Pop Rocket

Pop Rocket

By MaximumFun.org

Pop culture discussion with Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson

Episodes

The Final Episode

**Warning - this episode contains lots of tears** For the final episode of Pop Rocket, the panel convene to give listeners one last All About, one last Jam, and they look back at the past four and a half years, and all the various milestones they’ve shared with one another and their listeners while doing the show--marriages, deaths, birth, book deals, finding a new home, and so many other memories. It’s raw. It’s wonderful. In addition, we’ll hear phone calls from listeners and friends of the show about what Pop Rocket meant to them. Plus, Guy shares the best abortion joke he’s ever heard. Lastly, Wynter and Karen reveal their new, upcoming podcast, and how you can stay in touch with them beyond Pop Rocket. ALL ABOUTS Margaret: Broad City series finale Karen: Gentleman Jack Wynter Veep Guy: Long Shot That's My Jam Margaret: George Harrison-If Not for You Karen: The Postal Service - Such Great Heights Guy: Christine Anu, David Hobson - Now Until the Break of Day Wynter: Sid Vicious - My Way   Announcement Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh have a new podcast in the works called Waiting to X-hale     Waiting to X-hale Podcast   Waiting to X-hale is a brand new woman-of-color driven podcast hosted by Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Karen Tongson, revisiting the pop culture and transformative social issues that defined Generation X. Our discussions, debates, and instructional interludes will let you see your favorite (and least favorite) aspects of GenX culture in a way that sheds new light on both then, and now. A special preview episode is dropping in early June with regular episodes recurring after Karen returns from her book tour in July. For more information, sign up for the Waiting to X-hale newsletter, and follow the show on Twitter: @waiting2xhalepd With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh Produced and edited by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.  
24/05/19·1h 13m

Ep 224 - What’s in the Cards for the Pop Rocket Panel w/ The Oracle of LA

**Angelenos: Tonight (May 17th) at 7pm Guy and Karen will have a conversation about Why Karen Carpenter Matters at Book Soup in West Hollywood.** In this penultimate episode, the Pop Rocket panel seeks guidance from The Oracle of LA, Amanda Yates Garcia. Each panelist pulls a card from the Oracle’s tarot deck, and gets an individual reading. What’s next for everyone? The answer’s in the cards. Also, Karen Tongson tells us about her phone call with Elizabeth Warren this week. Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren called Karen Tongson on the phone. Personally. Listen to hear how it went down. If you were as impressed with Amanda’s reading as the panel was, you can subscribe to her podcast Strange Magic. Lastly, if anyone wants to ask the panelists for advice--about anything!--you’ve got less than 24 hours to call and leave a message with Guy’s mom: (530) 237-4108 That's My Jam Margaret: Weyes Blood (Natalie Mering) -A Lot’s Gonna Change Guy: Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut to the Feeling Karen: Vampire Weekend (wth Danielle Haim) - We Belong Together Song: IN: 1:38 - Fade 2:19 Amanda: Alice Coltrane -Govinda Jai Jai With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Amanda Yates Garcia, The Oracle of LA Produced and edited by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
17/05/19·1h 22m

Ep 223 - Charlie Says with Screenwriter Guinevere Turner

This is the first of our three final episodes, and we’re joined by screenwriter Guinevere Turner (American Psycho,Go Fish) whose latest film Charlie Says just came out today, May 10th. As “budding cult-ologist” MagWaps notes, “if you think you’ve heard everything on the Mansons, trust me, this movie takes a different view.” Having grown up in a cult, Guinevere was able to draw from her experiences and insight to tell the story from the point of view of the women who were targeted and groomed by Manson, and killed for him. It’s a fascinating discussion. Plus, the panel convened once again to vote on another Pop Rocket Seal of Approval. The final three nominees were Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Catherine O’Hara. There are two more Pop Rocket episodes to go in its nearly five-year run. If you’d like to share with the panelists what this show meant to you, or tell them about your favorite episodes, you can call Guy’s mom and leave a message at: (530) 237-4108 You can also email poprocketpodcast@gmail.com a recording of your message made with your phone’s voice memo app. If you haven’t already, please make sure to follow all four panelists on social media. You can find their Twitter handles below. That's My Jam Margaret: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues Guy: John Cale - Paris 1919 Karen: Heart - Never Wynter: Tame Impala - Borderline Guinevere: King Princess - 1950 With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Guinevere Turner Produced and edited by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
10/05/19·1h 6m

Ep 222 - Game of Thrones w/ Laura Krafft & Sarah Kessler

First off, you're welcome Game of Thrones fans. This is a super-sized Pop Rocket loaded with theories, speculation, and yes, even love. While Wynter and Karen were away, Margaret and Guy tapped two die-hard fans for a full-on discussion of the series and their thoughts now that the first two of the last six episodes have aired. Assembled in the studio this week: Guy "I've read all the George R.R. Martin books in the series" Branum Sarah "I'm in a viewing group with a gaggle of lesbians and their gaybies" Kessler Laura "I prepared delicious direwolf-shaped crackers" Krafft Margaret "I host GoT viewing parties at my house" Wappler This episode will reveal which Game of Thrones character Guy has dressed up for--TWICE!--for Halloween. Sarah finds one GoT character extremely annoying, and it's not Bran. Laura pines for a Winterfell man she fears will die in the next episode, and Margaret is pretty sure she knows who will take the throne. This was a raucous, expansive conversation that will both delight and frustrate Game of Thrones fans. All Abouts Margaret: The podcast Going Through It hosted by Ann Friedman Guy: Chasten Buttigieg’s Twitter account Sarah: Dr. Pimple Popper, now on Hulu Laura: The FX show What We Do in the Shadows That's My Jam Guy: Lizzo - Better in Color Margaret: FKA Twigs - Cellophane Sarah: Rusted Root - Send Me on My Way Laura: Stone Roses - Fool’s Gold With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Sarah Kessler, Laura Krafft Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced and edited by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
26/04/19·1h 10m

Ep. 221 - The New Negroes & Black Sketch Comedy

This week Wynter and Karen chat with Ellington Wells, a comedian and writer on Comedy Central’s brand new sketch show The New Negroes with Open Mike Eagle and Baron Vaughn. The panel takes a look at how black sketch comedy has involved and Wells tell us what Robert Townsend TV special inspired Vaughn to create a show with a similar sensibility. All Abouts Wynter: No Good Nick Karen: Season 4 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Ellington: Britney's Gram podcast special episode That's My Jam Ellington: Ava Max - Sweet But Psycho Guy: BTS (방탄소년단) IDOL (Feat. Nicki Minaj) Wynter: Nat King Cole - Harlem Blues Karen: An Luu - Pourquoi tu me fous plus des coups? With Karen Tongson, Ellington Wells, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced and edited by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
20/04/19·52m 38s

Ep. 220 - Killing Eve & the Asian Woman with Amazing Hair

**ANNOUNCEMENT: The nomination process is now open for the next Pop Rocket Seal of Approval. This quarter we’re looking for veterans with a large body of work who have been underappreciated and haven’t received the acclaim that their body of work and stellar character deserve. If you want to submit a name, you must call and leave a message on Guy’s mom’s voicemail to tell us who you’d like to nominate and why. That number is: 530-237-4108** This week we’re joined by food writer Tien Nguyen whose love of food is only rivaled by her admiration of Sandra Oh, an Asian woman with amazing hair. We talk about Oh, her hair and why Killing Eve is killing it for the panel. Why is this show unlike any other in the spy genre? The panel has a lot of insight on this. Also, Wynter admits she was wrong for not embracing the show sooner. All Abouts Karen: Survivor Season 38: Edge of Extinction Wynter: Wynter is all about Joe Bob Brigg’s show The Last Drive-In on Shudder Tien: Kim-Joy’s new cookbook Baking with Kim-Joy   That's My Jam Karen: Weyes Blood’s “A Lot’s Gonna Change” Wynter: Moon Boots - Keep the Faith Tien: Aretha Franklin - Jumpin’ Jack Flash With Karen Tongson, , Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Tien Nguyen Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced and edited by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
12/04/19·1h 2m

Ep 219 - 1991 in Music

Take a trip down memory lane with Wynter, Karen and Margaret as they revisit 1991 in music. If you’ve ever been curious what song was playing when Karen experienced her first same sex kiss, tune in. If you grew up in the nineties, this episode will bring you back to that moment in time. If you spent your formative years in the aughts, and want to experience the 90s vicariously through Pop Rocket, the panel goes into great detail about what makes 1991 such a pivotal epoch, giving us grunge, new jack swing, schmaltzy ballads and music fans that could embrace Nirvana, Boys II Men, C+C Music Factory and REM at once. As an added bonus, we created a Pop Rocket 1991 Mixtape that you can listen to on Spotify. All Abouts Margaret is on thatPen15 tip, and reliving those awkward middle school years via Maya and Anna Karen is all about the season three episode of This Is Us, entitled R & B Wynter has fallen hard for Celine Dion after attending an event with the Québécoise chanteuse to promote her new album and tour That's My Jam Karen: Cathy Dennis - Too Many Walls Wynter: Tame Impala - Patience Margaret: Billie Eilish - Bad Guy Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced and edited by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
05/04/19·59m 21s

Ep 218 - Jordan Peele’s Us

Pop Rocket’s come early this week! Alonso Duralde guest hosts for this, our second week of the MaxFunDrive. The deadline for supporting this show is fast upon us, so if you haven’t yet become a new or upgrading member, do it now! Go to our donation page. You can donate while listening to this special Thursday edition of the show. This episode has something for everyone--sapphic sisters, metal heads, Hallmark Channel enthusiasts and, of course, horror buffs. One note of caution: There are spoilers, so if you haven’t yet seen Us, and you want to see it before learning about any of its twists and turns, you should skip the discussion. If you HAVE seen it, brace yourself for the in-depth discussion. Does this movie live up to its hype? Is the symbolism in the movie effective? Why does Wynter think she has to watch it again? These questions, and more, will be answered. All Abouts Margaret is all about Amanda Deibert's defense of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, in response to a negative article in Jezebel Karen is all about Scary Spice Mel B's confession that she hooked up with Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell Alonso is all about Hallmark hiring the hosts of the Hallmark podcast The Bubbly Sesh Wynter is all about the Netflix Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt That's My Jam Margaret: James Blake - Power On Karen: Mel C. and Northern Star (feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) - Never Be the Same Again Alonso: XTC - The Wheel and the Maypole Wynter: Lil Nas X - Old Town Road
28/03/19·1h 9m

Ep. 217 - Pop Rocket Goes to USC to Teach the Kids Why Pop Culture Matters

It’s the first live episode of Pop Rocket. Professor Karen Tongson invited the panel to give a lesson on why pop culture matters, with a focus on the past decade. You’ll learn what pop culture of the 2010s will last, and what culture won’t be remembered. Plus we’ll hear from some of Karen’s students, including a special jam brought to the show by Clayton. You won’t want to miss this must-listen episode! All Abouts Margaret: Out for Blood Karen: Shrill Wynter: The Fox-Disney merger That's My Jam Margaret: Lizzo - Cuz I Luv You Clayton: 4 Non Blondes - What’s Up Wynter: Beyonce feat. Frank Ocean - Superpower Karen: Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
23/03/19·1h 8m

Ep. 216 - Lady Vengeance: From Bobbit and Beyond

In honor of Women’s History Month, the panel lives vicariously through women who sought revenge, from Lorena Gallo (formerly Bobbit), to Thelma & Louise. They touch on their favorite films centered around women seeking revenge...or, perhaps more accurately, justice. All Abouts Margaret: Uncover: Escaping NXIVM Karen: “Operation Varsity Blues”, aka the college admissions scandal Wynter: Free Solo Guy: Zumbo’s Just Desserts That's My Jam Margaret: Pistol Annies - Got My Name Changed Back Guy: Carly Rae Jepsen - Now That I Found You Wynter: Work - Charlotte Day Wilson Karen: Cate le Bon’s - I Just Wanna Be Good With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
16/03/19·57m 20s

Ep. 215 - Dame Angela Lansbury with April Wolfe and S.A. Smythe

When she was 17, Dame Angela Lansbury quit her job at a department store to take a part in a movie, as 17-year-olds are wont to do. She played a young maid to Ingrid Bergman’s character in Gaslight, a film that garnered seven Oscar nominations and two wins, including one for Best Actress for Bergman. It’s the typical tale of a young actress trying to make it big and having to struggle, role after role after role after role, to hold her own on screen with the most celebrated actors in the world, on Oscar-winning film after Oscar-winning film. She’s now 93 years old and has been in the business for nearly eight decades, dominating the big screen, the small screen and the stage. For this episode of Pop Rocket, we felt it important to give Dame Lansbury’s career a discussion worthy of the legend that she is, and we couldn’t do it by ourselves. We needed to bring in the biggest Fangelas we could find outside of her immediate family: April Wolfe and S.A. Smythe, two individuals that get positively giddy noting which Murder She Wrote episodes comment on on colonialism and the prison industrial complex. You guys, this is such a great episode, and that’s not even including everyone’s All Abouts!
09/03/19·1h 5m

