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The NPR Podcast Guide: Pop Culture Happy Hour

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At This is NPR, we take seriously the charge to help you discover your next favorite thing from NPR. This summer, we're navigating the world of NPR Podcasts. With 111 podcasts produced by NPR, this will be a big task. But anything for you, dear reader, so let us be your guide.

This series will be an introduction to our podcast offerings: what you can expect, why you will enjoy and recent must-hear episodes. With any luck you'll find a few NPR additions to your playlist.

Our first stop on this tour is Pop Culture Happy Hour, hosted by Monkey See blogger and pop culture aficionado Linda Holmes.

Read through the destination guide and try out the podcast if it's up your alley. Then, tell us, what other NPR Podcasts have you thought about trying? Leave your suggestions in the comments for other shows you'd like to see featured in our next edition.

Podcast Destination: Pop Culture Happy Hour

  • What you can expect to hear

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    Pop Culture Happy Hour (PCHH) is a weekly round-table that serves up a lively conversation on movies, books, TV, videos and more – all garnished with a healthy dose of humor. The podcast features a spirited team of co-hosts led by Linda Holmes, and has struck a chord with pop culture fangirls and fanboys across all genres.

    Tip from Linda: "We try to weave together a lot of kinds of culture from a lot of points of view, and we encourage our listeners to talk back to us."

  • Why you will enjoy listening

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    David Cross and Portia de Rossi in a scene from Arrested Development, which returned on Netflix in May.

    David Cross and Portia de Rossi in a scene from Arrested Development, which returned on Netflix in May.

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    PCHH is the place to get your pop culture news shaken and stirred. The dynamic team pulls from a vast repertoire of pop culture knowledge – from vintage comics (shout-out to Free Comic Book Day) to the latest TV obsession (like the Netflix revival of Arrested Development) – that educates as much as it entertains.

    Tip from Linda: "The podcast isn't just a place for TV people to talk about TV, for instance — it's a place where a music person and a theater person can talk about TV, or a movie person and a TV person can talk about comics."

  • Recent episodes you must hear

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    Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in Star Trek Into Darkness.

    Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in Star Trek Into Darkness.

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    Get the dish on keeping mega-fandoms happy (Star Trek, SNL and Boldly Going To New Place), lamenting the loss of cancelled shows (Cancellation Blues And Cultural Etiquette), and weighing in on Marvel's latest blockbuster (Iron Man and Giving Up).

    Tip from Linda: "It's really important to us that it be welcoming to experts and non-experts, because nobody is knowledgeable about everything. And, of course, we wrap up every week by telling you what's making us happy that week, and some of it might make you happy as well."

  • How to listen and discover more Pop Culture Happy Hour

    Subscribe or download episodes directly.

    Updates: Fridays
    Duration: approx 45 minutes
    Price: Free (always)

    Follow Team PCHH: Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham, Glen Weldon, Jess Gitner and Mike Katzif.

    Closing Tip from Linda: "Ideally, the show is really a discussion that we host, but our marvelous community of listeners continues and expands upon and takes to places we hadn't thought of. They are always our first source for great topic ideas and fresh perspectives."

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