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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a feature of NPR's pop culture and entertainment blog Monkey See. We talk about the future of pop culture, and we share what's making us happy this week.

Pop Culture Happy Hour is a feature of NPR's pop culture and entertainment blog Monkey See. We talk about the future of pop culture, and we share what's making us happy this week.
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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a feature of NPR's pop culture and entertainment blog Monkey See. We talk about the future of pop culture, and we share what's making us happy this week.






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Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy

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

Duration: 00:29:16

The Good Place

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

Duration: 00:17:26

Blade Runner 2046

Writer Chris Klimek joins Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon to discuss Denis Villeneuve's

Duration: 00:20:47

The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty

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.

Duration: 00:23:25

Battle of the Sexes and What's Making Us Happy

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

Duration: 00:26:10

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

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

Duration: 00:23:19

Fall Movie Preview

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

Duration: 00:47:15

Emmy Awards 2017

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

Duration: 00:18:32

The Deuce and What's Us Happy

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

Duration: 00:28:45

People We're Pulling For

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

Duration: 00:17:42


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

Duration: 00:29:23

Mother-Daughter Directors Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer

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

Duration: 00:14:45

Lake Bell and What's Making Us Happy

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.

Duration: 00:21:08

Game of Thrones

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

Duration: 00:22:53

The MTV VMAs and Taylor Swift

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.

Duration: 00:18:38

Fall TV Preview

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

Duration: 00:33:28

Logan Lucky

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

Duration: 00:22:44

Regrettable Television Pop Quiz

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.

Duration: 00:27:53

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

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

Duration: 00:16:22

A Guide to Stephen King

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.

Duration: 00:27:22

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