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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Viewing Audio: Pop Culture Happy Hour #PCHH

Trey Graham, Mike Katzif, Glen Weldon, Linda Holmes

Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham












Have you followed National Public Radio's Pop Culture Happy Hour weekly podcast? It began in midsummer and continues weekly with (so far) only a one-week break (on December 31). All the shows so far are available for download, and my view is that it's fun to start with the first and savor your way through to the most recent episode, not only because there are occasional references to earlier podcasts in the course of things but also because there's something not to be missed in every show. The event is usually recorded on Monday or Tuesday and then polished to a fare-the-well for the Friday posting. Usual featured folks are "Monkey See" Editor Linda Holmes, Digital Media Editor and Producer Trey Graham, freelance commentator on comics and books Glen Weldon, and NPR Music Editor Stephen Thompson. (The podcast is produced by Mike Katzif.) It should astonish no one that I would listen compulsively due to son Stephen's presence in any case, but even on the one episode without him the show rewarded listening (and by "rewarded," I mean it was packed with insights and laughs enough to lead me to listen to it repeatedly).

In any case, it was a treat to sit in on (and actually provide a brief interlude for) the podcast that was made available for Christmas Eve listening. And I thought it might entertain some to see what I saw in what was, of course, an audio-only event. I have more photos, should folks want to view them - especially considering the fact that the Fancy NPR Microphones block some of the view in one of these photos. (It was only as I prepared to post this that I discovered I hadn't managed to get all the commentators in one shot. So it goes.)

What you hear in the podcast is pretty much what was said, with only occasional pauses to restart a comment that needed restarting. They could do this in front of a live audience. Hey, wait. Come to think of it, they did!

4 comments:

Lori February 15, 2011 at 2:53 PM  

Thanks for the pictures! I actually found your blog (and this post specifically) by doing a Google Image search for Pop Culture Happy Hour. I love the podcast and was curious to see what everyone looks like. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity! :c)

Reading bitch June 2, 2011 at 3:55 PM  

Ditto for me. And I love the show. I've been listening since the beginning. You and Stephen have such a sweet relationship and your Betamax library is awe-inspiring.

BasPerson January 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM  

Maggie, I just started listening to Pop Culture a month ago, and appreciate this show as a "friends around the dinner table" discussion.

And frankly, Stephen's casual references to you warms my heart to the core. His adoration and admiration of you, and willingness to put his joy of having you around - sharing events with you, charms me.

These are the filial relations we should celebrate as evidence of our emotional evolution.

Lovely!

BasPerson January 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM  

Maggie, I just started listening to Pop Culture a month ago, and appreciate this show as a "friends around the dinner table" discussion.

And frankly, Stephen's casual references to you warms my heart to the core. His adoration and admiration of you, and willingness to put his joy of having you around - sharing events with you, charms me.

These are the filial relations we should celebrate as evidence of our emotional evolution.

Lovely!

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