Ep. 214 - We Marie-Kondo the Oscars w/ Matt Rogers

Matt Rogers joins us to help tidy up the Oscars. The 91-year-old institution has gotten a bit cluttered, so the Pop Rocket panel applies the KonMari Method to the Academy Awards. We’ll keep everything that sparks joy, and the rest will be dropped off at an Out of the Closet in a Hefty bag. Will the short film and animated short categories survive? What about song and dance numbers? Find out. Let us know if you agree with the panel, or take issue by sharing your thoughts in the comments section below. All Abouts Guy remembers his friend and beloved comedian Brody Stevens, who died by suicide last week. Wynter is all about Kind Hearts & Coronets. Margaret wants everyone to take a moment to appreciate actress and wordsmith Dame Emma Thompson for her recent letter to Skydance detailing why she will not work with John Lasseter. Karen Tongson is NOT about the speculation that Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are boffing. And for everyone going gaga over their duet, she reminds us of another live performance with off the charts chemistry, Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond at the 1980 Grammys singing You Don't Bring Me Flowers Matt Rogers, the self-described “roller coaster bitch” is all about Hagrid Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride that’s coming to Disneyworld.
02/03/19·1h 2m

Ep. 213 - Horror Noire with Tananarive Due

We’ve got a SCREAMINGLY great episode this week as the wonderful Tananarive Due joins us in studio for a deep cinematic dive into the world of black horror. Tananarive Due is the UCLA lecturer whose class on Get Out--The Sunken Place--was crashed by non-student Jordan Peele . She is also the executive producer of Shudder’s very first original documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. The panel cover A LOT of ground. For horror buffs and cinephiles alike, this episode is a MUST-LISTEN. All Abouts Margaret Wappler - The Bodyguard on Netflix Karen Tongson -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLkEpO3k514 on Hulu Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh - Lorena on Amazon Prime 14:00 Tananarive Due - The Passage on Fox Jams Karen - Lion - You've Got a Woman Tananarive - Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two Wynter - James Brown - Living In America Margaret - Orion Sun - Stretch With  Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh Karen Tongson Margaret Wappler Tananarive Due Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
23/02/19·1h 4m

Ep: 212 - The Fifth Annual Pop Tart Awards!

Are you ready for the 64th most electrifying show in Hollywood? Well get ready because it’s here, in your podcatcher: The Fifth Annual Pop Tart Awards! The panel comes together to recognize the best of the best in TV, film and everything else entertaining. What will take home the Warm Blanket Award for fuzzy comfort entertainment? Who delivered the best performance of the year? Could the panelists find consensus on the best album of the year? Barely. Plus, a bona fide celebrity makes a cameo that...Will. Blow. Your. Mind. And if not, it will at least make you smile. Lastly, we encourage any and all winners of a Pop Tart to call in with your acceptance speech. Note, however, that if your speech runs long, we'll have to play you off with music. If you received an award, call us at: 530-237-4108. 
16/02/19·1h 7m

Ep: 211 - Mega Movie Catch-up Edition

On this week’s show, the panel play catch up. Each panelist was assigned to watch one film from this past year they missed when it was still in theaters. At the behest of Guy, Margaret watched Can You Ever Forgive Me. Karen Tongson was assigned Roma, but decided she wanted to check out Support the Girls, so Wynter was tapped for Roma instead. Lastly, both Wynter and Karen wanted to talk to Guy about A Simple Favor. Each panelist reported back. Who thought Roma was too slow? Did Margaret show enough love for her pick? And what did Karen appreciate most about the breastaurant drama? **Spoiler Alert** If you haven't seen Roma, you may want to skip that part of the discussion. All Abouts Margaret - Velvet Buzzsaw Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh - Russian Doll Guy Branum - Season 5 of Schitt’s Creek Karen Tongson - Showtime’s Black Monday That's My Jam Karen Tongson - Sylvan Esso - PARAD(w/me)E Margaret Wappler -  Maggie Rogers - Alaska Guy Branum - Liam Payne - Strip That Down Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh - Sampha - Treasure
09/02/19·1h 4m

Pop Rocket Ep 210 - The State of Adam McKay & Terry Crews Gets a Vote for PRSOA

Will Terry Crews receive the second-ever Pop Rocket Seal of Approval? Why wasn't Margaret on this week's show? Is Adam McKay a craftsman or an artist? These questions and more will be answered on this week's Pop Rocket! Plus, in the wake of the PRSOA "Bloom backlash", the voting process has been amended. Tune in to find out how, and when there will be another nomination period. That's My Jam Wynter: Summer Walker - Girls Need Love Karen: James Ingram - Just Once Guy: RuPaul (feat. Myah Marie) - Adrenaline With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
02/02/19·59m 19s

Pop Rocket Ep 209 - SchadenFYRE - The Most Epic Fyre Fest Discussion Ever

This week's show is a double dose of schadenfreude! The gang compares the dueling documentaries Hulu's "Fyre Fraud" and Netflix's "Fyre," which tell different versions of the tropical shit show that landed its mastermind Billy McFarland behind bars. All Abouts Wynter is all about Crashing and True Detective. Margaret is all about the memoir Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer, who you may recognize from her article in the Paris Review What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men. Karen is all about CATWALK: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit on Netflix, and the rivalry between a “well-muscled” Turkish Angora named Bobby, and a voluminous Red Persian named Oh La La . Guy is all about Sex Education on Netflix. That's My Jam Wynter: Phil Collins - I'm Not Moving (Idjut Boys remix) Karen: Queen - Play the Game Margaret: ROSALÍA - MALAMENTE Guy: Mark Ronson (feat. Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
26/01/19·1h

Pop Rocket Ep - 208 Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Once again we’re firing on all cylinders this week! It’s an ultra-packed show covering everything from The Masked Singer, Surviving R. Kelly, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. and the need to move beyond moralistic posturing in critiquing comedy. The panel get into a lively discussion of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix show. One panelist loves it, one panelist thinks it’s “sinister”, and a panelist named Guy is so obsessed with one of the families featured on the show he couldn’t stop talking about them. All Abouts Margaret shares her thoughts on the heartbreaking and disturbing six-part series Surviving R. Kelly Guy is all about the 1998 film The Opposite of Sex, and explains how Terry Gross’ recent conversation with Kevin Hart made him appreciate it more. Wynter is all about the M.I.A. documentary. And Karen loves the new reality singing competition show The Masked Singer.
19/01/19·1h 4m

Pop Rocket Ep. 207 Highlights & Lowlights of The Golden Globes & Netflix’s Bandersnatch

The ENTIRE PANEL is back together for a jam-packed episode! They talk Golden Globes, Bandersnatch and react to some of the commercial jingles you beautiful listeners sang to us on the Pop Rocket voicemail line. All Abouts Wynter, fresh off a romantic holiday trip to Paris, is all about the Louis Vuitton Foundation's Basquiat exhibition Guy is all about Can You Ever Forgive Me Margaret is all about Regina King's Golden Globes speech Karen thinks everyone should check out the new Aussie show Instant Hotel on Netflix That's My Jam Margaret: Sleater Kinney - Oh! Guy: Lizzo - Juice Karen: Mitski - Nobody Wynter: Listener Temple’s rendition of Attorney Hal Cook’s commercial jingle from Little Rock, Arkansas With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
12/01/19·1h 2m

Pop Rocket Ep. 206 Pop Culture Resolutions for 2019

Guy Branum is back for our first episode of 2019! Sadly, Margaret couldn’t join us because #health and Wynter was busy being a jet setter. This week, the panelists share their pop culture resolutions for 2019, and own up to resolution fails from the past year. Writer and comedian Tara Jepsen joins us in studio and Guy is awed by the combined power of her and Karen’s “lesbian efficiency.” If you're curious about what Guy has been up to these past couple months, he catches us up. Spoiler alert (though not really): He consumed a lot of theater. In particular, he saw Matthew Lopez’s seven-hour, two-night play The Inheritance, and had LOTS of opinions about it. From “learn more commercial jingles” to “master a new recipe a month,” the panel reveals an ambitious list of resolutions they may or may not be able to stick with for an entire year. All Abouts Karen is all about Bird Box the new Netflix thriller starring Sandra Bullocks. Tara is all about hating a bootleg recording of a recent standup set by disgraced comedian Louis C.K.. Guy is all about The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez, which is loosely based on Howard's End. Call to Action Inspired by one panelist’s resolution to learn more commercial jingles, we are asking Rocketeers to call in and sing their favorite jingles on the Pop Rocket voicemail. We want to hear those jingles that will forever be lodged in your brain. That's My Jam Guy: Janet Jackson -Together Again Tara: Hey Jellie - Going Back Karen: Labi Siffre - Watch Me With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Tara Jepsen. Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
04/01/19·1h 7m

Pop Rocket Ep. 205 The Pop Rocket Holiday Playlist Spectacular

Happy Holidays, everyone! Wynter and Karen are joined by special guest panelists Tre’Vell Anderson (Director of Culture and Entertainment at Out Magazine) and 'Who Shot Ya?'s' Alonso Duralde to create the ultimate holiday playlist. Each panelist created a top ten list of their favorite holiday songs, out of which they’d select twenty for inclusion in the official Pop Rocket Holiday Playlist. Well, that was the plan, anyway. In practice, when faced with making the tough choices, they flopped. Whose version of "Sleigh Ride" should be on the playlist: Andy Williams’s, Ella Fitzgerald’s or TLC’s? Spoiler alert: They couldn’t decide. Plus, the panelists describe their holiday family traditions, and if you’ve ever been curious what the most popular Philippine Christmas song is, resident scholar Karen Tongson reveals the answer. From Ella Fitzgerald to Donny Hathaway, from the Morehouse Glee Club to Quad City DJs, the variety of musical stylings in this episode will get your feet tappin'. All Abouts For the last All Abouts of the year, each panelist picked one thing in 2018, that they could watch, listen to, read, or consume, OVER & OVER again. Alonso is all about the Amber Ruffin segment on Late Night With Seth Meyers - 'Amber Says Why' Karen is still all about the series finale of The Americans. Tre’Vell is awed by EVERYTHING about Cardi B, but especially her recent appearance with James Corden in Carpool Karaoke. Wynter can’t stop watching Mission Impossible: Fallout.   That's My Jam For this week’s jams, each panelist picked a song that best summed up the year that was 2018. Karen: Sound of Music Soundtrack - So Long, Farewell Tre’vell: Fantasia - Lose to Win Alonso: Lizzo - Good as Hell Wynter: Drake - Nice for What Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback, or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
22/12/18·55m 7s

Pop Rocket Ep. 204 From Dafoe’s Van Gogh to Hayek’s Frida: A Look at Hollywood’s Attempt to Make Art about Artists

How right, but mostly how wrong, does Hollywood get it when it comes to capturing artists in film? Margaret Wappler asks these very questions of her esteemed panel. And this, the panel is comprised of LA Times staff writer Carolina Miranda, who covers visual arts, culture and architecture, media scholar and TV critic Sarah Kessler--filling in for her under-the-weather wife Karen Tongson--and Cal Arts professor and visual artist David P Earle, who is better known to Pop Rocket listeners as father to Silas and husband to our very own Margaret Wappler. From Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner to Antonio Banderas's Golden Globe-nominated performance in Genius: Picasso, the crew highlights all the tired tropes Hollywood can’t resist when depicting artists. They’ll tell you about the films that get it right, and the films that get it deliciously wrong. Plus, why are all the portrayals of Andy Warhol on the big screen so...different? Was the real Andy Warhol more like Crispin Glover in The Doors or David Bowie in Julian Schnabel's Basquiat? Does Salma Hayek really do Frida justice? And which actress nails the stereotype of the insufferable, pretentious artist on the head? Join us as we try to suss out: is art about art art, or t-shirt at the giftshop bullshit? All Abouts Sarah is all about Valerie Solanas's SCUM Manifesto with forward by Michelle Tea. Carolina is all about narco-novelas, in particular Netflix's Narcos: Mexico starring Diego Luna. David is all about his algorithmically generated list of top songs of 2018 from Spotify. Margaret is all about the 18th century period piece The Favourite, a feminist reimagining of Queen Anne's court starring Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman. That's My Jam Sarah - Laura Branigan - Gloria David - Saba - LOGOUT Carolina - The Bucketheads - The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall into My Mind) Margaret- Katzù Oso - Crazy4luvinU With Margaret Wappler, David Earle, Carolina Miranda, and Sarah Rebecca Kessler. Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
14/12/18·55m 56s

