Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson appears in the following:

The Giant Foam Finger: What We Talk About When We Talk About Brett Favre

Monday, August 17, 2015

In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby tackle the many metaphors at the heart of the retired quarterback's public persona.


The Good Listener: Are Tall People Obligated To Stand In The Back At Concerts?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A reader stands behind a gigantically tall dude with a cereal-box-shaped head. Has she been wronged?


All Songs +1: Marking The Demise Of 'The Spotify Of The '80s'

Friday, August 14, 2015

For this week's +1, members of NPR Music use the closure of mail-order music company Columbia House as an excuse for some '80s and '90s music nostalgia.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Difficult People' And Amusement Parks

Friday, August 14, 2015

The gang tackles a new Hulu comedy starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, as well as outdoor entertainment: theme parks, water parks, you name it. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.


Song Premiere: David Wax Museum, 'Guesthouse'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The first single from the duo's new album is a gregarious, wonderfully ingratiating ode to charm and the generosity it inspires.


Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Wet Hot American Summer' And Impossible Missions

Friday, August 07, 2015

The gang gathers to discuss an unlikely Netflix prequel and a far-more-likely Tom Cruise action movie. And, as always, we summarize What's Making Us Happy this week.


The National's Matt Berninger Has A New Band

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Hear EL VY's dark and driving "Return To The Moon," in which Berninger teams up with Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls.


The Good Listener: How Do I Play DJ Without Embarrassing Myself?

Saturday, August 01, 2015

You're in the passenger seat. The driver asks you to pick the music. What's an insecure DJ to do?


Pop Culture Happy Hour: Music, Movies And Music In Movies

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ari Shapiro and Bob Mondello join the gang to discuss soundtracks and other cinematic songs. And, as always, we discuss what's making us happy this week.


The Giant Foam Finger: Sports Hatred

Monday, July 27, 2015

In Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the athletes people hate — and try to get at why.


From Ballads To Romps, Ashley Monroe's 'The Blade' Is Timeless

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Stephen Thompson and Ann Powers of NPR Music talk about the new album from Ashley Monroe called The Blade.


The Good Listener: Where Are All The Great Lullabies?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tips for finding lullabies that aren't cloying, annoying, or lullaby-themed covers of pop songs.


First Listen: Ashley Monroe, 'The Blade'

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A solo singer, go-to collaborator and member of the Pistol Annies, Monroe is a star who's both arrived and rising: accepted by insiders without losing her veneer of outsider cool.


Pop Culture Happy Hour On Sports: Introducing 'The Giant Foam Finger'

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In the first installment of a new series on sports memories, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss "4th and 26," a single play between the Eagles and the Packers in the 2003-04 NFL playoffs.


First Listen: Tame Impala, 'Currents'

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Kevin Parker's new music veers farther away from psych-rock bombast and toward falsetto-dripped soul, fragments of dance music, and long interludes set aside for woozy, disorienting deliberation.


First Listen: Ratatat, 'Magnifique'

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

These are rock instrumentals that needn't overcompensate for their lack of words. They don't strain to be heard or scramble to stand out, but instead convey coolness that seems effortless.


Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

Friday, July 03, 2015

For our 250th episode, the gang digs into a movie and a TV show, each geared toward grown people in different ways. And, as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.


Song Premiere: Mimicking Birds, 'Dead Weight'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Before its tour with Modest Mouse, the band releases a mysterious, surprising, fatalistic new song.


First Watch: Glen Hansard, 'Winning Streak'

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hear the first song (and watch a video) from the Frames and Swell Season veteran's new album, Didn't He Ramble, out Sept. 18.


Kacey Musgraves Sings One For Marriage Equality

Friday, June 26, 2015

The country singer performed a Tiny Desk Concert on the same day the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. So she couldn't possibly pass up the chance to play "Follow Your Arrow."