Linda Holmes Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour.
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Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See.

Linda Holmes

Host, Pop Culture Happy Hour

Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour. She began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture, and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living room space to DVD sets of The Wire, and never looked back.

Holmes was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Her first novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over, was published in the summer of 2019.

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Nisha Murali in the Apple TV+ documentary film Girls State. Apple TV+ hide caption

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Hiroyuki Sanada in FX's Shogun. Katie Yu/FX hide caption

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The new Netflix adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley is brilliantly shot in black and white. It's a meticulously built piece of filmmaking and looking at it shot by shot is a profound pleasure. Maurizio Lombardi/Netflix hide caption

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Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in Ripley. Philippe Antonello/Netflix hide caption

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Ron Livingston in Office Space. Getty Images hide caption

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Bryan Hearne in the docuseries Quiet on Set. ID/Warner Bros hide caption

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Joel Kim Booster recently returned as a guest on the podcast Depresh Mode. He's shown above at Sundance in January 2024. Mat Hayward/Getty Images for IMDb hide caption

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Jake Gyllenhaal in Road House. Laura Radford/Prime Video hide caption

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Ed Speleers and Lindsay Lohan in Irish Wish. Patrick Redmond/Netflix hide caption

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Sara Bareilles, left, Paula Pell, Busy Philipps and Renée Elise Goldsberry in Girls5eva Season 3. Emily V. Aragones/Netflix hide caption

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Breaking down the PR debacle that is Kate Middleton's Mother's Day photo

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The Duchess of Cambridge walks around Ballymena, Northern Ireland on February 28, 2019. She has recently disappeared from the public eye after having abdominal surgery. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images hide caption

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Jimmy Presnell and Chelsea Blackwell in Love is Blind. Netflix hide caption

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Emma Stone won her second best actress Oscar, this time for her role in Poor Things. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images hide caption

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Christopher Nolan, winner of the best directing award and the best picture award for Oppenheimer poses in the press room during the 96th Annual Academy Awards. Arturo Holmes/Getty Images hide caption

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Pauli Murray is the subject of the documentary My Name Is Pauli Murray. Pauli Murray Foundation hide caption

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Cillian Murphy in the film Oppenheimer. Universal Pictures hide caption

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