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Pop Culture Punching Bags

Every once in a while, we decide to defend the seemingly indefensible pieces of pop culture that everyone loves to hate. Today, we put on our boxing gloves to defend the honor of some of pop culture's most notorious punching bags. Guests: Audie Cornish and Guy Branum.

Pop Culture Punching Bags

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Sorry to Bother You

The indie movie Sorry to Bother You is a summer hit. Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green, a telemarketer whose world spirals into chaos. Code Switch's Gene Demby and Shereen Meraji have some very different views on the film.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Sorry to Bother You

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Eighth Grade

This week, we're talking about Bo Burnam's breakout festival hit Eighth Grade. Kayla Day, played by Elsie Fisher, is a middle-schooler who gives pep talks on YouTube and yearns for friends she can talk to. Guest: New York Times editor Aisha Harris.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Eighth Grade

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Explore New Lands, Fight Ancient Monsters And Cook A Lot: We Tackle 'Breath Of The Wild'

Video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild drops you into a world of sweeping vistas and challenging weapons, and it gives you a vast area to explore. It's an adventure and a challenge, and there are lots of different ways to play. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.

Explore New Lands, Fight Ancient Monsters And Cook A Lot: We Tackle 'Breath Of The Wild'

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout and What's Making Us Happy

We're taking to the streets, the skies, the water and the glitzy high-class nightclubs to talk about Mission: Impossible - Fallout on this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour. Guest: Chris Klimek.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout and What's Making Us Happy

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Electric Waterloo: (L to R) Young Tanya (Jessica Keenan Wynn), Young Donna (Lily James) and Young Rosie (Alexa Davies) feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah, in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Jonathan Prime/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Under the blue skies of summer, what could be more welcome than ABBA songs? That's right, eight years after a big cast whooped it up in the film adaptation of the jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, there's a sequel. Today, we're talking about the all-singing, all-dancing, all-silly extravaganza that is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

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Skyscraper and What's Making Us Happy

Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, has fought all kinds of things in the movies. Earthquakes, criminals, zoo animals. And now, he's up against a building. On today's Pop Culture Happy Hour, we're defying gravity and saving our families.

Skyscraper and What's Making Us Happy

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Hannah Gadsby's Netflix Special 'Nanette' With Kumail Nanjiani

Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special arrived in late June and has become a genuine phenomenon. It's an hour that starts as standup and morphs into something else entirely. Guest: Comedian, actor, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Kumail Nanjiani.

Hannah Gadsby's Netflix Special 'Nanette' With Kumail Nanjiani

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Sharp Objects and What's Making Us Happy

Before Gillian Flynn wrote Gone Girl, she wrote Sharp Objects. Now, HBO has produced an adaptation starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Messina. Guest: NPR Weekend Edition books editor, Barrie Hardymon.

Sharp Objects

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Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! — the juggernaut, the pop culture monster, the game show to shave your mustache to and then grow it back again. Guest: NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso.

Jeopardy!

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