Pop Culture Happy Hour

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Get obsessed with us. Five days a week, Pop Culture Happy Hour serves you recommendations and commentary on the buzziest movies, TV, music, books, videogames and more. Join arts journalists Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Aisha Harris - plus a rotating cast of guest pop culture aficionados. The Happy Hour team leaves room at the table for exploring a range of reactions and opinions on every bit of the pop universe. From lowbrow to highbrow to the stuff in between, they take it all with a shot of cheer.

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If you've seen any of the _Toy Story_ movies, you know about Buzz Lightyear, the heroic space ranger immortalized in a line of action figures. Now, the character is getting a Disney and Pixar prequel — an origin story starring Chris Evans as the space ranger who started it all. …
In _Good Luck to You, Leo Grande_ , Emma Thompson plays a widow yearning to fulfill a desire that's somehow eluded her her entire life: an orgasm. She sets about achieving her goal by hiring a much younger, highly attractive sex worker (Daryl McCormack). But their time spent together turns …
Watergate In Pop Culture June 15, 2022
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the break-in at the Watergate Hotel that eventually led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Watergate not only had profound impacts on how Americans see the government and the press, but it has influenced decades of film and TV, books and podcasts.
2022 Tony Awards June 13, 2022
The big winners of the 75th Tony Awards included the play _The Lehman Trilogy_ , and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical _A Strange Loop_. The evening was hosted by the charming and completely committed Oscar winner Ariana DeBose, and filled with musical performances, emotional acceptance speeches, and a tribute to Stephen …
Obi-Wan Kenobi June 13, 2022
In the _Star Wars_ Disney+ series _Obi-Wan Kenobi,_ Ewan McGregor returns as one of the last remaining Jedi Knights as he's hiding out on Tatooine. When young Princess Leia is kidnapped, Obi-Wan is convinced to come out of retirement and pull "one last job" to rescue her — even if …
_Jurassic World Dominion_ is the sixth and reportedly final film in the Jurassic film franchise, in which genetically engineered dinosaurs run dependably amok in the modern world. This film brings together Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard with Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern, the three leads of the …
Crimes of the Future June 9, 2022
_Crimes of the Future_ marks director David Cronenberg's return to the body horror genre. The film is set in a dystopian future where humans no longer feel pain, as they are evolving to adapt to a world riddled with synthetic chemicals. Viggo Mortensen stars as a man who spontaneously grows …
This Is Going To Hurt June 8, 2022
_This is Going to Hurt_ is by turns a caustically funny and gut-wrenching series about a young doctor of gynecology and obstetrics struggling to keep his mind, body, and soul intact. Ben Whishaw stars in the British series, which is based on the bestselling memoir of a doctor in Britain's …
Judy Garland June 7, 2022
This Friday would have been [Judy Garland](https://www.npr.org/artists/15339386/judy-garland)'s 100th birthday. Everyone of course knows her iconic portrayal of Dorothy Gale in the _Wizard of Oz_ , but Garland delivered a variety of unforgettable performances over her variously triumphant, troubled and ultimately tragic life. If you're not familiar with her non- _Oz_ …
Floor Is Lava June 6, 2022
The Netflix game show _Floor Is Lava_ is so silly, so stupid, so low-stakes that we can't stop watching it. Teams of three try to cross a course made of furniture and obstacles without touching the ground. _Floor Is Lava_ recently returned for a new season, so in this encore …
The new rom-com _Fire Island_ puts a queer spin on Jane Austen's _Pride and Prejudice_. Written by and starring Joel Kim Booster, the film centers around a group of queer friends who decamp to Fire Island every summer. Booster and his best friend (Bowen Yang) are outsiders among the cliquish …
It's been 20 years since the beginning of _American Idol_. It has inspired imitators and parodies, and it's also a show that actually made people stars. So we asked you to vote for the best _American Idol_ contestants of all time.
The Emmy-winning animated series _Bob's Burgers_ is making the hop to the big screen. _The Bob's Burgers Movie_ captures the show's distinct look and feel, but introduces a new sense of urgency. Perpetually worried fry-cook Bob Belcher, his wife Linda, and their three oddball kids need to pay off the …
This is the time of year when so many students graduate from so many schools in so many caps and gowns. Whether it's graduation episodes of our favorite TV series, high school songs, or movies about the last wild night of high school, we're here to commence a show about …
Our pals at NPR's _Wait Wait Don't Tell Me_ have a new show called "Everyone & Their Mom." In this episode, host Emma Choi and comedian Emmy Blotnick discover long lost love letters and learn how to use bookmarks properly. They also interview __ director Domee Shi about her Pixar …
_Top Gun_ first hit theaters in 1986, starring Tom Cruise as a cocky fighter pilot who trains in an elite military program. Now, there's finally a sequel called _Top Gun: Maverick_ , in which Cruise returns to train a new generation of pilots.
Harry Styles has just released his third solo album, called _Harry's House_. The new record finds the former One Direction singer presiding over a bunch of breezy, unfailingly pleasant love songs. The new album has already spawned a No. 1 single with the song "As It Was" and comes after …
The Kids In The Hall May 25, 2022
The hugely influential Canadian sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall is back in a new Amazon show that marks their first return to writing and performing original sketches on television. These 8 episodes look and feel like another season of their first show, though of course the kids …
Men May 24, 2022
In _Men_ , Jessie Buckley plays Harper, whose estranged husband (Paapa Essiedu) has recently died in a horrific manner. To decompress, she rents out a quiet stately home in the English countryside from Geoffrey (Rory Kinnear). It doesn't take long before her trip is disturbed by increasingly strange and invasive …
The latest edition of NPR's Books We Love project rounded up hundreds of book recommendations from critics, writers and NPR journalists to try to give you just the read you're looking for. Today, we're giving recommendations for our favorite books about identity and culture.