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  1. Die Hard2018/11/21
    Die Hard turned 30 this year. So as the season of Season's Greetings approaches, it's time for the Pop Culture Happy Hour conversation we've always been dying to have.
  2. Homecoming 2018/11/16
    In the Amazon thriller Homecoming, Julia Roberts plays a caseworker at a facility that helps soldiers re-adjust to civilian life. Or at least that's what she thinks it does. But calls from a mysterious boss and sessions with a young soldier make her question everything.
  3. Remembering Stan Lee2018/11/12
    Stan Lee helped create some of the most indelible comic book characters in American popular culture, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Black Panther. He died Monday. He was 95.
  4. 'Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj' and 'Busy Tonight' 2018/11/09
    There are a bunch of new shows to pay attention to this season, and today we're talking about two of our favorite talk entries — Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj and Busy Tonight.
  5. Nobody's Fool2018/11/07
    Nobody's Fool is a Tyler Perry movie, but maybe more important at the moment, it's a Tiffany Haddish movie. Haddish plays Tanya, who fears her sister is being catfished in an online relationship.
  6. The Haunting of Hill House 2018/11/02
    The Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House tells what is, in many ways, an old-fashioned ghost story. Moving between the past and the present, the series traces the effects of trauma on a family that once chose to spend a summer living in a house that is up to no good.
  7. Wildlife2018/10/31
    Wildlife, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, tells the story of a marriage in crisis in 1960's Montana. Based on a novel by Richard Ford and directed by actor Paul Dano, it's told from the point of view of a young teenager watching his family fall to pieces.
  8. Beautiful Boy and What's Making Us Happy 2018/10/26
    Beautiful Boy is a story of addiction starring two Oscar-nominated actors. Timothée Chalamet plays Nic Sheff, who's addicted to crystal meth. Steve Carell plays David Sheff, his journalist father who's struggling to help him get well.
  9. Halloween 2018/10/24
    It's been forty years since the release of the classic horror film, Halloween. Since then, the franchise has wandered through its own house of horrors in the form of sequels and reboots. The newest Halloween throws all of those additions out, and assumes that only the 1978 original ever happened.
  10. Big Mouth and What's Making Us Happy2018/10/19
    If you've been longing for a cartoon that covers the really important questions — like how to manage lust, and how to avoid your embarrassing parents — you are in luck. Big Mouth, Netflix's animated comedy series about the horrors of puberty, is back for a second season.
  11. Venom2018/10/17
    In Venom, Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who's trying to rebound from a major setback in his career. But Eddie's plans are halted when he's overtaken by a violent — and gooey — alien symbiote.
  12. 'First Man' and What's Making Us Happy 2018/10/12
    First Man tells the story of Neil Armstrong's life in the decade leading up to his walk on the moon. Ryan Gosling stars as Armstrong, and it's directed by Damien Chazelle. It's the second time they're teaming up after the huge commercial and critical success of La La Land.
  13. The Hate U Give 2018/10/10
    The Hate U Give finds teenager Starr Carter caught between two worlds — her mostly black neighborhood and a white prep school. When her friend Khalil is killed by a police officer, she's forced to reconcile these two very different parts of her identity. We're joined by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, hosts of The Nod podcast.
  14. A Star Is Born and What's Making Us Happy 2018/10/05
    Lady Gaga stars opposite Bradley Cooper in the latest retelling of A Star Is Born. It's also Cooper's directing debut, with a cast that includes Sam Elliott, Andrew Dice Clay, and Dave Chappelle. We're joined by Ari Shapiro to break down the singing, the glamour, the tears, and the wonder of Sam Elliott's voice.
  15. A Simple Favor 2018/10/03
    What has Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, menswear looks, mysteries, and YouTube's most cheerful mom? It's the stylish, mischievous, and sometimes darkly funny thriller A Simple Favor.
  16. Fall Movie Preview2018/09/28
    We're excited for a whole bunch of new movies this fall. Today, we dive into our 2018 Fall Movie Preview and talk about as many of them as we can — from the big studio flicks to the festival favorites and everything in between.
  17. All-Books Edition: Volume 22018/09/26
    We recommended a lot of stuff during our 'All-Books' episode. So please enjoy this second volume (see what we did there?) of the All-Books Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, again led by our extra special panel.
  18. Forever And What's Making Us Happy2018/09/21
    Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen star in the new Amazon series Forever. The two of them play a middle-aged married couple named Oscar and June, who are in a bit of a rut. Along the way, they find themselves in an unexpected situation that challenges their thinking about the permanence of marriage. Today, we dive into this very curious relationship comedy. Guest: Aisha Harris
  19. 2018 Emmy Awards2018/09/18
    We're here to fill you in on everything you need to know about the 2018 Emmys. On a night we were constantly reminded how diverse this year's nominations were — the winners were mostly white. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Game of Thrones won the top awards. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.
