Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes appears in the following:

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Best Bad Movies And A Punishing Quiz

Friday, April 08, 2016

On this week's show, original PCHH panelist Trey Graham returns to chat about bad movies and to be less humiliated than the rest of us by a quiz about pop culture returns.


A Fond (No, Really!) Farewell To 'American Idol'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Built on telephone dialing and the sting of a British tongue, American Idol shuffles off this mortal coil on Thursday night, having provided just enough good moments to survive.


'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' Foolishness, Happiness And Josh Chan

Monday, March 28, 2016

What began as a tale of pursuit has turned into a story about what it means to meet up with people who appeal to you for complicated reasons.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: SXSW And Life-Changing Songs

Friday, March 25, 2016

On this week's show, we talk through the Austin experience and air some stories of songs that made big differences in our lives.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hamilton'

Friday, March 18, 2016

It's Broadway's current phenomenon, so we went to see it and report back on what it is, how it works, and whether we loved it as much as we wanted to. It's our Hamilton show.


'The People Vs. O.J. Simpson' Gets To The Gloves

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The FX series has been surprisingly compassionate to most of its subjects, and Christopher Darden on the day he forces a courtroom demonstration he will regret is no exception.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hamilton,' Kanye And 'Gilmore Girls'

Friday, March 11, 2016

With the panel on pause this week, we bring you three great conversations about theater, music and TV.


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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