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NPR Music editor, writer, yakker; Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist; long-ago Onion A.V. Club editor; snack-eater; TV-watcher; dad and multicade owner; nap-taker.

Small Batch: The VMAs, From Speeches To Singing To Squads

wnyc.org — · by Stephen Thompson From [ You can hear Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes chat about the VMAs on a Small Batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour by hitting the play button at the top of this post.]

Small Batch: The VMAs, From Speeches To Singing To Squads

npr.org — You can hear Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes chat about the VMAs on a Small Batch edition of Pop Culture Happy Hour by hitting the play button at the top of this post.]

The Good Listener: Should Fans Fear Side Projects?

wnyc.org — · by Stephen Thompson From We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the T-shirt we bought to express our love of goats is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This time around: thoughts on side projects.

The Good Listener: Should Fans Fear Side Projects?

npr.org — We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the T-shirt we bought to express our love of goats is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This time around: thoughts on side projects.
Aug 30, 2015

New Good Listener column for the @allsongs blog: Should Fans Fear Side Projects? npr.org/sections/allso…

First Listen: Lou Barlow, 'Brace The Wave'

npr.org — Lou Barlow's circuitous path as a recording artist has taken him through key roles in Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr., not to mention The Folk Implosion, which cracked the pop charts with " Natural One" back in the '90s.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: The Shambolic VMAs And Hollywood In The White House

npr.org — Just a few weeks ago, when Linda Holmes was out of town, we decided to extend the opportunity for a scrappy newcomer named Audie Cornish to get a bit of much-needed NPR airtime. Today? She's one of the hosts of .
Aug 26, 2015

Facebook just reminded me it was two years ago that we made @arishapiro watch the VMAs. I'm still so proud. npr.org/sections/monke…

Aug 26, 2015

RT @nprmonkeysee: Facebook just reminded me it was two years ago that we made @arishapiro watch the VMAs. I'm still so proud. npr.org/sections/monke…

The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?

wnyc.org — · by Stephen Thompson From The weekend before last, a pro athlete by the name of James Harrison announced on Instagram that he'd returned the participation trophies his kids had received for playing youth sports, writing, "While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy."

The Giant Foam Finger: Is Winning Everything?

npr.org — The weekend before last, a pro athlete by the name of James Harrison announced on Instagram that he'd returned the participation trophies his kids had received for playing youth sports, writing, "While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy."
Aug 25, 2015

On a new Giant Foam Finger, @geedee215 and I tackle one of sports' eternal questions: Is Winning Everything? npr.org/sections/monke… #PCHH

Aug 25, 2015

RT @idislikestephen: On a new Giant Foam Finger, @geedee215 and I tackle one of sports' eternal questions: Is Winning Everything? npr.org/sections/monke… #PCHH

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Straight Outta Compton' And Too Much TV

wnyc.org — · by Stephen Thompson From Linda Holmes is finally back from two and a half weeks cooped up in an L.A. hotel for the Television Critics Association's press tour, but her return coincides with Glen Weldon's vacation, so Linda and I are joined by two guest panelists this week: All Things Considered cohost Audie Cornish and Code Switch blogger Gene Demby.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Straight Outta Compton' And Too Much TV

npr.org — Linda Holmes is finally back from two and a half weeks cooped up in an L.A. hotel for the Television Critics Association's press tour, but her return coincides with Glen Weldon's vacation, so Linda and I are joined by two guest panelists this week: All Things Considered cohost Audie Cornish and Code Switch blogger Gene Demby.
Aug 21, 2015

New Pop Culture Happy Hour! Straight Outta Compton and overly abundant TV with @npraudie and @geedee215: npr.org/sections/monke… #PCHH

Aug 21, 2015

RT @idislikestephen: New Pop Culture Happy Hour! Straight Outta Compton and overly abundant TV with @npraudie and @geedee215: npr.org/sections/monke… #PCHH

Aug 21, 2015

RT @idislikestephen: New Pop Culture Happy Hour! Straight Outta Compton and overly abundant TV with @npraudie and @geedee215: npr.org/sections/monke… #PCHH

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Aug 31, 2015

New Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch, in which @nprmonkeysee and I offer up our annual #VMAs postmortem: npr.org/sections/monke… #PCHH

Aug 30, 2015

My favorite song of the year -- at least the one I enjoy the most in the moment -- is that honeyed silence just after I turn off the #VMAs.

Aug 30, 2015

Miley Cyrus accidentally flashing the #VMAs is the most Miley Cyrus thing ever, right up until the moment she announced that she'd done so.

Aug 30, 2015

These #VMAs ending with an Ed Sheeran win would be like closing a fireworks display by trotting out a donkey with a sparkler in its teeth.

Aug 30, 2015

I will take Kanye West barfing self-contradicting sincerity all over the place over that Rebel Wilson shtick any old day of the week. #VMAs

Aug 30, 2015

@NekoCase I feel like, by live-tweeting the #VMAs, I'm setting the bar so low for caring that I'm qualified to care about ANYTHING.

Aug 30, 2015

Justin Bieber has urged me to "find [my] purpose." Just poured myself some Crunch Berries, so I am WAY ahead of you, kid. #VMAs

Aug 30, 2015

Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber have performed, but Rebel Wilson had the F-word on her shirt so I am SCANDALIZED by tonight's telecast. #VMAs

Aug 30, 2015

Proof the #VMAs aren't making me stupider: I've been watching for 55 minutes and still know things I only barely knew before they began!

Aug 30, 2015

"[Something] Miley Nicki [Something] Taylor [Something]: A Thinkpiece About [Something]." --me pitching at this week's staff meeting. #VMAs


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