Skyscraper and What's Making Us Happy

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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

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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

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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!

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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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Ant-Man And The Wasp, Plus What's Making Us Happy

Ant-Man (Paul Rudd, L) and The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly, R) find fighting crime is no picnic in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Marvel Studios hide caption

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Ant-Man And The Wasp, Plus What's Making Us Happy

The sequel to 2015's Ant-Man is just as light and inconsequential, but a forgettable villain and an over-complicated plot means it has to work harder — and it shows. Guest: writer Chris Klimek.

Ant-Man And The Wasp, Plus What's Making Us Happy

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The Mister Rogers Documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor'

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The Mister Rogers Documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor'

Using archival footage and new interviews, Morgan Neville's film explores what how Rogers' unusual children's show came to be and what his legacy is for tens of millions of kids who are now tens of millions of grownups. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.

The Mister Rogers Documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor'

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The Songs Of Summer

Stephen Thompson and our pals at NPR Music road-test the songs the songs of the summer.

The Songs Of Summer

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Cooking Shows

The panel chats about some of their favorite cooking shows including Top Chef, Chopped and Chef's Table. Guests: Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon and Code Switch's Kat Chow. (This segment originally aired on September 9, 2016.)

Cooking Shows

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Sleep Dino More: Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) try not to wake one of Isla Nublar's grumpiest residents in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Giles Keyte/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Jurassic World, Jurassic Park and What's Making Us Happy

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes a bizarre but not unwelcome left turn. How does it compare to 2015's mediocre but hugely successful revival and the original 1993 film? Guest: Chris Klimek.

Jurassic World, Jurassic Park and What's Making Us Happy

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The Great Big Stand-Up Roundup

You can find new stand-up specials just about every week. In fact, you can find so many that it's hard to keep track of them all. So we spent this episode recommending eight standout specials. Guest: Pop Culture Happy Hour producer emeritus and Ask Me Another producer Mike Katzif.

The Great Big Stand-Up Roundup

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Don't Wait Up: Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter) prepares to do some derring-do, leaving Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson) to his stay-at-home-superdad duties, in Incredibles 2. Pixar hide caption

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Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy

The action of this animated sequel, which picks up where The Incredibles ended 14 years ago, is fresh and inventive, but the laughs aren't. Guest: NPR Code Switch host Gene Demby.

Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy

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The Tony Awards and Remembering Anthony Bourdain

The Tony Awards paid off for The Band's Visit, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Angels in America revival and a scrappy theater kid named Bruce Springsteen. Also we remember chef and television host Anthony Bourdain, who died last week.

The Tony Awards and Remembering Anthony Bourdain

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Gala Gals: Sarah Paulson, Sandra Bullock, and Rihanna in Ocean's 8. Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Ocean's 8 and What's Making Us Happy

Ocean's 8 great cast and some clever commentary about women and Hollywood make it a whole lot of fun. Guest: Bim Adewunmi, senior culture writer at Buzzfeed and co-host of the Thirst Aid Kit podcast.

Ocean's 8 and What's Making Us Happy

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Wee Ol' Teddy, Marmalade: Ben Whishaw voices the perpetually well-meaning bear in Paddington 2. Warner Bros. hide caption

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The Paddington Movies

At last, we take a deep, overdue dive into the sweet, tangy jars of emotional marmalade that are the Paddington films. Guests: writer Chris Klimek and librarian Margaret Willison.

The Paddington Movies

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Law & Order and What's Making Us Happy

We talk about one of the most durable franchises in television history. Guests: Librarian Margaret H. Willison and Sarah D. Bunting, the East Coast Editor of Previously.TV

Law & Order and What's Making Us Happy

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William Zabka and Ralph Macchio star in Cobra Kai, which revisits Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso more than 30 years after The Karate Kid. YouTube Red hide caption

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'Cobra Kai' Is A Surprisingly Good 'Karate Kid' Reboot

Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso are still at it in Cobra Kai, a surprisingly interesting look at what happens later to people who peak — or crash — in high school. Guests: All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.

'Cobra Kai' Is A Surprisingly Good 'Karate Kid' Reboot

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Never tell him the odds: L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) and Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Lucasfilm/Disney hide caption

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Solo: A Star Wars Story and What's Making Us Happy

The odds of successfully telling the origin story of the Star Wars trilogy's lovable rogue are approximately 3,720 to 1. After a sluggish start, Solo: A Star Wars Story beats those odds. Guest: NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen.

Solo: A Star Wars Story and What's Making Us Happy

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The Royal Wedding

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The Royal Wedding

Normally, royal weddings are like the Oscars: a lot of pomp, but no real surprises. But when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, the audience sat up and took notice. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and Librarian Margaret Willison.

The Royal Wedding

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Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy

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Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy

Ryan Reynolds once again assumes the role of a deadly mercenary who makes many references to various pop culture properties while disemboweling folk a lot. Guests: Writer Chris Klimek and Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.

Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy

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The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'

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The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'

The new Starz half-hour drama tells the story of two young women who learn a lot about their mother when they go home to deal with the consequences of her death. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.

The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'

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Tully and What's Making Us Happy

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Tully and What's Making Us Happy

Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, the film stars Charlize Theron in an often brutal look at the emotional and physical tolls of parenthood. Guest: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon.

Tully and What's Making Us Happy

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Killing Eve
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Killing Eve

BBC America's cat-and-mouse spy show is a classic genre piece executed very well. We talk about its tension and its great lead performance from Sandra Oh on this week's episode. Guest: Code Switch's Kat Chow

Killing Eve

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A Quiet Place and What's Making Us Happy

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A Quiet Place and What's Making Us Happy

The shush-iest film to become a hit in quite some time gets some overdue attention from the panel on this episode. Guest: Writer Meryl Williams.

A Quiet Place and What's Making Us Happy

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Leaving 'Hamilton' And 'Failing Up' With Leslie Odom Jr.

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Leaving 'Hamilton' And 'Failing Up' With Leslie Odom Jr.

Broadway's original Aaron Burr sits down with host Linda Holmes to talk about his new book, how it feels to hear ugly things about your career, and what he wants to do now that he couldn't before.

Leaving 'Hamilton' And 'Failing Up' With Leslie Odom Jr.

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