Glen Weldon 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.
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Glen Weldon

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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"I'll just ... I'll just wait here, shall I?": On The Passage, evil Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane) can't help but look bored as he bides his time. And bides, and bides and bides. Eliza Morse/FOX hide caption

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Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny (Stephan James) find their love obstructed by outside forces in If Beale Street Could Talk. Tatum Mangus /Annapurna Pictures hide caption

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'If Beale Street Could Talk' Brings James Baldwin's Love Story To Life

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Olivia Colman from The Favourite accepts the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy award onstage during the 76th Golden Globe Awards. NBCUniversal via Getty Images hide caption

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The 2019 Golden Globes

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Fionn Whitehead is Stefan in Netflix's interactive Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Netflix hide caption

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'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Proves That More Choice Doesn't Mean A Better Story

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Andre Braugher as Ray Holt in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine episode "White Whale." John P. Fleenor/Fox/Universal Television hide caption

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Our Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions

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In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Miles Morales teams up with Spider-Men from other dimensions. Sony hide caption

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

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Black Panther was a hugely successful and groundbreaking addition to the Marvel canon, and one of our clear favorites of 2018. Marvel Studios hide caption

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Our 15 Favorite Things Of 2018

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In Mary Poppins Returns, Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) attempt to help reignite the creative spark of the original Mary Poppins. Jay Maidment/Walt Disney Pictures hide caption

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Mary Poppins Returns: Is It A Jolly Holiday?

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The author's collection of aqua-memorabilia. (Not pictured: The author's many, many Aquaman t-shirts. And the Aquaman tattoo on the authorial left deltoid.) Glen Weldon/Private Collection (literally!) hide caption

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Aquaman, From Super Friend To Surfer Dude: The Bro-Ification Of A Hero

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Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman star in The Favourite, a film that puts a big 'ol spin on the often rigid period piece. Yorgos Lanthimos/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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The Favourite: Ou My Yes!

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Black Panther, Roma, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Widows, A Star is Born and Eighth Grade all made NPR's favorite-movie list. (Top) Marvel Studios/Netflix/Universal Pictures; (bottom) 20th Century Fox/Warner Bros./A24 hide caption

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(Top) Marvel Studios/Netflix/Universal Pictures; (bottom) 20th Century Fox/Warner Bros./A24