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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The Starz drama P-Valley recently returned for a second season. Erika Doss/Starz hide caption

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The best 'American Idol' contestants of all time, ranked — according to your votes

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NPR host Linda Holmes' latest novel is a mystery centered on a left-behind duck decoy

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Inspired by the classic kids game, Netflix's Floor Is Lava asks contestants to navigate obstacles in a room filled with, you guessed it, lava. Netflix hide caption

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'American Idol' contestants, ranked according to listeners

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