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We Go To First Base With 'Big Mouth'

If you've been longing for a cartoon that covers the really important questions — like how to manage lust, and how to avoid your embarrassing parents — you are in luck. Big Mouth, Netflix's animated comedy series about the horrors of puberty, is back for a second season.

We Go To First Base With 'Big Mouth'

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Venom: Oh It's Gooey, But Is It Good?

In Venom, Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who's trying to rebound from a major setback in his career. But Eddie's plans are halted when he's overtaken by a violent — and gooey — alien symbiote.

Venom: Oh It's Gooey, But Is It Good?

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To The Moon and Back With Ryan Gosling In 'First Man'

First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong's life in the decade leading up to his walk on the moon. Ryan Gosling stars as Armstrong, and it's directed by Damien Chazelle. It's the second time they're teaming up after the huge commercial and critical success of La La Land.

To The Moon and Back With Ryan Gosling In 'First Man'

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Activism And Identity Meet In 'The Hate U Give'

The Hate U Give finds teenager Starr Carter caught between two worlds — her mostly black neighborhood and a white prep school. When her friend Khalil is killed by a police officer, she's forced to reconcile these two very different parts of her identity. We're joined by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, hosts of The Nod podcast.

Activism And Identity Meet In 'The Hate U Give'

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We're Off The Deep End And Into 'A Star Is Born'

Lady Gaga stars opposite Bradley Cooper in the latest retelling of A Star Is Born. It's also Cooper's directing debut, with a cast that includes Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, and Dave Chappelle. We're joined by Ari Shapiro to break down the singing, the glamour, the tears, and the wonder of Sam Elliott's voice.

We're Off The Deep End And Into 'A Star Is Born'

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Simple Favor

What has Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, menswear looks, mysteries, and YouTube's most cheerful mom? It's the stylish, mischievous, and sometimes darkly funny thriller A Simple Favor.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Simple Favor

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Pop Culture Happy Hour's 2018 Fall Movie Preview

We're excited for a whole bunch of new movies this fall. Today, we dive into our 2018 Fall Movie Preview and talk about as many of them as we can — from the big studio flicks to the festival favorites and everything in between.

Pop Culture Happy Hour's 2018 Fall Movie Preview

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Pop Culture Happy Hour All-Books Edition: Volume 2

We recommended a lot of stuff during our 'All-Books' episode. So please enjoy this second volume (see what we did there?) of the All-Books Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, again led by our extra special panel.

Pop Culture Happy Hour All-Books Edition: Volume 2

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Maya Rudolph And Fred Armisen Are In Love 'Forever'

Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen star in the new Amazon series Forever. The two of them play a middle-aged married couple named Oscar and June, who are in a bit of a rut. Along the way, they find themselves in an unexpected situation that challenges their thinking about the permanence of marriage. Today, we dive into this very curious relationship comedy. Guest: Aisha Harris

Maya Rudolph And Fred Armisen Are In Love 'Forever'

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Wraps Up The 2018 Emmys

We're here to fill you in on everything you need to know about the 2018 Emmys. On a night we were constantly reminded how diverse this year's nominations were — the winners were mostly white. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Game of Thrones won the top awards. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

Pop Culture Happy Hour Wraps Up The 2018 Emmys

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On the Books: An All-Book Edition Of Pop Culture Happy Hour

Today, we take a break from TV and movies to talk about some of our favorite books we've read — and what books we're most looking forward to this fall.

On the Books: An All-Book Edition Of Pop Culture Happy Hour

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Celebrating Women In Music With Turning The Tables

NPR Music's ambitious Turning the Tables series re-imagines the popular music canon by putting women and non-binary musicians at the center. All Songs Considered recently had a great conversation about the project, and today we bring that conversation to your Pop Culture Happy Hour feed.

Celebrating Women In Music With Turning The Tables

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Need A Boost? Here's Some Pop Culture Serotonin

Not every day can be Friday, not every bit of weather can be sunny and not every plate can have cookies on it. That's why we love our pop culture serotonin — the stuff we watch, read and listen to that boosts our mood and makes us feel better. Today, we share some of our favorites.

Need A Boost? Here's Some Pop Culture Serotonin

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'

The Netflix young adult romance To All The Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of a high school pair who may or may not — but come on, they will — end up together. You've probably seen it on your Twitter feed, and today we assemble a very special panel to talk about it.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'

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Pop Culture Happy Hour's Fall TV Preview

It's almost the end of the summer, which means it's time for Pop Culture Happy Hour's fall TV preview. We're telling you what new shows we're excited about, and which ones we think are built to last. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

Pop Culture Happy Hour's Fall TV Preview

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'Black Panther'

Ryan Coogler's Marvel film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — original. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby. (This episode originally aired on February 16, 2018.)

'Black Panther'

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Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'

BlacKkKlansman tells the story Ron Stallworth — a black police detective who infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. On today's Pop Culture Happy Hour, we dive into the most talked about Spike Lee movie in years. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby

Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'

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2018 MTV VMAs: The Highs And Lows

Last night the VMAs honored some top songs and artists including Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The show also recognized Aretha Franklin—sort of. And trotted out Aerosmith—again. New York Times editor Aisha Harris joins us for a recap.

2018 MTV VMAs: The Highs And Lows

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Is A Crazy Good Movie

This week, we talk about the charming romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which has been lauded as groundbreaking for its all Asian and Asian-American cast. Guests: NPR's Mallory Yu and Code Switch's Kat Chow.

'Crazy Rich Asians' Is A Crazy Good Movie

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Remembers Aretha Franklin

The "Queen of Soul" died today at age 76. She was a gifted pop singer, gospel singer, R&B singer, and even opera singer. We talk with All Things Considered's Audie Cornish about the unforgettable Aretha Franklin, and the utter abundance of music she left us.

Pop Culture Happy Hour Remembers Aretha Franklin

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Blockers and Game Night: Playing Catch-Up On Comedies We Missed

Most of this summer's blockbusters are already out. That makes it a great time to catch up on a couple of surprisingly well-reviewed comedies. In this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk about Blockers and Game Night.

Blockers and Game Night: Playing Catch-Up On Comedies We Missed

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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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