pop culture http://nhpr.org en Word Of Mouth's Cool Vs. Uncool Quiz With Dan Kois http://nhpr.org/post/word-mouths-cool-vs-uncool-quiz-dan-kois <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After Virginia’s conversation with </span><a href="http://www.slate.com/authors.dan_kois.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Slate senior editor </a><a href="http://www.dankois.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><strong>Dan Kois</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about all things cool, we thought it would be helpful to quiz Dan on what </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">is</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> cool and what is </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">not</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Without further ado, we present Word of Mouth’s “Cool vs. </span>Uncool<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Quiz” with our host Virginia Prescott.</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:11:57 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Logan Shannon 37927 at http://nhpr.org Word Of Mouth's Cool Vs. Uncool Quiz With Dan Kois Meet The Artist Who Was Commissioned To Watch 456 Episodes Of 'Law & Order' http://nhpr.org/post/meet-artist-who-was-commissioned-watch-456-episodes-law-order <p></p><p>In an effort to explore our cultural relationship with computer technology, artist <a href="http://rhizome.org/profile/jeffthompson/"><strong>J</strong><strong>eff Thompson</strong></a> watched 20 years worth of Law &amp; Order – a total of 456 episodes – and <a href="http://rhizome.org/editorial/2014/jan/30/computers-law-order/">documented when computers were used and how</a>.&nbsp; The project was commissioned by the arts and technology organization <a href="http://rhizome.org/">Rhizome</a>.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:29:20 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Sarah Thomas 43810 at http://nhpr.org Meet The Artist Who Was Commissioned To Watch 456 Episodes Of 'Law & Order' Poison: Doctor Who, Zombie Ants, And The Princess Bride http://nhpr.org/post/poison-doctor-who-zombie-ants-and-princess-bride <p>Reptiles are not the only source of poison in the real and imagined universe.&nbsp; Fascination with administering deadly serums, gases, and even fungi has infected pop culture, from episodes of science fiction drama to comedy classics and beyond. It affects alien and human alike in Doctor Who, awaits unleashing from a vial in The Princess Bride, and its natural effects on ants are documented by BBC's Planet Earth. Whether your poison is light-hearted, clever, or downright deadly, there's something for you here. Just don't bother with the antidote; this post is abound with enough poison to keep you captivated.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:18:53 +0000 Sarah Thomas 42563 at http://nhpr.org Poison: Doctor Who, Zombie Ants, And The Princess Bride How Selling Out On TV Became Indie Rock's Saving Grace http://nhpr.org/post/how-selling-out-tv-became-indie-rocks-saving-grace <p>The relatively unknown song "Daylight" by Brooklyn-based band Matt and Kim was featured in a 2009 Bacardi commercial, and by the following year went gold, selling over 500 thousand copies and sweeping Matt and Kim&nbsp;into the mainstream. Not so long ago, selling your music to ad agencies was considered the lowest form of selling out, a sure-fire way to lose hard-core fans. Today many musicians see it as the only way to make a living. And fans, for the most part, seem to be turning a blind eye.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 18:11:32 +0000 Virginia Prescott 38918 at http://nhpr.org How Selling Out On TV Became Indie Rock's Saving Grace Tonight We're Gonna Party 'Til It's 1993? http://nhpr.org/post/tonight-were-gonna-party-til-its-1993 <P>Which year would you call the single most important in US cultural history? <A href="http://nymag.com/arts/art/features/1993-new-museum-exhibit/" target=_blank>Try 1993</A>—life before the internet and pop star designer fragrances.&nbsp; The year that marked the beginning of NAFTA, hope for peace in the Middle East, and a saxophone playing president.</P> <P><A href="http://www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/nyc-1993-experimental-jet-set-trash-and-no-star" target=_blank>“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash, and No Star”</A> is a new exhibition at the New Museum exploring the year they argue changed everything about art, culture, and politics.&nbsp; <STRONG>Margot Norton</STRONG> is Assistant Curator at the <A href="http://www.newmuseum.org/" target=_blank>New Museum</A> and joins us to talk about the art and historical context of the work featured in the show.</P> <P> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:58:47 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22365 at http://nhpr.org Tonight We're Gonna Party 'Til It's 1993? 5 Shows We Hate-Watched in 2012 http://nhpr.org/post/5-shows-we-hate-watched-2012 <P>A new TV trend has emerged, "hate-watching," or staying true to shows that make you feel a little bit bad about yourself the morning.</P> <P>This year we found hate-watch blogs on <A href="http://www.tvguide.com/News/TV-Shows-Hate-Watching-Smash-1047984.aspx">TV Guide, </A><A href="http://www.theroot.com/multimedia/hate-watching-tv-shows">The Root, </A>and TV.com, among other places. We've also compiled our own list, curated by Senior Producer and resident television addict <STRONG>Rebecca Lavoie</STRONG>.</P> <P> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 21:39:04 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 18773 at http://nhpr.org 5 Shows We Hate-Watched in 2012 Goldfish Invaders http://nhpr.org/post/goldfish-invaders <p>A 2004 poll estimated that thirteen percent of American households keep goldfish. Nearly 500 million are sold each year just to feed other pets. How goldfish became America’s go-to pet is a matter of some debate.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:55:16 +0000 Virginia Prescott 16533 at http://nhpr.org Goldfish Invaders Are Re-Runs Good For You? Are Re-Runs Good For You? http://nhpr.org/post/are-re-runs-good-you-are-re-runs-good-you <p>With the glut of content available on Netflix, cable, and even YouTube, summertime&nbsp;TV longer has the monopoly on re-runs. Well, a new study reveals that watching reruns doesn’t only kill time.&nbsp;It may actually be good for you.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.psmag.com/health/rerun-therapy-remote-control-restores-self-control-44378/"><strong>Tom Jacobs</strong></a> is a science writer with <em>Pacific Standard</em>.</p><p>Plus...we did a little&nbsp;man-on-the-street survey about re-runs, asking regular folks, "What show or movie&nbsp;can you watch over and over again?"&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 14:59:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott & Taylor Quimby 11834 at http://nhpr.org Are Re-Runs Good For You? Are Re-Runs Good For You? Robo-Esoterics http://nhpr.org/post/robo-esoterics <p>We take a look at how the archetypical robot/ android identity issues relate to current technology and science fiction.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 15:52:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 5240 at http://nhpr.org Robo-Esoterics