story of seven misfit kids in the late 1980s, …

The Movies Of 1999

September 4th, 2019


Just about every week, we talk about what we're watching or reading or listening to right now. Today, we're doing something different. We're going back 20 years to talk about some of the movies of 1999, including Drop …

Fall TV Preview

August 30th, 2019


It's autumn again. And that means we're getting a wave of new television. So it's time for the annual fall TV preview. Whether you like superheros or detectives, broadcast or cable or streaming, we're here to share what …

The 2019 MTV VMAs

August 27th, 2019


We just spent three hours watching the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, which are never really about awards so much as moments: big performances and the memes and soundbites we may or may not remember for years to come. …

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

August 23rd, 2019


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 …


August 21st, 2019


The panel discusses Netflix's new wrestling comedy GLOW with NPR's Code Switch Kat Chow. (This episode originally aired on June 23, 2017.)

Where'd You Go, Bernadette And What's Making Us Happy

August 16th, 2019


In Maria Semple's novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Bernadette Fox is a wife and mother who mysteriously vanishes from her ordinary life in the middle of a personal crisis. Her daughter is left to piece together what …


August 14th, 2019


Of all the TV shows about monstrous rich people, the HBO series Succession might be one of the most cutting. It follows heartless media mega-mogul …

Veronica Mars And What's Making Us Happy

August 9th, 2019


Back in 2004, Veronica Mars was a high school student working for her private-eye father on the side. After three seasons on the air and a …

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

August 7th, 2019


The new film Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham. The two play their characters from the Fast & Furious franchise, spun off into a fresh adventure. They …

The Farewell And What's Making Us Happy

August 2nd, 2019


In The Farewell, Akwafina plays Billi, a young woman whose beloved grandmother back in China is diagnosed with lung cancer. The family decides not to tell the grandmother that she's got only months to live — a decision …

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

July 31st, 2019


Once Upon A Time In... Hollywood is writer-director Quentin Tarantino's ninth film. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a fading western actor named Rick …

Queer Eye

July 26th, 2019


Queer Eye is back for a fourth season, so we figured it'd be interesting to review our first impressions of the series, back when it premiered last year. We talk about the show's broader mission statement, the new Fab …


July 24th, 2019


Jeopardy! has been in the news a lot this year, both for James Holzhauer's historic championship run and for Alex Trebek's recent cancer diagnosis. …

The Lion King And What's Making Us Happy

July 19th, 2019


For the last few years, Disney has been turning its beloved animated films into live-action revamps . But this revamp isn't live-action — even though …

We Go To The Opera

July 17th, 2019


What has music, neon signs, classic cars, and Vegas gangsters in a dramatic story of love and death? Believe it or not, it's the Metropolitan Opera's …

Los Espookys And What's Making Us Happy

July 12th, 2019


Los Espookys is a very odd HBO comedy series about a group of horror-loving friends who start up a business that provides scary experiences for their clients.The six-episode series, which is now four episodes into its …


July 10th, 2019


In the film Midsommar, writer-director Ari Aster follows up his cult horror hit Hereditary with a film about a literal cult. Florence Pugh plays a …

Spider-Man: Far From Home

July 5th, 2019


In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Tom Holland's Peter Parker deals with the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame by not dealing with it — he takes a class trip …

Songs Of Summer, 2019 Edition

July 2nd, 2019


It's our second annual songs of summer spectacular! Every year at NPR Music we debate which hits might be remembered as "the song of the summer" — …

'Yesterday' Imagines A World Without The Beatles

June 28th, 2019


In Yesterday, Himesh Patel plays Jack Malik, an English singer whose career is going nowhere. His parents don't understand him, but he's got the support of his friends — especially Ellie, his manager, played by Lily …

We Spoil Avengers: Endgame

June 26th, 2019


When Avengers: Endgame came out in late April, it got good reviews and it did huge business. As with everything we talk about, we didn't want to spoil it for you, so some of its biggest developments went un-analyzed. …

