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  1. The Twilight Zone and What's Making Us Happy2019/04/12
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  2. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend2019/04/10
    For the last four seasons, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has followed Rebecca Bunch as she pursued love, dreaded her mother, and tried to address her mental health. The show stars Rachel Bloom as Bunch, who created the show with Aline Brosh Mckenna. Now, it's all over, and we're going to talk about it.
  3. Shazam! And What's Making Us Happy2019/04/05
    "Shazam!" is what young Billy Batson says to morph into a big red superhero. It's also the name of the new movie about him. Starring Zachary Levi as the big lug in the suit, Shazam! makes for a lighter DC Comics movie.
  4. Boost Your Mood With Pop Culture Serotonin2019/04/03
    Spring is here, but it's been a long winter. And we're a little overwhelmed by the news of the world, so we're taking a moment to share some of the things that lift our spirits in a segment we call Pop Culture Serotonin.
  5. What We Do In The Shadows: A Comedy With Bite2019/03/29
    The comedy series What We Do In The Shadows imagines what a slacker reality show might look like if all the roommates were vampires. The show is based on a 2014 film of the same name, which was helmed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. A new cast of vampires inhabits the FX show.
  6. Hulu's Shrill2019/03/27
    The new Hulu series Shrill follows Annie, a young writer. She's trying to get her career moving, figure out what's up with her sort-of boyfriend, and learn to feel good about her body. Annie is played by Saturday Night Live's Aidy Bryant, who developed Shrill with TV writer Ali Rushfield and with Lindy West. West wrote the 2016 book of the same name that forms the backbone of the show.
  7. 'Us'2019/03/22
    Us is Jordan Peele's follow up to his 2017 film Get Out. The film stars Lupita Nyong'o as a mother whose whole family is confronted by their own doppelgängers.
  8. Music Discoveries From SXSW 20192019/03/20
    The South by Southwest music festival brings together artists from around the world to perform in big venues and small ones, on sidewalks and sprawling stages. Every year, we bring back some musical discoveries that just might be your next favorites.
  9. PEN152019/03/15
    The much-praised Hulu series PEN15 is about two middle-school girls who feel like they might never figure out how to grow into adults. The show was created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Sam Zvibelman. And the hook is that Erskine and Konkle play versions of themselves as kids, awkwardly surrounded by actual tween actors.
  10. The Other Two2019/03/13
    Comedy Central's very funny new show The Other Two is about the older siblings of a newly minted YouTube star. His fame makes them feel overshadowed in some of the ways you might expect. But it's also a chance for them to look out for him, and to learn a lot about the broad outlines of fleeting fame.
  11. The All Songs Considered SXSW Preview2019/03/10
    NPR Music is heading to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. It's a huge feast of musical discovery that brings together bands and fans from around the world. All Songs Considered convened a panel to preview some of the new discoveries we're most excited to see and hear.
  12. Captain Marvel2019/03/08
    Captain Marvel is the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first movie to give a woman the lead role. Brie Larson stars as a badass space-warrior fighting in an intergalactic war between two alien races. Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury, albeit digitally de-aged, because Captain Marvel is set in the '90s.
  13. Remembering Luke Perry2019/03/04
    If you came of age in the 1990s, you might know Luke Perry as the rebellious teenage fantasy boyfriend Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210. But you also might know him from the original movie version of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Or as Archie's dad on Riverdale. Perry was only 52 when he died on Monday. We take a moment to celebrate Perry's contributions to pop culture.
  14. Russian Doll2019/03/01
    Today we're diving into the complicated and tangled world of Netflix's Russian Doll, a series anchored by a dynamic performance from Natasha Lyonne. She co-created the series with Leslye Headland and Amy Poehler.
  15. 2019 Oscars Recap2019/02/25
    Green Book is your best picture, and Bohemian Rhapsody and Roma took a bunch of the top prizes, too. And it all got done in a ceremony without a host. We're breaking it all down: the winners, the speeches, the songs, why we're mad, and why we're glad.
  16. 2019 Oscars Preview2019/02/22
    Where will you find rock bands going up against jazz pianists, superheroes, and scheming women in beautiful dresses? At this year's Oscars. We're going to talk actors, directors, and much more. We'll also make some predictions, so we might help you win your Oscars pool.
