Pop Culture Happy Hour

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Hobbits And Food Trucks And Freedom, Oh My!

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On the one hand, it was a bummer this week that we were without the services of Team PCHH member Trey Graham, who was off being all, "Oh, professional development this," and "Oh, journalism that."

Fortunately, we were able to secure the services of the fantastic Barrie Hardymon, an editor at Talk Of The Nation. About Barrie, I will just say: she is lovely, she is charming, she is raucously funny, and she has been known to leave her head and her heart on the dance floor. I'm just saying. (Random YouTube commenters can't be wrong: she's the most awesome one.) (Also, I argue that Barrie and I sound like voice twins.)

This week's agenda kicks off with a revisiting of Glen Weldon favorite Gymkata (a topic from two weeks back), and it wraps up with a revisiting of Glen Weldon favorite The Hobbit (a topic from three weeks back). In between, we will touch on brutal television justice, an extremely unconventional lollipop and the reality show that brings it to you, even more ruminations upon the greatness that is the Bachelor franchise and its associated Pad, and Barrie's dual sources of happiness for the week, which demonstrate once and for all that cultural silos in which some people like literary fiction and some people like pop entertainment are utter nonsense.

As if that were not enough, we also return to Stephen's "Stephen Reads A Book" project from last week, in which he reads and shares some of your suggestions (we got lots!) and tentatively picks the book he is now going to read.

All this, plus the usual editing and production (and musical!) stylings of our sterling producer Mike Katzif, and I have to tell you, people ... this episode is epic.



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