Stephen Thompson http://nhpr.org en Pop Culture Happy Hour: Bucket Lists And Summertime, Live In D.C. http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-bucket-lists-and-summertime-live-dc We haven't even gotten to Episode 200 of <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> — that's running next week, when we present the second part of this June 24 live show — and we've already got a special announcement about our <em>next</em> live appearance. On July 24 at 2 p.m. PT, Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon and I will storm the San Diego Comic Con for a live panel discussion with a special guest: my dear mother, Maggie Thompson. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 51733 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Bucket Lists And Summertime, Live In D.C. Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recycling Franchises And Judging Books By Their Covers http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-recycling-franchises-and-judging-books-their-covers With Glen Weldon tweeting from the various paradises of Barcelona, this week's <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> calls on the services of two familiar <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/">Code Switch</a> pals — Kat Chow and Gene Demby — to discuss the eternal recycling of unlikely pop-culture franchises. Fri, 30 May 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 49436 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recycling Franchises And Judging Books By Their Covers Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'House Of Cards' And Pop Culture Punching Bags http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-house-cards-and-pop-culture-punching-bags How intrepid is <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em>'s intrepid Linda Holmes? So intrepid that, when she goes on vacation in February, she heads to even-colder climes, braving the snow-swept Alcatraz that is northern Minnesota. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:44:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 43933 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'House Of Cards' And Pop Culture Punching Bags Pop Culture Happy Hour: Time Machines, Time Capsules And A Live Studio Audience http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-time-machines-time-capsules-and-live-studio-audience This isn't our first live episode of <em>Pop Culture Happy Hou</em>r: Almost exactly a year earlier, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2012/12/28/168205304/pop-culture-happy-hour-our-very-first-live-show">we recorded a show</a> in an abandoned bank during an NPR merchandise sale. But this one, recorded Dec. 10 at NPR's Studio One, is the first live show we've recorded on an official studio soundstage, complete with a seated crowd, food and drink for sale, and tickets that had to be purchased in advance. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:59:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 40853 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Time Machines, Time Capsules And A Live Studio Audience Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://nhpr.org/post/indie-pop-albums-make-cut-are-more-mere-collections Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At NPR Music, they're wrapping up the year the best way they know how, with their hotly contested list of their 50 favorite albums of 2013. Now, all this week, we'll get a peak of that list from our in-house experts, including NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson, whose beat is the ever amorphous indie pop, which - Stephen, what exactly is that these days?<p>STEPHEN THOMPSON, BYLINE: I have absolutely no idea. It used to mean accessible but unpopular.<p>CORNISH: OK. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 39910 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Requested Reboots And 'Duck Dynasty' http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-requested-reboots-and-duck-dynasty With intrepid host Linda Holmes trapped in the air-conditioned movie theaters of Toronto, the <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> gang was forced to reconstitute itself yet again for this week's episode — this time with our old pal Tanya Ballard Brown, who returns via the power of popular demand. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 34903 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Requested Reboots And 'Duck Dynasty' Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Blue Jasmine' And A Summer Movie Postmortem http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-blue-jasmine-and-summer-movie-postmortem As summer was giving way to fall, preseason football was giving way to actual football, and Linda Holmes' week was giving way to the Toronto International Film Festival, the <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> gang managed to gather just long enough to look back on a divisive summer full of big, loud, robot-on-robot movies. Our own postmortem can't help but skim past other postmortems — was <em>Man of Steel</em> a hit or a flop? Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 34472 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Blue Jasmine' And A Summer Movie Postmortem Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Shambolic VMAs And Hollywood In The White House http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-shambolic-vmas-and-hollywood-white-house Just a few weeks ago, when Linda Holmes was out of town, we decided to extend the opportunity for a scrappy newcomer named Audie Cornish to get a bit of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/08/06/209588485/pop-culture-happy-hour-the-bridge-and-the-doctors-many-faces">much-needed NPR airtime</a>. Today? She's one of the hosts of <em>All Things Considered</em>. (Okay, she was one of the hosts of <em>All Things Considered</em> before we put her on <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em>, but stick around. