Stephen Thompson http://wfae.org en Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recycling Franchises And Judging Books By Their Covers http://wfae.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 51974 at http://wfae.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://wfae.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 45516 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'House Of Cards' And Pop Culture Punching Bags Playing SXSW 2014? Send Us Your Songs http://wfae.org/post/playing-sxsw-2014-send-us-your-songs Every year around this time, the <em>All Songs Considered</em> team begins the process of listening to nearly 2,000 MP3s by bands playing the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. We acquire them from any number of sources, as bands willing to circulate their songs for consideration make them available online. But every year, we wind up missing something. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 44520 at http://wfae.org Playing SXSW 2014? Send Us Your Songs Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://wfae.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 40862 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Requested Reboots And 'Duck Dynasty' http://wfae.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 35264 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Requested Reboots And 'Duck Dynasty' Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Blue Jasmine' And A Summer Movie Postmortem http://wfae.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 34772 at http://wfae.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://wfae.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 34345 at http://wfae.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://wfae.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 33006 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Bridge' And The Doctor's Many Faces The Good Listener: Are Bands Right To Scold Fans With Cellphones? http://wfae.org/post/good-listener-are-bands-right-scold-fans-cellphones We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid the helpful $40-a-pop reminders not to speed on North Capitol Street is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: a discussion of cellphone recordings at concerts.<p><em><strong>Katherine writes via email: "Last night, I was at a music festival for which <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/26/153706601/the-lumineers-chasing-big-dreams-out-west">The Lumineers</a> were the headlining act. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:26:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 32480 at http://wfae.org The Good Listener: Are Bands Right To Scold Fans With Cellphones? Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fan Gatherings And Fall Television http://wfae.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 32134 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fan Gatherings And Fall Television