  20. On the Books: An All-Book Edition2018/09/14
    Today, we take a break from TV and movies to talk about some of our favorite books we've read — and what books we're most looking forward to this fall.
  21. Celebrating Women in Music With Turning the Tables 2018/09/12
    NPR Music's ambitious Turning the Tables series re-imagines the popular music canon by putting women and non-binary musicians at the center. All Songs Considered recently had a great conversation about the project, and today we bring that conversation to your Pop Culture Happy Hour feed.
  22. Pop Culture Serotonin and What's Making Us Happy2018/09/07
    Not every day can be Friday, not every bit of weather can be sunny and not every plate can have cookies on it. That's why we love our pop culture serotonin — the stuff we watch, read and listen to that boosts our mood and makes us feel better. Today, we share some of our favorites.
  23. To All The Boys I've Loved Before2018/09/05
    The Netflix young adult romance To All The Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of a high school pair who may or may not — but come on, they will — end up together. You've probably seen it on your Twitter feed, and today we assemble a very special panel to talk about it.
  24. Fall TV Preview and What's Making Us Happy 2018/08/31
    It's almost the end of the summer, which means it's time for Pop Culture Happy Hour's fall TV preview. We're telling you what new shows we're excited about, and which ones we think are built to last. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.
  25. Black Panther2018/08/29
    Ryan Coogler's Marvel film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — original. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby. (This episode originally aired on February 16, 2018.)
  26. BlacKkKlansman and What's Making Us Happy 2018/08/24
    BlacKkKlansman tells the story Ron Stallworth — a black police detective who infiltrated the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. On today's Pop Culture Happy Hour, we dive into the most talked about Spike Lee movie in years. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby
  27. 2018 MTV VMAs2018/08/21
    Last night the VMAs honored some top songs and artists including Camila Cabello, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The show also recognized Aretha Franklin—sort of. And trotted out Aerosmith—again. New York Times editor Aisha Harris joins us for a recap.
  28. Crazy Rich Asians and What's Making Us Happy2018/08/17
    This week, we talk about the charming romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, which has been lauded as groundbreaking for its all Asian and Asian-American cast. Guests: NPR's Mallory Yu and Code Switch's Kat Chow.
  29. Remembering Aretha Franklin2018/08/16
    The "Queen of Soul" died today at age 76. She was a gifted pop singer, gospel singer, R&B singer, and even opera singer. We talk with All Things Considered 's Audie Cornish about the unforgettable Aretha Franklin, and the utter abundance of music she left us.
  30. Blockers and Game Night: Playing Catch-Up On Comedies We Missed2018/08/15
    Most of this summer's blockbusters are already out. That makes it a great time to catch up on a couple of surprisingly well-reviewed comedies. In this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk about Blockers and Game Night.
  31. Pop Culture Punching Bags and What's Making Us Happy2018/08/10
    Every once in a while, we decide to defend the seemingly indefensible pieces of pop culture that everyone loves to hate. Today, we put on our boxing gloves to defend the honor of some of pop culture's most notorious punching bags. Guests: Audie Cornish and Guy Branum.
  32. Sorry to Bother You2018/08/08
    The indie movie Sorry to Bother You is a summer hit. Lakeith Stanfield stars as Cassius Green, a telemarketer whose world spirals into chaos. Code Switch's Gene Demby and Shereen Meraji have some very different views on the film.
  33. Eighth Grade and What's Making Us Happy2018/08/03
    This week, we're talking about Bo Burnam's breakout festival hit Eighth Grade. Kayla Day, played by Elsie Fisher, is a middle-schooler who gives pep talks on YouTube and yearns for friends she can talk to. Guest: New York Times editor Aisha Harris.
  34. Breath Of The Wild2018/08/01
    Video game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild drops you into a world of sweeping vistas and challenging weapons, and it gives you a vast area to explore. It's an adventure and a challenge, and there are lots of different ways to play. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.
  35. Mission: Impossible - Fallout and What's Making Us Happy 2018/07/27
    We're taking to the streets, the skies, the water and the glitzy high-class nightclubs to talk about Mission: Impossible - Fallout on this episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour. Guest: Chris Klimek.