Toy Story 4 And What's Making Us Happy

June 21st, 2019


The Toy Story movies have been skittering around the closets of our hearts for almost 25 years. Anchored by Woody the sheriff, voiced by Tom Hanks, they're central to the story of Pixar. Now we're up to Toy Story 4. …

Big Little Lies Returns For Season 2

June 19th, 2019


When Big Little Lies came to HBO, it boasted a cast full of stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern. …

Late Night And What's Making Us Happy

June 14th, 2019


In the movie Late Night, Mindy Kaling plays Molly Patel, a woman who gets her big break in the writers' room of late night host Katherine Newbury. …

Olivia Wilde Is Quizzed On Buffalo Wild Wings

June 12th, 2019


A few weeks ago we talked about the wonderful new teen comedy Booksmart. the film is directed by Olivia Wilde, who is also an actress known for her …

The 2019 Tony Awards

June 10th, 2019


We are recapping this year's Tony Awards. James Corden was back as the host, and it was a big night for the musical Hadestown and the Irish play The …

You Should Watch Fleabag. Here's Why.

June 7th, 2019


In 2016, Phoebe Waller-Bridge presented the world with Fleabag. She not only writes the show, but she stars in it too. She plays a young woman only referred to as Fleabag who is bruised by external and internal …


June 5th, 2019


Rocketman is a new biopic about queer rock icon Elton John. It is in many ways a typical rise-and-fall, dangers of fame kind of rock star biopic. But …

Booksmart and What's Making Us Happy

May 31st, 2019


In the new movie Booksmart, two young women about to graduate from high school spend one last night trying to catch up on everything they missed. …

Our Great Big Theater Roundup

May 29th, 2019


We recently packed up and road-tripped to New York to check out some selections from the current Broadway theater season. We went to musicals and plays, revivals and new works, and we have a lot of thoughts.

Aladdin and What's Making Us Happy

May 24th, 2019


Aladdin is the latest Disney live-action remake of an animated classic. The 1992 original starred Robin Williams as the genie, and this time it's Will Smith. The genie is still blue and there's still a mischievous …

Game Of Thrones

May 20th, 2019


After eight seasons, 73 episodes, and way too many characters busting out the phrase "bend the knee" all the time, HBO's Game of Thrones has come to an end. And there's a lot to unpack.

John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum and What's Making Us Happy

May 17th, 2019


Once upon a time, a man named John Wick retired from his successful career as an assassin. But then he returned to it. And across what's now a …

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

May 15th, 2019


The Pokémon universe has brought the world television cartoons, trading cards, video games, plush toys, the mobile-game sensation Pokemon GO, and a string of animated movies. Now, the franchise makes the leap into live …

People We're Pulling For and What's Making Us Happy

May 10th, 2019


Everyone needs inspiration. And we need it too. So from time to time, we pause just to single out some of the people whose work we're appreciating. People from whom we want more. We call this segment People We're …

Long Shot: Charlize Theron And Seth Rogen Mix Romance And Politics

May 8th, 2019


While summer is a time of spectacles and sequels, there is always time for love. The new romantic comedy Long Shot stars Charlize Theron as a …

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Comedies About Music

May 3rd, 2019


We revisit our 2016 discussion of the film Popstar. We The also look at back at other films that find humor in the foibles of musicians.

Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos in Pop Culture

May 1st, 2019


Nothing fascinates the world like a meteoric rise. Except, of course, for a spectacular fall. The story of the Silicon Valley startup Theranos and …

'Avengers: Endgame' and What's Making Us Happy

April 26th, 2019


The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought us Iron Man movies, Thor movies, Captain America movies, Avengers movies, and many other superhero franchises over the last decade, and they all feed into one epic that ties up …

Beyoncé's Homecoming

April 22nd, 2019


On Wednesday, Beyoncé released two major projects. On Netflix, a new documentary captures the process of putting on headlining appearances at last year's Coachella Music Festival. She also surprise-released a …

Our Summer Movie Preview

April 19th, 2019


It's time again for our summer movie preview. We'll take a shot at guessing hits and misses, and we'll tell you what we can't wait to see.

