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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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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 Hardymon. (This episode originally aired on January 19, 2018.)
Glow

Glow

2019-08-2100:17:383

The panel discusses Netflix's new wrestling comedy GLOW with NPR's Code Switch Kat Chow. (This episode originally aired on June 23, 2017.)
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 happened. The new film adaptation is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Cate Blanchett as Bernadette.
Succession

Succession

2019-08-1400:19:051

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 Logan Roy and his ruthless children as they try to outmaneuver each other. And while the family is awful, the show is great. And if you're not watching it, you're missing out on a lot of high-quality scheming.
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 crowdfunded movie in 2014, Veronica is back. Now an adult and still a detective, Veronica tackles a fresh mystery in a set of new episodes available on Hulu. She still works with her father, she's still in love with reformed bad boy Logan Echolls, and she still has a one-liner for nearly every occasion.
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 race a mechanically enhanced super soldier played by Idris Elba to recover a deadly virus before it can melt the entire population of the planet into a series of small puddles.
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 that Billi strongly disagrees with. The Farewell was written and directed by Lulu Wang based on a piece she did on This American Life.
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 Dalton and Brad Pitt as his loyal stuntman Cliff Booth. It's set in the changing Hollywood of 1969, and in many ways, it's a breezy romp through studio backlots and makeup trailers — but hanging over every frame is the threat of violence, in the form of a very real historical tragedy — the brutal Manson family murders in the Hollywood Hills. It's glossy L.A. nostalgia laced with grisly violence — it's peak Tarantino, but does it work?
Queer Eye

Queer Eye

2019-07-2600:18:37

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 Five, and how thoroughly the world has changed since the first iteration of the show went off the air. (This episode originally aired on February 21, 2018.)
Jeopardy!

Jeopardy!

2019-07-2400:18:133

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. But when we talked about the long-running game show last year, it was just an eternal juggernaut. (This episode originally aired July 11, 2018.)
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Comments (39)

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

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Jan 21st
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Cedric Zhang

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Jan 15th
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Cedric Zhang

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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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Rido Shah

Mc v VM my shy

Jan 4th
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Deanna Hoagland

All for limiting how much grisly violence we allow in our lives

Dec 31st
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caleb long

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Dec 6th
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