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Linda Holmes

NPR

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Recent:
  • NPR
Past:
  • WBUR
  • WFAE
  • Maine Public
  • WGBH
  • WSHU Public Radio
  • Vulture
  • Storify
  • WNYC
  • WUSF

Recent articles by Linda:

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'The Flight Attendant' Is A Fizzy, Dark And Funny Mystery

Kaley Cuoco plays a messy flight attendant in the HBO MAX series that begins when one very bad night leads to one very rough morning. → Read More

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'Happiest Season' Is A Holiday Family Romcom With A Very Merry Cast

Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis play Abby and Harper, a couple headed home to Abby's parents' house for Christmas. Dan Levy, Victor Garber and Aubrey Plaza are among the terrific supporting cast. → Read More

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Does 'Hillbilly Elegy' Really Have Something To Say?

The book Hillbilly Elegy was a phenomenon in 2016. Writer J.D. Vance wrote about growing up in Ohio and Kentucky, and about his family's struggles with addiction, abuse and poverty. He tried to both explain and critique the white Appalachian experience, to profoundly mixed reviews. Now, a film adaptation on Netflix sticks mostly to the dramatic elements of Vance's story, from his mother's… → Read More

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The Charming 'Dash & Lily' Is Sweet Holiday Goodness

The Netflix adaptation of a novel about a couple of teenagers who communicate by writing in a shared notebook is a well-made limited series with old-fashioned appeal. → Read More

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How 'Ted' Lassoed His Way Into Our Hearts

Ted Lasso knows football, but not, you know, football. He is an American football coach who finds himself in the U.K. coaching soccer in the Premier League. Jason Sudeikis originated the character in a promotional campaign for NBC's soccer coverage back in 2013. Now, Apple has given Ted his own ten-episode underdog sports series, called Ted Lasso. The show follows Ted's first season of play,… → Read More

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The Cider-Sipping, Mitten-Wearing Guide To 2020 Holiday Movies

We've got the goods on a large number of movies coming to cable and streaming over the holiday season, complete with notes to help you find the ones that are right up your alley. → Read More

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Checking In With HGTV And Home Makeover Shows

Whether you live in a big house or a tiny apartment, on a beach or in a bustling city, television is full of opportunities for you to ruminate on your living space. And nowhere is that impulse more prevalent than on HGTV. One of basic cable's most basic networks, HGTV has been handing out advice and house-envy for a long time. We're revisiting our discussion of HGTV and home makeover shows. → Read More

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We Talk 'Queen's Gambit' With Chess Expert And Tiny Desk Winner Linda Diaz

Linda Diaz, who won this year's Tiny Desk Contest at NPR Music, is a chess expert and international chess champion. She sat down to talk with us about the Netflix series The Queen's Gambit. → Read More

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2020 Comedy Special Recommendations

Comedy specials come in many forms. Stand-up, sketch, improv — and there are times when they really come in handy. But there are also so many of them circulating right now that it can be tough to find the ones that are worth your time. We're here to help. We want to share a few specials that have managed to make us laugh in 2020, despite 2020, so that when you have a moment when you can really… → Read More

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Comparing The NXIVM Docuseries 'The Vow' And 'Seduced'

NXIVM gained mainstream attention when several high-ranking members were charged with crimes, including racketeering, forced labor conspiracy and sex trafficking. The group called itself a self-help organization while a lot of other people called it a cult. HBO and Starz both have documentary series about the organization, and they're a little different, but pretty shocking nonetheless. → Read More

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Does 'The Queen's Gambit' Cut It With A Real Champion?

The new Netflix series The Queen's Gambit finds its story in the equally intense if less obviously bruising world of competitive chess. Based on a 1983 novel, it stars Anya Taylor-Joy as a young woman whose brilliance at chess is threatened by trauma and addiction as she goes from child prodigy to international star. We're joined by this year's Tiny Desk Contest winner Linda Diaz, who also… → Read More

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In 'City So Real,' An Election Is Only The Beginning

The Steve James documentary series City So Real is about the 2019 Chicago mayoral election. But its real message is that no one election determines the future. → Read More

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2020 Election Day Distractions

Election Day is stressful. It's full of news that might or might not mean anything. The stakes are high, and the consequences are serious. And whatever you do from that point forward, first, you have to get through today. So we want to offer you some ideas for things you can use purely to manage Election Day itself. To stay away from the incremental updates and the high anxiety until you… → Read More

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'The Great British Baking Show': Still Scrummy Or A Little Soggy?

Whether you like an éclair or a bagel, a biscuit or a Bakewell tart, The Great British Baking Show will bring all your feelings about baked goods to the surface. The hosts have changed, and the challenges have evolved, but it's still about getting that perfect bake. The current season is airing on Netflix, and was filmed in a so-called bubble to protect everyone from the pandemic. It also comes… → Read More

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Sarah Cooper's Netflix Special Is As Weird As 2020, But In The Good Way

Sarah Cooper became famous for TikTok videos in which she lip-synced the president. Now, she's digging deeper into the emotional messes of this year. → Read More

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Does Netflix's 'Rebecca' Live Up To Its Predecessors?

You may know Rebecca as a 1938 novel by Daphne du Maurier. You might know it as a 1940 adaptation directed by Alfred Hitchcock that won Best Picture. But if you've always wanted a version with Armie Hammer playing the role once occupied by Laurence Olivier, Netflix is on it. The new Rebecca stars Lily James as a woman who becomes the second wife of Maxim de Winter, played by Hammer. When she… → Read More

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Goes Daily

Like many of you, the Pop Culture Happy Hour team is socially distancing at home. And we are watching more TV shows and movies than ever before. So that's one of the reasons we are going to start coming to you five days a week. We'll talk about great movies, television, books, music and videogames. So make sure to join us starting Monday, October 26th when Pop Culture Happy Hour goes daily. → Read More

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Is 'The Good Lord Bird' A White Savior Story, or Something Different?

Ethan Hawke plays the abolitionist John Brown in the new series The Good Lord Bird, which traces the events leading up to the 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry. Told from the point of view of a fictional Black teenager nicknamed "Onion," the series has plenty of drama. But it's also a dark comedy about following a leader who's extremely passionate and wildly unpredictable. → Read More

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Enjoying Radha Blank's Sweet 'Forty-Year-Old Version'

In the wonderful new film The Forty-Year-Old Version, playwright Radha Blank plays a variation on herself. In it, the fictional Radha, frustrated by a stall in her theater career, finds a new passion: she becomes a rapper. The Forty-Year-Old Version won the dramatic directing award at Sundance, and now it's on Netflix. It's about getting older, getting honest, and, yes, finding yourself. → Read More

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'Emily In Paris' Is A Painless And Pretty Frolic (And That's About It)

Darren Star, who created Younger and Sex And The City, has a new show on Netflix about a young woman who heads to France for the job of her dreams. → Read More