NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour

NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour

One Night In Miami And What's Making Us Happy

Regina King has won an Oscar and a collection of Emmys as an actor. Now, she's making her debut as a feature film...

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2020 Best Books About America

Every year, NPR brings together some of the best books of the year in a searchable, explorable guide called the Book...

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Dickinson

Despite its preponderance of bustles and bonnets, the Apple TV+ series Dickinson is not some fusty old biopic. It...

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Bring It On

The cheerleading film Bring It On recently turned 20. It spawned direct-to-video sequels and a Broadway musical. And...

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Sylvie's Love

Sylvie's Love follows a relationship that blossoms in the late 1950s between a spirited young woman who loves...

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Great 2020 Movies You May Have Missed

We spent a lot of time watching movies in 2020. Plenty of our favorites ended up on this show, but with release...

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Showgirls

In 1995, critics howled and self-appointed guardians of good taste were horrified at the release of Showgirls....

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Bridgerton

What if you took Gossip Girl and set it in Regency-era London, where members of the aristocracy plot to find love,...

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Card Sharks

The game show Card Sharks has lived many lives: It's been on NBC, on CBS, in syndication, and now it's on ABC, in...

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2020 Best Books: Love Stories

Every year, NPR brings together some of the best books of the year in a searchable, explorable guide called the Book...

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Our 2021 Pop Culture Resolutions And What's Making Us Happy

It's the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, as much as it seemed like we might never get here. That means we're...

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Our 2021 Pop Culture Predictions

To say we could not have predicted the course of 2020 is a ridiculous understatement. But nevertheless, we press on....

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Coco

The 2017 movie Coco is about a Mexican boy named Miguel who has an adventure on Día de los Muertos, a holiday...

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Soul

In Disney and Pixar's Soul, a jazz musician voiced by Jamie Foxx falls down a manhole and finds himself teetering...

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Wonder Woman 1984 And What's Making Us Happy

Wonder Woman 1984 arrives as one of the biggest films yet to stream at home at the same time it hits theaters. Like...

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The Midnight Sky

The new George Clooney movie The Midnight Sky takes place in two very lonely, post-apocalyptic settings: the Arctic,...

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Tenet

Director Christopher Nolan's latest film, Tenet, is a riff on spy movies — featuring globe-trotting CIA agents,...

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2020 Pop Culture Favorites

At the end of the year, we like to look back on some of our favorite things from the last 12 months of pop culture....

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom And What's Making Us Happy

The excellent new film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a story about art. It's a story about anger, and it's a story...

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Small Axe

A tense courtroom, an intimate house party, a stifling police academy. These are just a few of the environments...

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