Pop Rocket Ep. 203 Bravo’s Dirty John & Our True Crime Obsession w/ Sarah Kessler

Guests:     Karen Tongson    Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh    Sarah Kessler We're getting down into the down and dirty story Dirty John, the new Bravo show based on the LA Times and Wondery podcast of the same name. Joining us in the discussion this week is media scholar and TV critic Sarah Kessler who happens to also be married to our very own Karen Tongson. Dirty John is the true crime story about Debra Newell, a successful Orange County businesswoman who seemed to have everything going for her except when it came to love. In her middle age, she began online dating and met this guy who her two daughters found extremely shady. Obviously, throughout the course of the limited series starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana, she and we find out why. We take a deep dive into what it is that titillates and draws us into the dark and disturbing world of true crime. The panel takes a look at podcasts like Teacher's Pet, Serial and Bear Brook, among others, as well as shows such as Making a Murderer, Lifetime’s A Woman Scorned and the sensational, made-for-tv accounts of the most notorious serial killers. What does true crime tell us about women and what does it tell women to watch out for? Find out! List of All the True Crimes Stories Referenced in the Episode Serial Bear Brook Teacher's Pet Atlanta Monster Star 80 Fall of a Titan: The Steve McNair Story In the Dark Crime & Scandal: Chris Watts All Abouts Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh is all about the interpersonal dynamics at play at H.W. Bush’s funeral. Sarah Kessler is all about My Brilliant Friend on HBO based on the bestselling series by Elena Ferrante. Karen Tongson is all about a recent stand-up set she saw of Aparna Nancherla. That's My Jam Sarah Kessler - Stereolab - Outer Accelerator Wynter - Grace Jones - Slave to the Rhythm Karen Tongson - Juliana Hatfield - A Little More Love With Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Sarah Rebecca Kessler. Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
08/12/18·1h 14m

Pop Rocket Ep. 202 Holiday Horror w/ Ricky Carmona

It's well known in the Rocketeer community that our host this week, Wynter Mitchell-Ragnarok, is a huge horror buff. She watches two to three a week, and she is running out of horror flicks to watch on all the streaming services. Send her your recommendations! In the meantime, Wynter forced Karen, Margaret and Who Shot Ya?’s Ricky Carmona to subject themselves to some of her favorite movies from the holiday genre, such as Black Christmas, Silent Night, Deadly Night, and their sequels. Our special guest this week is the hilarious Ricky Carmona, the host of the Maximum Fun movie podcast Who Shot Ya? and he's also a staff writer on the Comedy Central TV series Tosh.0. All Abouts Margaret is all about ROMA, a new film by acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón. The movie is heavily based on his childhood in Mexico City in the 1970s and his family's live-in housekeeper. Karen has a backhanded All About on Netflix's bro-y, new food competition show The Final Table. Ricky is all about Adam Sandler's latest stand-up comedy special also on Netflix called 100% Fresh. Wynter is all about season 1 of the USA Network crime drama The Sinner starring Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman. That's My Jam Margaret - Phosphorescent - New Birth in New England. Karen - This Is Me (Reimagined Remix) - Keala Settle, Kesha & Missy Elliott Ricky - Sounds of Blackness - Optimistic Wynter - Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Great to Be Here With Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler , and Ricky Carmona/a>. Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
30/11/18·1h

Pop Rocket Ep. 201 Our Awkward Thanksgiving Show

Happy Thanksgiving, Rocketeers! We at Pop Rocket are thankful for you, our listeners. For the purposes of this episode, Wynter will be playing the role of Margaret’s sister who always criticizes her stuffing recipe, while Karen is the gay aunt who sold Wappler a bunk Subaru. There was a lot of tension in the studio, and everyone was walking on eggshells. Will our panelists be able to make it through a discussion of awkward family gatherings without bursting into tears? Will Wynter be triggered by a clip of The Family Stone? Will Margaret angrily scream, “Eat the fish, b***h!”? The panel dissects some of their favorite awkward moments--on screen and off--and try to figure out why we’re so captivated by angry, obnoxious relatives. If any of you out there have concerns about fraught dinner conversations over turkey, stuffing, and sides, the panelists are here for you! All Abouts Margaret alerted us to a fine piece of writing from New York Times critic Amanda Hess, who laments, “nothing ever ends anymore and it’s driving me insane.” If you’re overwhelmed by sequels, prequels, reboots, and overlapping universes, she’s a kindred spirit. If no one spots Wynter out in the wild over the next two weeks, it’s probably because she’s playing her newest video game obsession Red Dead Redemption II. Karen recently discovered the new ABC sitcom Single Parents starring Taran Killam, Leighton Meester and Jake Choi. That's My Jam Wynter - Michelle Obama - Becoming Karen - Shawn Mendes - Lost in Japan Margaret - Barrie - Michigan With Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler. Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
22/11/18·53m 58s

Pop Rocket Ep. 200 Our 200th Episode!

This week Pop Rocket celebrates its 200th episode!!! To commemorate this auspicious occasion, Karen, Margaret and Wynter take a look at how each of them has evolved from the quaint, carefree days of 2015 to the unrelenting hellscape that is 2018. Remember the blue dress? Sorry, remember the white dress? They'll reminisce about that fun moment in pop culture, talk Taylor Swift then and now, and how much things have changed in terms of trans visibility from back in 2015 when Caitlyn Jenner sat down for an interview with Diane Sawyer on 20/20, and the strides we've made since then. In addition, Guy takes us with him to the seaside town of Mendocino and lets us eavesdrop as he attempts to talk to his mother Deb and his niece Olivia about the pop culture they are currently consuming. All Abouts Margaret highly recommends There There: A Novel by Tommy Orange. Wynter is all about Michelle Obama’s new book Becoming, but in audiobook format. Karen’s into Survivor 37: David vs Goliath. That's My Jam Wynter - Rihanna - Bitch Better Have My Money Karen - Carly Rae Jepsen - Party for One Margaret - Lower Dens - To Die in L.A. With Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler. Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
17/11/18·1h 3m

Pop Rocket Ep. 199 Hip Hop, Pop, and Mental Health w/ Clarkisha Kent

Kanye West’s rambling, pro-Trump speech on SNL late September may have surprised casual observers, but by that point, his fans had heard both his outrageous statements and his frank talk about mental health for months. Charlagmane tha God lamented his canceled TimesTalk with Kanye on Instagram as a missed opportunity, writing, "Normalizing being mentally healthy is a conversation that I really wanted to have with Kanye because he's been so vocal about his own mental health struggles. Unfortunately, I think to have that conversation with him right now would not be productive and a total distraction from the point of the convo which is to eradicate the stigma of mental health especially in the black community." Well, we’re going to have that conversation today and we're joined by Clarkisha Kent, film and pop culture critic- known to some as a "professional hater." The panelists discuss rapper Mac Miller's death, Chris Brown's history of domestic violence, and Jay-Z's openness about lacking the necessary emotional tools for marriage, among other things. To be clear, we are not medical professionals. All Abouts Margaret is all about Lucy McBath. Lucy is the newly elected Representative of Georgia's 6th Congressional district. She is a national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which she joined after her son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in what is believed to be a hate crime. Karen is all about Sharice Davids. She's one of the two Native American women elected to Congress in the midterm election and represents Kansas's 3rd district. Clarkisha is all about the Twitter beef between herself and other black critics and Rebel Wilson over Rebel's claim that she is the first plus-sized woman to lead a romantic comedy. Wynter is all about Season 4: The Dream Door of the Syfy channel's horror anthology TV show "Channel Zero." That's My Jam Margaret - Jamie Isaac - Doing Better Karen - Ariana Grande - thank u, next Clarkisha - The New Respects - Something to Believe In Wynter - Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl With Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Clarkisha Kent. Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria. This episode was engineered by Christian Dueñas.
10/11/18·1h 6m

Pop Rocket Ep. 198 The Very First Pop Rocket Seal of Approval

The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval Before registered parliamentarian Guy Branum takes an extended leave for some much-needed relaxation at home and abroad, the panelists came together to consider, once again, whether they would be able to award the first-ever Pop Rocket Seal of Approval. Without an acting Nominating Committee Head to sift through listener suggestions on Facebook and Twitter, this time the panel decided to consider the names of only the most committed Pop Rocket listeners--those who cared enough about voting that they called in to make their case. One listener even called TWICE. Special thanks must go to everyone who called in. Your grassroots efforts to influence the panelists worked. Names that might have been dismissed out of hand if merely tweeted, were taken much more seriously. So, who will get to update their IMDB page awards section with a Pop Rocket Seal of Approval win? And might this episode feature a DOUBLE nomination? It might! Here is the full list of names submitted to the panel for consideration. They are listed in the order their calls were received: Tina Turner, Kristen Bell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kelly Clarkson, Robyn, Carly Rae Jepsen, Angela Lansbury, and Terry Crews. So who is the first-ever PRSOA recipient? You’ll find out. Jam Abouts = All Abouts + That's My Jam Karen - Les Misérables: New York 1987 Original Broadway Cast - One Day More Wynter - Michael Jackson - Leave Me Alone Margaret - Willie Nelson - Vote 'Em Out. Guy is all about the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix, which is darker and sexier than the original show about the half-mortal, half-witch teen Sabrina Spellman. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler. Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
02/11/18·1h 4m

Pop Rocket Ep. 197 Halloween & the Horror We Love

**Note: Next week the panel will cast their votes to award--or not--The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval. You still have an opportunity to influence the panelists. If you want your voice to be heard, literally, call the Pop Rocket hotline and make a case for the person you want to win, and why. Call: (530) 237-4108** Jamie Lee Curtis is smashing box office records, and the Pop Rocket panel APPROVES. In this episode, Guy, Wynter, Karen, and Margaret share their favorite scares, from new shows like The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix and the CW's Charmed, to the latest season of American Horror Story: Apocalypse. Plus, they tackle the important questions, such as, “What Stephen King movie is the best?” and “What is it really going to take for Jamie Lee Curtis to kill Mike Myers?” And they lament that we are still awaiting a Halloween novelty song to top Michael Jackson's Thriller. All Abouts Wynter is all about the Lifetime TV psychological thriller/romance You, which stars Penn Badgley and delves into themes of stalking, obsession, social media, and sociopathic detachment. Margaret is all about Girl Talk's 2010 album All Day, which is the only album that will get Silas to sleep these days. Karen is all about an impassioned voicemail she received from Tina Turner devotee Nick White, who made an exceptionally strong case to award the very first Pop Rocket Seal of Approval to Tina Turner. Guy is all about food writer Samin Nosrat's Netflix show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. That's My Jam Karen - ANOHNI - Hopelessness Wynter - Chaka Khan - Like Sugar Margaret - Wendy Carlos and Rachel Elkind - The Shining Main Title Theme. Guy - The Go-Go's - Vacation With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler. Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to let us know who you think should receive the first Pop Rocket Seal of Approval, or just call to get advice, the number is: (530) 237-4108 You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
27/10/18·55m 42s

Pop Rocket Ep. 196 Bad Times at the El Royale w/Drea Clark

It’s 1969. Four guests check into the El Royale Hotel: a priest (Jeff Bridges), a vacuum salesman (Jon Hamm), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), and a hippie (Dakota Johnson). They all - save one - have something mysterious going on behind the scenes and the hotel itself is not what it appears to be. When they check in, there’s a storm a-brewin'. Join Guy, Karen, Margaret, and producer/film festival programmer/Who Shot Ya contributor and now Pop Rocket guest Drea Clark as they pick apart Drew Goddard’s neo-noir ensemble Bad Times at The El Royale. They get into the movie's twists, turns, non-linear construction, Cynthia Erivo's breakout performance, and how it's kind of likeQuentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, but not nearly as macho. All Abouts Drea is all about a long read article from The Texas Monthly called The Love Story that Upended the Texas Prison System about the alliance and romantic relationship between a lawyer and an inmate that ultimately brought attention to a nationwide scandal and disrupted the system of abuse of prisoners in Texas. Margaret is all about the second season of the Slate podcast Slow Burn, which covers the impeachment of former president Bill Clinton. Karen is all about The LA Dodgers pulling ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers (as of last Wednesday) in the National League Championship Series. Guy is all about Glenn Close's performance in her new movie The Wife. That's My Jam Karen - Trashcan Sinatras - All Night Margaret - Alvvays - In Undertow. Drea - Tierra Whack - MUMBO JUMBO With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Drea Clark, and Margaret Wappler. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
19/10/18·50m 48s

