Stephen Thompson http://kwit.org en Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recycling Franchises And Judging Books By Their Covers http://kwit.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-recycling-franchises-and-judging-books-their-covers With Glen Weldon tweeting from the various paradises of Barcelona, this week's <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> calls on the services of two familiar <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/">Code Switch</a> pals — Kat Chow and Gene Demby — to discuss the eternal recycling of unlikely pop-culture franchises. Fri, 30 May 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 45616 at http://kwit.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recycling Franchises And Judging Books By Their Covers Indie-Pop Albums That Make The Cut Are More Than Mere Collections http://kwit.org/post/indie-pop-albums-make-cut-are-more-mere-collections Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>At NPR Music, they're wrapping up the year the best way they know how, with their hotly contested list of their 50 favorite albums of 2013. Now, all this week, we'll get a peak of that list from our in-house experts, including NPR Music writer and editor Stephen Thompson, whose beat is the ever amorphous indie pop, which - Stephen, what exactly is that these days?<p>STEPHEN THOMPSON, BYLINE: I have absolutely no idea. It used to mean accessible but unpopular.<p>CORNISH: OK. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 35455 at http://kwit.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Requested Reboots And 'Duck Dynasty' http://kwit.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-requested-reboots-and-duck-dynasty With intrepid host Linda Holmes trapped in the air-conditioned movie theaters of Toronto, the <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> gang was forced to reconstitute itself yet again for this week's episode — this time with our old pal Tanya Ballard Brown, who returns via the power of popular demand. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 30204 at http://kwit.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: Requested Reboots And 'Duck Dynasty' Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Blue Jasmine' And A Summer Movie Postmortem http://kwit.org/post/pop-culture-happy-hour-blue-jasmine-and-summer-movie-postmortem As summer was giving way to fall, preseason football was giving way to actual football, and Linda Holmes' week was giving way to the Toronto International Film Festival, the <em>Pop Culture Happy Hour</em> gang managed to gather just long enough to look back on a divisive summer full of big, loud, robot-on-robot movies. Our own postmortem can't help but skim past other postmortems — was <em>Man of Steel</em> a hit or a flop? Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 29750 at http://kwit.org Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Blue Jasmine' And A Summer Movie Postmortem Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers http://kwit.org/post/jittery-jams-10-songs-coffee-lovers <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb5qqoQgPlk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVGXcjM9SOQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUx5z9O2ZGk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WfQN_M1pQc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZk2LYsBIi8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRxS7Q64xUQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFURd_EOIuU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nzMS_YrgFk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk_wVO7NBMQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oqXVx3sBOk</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 01:52:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 23297 at http://kwit.org Jittery Jams: 10 Songs For Coffee Lovers Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 http://kwit.org/post/baby-bands-pop-stars-and-room-filling-joy-what-expect-sxsw-2013 <em>Listen to Stephen Thompson's conversation with Audie Cornish on </em>All Things Considered<em> by clicking the audio link.</em><p><hr /><p>The South by Southwest music festival kicked off Tuesday with the first of five straight nights of music overload: The clubs, makeshift music venues and front porches of Austin, Texas, were overrun with little-known discoveries-in-waiting and big names alike, as well as tens of thousands of fans who have flocked to the city in search of epiphanies.<p>Finding a prevailing trend at SXSW isn't easy; the festival is like 50 events in one, so it's possible t Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 21506 at http://kwit.org Baby Bands, Pop Stars And Room-Filling Joy: What To Expect At SXSW 2013 Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards http://kwit.org/post/sunday-8-pm-et-spend-grammy-night-staring-screens-us <em>With the conclusion of Sunday night's ceremony, Linda Holmes and I have now live-blogged fully one-eleventh of the Grammy Awards' 55 annual incarnations. Below is our original post and an archived live blog of the telecast:</em><p>For the fifth straight year, whether we're marveling at Taylor Swift's capacity for surprise or trying to figure out what to type during the combined 37 minutes of Bruno Mars performances, we're here to serve your reading-along needs. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:49:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 20093 at http://kwit.org Play-By-Play: Read Along With The Grammy Awards Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' http://kwit.org/post/hail-chipmunks-holiday-classic-re-revisited <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rnPHlOHb7g</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQ_9bL7i-Zs</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:42:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 18238 at http://kwit.org Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks' This One's For The Chicken: A Super Bowl Party With A Purpose http://kwit.org/post/ones-chicken-super-bowl-party-purpose This Sunday will mark the 16th annual installment of "Chicken Bowl," my Super Bowl party, which doubles as a grand fried-chicken-eating contest. As many as 80 friends, coworkers, enablers and hangers-on will cram into my long-suffering house for this noble occasion.<p>But even with all the extravagances I've cobbled together to keep them happy — large TVs, vintage arcade machines, working toilets — there has never been a shred of doubt that chicken is king.<p>I spend more at Popeye's on this particular Sunday than I spend on my wardrobe in a year, so great is the demand. Sat, 04 Feb 2012 11:49:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 3022 at http://kwit.org This One's For The Chicken: A Super Bowl Party With A Purpose Bon Iver On World Cafe http://kwit.org/post/bon-iver-world-cafe <em>This session, from Sept. 2, 2011, is part of our </em>Vintage Cafe<em> series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances.</em><p>It's a stretch to call "Beth/Rest" 2011's most divisive song, but it's hard to discuss <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver" target="_self">Bon Iver</a>'s second album without weighing in on its '80s-style closer. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 07:30:00 +0000 Stephen Thompson 1178 at http://kwit.org Bon Iver On World Cafe