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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Our 15 Favorites Of 20172017/12/27
    The panel runs down their 15 favorite TV shows, movies, books, video games, and trends of 2017.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. 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.)
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. 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).
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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.
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. Wonder Woman And The Tony Awards2017/06/16
    This week, the panel talks about Wonder Woman — or Diana, Princess of Themyscira — with NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer. Then, they shift the spotlight to the stage to talk about the Tony Awards with critics Trey Graham and Chris Klimek.
  75. When To Break Up With Television And Pop Culture Advice With Mallory Ortberg2017/06/09
    This week, we bring you two unaired segments from our fall tour. First, All Things Considered host Audie Cornish helps us figure out when to quit a television show — and when to stick it out to the bitter end. Then, Mallory Ortberg (Slate's Dear Prudence) answers some pop culture advice questions.
  76. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Derivative Culture2017/06/02
    This week the panel is prepping for a few live shows, so we decided to revisit one of our favorite episodes from 2015. Code Switch's Kat Chow joins us for a chat about the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and and the line between inspired and derivative when it comes to culture.
  77. Alien: Covenant and Veep2017/05/26
    Film critic Chris Klimek joins the panel for a chat about the new Ridley Scott film Alien: Covenant and HBO's Veep.
  78. Master of None and Snatched2017/05/19
    On this week's show, Gene Demby from NPR's Code Switch and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans join us for a conversation about the second season of Master Of None and the very silly film Snatched .
  79. The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy2017/05/12
    The panel talks about the harrowing TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, then switches gears to check in on the NBC comedy Great News , from – among others – executive producer Tina Fey. Guests: Code Switch's Leah Donnella and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon
  80. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell2017/05/05
    This week we discuss Marvel's space action-comedy Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Plus, a conversation we recently had in Chicago with comedian and writer W. Kamau Bell.
  81. Summer Movie Preview 20172017/04/28
    All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish joins us for our annual summer movie preview. We break down what we are excited to watch, what we think will smash box office records, and what we think will lose millions of dollars.
  82. The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds2017/04/21
    Code Switch's Gene Demby and critic Chris Klimek join the gang for a discussion of latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Then, it's time for a discussion of clapbacks and feuds recorded live in Chicago with our NPR's Sam Sanders.
  83. Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race2017/04/14
    The panel is on the road this week, so we are bringing you two special treats. First, you'll hear an episode of Code Switch that explores how comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity. Then, we revisit our conversation about RuPaul's Drag Race which first aired in 2014.
  84. S-Town and Chewing Gum2017/04/07
    The panel dissects the new podcast S-Town, the latest project from the team behind Serial and This American life. Then, they'll chat about Chewing Gum, a british sex comedy that's now streaming on Netflix. Guest: Librarian Margaret H. Willison.
  85. Dave Chappelle and CHiPs2017/03/31
    First we review Dave Chappelle's new Netflix stand-up specials with Code Switch's Gene Demby and For Colored Nerds co-host Brittany Luse. Then, we discuss the action comedy CHiPs with Morning Edition host David Greene. Plus, what's making us happy.
  86. Beauty and the Beast & SXSW2017/03/24
    The panel discusses a tale as old as time, Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast. Then, they share what bands and films they saw at SXSW. Guest: Katie Presley, Bitch Media's music editor.
  87. Memes, Fads, Advice, and Neil Gaiman2017/03/17
    Comedian Guy Branum joins the panel for a discussion about why some fads and memes endure and others fade away. Then, the panel offer some pop culture advice to listeners. Plus, NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer talks to Neil Gaiman about his new book Norse Mythology.
  88. Get Out and The Americans2017/03/10
    This week, we'll get very unsettled by the very successful film, Get Out , and we'll catch up with the intrigue of The Americans as it returns for its fifth season. Plus, what's making us happy this week. Guests: Code Switch's Kat Chow and Gene Demby.
  89. Big Little Lies and Feud2017/03/03
    This week, we'll drop in on the volatile suburban surroundings of HBO's Big Little Lies , and we'll consider Ryan Murphy's high-drama look at Hollywood legends in Feud. Guest: NPR Editor Barrie Hardymon.
  90. The Oscars Were Crazy2017/02/27
    It wasn't a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.