Pop Rocket Ep. 195 A Star is Born

This week gay America received so much, but in particular, A Star is Born starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who also directed the movie. Guy, Wynter, Karen & Margaret--aka the full panel--got a chance to watch, cry, and be torn apart by the story of a lady who gained the world, but lost the man that she loves. On this episode, we go over the history of this film and all the remakes, share predictions on whether The Academy will hand out statues to Lady Gaga and/or Bradley Cooper, or if they'll have to settle for the less-prestigious adulation from foreign journalists. Plus, Karen pushes back on Sam Adams's Slate article, which argues that "the movie's battle between rock and pop, authenticity and artifice, and art and commerce is outdated at best." All Abouts Wynter is all about the new Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis and the kerfuffle over Curtis's views on gun ownership on Fox News. Karen is all about NBC's new primetime airplane sci-fi thriller, Manifest. Margaret is all about the Twitter beef between Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks over rapper Ye formerly known as Kanye West's MAGA-ness. Guy is all about Katmai National Park & Preserve's Fat Bear Week competition. That's My Jam Karen - Barbara Streisand - Evergreen (Love Theme from "A Star is Born" 1976) Wynter - Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That? (A Star is Born Soundtrack) Margaret - Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). Guy - Cher - Waterloo With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
12/10/18·57m 11s

Pop Rocket Ep. 194 We Hate the 80s and Brett Kavanaugh Edition w/Ted Alexandro

***Trigger Warning - This episode contains discussion of sexual assault. You may want to sit this one out if hearing this kind of discussion is likely to do more harm than good.*** Current events have us (and many others) reconsidering the way high school and college relationships were depicted in the '80s, particularly in romcoms and raunchy sex comedies. Margaret Wappler hosts our discussion this week with Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and our guest, actor, and comedian Ted Alexandro who has a new comedy special Senior Class of Earth. The panel revisits supposedly harmless, goofball adolescent comedies and considers how they may have influenced the way a whole generation views consent (and yes, we are talking about rape culture). Does a culture that permits youthful experimentation -mistakes and all- open the door to complacency about assault? All Abouts Wynter is all about an article in GQ by author Marian Bull that explains how men can talk to women in their lives about all the triggering stuff in the news involving the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Karen is all about Chris, the new album by Christine and the Queens (aka Heloise Letissier), in particular, the song: Comme si. Ted is all about celebrating his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife, Madalyn, who joins him in Los Angeles this week to promote his album Senior Class of Earth. Margaret is all about Matt Damon's performance as Brett Kavanaugh on SNL. That's My Jam Karen - Selena Gomez - Back to You Wynter - Little Wayne - Uproar (Official Audio) Carter V Ted - Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity Margaret - Noname - Self. With Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Ted Alexandro. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
05/10/18·1h

Pop Rocket Ep. 193 Our TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch Right Now Episode

The autumn TV season has officially begun, and let's be honest, there is TOO MUCH stuff to watch out there. If you're feeling overwhelmed, fear not. The Pop Rocket panel has lots of binge-worthy shows to recommend, and a couple new shows they think you should skip. One panelist will tell you why they loved Netflix's Maniac, and another who couldn't make it through the season. If you're curious whether Amazon Prime's The First is worth your time, Tongson's got some opinions. They'll cover Bojack Horseman, National Treasure, Ozark, The Sinner and more. All Abouts Wynter is all about the tea behind Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram, departing Facebook, which bought the photo-sharing app six years ago. Karen is all about basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar's latest gig: staff writer on the new Veronica Mars. Guy is all about the new Netflix romcom Nappily Ever After starring Sanaa Lathan. That's My Jam Karen - SWV (Sisters with Voices) - Right Here Guy - Troye Sivan - Seventeen. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
28/09/18·58m 35s

Pop Rocket Ep. 192 The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval - Is It Rachel’s Time to Bloom? Plus Destination Wedding

We’ve got another full panel! This week, Guy, Wynter, Margaret, and Karen tackle the ornery romcom Destination Wedding, starring Gen X darlings Winona and Keanu. Does their star-power shine bright enough to carry an entire film wherein they’re the only two people with dialogue? Has Hollywood discovered how to effectively harness their charm and charisma? You’ll find out as the panel weighs in on these questions and more. The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval The full quorum convened to vote on another nominee for the Pop Rocket Seal of Approval. Listeners will remember that the last time a quorum was convened, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson did not receive enough votes from the three panelists present--Guy, Karen & Margaret. He was denied the award based on damaging GOP convention and Ballers-related critiques. In this episode, the panelists vote on whether to grant the accolade to Crazy Ex Girlfriend star and creator Rachel Bloom. Will her boundary-pushing musical-making hustle and sexualization of the hot, Asian bro win the judges over? Jam Abouts = All Abouts + That's My Jam Wynter is all about André & Sarah - the sixth episode in the Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen Amazon series Forever. Karen is all about the new Paul Feig film A Simple Favor starring Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding. Margaret is all about the 3rd season of HBO's Insecure. Guy is all about the adorably cute YouTube video series Kids Try by HiHo Kids. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
21/09/18·58m 42s

Pop Rocket Ep. 191 2018 Summer Jams

Between the VMA's and Yom Kippur, we've got our own version of the high holidays here at Pop Rocket: The SUMMER JAMS episode! We will anoint OR NOT anoint the title of Song of the Summer to the most banging artist of the past few months. And yes, the band is back together again. The full panel - Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell (don't forget) Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler - put on their Grammy judge hats and measure up the best cuts from music makers this past season. What criteria make a tune a summertime anthem? Is it the dance beat? The song's ubiquity? The convertible factor? A dark city feeling? Does the magic of Cardi B's "I Like It" rest solely on its sample of Peter Rodriquez's I Like It Like That? Is Zedd, Marren Morris, Grey's "The Middle" too much negotiation and not enough sex, love, and urgency? Find out which song made Silas get down like no one was watching and which panelist has a knack for converting jams into pet cat lullabies. Shout outs also go to honorable mentions and listeners' suggestions that didn't quite make the cut. All Abouts Margaret is all about Mandy Moore's newly remodeled mid-century modern home in Pasadena. Wynter is all about TV writer and producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason's op-ed in The Hollywood Reporter where she channels a glowing fury and details the misogynistic bullying she faced from disgraced former CBS CEO Les Moonves. Les Moonves, Go fuck yourself! Karen is all about the post-BBC reboot of The Great British Baking Show. Guy is all about Cynthia Nixon's appearance at the old school, crusty Brooklyn gay bar The Metropolitan before the New York Governor Primary. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler. Summer Jam Finalists: Cardi B - I Like It Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey - The Middle Ariana Grande - R.E.M. Maroon 5 - Girls Like You Lizzo - Boys Years & Years - All For You Migos - Walk It Talk It Drake - In My Feelings Drake - Nice For What Calvin Harris feat. Dua Lipa - One Kiss Troye Sivan - Bloom Summer Honorable Mentions: Big Freedia feat. Lizzo - Karaoke Years & Years - If You're Over Me Matt Rogers - Be A Bitch To Your Friends (This Pride) Aloe Blacc - Brooklyn in the Summer You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
14/09/18·1h 5m

Pop Rocket Ep. 190 Our Pumpkin-Spiced Fall Preview

It’s time, once again, to start deleting programs from our DVRs to make room for new ones. It's almost fall, y'all, which means award shows and the arrival of new network comedies, dramas, dramedies, and what have you. Sooooo Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Wynter Mitchell let us in on all the films and TV shows they're most excited about this upcoming season. Rocketeers, this here preview is the closest most of us will get to an actual harvest. The guys pick over the latest crop of entertainment offerings, including the Murphy Brown reboot, the end of Big Bang Theory, American Horror Story's upcoming convergence of its former Murder House and Coven seasons, the Italian supernatural horror film Suspiria, buzz around Lady Gaga's performance in A Star is Born, and Chloë Sevigny's disappointment over the toning down of the "smash the patriarchy" vibe in her new biopic Lizzie, about Lizzie Borden, notorious for killing her parents with an axe in 1892. All Abouts Karen is all about the actor Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin on The Cosby Show, talking to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America about work, labor shaming, and the false idea that some jobs carry more dignity than others. Wynter is all about Succession, which is HBO's new drama loosely based on Rupert Murdoch and his family. Guy is all about Support the Girls starring Regina Hall. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh. That's My Jam: Wynter - Ariana Grande - R.E.M. Karen - Genesis- That's All. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
07/09/18·51m 38s

Pop Rocket Ep. 189 HBO's Insecure Season 3 w/ LA Times Film Reporter Tre'vell Anderson

Hop on the PARTY LYFT as we jam out for the long-awaited return of our favorite newlywed Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh. She joins Karen Tongsen and frequent favorite Pop Rocket guest LA Times Film Reporter Tre'vell Anderson as they get into their thoughts on season 3 of HBO's Insecure. The crew touches on the careers of the leading ladies- specifically white privilege problems at Issa's nonprofit We Got Y'all, Issa's side gig as a Lyft driver, and Molly's experiences at her new black corporate law firm. They also talk about which characters they want moved from periphery to center. Do they miss Issa's ex, Lawrence? And do they buy into Molly's polyamorous relationship? Or is she's really just a glorified side b****? All Abouts Wynter is all about the horror film Hereditary. Tre'vell is all about the new musical covering the life and times of the Motown group The Temptations called Ain't Too Proud. Karen is all about more Asian American representation in Hollywood via John Cho's new thriller Searching. That's My Jam: Tre'vell - Teyana Taylor - WTP Wynter - DJ AM - Unreleased Mixes. Karen - Christine and the Queens- 5 dollars You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. With Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Tre'vell Anderson. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
31/08/18·1h 7m

Ep. 188 Crazy Rich Asians (The Movie) with Alonso Duralde & Andrew Ti

We did the book, now we're doing the movie! Goddess Guy Branum and dyke-about-town Karen Tongson are joined by fellow MaxFun host Alonso Duralde of the movie podcast Who Shot Ya? and returning favorite Andrew Ti, host of the podcast Yo, Is This Racist? to talk Crazy Rich Asians. Listen in to find out who the gang thought had the breakout performances? Did the food porn in the book match up with the food porn on screen? Who would be the leading man in the sequel? Was the movie "Asian enough"? In lieu of our regular segment That's My Jam, Andrew shares one of his favorite Chinese language covers of a Western hit and how he really felt about all the Asian language covers in the movie. Also, the gang offers up some real talk about the movie's celebration of #AsianJoy, the uncomfortable ways that class played out in the film, and colorism among Asian ethnicities. All Abouts Andrew is all about Season 3 of the Syfy TV series The Expanse. Alonso is all about the new comedy Support the Girls starring Regina Hall. Karen is all about the social media eruption over the prominent queer-identified theorist Avital Ronell and her alleged sexual harassment of a male graduate student. Guy is all about the other Asian American centered movie you should be paying attention to Netflix's To All The Boys I've Loved Before. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Andrew Ti, and Alonso Duralde. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
24/08/18·57m 49s

Ep. 187 Summer Book Club: Crazy Rich Asians

Goddess Guy Branum returns from his book tour just in time for Pop Rocket's annual Summer Book Club. He joins Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler to finally dig into Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians book trilogy. By the way, the movie Crazy Rich Asians is out in theaters now. Go watch it! Kwan's trilogy is essentially about the crazy rich people of Singapore, but the main story in the first book Crazy Rich Asians centers around Rachel and Nick-a young couple who've been dating for two years. They're both professors living in contemporary New York. Very much in love- Nick finally invites Rachel to travel to Singapore to meet his family. Curiously, Rachel knows nothing about them and once she gets there realizes that they are insanely, filthy, rich billionaires. The panelists give us their rundown of the most fascinating themes and threads in the books including: the food, the fashion, colonialism's legacy, money vs. class, tensions between Singaporeans and mainland Chinese, hierarchies among Asian nations, assumptions about Oliver T'sien's sexuality, and then they decide who from the book they'd marry, fuck, kill, (and add to their book club). As if that weren't enough, one of the panelists--and we won't say which one--muses, "Maybe she was dickmatized?" Feel free to guess which one of our esteemed panelists said that in the comments section below. All Abouts Margaret is all about the Kevin Kwan's descriptions of Astrid's fashion "it-girlness." Astrid is Nick's cousin who is super beautiful, posh, and interesting. She's every panelists favorite character in the series. Karen is all about the reading list in the second book China Rich Girlfriend that is given to a character who is undergoing an image makeover. The character hires an image consultant who is trying to teach her about all the "right" things to talk about and all the "right" cultural references to use in conversation. Guy is all about the pineapple tarts described in the book in that they represent the very fascinating place of colonialism in Singapore's history. Spoiler alert: Singapore was under British rule for about 400 years. These tarts are an Asian modification of a French dessert that represent nostalgia, warmth, and memories of home, but also symbolize status. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler,. That's My Jam: Margaret - Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris - One Kiss. Karen - Faye Wong - Summer of Love Guy - Aretha Franklin - Freedom from Blues Brothers movie You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
17/08/18·55m 40s

