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, will be published in the summer of 2019.

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Anya Taylor-Joy won a Golden Globe on Sunday for her lead role in The Queen's Gambit. She accepted virtually from actress Rosie Perez. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Hollywood Foreign Press Association hide caption

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Steven Yeun, Alan S. Kim, Yuh-Jung Youn, Yeri Han and Noel Cho star in Minari. Josh Ethan Johnson/A24 hide caption

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Brandy Norwood and Whitney Houston play Cinderella and her fairy godmother in Disney's beloved production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Courtesy of Walt Disney/Storyline/Citadel/Kobal/Shutterstock hide caption

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Still A Shoe-In: The Charms Of 'Cinderella'

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Book Concierge: Nonfiction Recommendations

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Frances McDormand stars as Fern in Nomadland. Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Lana Condor and Noah Centineo star in To All The Boys: Always And Forever. Katie Yu/Netflix hide caption

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Mark Cuban fields pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs on an episode of ABC's Shark Tank. ABC hide caption

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Comedian Josh Gondelman is a writer and producer for Showtime's Desus & Mero. Mindy Tucker hide caption

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Emilia Jones appears in the new Siân Heder film CODA, which won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Seacia Pavao/Courtesy of Sundance Institute hide caption

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Anna Shay and Christine Chiu in Netflix's reality series Bling Empire. Netflix hide caption

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Derek DelGaudio on stage during In & Of Itself, now streaming on Hulu. Matthew Murphy/Hulu hide caption

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Samuel West, Nicholas Ralph, Callum Woodhouse, and Anna Madeley star in the new All Creatures Great And Small on PBS's Masterpiece. Matt Squire/Playground Television (UK) Ltd./PBS hide caption

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