Stephen Thompson http://wfae.org en Pop Culture Happy Hour: Culture Between The Coasts And Imperfect Fits http://wfae.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-culture-between-coasts-and-imperfect-fits In San Diego or its sprawling surrounding area? Come to the East Plaza Gazebo in Seaport Village (between Village Cafe and Ben & Jerry's) on Saturday morning, any time between 9 and noon PT, to hang out with the <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> gang! It's just an informal meet-and-greet — we wanted a chance to hang out with folks in the area who couldn't get tickets to the San Diego Comic-Con that week — but we'd love to see anyone who's able to swing by. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 55621 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Culture Between The Coasts And Imperfect Fits Pop Culture Happy Hour: For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A http://wfae.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-our-200th-episode-quizzes-and-qa It seems like it's been about 200 weeks since we started hyping the 200th episode of <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em>, and it's finally here. This is the second hour of our June 24 live show in NPR's Studio 1, and it's got a bit of everything — but first, a few announcements.<p>As Linda and I note at the top of the show, PCHH is scheduled to make its New York debut at Brooklyn's <a href="http://www.thebellhouseny.com/">Bell House</a> on Tuesday, August 19. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 55186 at http://wfae.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: For Our 200th Episode, Quizzes And A Q&A NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival http://wfae.org/post/npr-music-returns-2014s-newport-folk-festival The Newport Folk Festival has been around for more than half a century now — this is its 55th year, to be exact — and the event now routinely sells out months before its lineup is even announced. And why shouldn't it? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 55184 at http://wfae.org NPR Music Returns For 2014's Newport Folk Festival Pop Culture Happy Hour: Bucket Lists And Summertime, Live In D.C. http://wfae.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 54705 at http://wfae.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://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