Pop Culture: Episodes

PCHH pal and book enthusiast Barrie Hardymon joins us to talk Tudors, historical fiction, and expressive eyebrow acting.
The <em>Family Guy star</em> explains the origins of Lois Griffin's voice, and discusses her new HBO show <em>Getting On. </em>
NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Kelly Carlin, the daughter of the late comedian George Carlin, about the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's unveiling of her father's portrait Friday.
Scads of music recommendations, talk of Austin and Portland, and what's making us happy this week.
On today's Small Batch Edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of <em>The X-Files</em> — a TV show about which he has a podcast.
The FX series, now in its final season, is based on Leonard's novella <em>Fire in the Hole</em>. Showrunner Graham Yost says, "I look at this show as Elmore Leonard's show, and we're all in service of him."
Maybe it's a sign that the U.S. does have influence in the Middle East. Lebanon's newest reality show, <em>The Sisters</em>, might look familiar. It features a trio of sisters who are into fashion big time.
The show's creator had to make a decision: Would a female dog be as funny as a male dog? When it comes to gender in comedy, sometimes animators have more power than they realize.
<em>The Late Late Show with James Corden</em> fills<em> </em>the post-David Letterman time slot on CBS. TV critic David Bianculli says that based on first impressions, Corden will "settle in nicely."
The show revolves around a murder case in which nearly all the characters are part victim and part aggressor. Creator John Ridley and actor Benito Martinez explain.
What's behind the curious food fad of <em>mukbang</em>, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.
In the pre-digital age, shooting video was unwieldy and expensive. But in the late 1960s, storytellers calling themselves "Videofreex" used the first portable video recorders to film a changing world.
Come Monday night, CBS's The Late Late Show will have a new host: James Corden. The British actor told NPR's Scott Simon he's hoping to breathe some fresh air into late night TV.
<em>Childrens Hospital</em> returns to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim for its sixth season Friday. NPR's Eric Deggans spent a day on set and reports on how this niche comedy is swimming against the tide.
On this week's show, we read a book — specifically Nick Hornby's <em>Funny Girl</em>. We broaden out from there to film adaptations of books, and as always, we tell you what's making us happy this week.
With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, <em>Empire</em>, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.
We talk to romance blogger Sarah Wendell about romance fans, romance novels, and some of her top recommendations for fans and new visitors alike.
Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.
The perfect example, says critic David Bianculli, is HBO's <em>The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. S</em>pread out over six weeks, the finale had the most chilling TV moment he's seen in years.
The docu-series <em></em>ended Sunday with murder suspect Robert Durst seeming to admit guilt. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says that moment may also have created a TV genre with its own set of rules.
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