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First Listen: Joseph, 'I'm Alone, No You're Not'

npr.org — As Joseph, sisters Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner sing in tight harmony, fitting stylistically alongside fellow sister acts like First Aid Kit, Haim, The Staves and Lily & Madeleine. But along the way, they carve out a spot of their own, as they fill their second album with an appealing mix of swoony delicacy and punchy anthems. On I'm Alone, No You're Not, sweetness and power aren't mutually exclusive.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Steven Universe' And The Games We Play

npr.org — Summer has a way of sending the Pop Culture Happy Hour team hurtling across the country, so this episode required a bit of logistical maneuvering: We actually recorded it several weeks ago, just as Linda Holmes and I were about to jet off on separate West Coast jaunts.

First Listen: Lisa Hannigan, 'At Swim'

npr.org — Lisa Hannigan was introduced to the world alongside fellow Irish singer Damien Rice, whose debut album O featured her lilting, haunting voice. In the nearly 15 years since, Hannigan has stepped ever more confidently into a leading role, most notably on her own Sea Sew (2008) and Passenger (2011), but also as a featured performer in the Oscar-winning score for the 2013 film Gravity.

The Daily Show's Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, and Mo Rocca

avclub.com — Credit for The Daily Show's popular ascent and increased acclaim most often falls to quick-witted host Jon Stewart, whose easygoing comic presence and penchant for ad-libbing have been hailed by reviewers and fans since he replaced Craig Kilborn in January 1999.

First Listen: Blind Pilot, 'And Then Like Lions'

npr.org — It's taken Blind Pilot five years to release a follow-up to 2011's We Are The Tide, and the result befits a group that moves at its own pace: And Then Like Lions unfurls slowly and gracefully, its energy directed more toward richness of sound than speed or force.

New Mix: Regina Spektor, Lowell, Angelica Garcia, More

npr.org — On this week's episode of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen and guest host Stephen Thompson play new music from Regina Spektor, experimental rap from Clipping, which features Daveed Diggs of Hamilton, and a great synth track from singer-songwriter Lowell.

MTV Looks To Capitalize On Nostalgia With New 'Classic' Channel

news.wjct.org — In honor of MTV's 35th birthday Monday, the network has launched MTV Classic, a new channel featuring programming from the '90s and '00s. On the same day, we also wish a happy birthday to NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour's Stephen Thompson, who celebrates with an interview on All Things Considered about how MTV Classic is redefining which popular culture fits into the current environment for nostalgia.

MTV Looks To Capitalize On Nostalgia With New 'Classic' Channel

wksu.org — In honor of MTV's 35th birthday Monday, the network has launched MTV Classic, a new channel featuring programming from the '90s and '00s. On the same day, we also wish a happy birthday to NPR Music and Pop Culture Happy Hour's Stephen Thompson, who celebrates with an interview on All Things Considered about how MTV Classic is redefining which popular culture fits into the current environment for nostalgia.

MTV Looks To Capitalize On Nostalgia With New 'Classic' Channel

npr.org — MTV turns 35 years old Monday, and they're marking the occasion with a channel called MTV Classic. The new channel will air MTV programming from the 1990s and 2000s.

Small Batch: The Return Of 'Match Game'

npr.org — Over on cable TV and streaming services, summertime doesn't mean an end to critically heralded programming, as evidenced by the recent return of Mr. Robot (on the USA Network) and the launch of Stranger Things (on Netflix).
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Aug 28, 2016

My son and I pledged not to learn anything while playing Pokemon GO at the FDR Memorial, but we found out he was president and had a wife :(

Aug 27, 2016

@mgiant Every Columbus Day, my kids' schools have open houses, which has meant ATTENDING A DAY OF MIDDLE SCHOOL for the last few years.

Aug 25, 2016

I didn't spill anything on my shirt ALL DAY, and now we're about to begin! Join us!  https://twitter.com/idislikestephen/status/768822858541694976 

Aug 25, 2016

Wearing a shirt with buttons, which means: New PCHH Facebook Live show! 3 p.m. ET. Tell us What's Making You Happy:  http://www.facebook.com/pchh 

Aug 24, 2016

@NoelMu A certain daughter of mine needed THREE ROOT CANALS on her baby teeth, complete with silver caps, so I hear that.

Aug 24, 2016

They're bummed about the foods they can't eat, but my Vitamix makes A+ Milk Dud-Apple-Popcorn-Laffy Taffy Smoothies.  https://twitter.com/idislikestephen/status/768472440804696064 

Aug 24, 2016

@NoelMu TWICE? And you had to pay for it twice, too? Nope nope nope nope nope noooooooooope

Aug 24, 2016

My kids are getting braces at the moment. It'd be hard to watch, but their faces are obscured by cartoon sacks of money with flapping wings.


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