  36. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 2018/07/25
    Under the blue skies of summer, what could be more welcome than ABBA songs? That's right, eight years after a big cast whooped it up in the film adaptation of the jukebox musical Mamma Mia!, there's a sequel. Today, we're talking about the all-singing, all-dancing, all-silly extravaganza that is Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
  37. Skyscraper and What's Making Us Happy 2018/07/20
    Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, has fought all kinds of things in the movies. Earthquakes, criminals, zoo animals. And now, he's up against a building. On today's Pop Culture Happy Hour, we're defying gravity and saving our families.
  38. Hannah Gadsby's Netflix Special 'Nanette' With Kumail Nanjiani2018/07/18
    Hannah Gadsby's Netflix special arrived in late June and has become a genuine phenomenon. It's an hour that starts as standup and morphs into something else entirely. Guest: Comedian, actor, and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Kumail Nanjiani.
  39. Sharp Objects and What's Making Us Happy2018/07/13
    Before Gillian Flynn wrote Gone Girl, she wrote Sharp Objects. Now, HBO has produced an adaptation starring Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, and Chris Messina. Guest: NPR Weekend Edition books editor, Barrie Hardymon.
  40. Jeopardy! 2018/07/11
    Jeopardy! — the juggernaut, the pop culture monster, the game show to shave your mustache to and then grow it back again. Guest: NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso.
  41. Ant-Man And The Wasp, Plus What's Making Us Happy2018/07/06
    The sequel to 2015's Ant-Man is just as light and inconsequential, but a forgettable villain and an over-complicated plot means it has to work harder — and it shows. Guest: writer Chris Klimek.
  42. The Mister Rogers Documentary 'Won't You Be My Neighbor'2018/07/04
    Using archival footage and new interviews, Morgan Neville's film explores what how Rogers' unusual children's show came to be and what his legacy is for tens of millions of kids who are now tens of millions of grownups. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.
  43. The Songs Of Summer2018/06/29
    Stephen Thompson and our pals at NPR Music road-test the songs the songs of the summer.
  44. Cooking Shows2018/06/27
    The panel chats about some of their favorite cooking shows including Top Chef, Chopped and Chef's Table. Guests: Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon and Code Switch's Kat Chow. (This segment originally aired on September 9, 2016.)
  45. Jurassic World, Jurassic Park and What's Making Us Happy2018/06/22
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes a bizarre but not unwelcome left turn. How does it compare to 2015's mediocre but hugely successful revival and the original 1993 film? Guest: Chris Klimek.
  46. The Great Big Stand-Up Roundup 2018/06/20
    You can find new stand-up specials just about every week. In fact, you can find so many that it's hard to keep track of them all. So we spent this episode recommending eight standout specials. Guest: Pop Culture Happy Hour producer emeritus and Ask Me Another producer Mike Katzif.
  47. Incredibles 2 and What's Making Us Happy2018/06/15
    The action of this animated sequel, which picks up where The Incredibles ended 14 years ago, is fresh and inventive, but the laughs aren't. Guest: NPR Code Switch host Gene Demby.
  48. The Tony Awards and Remembering Anthony Bourdain2018/06/11
    The Tony Awards paid off for The Band's Visit , Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , the Angels in America revival and a scrappy theater kid named Bruce Springsteen. Also we remember chef and television host Anthony Bourdain, who died last week.
  49. Ocean's 8 and What's Making Us Happy2018/06/08
    Ocean's 8 great cast and some clever commentary about women and Hollywood make it a whole lot of fun. Guest: Bim Adewunmi, senior culture writer at Buzzfeed and co-host of the Thirst Aid Kit podcast.
  50. The Paddington Movies2018/06/06
    At last, we take a deep, overdue dive into the sweet, tangy jars of emotional marmalade that are the Paddington films. Guests: writer Chris Klimek and librarian Margaret Willison.
  51. Law & Order and What's Making Us Happy2018/06/01
    We talk about one of the most durable franchises in television history. Guests: Librarian Margaret H. Willison and Sarah D. Bunting, the East Coast Editor of Previously.TV
  52. 'Cobra Kai' Is A Surprisingly Good 'Karate Kid' Reboot2018/05/30
    Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso are still at it in Cobra Kai , a surprisingly interesting look at what happens later to people who peak — or crash — in high school. Guests: All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish and NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.
  53. Solo: A Star Wars Story and What's Making Us Happy2018/05/25
    The odds of successfully telling the origin story of the Star Wars trilogy's lovable rogue are approximately 3,720 to 1. After a sluggish start, Solo: A Star Wars Story beats those odds. Guest: NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen.
  54. The Royal Wedding2018/05/19
    Normally, royal weddings are like the Oscars: a lot of pomp, but no real surprises. But when Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, the audience sat up and took notice. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and Librarian Margaret Willison.
