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Pop Culture Happy Hour: In Which We Make New Resolutions And Face Old Ones

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This week's podcast is a bit more contemplative than most, as we go back to the New Year's resolutions we made last time it rolled around to January (we also made some in 2011!) and consider how we did. Some of us set concrete goals while some of us left ourselves a lot of wiggle room, but we all take the opportunity to think about how we did or didn't — sometimes by conscious choice — pursue what we thought we would.

We also, logically enough, take up the task for the upcoming year, returning again to a theme of wanting to find, explore, and share more stuff that we think is wonderful. Basically, it's a very sappy week around the ol' PCHH table, so strap in.

And then, because it's not a 2013 episode without some probably doomed fortune-telling, we make predictions for the coming year. And yes, I give you my projected major Oscar winners before the nominations are even out, and yes, I will probably be wrong because I am a terrible prognosticator, but darn it, when I say I'm going to make a prediction, I'm going to make a prediction. I wear my likely wrongness with pride.

As always, we close the show with what's making us happy this week. For Stephen, it's a new record from an artist he likes a lot; for Trey, it's a show he had abandoned for quite a while; for Glen, it's a new companion; and for me, it's a movie I always meant to see this year and didn't until just lately.

In the meantime, keep in touch with us — you can find us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter: me, Trey, Glen, Stephen, Jess, and our producer emeritus and music director Mike.

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