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 34114 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Shambolic VMAs And Hollywood In The White House Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Bridge' And The Doctor's Many Faces http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-bridge-and-doctors-many-faces For one more week, our host and pal Linda Holmes has been roaming the desolate plains of Los Angeles at the Television Critics Association press tour, with only catered lunches and lavishly appointed meet-and-greets to provide sustenance.<p>So the rest of the <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> gang must soldier on in her absence, with the aid of a scrappy young newcomer who'd been waiting for her big break in front of a microphone: <em>All Things Considered</em> co-host Audie Cornish. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:20:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 32883 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Bridge' And The Doctor's Many Faces Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Fruitvale Station' And Yelling At Clouds http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-fruitvale-station-and-yelling-clouds It's our 150th episode of <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> — in case you want to visit the "Sesquicentennials" section of your local greeting-card store — and we've celebrated by scattering to the four winds. Host Linda Holmes is still in Los Angeles at the Television Critics Association press tour, while Trey Graham missed this week's taping for daring to visit out-of-town family. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:05:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 32424 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Fruitvale Station' And Yelling At Clouds Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fan Gatherings And Fall Television http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-fan-gatherings-and-fall-television We recorded this week's episode during the brief interregnum between the end of Glen Weldon's trip to the San Diego Comic Con and the beginning of Linda Holmes' two weeks at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles. So it seemed a perfect time to mine the two events for inspiration.<p>First, we get a sense from Glen — whose name is Welsh for "he who is uneasy around people" — of what it was like to be flushed into a sea of 130,000 enthusiastic souls; his answer may or may not surprise you. And, from there, we talk about fan gatherings of many different stripes. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 17:06:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 32031 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fan Gatherings And Fall Television Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The New Black' And Secret Names http://nhpr.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-new-black-and-secret-names With host Linda Holmes taking the week off to focus on suffering and nose-blowing, we needed only to ask our beloved producer Jess Gitner into the room with us to complete a full <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour </em>lineup. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:28:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 31612 at http://nhpr.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The New Black' And Secret Names Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers http://nhpr.org/post/jittery-jams-10-songs-coffee-lovers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb5qqoQgPlk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVGXcjM9SOQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUx5z9O2ZGk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WfQN_M1pQc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZk2LYsBIi8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRxS7Q64xUQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFURd_EOIuU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nzMS_YrgFk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk_wVO7NBMQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oqXVx3sBOk</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 01:52:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 26256 at http://nhpr.org Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 http://nhpr.org/post/baby-bands-pop-stars-and-room-filling-joy-what-expect-sxsw-2013 <em>Listen to Stephen Thompson's conversation with Audie Cornish on </em>All Things Considered<em> by clicking the audio link.</em><p><hr /><p>The South by Southwest music festival kicked off Tuesday with the first of five straight nights of music overload: The clubs, makeshift music venues and front porches of Austin, Texas, were overrun with little-known discoveries-in-waiting and big names alike, as well as tens of thousands of fans who have flocked to the city in search of epiphanies.<p>Finding a prevailing trend at SXSW isn't easy; the festival is like 50 events in one, so it's possible t Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 23646 at http://nhpr.org Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards http://nhpr.org/post/sunday-8-pm-et-spend-grammy-night-staring-screens-us <em>With the conclusion of Sunday night's ceremony, Linda Holmes and I have now live-blogged fully one-eleventh of the Grammy Awards' 55 annual incarnations. Below is our original post and an archived live blog of the telecast:</em><p>For the fifth straight year, whether we're marveling at Taylor Swift's capacity for surprise or trying to figure out what to type during the combined 37 minutes of Bruno Mars performances, we're here to serve your reading-along needs. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 21646 at http://nhpr.org Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards