Pop Culture News and commentary on popular culture trends. Download the Pop Culture podcast.

Old-school villains like Dynasty's Alexis Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan (Joan Collins) could always be counted upon to bring some melo- with the drama. Bob D'Amico/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Bob D'Amico/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images

Where Did TV's Villains Go? Monsters, Anti-Heroes And Alexis Colby Carrington

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/492121810/492133118" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Larry Wilmore On Being Nerdy, Breaking Taboos And 'The Nightly Show'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/492000096/492122498" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The cover of Marvel's Civil War II features Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a boxing ring. Artwork by Ramon Perez/Courtesy of Marvel hide caption

toggle caption
Artwork by Ramon Perez/Courtesy of Marvel

Can A Canadian Prime Minister Be An Action Hero? Marvel Comics Thinks So

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491842943/492057178" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Actor Gene Wilder, who entertained audiences with his performances in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, The Producers and Blazing Saddles, died Monday. He was 83 years old. Art Selby & Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Art Selby & Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491944275/491977215" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Drake presents Rihanna with the the Video Vanguard Award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

At MTV's Video Music Awards, It's All About 'Moments'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491736811/491828303" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491730977/491730978" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Actress Constance Zimmer attends the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on on January 17, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. Mike Windle/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mike Windle/Getty Images

First-Time Nominations Reveal The Changing Face Of The Emmys

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491630172/491699670" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Invincible Iron Man — featuring the debut of a new hero, Riri Williams — is one five books Marvel is using to promote science, math, and arts disciplines through a series of covers. Courtesy of Marvel hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Marvel

Nina McLemore's Clothes Are A 'Weapon' Of Powerful Women

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491647613/491647614" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Oakes Fegley is Pete in Disney's Pete's Dragon. Disney hide caption

toggle caption
Disney

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Pete's Dragon' And Kids And Their Monsters

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491377810/491425139" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

RuPaul on the set of his hit reality show, RuPaul's Drag Race. Logo TV hide caption

toggle caption
Logo TV

Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/491338249/491390030" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A screenshot from the video game Fallout 3 of a character standing near a Nuka-Cola machine. Soda machines appear in video games a lot more frequently than Jess Morrissette expected, so he decided to document this phenomenon. @decafjedi/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

toggle caption
@decafjedi/Screenshot by NPR