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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The Songs Of Summer2018/06/29
    Stephen Thompson and our pals at NPR Music road-test the songs the songs of the summer.
  7. 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.)
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. '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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.)
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. Our 15 Favorites Of 20172017/12/27
    The panel runs down their 15 favorite TV shows, movies, books, video games, and trends of 2017.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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
  71. 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.
  72. 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.)
  73. 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.
  74. Thor: Ragnarok and What's Making Us Happy2017/11/03
    The panel takes on the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with help from Code Switch co-host and established Taika Waititi fan Shereen Marisol Meraji.
  75. Stranger Things 22017/11/01
    After a highly successful first season, the Netflix monster mystery returns. But does it overcome the challenges that have plagued sequels for decades? Guest: TV Critic Eric Deggans.
  76. American Vandal and What's Making Us Happy2017/10/27
    The panel discusses American Vandal, the Netflix mockumentary series that's a hilariously precise dissection of our cultural fascination with true crime narratives. Guest: Mallory Ortberg of Slate's Dear Prudence.
  77. John Hodgman2017/10/25
    Author, comedian, and fake internet judge John Hodgman talks about his new book Vacationland , mediating internet disputes, writing a serious book after a lot of fake facts, and lots more.
  78. Shark Tank and What's Making Us Happy2017/10/20
    NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith joins the panel to talk about the oddly successful and often bizarre ABC series that brings entrepreneurs to beg for money from rich people.
  79. Tom Hanks2017/10/18
    Actor Tom Hanks talks to host Linda Holmes about his new short story collection Uncommon Type, the cosmos, David S. Pumpkins, Nora Ephron, men dancing in shrimp costumes, and how the film industry is changing.
  80. Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy2017/10/13
    NBC's Will & Grace is back for at least two revival seasons, more than 10 years after it went off the air the first time. But is the sitcom still relevant in 2017? Guests: Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, Co-Hosts of Nancy from WNYC Studios.
  81. The Good Place2017/10/11
    A discussion of the NBC comedy The Good Place, which stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. We're big fans of the show, and it's from one of the creators of Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It's funny and weird and packed with jokes, and it's all about the afterlife. Guest: Producer Emeritus and Music Director Mike Katzif.
  82. Blade Runner 20492017/10/06
    Writer Chris Klimek joins Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon to discuss Denis Villeneuve's sequel to the Ridley Scott cult classic Blade Runner.
  83. The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty2017/10/04
    This year The Princess Bride turns 30, so we decided to discuss the film and its enduring legacy. Plus, we take a moment to remember rock legend Tom Petty, who died Monday at the age of 66. Guest: Code Switch's Kat Chow.
  84. Battle of the Sexes and What's Making Us Happy2017/09/29
    The new film, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, the players facing off in one of the most famous tennis matches in history. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guest: Writer Katie Presley.
  85. Movie Roundup: The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, And Mother! 2017/09/27
    Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon discuss three recent releases then look back at their summer box office predictions.
  86. Fall Movie Preview2017/09/22
    As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Critics Linda Holmes, Bob Mondello, Tasha Robinson, and Bilal Quershi share some of the best, buzziest and otherwise noteworthy films coming to theaters.
  87. Emmy Awards 20172017/09/18
    NPR's TV critic joins the gang for a look at this year's Emmy Awards. The Handmaid's Tale , Big Little Lies , Saturday Night Live , Veep and Atlanta all won multiple awards in major categories, on a night that rarely strayed far from current events. Also, we take a moment to remember actor Harry Dean Stanton.
  88. The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy2017/09/15
    The gang tackles David Simon's new HBO drama about the rise of the adult-film industry in New York's Times Square. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guests: Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon and Writer Katie Presley.
  89. People We're Pulling For2017/09/13
    It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders and writer Katie Presley join Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson for an old favorite: People We're Pulling For. The panel explains why props to a comedian, a TV mogul, a wonderfully eccentric author and a deeply dry character actor all get our stamp of approval.