Ep. 186 Joyful Pop Culture w/ Matt Bellassai and Bari Finkel

This week, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler get happy with Matt Bellassai and Bari Finkel, the host and producer of Pineapple Street Media's Unhappy Hour podcast. Today's show is like a Snuggie for one's soul. The panel dishes on the pop culture that brings us pure joy, from songs that compel us to dance, to the spots we gravitate toward on the Internet when we need a dose of adorable. Go ahead, try not to smile when you listen to this episode. All Abouts Margaret is all about the Vulture interview by David Marchese with Kathleen Turner. Bari is all about the birthday and career renaissance of the child actor twins Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse. Matt is all about Beyonce and Jay-Z's On The Run II concert. Karen is all about the season 4 premiere of The Food Network's Episode 7 of Chopped Grill Masters. With Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler,, Matt Bellassai, and Bari Finkel. That's My Jam: Bari - Beyonce - If I Were a Boy/You Oughta Know (live). Matt Mamma Mia Soundtrack - Mamma Mia. Karen - Maroon 5 - Girls Like You feat. Cardi B.. Margaret - James Blake - Choose Me. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
10/08/18·1h 8m

Pop Rocket Ep. 185: “Eighth Grade” and Awkward Adolescence w/ NPR's Linda Holmes

***Warning - this episode contains spoilers*** This week, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler chat it up with pop culture maven and Pop Rocket's own podcast godmother Linda Holmes, the host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. The ladies revisit that wonderfully awkward time of their lives of Clearasil and body self-consciousness also known as 8th Grade while doing an in-depth exploration of Bo Burnham's debut film Eighth Grade. The movie centers around this socially awkward teen girl who tries really hard to fit it and be popular at school, but can't quite get there. Karen, Margaret, and Linda harken back to the drama of that time in their own lives, and also flesh out whether one of the scenes in the movie should--or not--be labeled a #MeToo moment. All Abouts Margaret is all about journalist href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/magazine/big-business-gwyneth-paltrow-wellness.html">Taffy Brodesser-Akner's latest article in the NYTimes Magazine about Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand company Goop and how it went from Paltrow's Martha Stewart-like project to a 250 million dollar company. Linda is all about a new (and disappointing) study on inequality in film out of USC Annenberg that highlights the lack of progress in inclusion in film. Karen is all about Episode 7 of The Affair, specifically the scene that features “sapphic dabbling in a yurt” between Helen (Maura Tierney) and Sierra (Emily Browning). With Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Linda Holmes. That's My Jam: Linda- Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone. Margaret - Nine Inch Nails - Down In It. Karen - Debbie Gibson- Only In My Dreams. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
03/08/18·1h 4m

Pop Rocket Ep. 184: "Who is America?" w/ "UnReal" Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

  We've got a SUPERSIZED Pop Rocket for our first-ever Friday release, so strap yourselves in! This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler are joined by TV powerhouse Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, co-creator and executive producer of the Lifetime drama Unreal. The crew discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series Who Is America. Not unlike his previous series, Da Ali G Show, which aired on HBO in the early aughts, Cohen continues his controversial schtick of interviewing people in character while trying to get them to humiliate themselves all for our viewing pleasure. They draw the connections between Cohen's comedy and Sarah's show Unreal. The fourth and final season of Unreal recently came out on Hulu. Jonathan Gold First, the crew pays tribute to the late, great Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold. Gold was the city's unofficial ambassador whose reviews propped up great restaurants on the verge of going out of business, gave a spotlight to forgotten histories, but more than anything taught Angelenos to be less afraid of their neighbors. The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval Two weeks ago Guy created the Pop Rocket Seal of Approval and quickly submitted its first nomination: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This week we had enough of a quorum to hold our first-ever vote. Guy, Margaret, and Karen each weigh in with the pros and cons of awarding this prestigious honor to The Rock, and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro comes in hot with her own opinions (but no voting rights). Will The Rock earn Pop Rocket's first ever Seal of Approval? Find out! With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. That's My Jam: Margaret - Demi Lovato - Sober. Karen - Lisa Loeb - Stay (I Missed You). Sarah- Nina Simone - Ain't Got No, I Got Life (Live). Guy - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey - The Middle . You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
27/07/18·1h 24m

Ep. 183: "Sorry to Bother You" w/ Kevin Avery

***Warning - this episode contains major spoilers*** This week, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler are joined by Bay Area comedian and two-time Emmy winning writer Kevin Avery. He was head writer on Totally Biased w/ Kamau Bell, staff writer on Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver and writer on The Jim Jeffries Show. The gang is deep diving into Boots Riley's new movie Sorry to Bother You. Guy, Kevin and Margaret discover that, like Sorry to Bother You's Cassius Green, they all worked as telemarketers. Plus Guy reveals the film's best actor and Kevin tells us about the time he asked Boots for help on a short film. All Abouts Margaret is all about Bhad Bhabie- a troubled Florida teen turned rapper based off of a performance on Dr. Phil where she was a guest with her mom. There's this really smart analysis of the Bhad Bhabie phenomenon in the NY Times by Jamie Lauren Keiles who breaks down what she means for the entertainment industry. Kevin is all about not being about Drake's latest song and the dance challenge it spawned that's sweeping the nation: In My Feelings. The challenge even got Will Smith dancing on a bridge. Guy is all about the hard-working, talented, and badass Korean-Canadian actress Sandra Oh, who has had to work twice as hard to get half as far in entertainment. She's finally getting her due as the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated for an Emmy in the category of lead actress for Killing Eve. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, and Kevin Avery. That's My Jam: Margaret - The Coup - 5 Million Ways to Kill a C.E.O. Kevin- Justin Timberlake - Higher Higher. Guy - Years & Years - All For You. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria.
18/07/18·55m 47s

Ep. 182: HBO's Sharp Objects and the Wappler Test

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson discuss HBO’s Sharp Objects. It’s based on the Gillian Flynn Novel of the same name and is about a woman, Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams, who returns to her childhood home to combat her personal demons and look into a number of unsolved murders. Margaret is all about Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Fred Rogers biopic that’s guaranteed to conjure up feelings of love and kindness even in this divisive time. Karen is all about the second season of the Netflix series GLOW, especially the eighth episode, which may be the show’s crowning achievement. Guy is all about the video game Fobia on Steam, which finally gave him the type of gaming that he can embrace. The group will give their thoughts on the HBO series Sharp Objects, including why Amy Adams works so well playing a real person. They also discuss what makes the HBO television production model work so well, and why that might change in the future. Plus, they’ll introduce some new elements to the podcast: The Wappler Test and the Pop Rocket seal of approval. The Pop Rocket 2018 Summer Book Club is a go! We’re reading Crazy Rich Asians. Join the Facebook group and get in on the conversation. With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret - Kiira - Messy. Karen - Swingout Sister - Breakout. Guy - Pitbull - Free Free Free. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram.
11/07/18·56m 16s

Ep. 181 Unplugged: Declaring Independence from Glowing Screens

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are declaring their independence from screens, push notifications and batteries. That’s right, it’s all about the pop culture that you’ll still be able to experience after the grid goes down. Margaret is all about The Moment app which displays just how much time you spend on your phone every day, which she hopes will help keep her phone out of her motherhood. Karen is all about LeBron James being signed to the LA Lakers and everyone celebrating something good finally happening for the Lakers. Guy is all about the Amazon Prime movieThe Little Hours which features plenty of effective comedy and just the right amount of Aubrey Plaza. The group will take an extensive look at modern media that doesn’t require a screen; everything from drawing, tarot cards, The Joy of Cooking, the card game Set and so much more The Pop Rocket 2018 Summer Book Club is a go! We’re reading Crazy Rich Asians. Join the Facebook group and get in on the conversation. With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret - My Bathroom Is a Private Kind of Place. Karen - 10,000 Maniacs - These Are Days Guy - Betty Who - Taste. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.
03/07/18·57m 1s

Ep. 180: Dietland is Unapologetically Fat w/ Lindy West

This week, Guy Branun, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Lindy West, New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author of the book Shrill to discuss the AMC show Dietlandand one of TV’s best fat characters ever: Plum Kettle. Lindy is all about is all about the UK show Grand Designs, which offers a respite of pleasantness in the current world of television. Margaret is all about Michelle Goldberg's NYT op-ed We Have a Crisis of Democracy, Not Manners, which takes a look at the morality behind Sarah Huckabee Sanders being kicked out of a restaurant. Karen is all about The World Cup, especially the Group that includes Mexico, Sweden, Germany and South Korea. Guy is all about the Netflix series Alex Strangelove a show with a lot of potential…but suffers from the unfortunate issue of being stuck in white suburbia. The group will take an extensive look at Dietland and the history of fat characters on television. Why is it that even the “good” takes on this archetype often end up feeling incomplete? What would it take for people to get past the message of “body empowerment” when writing stories about fat bout fat people? The Pop Rocket 2018 Summer Book Club is a go! We’re reading Crazy Rich Asians. Join the Facebook group and get in on the conversation. With Lindy West, Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret - The Carters - NICE. Karen - Germans - Cruel Lindy - Bobby McFerrin - Don’t Worry Be Happy. Guy - Lizzo - Boys. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.
27/06/18·1h 2m

Ep. 179: What's in YOUR (pop culture) Bubble? w/ Jordan Morris and Sudi Green

This week, Guy Branun and Karen Tongson are joined by Jordan Morris, writer of the new Maximum Fun scripted series Bubble, and Sudi Green, former Totally Biased w/ Kumau Bellproduction assistant, current model and current writer for Saturday Night Live. In honor of Bubblethe team will discuss which shows and films help create their safe bubble from the rest of the scary world. Jordan is all about is all about Hearts Beat Loud, a summer film that offers the perfect respite from the deluge of CGI battles on the silver screen. Sudi is all about the book Educated, a memoir from Tara Westover that’s startlingly dark, but compulsively readable. Karen is all about The Showtime series The Affair, which just began its latest season and has all the hetero-disaster-kink that fans of the show have come to expect. Guy is all about the Netflix film Set it Up, a rom-com that’s getting a lot of love online… but he just couldn’t quite get into. The group will take an extensive look at their personal pop culture bubbles; the things that help define their outlook on life in an unchallenged way. But as this country feels more and more divided, not just politically but in media tastes, what shows and films are there that transcend the borders of the Bubble and unite everyone in their consumption? They’ll provide the answers. With Sudi Green, Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Jordan Morris. The Pop Rocket 2018 Summer Book Club is a go! We’re reading Crazy Rich Asians. Join the Facebook group and get in on the conversation. That’s My Jam: Sudi - Rachel Crow - Dime. Karen Tongson - Huey Lewis and the News - Do You Believe in Love? Jordan Morris - Rachel Cantu - Love Rush. Guy Branum - Calvin Harris (with Dua Lipa) - One Kiss. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.
20/06/18·1h

Ep. 179: Strike a Pose with Las Culturistas

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers, the hosts of the Las Culturistas podcast. The gang will discuss the show Pose which focusses on the Ball culture of 1980’s New York. Bowen is all about everything going down at E3, especially the long-awaited crossover madness that is Kingdom Hearts III. Margaret is all about Ocean's 8, a film that may be full of missed opportunities, but also has enough iconic moments to make it worth the watch. Karen is all about Hannah Gadsby and her newest show Nanette which showcases plenty of laughs and an explanation for why she’s quitting comedy. Matt is all about the trailer for A Star is Born. Guy is all about the Netflix show Lost in Space a sci-fi show that he says is a perfect example of “Competence Porn.” The group will take an extensive look at Pose, including which characters they enjoy (and which they can’t stand), how they first learned about Ball culture, and why fans of Ru Paul’s Drag Racemight enjoy the show. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson, Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers. That’s My Jam: Matt Rogers - Shea Couleé - Crème Brûlée. Karen Tongson- Christine and the Queens - dis-moi Margaret Wappler - Bryan Ferry - Slave to Love. Guy Branum - Little Big Town - Summer Fever. Bowen Yang - Big Freedia - Play feat. Goldiie You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.
13/06/18·1h 2m

