Pop Culture Happy Hour

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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.
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last episode published
2018-05-19 23:22
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19.05.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Royal Wedding

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.
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18.05.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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16.05.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'

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.
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11.05.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Tully and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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9.05.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Killing Eve

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
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4.05.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

A Quiet Place and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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2.05.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

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

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.
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27.04.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Avengers: Infinity War and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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23.04.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Scandal

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 Criti...
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20.04.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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20.04.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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18.04.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Pop Culture Dichotomies

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.)
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13.04.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Antiques Roadshow and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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11.04.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Barry

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.
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6.04.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Roseanne and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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4.04.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Love, Simon

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.
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30.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Ready Player One and What's Making Us Happy

Spielberg returns to his cinema-as-thrill-ride roots in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's YA novel. Guest: The Verge's Tasha Robinson.
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28.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Isle of Dogs

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.
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23.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

SXSW 2018 Wrap

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.
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23.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

SXSW 2018 Wrap

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.
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21.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

High Maintenance

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.
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16.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Talk Show Talk

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.
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14.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Atlanta

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.
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9.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

A Wrinkle In Time and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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5.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The 2018 Oscars

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.
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2.03.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Our 2018 Oscars Preview

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
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28.02.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

The panel tries to stump each other with clips from the weirdest TV they could find. Guest: All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.
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23.02.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Annihilation and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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21.02.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Queer Eye

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, ...
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16.02.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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14.02.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Winter Olympics

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.
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9.02.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Darkest Hour and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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5.02.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Super Bowl

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 P...
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2.02.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Roxane Gay

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 writ...
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29.01.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The 2018 Grammys

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.
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26.01.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Good Doctor and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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24.01.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Phantom Thread

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 Danie...
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19.01.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

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

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...
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17.01.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Florida Project and Remembering Dolores O'Riordan

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 S...
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12.01.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

I, Tonya and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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8.01.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Golden Globe Awards

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 ...
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5.01.2018

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

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.
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3.01.2018 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

John Cho

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.
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29.12.2017 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Black Mirror and What's Making Us Happy

The panel chat 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.
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27.12.2017

Our 15 Favorites Of 2017

The panel runs down their 15 favorite TV shows, movies, books, video games, and trends of 2017.
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22.12.2017 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Post and What's Making Us Happy

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.
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20.12.2017 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

Our Hanukkah Special

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 S...
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15.12.2017 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

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

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.
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13.12.2017 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

The Shape of Water

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.
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8.12.2017 https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/04/02/popculturehour_sq-3a232a02eaf552912ea7ccb57db2dc9a30ce5f69.jpg?s=1400

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

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.
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