We Offer Some Pop Culture Advice

April 17th, 2019


Today we open up the vault to finally bring you a segment we recorded back in 2016 with our pal Audie Cornish. You'll hear us live in Seattle …

The Twilight Zone and What's Making Us Happy

April 12th, 2019


It's been 60 years since The Twilight Zone first aired, with the voice and eventually the face of its creator, Rod Serling. Now, CBS All Access has …

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

April 10th, 2019


For the last four seasons, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has followed Rebecca Bunch as she pursued love, dreaded her mother, and tried to address her mental …

Shazam! And What's Making Us Happy

April 5th, 2019


"Shazam!" is what young Billy Batson says to morph into a big red superhero. It's also the name of the new movie about him. Starring Zachary Levi as the big lug in the suit, Shazam! makes for a lighter DC Comics movie.

Boost Your Mood With Pop Culture Serotonin

April 3rd, 2019


Spring is here, but it's been a long winter. And we're a little overwhelmed by the news of the world, so we're taking a moment to share some of the …

What We Do In The Shadows: A Comedy With Bite

March 29th, 2019


The comedy series What We Do In The Shadows imagines what a slacker reality show might look like if all the roommates were vampires. The show is based on a 2014 film of the same name, which was helmed by Jemaine …

Hulu's Shrill

March 27th, 2019


The new Hulu series Shrill follows Annie, a young writer. She's trying to get her career moving, figure out what's up with her sort-of boyfriend, and …


March 22nd, 2019


Us is Jordan Peele's follow up to his 2017 film Get Out. The film stars Lupita Nyong'o as a mother whose whole family is confronted by their own …

Music Discoveries From SXSW 2019

March 20th, 2019


The South by Southwest music festival brings together artists from around the world to perform in big venues and small ones, on sidewalks and sprawling stages. Every year, we bring back some musical discoveries that …


March 15th, 2019


The much-praised Hulu series PEN15 is about two middle-school girls who feel like they might never figure out how to grow into adults. The show was …

The Other Two

March 13th, 2019


Comedy Central's very funny new show The Other Two is about the older siblings of a newly minted YouTube star. His fame makes them feel overshadowed …

The All Songs Considered SXSW Preview

March 10th, 2019


NPR Music is heading to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. It's a huge feast of musical discovery that brings together bands and fans from around the world. All Songs Considered convened a panel to preview some of the …

Captain Marvel

March 8th, 2019


Captain Marvel is the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first movie to give a woman the lead role. Brie Larson stars as a badass …

Remembering Luke Perry

March 4th, 2019


If you came of age in the 1990s, you might know Luke Perry as the rebellious teenage fantasy boyfriend Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. But you also might know him from the original movie version of Buffy The …

Russian Doll

March 1st, 2019


Today we're diving into the complicated and tangled world of Netflix's Russian Doll, a series anchored by a dynamic performance from Natasha Lyonne. …

2019 Oscars Recap

February 25th, 2019


Green Book is your best picture, and Bohemian Rhapsody and Roma took a bunch of the top prizes, too. And it all got done in a ceremony without a host. We're breaking it all down: the winners, the speeches, the songs, …

2019 Oscars Preview

February 22nd, 2019


Where will you find rock bands going up against jazz pianists, superheroes, and scheming women in beautiful dresses? At this year's Oscars. We're …

A Pop Culture Quiz

February 20th, 2019


Pop Culture Happy Hour is in its ninth year, so Linda decided to write a quiz about the ninth seasons of television shows. Stephen and Glen faced off …

