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Get obsessed with us. Five days a week, Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take it all with a shot of cheer.Make your happy hour even happier with Pop Culture Happy Hour Plus! Your subscription supports the podcast and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/happyhour

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Get obsessed with us. Five days a week, Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take it all with a shot of cheer.Make your happy hour even happier with Pop Culture Happy Hour Plus! Your subscription supports the podcast and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/happyhour

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    Three great karaoke songs

    Three great karaoke songs

    What makes a good karaoke song? In this encore episode, we're suggesting three great songs to sing at karaoke night.

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    • 9 min
    Sunny is a robot buddy comedy about loss

    Sunny is a robot buddy comedy about loss

    In the new Apple TV+ series Sunny, Rashida Jones stars as a woman living in Kyoto, whose husband and young son go missing in a plane crash. To help console her, her husband's electronics company gives her a robot companion. The show is an interesting mix of styles and genres – it's a buddy comedy, a crime thriller and a drama about loss. But at the center of it all is the mystery of what happened to her husband and son – and why.

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    • 14 min
    You voted on the best summer snacks and we have the results (Pop Culture Happy Hour+)

    You voted on the best summer snacks and we have the results (Pop Culture Happy Hour+)

    Waffle cone vs. sugar cone? Hamburger vs. hot dog? Lemonade vs. iced tea? We matched up summer treats and put the questions of which are better to Pop Culture Happy Hour listeners, and we are revealing the results in a special bonus episode. To access this bonus episode—and listen to every episode sponsor-free—sign up for Pop Culture Happy Hour+ at plus.npr.org/happyhour

    Twisters and what's making us happy

    Twisters and what's making us happy

    Twister was one of the biggest disaster movies of the '90s. Now, it's finally got a sequel — one with an all-new cast, state-of-the-art effects, and a whole lot of tornadoes. The new film stars Glen Powell and Daisy Edgar-Jones as rival storm-chasers who have a habit of running into tornadoes while everyone else is fleeing. Twisters was directed by Lee Isaac Chung, who also directed the Oscar-nominated Minari.

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    • 27 min
    We unpack the 2024 Emmy nominations

    We unpack the 2024 Emmy nominations

    The nominations the Emmy Awards were just announced, and it was a good day for The Bear, which set a new record in the comedy category. And plenty of our favorites also got Emmy nods, including Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Shōgun, Reservation Dogs and What We Do in the Shadows. We'll help you unpack this year's the notable nominees and snubs.

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    • 25 min
    Exploding Kittens is a simple card game turned wild cartoon

    Exploding Kittens is a simple card game turned wild cartoon

    The best-selling card game Exploding Kittens has been adapted into a new Netflix animated series. It does plenty of its own world-building: God (Tom Ellis) and the devil (Sasheer Zamata) are sent to earth, where they take the form of talking cats — and meddle in the lives of a struggling family.

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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
231 Ratings

231 Ratings

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Can’t tell you how much “What Makes Us Happy” has informed my music, book and TV choices. Love the team and guest reviewers.

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The research is unparalleled

Everyone comes into the episode with a great take. Sometimes the research is out of hand! I've heard multiple times where a host will rewatch a whole TV series just for like 5 cumulative minutes of opinions. The research is unparalleled.

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