Pop Culture


Wed October 26, 2011
Monkey See

DVD Picks: 'Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection'

Universal Studios

Time for our home video feature, where NPR movie critic Bob Mondello suggests something for those who like to pop their own popcorn and pop in a video. For this Halloween week, Bob suggests sending a shiver up your spine with some classics from: Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection.

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Sun October 9, 2011
Pop Culture

Paul McCartney Might Get Married Today

Security barriers have been put in place outside Marylebone Town Hall in central London in anticipation that Paul McCartney will marry American heiress Nancy Shevell there.

The couple announced their engagement earlier this year. Shevell, 51, would be the former Beatle's third wife.

The couple are reported to be planning a Sunday afternoon reception at McCartney's house nearby in the St. John's Wood neighborhood.

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Fri September 16, 2011
Pop Culture

A Long Time Ago On A Radio Dial Not So Far Away.....

Excerpt from an ad that ran on Saturday, March 21st, 1981
Greeley Tribune

As Star Wars makes its newest & re-mastered appearance on Blu-ray today, we remember the radio play that aired on KUNC. Before CGI, Jar-Jar, and Special Editions, there was an analog friendly version of the trilogy where Han shot first and the Force will be with us, always.

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Sun August 7, 2011
Living Large: Obesity In America

Big, Fat Stereotypes Play Out On The Small Screen

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 5:00 pm

Jackie Gleason (right) played Ralph Kramden — a bumbling but loveable overweight husband — in the 1950s sitcom The Honeymooners. Audrey Meadows co-starred as his wife, Alice.
Paramount Pictures Getty Images

Part of an ongoing series on obesity in America.

About the only thing all real fat people have in common is that they weigh more. Beyond that, they are as diverse in style, background and personality as people who aren't overweight. But on the small screen, fat people get shrunk into the same stereotypes.

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Tue July 26, 2011
Strange News

How Much Would You Pay For Bit Of Balloon Boy Lore?



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

Many people pay to own a piece of history. Chunks of the Berlin Wall, for example, were sold in department stores. Soon you could buy a piece of non-history. In 2009, a couple claimed that a six-year-old boy had gone up with a weather balloon, prompting frantic rescue efforts. Turns out there was no boy onboard. It was a hoax. But a Colorado man paid $2,500 dollars for that balloon at auction. In a few months, he'll chop it up and sell off the pieces.

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