  17. A Pop Culture Quiz2019/02/20
    Pop Culture Happy Hour is in its ninth year, so Linda decided to write a quiz about the ninth seasons of television shows. Stephen and Glen faced off against one of our favorite podcast teams, Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings of The Nod. This episode was recorded live at the Bell House in Brooklyn.
  18. The Oscar-Nominated Documentaries And Foreign-Laungage Films2019/02/15
    We're diving into the Oscar-nominated documentaries and foreign language films. We'll tell you which ones to watch and where to find them, which might make you the star of your Oscar party.
  19. The 2019 Grammys2019/02/11
    This year's awards were a big night for Childish Gambino and Kacey Musgraves. It was also a night of strong performances from artists like Janelle Monae and Cardi B. And don't forget Diana Ross, who wished herself a happy birthday a month and a half early.
  20. 'The Lego Movie 2'2019/02/08
    The Lego Movie was a surprise commercial and critical hit. It starred Chris Pratt as an every-man construction worker named Emmet and Elizabeth Banks as a rugged bad ass called Wyldstyle. Together, they saved the Lego world. Now, five years later, Emmet is back — and so is the fusillade of cameos, both surprising and not so surprising — to take on a new threat to the extruded plastic world.
  21. The 2019 Super Bowl2019/02/04
    Another year, another Patriots Super Bowl win. But was it a high scoring game? It was not. In fact, no one had even scored a touchdown when Maroon 5 came out to headline the halftime show. We recap the game, the halftime show, and the commercials.
  22. Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice and Green Book2019/02/01
    What do Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice, and Green Book have in common? Two things: one, they're nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars; and two, they're based on events in the lives of real people. Today, awards season leads us to a wide-reaching conversation on some very different movies.
  23. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo 2019/01/30
    If you've noticed your friends have been a little more "tidy" than usual, or your thrift store a bit better stocked, it might be because of Netflix. The streaming series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo has spurred an organizational renaissance. Or at least a conversation about one.
  24. Roma and What's Making Us Happy 2019/01/25
    Alfonso Cuarón directed the award-winning film Gravity in 2013, and won an Oscar for it. Now he's back with a movie that's equally ambitious, and much more personal. Roma is inspired by Alfonso Cuarón's childhood, and the movie tells the story of Cleo, a nanny and housekeeper in 1970's Mexico City.
  25. We Get It Now2019/01/23
    Despite how firm our opinions often seem when we first declare them, there have been times when they've changed. During our recent live show at the Brooklyn Podcast Festival, we took a moment to talk about some things we have different feelings on now then we once did.
  26. Glass2019/01/18
    In 2000, director M. Night Shyamalan presented Unbreakable, the story of two men whose epic tales of good and evil collided. Then came 2016's Split, a stealth sequel. Now, Shyamalan wraps up the trilogy with Glass.
  27. The Masked Singer2019/01/16
    The Masked Singer isn't your everyday singing competition. Based on a South Korean format, each week we learn the identity of the elaborately costumed "celebrity" who gets voted off. So far, we've unmasked football player Antonio Brown, and comedian Tommy Chong.
  28. If Beale Street Could Talk 2019/01/11
    After winning an Oscar in 2017 for Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins is back with If Beale Street Could Talk. This time, he adapts a James Baldwin novel for the screen.
  29. The 2019 Golden Globes2019/01/07
    Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody unexpectedly won big. So did thanking your parents and going on just a little too long. It's the wee hours of Monday morning, and we are wrapping up this year's big winners and big surprises.
  30. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and What's Making Us Happy 2019/01/04
    The sci-fi series Black Mirror has always been about changing technology and its usually dark implications for the future. Its latest episode, Bandersnatch, is itself the result of new technology developed at Netflix. As you watch it, you make your own on-screen choices that determine which of several possible endings you reach.
  31. Brooklyn Nine-Nine2019/01/02
    Fox canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine at the end of its fifth season, but much to our delight, NBC picked it back up again. It's coming back for a sixth season starting on January 10th, and we thought that would make it just the right time to revisit our conversation about it.
  32. Our Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions 2018/12/28
    Today, we look back on our 2018 resolutions to see how we fared, and make some new ones for the year to come. We also make our fearless pop culture predictions for the next 12 months, and see how last year's predictions panned out.
  33. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and a little Aquaman2018/12/26
    The animated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse focuses on one of the Spider-People who has come along in the years since the world first met Peter Parker, in 1962. In the film, Miles Morales is a Brooklyn teenager who acquires spider-powers at the same time he discovers that there are other versions of himself across alternate dimensions.
