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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.More from Pop Culture Happy Hour »

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Alien: Covenant and Veep

Film critic Chris Klimek joins the panel for a chat about the new Ridley Scott film Alien: Covenant and HBO's Veep.

Alien: Covenant and Veep

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Master of None and Snatched

On this week's show, Gene Demby from NPR's Code Switch and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans join us for a conversation about the second season of Master Of None and the very silly film Snatched.

Master of None and Snatched

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The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy

The panel talks about the harrowing TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, then switches gears to check in on the NBC comedy Great News, from – among others – executive producer Tina Fey. Guests: Code Switch's Leah Donnella and Weekend Edition Books Editor Barrie Hardymon

The Handmaid's Tale and a New Comedy

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell

This week we discuss Marvel's space action-comedy Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Plus, a conversation we recently had in Chicago with comedian and writer W. Kamau Bell.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and W. Kamau Bell

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Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Drax (Dave Bautista) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel hide caption

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Summer Movie Preview 2017

All Things Considered Host Audie Cornish joins us for our annual summer movie preview. We break down what we are excited to watch, what we think will smash box office records, and what we think will lose millions of dollars.

Summer Movie Preview 2017

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The aptly named villain Cipher (Charlize Theron) recruits Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) in The Fate of the Furious. Universal Pictures hide caption

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The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds

Code Switch's Gene Demby and critic Chris Klimek join the gang for a discussion of latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Then, it's time for a discussion of clapbacks and feuds recorded live in Chicago with our NPR's Sam Sanders.

The Fate of the Furious, Plus Clapbacks and Feuds

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Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race

The panel is on the road this week, so we are bringing you two special treats. First, you'll hear an episode of Code Switch that explores how comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity. Then, we revisit our conversation about RuPaul's Drag Race which first aired in 2014.

Changing Colors in Comics and RuPaul's Drag Race

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S-Town and Chewing Gum

The panel dissects the new podcast S-Town, the latest project from the team behind Serial and This American life. Then, they'll chat about Chewing Gum, a british sex comedy that's now streaming on Netflix. Guest: Librarian Margaret H. Willison.

S-Town and Chewing Gum

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Dave Chappelle and CHiPs

First we review Dave Chappelle's new Netflix stand-up specials with Code Switch's Gene Demby and For Colored Nerds co-host Brittany Luse. Then, we discuss the action comedy CHiPs with Morning Edition host David Greene. Plus, what's making us happy.

Dave Chappelle and CHiPs

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Beauty and the Beast & SXSW

The panel discusses a tale as old as time, Disney's remake of Beauty and the Beast. Then, they share what bands and films they saw at SXSW. Guest: Katie Presley, Bitch Media's music editor.

Beauty and the Beast & SXSW

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