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

    Taste The Nation And What's Making Us Happy

    Taste The Nation And What's Making Us Happy

    Food media has become one of the many arenas in which debates about inclusivity and justice have taken center stage in recent months. And now, into this troubled world comes Taste The Nation. Hosted by Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi, the marvelous Hulu series visits immigrant and indigenous communities around the United States to explore food. Taste The Nation puts everything from chop suey to pad Thai in cultural, political and culinary contexts, with Lakshmi as your hungry, curious guide.

    • 22 min
    John Wick And What's Making Us Happy

    John Wick And What's Making Us Happy

    Once upon a time, a man named John Wick retired from his successful career as an assassin. But then he returned to it. And across what's now a three-film series, he's been having a heck of a week ever since. In the third film, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Wick, played by Keanu Reeves, is on the run from foes and former friends alike. This episode originally aired on May 17, 2019.

    • 21 min
    Hamilton And What's Making Us Happy

    Hamilton And What's Making Us Happy

    Let's cut to the chase: the Hamilton film has arrived, and it's great. Four years after Lin-Manuel Miranda's show won 11 Tony Awards, you can watch an original Broadway cast performance at home. The film is now available on Disney+. It's a chance to see already legendary performances from Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., and Phillipa Soo, among others, and to see how this sweeping historical story was staged.

    • 25 min
    I May Destroy You And Remembering Carl Reiner

    I May Destroy You And Remembering Carl Reiner

    Close watchers of smart television know Michaela Coel from Chewing Gum, the acclaimed comedy series she created and starred in. Her new show on HBO is called I May Destroy You. It's just as strong, but finds her going in an entirely new direction. Coel plays Arabella, a writer whose life changes one night while she's sexually assaulted at a nightclub. She is missing pieces of her memory, and as she tries to figure out what happened, the show fans out to consider other questions about sexual ethics and honesty. Plus, we remember comedy legend Carl Reiner, who died this week at 98.

    • 19 min
    Da 5 Bloods And What's Making Us Happy

    Da 5 Bloods And What's Making Us Happy

    In Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods, four Black war veterans return to Vietnam. They're there to retrieve the remains of a fellow soldier, who died on the battlefield. They're also after millions of dollars' worth of gold bars they'd hidden during the war. Da 5 Bloods was supposed to roll out in theaters this summer; instead, it dropped on Netflix earlier this month. But it's still a major Oscar contender — a war epic that's grand in scope, with generational scars that run deep.

    • 24 min
    Giancarlo Esposito On 'Breaking Bad', 'Do The Right Thing' And Facing The Police

    Giancarlo Esposito On 'Breaking Bad', 'Do The Right Thing' And Facing The Police

    Giancarlo Esposito has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies — from several of Spike Lee's early films, to his role as Gus Fring on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In this interview from Bullseye, Esposito talks about the complexity of his characters, his time on The Electric Company and his work on Do the Right Thing. Plus, we talk to him about a very difficult time in his life and working through the trauma of racial profiling.

    • 42 min

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I enjoy this podcast and as I usually listen at night, appreciate the timbre of all your voices as I sometimes drift into sleep. However, I do finish listening to each episode, it may take a night or two. I like the wrap- up “what’s making me happy” sign off. It helps inform.

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