  55. Deadpool 2 and What's Making Us Happy2018/05/18
    Ryan Reynolds once again assumes the role of a deadly mercenary who makes many references to various pop culture properties while disemboweling folk a lot. Guests: Writer Chris Klimek and Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.
  56. The Half-Hour Drama Flourishes With 'Vida'2018/05/16
    The new Starz half-hour drama tells the story of two young women who learn a lot about their mother when they go home to deal with the consequences of her death. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR Member Station WAMU.
  57. Tully and What's Making Us Happy2018/05/11
    Written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, the film stars Charlize Theron in an often brutal look at the emotional and physical tolls of parenthood. Guest: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon.
  58. Killing Eve2018/05/09
    BBC America's cat-and-mouse spy show is a classic genre piece executed very well. We talk about its tension and its great lead performance from Sandra Oh on this week's episode. Guest: Code Switch's Kat Chow
  59. A Quiet Place and What's Making Us Happy 2018/05/04
    The shush-iest film to become a hit in quite some time gets some overdue attention from the panel on this episode. Guest: Writer Meryl Williams.
  60. Leaving 'Hamilton' And 'Failing Up' With Leslie Odom Jr.2018/05/02
    Broadway's original Aaron Burr sits down with host Linda Holmes to talk about his new book, how it feels to hear ugly things about your career, and what he wants to do now that he couldn't before.
  61. Avengers: Infinity War and What's Making Us Happy2018/04/27
    The Avengers try to keep a space-tyrant from performing cosmic genocide. The film doubles down on character interactions both familiar and unfamiliar. Guest: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby.
  62. Scandal2018/04/23
    After seven seasons, Shonda Rhimes' roller-coaster of a drama screeches to a final halt as Olivia Pope and the team try to get out of one last scrape and Olivia tries to make it to Vermont. Guests: All Things Considered host Audie Cornish, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans, and NPR Music's Sidney Madden.
  63. Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy2018/04/20
    The panel predicsts the hits and flops, tell you what they're looking forward to, and help you spend that ticket money wisely. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent podcast.
  64. Pop Culture Dichotomies2018/04/18
    Star Trek vs. Star Wars? The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones? Gale vs. Peeta? Batman vs. Superman? The gang breaks down their favorite pop culture dichotomies. Guest: NPR Books editor Petra Mayer. (This segment originally aired on November 14, 2014.)
  65. Antiques Roadshow and What's Making Us Happy2018/04/13
    To talk about the PBS institution that celebrates used stuff and how much it may or may not be worth. Guest: Jesse Thorn, host of NPR's Bullseye and the head honcho of the Maximum Fun podcast network.
  66. Barry2018/04/11
    Bill Hader stars as a depressed hit man who wants a fresh start in acting but can't seem to get one. And the HBO comedy-drama asks questions most antihero shows won't. Guest: NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans.
  67. Roseanne and What's Making Us Happy2018/04/06
    The panel chats about the Roseanne revival and how the show's politics intersects with the politics of Roseanne Barr. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guest: Hanna Rosin, Co-Host of Invisibilia.
  68. Love, Simon2018/04/04
    The panel chats about Love, Simon; the first big American studio film to give a gay teenager the kind of story that John Hughes gave straight kids in the 1980s. Guest: Dave Holmes, Editor at Large for Esquire.com.
  69. Ready Player One and What's Making Us Happy2018/03/30
    Spielberg returns to his cinema-as-thrill-ride roots in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's YA novel. Guest: The Verge's Tasha Robinson.
  70. Isle of Dogs2018/03/28
    The panel chats about the new Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs, a stop-motion-animated film about loyal dogs exiled to a lonely island. Guest: Film critic Chris Klimek.
  71. SXSW 2018 Wrap2018/03/23
    The panels shares some of their favorite new music discoveries from this year's SXSW Music Festival. Guests: NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and music writer Katie Presley.
  72. High Maintenance2018/03/21
    The panel High Maintenance, HBO's anthology series about a marijuana dealer and his clients in New York City. Guests: Weekend Edition editor Barrie Hardymon and All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.
  73. Talk Show Talk and What's Making Us Happy2018/03/16
    The panel chats about some of their favorite talk show guests and what makes an ideal host-guest dynamic. Guest: Comedian Guy Branum, the host and creator of TruTV's Talk Show the Game Show.
  74. Atlanta2018/03/14
    Donald Glover's Emmy-winning comedy returns for second season that includes sharply drawn characters and an appreciation for the problems with success. Guests: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby and It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders.
  75. A Wrinkle In Time and What's Making Us Happy2018/03/09
    Director Ava DuVernay's adaptation of the classic Madeleine L'Engle novel is devoid of cynicism, filled with beautiful images and deeply moving. Guest: Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.
