300 episodes

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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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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    Top Gun: Maverick And What's Making Us Happy

    Top Gun: Maverick And What's Making Us Happy

    Top Gun first hit theaters in 1986, starring Tom Cruise as a cocky fighter pilot who trains in an elite military program. Now, there's finally a sequel called Top Gun: Maverick, in which Cruise returns to train a new generation of pilots.

    • 27 min
    Harry Styles' Harry's House

    Harry Styles' Harry's House

    Harry Styles has just released his third solo album, called Harry's House. The new record finds the former One Direction singer presiding over a bunch of breezy, unfailingly pleasant love songs. The new album has already spawned a No. 1 single with the song "As It Was" and comes after 2019's Fine Line, which won Styles his first Grammy.

    • 17 min
    The Kids In The Hall

    The Kids In The Hall

    The hugely influential Canadian sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall is back in a new Amazon show that marks their first return to writing and performing original sketches on television. These 8 episodes look and feel like another season of their first show, though of course the kids aren't kids anymore – something the new series has some fun with.

    • 16 min
    Men

    Men

    In Men, Jessie Buckley plays Harper, whose estranged husband (Paapa Essiedu) has recently died in a horrific manner. To decompress, she rents out a quiet stately home in the English countryside from Geoffrey (Rory Kinnear). It doesn't take long before her trip is disturbed by increasingly strange and invasive occurrences. The film was written and directed by Alex Garland, whose previous features include Ex Machina and Annihilation.

    • 25 min
    Books We Love: Identity And Culture

    Books We Love: Identity And Culture

    The latest edition of NPR's Books We Love project rounded up hundreds of book recommendations from critics, writers and NPR journalists to try to give you just the read you're looking for. Today, we're giving recommendations for our favorite books about identity and culture.

    • 9 min
    Downton Abbey: A New Era And What's Making Us Happy

    Downton Abbey: A New Era And What's Making Us Happy

    Downton Abbey is back again. Three years after the 2019 movie that extended the popular TV series, the Crawleys are once again dealing with the clash of the old ways and the new ways. This time, the interloper is early Hollywood. While a director, a crew, and a bunch of actors descend upon the estate for filming, the story also travels to the south of France for a story that might reveal secrets from the Dowager Countess' past.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
9.1K Ratings

9.1K Ratings

alioop992 ,

Great in theory and execution except for…

Stephen Thompson is always so annoyingly out of touch. His take on the audience for Harry Styles’s third album is “you grew up loving One Direction and now you’re 30”. I’m 33 and was a fully grown adult when One Direction was big and didn’t care about them at all. We grew up in the late 90s boy band world. Harry Styles himself is only 28! Thompson just sees everyone who is younger than he is as “youth”.

He got his job because of his parents and only keeps up with what comes out because he has to. Time to get a new music person. Literally anyone else will be great.

KF526 ,

Return to old format, please!

Would love if you considered going back to the old format of several topics once a week. I used to listen every week and find new things to pick up. Now I usually pick and choose episodes based on topic, and I know I am missing out on cool things.

Also… frankly, I’ve found a lot of it to be not so happy… Hosts/Guests have been very negative recently about some things I loved, and while I can appreciate nuanced criticism, it didn’t feel like you had much balance in some of the episodes…which I found disappointing to say the least. Felt a little easier to handle the negativity when it was a mixed reaction to 1 of 3/4 topics. I’ll be unsubscribing for a while. Best of luck!

little history ,

Love show

Please cover under the banner of heaven

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