Stephen Thompson Stephen Thompson is an editor and reviewer for NPR Music, where he writes the advice column The Good Listener and fusses over comma placement. He is also a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered, and appears every week on Pop Culture Happy Hour.
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O.J. Simpson at the Buffalo Bills' Rich Stadium press conference circa 1975. Mickey Osterreicher via ESPN hide caption

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'O.J.: Made In America' And A Quiz

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pop Star' And Making Music Funny

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Song Premiere: Blind Pilot, 'Umpqua Rushing'

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06Me & Magdalena

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    Good Times!
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NPR Music listeners picked James Blake's "I Need A Forest Fire" as their favorite song this week. Frank Hoensch/Redferns via Getty Images hide caption

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All Songs +1: This Week's Number One Song

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Left to right: Melissa McCarthy in Ghostbusters, Chris Evans in Captain America: Civil War, Ellen DeGeneres in Finding Dory, Will Smith and Jai Courtney in Suicide Squad. Hopper Stone/Sony Pictures; Zade Rosenthal/Marvel; Courtesy of Pixar; Courtesy of Warner Bros./Raptac-Dune hide caption

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our 2016 Summer Movie Preview

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