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Pop Culture Happy Hour

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Rank #12 in TV & Film category

TV & Film
After Shows
Film Reviews
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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, and music.

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Love it!

By Burtonhogg - May 31 2020
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I really enjoy this podcast! Even when I don’t agree with a review, I find it interesting! And I’ve found so many ‘new things’ via What’s making us Happy! I would listen to the show just for those tidbits!!

Margaret H. Willison=Ralph Mouth

By Oboe One Kenobi - May 27 2020
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Annoying and unnecessary. I’m still not sure why they keep bringing her back as a guest after 2, count em, 2 irresponsible remarks. The first being when she said she struck a concert goer who annoyed her. The second was when she described Moana as Frozen with a tan. A remark that Linda apologized for in another podcast but Willison never did. I love NPR and gladly donate even in these trying times but clean your house please.

iTunes Ratings

7304 Ratings
Average Ratings
5638
801
313
230
322

Love it!

By Burtonhogg - May 31 2020
Read more
I really enjoy this podcast! Even when I don’t agree with a review, I find it interesting! And I’ve found so many ‘new things’ via What’s making us Happy! I would listen to the show just for those tidbits!!

Margaret H. Willison=Ralph Mouth

By Oboe One Kenobi - May 27 2020
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Annoying and unnecessary. I’m still not sure why they keep bringing her back as a guest after 2, count em, 2 irresponsible remarks. The first being when she said she struck a concert goer who annoyed her. The second was when she described Moana as Frozen with a tan. A remark that Linda apologized for in another podcast but Willison never did. I love NPR and gladly donate even in these trying times but clean your house please.
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Pop Culture Happy Hour

Latest release on Oct 23, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Avengers: Infinity War and What's Making Us Happy

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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.

Apr 27 2018

28mins

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Rank #2: Our 15 Favorite Things Of 2018

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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.

Dec 21 2018

36mins

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Rank #3: Us

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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.

Mar 22 2019

24mins

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Rank #4: Sam Sanders Chats With Guy Branum

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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.

Dec 12 2018

38mins

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Rank #5: Summer Movie Preview and What's Making Us Happy

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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.

Apr 20 2018

41mins

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Rank #6: 2019 Oscars Recap

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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.

Feb 25 2019

16mins

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Rank #7: Black Panther and What's Making Us Happy

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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.

Feb 16 2018

26mins

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Rank #8: 2020 Golden Globes Recap

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We've just gotten done watching the Golden Globes. In TV, Succession, Fleabag, and Chernobyl won multiple awards. As for the movies, big winners included 1917, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Joaquin Phoenix, Renée Zellweger, Awkwafina, and Taron Egerton. We saw big speeches, a few surprises, and lifetime achievement prizes for Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Hanks.

Jan 06 2020

14mins

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Rank #9: Game Of Thrones

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After eight seasons, 73 episodes, and way too many characters busting out the phrase "bend the knee" all the time, HBO's Game of Thrones has come to an end. And there's a lot to unpack.

May 20 2019

20mins

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Rank #10: Crazy Rich Asians and What's Making Us Happy

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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.

Aug 17 2018

24mins

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Rank #11: 'Avengers: Endgame' and What's Making Us Happy

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought us Iron Man movies, Thor movies, Captain America movies, Avengers movies, and many other superhero franchises over the last decade, and they all feed into one epic that ties up many of the loose ends. Today we're talking the juggernaut to end all juggernauts, Avengers: Endgame.

Apr 26 2019

13mins

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Rank #12: Fall Movie Preview

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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.

Sep 28 2018

34mins

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Rank #13: Little Women And What's Making Us Happy

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Greta Gerwig was nominated for an Oscar for directing 2017's Lady Bird. She's following it up with an adaptation of Little Women that features two of her Lady Bird stars, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet. Ronan plays Jo, the free-spirited March sister. She's joined by Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep. Gerwig also wrote the script, which makes some changes to the story and the structure of Louisa May Alcott's book.

Dec 27 2019

25mins

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Rank #14: Our Summer Movie Preview

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It's time again for our summer movie preview. We'll take a shot at guessing hits and misses, and we'll tell you what we can't wait to see.

Apr 19 2019

33mins

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Rank #15: A Star Is Born and What's Making Us Happy

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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.

Oct 05 2018

26mins

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Rank #16: Eighth Grade and What's Making Us Happy

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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.

Aug 03 2018

24mins

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Rank #17: 2020 Oscars Preview And What's Making Us Happy

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The Oscars are Sunday night, and while some of the races have clear front-runners, plenty still seem to be up in the air. As always, we're ready to help you put together your watch list, and prepare for your Oscar pool by giving you some of our own guesses.

Feb 07 2020

43mins

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Rank #18: 2020 Oscars Recap

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We are wrapping up the 92nd Academy Awards. Parasite took home the Oscar for best picture--the first time a film not in the English language has one the prize. Parasite also took home awards for best director, international feature, and original screenplay. Acting awards went to Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Joaquin Phoenix, and Renee Zellweger.

Feb 10 2020

16mins

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Rank #19: Jojo Rabbit And What's Making Us Happy

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Jojo Rabbit is already an Oscar favorite. The dark comedy from director Taika Waititi won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival. That's preceded a best picture nomination in 10 out of the last 11 years. Based on a 2004 novel by Christine Leunens, the film follows Jojo, a German boy who remains loyal to Adolf Hitler as World War II winds down. In fact, he envisions the leader as his imaginary friend.

Oct 25 2019

22mins

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Rank #20: Love Is Blind And What's Making Us Happy

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The Netflix plan to take over television has extended to dating shows for a while. But perhaps they've never made one so weird, so baffling, so cringe-inducingly embarrassing for everyone involved as Love Is Blind. And you probably know someone who's watching it. In this series they insist on calling an experiment, couples sit in separate cells that they call pods, where they can hear each other but not see each other. And once they've had a conversation or two, if they're getting along, they get engaged. And only then do they meet. Will any of them make it to the altar?

Feb 28 2020

22mins

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