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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.


A New Definition Of Smaug-ness: Movie Sequels And Christmas Music

December 20th, 2013

Episode 339 of 627 episodes

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and special guest Chris Klimek journey into "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug" and the world of movie sequels. What makes them worth it and how do movies like "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo" even happen? Then, they'll get into the holiday spirit by talking about Christmas music — the good, the bad and the ugly. Guest Chris Klimek dissects his recent article on why it's so difficult for a new Christmas song to enter the pop culture canon. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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