The Oscar-Nominated Documentaries And Foreign-Laungage Films

February 15th, 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

February 11th, 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 …

'The Lego Movie 2'

February 8th, 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 …

The 2019 Super Bowl

February 4th, 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 …

Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice and Green Book

February 1st, 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 …

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo

January 30th, 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 …

Roma and What's Making Us Happy

January 25th, 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 …

We Get It Now

January 23rd, 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 …


January 18th, 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, …

The Masked Singer

January 16th, 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 …

If Beale Street Could Talk

January 11th, 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 …

The 2019 Golden Globes

January 7th, 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 …

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and What's Making Us Happy

January 4th, 2019


The sci-fi series Black Mirror has always been about changing technology and its usually dark implications for the future. Its latest episode, …

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

January 2nd, 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 …

Our Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions

December 28th, 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 …

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

December 26th, 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 …

Our 15 Favorite Things Of 2018

December 21st, 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 …

Mary Poppins Returns

December 19th, 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, …

The Favourite and What's Making Us Happy

December 14th, 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 …

Sam Sanders Chats With Guy Branum

December 12th, 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

December 7th, 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 …

Our Favorite Christmas Songs

December 5th, 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 …

Ralph Breaks The Internet and What's Making Us Happy

November 30th, 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 …

Creed II

November 28th, 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, …

Widows and What's Making Us Happy

November 23rd, 2018


Widows is not your average heist movie — director Steve McQueen and co-screenwriter Gillian Fylnn have created something far more interesting. The …

Die Hard

November 21st, 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 …


November 16th, 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 …

Remembering Stan Lee

November 13th, 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 …

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

November 9th, 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

November 7th, 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 …

The Haunting of Hill House

November 2nd, 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 …


October 31st, 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 …

Beautiful Boy and What's Making Us Happy

October 26th, 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 …


October 24th, 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 …

Big Mouth and What's Making Us Happy

October 19th, 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 …


October 17th, 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 …

'First Man' and What's Making Us Happy

October 12th, 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 Hate U Give

October 10th, 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 …

A Star Is Born and What's Making Us Happy

October 5th, 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 …

A Simple Favor

October 3rd, 2018


What has Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, menswear looks, mysteries, and YouTube's most cheerful mom? It's the stylish, mischievous, and sometimes darkly …

Fall Movie Preview

September 28th, 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 — …

All-Books Edition: Volume 2

September 26th, 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 …

Forever And What's Making Us Happy

September 21st, 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 …

2018 Emmy Awards

September 18th, 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

On the Books: An All-Book Edition

September 14th, 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

September 12th, 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 …

Pop Culture Serotonin and What's Making Us Happy

September 7th, 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 …

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

September 5th, 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 …

Fall TV Preview and What's Making Us Happy

August 31st, 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 …

Black Panther

August 29th, 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 …

BlacKkKlansman and What's Making Us Happy

August 24th, 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 …

2018 MTV VMAs

August 21st, 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 …

Crazy Rich Asians and What's Making Us Happy

August 17th, 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

August 16th, 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 …

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

August 15th, 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 …

Pop Culture Punching Bags and What's Making Us Happy

August 10th, 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 …

Sorry to Bother You

August 8th, 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 …

Eighth Grade and What's Making Us Happy

August 3rd, 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 …

Breath Of The Wild

August 1st, 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 …

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

July 27th, 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 …

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

July 25th, 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 …

Skyscraper and What's Making Us Happy

July 20th, 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. …

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

July 18th, 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 …

Sharp Objects and What's Making Us Happy

July 13th, 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.