  90. Outlander2017/09/08
    Weekend Edition Book Editor Barrie Hardymon and librarian Margaret Willison chat with Linda about Outlander, a sexy time-travel fantasy series currently airing on Starz. The series is based on a popular series of romance novels by Diana Gabaldon.
  91. Mother-Daughter Directors Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer2017/09/06
    Nancy Meyers is the filmmaker behind comedies like Something's Gotta Give and It's Complicated. Now her daughter, Hallie Meyers-Shyer, is joining the family business with her debut film Home Again, which stars Reese Witherspoon. Host Linda Holmes talks to the mother-daughter team about working together, the challenges of making an indie rom-com, and building worlds through beautiful homes.
  92. Lake Bell and What's Making Us Happy2017/09/01
    Director, writer, and actor Lake Bell talks about the making of her new film I Do... Until I Don't , the way her British friends hang up the phone, and her fascination with unseen voices.
  93. Game of Thrones2017/08/30
    Game of Thrones just wrapped its penultimate season, so we sit down for a spoiler-packed discussion with our pals Gene Demby, Barrie Hardymon, and Tasha Robinson.
  94. The MTV VMAs and Taylor Swift2017/08/28
    Music writers Sarah Ventre and Marissa Lorusso join us to discuss Taylor Swift's new single and a disjointed MTV Video Music Awards hosted by Katy Perry.
  95. Fall TV Preview2017/08/25
    The broadcast, cable and streaming networks have a lot on tap for the remainder of 2017. We talk about what we are excited to watch and what we think we survive cancellation
  96. Logan Lucky2017/08/23
    Steven Soderbergh's racetrack heist film opened small for a big director, but its strong cast (Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig) and unusual release strategy make it a lot of fun to talk about. Guests: Culture writers Chris Klimek and Danielle Henderson.
  97. Regrettable Television Pop Quiz2017/08/18
    Sam Sanders (NPR's It's Been A Minute) joins the panel for the Regrettable Television Pop Quiz, in which the gang shares their knowledge about trashy television of the past and present.
  98. Judith Light From 'Transparent,' 'Ugly Betty' And 'Who's The Boss?'2017/08/16
    Actress Judith Light talks to host Linda Holmes her roles as Shelly Pfefferman on Transparent, Angela Bower on Who's The Boss?, and Karen Wolek on One Life To Live.
  99. A Guide to Stephen King2017/08/11
    Dark Tower is a snooze, so instead we talk about some of our favorite Stephen King books and film adaptations. Guests: Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon and The Verge's TV and Film Editor Tasha Robinson.
  100. Detroit2017/08/09
    We discuss Kathryn Bigelow's new film Detroit. Its intense and unsettling depictions of police brutality in the summer of 1967, Detroit got under the panel's skin in different ways. Guests: Gene Demby (NPR's Code Switch) and Aisha Harris (Slate).
  101. Insecure2017/08/04
    We check back in on Issa Rae's HBO comedy series Insecure as it kicks off its tighter, more assured second season. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week. Guest: Brittany Luse, co-host of The Nod podcast.
  102. Atomic Blonde2017/08/02
    Film critic Chris Klimek joins us to talk Atomic Blonde, a stylish and visceral spy thriller set in 1989 Berlin. It co-stars Charlize Theron and a really impressive wig.
  103. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets2017/07/28
    We review the bonkers space opera Valerian, a passion project of director Luc Besson. Guest: Aisha Harris, host of Slate's Represent podcast.
  104. Girls Trip2017/07/26
    The "surprising" success of the raunch-com Girls Trip didn't particularly surprise us; we talk about precisely where this "out-of-nowhere" hit came from. Guests: Code Switch's Gene Demby and Slate's Aisha Harris.
  105. Dunkirk2017/07/21
    NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins the panel for a discussion of the new film Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's World War II epic.
