Glen Weldon

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Chuck Barris Didn't Invent Schlock Television, He Weaponized It

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The creator of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, which he also hosted, died Tuesday at 87. His shows were cheap to produce — and he made sure they looked it.


Robert Silvers, Longtime Editor Of 'The New York Review Of Books,' Dies At 87

Monday, March 20, 2017

Silvers co-founded the journal with Barbara Epstein in 1963. It quickly became a leading forum where authors and critics grappled with cultural issues — and with each other.


Looking Back At Our Oscar Predictions: Lo, There Shall Come A Reckoning

Monday, February 27, 2017

We review the 11 categories we got "wrong" and explore reasons why. But we're not being defensive. Maybe you're the one who's being defensive, ever thought of that?


Oscars 2017: Follow Our Live Coverage With Pop Culture Happy Hour

Sunday, February 26, 2017

NPR's team of pop-culture commentators is live-blogging tonight's Academy Awards. Watch along.


Win Your Oscar Pool With Our Blisteringly Accurate Predictions

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Glen Weldon runs down all 24 Academy Award categories and makes bold, keenly analytical picks which are not — not even remotely — wild guesses. Nope.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Our Oscars Preview

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This week, Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk nominees we haven't got around to yet, and look in on some of the hottest races.


Grad Student Discovers A Lost Novel Written By Walt Whitman

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

An ad in a March 1852 edition of The New York Times led Zachary Turpin on an electronic search that uncovered a rags-to-riches novella that Whitman published anonymously.


'The LEGO Batman Movie' Drags The Caped Crusader Out Of The Shadows (Again)

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

In The LEGO Batman Movie, the Dark Knight ... lightens up. NPR critic Glen Weldon says it's only the latest example of the character cycling through phases of darkness and light.


A Rigorously Objective Ranking Of The 28 Songs Of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Season Two

Friday, February 03, 2017

It is a daunting task to definitively rank, with icy precision, the songs featured in the ratings-challenged but critically adored CW series. But we do it anyway, because journalism.


'Santa Clarita Diet': A Visceral Netflix Comedy Fleshes Out Suburban Angst

Friday, February 03, 2017

Drew Barrymore and (especially) Timothy Olyphant deliver full-blooded performances as a married pair of realtors struggling to make ends meat.


'Powerless': A Workplace Comedy For The Superhero Era

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

"Where does he get those wonderful toys?" NBC's new sitcom, set among the lab techs who unwittingly act as Batman's R & D team, supplies a familiar — but clever — answer.


7 Pieces Of Unsolicited Advice For Those Rebooting 'Queer Eye'

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Netflix announced it will bring back the wildly-popular-until-it-wasn't Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for eight episodes. Production will start in the spring. We have notes. (Note #1: Don't.)


2017 Oscar Nominations: 'La La Land' Dominates, 'Moonlight' Shines

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The 2017 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning. La La Land, as widely predicted, racked up the most, while Moonlight made a strong showing, as did Hell or High Water.


'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' Is All About Olaf

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Unlike the 2004 Jim Carrey film, the Netflix series nails the darkly whimsical tone of the children's books on which it's based; Neil Patrick Harris is a big reason for that.


Jacket Required: With The Return Of 'The Ray,' Superhero Fashion Gets Layered

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DC Comics' The Ray is back on comics shelves today. His distinctive, jacket-over-tights costume design was all the rage among the superhero set in the '90s. Are those bad old days back?


'Love Is Love' Comics Anthology Offers Raw Expressions of Grief, Rage — And Defiance

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The comics industry has come together to produce an anthology of stories, memoir, and stand-alone imagery reacting to this summer's mass shooting at an Orlando gay club.


Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 25: 'A Blimp! Unorthodox, But Diabolical!'

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders lived up to its title, bringing back Adam West and Burt Ward to portray the Dynamic Duo as they did on the classic 1960s Batman series.


Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 24: Bill Hader Lists Streets On 'Documentary Now'

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Hader channels the late monologuist Spalding Gray in the third episode of Documentary Now!'s second season. But — crucially — that's not all he does.


Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 23: Gosling's Lou-Costello-Take In 'The Nice Guys'

Friday, December 23, 2016

In Shane Black's louche, stylish, violent comedy, the sight of a dead body sends P.I. Holland March (Ryan Gosling) into silent hysterics.


Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 22: 'Bojack' Runs Silent, Runs Deep

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A largely wordless, underwater episode of the Netflix series Bojack Horseman refocused attention on the show's masterful character design — and its pathos.