July 11th, 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 …

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

July 6th, 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'

July 4th, 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. …

The Songs Of Summer

June 29th, 2018


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

Cooking Shows

June 27th, 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 …

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

June 22nd, 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 Great Big Stand-Up Roundup

June 20th, 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 …

Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy

June 15th, 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

June 11th, 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 …

Ocean's 8 and What's Making Us Happy

June 8th, 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 …

The Paddington Movies

June 6th, 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

June 1st, 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 30th, 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 …

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

May 25th, 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,

The Royal Wedding

May 19th, 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 …

Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy

May 18th, 2018


Ryan Reynolds once again assumes the role of a deadly mercenary who makes many references to various pop culture properties while disemboweling folk …

The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'

May 16th, 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 11th, 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 …

Killing Eve

May 9th, 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 4th, 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 2nd, 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 …

Avengers: Infinity War and What's Making Us Happy

April 27th, 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.


April 23rd, 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 …

Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy

April 20th, 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

April 18th, 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 …

Antiques Roadshow and What's Making Us Happy

April 13th, 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 …


April 11th, 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

April 6th, 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 …

Love, Simon

April 4th, 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 …

Ready Player One and What's Making Us Happy

March 30th, 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

March 28th, 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

March 23rd, 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

March 21st, 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 …

Talk Show Talk and What's Making Us Happy

March 16th, 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.


March 14th, 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 …

A Wrinkle In Time and What's Making Us Happy

March 9th, 2018


Director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the classic Madeleine L'Engle novel is devoid of cynicism, filled with beautiful images and deeply moving. …

The 2018 Oscars

March 5th, 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

March 2nd, 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 …

The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

February 28th, 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

February 23rd, 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

February 21st, 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 …

Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy

February 16th, 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

February 14th, 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

February 9th, 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

February 5th, 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 …

Roxane Gay

February 2nd, 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, …

The 2018 Grammys

January 29th, 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

January 26th, 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

January 24th, 2018


The gang discusses Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Phantom Thread. The story about the twisted relationship between a dressmaker (Daniel …

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

January 19th, 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 …

The Florida Project and Remembering Dolores O'Riordan

January 17th, 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 …

I, Tonya and What's Making Us Happy

January 12th, 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. …

The Golden Globe Awards

January 8th, 2018


Recent stories of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood inspired black dresses and unexpected guests at the Golden Globes. Plus, Oprah Winfrey …

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

January 5th, 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 …

John Cho

January 3rd, 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 …

Black Mirror and What's Making Us Happy

December 29th, 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 …

Our 15 Favorites Of 2017

December 27th, 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

December 22nd, 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 …

Our Hanukkah Special

December 20th, 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, …

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

December 15th, 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 …

The Shape of Water

December 13th, 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

December 8th, 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 …

Call Me By Your Name

December 6th, 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 …

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

December 1st, 2017


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


November 29th, 2017


Pixar's latest animated film follows young Miguel through an adventure that teaches him about family and remembrance. Code Switch's Shereen Marisol …

Black-ish and What's Making Us Happy

November 24th, 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

November 22nd, 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

November 17th, 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

November 15th, 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 …

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

November 10th, 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 …

Pop Culture Advice With Audie Cornish

November 8th, 2017


The Pop Culture Happy Hour gang answer some pop culture advice questions, including balancing recaps with television consumption and if you should …

Thor: Ragnarok and What's Making Us Happy

November 3rd, 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 …

Stranger Things 2

November 1st, 2017


After a highly successful first season, the Netflix monster mystery returns. But does it overcome the challenges that have plagued sequels for …

American Vandal and What's Making Us Happy

October 27th, 2017


The panel discusses American Vandal, the Netflix mockumentary series that's a hilariously precise dissection of our cultural fascination with true …

John Hodgman

October 25th, 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

October 20th, 2017


NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins the panel to talk about the oddly successful and often bizarre ABC series that brings entrepreneurs …

Tom Hanks

October 18th, 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 …

Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy

October 13th, 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 …

The Good Place

October 11th, 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 …

Blade Runner 2049

October 6th, 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

October 4th, 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

September 29th, 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 …

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

September 27th, 2017


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

Fall Movie Preview

September 22nd, 2017


As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Critics Linda Holmes, Bob Mondello, Tasha Robinson, and Bilal Quershi share …

