Linda Holmes

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Fond Farewell To 'Downton Abbey'

Friday, March 04, 2016

It's always a good week when Audie Cornish or Barrie Hardymon sit in, but this week, with Stephen off finishing the Austin 100 (which is now available for your ears!), they both stepped into the studio with me and Glen Weldon to talk about the end of Downton ...


Trump: The Reality TV Years

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Before Donald Trump was a presidential candidate, he spent many, many seasons headlining the show The Apprentice, where he was presented as the embodiment of success and an enemy of weakness.


A Big Night For 'Spotlight,' DiCaprio And Earned Discomfort

Monday, February 29, 2016

You can say this for Sunday night's Oscars: It seemed like a lot of it was going to be about inclusion or lack thereof, and it was.

Back in 2012, Chris Rock presented the Oscar for best animated feature, explaining that he loved animation because it makes anything possible. "I ...


Oscars Preview: A Look At The Diversity Problem, Performances And Predictions

Friday, February 26, 2016

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with NPR's pop culture blogger Linda Holmes and movie critic Bob Mondello about Sunday's Oscar awards.


Small Batch: 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Friday, February 19, 2016

We were sad today to learn that Harper Lee, the author of To Kill A Mockingbird (and, much more recently, Go Set A Watchman) had died at 89, so Barrie Hardymon of NPR's Weekend Edition sat down with me to talk about Lee's most famous book and how ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hail, Caesar!' And Backstage Stories

Friday, February 19, 2016

PCHH regular Stephen Thompson had the week off from the show, so I was joined by Glen Weldon as well as our pals Chris Klimek and Bob Mondello to talk about the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!. Chris engagingly reviewed it for NPR, and Bob has covered the Coens ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Awards Show Problem And Product Placement

Friday, February 12, 2016

In September 2014, Glen Weldon (a great recommendation engine for podcasts) talked in our What's Making Us Happy This Week segment about Pitch, a show I'd never heard of about which I said with some interest, "I'd listen to that." Hit your little fast-forward button and jump about ...


Five Unromantic Comedies For Valentine's Day Non-Inspiration

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sure, people fight about superhero movies and sci-fi movies and who was the best James Bond. But if you want to see some deeply felt disagreement, get in a fight about romantic comedies. Or, if you don't care to, just enjoy this Twitter debate I had a couple of weeks ...


Small Batch: The Super Bowl, From Peyton vs. Cam To Twitter vs. Coldplay

Monday, February 08, 2016

Sunday night's Super Bowl landed a huge TV audience for its battle between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, which the Broncos took 24-10. While a football game is a football game, the Super Bowl is also a huge pop culture event, from the halftime show to ...


Small Batch: How To Eat The Super Bowl

Friday, February 05, 2016

As you know if you are interacting with American commerce or popular entertainment at the moment, the Super Bowl is this weekend. Stephen Thompson, as he has explained for NPR in the past, has an annual Super Bowl party and chicken-eating contest called Chicken Bowl. This year will be ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' 'Grease,' TV Musicals

Friday, February 05, 2016

This week's show had our toes tapping, you can believe that.

Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch joined us to first talk about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the CW's musical comedy starring Rachel Bloom, who just won a Golden Globe. It has a title we'll talk about that might give you the ...


'Madoff' Tells Its Tale To The Camera

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Breaking the fourth wall is like putting gold leaf on a dessert: good for a quick jolt of surprise and superficial specialness, but the more common it becomes in the culture, the less impressive its deployment by any particular creator.

We are in a fourth-wall-breaking moment, particularly in matters of ...


Following The Fad, Live 'Grease' Hits The Silver Screen

Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Making A Murderer,' True Crime, Alan Rickman

Friday, January 22, 2016

This is a fun week for me, as Stephen and Glen and I get to welcome Sarah Bunting, who is not only the East Coast editor of, but also my former boss at Television Without Pity, the first site where I ever wrote professionally. Sarah and I ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Hateful Eight' And Theatrical Experiences

Friday, January 15, 2016

Sitting down to talk about a Quentin Tarantino movie — particularly in his modern incarnation in which he puts all kinds of gnarly material on the screen that wrestles, with varying degrees of success, with aspects of identity and politics and identity politics, not to mention history, sociology, and (perhaps ...


'The Revenant,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Scoop Up Most Oscar Nominations

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NPR reviews this year's Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning. The Revenant picked up a dozen nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road got 10 nods.


Even Bears, Martians And Robots Can't Perk Up The Dull Golden Globes

Monday, January 11, 2016

In recent years, the Golden Globes have been picking up steam as a less stuffy, less predictable awards show than most others. From the marvelous hosting of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the past three years to glorious little moments like Emma Thompson tossing her shoes in ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'American Idol' Sails Off Into The Sunset

Friday, January 08, 2016

As Stephen mentions early in this episode, the original nut of what became Pop Culture Happy Hour was a conversation he and I had about whether we should take conversations we'd been having in written form about American Idol -- like this one — and have them in ...


Pop Culture Happy Hour: In One Year And Out The Other, 2016 Edition

Friday, January 01, 2016

Every year at this time, we get together to make resolutions and predictions for the coming year — but not before we reckon, almost always embarrassingly, with last year's. Did Stephen quit Diet Coke? Did Glen's very bold box office prediction come to pass?

Because we're all about accountability, we ...


50 Wonderful Things From 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

More and more, I eschew end-of-year best-of lists for the simple reason that they're arbitrary and imply a comprehensiveness on which they can never deliver. What works for me is to compile a list that reflects some of the enormous gratitude I feel for getting to enjoy other people's work ...