  91. Our Oscars Preview2017/02/22
    NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk the nominees for Best Picture, some of the hottest races, and make some predictions we may regret later. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
  92. Justin Timberlake2017/02/21
    Morning Edition Host David Greene talks with singer and actor Justin Timberlake about how it feels to be an Oscar nominee, his boy band past, and progress on his upcoming album. (A shorter version of this interview aired on Morning Edition on February 10, 2017.)
  93. Legion and Planet Earth II2017/02/17
    Television critic Alan Sepinwall joins us for a discussion of the new FX series Legion, which is based on an obscure X-Men character and adapted by Fargo's Noah Hawley. Then, they'll chat about Planet Earth II, the BBC nature documentary series that is now airing in the United States.
  94. Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy2017/02/14
    Glen Weldon talks to author Philip Pullman about his return to the world of Lyra Belacqua, who we first met in The Golden Compass. The first volume of the new trilogy will be published in October.
  95. Small Batch: The Grammys2017/02/13
    NPR Music's Jacob Ganz and Stephen Thompson join Linda Holmes for a discussion of Beyoncé, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, and much more.
  96. The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior2017/02/10
    NPR Politics Podcast alum Sam Sanders joins the panel for The LEGO Batman Movie. Then, Code Switch's Kat Chow sits in for a chat about MasterChef Junior and other kids reality competition shows. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
  97. Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga2017/02/06
    Code Switch's Gene Demby joins Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes for a look at Super Bowl LI. The New England Patriots won with a huge fourth-quarter push, and also featured a high-flying halftime show from Lady Gaga, who mixed traditional Americana with doing her own thing.
  98. Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love2017/02/03
    NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for a roundup of all the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: I Am Not Your Negro, OJ: Made in America, Fire at Sea, 13th, and Life, Animated. Then they'll discuss The Salesman, Iran's entry into the best Foreign Language Film category. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
  99. Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps2017/01/27
    Sarah D. Bunting of Previously.TV and the Extra Hot Great podcast joins the panel for a review of Riverdale , the CW's dark and sexy reimagining of Archie Comics (yes, really). Then it's onto other teen soaps from Dawson's Creek, Beverley Hills 90210, and The OC. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
  100. Rachel Bloom on Mary Tyler Moore2017/01/25
    Mary Tyler Moore died Wednesday at 80 years old. Host Linda Holmes talks to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and co-creator Rachel Bloom about how one very funny woman of television influenced many others.
  101. Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations2017/01/24
    Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon round up this year's Oscar nominations. As widely predicted, La La Land racked up the most nominations, while Moonlight made a strong showing, as did Hell or High Water.
  102. The Young Pope & Hell or High Water2017/01/20
    Code Switch Co-Host Gene Demby joins the panel for a discussion of the nutty new HBO series The Young Pope, which stars Jude Law. Then, the panel reviews the wonderful western Hell or High Water, which is the second-best reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes of 2016.
  103. Small Batch: DJ Khaled2017/01/17
    Morning Edition host David Greene talks with musician and Snapchat star DJ Khaled about the keys to his success, getting lost in a jet ski, and the importance of comfy pillows.
  104. Hidden Figures and One Day at a Time 2017/01/13
    Brittany Luse, host at Gimlet and co-host of For Colored Nerds, joins NPR's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, and Glen Weldon for a chat about Hidden Figures, the new historical drama starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. Then, the panel reviews Netflix's One Day a Time, a well-reviewed remake of the classic Norman Lear sitcom.
  105. Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards2017/01/09
    Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Stephen Thompson wrap up the 2017 Golden Globe awards, including La La Land's sweep, the surprising wins in television, and Meryl Streep's political acceptance speech.
  106. Sherlock, Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds 2017/01/06
    Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon joins the panel for a discussion of mystery series Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Then the panel takes a few moments to remember some of the people who passed away recently, including Carrie Fisher, George Michael, and Debbie Reynolds. Plus, what's making us happy.
  107. Ciao 2016, Hello 2017! 2016/12/30
    Code Switch's Kat Chow joins the panel as they say goodbye to 2016 by revisiting their resolutions and predictions from last year and making new ones for 2017. Plus, what's making us happy.
  108. 2016 Favorites and Unfinished Business2016/12/21
    Sam Sanders of NPR's Politics Podcast joins the panel for a roundup of their favorite movies, songs, TV shows, and writing of the year. Then, they revisit some of the things they covered earlier in 2016—big blockbusters and box office flips, TV shows that might survive cancellation, and a Broadway phenomenon that continues to dominate the culture.
