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Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes appears in the following:

Yes, 'Serial' Is True Crime โ€” And That's OK

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Our continuing discussion of Serial turns to a consideration of the true crime genre, its tendency to reveal the oddities of human behavior, and what can be taken away from this series.

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Watts Going On: The Gaudy Excess Of 'The Great Christmas Light Fight'

Monday, December 15, 2014

If you've never seen hundreds of thousands of lights used to do things like animate wire-frame animals, you're going to love this bonkers piece of television.

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'Top Five': A Good, Not Great, Day In New York With Chris Rock

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chris Rock's new comedy is strong on industry satire, but gets a little watery with the romance.

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The Great 'Parks And Rec' Clip War Of 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

When critics are anticipating the end of a show they've liked a lot, strange things happen.

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Climate Sticking Point: Who Cuts And By How Much?

Friday, December 12, 2014

On the final day of the latest round of climate talks, rich and poor nations meeting in Lima, Peru, have yet to agree on the central issue of emissions targets.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From Sixth And I

Friday, December 12, 2014

Our live show brings us to some consideration of the year that's just ending and some of the firsts that we are sometimes at pains to recall.

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A Surprisingly Effective Trailer For 'The Last Five Years'

Monday, December 08, 2014

The trailer for the upcoming film The Last Five Years shows lots of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan singing to each other, because ... that's the movie. It's good, though.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Holiday Encores Edition

Friday, December 05, 2014

This week, we have two past segments to revisit: a look at our favorite and least favorite holiday pop culture, and a listen to some seasonal music.

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Blood And Bone: The Surprising Sight Of Dead Animals On A Meat Show

Monday, December 01, 2014

There are hunting shows and there are chef shows, but it's still surprising to see a show trace the connection between the two as they do on Eric Greenspan Is Hungry.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Kid Stuff And Leftover Outtakes

Friday, November 28, 2014

On this week's show, Guy Raz of NPR's TED Radio Hour joins us to talk about kids' movies and the cultural fascination with outtakes.

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Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Foxcatcher' And The Art Of The Trailer

Friday, November 21, 2014

On this week's show, we look at the eerie film Foxcatcher, the world of trailers, and what's making us happy this week.

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Mike Nichols: Remembering The Ellipses After The Story Ends

Thursday, November 20, 2014

We consider the work of writer-director-performer Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday.

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What Happens When You Make A Podcast About Podcasts About A Podcast?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The new podcast Serial is grabby enough that two big culture outlets have their own podcasts about it. Gene Demby and I sit down to talk about that.

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'Grape Salad' Is Not Minnesotan, And Other Lessons In Cultural Mapmaking

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A New York Times project claims that Minnesota is best defined by heated-up grapes and sour cream. C'mon, now, guys โ€” give us a break.

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'MasterChef Junior': The Secret Ingredients Are Moppets And Empathy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The cooking-kids show MasterChef Junior somehow combines high energy, endearing kids with really skilled cooking. The result is a very different kind of competition show.

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A Painful Hollywood Portrait Makes For Great TV On 'The Comeback'

Monday, November 17, 2014

We chat about the return of the terrific if little-seen Lisa Kudrow show The Comeback, which has resurfaced on HBO for a new season after almost 10 years.

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'Dumb And Dumber To' A Surprise Hit At The Box Office

Monday, November 17, 2014

This weekend's box office winner was Dumb And Dumber To, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in a sequel to their 1994 hit. NPR pop culture blogger Linda Holmes says laziness isn't the only thing that brings old properties back to life.

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'State Of Affairs': Television From The Precise Middle Of The Barrel

Monday, November 17, 2014

The new spy/political drama starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard isn't good, but it isn't bad either. That's a problem in television's very competitive landscape.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Revived Properties And Cultural Dichotomies

Friday, November 14, 2014

On this week's show, we wonder whether it's ever too late to revisit the past and we dive into some divides that cut deep.

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