  34. Our 15 Favorite Things Of 2018 2018/12/21
    It's the end of the year, and that makes it the perfect time to talk about the things we loved the most in 2018. From Black Panther, to Crazy Rich Asians, to the viral moments you might have missed, we are rounding up our fifteen favorites of the year. So get ready for a whole lot of recommending.
  35. Mary Poppins Returns2018/12/19
    In 1964, the original Mary Poppins made Julie Andrews a movie star and introduced a generation to Dick Van Dyke's regrettable Cockney accent. Now, Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda head up Mary Poppins Returns.
  36. The Favourite and What's Making Us Happy 2018/12/14
    The Favourite, set in the early 1700s, tells the story of Britain's Queen Anne and two women who are jostling for her favor. Rachel Weisz plays the Queen's close adviser Sarah, and Emma Stone plays an ambitious servant named Abigail who has her eye on a bigger prize.
  37. Sam Sanders Chats With Guy Branum 2018/12/12
    Comedian Guy Branum joins NPR's Sam Sanders to talk about his new book My Life As A Goddess and the many challenges presented by a mostly white, hetero-normative comedy scene.
  38. Hallmark Holiday Movies 2018/12/07
    What's warm and fuzzy, emotionally manipulative, and desperate for attention almost every hour of every day? Linda's dog, sure. But also the Hallmark Channel's endless supply of holiday movies and the competitors nipping at their heels.
  39. Our Favorite Christmas Songs 2018/12/05
    You can't have an abundance of Christmas songs without also having an abundance of opinions about Christmas songs — songs we love, songs we hate, songs we love when they're sung by one person, but hate when they're sung by another. This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, we've convened a special panel to tackle our favorite songs for the season.
  40. Ralph Breaks The Internet and What's Making Us Happy 2018/11/30
    Wreck It Ralph was a hit when it came out in 2012. Ralph Breaks the Internet picks up where that film left off, and is even more ambitious than its predecessor. This time, Ralph travels to the Internet — which gives the movie a lot of material to work with.
  41. Creed II2018/11/28
    It's been three years since the Rocky movies were reborn with Creed, starring Michael B. Jordan as Apollo Creed's son, Adonis. Now, in Creed 2, Adonis is up against the son of Ivan Drago, the man who killed his father in the ring in 1985.
  42. Widows and What's Making Us Happy 2018/11/23
    Widows is not your average heist movie — director Steve McQueen and co-screenwriter Gillian Fylnn have created something far more interesting. The film also has a star-studded cast that includes Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, Brian Tyree Henry, and Liam Neeson.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. '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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. '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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. 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
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.)
  68. 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
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. 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.
  79. 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.
  80. 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.
  81. 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.
  82. 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.
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. The Songs Of Summer2018/06/29
    Stephen Thompson and our pals at NPR Music road-test the songs the songs of the summer.
  86. 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.)
  87. 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.
  88. 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.
  89. 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.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. 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.
  93. 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
  94. '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.
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. 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.
  98. 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.
  99. 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.
  100. 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
  101. 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.
  102. 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.
  103. 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.
  104. 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.
  105. 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.
  106. 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.)
  107. 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.
  108. 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.
  109. 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.
  110. 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.