  109. Favorite Podcasts of 20162016/12/19
    Lauren Ober, the host of The Big Listen, joins Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, and Stephen Thompson for a roundup of their favorite podcast episodes of the year.
  110. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and La La Land2016/12/16
    NPR Music's Daoud Tyler-Ameen joins the panel for a discussion of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Then, the panel discusses the romantic musical La La Land, which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Plus, what's making us happy this week.
  111. This Is Us and Speechless2016/12/09
  112. Small Batch: Younger2016/12/06
  113. Small Batch: Westworld2016/12/05
  114. Gilmore Girls and Moana2016/12/02
  115. Romantic Comedies With Kumail Nanjiani 2016/11/23
  116. Arrival and Pop Culture Serotonin2016/11/18
  117. Doctor Strange and Moonlight2016/11/11
  118. Small Batch: The Election and Political Comedy2016/11/07
  119. Hamilton: An American Musical2016/11/04
  120. The Great Halloween Candy Debate with Mallory Ortberg2016/10/28
  121. Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend2016/10/21
  122. Lupita Nyong'o, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, and the Best of TV2016/10/14
  123. A Fall Movie and Television Preview2016/10/07
  124. The Magnificent Seven and Fleabag2016/09/30
  125. Emmy Awards, Hari Kondabolu, and Alan Moore2016/09/23
  126. Documentary Now! & A Documentary Roundup2016/09/16
  127. HGTV and Cooking Shows2016/09/09
  128. You're The Worst & Mixing Comedy and Drama2016/09/02
  129. Big News: West Coast Tour! 2016/09/01
  130. Small Batch: MTV's Video Music Awards 20162016/08/29
  131. Pete's Dragon & Kids and Their Monsters2016/08/26
  132. Small Batch: Stranger Things Creators The Duffer Brothers2016/08/24
  133. Small Batch: A Conversation With Amy Schumer2016/08/23
  134. The Get Down and TCA 20162016/08/19
  135. Small Batch: You're Listening To Delilah2016/08/17
  136. Small Batch: Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail2016/08/15
  137. Steven Universe and Board Games2016/08/12
  138. Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad2016/08/05
  139. Small Batch: MTV Classic2016/08/02
  140. Small Batch: Match Game2016/08/01
  141. Stranger Things and Weddings2016/07/29
  142. Small Batch: Swiss Army Man2016/07/26
  143. Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches2016/07/25
  144. Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot2016/07/22
  145. On Endings And Road Trips2016/07/15
  146. Small Batch: Pokemon Go2016/07/13
  147. The BFG and The Great British Baking Show 2016/07/08
  148. The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam? 2016/07/07
  149. The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz2016/07/01
  150. Small Batch: Game of Thrones2016/06/28
  151. Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro 2016/06/27
  152. Finding Dory and Great Voice Acting2016/06/24
  153. Small Batch: The Outs with Adam Goldman2016/06/21
  154. O.J.: Made in America and a Television Quiz2016/06/17
  155. Small Batch: 2016 Tony Awards2016/06/13
  156. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Making Music Funny2016/06/10
  157. Small Batch: The Black Film Canon2016/06/07
  158. X-Men: Apocalypse and Supervillains2016/06/03
  159. Live At Vulture Festival2016/05/27
  160. Money Monster and Eurovision 2016/05/20
  161. Captain America: Civil War2016/05/13
  162. Free Comic Book Day and Keanu2016/05/06
  163. Silicon Valley and Bob's Burgers2016/04/29
  164. Small Batch: Another Round's Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton2016/04/27
  165. Small Batch: Beyoncé's 'Lemonade'2016/04/25
  166. Summer Movie Preview2016/04/21
  167. Small Batch: Remembering Prince2016/04/21
  168. Small Batch: Comedian Josh Gondelman2016/04/19
  169. The Mindy Project and Romantic Comedies2016/04/15
  170. Small Batch: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther2016/04/13
