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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.

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    • 4.5 • 189 Ratings

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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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    Shotgun Wedding And What's Making Us Happy

    Shotgun Wedding And What's Making Us Happy

    The Amazon Prime action comedy Shotgun Wedding delivers on its title in the sense that it's got a wedding, and it's got lots of guns. The film stars Jennifer Lopez and Josh Duhamel as a couple whose wedding day at a beautiful resort is interrupted by pirates who take their guests hostage. Will they save the guests? Will they save themselves? Will they ever actually get married? And just how great will J.Lo look the entire time?

    • 21 min
    Everything Everywhere All At Once

    Everything Everywhere All At Once

    Everything Everywhere All At Once is a zany and profound sci-fi action comedy set in multiple dimensions. It stars Michelle Yeoh as a businesswoman whose world is turned upside down the day her family attempts to file their taxes. The film earned 11 Oscar nominations, including best picture, director, and a lead actress for nomination Yeoh. So we thought this would be the perfect time to revisit our conversation about one of our favorite movies of the past year.

    • 23 min
    2023 Oscar Nominations

    2023 Oscar Nominations

    Nominations for this year's Oscars dropped today, and it's a big year for Everything Everywhere All At Once, The Banshees Of Inisherin, and All Quiet On The Western Front. We run down the nominees in the major categories, plus talk about some surprises and snubs. Subscribe to Pop Culture Happy Hour Plus at plus.npr.org/happyhour

    • 14 min
    Cheers

    Cheers

    Cheers is one of the most celebrated TV sitcoms of all time. Set in a Boston bar, the show won major awards and turned stars like Ted Danson, Shelley Long, and Rhea Perlman into household names. Cheers ended its run 30 years ago this spring, so we thought this would be a good time to revisit the series and answer your questions.

    • 25 min
    Velma

    Velma

    The adult animated series Velma chronicles the origin story of the bespectacled brains of the original Scooby Gang. We meet Velma, Fred, Daphne and Shaggy in high school, as Velma struggles with mean girls, a neglectful father, a missing mother, patriarchal beauty standards, same-sex attraction and a serial killer. Velma is voiced by Mindy Kaling, and the rest of the show's voice cast includes Sam Richardson, Constance Wu, and Glenn Howerton.

    • 16 min
    Missing And What's Making Us Happy

    Missing And What's Making Us Happy

    The new movie Missing is about our connected world. The social media, the surveillance cameras, the news footage, the video chats — the many, many things we can see from our screens. In this sequel to the 2018 thriller Searching, Storm Reid plays a young woman whose mother leaves on a trip with her boyfriend and seems to just vanish. Desperate to solve the mystery, Reid uses technology to figure out what's going on and save her mother's life.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
189 Ratings

189 Ratings

Christie. :) ,

Such a good podcast!

I have been listening to this podcast since 2014 and have always loved it. Up to date and interesting topics and a natural chemistry between the hosts - I love it when they get a bit silly ☺️. I particularly love when they bring in Margaret H. Willison and Gene Denby as they are such interesting voices and bring lots of enthusiasm to the table. Also Sam Sanders! My one critique would be that I miss Linda Holmes being there as the main host every episode, but I know that might be selfish as she must be supremely busy! (P.S love it when Stephen does a music episode with some of the NPR music people or Glen gets to chat with Chris Klimek) Give it a listen and start off by listening to the episodes you might really connect to - you’ll then stay for all the others!

Nic1986 ,

Like a chat with friends

Love the fun chatty approach. I have got so many great recommendations from this podcast :)

Mimi Winters ,

Really great

Wonderful review podcast. Witty and smart, highly recommend.

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