  111. Ready Player One and What's Making Us Happy2018/03/30
  112. Isle of Dogs2018/03/28
  113. SXSW 2018 Wrap2018/03/23
  114. High Maintenance2018/03/21
  115. Talk Show Talk and What's Making Us Happy2018/03/16
  116. Atlanta2018/03/14
  117. A Wrinkle In Time and What's Making Us Happy2018/03/09
  118. The 2018 Oscars2018/03/05
  119. Our 2018 Oscars Preview2018/03/02
  120. The Regrettable Television Pop Quiz2018/02/28
  121. Annihilation and What's Making Us Happy2018/02/23
  122. Queer Eye2018/02/21
  123. Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy2018/02/16
  124. The Winter Olympics2018/02/14
  125. Darkest Hour and What's Making Us Happy2018/02/09
  126. The Super Bowl2018/02/05
  127. Roxane Gay2018/02/02
  128. The 2018 Grammys2018/01/29
  129. The Good Doctor and What's Making Us Happy2018/01/26
  130. Phantom Thread2018/01/24
  131. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and What's Making Us Happy2018/01/19
  132. The Florida Project and Remembering Dolores O'Riordan2018/01/17
  133. I, Tonya and What's Making Us Happy2018/01/12
  134. The Golden Globe Awards2018/01/08
  135. Pop Culture Resolutions and Predictions, Plus What's Making Us Happy2018/01/05
  136. John Cho2018/01/03
  137. Black Mirror and What's Making Us Happy2017/12/29
  138. Our 15 Favorites Of 20172017/12/27
  139. The Post and What's Making Us Happy2017/12/22
  140. Our Hanukkah Special2017/12/20
  141. Star Wars: The Last Jedi and What's Making Us Happy2017/12/15
  142. The Shape of Water2017/12/13
  143. The Disaster Artist, The Room, and What's Making Us Happy2017/12/08
  144. Call Me By Your Name2017/12/06
  145. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri2017/12/01
  146. Coco2017/11/29
  147. Black-ish and What's Making Us Happy2017/11/24
  148. Lady Bird2017/11/22
  149. Justice League and What's Making Us Happy2017/11/17
  150. Murder On The Orient Express and Cozy Murder Mysteries2017/11/15
  151. This Is Us, Speechless, and What's Making Us Happy2017/11/10
  152. Pop Culture Advice With Audie Cornish2017/11/08
  153. Thor: Ragnarok and What's Making Us Happy2017/11/03
  154. Stranger Things 22017/11/01
  155. American Vandal and What's Making Us Happy2017/10/27
  156. John Hodgman2017/10/25
  157. Shark Tank and What's Making Us Happy2017/10/20
  158. Tom Hanks2017/10/18
  159. Will & Grace and What's Making Us Happy2017/10/13
  160. The Good Place2017/10/11
  161. Blade Runner 20492017/10/06
  162. The Princess Bride And Remembering Tom Petty2017/10/04
  163. Battle of the Sexes and What's Making Us Happy2017/09/29
  164. Movie Roundup: The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, And Mother! 2017/09/27
  165. Fall Movie Preview2017/09/22
  166. Emmy Awards 20172017/09/18
  167. The Deuce and What's Making Us Happy2017/09/15
  168. People We're Pulling For2017/09/13
  169. Outlander2017/09/08
  170. Mother-Daughter Directors Nancy Meyers and Hallie Meyers-Shyer2017/09/06
  171. Lake Bell and What's Making Us Happy2017/09/01
  172. Game of Thrones2017/08/30
  173. The MTV VMAs and Taylor Swift2017/08/28
  174. Fall TV Preview2017/08/25
  175. Logan Lucky2017/08/23
  176. Regrettable Television Pop Quiz2017/08/18
  177. Judith Light From 'Transparent,' 'Ugly Betty' And 'Who's The Boss?'2017/08/16
  178. A Guide to Stephen King2017/08/11
  179. Detroit2017/08/09
  180. Insecure2017/08/04
  181. Atomic Blonde2017/08/02
  182. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets2017/07/28
  183. Girls Trip2017/07/26
  184. Dunkirk2017/07/21
  185. Twin Peaks: The Return2017/07/19
  186. Spider-Man: Homecoming and Tour de Pharmacy2017/07/14
  187. Baby Driver and When Auteurs Meet Film Franchises2017/07/07
  188. Pop Culture Summer Stories And 'Playing House'2017/06/30
  189. GLOW And Lena Waithe2017/06/23
  190. Wonder Woman And The Tony Awards2017/06/16
  191. When To Break Up With Television And Pop Culture Advice With Mallory Ortberg2017/06/09
  192. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture2017/06/02
  193. Alien: Covenant and Veep2017/05/26
  194. Master of None and Snatched2017/05/19
  195. The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy2017/05/12
  196. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell2017/05/05
  197. Summer Movie Preview 20172017/04/28
  198. The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds2017/04/21
  199. Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race2017/04/14
  200. S-Town and Chewing Gum2017/04/07
  201. Dave Chappelle and CHiPs2017/03/31
  202. Beauty and the Beast & SXSW2017/03/24
  203. Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman2017/03/17
  204. Get Out and The Americans2017/03/10
  205. Big Little Lies and Feud2017/03/03
  206. The Oscars Were Crazy2017/02/27
  207. Our Oscars Preview2017/02/22
  208. Justin Timberlake2017/02/21
  209. Legion and Planet Earth II2017/02/17
  210. Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy2017/02/14
  211. Small Batch: The Grammys2017/02/13
  212. The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior2017/02/10
  213. Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga2017/02/06
  214. Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love2017/02/03
