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Linda Holmes

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Audiobooks

Monday, June 29, 2015

During our recent time with charming Bostonian librarian Margaret Willison, we managed to sit her down for a chat about audiobooks. We discovered that while I am a frequent listener to a variety of kinds of books (as I wrote about recently), Margaret uses them in a very ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Judy Blume's New Book And Lifetime's 'UnREAL'

Friday, June 26, 2015

This week's show finds us cracking open Judy Blume's new adult novel In The Unlikely Event (it's an adult novel as in a-novel-for-adults, not an adult novel as in "too sexy for polite company). Joined by our friend and librarian-in-chief Margaret Willison, we talk about the structure of the book, ...

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The Weird — Weirder? — Thing About The Ferrell-Wiig Lifetime Movie

Friday, June 19, 2015

Back on April 1 of this year, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig had secretly filmed a Lifetime movie called A Deadly Adoption. This was kind of confusing, because ... it was April 1, after all. Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig are ...

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Why The Key Character In 'Inside Out' Is The One Who Isn't There

Friday, June 19, 2015

Villains are staples of stories for kids. Making them bigger, meaner, madder, more impossible to defeat — that's how you build the ideas of fear and then, inevitably, of courage. A small person faces a giant, or a witch, or a wolf, or Jafar, or Cruella De Vil, or the ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Inside Out' And Moms And Dads In Love

Friday, June 19, 2015

I'm just going to tell you right off the bat, you guys: we really liked Inside Out. This does not exactly make us outliers in the critical landscape, but we sit down this week with the great Kat Chow of NPR's Code Switch team to talk about the film. It's ...

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The Heat Is On With These Summer Romance Novels

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NPR Books is focusing on romance novels this summer. And our recommendations are not so-called "bodice rippers" or historical romances — they're contemporary.

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'Modern Romance' And The Emerging Audiobook

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Audiobooks have traditionally been tricky to get right and even harder to make special. Very often, they're literally just books read aloud, to the best of the ability of a single, usually highly skilled reader. In fiction, you get readers who are asked to provide voices for however many characters ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: 'Jurassic World'

Monday, June 15, 2015

You may have heard that Jurassic World made more than $500 million worldwide in its opening weekend. That's $500 million, 5-0-0. Its nearly $209 million weekend in the U.S. alone makes it the highest-grossing U.S. opening weekend ever. That's ever, e-ver.

So how's the movie? It's fine. Does it justify ...

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How 'Silicon Valley' Tells Broad Truths From An Insular World

Friday, June 12, 2015

HBO's Silicon Valley ends its second season Sunday night with a finale I have seen and will warn you is so tense that I actually skipped forward a little bit at one point. That's how suspenseful I found it. And remember: it's a comedy.

Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Spy' And Other Director-Actor Pairings

Friday, June 12, 2015

This week, we're lucky enough to welcome our pal Audie Cornish back to the panel for a discussion of Spy, the latest comedy (after The Heat and Bridesmaids) to team Melissa McCarthy with director Paul Feig. (If you're nostalgic, you can listen to our affectionate review of The Heat

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WATCH: 11-Year-Old Sydney Lucas Destroys At The Tony Awards

Monday, June 08, 2015

Sydney Lucas didn't happen to win the Tony Award she was nominated for on Sunday night, but it took nothing away from the fact that she was the highlight of the entire broadcast. Lucas plays Small Alison in Fun Home, the musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir about her ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Romance Novel Special

Friday, June 05, 2015

This week is a special one for us at Pop Culture Happy Hour: we invited our pals Barrie Hardymon and Petra Mayer, along with the marvelous and hugely knowledgeable Sarah Wendell, who runs the romance web site Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.

Here's what you're really looking for if ...

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Every Song In 'The Last Five Years,' Ranked By Uncontrollable Sobbing

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Let's get weepy, people. Seriously, seriously weepy. And ... I mean, spoiler alert, obviously. But this show and movie sort of spoils itself structurally, so.

The Last Five Years, from composer and playwright Jason Robert Brown, began as a stage musical in 2001 in Chicago, then opened as an Off-Broadway ...

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Small Batch Edition: We Really, Really Hated 'The Briefcase'

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

It's pretty rare for us to spend much time on something with no redeeming qualities at all, but it's also pretty rare to come across something as devoid of redeeming qualities as The Briefcase.

The new CBS series dumps a pile of money on two financially strapped families and shows ...

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Lifetime's Scripted Drama 'Unreal' Goes Behind The Scenes Of Reality TV

Monday, June 01, 2015

A new drama from the cable network Lifetime is getting a lot of attention because it's a well-written show skewering reality television.

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'UnREAL' Is An Unsettling Look At Making Unsettling Television

Monday, June 01, 2015

The least promising thing about Lifetime's strong new drama UnREAL, which takes place behind the scenes of a The Bachelor-like show, is its title. Yes, it's capitalized in the self-consciously offbeat way common to overvalued tech startups and adolescents experimenting with identity. But more forebodingly, it lies down and rolls ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Tomorrowland,' The Future And The Past

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Brad Bird-directed Tomorrowland didn't make a lot of dough in its opening weekend, despite Bird's impressive reputation and the star power of George Clooney. It didn't get great reviews, either, but one of us (spoiler alert: it was me) liked it more than a lot of people did. We ...

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David Oyelowo Flies Solo In HBO's 'Nightingale'

Friday, May 29, 2015

Inevitability has a crucial role in lots of good dramatic works, and every good use of it gives lie to the idea that it's definitionally incompetent to create anything "predictable." From the opening minutes of Nightingale, a new film airing on HBO Friday night starring David Oyelowo (Selma), there is ...

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'Mad Men' Ends, Singing A Familiar Song

Monday, May 18, 2015

[This discussion of the Mad Men finale gives away all kinds of information about the Mad Men finale, so if you don't want to know things about it, please stop reading.]

The hippies were probably inevitable.

Over the course of Mad Men's history, Don Draper's fascination with California has returned ...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pitch Perfect 2' And Summer Movies

Friday, May 15, 2015

This week's show came to you a little late, because that's how much we wanted to drag our pal Petra Mayer of NPR Books to see Pitch Perfect 2 with us before we taped. We have a chat at the top of the show about the Barden Bellas' new adventures, ...

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