  76. The 2018 Oscars2018/03/05
    Last year's Oscars were wildly unpredictable. This year's were very predictable, with big wins for The Shape Of Water , all the actors who were expected to win all along, and Jordan Peele.
  77. Our 2018 Oscars Preview2018/03/02
    The team takes a moment to consider the upcoming Oscars in categories big and small. They probably won't end with anyone handing over the wrong envelope. But wouldn't it be surprising if they did? Guest: NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello
  78. The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz2018/02/28
    The panel tries to stump each other with clips from the weirdest TV they could find. Guest: All Things Considered host Audie Cornish.
  79. Annihilation and What's Making Us Happy2018/02/23
    Alex Garland's new sci-fi thriller is very weird, and we loved it. Guests: Writer Chris Klimek and Daisy Rosario of NPR member station WAMU.
  80. Queer Eye2018/02/21
    The Netflix series "Queer Eye" is a reboot of the 2003 phenomenon, not a retread. They've dropped "For the Straight Guy" from the title, reflecting the retooled makeover series' updated, and slightly broadened, mission. Guests: Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, co-hosts of Nancy, a podcast from WNYC studios.
  81. Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy2018/02/16
    Ryan Coogler's Marvel film, set largely in the richly imagined Afro-futurist utopia of Wakanda, is by turns intimate, immediate and — most importantly — new. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.
  82. The Winter Olympics2018/02/14
    Sam Sanders joins the panel to talk about his memories of the Sochi Olympics, the way young athletes handle attention and athleticism itself, what we love watching during this year's games in Pyeongchang.
  83. Darkest Hour and What's Making Us Happy2018/02/09
    The panel discusses the Oscar-nominated film Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent Podcast.
  84. The Super Bowl2018/02/05
    The Eagles won a thrilling victory in the Super Bowl on Sunday night, to the delight of Philadelphians everywhere. Tom Brady of the Patriots proved fallible, while Justin Timberlake was ... just fine. Guests: Code Switch's Gene Demby and writer Katie Presley.
  85. Roxane Gay2018/02/02
    Roxane Gay latest book is the memoir Hunger. It's about her relationship with her body, with trauma, and with her own history. In September 2017, host Linda Holmes and Gay sat down at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. They talked about writing, about bodies, about the closeness people feel with her when they've read her work.
  86. The 2018 Grammys2018/01/29
    We recap the highlights of this year's Grammy Awards, including a sweep by Bruno Mars and memorable performances from Kendrick Lamar and Kesha. Guests: NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden.
  87. The Good Doctor and What's Making Us Happy2018/01/26
    We chat about The Good Doctor, ABC's hit medical drama in which Freddie Highmore plays a surgical resident with autism and savant syndrome. Guest: Uproxx TV Critic Alan Sepinwall.
  88. Phantom Thread2018/01/24
    The gang discusses Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Phantom Thread. The story about the twisted relationship between a dressmaker (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his muse (Vicky Krieps) just earned six Oscar nominations. Guest: KJZZ Senior Producer and Daniel Day-Lewis super fan Sarah Ventre.
  89. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and What's Making Us Happy2018/01/19
    The gang takes a look at Amy Sherman-Palladino's award-winning comedy, starring Rachel Brosnahan as a '50s housewife-turned-comedian. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: Writer Katie Presley and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon.
  90. The Florida Project and Remembering Dolores O'Riordan2018/01/17
    The panel talks about the Florida Project, Sean Baker's small-scale but memorable film set at a motel near Disney World. Then, we take a moment to remember Dolores O'Riodan, the lead singer of the Cranberries, who died suddenly at age 46. Guest: Code Switch's Gene Demby.
  91. I, Tonya and What's Making Us Happy2018/01/12
    This week's show takes a look at an emerging awards contender in the acting categories: I, Tonya , the semi-mockumentary retelling of the life of Tonya Harding, controversial figure skater. Guest: Librarian Margaret H. Willison.
  92. The Golden Globe Awards2018/01/08
    Recent stories of sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood inspired black dresses and unexpected guests at the Golden Globes. Plus, Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to win the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and she spent nearly all her time talking about the long struggle for justice for women. In the actual awards races, Three Billboards , Ladybird , and Amazon scored.
  93. Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions, Plus What's Making Us Happy2018/01/05
    Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel as they say goodbye to 2017 by revisiting their resolutions and predictions from last year and making new ones for 2018.
  94. John Cho2018/01/03
    Host Linda Holmes talks with actor John Cho (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Star Trek) about why he misses doing broad comedies, his decision to join The Exorcist, what it's like being the subject of internet fandom, and his new film Columbus.
