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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.

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    • Film Reviews
    • 4.6 • 200 Ratings

Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.

    Pop Culture Happy Hour Goes Daily

    Pop Culture Happy Hour Goes Daily

    Like many of you, the Pop Culture Happy Hour team is socially distancing at home. And we are watching more TV shows and movies than ever before. So that's one of the reasons we are going to start coming to you five days a week. We'll talk about great movies, television, books, music and videogames. So make sure to join us starting Monday, October 26th when Pop Culture Happy Hour goes daily.

    • 1 min
    The Trial Of The Chicago 7 And What's Making Us Happy

    The Trial Of The Chicago 7 And What's Making Us Happy

    Writer-director Aaron Sorkin knows his way around a courtroom drama: He wrote the screenplay for A Few Good Men nearly 30 years ago. Now, he's written and directed The Trial of the Chicago 7. The new movie dramatizes the trial of a far-flung group of anti-Vietnam War activists, including Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale, who were each charged with inciting violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

    • 23 min
    Is 'The Good Lord Bird' A White Savior Story, or Something Different?

    Is 'The Good Lord Bird' A White Savior Story, or Something Different?

    Ethan Hawke plays the abolitionist John Brown in the new series The Good Lord Bird, which traces the events leading up to the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. Told from the point of view of a fictional Black teenager nicknamed "Onion," the series has plenty of drama. But it's also a dark comedy about following a leader who's extremely passionate and wildly unpredictable.

    • 19 min
    The Forty-Year-Old Version And What's Making Us Happy

    The Forty-Year-Old Version And What's Making Us Happy

    In the wonderful new film The Forty-Year-Old Version, playwright Radha Blank plays a variation on herself. In it, the fictional Radha, frustrated by a stall in her theater career, finds a new passion: she becomes a rapper. The Forty-Year-Old Version won the dramatic directing award at Sundance, and now it's on Netflix. It's about getting older, getting honest, and, yes, finding yourself.

    • 23 min
    Latinx Songs That Helped Shape The Decade

    Latinx Songs That Helped Shape The Decade

    Latinx music has experienced a huge boom in the last 10 years. We've seen the rise of global superstars like Bad Bunny and J Balvin. We've seen Shakira and Jennifer Lopez take over this year's Super Bowl halftime show. And, of course, we've seen the chart domination of "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee. The decade has also produced countless musical discoveries across the Latin world. And the whole time, our pals at NPR Music's Alt.Latino have been there to guide us through it all.

    • 18 min
    The Boys In The Band And What's Making Us Happy

    The Boys In The Band And What's Making Us Happy

    Fifty two years ago, Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band debuted off-Broadway. The structure was simple, and not unfamiliar to anyone who'd seen a play before: Over the course of an evening, characters gather, get drunk and turn on one another. The groundbreaking difference was that it was a group of gay men doing all that gathering and drinking and lashing out. Now, a new Netflix film adapts the recent Tony-winning revival of the play.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

mellie and lilly ,

Great cheat sheet

The hosts bounce off each other really well and they know their stuff! Always an enjoyable listen, and it gives me so many movies to check out, songs to listen to.

dumbbumfart ,

There just kinda smug

I invested way too much time listening to this, the hosts are boring and awful film critics...I didn’t learn a single thing about media.(mainly because they never do episodes talking about big films, just boring stuff I didn’t know existed)
Plus Linda homes sounds like the watch mojo person.

Eamon Hamilton ,

Fantastic pop culture analysis

It’s beyond my comprehension this doesn’t have more five-star reviews. It’s the text book definition of a good podcast. The chemistry, the insights and points of view, and the overall experience of getting this podcast in my ears every week - there is everything to love about PCHH.

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