Stephen Thompson


Stephen Thompson is an editor for NPR Music where he writes the advice column “The Good Listener,” fusses over the placement of commas, and appears as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. Thompson is also a panelist on Pop Culture Happy Hour, which he created and developed with NPR correspondent Linda Holmes. In 2008, he and Bob Boilen created the NPR Music video series Tiny Desk Concerts, in which musicians perform at Boilen’s desk.

In 1993, Thompson founded The Onion‘s entertainment section, The A.V. Club, which he edited until December 2004. In the years since, he has provided music-themed commentAaries for the NPR programs Weekend Edition Sunday, All Things Considered and Morning Edition, on which he earned the distinction of becoming the first member of the NPR Music staff ever to sing on an NPR newsmagazine. (Later, the magic of AutoTune transformed him from a 12th-rate David Archuleta into a fourth-rate Cher.) Thompson’s entertainment writing has also run in Paste magazine, The Washington Post and The London Guardian.

Glen Weldon


Glen Weldon is a regular panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. He also reviews books and movies for NPR.org and is a contributor to NPR’s pop culture blog Monkey See.

Weldon is the author of The Caped Crusade: Batman And The Rise Of Nerd Culture and Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, a cultural history of the iconic character. His fiction and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, Story, McSweeney’s, The Dallas Morning News, Washington City Paper, and many other publications. He is the recipient of an NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, a Ragdale Writing Fellowship and a PEW Fellowship in the Arts for Fiction.

Over the course of his career, he has spent time as a theater critic, a science writer, an oral historian, a writing teacher, a bookstore clerk, a PR flack, a seriously terrible marine biologist, and a slightly better-than-average competitive swimmer.

Linda Holmes


Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR’s entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See and hosts NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Holmes was a writer and editor at Television Without Pity, where she recapped several hundred hours of programming — including both High School Musical movies, for which she did not receive hazard pay. Since 2003, she has been a contributor to MSNBC.com, where she has written about books, movies, television, and pop-culture miscellany.

Holmes’ work has also appeared on Vulture, in TV Guide, and in many, many legal documents.