  106. Twin Peaks: The Return2017/07/19
    We sort out the adventures of Dale Cooper and the other residents of Twin Peaks: what works, what doesn't, and whether there's such a thing as "understanding." Plus, we remember George Romero, Martin Landau, and celebrate a new Doctor. Guests: NPR TV critic Eric Deggans and The Verge's TV and Film Editor Tasha Robinson.
  107. Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy2017/07/14
    All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel for discussions about Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming and Andy Samberg's HBO special Tour de Pharmacy.
  108. Baby Driver and When Auteurs Meet Film Franchises2017/07/07
    First, a discussion of Baby Driver, Edgar Wright's fun new action film with Code Switch co-host Gene Demby and It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders. Then, Code Switch co-host Shereen Marisol Meraji and the panel dive into what happens when auteur directors helm big film franchises. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
  109. Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House'2017/06/30
    This week, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish joins the panel to chat about how they spent their summers growing up. Plus, a conversation with best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of USA's Playing House.
  110. GLOW And Lena Waithe2017/06/23
    This week, the panel discusses Netflix's new wrestling comedy GLOW with NPR's Code Switch Kat Chow. Then, we bring you a conversation we recently had in Los Angeles with Master of None actress and writer Lena Waithe.
  111. Wonder Woman And The Tony Awards2017/06/16
  112. When To Break Up With Television And Pop Culture Advice With Mallory Ortberg2017/06/09
  113. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture2017/06/02
  114. Alien: Covenant and Veep2017/05/26
  115. Master of None and Snatched2017/05/19
  116. The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy2017/05/12
  117. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell2017/05/05
  118. Summer Movie Preview 20172017/04/28
  119. The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds2017/04/21
  120. Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race2017/04/14
  121. S-Town and Chewing Gum2017/04/07
  122. Dave Chappelle and CHiPs2017/03/31
  123. Beauty and the Beast & SXSW2017/03/24
  124. Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman2017/03/17
  125. Get Out and The Americans2017/03/10
  126. Big Little Lies and Feud2017/03/03
  127. The Oscars Were Crazy2017/02/27
  128. Our Oscars Preview2017/02/22
  129. Justin Timberlake2017/02/21
  130. Legion and Planet Earth II2017/02/17
  131. Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy2017/02/14
  132. Small Batch: The Grammys2017/02/13
  133. The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior2017/02/10
  134. Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga2017/02/06
  135. Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love2017/02/03
  136. Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps2017/01/27
  137. Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore2017/01/25
  138. Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations2017/01/24
  139. The Young Pope & Hell or High Water2017/01/20
  140. Small Batch: DJ Khaled2017/01/17
  141. Hidden Figures and One Day at a Time 2017/01/13
  142. Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards2017/01/09
  143. Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds 2017/01/06
  144. Ciao 2016, Hello 2017! 2016/12/30
  145. 2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business2016/12/21
  146. Favorite Podcasts of 20162016/12/19
  147. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land2016/12/16
  148. This Is Us and Speechless2016/12/09
  149. Small Batch: Younger2016/12/06
  150. Small Batch: Westworld2016/12/05
  151. Gilmore Girls and Moana2016/12/02
  152. Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani 2016/11/23
  153. Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin2016/11/18
  154. Doctor Strange and Moonlight2016/11/11
  155. Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy2016/11/07
  156. Hamilton: An American Musical2016/11/04
  157. The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg2016/10/28
  158. Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend2016/10/21
