Glen Weldon Glen Weldon is a regular panelist on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He reviews books, movies, comics, and more for the NPR Arts Desk.
Glen Weldon at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Glen Weldon at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Glen Weldon

Panelist, Pop Culture Happy Hour

Glen Weldon is a regular panelist on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He reviews books, movies, comics, and more for the NPR Arts Desk.

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 completely inept marine biologist, and a slightly better-ept competitive swimmer.

Weldon is the author of two cultural histories: Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, and The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, McSweeney's, and more; his fiction has appeared in several anthologies and other publications. He is the recipient of an NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, an Amtrak Writers' Residency, a Ragdale Writing Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Fiction.

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Georgina Hobart (Gwyneth Paltrow) in the new Netflix series The Politician Courtesy of NETFLIX hide caption

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Some of the books recommended in Pop Culture Happy Hour's fall book preview. Beth Novey/NPR hide caption

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In 'Joker', Joaquin Phoenix Gives A Big Performance In A Flat Film

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Why so serious?: In Joker, failing stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is done being the butt of the joke. Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. hide caption

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'Joker' Is Wild ... ly Dull

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Merritt Wever and Toni Collette play two detectives investigating a series of sexual assaults. Beth Dubber/Netflix hide caption

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Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star as a couple going through a divorce in Noah Baumbach's new film Marriage Story. Wilson Webb/Netflix hide caption

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Laura Carmichael stars as Lady Hexham, Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Grantham and Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Talbot in Downton Abbey. Liam Daniel/Focus Features hide caption

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