  95. Black Mirror and What's Making Us Happy2017/12/29
    The panel chats about Black Mirror, Netflix's sci-fi anthology series. The fourth season premiers today. Guests: film and theater critic Chris Klimek and Brittany Luse, co-host of The Nod.
  96. Our 15 Favorites Of 20172017/12/27
    The panel runs down their 15 favorite TV shows, movies, books, video games, and trends of 2017.
  97. The Post and What's Making Us Happy2017/12/22
    The panel chats about the Post, Steven Spielberg's latest film which follows the Washington Post's decision to publish the Pentagon Papers. The movie stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Guest: All Things Considered Film Critic Bob Mondello.
  98. Our Hanukkah Special2017/12/20
    While you may have wrapped up your Hanukkah celebrations, we wanted to share a conversation about the role that Hanukkah plays for kids and adults, and some of the pop culture that surrounds it. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and KJZZ Senior Producer Sarah Ventre.
  99. Star Wars: The Last Jedi and What's Making Us Happy2017/12/15
    Writer/director Rian Johnson joins the Star Wars franchise to deliver a chapter that's fast, fun and freewheeling, even as it introduces surprising nuance to the classic Dark Side vs. Light Side beef. Guest: NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith.
  100. The Shape of Water2017/12/13
    The panel talks about the Guillermo del Toro film about a woman racing to save her not-quite-human true love from the bad guys. Guest: NPR Arts Desk Correspondent Neda Ulaby.
  101. The Disaster Artist, The Room, and What's Making Us Happy2017/12/08
    James Franco's The Disaster Artist tells the story of the making of The Room , one of the most famous awful movies of all time. The panel sits down to talk about Franco's vision and his muse. Guest: NPR Music's Marissa Lorusso.
  102. Call Me By Your Name2017/12/06
    Luca Guadagnino's lush adaptation of Andre Aciman's novel stars Timothee Chalamet as a teenage prodigy who falls in love with a visiting grad student played by Armie Hammer. Guest: All Things Considered Film Critic Bob Mondello.
  103. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri2017/12/01
    The panel reviews Martin McDonagh's polarizing new film, which stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell. Guest: Code Switch co-host Gene Demby.
  104. Coco2017/11/29
    Pixar's latest animated film follows young Miguel through an adventure that teaches him about family and remembrance. Code Switch's Shereen Marisol Meraji joins the panel to talk about the film and the Disney short Olaf's Frozen Advenure.
  105. Black-ish and What's Making Us Happy2017/11/24
    The panel checks in with the ABC sitcom Black-ish, then share what's making them happy this week. Guests: Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings, co-hosts of The Nod.
  106. Lady Bird2017/11/22
    The panel chats about why they love Lady Bird, the coming-of-age film written and directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan.
  107. Justice League and What's Making Us Happy2017/11/17
    The gang discusses DC Comics' latest movie, featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Cyborg. That, plus What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: NPR Music
  108. Murder On The Orient Express and Cozy Murder Mysteries2017/11/15
    The panel tackles Kenneth Branagh's new Agatha Christie remake — and picks a few recommendations for when you just want to snuggle under blankets and watch a murder get solved. Guests: Weekend Edition Editor Barrie Hardymon and Librarian Margaret H. Willison.
  109. This Is Us, Speechless, and What's Making Us Happy2017/11/10
    All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro joins the panel to disuss This Is Us, NBC's hit family drama. Then, All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish tags in for a chat about ABC's new sitcom Speechless. Plus, what's making us happy this week. (This episode originally aired on December 6, 2016.)
  110. Pop Culture Advice With Audie Cornish2017/11/08
    The Pop Culture Happy Hour gang answer some pop culture advice questions, including balancing recaps with television consumption and if you should try to expand your girlfriend's pop culture tastes.