  159. Lupita Nyong'o, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, and the Best of TV2016/10/14
  160. A Fall Movie and Television Preview2016/10/07
  161. The Magnificent Seven and Fleabag2016/09/30
  162. Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore2016/09/23
  163. Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup2016/09/16
  164. HGTV and Cooking Shows2016/09/09
  165. You're The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama2016/09/02
  166. Big News: West Coast Tour! 2016/09/01
  167. Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 20162016/08/29
  168. Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters2016/08/26
  169. Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers2016/08/24
  170. Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer2016/08/23
  171. The Get Down and TCA 20162016/08/19
  172. Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah2016/08/17
  173. Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail2016/08/15
  174. Steven Universe and Board Games2016/08/12
  175. Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad2016/08/05
  176. Small Batch: MTV Classic2016/08/02
  177. Small Batch: Match Game2016/08/01
  178. Stranger Things and Weddings2016/07/29
  179. Small Batch: Swiss Army Man2016/07/26
  180. Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches2016/07/25
  181. Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot2016/07/22
  182. On Endings And Road Trips2016/07/15
  183. Small Batch: Pokemon Go2016/07/13
  184. The BFG and The Great British Baking Show 2016/07/08
  185. The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam? 2016/07/07
  186. The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz2016/07/01
  187. Small Batch: Game of Thrones2016/06/28
  188. Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro 2016/06/27
  189. Finding Dory and Great Voice Acting2016/06/24
  190. Small Batch: The Outs with Adam Goldman2016/06/21
  191. O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz2016/06/17
  192. Small Batch: 2016 Tony Awards2016/06/13
  193. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Making Music Funny2016/06/10
  194. Small Batch: The Black Film Canon2016/06/07
  195. X-Men: Apocalypse and Supervillains2016/06/03
  196. Live At Vulture Festival2016/05/27
  197. Money Monster and Eurovision 2016/05/20
  198. Captain America: Civil War2016/05/13
  199. Free Comic Book Day and Keanu2016/05/06
  200. Silicon Valley and Bob's Burgers2016/04/29
  201. Small Batch: Another Round's Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton2016/04/27
  202. Small Batch: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'2016/04/25
  203. Summer Movie Preview2016/04/21
  204. Small Batch: Remembering Prince2016/04/21
  205. Small Batch: Comedian Josh Gondelman2016/04/19
  206. The Mindy Project and Romantic Comedies2016/04/15
  207. Small Batch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther2016/04/13
  208. Best Bad Movies and a Quiz2016/04/08
  209. Small Batch: The Real Housewives of Potomac 2016/04/01
  210. Batman V Superman and Pop Culture Objects2016/04/01
  211. SXSW Wrap and Songs That Changed Our Lives2016/03/25
  212. Small Batch: Glen Weldon's 'The Caped Crusade'2016/03/23
  213. Hamilton2016/03/18
  214. Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Kanye, and Gilmore Girls2016/03/11
  215. Small Batch: American Crime2016/03/09
  216. Downton Abbey and Nostalgia as a Genre2016/03/04
  217. Small Batch: The 2016 Oscars2016/02/29
  218. The Oscars Omnibus 20162016/02/26
  219. Small Batch: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird2016/02/19
  220. Hail, Caesar! and Entertainment About Entertainment 2016/02/19
  221. Small Batch: The 2016 Grammy Awards2016/02/16
  222. Awards Show Expectations and Product Placement2016/02/12
  223. Small Batch: Super Bowl 502016/02/08
  224. Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks2016/02/05
  225. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grease: Live, and Musicals On TV2016/02/05
  226. Fred Armisen and Welcome To Night Vale2016/01/29
  227. Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman2016/01/22
  228. The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?2016/01/20
  229. The Hateful Eight and the Evolving Theatrical Experience2016/01/15
  230. Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney2016/01/12