Pop Rocket Ep. 178: We Say Goodbye to The Americans

**Warning: This episode contains spoilers from The Americans series finale. If you, like Margaret, want to avoid the spoilers, skip from 7:01 to 14:20.** This week, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Alonso Duralde, one of the hosts of the Max Fun podcast Who Shot Ya?, a movie podcast that isn’t hosted by dude-bros. The gang will discuss the finale of FX Series The Americans and the effect of the Cold War on pop culture. Alonso is all about is all about National Drive-In Day, which is on June 6th but can absolutely be celebrated all month. Margaret is all about Ali Wong’s new Netflix Special Hard Knock Wife , which has gained a lot of attention for being equal parts hilarious, honest and raunchy. Karen is all about the finale of The Americans which - SPOILER ALERT - she and Alonso will discuss in detail. And in honor the Russian spy drama coming to an end, the team will take a look at what effect the Cold War, nuclear anxiety and cloak-and-dagger politics had on pop culture, both in the modern context and in the 80’s. With Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - The Police - Miss Gradenko. Karen Tongson - Sting - Russians Margaret Wappler - The Smiths - Ask. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.
06/06/18·58m 29s

Ep. 177: The Passport Edition

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Katherine Spiers, host of the podcast Smart Mouth, which asks people about their favorite foods. The gang will discuss international travel and all the best things that come from it, including people, food and pop culture. Katherine is all about the actress Jameela Jamil, who criticized Kim Kardashian for advertising appetite suppressing lolly-pops, in spite of the wrath that Jamil may incur. Margaret is all about the first episode of Patrick Melrose, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a heroine addicted man whose life is hard to watch, but who is so strongly portrayed that it’s hard to look away. Guy is all about the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, which he hopes will finally help people understand why she was such an important woman. Karen is all about the recent series finales, even the ones for shows that aren’t confirmed to return and ended on huge cliffhangers like NBC’s Timeless. It’s going to be Summer soon and that means peak travel season is almost here! The panel will discuss some of their favorite places to travel abroad, what they look for when they have two weeks to spend in a new location and With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and Katherine Spiers . That’s My Jam: Katherine Spiers - Charlie Puth - Done For Me. Karen Tongson- Backstreet Boys - Don’t go Breaking My Hear Margaret Wappler - Henry Green - Something. Guy Branum The We Knows Parenting podcast. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.
30/05/18·59m 42s

Ep. 176: Baby Got Books w/ Mallory O'Meara

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by novelist Mallory O’Meara, host of the Max Fun Podcast Reading Glasses. The gang will discuss books and reading habits. Mallory is all about is all about the book Text Me When You Get Home, which looks into the myth that women aren’t meant to be friends with other women. Margaret is all about the podcast The Habitat, which tracks people as they live out a simulated mission on Mars to learn that no matter which planet you’re on, living with strangers will always annoy you. Guy is all about the film The Dressmaker, which he fell in love with the only way he knew how: by reading the Wikipedia article. Karen is all about the surprisingly affecting Netflix documentary The Rachel Divide. In honor of Summer reading season being on the horizon, the panel will discuss what books, magazines and articles have caught their eye lately. Plus they’ll talk about where and how often they love to read, and Mallory will share one book that she absolutely can’t stand. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and Mallory O’Meara . That’s My Jam: Mallory O’Meara - A Perfect Circle - Hourglass. Karen Tongson- Tears for Fears - Ideas As Opiates Margaret Wappler - Madonna - Borderline. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.
23/05/18·59m 31s

Ep. 175: A Royal Good Time: Englishman Humphrey Ker Joins Pop Rocket to Talk Meghan & Harry

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Andrew Ti are joined by British actor and comedian Humphrey Ker. The gang takes a look at the biggest transatlantic pairing of the year: The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Humphrey is all about Eurovision, the global music competition that showcases some of the best singing--and host banter--in the world. Margaret is all about the podcast Cocaine and Rhinestones, which tells the history of country music, warts and all. Guy is all about The Party, a movie he was certain he would hate, but it flipped his expectations in the best possible way. Andrew is all about the cancellation and swift revival of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The panel will discuss the upcoming Royal Wedding, why this sort of extravaganza captures the attention of a global audience and why it was worth a Lifetime TV movie. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Andrew Ti and Humphrey Ker.
17/05/18·56m 55s

Ep. 174: Bad Moms

Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Andrew Ti are joined by novelist Edan Lepucki. Together, they’ll take a look at our favorite bad moms, and grapple with how they're portrayed in popular culture. It turns out that being in the golden age of television could also mean the golden age of the portrayal of matriarchy in pop culture. Edan is all about the novel Blue Bird Blue Bird by Attica Locke, which she says is filled with the best kind of thriller tropes. Margaret is all about the Netflix series The Letdown, a show that features all the joy of motherhood… and just the right amount of its dark side. Guy is all about Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher’s new comedy special The Honeymoon Tour, a three-part piece that features one of the scariest and greatest things a comedian can attempt: interacting with the audience. Andrew is all about Childish Gambino’s music video This is America, including the analysis and backlash to the analysis. The panel will discuss how they feel the portrayal of motherhood in pop culture has evolved over the years, in everything from Fresh Off the Boat and Transparent to Tully and Carrie. Plus, they’ll explain some of the damaging tropes of mothers on TV, and which shows are finally starting to get it right. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Andrew Ti and Edan Lepucki. That’s My Jam: Edan Lepucki - Gino Paoli - Sapore di Sale. Andrew Ti - B.B. King & UGK (mixed by AMERIGO GAZAWAY) - Make Love To My Car Margaret Wappler - Kacey Musgraves - Space Cowboy. Guy Branum - Troye Sivan - Bloom. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. And you can follow us on Instagram as well. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.
09/05/18·59m 51s

Ep. 173: The Rogue Robots of Westworld...and Beyond

This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and  Margaret Wappler are joined by Andrew Ti, host of the “Yo, Is This Racist?” podcast. They take a look at HBO’s West World. Season Two just got started and the team is fairly certain it will be just as complicated as the first. Karen is all about Alexis Bledel in Handmaid’s Tale Season 2, even though it puts a character she cares about though even more difficulties. Margaret and Guy are all about Michelle Wolf’s routine at The White House Correspondent’s Dinner and are very confused about the outrage that’s surrounded it. Andrew is all about Avengers: Infinity War even though he didn’t quite understand the storytelling subtleties of the plot. The panel will their discuss what they think of Scandal; everything from the finale, how closely they’ve watched the show since it started and where Olivia Pope fits in with the pantheon of women anti-heroes on TV. With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Andrew Ti. That’s My Jam: Karen Tongson - Maroon 5, SZA - What Lovers Do Andrew Ti - The Higher Brother - Made in China Margaret Wappler - The Pointer Sisters - Automatic. Guy Branum - Kacey Musgraves - High Horse. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
03/05/18·57m 25s

#172: In Praise of the Pope of Washington

This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler discuss the finale of the Shonda Rhimes led show, Scandal. The ABC series wrapped up last week and it stirred up all sorts of thoughts from the team on the female anti-heroes on television. Karen is all about the upcoming Pixar short Bao, which she says is an important addition to Asian representation in popular media (which, let’s face it, is limited). Margaret is all about a recent article about parents raising their children as “Theybies”. Guy is all about the new film I Feel Pretty, a comedy that, while not without a slightly problematic message, shines through with plenty of laughs from Amy Schumer. The panel will their discuss what they think of Scandal; everything from the finale, how closely they’ve watched the show since it started and where Olivia Pope fits in with the pantheon of women anti-heroes on TV. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Karen Tongson - Joe Jackson - Steppin’ Out. Margaret Wappler - Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano. Guy Branum - Kacey Musgraves - High Horse. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
25/04/18·52m 31s

Pop Rocket #171: SHHHHHHHHHHH...a quiet place

This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell are joined by Riley Silverman. She’s the lead writer of the Max Fun podcast, International Waters. They discuss A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s horror film about a family trying to survive a post-apocalyptic world where monsters kill anything that makes a sound. Karen is all about the video for  Janelle Monáe’s new music video for the track PYNK, which she says may have established her as a force in queer performance and art. Guy and Wynter are all about Beyonce’s Coachella performance, which may have single-handedly made the music festival relevant again. Riley is all about the movie Blockers, a comedy that she says feels refreshingly scripted.  The panel will their discuss what they think of A Quiet Place, including whether it has a positive portrayal of a character with a disability and explain their theories about what the film’s sub-text could be. With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum ,Wynter Mitchell and Riley Silverman. That’s My Jam: Riley Silverman - Jeremy Jordan - She Used to be Mine Karen Tongson - Windy - The Association  Margaret Wappler -  Nat King Cole - Nature Boy Wynter Mitchell -  Prince - Purple Music Guy Branum - Mel Tormé - Stardust Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
18/04/18·56m 57s

#170: The Cult Episode

This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler and Wynter Mitchell are joined by LA-based artist Akina Cox to discuss the Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country and cults in pop culture. Karen Tongson is all about Killing Eve on BBC America, which features the return to TV of the beloved Sandra Oh. Wynter is all about The Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling  on HBO, Judd Apatow’s love letter to one of the best and most complex comics in history. Akina is all about Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Grant, which is guaranteed to NOT have not be adapted into a musical. Margaret is all about Junot Diaz’s New Yorker article about the trauma he experienced as a child. Guy is all about John Sherman’s  Buzzfeed article about Love Simon’s shortcomings as a movie featuring queer characters. The panel will their why cults have become such a fascinating subject in entertainment, including Far Cry 5, Wild, Wild Country and more. Plus, Akin will share her experience of growing up in an actual cult and her thoughts on some of the modern famous charismatic religious figures. With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell and Akina Cox. That’s My Jam: Akina Cox - SASAMI - Callous Karen Tongson - Jens Lekman -To Know Your Mission  Margaret Wappler -  Nat King Cole - Nature Boy Guy Branum  Rex Orange County - Loving is Easy Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
11/04/18·1h 15m

Seeing the World Through Roseanne-Colored Lenses

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson watched the Roseanne reboot and they have feelings about it. Strong feelings. Margaret Wappler is all about Glynn Washington’s podcast Heaven’s Gate which features interviews and stories of surviving members of the deadly cult. The final season of The Americans kicked off last week with the episode Dead Hand and Karen savors the way it used music. Guy is all about the Netflix show On the Block. With the Roseanne reboot smashing all kinds of viewing records, the panel weighs in on what it is about the show that gives it such a broad appeal. They also look at why Roseanne is problematic and why the show’s take on gender non-conformity may not be as culturally relevant as the show’s setting would have audiences believe. With Guy Branum Karen Tongson Margaret Wappler That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Vacationer - Magnetism Karen Tongson - Indigo Girls - Everything’s Alright Guy Branum - Dem Beats - Todrick Hall Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
05/04/18·1h 5m

Pop Rocket Ep. 168: On the Couch w/ Megan Auster-Rosen

This week, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler are joined by clinical psychologist and actress Megan Auster-Rosen to discuss therapy in film and television shows. Margaret Wappler is all about High Maintenance on HBO and the show’s weed dealer/confidant The Guy. Megan is all about Parkland student, Emma Gonzalez and her six minutes of silence, dedicated to the victims of the shooting at Stoneland Douglas High School. Karen is all about the NBC drama, Rise, even though it falls into some unfortunate tropes of the white man passing over the qualified woman of color for the job. The panel will explain their first experiences with therapy in their personal lives. Then, they’ll get into therapy in such movies and shows like Big Little Lies, Meet the Fockers, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Sopranos and more. Plus, Megan will give her professional opinion on the benefits and downsides of TV therapy shows like Dr. Phil. With Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler and  Megan Auster-Rosen. That’s My Jam: Megan Auster-Rosen - Alicia Keys - No one Karen Tongson - Lovin' Spoonful - Butchie's Tune. Margaret Wappler - Peter Gabriel - Come Talk to Me Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
28/03/18·1h

Problematic Faves

This week, Guy, Karen, Wynter and Margaret bare their souls and confess their problematic faves. Not sure what that means? Don’t worry. They break it down. Wynter Mitchell is all about Cynthia Nixon running for governor of New York. Margaret Wappler is all about Nina Riggs’ memoir The Bright Hour. Karen’s digging CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, and Guy has just discovered The Supersizers Go With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Wynter Mitchell. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Led Zeppelin - Good Times Bad Times Karen Tongson - Tove Styrke - I Changed My Mind Guy Branum - Topsy Turvy - Three Little Maids (The Mikado) Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
22/03/18·1h 3m