  111. Thor: Ragnarok and What's Making Us Happy2017/11/03
  112. Stranger Things 22017/11/01
  113. American Vandal and What's Making Us Happy2017/10/27
  114. John Hodgman2017/10/25
  115. Shark Tank and What's Making Us Happy2017/10/20
  116. Tom Hanks2017/10/18
  117. Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy2017/10/13
  118. The Good Place2017/10/11
  119. Blade Runner 20492017/10/06
  120. The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty2017/10/04
  121. Battle of the Sexes and What's Making Us Happy2017/09/29
  122. Movie Roundup: The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, And Mother! 2017/09/27
  123. Fall Movie Preview2017/09/22
  124. Emmy Awards 20172017/09/18
  125. The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy2017/09/15
  126. People We're Pulling For2017/09/13
  127. Outlander2017/09/08
  128. Mother-Daughter Directors Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer2017/09/06
  129. Lake Bell and What's Making Us Happy2017/09/01
  130. Game of Thrones2017/08/30
  131. The MTV VMAs and Taylor Swift2017/08/28
  132. Fall TV Preview2017/08/25
  133. Logan Lucky2017/08/23
  134. Regrettable Television Pop Quiz2017/08/18
  135. Judith Light From 'Transparent,' 'Ugly Betty' And 'Who's The Boss?'2017/08/16
  136. A Guide to Stephen King2017/08/11
  137. Detroit2017/08/09
  138. Insecure2017/08/04
  139. Atomic Blonde2017/08/02
  140. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets2017/07/28
  141. Girls Trip2017/07/26
  142. Dunkirk2017/07/21
  143. Twin Peaks: The Return2017/07/19
  144. Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy2017/07/14
  145. Baby Driver and When Auteurs Meet Film Franchises2017/07/07
  146. Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House'2017/06/30
  147. GLOW And Lena Waithe2017/06/23
  148. Wonder Woman And The Tony Awards2017/06/16
  149. When To Break Up With Television And Pop Culture Advice With Mallory Ortberg2017/06/09
  150. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture2017/06/02
  151. Alien: Covenant and Veep2017/05/26
  152. Master of None and Snatched2017/05/19
  153. The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy2017/05/12
  154. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell2017/05/05
  155. Summer Movie Preview 20172017/04/28
  156. The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds2017/04/21
  157. Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race2017/04/14
  158. S-Town and Chewing Gum2017/04/07
  159. Dave Chappelle and CHiPs2017/03/31
  160. Beauty and the Beast & SXSW2017/03/24
  161. Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman2017/03/17
  162. Get Out and The Americans2017/03/10
  163. Big Little Lies and Feud2017/03/03
  164. The Oscars Were Crazy2017/02/27
  165. Our Oscars Preview2017/02/22
  166. Justin Timberlake2017/02/21
  167. Legion and Planet Earth II2017/02/17
  168. Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy2017/02/14
  169. Small Batch: The Grammys2017/02/13
  170. The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior2017/02/10
  171. Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga2017/02/06
  172. Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love2017/02/03
  173. Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps2017/01/27
  174. Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore2017/01/25
  175. Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations2017/01/24
  176. The Young Pope & Hell or High Water2017/01/20
  177. Small Batch: DJ Khaled2017/01/17
  178. Hidden Figures and One Day at a Time 2017/01/13
  179. Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards2017/01/09
  180. Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds 2017/01/06
  181. Ciao 2016, Hello 2017! 2016/12/30
  182. 2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business2016/12/21
  183. Favorite Podcasts of 20162016/12/19
  184. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land2016/12/16
  185. This Is Us and Speechless2016/12/09
  186. Small Batch: Younger2016/12/06
  187. Small Batch: Westworld2016/12/05
  188. Gilmore Girls and Moana2016/12/02
  189. Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani 2016/11/23
  190. Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin2016/11/18
  191. Doctor Strange and Moonlight2016/11/11
  192. Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy2016/11/07
  193. Hamilton: An American Musical2016/11/04
  194. The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg2016/10/28
  195. Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend2016/10/21
  196. Lupita Nyong'o, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, and the Best of TV2016/10/14
  197. A Fall Movie and Television Preview2016/10/07
  198. The Magnificent Seven and Fleabag2016/09/30
  199. Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore2016/09/23
  200. Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup2016/09/16
  201. HGTV and Cooking Shows2016/09/09
  202. You're The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama2016/09/02
  203. Big News: West Coast Tour! 2016/09/01
  204. Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 20162016/08/29
  205. Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters2016/08/26
  206. Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers2016/08/24
  207. Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer2016/08/23
  208. The Get Down and TCA 20162016/08/19
  209. Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah2016/08/17
  210. Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail2016/08/15