  231. Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie2016/01/11
  232. American Idol and People We're Pulling For2016/01/08
  233. Ciao 2015, Hello 2016! 2015/12/31
  234. Melancholidays, Sisters and 2015 Highlights 2015/12/24
  235. Small Batch: Star Wars (The Force Awakens)2015/12/22
  236. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Movie Merchandise 2015/12/18
  237. Small Batch: Frank Sinatra With Sonari Glinton 2015/12/15
  238. Creed, Men Crying At Movies, and Visceral Responses2015/12/11
  239. The Good Dinosaur, Pixar And Second Thoughts2015/12/04
  240. A Conversation With Trevor Noah2015/11/27
  241. Small Batch: Shonda Rhimes On Her 'Year Of Yes'2015/11/24
  242. Master Of None And Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep2015/11/20
  243. Live at The Howard Theatre2015/11/13
  244. Brooklyn Nine Nine and Things We Meant To Do2015/11/06
  245. A Conversation With Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)2015/11/02
  246. Empire And Public Radio Voices2015/10/30
  247. Bridge of Spies And The Long, Varied Career Of Tom Hanks2015/10/23
  248. The Giant Foam Finger: What's Your Walk-Up Music?2015/10/19
  249. Steve Jobs And Other Portrayals of Moguls 2015/10/16
  250. Small Batch: The National Book Awards2015/10/14
  251. The Martian And What We've Learned About Other Jobs2015/10/09
  252. Ms. Marvel And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz2015/10/02
  253. A Special Annoucement2015/09/30
  254. A Fall Film And Television Preview2015/09/25
  255. Small Batch: The 2015 Emmy Awards2015/09/21
  256. Stephen Colbert's Return And Great Talk-Show Guests2015/09/18
  257. The Giant Foam Finger: If Serena Williams Loses, Is It Still The U.S. Open?2015/09/14
  258. Labor Pains And Inspirations2015/09/11
  259. Mr. Robot and Title Sequences2015/09/04
  260. Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards2015/08/31
  261. Show Me A Hero And Summer Stuff We Missed 2015/08/28
  262. The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?2015/08/25
  263. Straight Outta Compton And Too Much TV2015/08/21
  264. Small Batch: David Foster Wallace And The End Of The Tour2015/08/18
  265. The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre2015/08/17
  266. Difficult People And Amusement Parks2015/08/14
  267. Small Batch: Fantastic Four2015/08/11
  268. Wet Hot American Summer And Mission: Impossible2015/08/07
  269. Music, Movies And Music In Movies2015/07/30
  270. The Giant Foam Finger: Why Sports Fans Hate2015/07/27
  271. Trainwreck And Ant-Man2015/07/24
  272. BoJack Horseman And People We're Pulling For2015/07/17
  273. Introducing: The Giant Foam Finger2015/07/14
  274. Key & Peele And Pop Culture Critters2015/07/10
  275. Small Batch: Terminator Genisys2015/07/07
  276. Magic Mike XXL And Catastrophe2015/07/03
  277. Small Batch: Audiobooks With Our Favorite Librarian2015/06/29
  278. Judy Blume's In The Unlikely Event and Lifetime's UnREAL.2015/06/26
  279. Inside Out, And Moms And Dads In Love2015/06/19
  280. Small Batch: Jurassic World2015/06/15
  281. Spy, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig, And Other Directors With Their Muses2015/06/12
  282. Small Batch: Sense82015/06/09
  283. All About Romance Novels2015/06/05
  284. Small Batch: You Guys, We Really Hated The Briefcase2015/06/03
  285. Tomorrowland, Visions Of The Future And The Past2015/05/29
  286. A Farewell To Mad Men And David Letterman2015/05/22
  287. Small Batch: Mad Max: Fury Road2015/05/21
  288. Pitch Perfect 2 And A Summer Movie Preview2015/05/15
  289. Small Batch: A Short Delay And A Visit To the A Capella Championships 2015/05/15
  290. Small Batch: The End Of American Idol2015/05/11
  291. Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Pop Culture Pariahs2015/05/08
  292. Free Comic Book Day and Pop Culture Rabbit Holes 2015/05/01
  293. Food In Pop Culture And Back To College2015/04/24
  294. Daredevil And Credulity2015/04/17
  295. The Comedians and Cameos2015/04/10
  296. Small Batch: Wolf Hall2015/04/09
  297. Small Batch: Remembering Stan Freberg2015/04/08
  298. Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides 2015/04/06
  299. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt And Derivatives In Pop Culture2015/04/03
  300. Small Batch: Furious 72015/04/02
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