  171. Best Bad Movies and a Quiz2016/04/08
  172. Small Batch: The Real Housewives of Potomac 2016/04/01
  173. Batman V Superman and Pop Culture Objects2016/04/01
  174. SXSW Wrap and Songs That Changed Our Lives2016/03/25
  175. Small Batch: Glen Weldon's 'The Caped Crusade'2016/03/23
  176. Hamilton2016/03/18
  177. Hamilton's Leslie Odom Jr., Kanye, and Gilmore Girls2016/03/11
  178. Small Batch: American Crime2016/03/09
  179. Downton Abbey and Nostalgia as a Genre2016/03/04
  180. Small Batch: The 2016 Oscars2016/02/29
  181. The Oscars Omnibus 20162016/02/26
  182. Small Batch: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird2016/02/19
  183. Hail, Caesar! and Entertainment About Entertainment 2016/02/19
  184. Small Batch: The 2016 Grammy Awards2016/02/16
  185. Awards Show Expectations and Product Placement2016/02/12
  186. Small Batch: Super Bowl 502016/02/08
  187. Small Batch: Super Bowl Snacks2016/02/05
  188. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grease: Live, and Musicals On TV2016/02/05
  189. Fred Armisen and Welcome To Night Vale2016/01/29
  190. Making a Murderer, True Crime, and Remembering Alan Rickman2016/01/22
  191. The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?2016/01/20
  192. The Hateful Eight and the Evolving Theatrical Experience2016/01/15
  193. Small Batch: Comedian John Mulaney2016/01/12
  194. Small Batch: Remembering David Bowie2016/01/11
  195. American Idol and People We're Pulling For2016/01/08
  196. Ciao 2015, Hello 2016! 2015/12/31
  197. Melancholidays, Sisters and 2015 Highlights 2015/12/24
  198. Small Batch: Star Wars (The Force Awakens)2015/12/22
  199. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Movie Merchandise 2015/12/18
  200. Small Batch: Frank Sinatra With Sonari Glinton 2015/12/15
  201. Creed, Men Crying At Movies, and Visceral Responses2015/12/11
  202. The Good Dinosaur, Pixar And Second Thoughts2015/12/04
  203. A Conversation With Trevor Noah2015/11/27
  204. Small Batch: Shonda Rhimes On Her 'Year Of Yes'2015/11/24
  205. Master Of None And Neal Shusterman's Challenger Deep2015/11/20
  206. Live at The Howard Theatre2015/11/13
  207. Brooklyn Nine Nine and Things We Meant To Do2015/11/06
  208. A Conversation With Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)2015/11/02
  209. Empire And Public Radio Voices2015/10/30
  210. Bridge of Spies And The Long, Varied Career Of Tom Hanks2015/10/23
  211. The Giant Foam Finger: What's Your Walk-Up Music?2015/10/19
  212. Steve Jobs And Other Portrayals of Moguls 2015/10/16
  213. Small Batch: The National Book Awards2015/10/14
  214. The Martian And What We've Learned About Other Jobs2015/10/09
  215. Ms. Marvel And A Regrettable Television Pop Quiz2015/10/02
  216. A Special Annoucement2015/09/30
  217. A Fall Film And Television Preview2015/09/25
  218. Small Batch: The 2015 Emmy Awards2015/09/21
  219. Stephen Colbert's Return And Great Talk-Show Guests2015/09/18
  220. The Giant Foam Finger: If Serena Williams Loses, Is It Still The U.S. Open?2015/09/14
  221. Labor Pains And Inspirations2015/09/11
  222. Mr. Robot and Title Sequences2015/09/04
  223. Small Batch: The 2015 Video Music Awards2015/08/31
  224. Show Me A Hero And Summer Stuff We Missed 2015/08/28
  225. The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?2015/08/25
  226. Straight Outta Compton And Too Much TV2015/08/21
  227. Small Batch: David Foster Wallace And The End Of The Tour2015/08/18
  228. The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre2015/08/17
  229. Difficult People And Amusement Parks2015/08/14
  230. Small Batch: Fantastic Four2015/08/11
  231. Wet Hot American Summer And Mission: Impossible2015/08/07
  232. Music, Movies And Music In Movies2015/07/30
  233. The Giant Foam Finger: Why Sports Fans Hate2015/07/27
  234. Trainwreck And Ant-Man2015/07/24
  235. BoJack Horseman And People We're Pulling For2015/07/17
  236. Introducing: The Giant Foam Finger2015/07/14