An Excellent Adventure in Time Travel

This week, Guy, Karen, Wynter and Margaret tackle A Wrinkle in Time and time travel tropes in TV and film. Margaret Wappler is all about the New York Times publishing the obituaries they overlooked going back to 1851, people like Ida B. Wells and countless others. Karen is all about defending her Pinoy brother Bruno Mars from YouTuber and activist Seren Sensei, who thinks Mars appropriates black culture. Guy Branum comes late to the Insecure party, but he’s seen the light and apologizes to everyone who insisted he should watch the show. Wynter is all about Hypothetical, the OJ Simpson special that, for whatever reason, recently aired. Margaret and Karen both saw A Wrinkle in Time and share their thoughts on the film. Then the gang delve into time travel, and make some profound realizations. If you want to hear about Outlander or Doctor Who, sorry. But if you want to hear their thoughts on Time Traveler’s Wife, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Back to the Future, Quantum Leap, The Arrival and lots of other titles, you’ll be in luck! With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Wynter Mitchell. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Teena Marie - Deja Vu Karen Tongson - Tracey Thorn - Dancefloor Wynter Mitchell - James Bay - Pink Lemonade Guy Branum - The 5th Dimension - Aquarius Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
14/03/18·1h 5m

A Nonagenarian Named Oscar w/ Chris Schleicher

It’s another fun-filled Pop Rocket. This week, special guest Chris Schleicher is all about the Best Documentary Short Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405; Margaret Wappler is all up in season three of Unreal; Karen Tongson wanted to be about Unreal, but Wappler stole her thunder so Karen tells us about the new show Good Girls, and Guy Branum is all about the Great White Way, fresh off his trip to New York with his niece. Then the gang delve into Oscar talk, sharing tips on how to guess the most wins on the ballot, how they each watched the awards show and all the hot takes they have. There’s just the right balance of reverence and cattiness. With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Chris Schleicher. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Sufjan Stevens - Visions of Gideon Karen Tongson - Jackson Brown - Somebody’s Baby Guy Branum - from Don’t Even Know It - Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Chris Schleicher - BeBe Zahara Benet - Drag Up Your Life Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.
08/03/18·1h 7m

Wakanda Forever with Tavia Nyong'o

Karen Tongson takes over hosting duties and is joined by special guest Tavia Nyong'o to discuss Black Panther! The gang chats about the impact the soundtrack had on them, afro-futurism/afro-centrism as part of the storytelling, and "double consciousness." Plus, Margaret talks Monica Lewinsky, Karen just finished watching Ugly Delicious, Tavia has some thoughts on the reboot of Heathers, and Wynter discusses GQ's article on Brendan Fraser. And producer Christian comes into the studio for a very special announcement and his very first jam. With Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Tavia Nyong'o. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Ella Jenkins - Who's Gonna Be Your Man? Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell- Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel Tavia Nyong'o - MeShell Ndegeocello - Waterfalls Christian Duenas - Frank Ocean - White Ferrari Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org. Farewell Rocketeers! It's been a blast getting to know you all on the Facebook and on Twitter. I'm gonna miss you so much! Christian Dueñas
28/02/18·1h 11m

Hail to the Matriarchy

This week, Guy and the gang talk about their favorite first ladies and lady presidents in movies and TV. Is there a fictional first lady that ISN'T some kind of commentary on Hillary? What kind of media would we like to see about the Obamas? When will Melania spill the tea? Plus, Margaret's baby makes his first podcast appearance, Wynter discusses Chris Rock's Netflix special, Guy talks Queer Eye, and the panel has a conversation on Parkland and Emma Gonzalez' speech on gun control. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell- Kendrick Lamar feat. SZA - All the Stars Guy Branum - Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
22/02/18·59m 56s

Pop Rocket is for Lovers with Dave White

Karen Tongson takes over hosting duties this week and film critic Dave White joins the panel to discuss all things Valentine's Day. Who are our favorite TV couples? Are rom coms over? What couple do our panelists aspire to be like? Plus, Karen talks the Winter Olympics, Dave tells us about his new favorite chef, and Wynter has a few more words on Versace. With Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Dave White. That's My Jam: Karen Tongson - The Shins - Heartworms (Flipped) Wynter Mitchell - Justin Timberlake - Filthy Dave White - Trina - Pull Over Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
14/02/18·1h 6m

That's What I Do!

This week, Guy and the gang discuss different representations of their respective careers in pop culture. How accurately is stand up comedy portrayed in Seinfeld? Are the lives of archaeology professors anywhere near as interesting as Indiana Jones'? Does ER do a good job of showing the process of having a baby? Plus, Karen talks The Alienist, Margaret gets into more podcasts, and Guy is in love with One Day at a Time. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - First Aid Kit - America Karen Tongson - Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride Guy Branum - The comedy of Bob Smith Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
07/02/18·56m 53s

The Fourth Estate in Film

This week, Louis Virtel takes over hosting duties to talk about The Post and journalism movies with Margaret and special guest April Wolfe! What kind of stories would the gang like to see in the future? Is Broadcast News secretly creepy? Plus, Louis LOVES awards season, April talks SNL, and Margaret discusses Kesha's Grammy performance and her legal feud with Dr. Luke. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, April Wolfe and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Rayvn Lenae - Sticky April Wolfe - Tweak Bird - Whorses Louis Virtel - Colonel Adams - I'm Not Gonna Let You Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
31/01/18·59m 17s

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

This week, Guy and the gang discuss The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. How amazing is Penelope Cruz' performance? How "true" is this true crime story and does it matter? Plus, Guy is getting into faith-based comedy, Wynter is watching even more stand up comedy, Margaret has some thoughts on The Chi, and Karen discusses The Hollywood Reporter's feature on Ellen Pompeo. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - The Mountain Goats - Wear Black Karen Tongson - Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good Wynter Mitchell - Gary Numan - M.E. Guy Branum - Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
24/01/18·1h 3m

Call Out Culture

This week the panel weighs in on call out culture. This episode was recorded shortly after the an article about a woman's date with Aziz Ansari came out. They examine the origins of call out culture, and its impact on the culture at large. It's a rich and nuanced conversation. Plus, Karen's All About is Season 15 of Top Chef Colorado, and Guy gives Karen half of his "all about" time so he can share his Top Chef thoughts. Guy's spends the other half of his time telling us about a video reel that played at the gay male wedding he attended this past weekend. For anyone thinking of introducing such a reel at his or her own wedding, Guy's got some opinions on it. Wynter Mitchell's all about Tom Segura's new Netflix comedy special. That's My Jam: Karen Tongson - The Cranberries - Linger Wynter Mitchell - The Cranberries - Ode to My Family Guy Branum - The Sauce Podcast With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket; on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org;.
18/01/18·1h 3m

The Third Annual Pop Tart Awards

It's that time of the year again! Guy and the gang and special guest Louis Virtel go over the very best of 2017 pop culture in this super-sized episode! Who will take the coveted Tart d'Or this year? Plus, the gang deliberates over categories suggested by listeners. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler and Louis Virtel. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
11/01/18·1h 23m

The Endless Red Carpet

This week, Guy and the gang talk about awards season and give some Oscar predictions! How will awards shows change in the #metoo era? Are we all tired of obvious Oscar bait? WHY DO THE GRAMMYS EXIST?! Plus, Karen catches up on Downton Abbey, Wynter discusses Black Mirror, Margaret loves Amazon's Rose Parade show, and Guy argues on Facebook about Call Me By Your Name. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Jonny Greenwood - House of Woodcock Karen Tongson - Japanese Breakfast - Machinist Wynter Mitchell - ABBA - Happy New Year Guy Branum - Curtiss Maldoon - Sepheryn (Ray of Light) Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
04/01/18·1h 3m

The Best of the Worst

This week, Guy Branum and the gang discuss their favorite "so bad it's good" movies, tv, and music. How was Small Wonder a real thing? What's the difference between schlock, schmatlz, and just straight up bad? Plus, Wynter has a few words on 45 in the Hall of Presidents, Karen just watched Masterminds, Margaret takes a 1 second video, and Guy loves Beatriz at Dinner. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Rupert Holmes - Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Karen Tongson - Wham - Last Christmas Wynter Mitchell - Bjork - Arisen my Senses Guy Branum - Lou Bega - Mambo No 5 Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
27/12/17·51m 58s

I, Tonya

This week, Guy and the gang talk about the film I, Tonya. Was Margot Robbie the best choice to portray Tonya Harding? Is the movie maybe just a bit too Oscar bait-y? All that, plus Guy talks Marvelous Ms. Maisel (again), Karen loves The Big Family Cooking Showdown, Wynter discusses Omarosa, and Margaret gets into sex therapy podcasts. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - St. Vincent - Pills Karen Tongson - General Public - Never You Done That Wynter Mitchell - Beck - Wow Guy Branum - Lizzo - Truth Hurts Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
20/12/17·51m 14s

Hanukkah is a Holiday Too

This week, Guy and the gang talk about Hanukkah and their favorite representations of the Festival of Lights in pop culture. Plus, Margaret discusses "Cat Person" Karen watched ALL of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Wynter and Guy can't stop talking about The Crown episode 8. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Darlene Love - Christmastime for the Jews Karen Tongson - Fiddler on the Roof - Do You Love Me Wynter Mitchell - Giraffage and Matosic - Slowly Guy Branum - Matisyahu - Miracle Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
13/12/17·52m 31s

The Gang is Back Together

Guy and Margaret make their triumphant returns and what better way to celebrate than a discussion on the best and worst reunions in pop culture! Why do TV reunions feel so special and do they ever live up to the hype? What reunions are we dying to see happen? Plus, Guy talks Lady Bird, Margaret's jam makes everyone a little misty eyed, and Karen has a few stories to share about Barbra Streisand. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. Margaret Wappler - LCD Soundsystem - Oh Baby Karen Tongson - Skeeter Davis - The End of the World Guy Branum - Bette Midler - Hello Dolly! Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
06/12/17·59m 19s

Who's in Your Coven?

It's Louis Virtel's last week guest hosting Pop Rocket and so we let him choose today's topic. Louis decided to have the panelists create their own covens and fill it with 5 of the raddest living women. Which of the panelists feels Chrissy Teigen is their spirit animal? Who believes Jane Curtin really represents their soul? Tune in and find out! Plus, Dave wants to dive into sad Christmas, Karen gets into true crime, Wynter's Gotta Have It, and Louis can't help but love Call Me By Your Name. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Dave White. That’s My Jam: Dave White - The Partridge Family - I Can Feel Your Heartbeat Karen Tongson - Mel C - Suddenly Monday Wynter Mitchell - Teen Titans Go! Cast - Work on an Episode Louis Virtel - Boy Krazy - That's What Love Can Do Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
29/11/17·1h 8m

Once More into the Mailbag

Happy Thanksgiving, Rocketeers (if you live in the US)! This week, the gang sit down and open up the Pop Rocket mailbag to answer a few of your questions. There's relationship advice, feminist awakenings, dog discussions, and everything in between! With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Pearl Bailey - Five Pound Box of Money Karen Tongson - The Psychedelic Furs - Ghost in You Wynter Mitchell - Spice Girls - Too Much Louis Virtel - Laura Nyro - Wedding Bell Blues Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
22/11/17·57m 18s

Thanksgiving with Katherine Spiers

Louis and the gang sit down with writer and host of the Smart Mouth podcast, Katherine Spiers, to talk about Thanksgiving traditions and trade a couple of great (and terrible) Thanksgiving stories. Plus, Wynter loves Bruno Mars, Karen talks fried chicken, Katherine needs more Lady Dynamite in her life, Louis declared Rosie O'Donnell the greatest talk show host, and Dave can't deal with Oprah's Favorite Things. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, Dave White and special guest Katherine Spiers That’s My Jam: Dave White - N.E.R.D - Lemon Karen Tongson - Train - Drops of Jupiter Wynter Mitchell - Joji - Pills Louis Virtel - Jody Watley - I'm the One You Need Katherine Spiers - George Benson - Give Me the Night Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
16/11/17·1h 3m

Faux-tige Fatigue with Dave White

This week, Louis, Karen and film critic Dave White sit down to discuss faux prestige (or faux-tige) movies and television. What exactly makes something faux-tige? Karen breaks it down for us. Plus, Louis talks about the time he asked Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell some hard questions, Karen brings in some more Stranger Things..things, and Dave can't stand any of the Bad Moms. With Louis Virtel, Karen Tongson and Dave White. That’s My Jam: Dave White - Bikini Kill - New Radio Karen Tongson- Icicle Works - Whisper to a Scream (Birds Fly) Louis Virtel- Olivia Newton-John - Make a Move on Me Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
08/11/17·57m 27s

