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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.
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Last month at an Advertising Week event in New York, Linda Holmes had the chance to sit down with a legend of public radio and of good conversation. Terry Gross has hosted Fresh Air since 1975. She still brings listeners daily conversations about news and books, film and science. Today, we're sharing an edited version of that conversation.
Ryan Murphy and his collaborators are responsible for everything from Glee to American Horror Story. And now, they've made their first project for Netflix. It follows Payton Hobart, a high school student determined to be president of the student body, and one day the United States. Murphy has gathered another of his impressive casts: Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bob Balaban, Bette Midler, and of course Jessica Lange.
Our 2019 Fall Book Preview

Our 2019 Fall Book Preview

2019-10-0900:18:4710

Summer is turning to fall where we are, and that means it's time for a couch, a blanket, and a book. Fiction and nonfiction, essays and memoirs, we've got some ideas for things you can read this fall. And we're bringing in a couple of our favorite book lovers to help us out.
In the new Todd Phillips film Joker, Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, an aspiring comic. Neglected by the world and beaten down everywhere he turns, Fleck does what any discouraged clown would do: he becomes a menace.
Netflix's Unbelievable

Netflix's Unbelievable

2019-10-0200:20:002

The Netflix series Unbelievable brings together a group of actresses including Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Dale Dickey and Danielle MacDonald. It's based on a true story about a young woman named Marie who was sexually assaulted and pressured by the police into recanting her story. Based on reporting from ProPublica and the Marshall Project, the series follows Marie, but also the two detectives who, much later, gave her case a chance to be solved.
In our fall movie preview, we will cover the ones we're excited about, the ones you'll be hearing more about, and the ones that might be picking up awards in a few months. Whether you like comedies or dramas, and whether you like to see your films in a theater or in the comfort of your own home, we're here to give you the scoop.
The 2019 Emmys

The 2019 Emmys

2019-09-2300:15:454

It was a huge night for Fleabag and a coronation for Game Of Thrones, and there were a few surprises and big moments along the way. The awards got spread out quite a bit this year, including a historic acting win for Billy Porter, several awards for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Ozark.
If you thought the end of the series Downton Abbey would be the end of the Crawley family's adventures, a new film has arrived to prove you wrong. The movie continues the story of this very wealthy group and their loyal staff. The large cast is reunited, from sharp-tongued dowagers to scheming butlers. And this time, the King and Queen are coming for a visit.
Hustlers

Hustlers

2019-09-1800:19:034

Anyone who's surprised at the big weekend the new film Hustlers had at the box office probably shouldn't be. Not only does it star popular women like Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, with drop-ins from Cardi B and Lizzo, but it got very good reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival. What's not to like? Hustlers is based on the true story of a group of women who danced at a strip club together and later drugged and scammed some of their wealthy Wall Street customers. Directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film is already generating awards buzz for Jennifer Lopez.
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, abandonment, friendship, drugs, and a stolen painting of a goldfinch. Now, The Goldfinch has been adapted into a movie starring Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Nicole Kidman, Luke Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Finn Wolfhard and Sarah Paulsen.
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Darian Brown

Nope.

Oct 11th
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Joshua Woods

Matt Damon in Talented Mr.Ripley was so creepy and excellent. loved his performance.

Sep 19th
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Oscar Munoz

Great Episode!

Sep 5th
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Karen Harkness

I love this show! Thanks for your review. Based on what was said I gave it a try.

May 19th
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Angela Howard-Gibbs

Octavia Spencer in MA can't wait to see female African-American lead a Horror Flick!

May 4th
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Presantha Pillay

I hated unicorn star... The character was so self absorbed and spoilt.

Apr 9th
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Thomas Albert

With the entire panel serenading the show RUSSIAN DOLL, some even saying they'd re-watched episodes, I approached with enthusiasm. Alas, the best thing about it IS Natasha Lyonne who does nice things but does not really add much further dimension or surprise to a familiar character. The "Groundhog Day" conceit is there to add some spice from a "making a show" perspective, but didn't add much to me. Here is another case of fair to middling television spiced-up with cuss language and adult situations/talk. I lasted halfway thru the 2nd episode.

Mar 5th
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Ilya Zverev

This movie is captivating and I was very happy the hosts shared this feeling.

Feb 25th
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Bill Thiemann

One thing I really appreciated was that they did not have the presenters engage in the usual lame banter and jokes. Also for many of the awards there was a short video clip saying the names and details about the nominees. It seems as if they correctly decided to minimize the duties of the presenters- and that made to show much more watchable.

Feb 12th
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Presantha Pillay

Kasey Musgrave has such a weak voice.

Feb 11th
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musicworm

OMG I almost exited out at the end and missed the song! 😂

Feb 4th
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Presantha Pillay

Can't we just enjoy the movie.... I loved it!

Feb 1st
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Presantha Pillay

Brooklyn nine nine... Is overrated

Jan 23rd
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Samantha Greenman

mac rŕ get1b

Jan 21st
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Cedric Zhang

a!aq

Jan 15th
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Cedric Zhang

w?$

Jan 15th
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Mario Moorhead

I love the podcast but I must say I was very disappointed because there was no acknowledgement of how much of the original book was omitted and of course the fact that the ending was changed ?!

Jan 11th
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nashu79

great review

Jan 8th
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Presantha Pillay

Man... These awards shows are boring.

Jan 7th
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Presantha Pillay

I think you guys are missing the point... The bigger idea here is the actual interaction. Am thinking this way of story telling will improve over time. It's the first one.. We should just enjoy it!

Jan 4th
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