Glen Weldon Glen Weldon is a host of 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

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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

Host, Pop Culture Happy Hour

Glen Weldon is a host of 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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Ben Platt as Evan Hansen in the movie musical Dear Evan Hansen. Universal Pictures hide caption

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Universal Pictures

The cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie. John Rogers/Amazon Studios hide caption

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John Rogers/Amazon Studios

Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Guilty. Netflix hide caption

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Netflix

Clockwise from top left: Insecure, Impeachment: American Crime Story, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, The Wonder Years, The Premise and Star Wars: Visions. WarnerMedia, FX, Amazon Studios, ABC, FX, Disney+ hide caption

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WarnerMedia, FX, Amazon Studios, ABC, FX, Disney+

LuLaRich on Amazon Prime examines how the company was created and how they came up with this model where they would get women to buy a bunch of clothes and then they have parties and sell them. Courtesy of Amazon Prime Video hide caption

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L to R: Deb (Wanda Sykes), Mary (Sean Hayes), Twink (Matt Rogers) Stat (Patti Harrison) and Buck (David Harbour) prove it takes a village, people, on Q-Force. Netflix hide caption

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Netflix