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 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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Neil Patrick Harris stars in Uncoupled. Barbara Nitke /Netflix hide caption

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Three great movies under 90 minutes

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$#@*! we're talking profanity in pop culture

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Gavin Casalegno and Lola Tung star in Amazon Prime's The Summer I Turned Pretty. Peter Taylor/Amazon Prime Video hide caption

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You know who would support you in your efforts to catch up however you can? This guy, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) — the former Jimmy McGill — of Better Call Saul. Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television hide caption

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Jaquel Spivey and the cast of "A Strange Loop" perform at the 75th annual Tony Awards on June 12 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP hide caption

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Dakota Johnson stars as Anne Elliot in the Netflix adaptation of Persuasion. Nick Wall/Netflix hide caption

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We debate the greatest movie soundtracks of all time

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Beanie Feldstein was initially cast as Fanny Brice in Broadway's Funny Girl revival. Now Lea Michele is taking her spot. But neither of them are Barbra Streisand, who played Brice in the original production. Evan Agostini, Greg Allen/Invision hide caption

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