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Stephen Thompson

WFAE

Silver Spring, MD, United States

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  • WFAE
  • NPR
Past:
  • knkx public radio
  • 90.1FM WABE
  • TPR News
  • WKSU
  • WLRN
  • gpbnews
  • WBUR
  • KGOU
  • Houston Public Media
  • KUNC
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Recent articles by Stephen:

What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Industry, The Great British Baking Show, and more. → Read More

NPR

Into the raunchy, violent danger zone of 'Archer'

The animated comedy Archer explores the exploits of Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), the world's most dangerous spy. Now in its 13th season, it's a workplace comedy full of guns, sex, and the occasional mad scientist. Created by Adam Reed, the series airs on FXX and streams on Hulu. → Read More

NPR

What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kenan & Kel, and more. → Read More

What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kenan & Kel, and more. → Read More

NPR

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 16

The superstar K-pop girl group BLACKPINK is one of the biggest pop juggernauts in the world, with billions of streams and massive world tours to its name. Born Pink, its second full-length album — and "full-length" is relative here, since we're talking about eight songs in under 25 minutes — promises to further expedite BLACKPINK's domination of the U.S. charts. We've also got new projects from… → Read More

NPR

'The Woman King' reigns supreme

The new movie The Woman King tells the story of the Agojie, a real-life group of women warriors who protected a West African kingdom in the 1820s. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, the film stars Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, Lashana Lynch, and John Boyega – and it mixes bloody battle scenes with discussions of leadership and chosen family. → Read More

NPR

Our pop culture picks for this fall

Today, we're telling you what new shows, movies and albums we're excited about this fall. → Read More

NPR

'Squid Game' is a bloody worldwide sensation

Netflix's Korean drama Squid Game was a worldwide sensation. It's a violent and artful horror series, a survival drama, and a commentary on debt and capitalism. The show earned 14 Emmy nominations, and could make history as the first-ever non-English series to win in the outstanding drama category. In this encore episode, we revisit our conversation about the first season. → Read More

NPR

New Music Friday: The best releases out Sept. 9

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include genre-straddling polymaths Santigold and Sudan Archives, R&B sensation Ari Lennox and more.Featured Albums: Ari Lennox — age/sex/location Featured Songs: "Queen Space (feat. Summer Walker)," "Hoodie" Sudan Archives — Natural Brown Prom Queen Featured Songs: "Copycat (Broken Notions)," "Chevy S10," "Yellow Brick Road, TDLY (Homegrown… → Read More

NPR

'Bluey' is a kids show with lessons for everyone

The children's TV cartoon Bluey centers on a family of four anthropomorphic dogs. Each episode balances gentle humor with some kind of lesson about emotional intelligence. Bluey is an Australian series that first premiered in 2018, and is streaming in the United States on Disney Plus. → Read More

NPR

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 2

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include rapper Psalm One, the veteran metal band Megadeth, English singer Yungblud and more. Featured Albums:1. Yungblud — YungbludFeatured Songs: "Memories (feat. WILLOW)," "Tissues"2. Psalm One X Custom Made — Bigg PerrmFeatured Songs: "Cristalle Jr.," "Pitchfork Score"3. Megadeth — The Sick, The Dying... And The Dead!Featured Songs: "Night… → Read More

NPR

NPR's favorite music of August, from rocking goats to swamp pop

Punches flew from the Mountain Goats, Roc Marciano and The Alchemist teamed up, Tomu DJ took unexpected turns, Julia Jacklin looked deep within, Eli Winter opened up and Tommy McLain returned. Featured Tracks and Artists:1. The Mountain Goats: "Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome" from Bleed Out2. Roc Marciano & The Alchemist: "JJ Flash" from The Elephant Man's Bones 3. Tomu DJ: "Optimistic" from… → Read More

NPR

Re-examining Manti Te'o and 'The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist'

Manti Te'o was a decorated college football player at Notre Dame with a heartbreaking story. Early in his senior year, he had learned on the same day of the deaths of his grandmother and his girlfriend. But a few months later, the story broke that there was no indication that the girlfriend had ever existed, and Te'o was catfished. Now a new Netflix documentary, Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn't… → Read More

NPR

Three great karaoke songs

What makes a good karaoke song? Today, we're suggesting three great songs to sing at karaoke night. → Read More

NPR

The physical media we still treasure

The vinyl record, the CD, the DVD, the VHS tape — even the paper book has been the subject of debate and concern over its future. But we haven't given up our collections just yet. Today we're talking about the physical media we still treasure. → Read More

NPR

New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 26

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week, including the highly anticipated third album by Atlanta rapper J.I.D. and a massive Blondie box set. Featured Albums:1. J.I.D — The Forever Story Featured Songs: "Dance Now," "Better Days," "Raydar"2. Stella Donnelly — Flood Featured Songs: "Lungs," "Morning Silence," "How Was Your Day?"3. Miguel Zenón — Müsica De Las Americas Featured Songs:… → Read More

NPR

'King Of The Hill' endures, 25 years later

This year marks the 25th anniversary of King Of The Hill the animated sitcom King Of The Hill. Created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, the series ran for 13 seasons on FOX from 1997 to 2010, and is now streaming on Hulu. The show is in fictional Arlen, Texas and focuses on the Hill family - Hank, a propane salesman, his wife Peggy, a substitute teacher, their son Bobby, and Peggy's niece,… → Read More

NPR

Best video games of 2022, so far

This summer, NPR asked its staff and contributors: What are the best video games of 2022, so far? Join The Game, NPR's column on games and gaming culture, has the results in a sortable guide of recommendations. Today, we round up a few of those picks, from epic blockbusters to indie favorites that might just win your heart. → Read More

NPR

What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: The Voyeurs, FBoy Island, and more. → Read More

What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening and viewing

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: The Voyeurs, FBoy Island, and more. → Read More