Stephen Thompson appears in the following:
Friday, November 13, 2015
Recorded live at Washington, D.C.'s Howard Theatre, Audie Cornish and a special guest join the show for a discussion of scary things, a quiz and What's Making Us Happy this week.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Four teams remain in the battle to crown a World Series champion. So it's a natural time for Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby to discuss the songs you hear when different players get up to bat.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Why do so many of Canada's most successful musicians shy away from acknowledging their home country?
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
On his eighth album, Ritter delves into what he calls "messianic oracular honky-tonk." Fortunately, it's an approach that brings out some of the singer's slipperiest, nimblest wordplay.
Saturday, October 03, 2015
She listens to lyrics; he prefers rhythms. How do they decide on the first dance at their wedding?
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Ohio band spends its new album shoehorning deep, dark ideas into pocket-sized pop-rock anthems. Every word and sound feels thoughtfully wrought, but Such Things also exudes freewheeling joy.
Friday, September 18, 2015
The gang discusses CBS's Late Show With Stephen Colbert and describes what makes a great talk-show guest. And, as always, we run through What's Making Us Happy this week.
Monday, September 14, 2015
On Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss this weekend's U.S. Open final between two women not named Serena.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
When life gets in the way of a music obsession, how do parents rediscover the mindset to dig deeper?
Friday, September 11, 2015
Thoughts on childbirth and pregnancy in pop culture, plus memories of the ways movies, TV shows, musicals and other moments have shaped our long-term interests. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
A veteran of The Frames and The Swell Season, Hansard possesses a worn but wonderfully flexible voice. Throughout his second solo album, his voice conveys kindness and warmth.
Friday, September 04, 2015
The gang offers up its thoughts on a much-loved USA Network series and the way movies' opening credits can set the tone for what's to come. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Intimacy, unease and aggression coexist in bracing, beautiful ways throughout Ones And Sixes, which feels as intimate as a whisper over pillows and as obtuse as transmissions from a faraway satellite.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Even if you didn't watch Sunday night's telecast — especially if you didn't watch — we've got good conversation about Kanye's speech, Miley's hosting, and even who won the awards at the awards show.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Popular bands like The National, The Black Keys, Wilco and Bon Iver have spawned spin-offs in recent years. Should their fans be nervous, or should they embrace the change of pace?
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Brace The Wave keeps the Sebadoh singer's sound stripped to its barren bones, an approach suited to the pleas and confessions therein.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
On Pop Culture Happy Hour's sports spinoff, Stephen Thompson and Gene Demby discuss the recent controversy over an athlete's decision to return his children's participation trophies.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Audie Cornish and Gene Demby join the show to discuss a new N.W.A biopic and the idea that there are more TV shows than the public could ever watch. Plus, What's Making Us Happy this week.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
On its fifth album, the Baltimore duo still finds a way to settle jangled nerves and transport listeners to a warmer, softer, easier place.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Before closing with the go-your-own-way anthem "Follow Your Arrow," the country singer showcases four songs from her terrific second album, Pageant Material.