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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The Mitchells - Katie, Rick, Linda and Aaron - hide from the robot apocalypse behind a dumpster in Netflix's The Mitchells Vs. The Machines. Netflix hide caption

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Star Wars action figures are seen for sale at a Target store on September 4, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Christopher Meloni returns as Elliot Stabler in Law & Order: Organized Crime. Virginia Sherwood/NBC hide caption

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Nomadland's Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color to win an Oscar for best director. Chris Pizzello/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Jessie Buckley and Josh O'Connor as Romeo and Juliet, and Lucian Msamati as Friar Laurence, in the new Romeo & Juliet on PBS's Great Performances. Rob Youngson/PBS hide caption

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2021 Oscars Preview: Who Will Win And Who Should Win

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Mebh Óg MacTíre and Robyn Goodfellowe (voiced by Eva Whittaker and Honor Kneafsey) embark on a journey in the Oscar-nominated Wolfwalkers. Apple TV+ hide caption

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Garrett Bradley's documentary Time follows Fox Rich as she raises her six sons and fights for her husband's release from prison. Amazon Studios hide caption

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Reese Witherspoon stars as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Tracy Bennett/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. hide caption

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Cristin Milioti stars as Hazel in Made For Love. John P. Johnson/HBO Max hide caption

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Judges Rich Miller and Keith Brymer Jones with contestant Jodie Neale in the fourth season of The Great Pottery Thrown Down. Love Productions/HBO Max hide caption

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Chadwick Boseman's Essential Performances

Chadwick Boseman is nominated for an Oscar this year for his performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. It's his final onscreen role — he died of colon cancer in August. Before that, Boseman played historical figures including Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson and James Brown. And of course, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther. And today we're talking about some of those essential performances.

Chadwick Boseman's Essential Performances

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