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

    Book Recommendations To Read While Isolating And What's Making Us Happy

    Book Recommendations To Read While Isolating And What's Making Us Happy

    There's no wrong time for a good book. But as we tape this, many people are stuck at home more than usual, which makes it an exceptionally right time. So we're here to pass on some book recommendations we hope will make your isolation feel a little less isolated.

    • 21 min
    Family Friendly Crowd Pleasers: Three Things To Stream Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

    Family Friendly Crowd Pleasers: Three Things To Stream Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

    When you're staying in, it can be hard to keep everybody happy. But never fear, we're here to help. We've got a few recommendations to keep everybody in the family happy and stave off cabin fever.

    • 8 min
    New Music Discoveries And What's Making Us Happy

    New Music Discoveries And What's Making Us Happy

    Every year, the South by Southwest music festival provides a showcase for many hundreds of musicians, who travel to Austin, Texas, from all over the world. But this year's festival was canceled due to concerns surrounding the spread of coronavirus. And even though this year's festival isn't happening, NPR Music still found a ton of amazing new artists. To prepare for South by Southwest each year, we listen to countless hours of music in search of discoveries to share, from this year's Austin 100.

    • 26 min
    Three Pop Culture Recommendations To Calm Your Nerves

    Three Pop Culture Recommendations To Calm Your Nerves

    There's a time for excitement, for the things that make us angry or scare us silly. But then there are all the other times. Sometimes we want something that will calm us down and slow our heart rates. We recommend some calming pieces of pop culture.

    • 11 min
    Emma., Clueless, And What's Making Us Happy

    Emma., Clueless, And What's Making Us Happy

    Jane Austen's Emma tells the story of a young woman who knows what's right for everyone else and knows very little about herself. In a new film adaptation directed by Autumn de Wilde, Emma is as foolish and as endearing as ever. Even some who don't know Emma might know Clueless, the 1995 Amy Heckerling film that's now 25 years old. We discuss how both films work as Jane Austen adaptations.

    • 25 min
    The Invisible Man Is Transparently Creepy

    The Invisible Man Is Transparently Creepy

    Being stalked by a tormentor you can't see is scary enough on its own. But the film The Invisible Man suggests that the worst part might just be the fact that no one would believe you. In writer and director Leigh Whannell's new adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel, Elisabeth Moss plays Cecilia, a woman who finally escapes an abusive partner. But soon, she senses that he's everywhere, following her.

    • 15 min

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