Glen Weldon

Panelist, Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast

Glen Weldon is a regular panelist on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He also reviews books and movies for NPR.org and is a contributor to NPR's pop culture blog Monkey See, where he posts weekly about comics and comics culture.

Over the course of his career, he has spent time as a theater critic, a science writer, an oral historian, a writing teacher, a bookstore clerk, a PR flack, a seriously terrible marine biologist and a slightly better-than-average competitive swimmer.

Weldon is the author of Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, a cultural history of the iconic character. His fiction and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, Story, McSweeney's, The Dallas Morning News, Washington City Paper and many other publications. He is the recipient of an NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, a Ragdale Writing Fellowship and a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for Fiction.

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On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

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In "Lantern," the Season 3 finale of Better Call Saul, brothers Chuck (Michael McKean) and Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) reach the end of their relationship. Michele K. Short/AMC hide caption

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The technology around us has made its way into all kinds of movies. But there's one movie genre it hasn't been able to infiltrate — the romantic comedy. Lightcome/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Why Hasn't Online Dating Made It Onscreen?

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'The Jersey Brothers' Highlights The Enduring Legacy Of World War II

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Beyond The Pale (Male): Marvel, Diversity And A Changing Comics Readership

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Purple, Prose: The new book Nabokov's Favorite Word is Mauve subjects thousands of books to statistical analysis. NPR Multimedia/AP Photo hide caption

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'Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve' Crunches The (Literary) Numbers

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