With special guest Barrie Hardymon, the gang discusses the way the middle of the country is portrayed in pop culture. Plus, works in which a single piece is out of place and What's Making Us Happy.
Pop Culture Happy Hour
NPR's entertainment and pop culture round-table podcast features spirited discussions of movies, books, television, nostalgia, and — every time — what's making us happy this week.
It's the second hour of PCHH's June 24 live show, complete with panelist-on-panelist quiz smackdowns, audience questions, and a special announcement for listeners in New York City.
The gang, with pal Audie Cornish, records a special live episode at NPR headquarters. Plus: a special announcement about another public appearance, this time at the San Diego Comic Con.
On this week's show, we ponder whether there's such a thing as "too old" for youth culture. Then, we remember some of the toys of our youth and wonder how play has changed.
On this week's show, Gene Demby joins us to talk about artists who we sometimes love and sometimes don't, and we bring back the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz.
On this week's show, we chat about the ubiquitous buddy film and the matter of how culture makes first impressions on us.
On this week's show, we break down the non-smash-hit (but really good movie) Edge Of Tomorrow, then take a reader suggestion to talk about noble flops we have known and sometimes loved.
On this week's show, we take a tour of Book Expo, the publishing industry's massive trade show. Then we take a listener suggestion and discuss how culture helps us manage and survive times of grief.
The scheduled return of Sailor Moon inspires the gang to discuss the way franchises keep coming back around for new generations. Then it's on to book and album covers — and what's making us happy.
On this week's show, we belly up to the latest in cinematic disasters. We also take a look at some things that improved over time and at what's making us happy this week — like our next live event.