  237. Key & Peele And Pop Culture Critters2015/07/10
  238. Small Batch: Terminator Genisys2015/07/07
  239. Magic Mike XXL And Catastrophe2015/07/03
  240. Small Batch: Audiobooks With Our Favorite Librarian2015/06/29
  241. Judy Blume's In The Unlikely Event and Lifetime's UnREAL.2015/06/26
  242. Inside Out, And Moms And Dads In Love2015/06/19
  243. Small Batch: Jurassic World2015/06/15
  244. Spy, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Feig, And Other Directors With Their Muses2015/06/12
  245. Small Batch: Sense82015/06/09
  246. All About Romance Novels2015/06/05
  247. Small Batch: You Guys, We Really Hated The Briefcase2015/06/03
  248. Tomorrowland, Visions Of The Future And The Past2015/05/29
  249. A Farewell To Mad Men And David Letterman2015/05/22
  250. Small Batch: Mad Max: Fury Road2015/05/21
  251. Pitch Perfect 2 And A Summer Movie Preview2015/05/15
  252. Small Batch: A Short Delay And A Visit To the A Capella Championships 2015/05/15
  253. Small Batch: The End Of American Idol2015/05/11
  254. Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Pop Culture Pariahs2015/05/08
  255. Free Comic Book Day and Pop Culture Rabbit Holes 2015/05/01
  256. Food In Pop Culture And Back To College2015/04/24
  257. Daredevil And Credulity2015/04/17
  258. The Comedians and Cameos2015/04/10
  259. Small Batch: Wolf Hall2015/04/09
  260. Small Batch: Remembering Stan Freberg2015/04/08
  261. Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides 2015/04/06
  262. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt And Derivatives In Pop Culture2015/04/03
  263. Small Batch: Furious 72015/04/02
  264. SXSW Discoveries and Pop Culture Geography2015/03/27
  265. Small Batch: The X-Files Returns With Kumail Nanjiani2015/03/26
  266. Nick Hornby's 'Funny Girl' And Book Adaptations2015/03/20
  267. Small Batch: Loving Romance With Sarah Wendell2015/03/18
  268. Anniversaries And Kids Entertainment That Stands The Test Of Time2015/03/13
  269. Small Batch: King Of The Nerds2015/03/11
  270. Focus, Other Con Artist Movies, And What Happened To Rock Music2015/03/06
  271. Parks and Recreation and Better Call Saul2015/02/27
  272. Small Batch: The Sculptor and Other Graphic Novels2015/02/26
  273. Small Batch: The 2015 Oscars2015/02/23
  274. The 2015 Oscars Omnibus2015/02/20
  275. We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Program To Bring You This Message2015/02/19
  276. Jupiter Ascending and On-Screen Chemistry2015/02/13
  277. Small Batch: Jon Stewart's Farewell From The Daily Show2015/02/11
  278. Small Batch: The 2015 Grammy Awards2015/02/09
  279. Empire and Public Radio Voices2015/02/06
  280. Small Batch: Super Bowl XLIX2015/02/02
  281. Jane The Virgin, The Boy Next Door, And Erotic Thrillers2015/01/30
  282. Broad City and High School Required Reading2015/01/23
  283. Selma and the Use of Dramatic License in Historical Dramas2015/01/16
  284. Small Batch: The Oscar Nominations2015/01/15
  285. Small Batch: The Golden Globe Awards2015/01/13
  286. In One Year, Out the Other: Resolutions And Predictions for 20152015/01/09
  287. Small Batch: The Bachelor2015/01/06
  288. Small Batch: Remembering Stuart Scott2015/01/05
  289. Live At The Sixth & I: A Few Quizzes And A Few Questions2015/01/02
  290. Into The Woods and Movie Franchises2014/12/26
  291. Chris Rock, Top Five, And The Art Of The Mixtape2014/12/19
  292. Live At The Sixth & I: Takeaways From 2014 And Pop Culture Firsts2014/12/12
  293. Encore: Our Favorite Holiday Moments2014/12/05
  294. Big Hero 6, Kids' Movies, Outtakes And Bloopers2014/11/28
  295. Foxcatcher and Movie Trailers2014/11/21
  296. Small Batch: Remembering Mike Nichols2014/11/20
  297. Small Batch: Serial2014/11/19
  298. Small Batch: The Comeback2014/11/17
  299. Reviving Your Favorite Properties and Pop Culture Dichotomies2014/11/14
  300. Small Batch: Doctor Who2014/11/13
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