  211. Steven Universe and Board Games2016/08/12
  212. Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad2016/08/05
  213. Small Batch: MTV Classic2016/08/02
  214. Small Batch: Match Game2016/08/01
  215. Stranger Things and Weddings2016/07/29
  216. Small Batch: Swiss Army Man2016/07/26
  217. Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches2016/07/25
  218. Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot2016/07/22
  219. On Endings And Road Trips2016/07/15
  220. Small Batch: Pokemon Go2016/07/13
  221. The BFG and The Great British Baking Show 2016/07/08
  222. The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam? 2016/07/07
  223. The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz2016/07/01
  224. Small Batch: Game of Thrones2016/06/28
  225. Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro 2016/06/27
  226. Finding Dory and Great Voice Acting2016/06/24
  227. Small Batch: The Outs with Adam Goldman2016/06/21
  228. O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz2016/06/17
  229. Small Batch: 2016 Tony Awards2016/06/13
  230. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Making Music Funny2016/06/10
  231. Small Batch: The Black Film Canon2016/06/07
  232. X-Men: Apocalypse and Supervillains2016/06/03
  233. Live At Vulture Festival2016/05/27
  234. Money Monster and Eurovision 2016/05/20
  235. Captain America: Civil War2016/05/13
  236. Free Comic Book Day and Keanu2016/05/06
  237. Silicon Valley and Bob's Burgers2016/04/29
  238. Small Batch: Another Round's Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton2016/04/27
  239. Small Batch: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'2016/04/25
  240. Summer Movie Preview2016/04/21
  241. Small Batch: Remembering Prince2016/04/21
  242. Small Batch: Comedian Josh Gondelman2016/04/19
  243. The Mindy Project and Romantic Comedies2016/04/15
  244. Small Batch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther2016/04/13
  245. Best Bad Movies and a Quiz2016/04/08
  246. Small Batch: The Real Housewives of Potomac 2016/04/01
  247. Batman V Superman and Pop Culture Objects2016/04/01
  248. SXSW Wrap and Songs That Changed Our Lives2016/03/25
  249. Small Batch: Glen Weldon's 'The Caped Crusade'2016/03/23
  250. Hamilton2016/03/18
  251. Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Kanye, and Gilmore Girls2016/03/11
  252. Small Batch: American Crime2016/03/09
  253. Downton Abbey and Nostalgia as a Genre2016/03/04
  254. Small Batch: The 2016 Oscars2016/02/29
  255. The Oscars Omnibus 20162016/02/26
  256. Small Batch: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird2016/02/19
  257. Hail, Caesar! and Entertainment About Entertainment 2016/02/19
  258. Small Batch: The 2016 Grammy Awards2016/02/16
  259. Awards Show Expectations and Product Placement2016/02/12
  260. Small Batch: Super Bowl 502016/02/08
  261. Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks2016/02/05
  262. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grease: Live, and Musicals On TV2016/02/05
  263. Fred Armisen and Welcome To Night Vale2016/01/29
  264. Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman2016/01/22
  265. The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?2016/01/20
  266. The Hateful Eight and the Evolving Theatrical Experience2016/01/15
  267. Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney2016/01/12
  268. Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie2016/01/11
  269. American Idol and People We're Pulling For2016/01/08
  270. Ciao 2015, Hello 2016! 2015/12/31
  271. Melancholidays, Sisters and 2015 Highlights 2015/12/24
  272. Small Batch: Star Wars (The Force Awakens)2015/12/22
  273. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Movie Merchandise 2015/12/18
  274. Small Batch: Frank Sinatra With Sonari Glinton 2015/12/15
  275. Creed, Men Crying At Movies, and Visceral Responses2015/12/11
  276. The Good Dinosaur, Pixar And Second Thoughts2015/12/04
  277. A Conversation With Trevor Noah2015/11/27
  278. Small Batch: Shonda Rhimes On Her 'Year Of Yes'2015/11/24
  279. Master Of None And Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep2015/11/20
  280. Live at The Howard Theatre2015/11/13
  281. Brooklyn Nine Nine and Things We Meant To Do2015/11/06
  282. A Conversation With Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)2015/11/02
  283. Empire And Public Radio Voices2015/10/30
  284. Bridge of Spies And The Long, Varied Career Of Tom Hanks2015/10/23
  285. The Giant Foam Finger: What's Your Walk-Up Music?2015/10/19
  286. Steve Jobs And Other Portrayals of Moguls 2015/10/16
  287. Small Batch: The National Book Awards2015/10/14
  288. The Martian And What We've Learned About Other Jobs2015/10/09
  289. Ms. Marvel And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz2015/10/02
  290. A Special Annoucement2015/09/30
  291. A Fall Film And Television Preview2015/09/25
  292. Small Batch: The 2015 Emmy Awards2015/09/21
  293. Stephen Colbert's Return And Great Talk-Show Guests2015/09/18
  294. The Giant Foam Finger: If Serena Williams Loses, Is It Still The U.S. Open?2015/09/14
  295. Labor Pains And Inspirations2015/09/11
  296. Mr. Robot and Title Sequences2015/09/04
  297. Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards2015/08/31
  298. Show Me A Hero And Summer Stuff We Missed 2015/08/28
  299. The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?2015/08/25
  300. Straight Outta Compton And Too Much TV2015/08/21
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