Emmy Awards 2017

September 18th, 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 …

The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy

September 15th, 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 …

People We're Pulling For

September 13th, 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 …


September 8th, 2017


Weekend Edition Book Editor Barrie Hardymon and librarian Margaret Willison chat with Linda about Outlander, a sexy time-travel fantasy series …

Mother-Daughter Directors Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer

September 6th, 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 …

Lake Bell and What's Making Us Happy

September 1st, 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

August 30th, 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 …

The MTV VMAs and Taylor Swift

August 28th, 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

August 25th, 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

August 23rd, 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: …

Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

August 18th, 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?'

August 16th, 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 …

A Guide to Stephen King

August 11th, 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.


August 9th, 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 …


August 4th, 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

August 2nd, 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

July 28th, 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

July 26th, 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 …


July 21st, 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

July 19th, 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 …

Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy

July 14th, 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

July 7th, 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. …

Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House'

June 30th, 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 …

GLOW And Lena Waithe

June 23rd, 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

June 16th, 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 …

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

June 9th, 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, …

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture

June 2nd, 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 …

Alien: Covenant and Veep

May 26th, 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 19th, 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 12th, 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 …

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

May 5th, 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 …

Summer Movie Preview 2017

April 28th, 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 …

The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds

April 21st, 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 …

Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race

April 14th, 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 …

S-Town and Chewing Gum

April 7th, 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: …

Dave Chappelle and CHiPs

March 31st, 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 …

Beauty and the Beast & SXSW

March 24th, 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: …

Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman

March 17th, 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 …

Get Out and The Americans

March 10th, 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 …

Big Little Lies and Feud

March 3rd, 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 …

The Oscars Were Crazy

February 27th, 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

February 22nd, 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 …

Justin Timberlake

February 21st, 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 …

Legion and Planet Earth II

February 17th, 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 …

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

February 15th, 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 …

Small Batch: The Grammys

February 13th, 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

February 10th, 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 …

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

February 6th, 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 …

Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love

February 3rd, 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. …

Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps

January 27th, 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 …

Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore

January 26th, 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 …

Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations

January 24th, 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

January 20th, 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 …

Small Batch: DJ Khaled

January 17th, 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

January 13th, 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 …

Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards

January 9th, 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 …

Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds

January 6th, 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 …

Ciao 2016, Hello 2017!

December 30th, 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 …

2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business

December 21st, 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 …

Favorite Podcasts of 2016

December 19th, 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 …

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land

December 16th, 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 …

This Is Us and Speechless

December 9th, 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 …

Small Batch: Younger

December 6th, 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

December 5th, 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

December 2nd, 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 …

Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani

November 23rd, 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 …

Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin

November 18th, 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 …

Doctor Strange and Moonlight

November 11th, 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 …

Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy

November 7th, 2016


Tomorrow is Election Day, so Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon guide us through the state of political comedy. Topics include Saturday Night Live, …

Hamilton: An American Musical

November 4th, 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 …

The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg

October 28th, 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 …

Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

October 21st, 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 …

Lupita Nyong'o, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, and the Best of TV

October 14th, 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 …

A Fall Movie and Television Preview

October 7th, 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

September 30th, 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. …

Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore

September 23rd, 2016


Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon reflect on this year's Emmy Awards. Then, Morning Edition host David Greene interviews comedian Hari Kondabolu. We …

Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup

September 16th, 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 …

HGTV and Cooking Shows

September 9th, 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 …

You're The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama

September 2nd, 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 …

Big News: West Coast Tour!

September 1st, 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, …

Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 2016

August 29th, 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 …

Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters

August 26th, 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 …

Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers

August 24th, 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

August 23rd, 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

August 19th, 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 …

Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah

August 17th, 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 …

Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail

August 15th, 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

August 12th, 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 …

Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad

August 5th, 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

August 2nd, 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 …

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