  215. Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps2017/01/27
  216. Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore2017/01/25
  217. Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations2017/01/24
  218. The Young Pope & Hell or High Water2017/01/20
  219. Small Batch: DJ Khaled2017/01/17
  220. Hidden Figures and One Day at a Time 2017/01/13
  221. Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards2017/01/09
  222. Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds 2017/01/06
  223. Ciao 2016, Hello 2017! 2016/12/30
  224. 2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business2016/12/21
  225. Favorite Podcasts of 20162016/12/19
  226. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land2016/12/16
  227. This Is Us and Speechless2016/12/09
  228. Small Batch: Younger2016/12/06
  229. Small Batch: Westworld2016/12/05
  230. Gilmore Girls and Moana2016/12/02
  231. Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani 2016/11/23
  232. Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin2016/11/18
  233. Doctor Strange and Moonlight2016/11/11
  234. Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy2016/11/07
  235. Hamilton: An American Musical2016/11/04
  236. The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg2016/10/28
  237. Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend2016/10/21
  238. Lupita Nyong'o, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, and the Best of TV2016/10/14
  239. A Fall Movie and Television Preview2016/10/07
  240. The Magnificent Seven and Fleabag2016/09/30
  241. Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore2016/09/23
  242. Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup2016/09/16
  243. HGTV and Cooking Shows2016/09/09
  244. You're The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama2016/09/02
  245. Big News: West Coast Tour! 2016/09/01
  246. Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 20162016/08/29
  247. Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters2016/08/26
  248. Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers2016/08/24
  249. Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer2016/08/23
  250. The Get Down and TCA 20162016/08/19
  251. Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah2016/08/17
  252. Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail2016/08/15
  253. Steven Universe and Board Games2016/08/12
  254. Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad2016/08/05
  255. Small Batch: MTV Classic2016/08/02
  256. Small Batch: Match Game2016/08/01
  257. Stranger Things and Weddings2016/07/29
  258. Small Batch: Swiss Army Man2016/07/26
  259. Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches2016/07/25
  260. Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot2016/07/22
  261. On Endings And Road Trips2016/07/15
  262. Small Batch: Pokemon Go2016/07/13
  263. The BFG and The Great British Baking Show 2016/07/08
  264. The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam? 2016/07/07
  265. The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz2016/07/01
  266. Small Batch: Game of Thrones2016/06/28
  267. Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro 2016/06/27
  268. Finding Dory and Great Voice Acting2016/06/24
  269. Small Batch: The Outs with Adam Goldman2016/06/21
  270. O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz2016/06/17
  271. Small Batch: 2016 Tony Awards2016/06/13
  272. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Making Music Funny2016/06/10
  273. Small Batch: The Black Film Canon2016/06/07
  274. X-Men: Apocalypse and Supervillains2016/06/03
  275. Live At Vulture Festival2016/05/27
  276. Money Monster and Eurovision 2016/05/20
  277. Captain America: Civil War2016/05/13
  278. Free Comic Book Day and Keanu2016/05/06
  279. Silicon Valley and Bob's Burgers2016/04/29
  280. Small Batch: Another Round's Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton2016/04/27
  281. Small Batch: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'2016/04/25
  282. Summer Movie Preview2016/04/21
  283. Small Batch: Remembering Prince2016/04/21
  284. Small Batch: Comedian Josh Gondelman2016/04/19
  285. The Mindy Project and Romantic Comedies2016/04/15
  286. Small Batch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther2016/04/13
  287. Best Bad Movies and a Quiz2016/04/08
  288. Small Batch: The Real Housewives of Potomac 2016/04/01
  289. Batman V Superman and Pop Culture Objects2016/04/01
  290. SXSW Wrap and Songs That Changed Our Lives2016/03/25
  291. Small Batch: Glen Weldon's 'The Caped Crusade'2016/03/23
  292. Hamilton2016/03/18
  293. Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Kanye, and Gilmore Girls2016/03/11
  294. Small Batch: American Crime2016/03/09
  295. Downton Abbey and Nostalgia as a Genre2016/03/04
  296. Small Batch: The 2016 Oscars2016/02/29
  297. The Oscars Omnibus 20162016/02/26
  298. Small Batch: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird2016/02/19
  299. Hail, Caesar! and Entertainment About Entertainment 2016/02/19
  300. Small Batch: The 2016 Grammy Awards2016/02/16
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