'Pop Culture Happy Hour' Goes Daily, Welcomes Aisha Harris As Fourth Co-Host Aisha Harris will be joining 'Pop Culture Happy Hour' as the fourth co-host next week, as the podcast prepares to publish daily episodes starting in October.

'Pop Culture Happy Hour' Goes Daily, Welcomes Aisha Harris As Fourth Co-Host

Aisha Harris is Pop Culture Happy Hour's fourth host. Earl Wilson hide caption

toggle caption
Earl Wilson

Aisha Harris is Pop Culture Happy Hour's fourth host.

Earl Wilson

Thursday, August 27, 2020; Washington, DC — NPR announced today that Aisha Harris will become the fourth co-host of Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's entertainment and pop culture round-table podcast. She's joining the team as the show prepares to go daily starting in October.

"I've read Aisha's work and listened to her for years. She's a great critic and great to talk to," said Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes. "Adding her to our team is absolutely thrilling to me, and I can't wait to hear what the show sounds like when we benefit from her contributions full-time."

With Harris joining the team, and new Pop Culture Happy Hour episodes coming five days a week, listeners will hear an even broader take on the pop culture landscape, including film, TV, music, video games, and books. In true PCHH fashion, there will be nothing too low or high brow for the hosts — Aisha, Linda, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon — to discuss. The podcast will continue to give people a break from the news, Monday through Friday, while offering insightful recommendations about what to watch, read, and listen to.

Although Pop Culture Happy Hour won't go daily until the fall, listeners can expect to hear Harris on the podcast starting in September. She first appeared on Pop Culture Happy Hour in 2016 and has been a regular guest ever since, covering a variety of topics on the podcast including The Lion King remake, The MTV Video Music Awards, The Irishman, and more.

"I've been listening to Pop Culture Happy Hour for almost as long as it's been around, and have been lucky to appear as a guest of the show over the past couple of years, " said Harris. "I'm incredibly excited to join and contribute to the team full-time."

From 2012 to 2018, Harris covered culture for Slate as a staff writer, editor and the host of the film and TV podcast Represent, where she wrote about everything from the history of self-care to Dolly Parton's (formerly Dixie) Stampede and interviewed creators like Barry Jenkins and Greta Gerwig. She joined The New York Times in 2018 as the assistant TV editor on the Culture Desk, producing a variety of pieces, including a feature Q&A with the Exonerated Five and a deep dive into the emotional climax of the Pixar movie Coco. And in 2019, she moved to the Opinion Desk in the role of culture editor, where she wrote or edited a variety of pieces at the intersection of the arts, society and politics. Born and raised in Connecticut, she earned her bachelor's degree in theatre from Northwestern University and her master's degree in cinema studies from New York University.

"Pop Culture Happy Hour has documented the pop culture world with wit and wisdom since its first episodes," says Anya Grundmann, NPR's SVP for Programming and Audience Development. "Over the years, the show has continued to evolve, welcoming a widening range of contributors, guests and topics. With Aisha at the table, the PCHH crew will be able to take their observations and recommendations to a new level of relevance, insight — and fun."

Pop Culture Happy Hour celebrated its 10th Anniversary this year. The daily launch will add a note of lightness into NPR's daily podcast portfolio, which includes Up First, Consider This, Short Wave, The Indicator from Planet Money, and the NPR Politics Podcast which is publishing every weekday until Election Day 2020. Listeners can also subscribe to Pop Culture Happy Hour's newsletter for NPR's guide to TV, books, movies, music and more.

About NPR

NPR's rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of Americans every day — on the air, online, and in person. NPR strives to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures. With a nationwide network of award-winning journalists and 17 international bureaus, NPR and its Member Stations are never far from where a story is unfolding. Listeners can find NPR by tuning in to their local Member stations (npr.org/stations), and now it's easy to listen to our stories on smart speaker devices. Ask your smart speaker to, "Play NPR," and you'll be tuned into your local Member station's live stream. Your speaker can also access NPR podcasts, NPR One, NPR News Now, and the Visual Newscast is available for screened speakers. Get more information at npr.org/about and by following NPR Extra on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Press Contact:

Leah Rozario, lrozario@npr.org