Pop Culture: Episodes

The winners of this year's Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, biography, history and nonfiction were announced Monday at Columbia University in New York.
Video games are now being patched for problems after they are released, which makes reviewing them difficult. NPR's Arun Rath interviews Chris Kohler of <em>Wired</em> about how to keep game reviews relevant.
The series stars a blind superhero — but at first, it lacked audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Netflix has added that option, but the issue raises larger questions of online accessibility.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Michael Specter, staff writer at <em>The New Yorker</em> about some physicians' calls for Columbia University to sever ties with TV's Dr. Oz.
The host of<em> The Soup</em> co-stars in the thriller <em>Deliver Us From Evil</em>. "I felt like a 12-year-old getting to be in an action film," McHale tells Terry Gross. <em>Originally broadcast June 30, 2014.</em>
The gang discusses the new Netflix superhero series, what happens when the audience knows too much and, as always, what's making us happy this week.
The BBC America series returns for a third season on Saturday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show's dense stories are immensely absorbing, but can make it hard to follow for casual viewers.
Alison Bechdel's bestselling graphic novel memoir about growing up gay with a closeted father doesn't seem like an obvious choice for a musical, but it's coming to Broadway. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.
K-pop — or Korean pop — makes its latest move toward the center of American pop culture with Nickelodeon's new show, <em>Make It Pop.</em> But beyond "Gangnam Style," how did K-pop evolve?
After six seasons on the FX network, <em>Justified</em> ended Tuesday. "What a triumph," says critic David Bianculli who adds that he loved the finale's "touches of grace" and "emphasis on character and tone."
The two play satirical versions of themselves on the new FX show <em>The Comedians</em>. But in real life they share "a lot of commonalities," says Crystal.
Kevin Spacey strangles a dog in the pilot, which creator Beau Willimon says producers balked at because they'd lose viewers. But "why not provide that litmus test right at the beginning?" he says.
For all the unique "Asian-ness" of K-pop, many of its stars are American-born and raised. And now that K-pop's gone global, Asian-American artists are more at home than ever.
Karen Haglof made her name as a guitarist on the ultra-competitive New York no-wave scene of the 1980s. Then she stopped playing and launched a career in medicine. Now she's back with a solo album.
Forget<em> Big Brother </em>and <em>Real Housewives</em>. Local governments and nonprofits are starting to capitalize on our unquenchable thirst for reality programming — in the form of bird nest cams.
Showtime's dramedy <em>Nurse Jackie</em> begins its final season Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show offers television's most realistic depiction of a high functioning drug addict.
Indie animation king Bill Plympton's latest feature, <em>Cheatin'</em>, tells the loopy love story of Jake and Ella, and how their perfect romance fractured. Reporter Jon Kalish visited Plympton in his studio.
Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on <em>Star Trek: Voyager </em>and is a formidable kitchen manager on <em>Orange Is the New Black. </em>But her personal story is more dramatic than any she's ever played on screen.
This week's show is all about FX's new Billy Crystal/Josh Gad comedy, the uses and misuses of cameo appearances, and what's making us happy this week.
HBO's <em>Game of Thrones,</em> <em>Veep</em> and <em>Silicon Valley</em> all start new seasons Sunday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says these three shows just might form the best Sunday night lineup on television this spring.
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