The Unusual Suspect

This week, the gang talks about THAT actor. Is his career through? Has Kevin come out of the closet in the worst possible way? Plus, a spoiler-free discussion on Stranger Things season 2, Louis reviews 3 classic movies, and Alonso is ready for the Hallmark Christmas movie onslaught. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Cheryl Lynn - Star Love Wynter Mitchell - Beck - Seventh Heaven Louis Virtel - Rufus ft. Chaka Khan - Do You Love What You Feel Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
01/11/17·50m 41s

Monsters Under The Bed

This week, it's Pop Rocket's Halloween Spooktacular! Louis and the gang talk about the things that scared them as children. Aliens, Muppets, weird logo jingles, and everything in between. Louis finally gives us some moderns jams, Karen tells us a spooky Halloween story, Wynter has a few words for Justin Timberlake, and Alonso discusses Harvey Fierstein's infamous Barbara Walters interview. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Hayley Kiyoko - Feelings Karen Tongson - Etta James - One for My Baby and One More for the Road Wynter Mitchell - Janet Jackson - You Louis Virtel - Alice Merton - No Roots Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
25/10/17·59m 27s

Gone But Not Forgotten

This week, Louis and the gang sit down to discuss celebrities and death. What deaths affected them the most? Does every newspaper really have an obit for Tom Hanks ready to go? Plus, Alonso gets back into Riverdale, Karen has beef with Klingons, Wynter tells us about her journey with Spencer Pratt, and Louis has some concerns about the new Mamma Mia. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Bleu - DDBDD  Karen Tongson - St. Vincent - Pills Wynter Mitchell - Da Brat - That's What I'm Looking For Louis Virtel - Klymaxx - The Men All Pause Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
18/10/17·55m 34s

When Athletes Become Activists

This week, Louis and the gang sit down to discuss athletes and protests in the wide world of sports throughout the years. The 1968 Olympics, Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show, Colin Kaepernick, even Louis' high school, the panel covers it all. Plus, Louis rediscovers Project Runway, Karen started watching 90's House, Alonso can't get enough cupcakes, and a lengthy discussion on the ongoing Weinstein debacle. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Prince - Good Love Karen Tongson - Yaz - Only You Wynter Mitchell - Alt-J - Hunger of the Pine Louis Virtel - Baby - I Want It All Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
11/10/17·56m 23s

It's the End of the World!

This week, Louis and the gang chat about dystopias and how the future is the worst. They chat about the weirdly prescient Back to the Future 2, Octavia Butler's Parable series, and why utopias are so boring. Karen tells us how she stayed calm during an active shooter scare at USC, Wynter is all about the newest season of You're the Worst, Alonso needs you to listen to KEOM, and Louis can't wait for the First Wives Club TV show. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Bruce Springsteen - Viva Las Vegas Karen Tongson - Color Me Badd - All 4 Love Wynter Mitchell - Tom Petty - I Won't Back Down Louis Virtel - Half the Way - Crystal Gale Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Casey O'Brienfor MaximumFun.org.
04/10/17·1h 3m

Biopics

This week, Louis and the gang talk about biopics and what makes them great. They discuss Battle of the Sexes, Billie Jean King's haircut, Selena, and what biopics NEED to be made already. Plus, Alonso is in love with Bojack Horseman, Karen thinks you should give Transparent season 4 a chance, Wynter talks up Lady Gaga's documentary, and Louis wants more genuine "73 Question" interviews like Tracee Ellis Ross. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Curtis Mayfield - Don't Worry If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go Karen Tongson - Melissa Etheridge - I'm the Only One Wynter Mitchell - Debbie Deb - Funky Lil Beat Louis Virtel - Teena Marie - Behind the Groove Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Casey O'Brienfor MaximumFun.org.
27/09/17·59m 14s

Fall TV Preview 2017

This week, we reside in Paris, France and it's our annual Fall TV preview! Louis, Karen and Alonso give us the lowdown on all the new shows they're excited about (Star Trek: Discovery, Will & Grace, 9JKL, 90's House), the shows they don't really want to see (Young Sheldon, Dynasty), and returning faves (The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy, American Housewife, This Is Us). Plus, Margaret Wappler calls in to tell us about the pop culture she's been taking in since she's become a mom (hey Silas!) Alonso can't stop talking about Ex Libris Karen is all about the sapphic/sapphic-adjacent content on the Emmy's, and Louis reads a bit of Olivia de Havilland's letter to Ryan Murphy. That’s My Jam: Karen Tongson - The Carpenters - Maybe It's You Alonso Duralde - Liza Minnelli - Don't Drop Bombs Louis Virtel - The Dixie Chicks - Don't Let Me Die in Florida Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Casey O'Brienfor MaximumFun.org.
20/09/17·1h 1m

Remembering 9/11 with Louis Virtel

This week on Pop Rocket, comedian, writer and performer Louis Virtel sits in for Guy while he is away. Louis and the gang discuss 9/11 and the immediate and long term impacts it had on pop culture. Have we yet to chronicle 9/11 in a meaningful way? How has new consumption changed since 2001? Plus, Wynter discusses the new season of American Horror Story, Karen is rewatching The L-Word, Louis can't stop watching British game shows, and Alonso wants to let us all know that Episodes is still on and still pretty great. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Roger Joseph Manning Jr. - Too Late for Us Now Karen Tongson - Earth, Wind and Fire - In The Stone Wynter Mitchell- 24hrs - What You Like Louis Virtel - Fergie - You Already Know Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Casey O'Brien for MaximumFun.org.
13/09/17·52m 45s

Summer Jams 2017

At long last, it's the Pop Rocket Summer Jam! Guy, Karen, Wynter and Alonso each pitch their favorite songs, yet only one song can be named Song of the Summer. Will it be Selena Gomez's Bad Liar"? or "Despacito", featuring her ex's vocals? This episode is loaded with songs and strong opinions. Plus, Alonso is all about the Hallmark Drama channel, Wynter is keeping a close eye on Taylor and Katy, and Guy finally threw in the towel and watched NBC's "This Is Us". He's now convinced one of the actors on the show can survive a nuclear attack. Summer jam contenders: Alonso - Amelia Airhorn - Miracle Wynter - Calvin Harris - Feels Karen - Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. Superfan Beth made a Spotyify playlist featuring EVERY song nominated for Summer Jam. We also made a Spotify playlist for the songs we talked about during this episode. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Casey O'Brien for MaximumFun.org.
06/09/17·1h 4m

Remembering Princess Diana with Dave White

This week on Pop Rocket Karen hosts and the gang is joined by film critic Dave White as they remember the life and death of Princess Diana. The crew trades stories of where they were when they first learned the news of her death, as well as what Princess Diana meant to each of them. Wynter details Princess Diana as the trendy jet-setter, while Karen explains the lasting effects of the People's Princess on the throne and the world at large. Dave reveals what he learned from the most recent Princess Diana documentary, the conspiracy filled TLC docu-drama, Princess Diana: Tragedy of Treason?. Plus, the gang discusses Queen Elizabeth's salty relationship with Princess Di. This week Karen is all about the recent GQ article by Rachel KaadziI Ghansah, A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof. While Wynter is all about the Ryan Reynold's vehicle The Hitman's Bodyguard. Plus, Dave recommends another Michael Almereyda film, the soulful, futuristic drama Marjorie Prime. With Wynter Mitchell, Dave White, and Karen Tongson. Jams: Dave - Earth is a Cage - The Body & Full of Hell Wynter - Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve Karen - Last Chance On The Stairway - Duran Duran Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy August Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Casey O'Brien for MaximumFun.org.
30/08/17·59m 35s

Back To School

This week on Pop Rocket Karen hosts and the gang goes back to school. It's that time of year again and the crew looks back on the quintessential school movies that taught them about life. Wynter shares her desire to have a Sixteen Candles high school experience, and Alonso discusses his relation to Tom Cruise in the film Risky Business. The gang also dives into adult education, discussing the films and TV where adults go back to school. Karen shares with us the lessons learned from Will Smith's character in the film Six Degrees of Separation. Plus, the crew explores the current lack of value placed upon education and how that may be the death knell for future classic movies about the school experience. This week Karen reveals some *SPOILERS* for the show Insecure and is also all about it. While Alonso is all about Netflix's The Defenders. Plus, Wynter gets her popcorn ready as she is all about Taylor Swift's social media scrubbing and her ongoing feud with Katy Perry. With Wynter Mitchell, Alonso Duralde, and Karen Tongson. Jams: Alonso - Axolotl - The Veils Wynter - Mediate - INXS Karen - Haim - Little of Your Love Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy August Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Casey O'Brien for MaximumFun.org.
23/08/17·55m 59s

Netflix and Chill with Dave White

This week on Pop Rocket Guy and the gang are joined by film critic Dave White as they do some serious netflix-ing and chilling. The group dives deep on their favorite titles available on the platform, and also discuss the highs and lows of cutting the cable cord. Guy dissects the reasons behind Shonda Rhimes jumping from the ABC ship, and Dave discusses his need from Netflix for more sugary reality TV shows, like Chasing Cameron. The gang compares and contrasts all the streaming services from Hulu to Crackle. Plus we also discover that Guy has a great affinity for the theme song to the Patti Lupone vehicle Life Goes On . Guy and Karen have a semi-shared What We're All About in discussing their love for Difficult People. But Guy is all about a lot this week as he also shares his passion for Big Brother. Dave and Alonso are both all about documentaries, but they couldn't more different films. Alonso talks about the new Ferguson documentary Whose Streets?, and Dave is all about Escapes, a film chronicling the life of Blade Runner writer and actor Hampton Fancher. With Dave White, Alonso Duralde, Karen Tongson, and Guy Branum. Jams: Alonso - The Summer Knows - Laura Fygi Dave - Polegnala e Todora - Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares Karen - Matthew Morrison - You've Got to Be Carefully Taught Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy August Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Casey O'Brien for MaximumFun.org.
16/08/17·59m 59s

Unpopular Opinions

This week on Pop Rocket Karen hosts and the gang considers unpopular pop culture opinions. Sparked by a conversation in the Pop Rocket Facebook group, the panel talks about the opinions that they hold that run counter to the collective cultural narrative. In this episode no opinion is too unpopular to air, not even one concerning the Queen Bey herself. We learn about Wynter's love for Desus & Mero, and Karen tells us about the drama in Kentucky surrounding the bourbon heiress Hollis Bulleit who is claiming her family is shafting her since she came out. Plus, Wynter throws down the gauntlet when it comes to the song of the summer, and Karen serves us music that pays tribute to Margaret Wappler. With Wynter Mitchell, Alonso Duralde, and Karen Tongson. Jams: Alonso - In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening - Rosemary Clooney Wynter - Creature Comfort - Arcade Fire Karen - Haley - Big Thief Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy August Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
09/08/17·57m 2s

Girls Trip with Alonso Duralde

This week, we are joined by film critic and host of the Linoleum Knife podcast Alonso Duralde! Alonso will be with us for the next couple of months while Margaret is on maternity leave, bringing his particular knowledge of film and the industry to the show. But this week: Girls Trip. The movie stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, and breakout star Tiffany Haddish. They discuss Tiffany Haddish's hilarious performance in this movie, but does Hollywood know what to do with her next? They talk about the role of blackness and black female friendship in this movie, and why it's important more of these films get made. And finally, and probably most importantly, they talk about the role that black hair plays in the movie, and what each of the character's hair styles tells you about their personality. Guy is all about The Beaverton, which is Canada's answer to The Onion News Network, and Wynter is all about the Jason Bateman led Netflix series Ozark. Plus, Karen catches up on Queen Sugarand Alonso is still watching Degrassi. Plus, we hear what each of the panelists is listening to this week. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Alonso Duralde, and Karen Tongson. Jams: Guy - Cars That Go Boom - L'Trimm Alonso - Better The Devil You Know - Kylie Mynogue Wynter - Idolize Me - Yellow Alex Karen - Way Back - TLCand Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy August Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
02/08/17·57m 28s

We're Podcasting for Two!

It’s a very special episode of Pop Rocket. We throw Margaret Wappler a baby shower before she takes an extended leave of absence to become a mother. There were games, tears, laughter, joy and even a guest appearance by One Bad Mother’s Biz Ellis.   The gang talk about their favorite lullabies, share what tv shows affected them the most as a child, and Margaret reveals how she would stage her pregnant photo shoot. Plus, Karen brings in an old school Summer Jam, Guy and Margaret are still gaga for Game of Thrones (no spoilers), and Wynter is in love with Ready Player One.   We all love you and wish you the best, Margaret! With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler That's My Jam: Margaret Wappler - REM - Untitled (Track 11) Karen Tongson - Flo Rida - My House Wynter Mitchell - Brandy - Baby Guy Branum - Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry   Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org Other Links: Charlotte: no no no Ready Player One trailer Cindy Crawford on W Magazine
26/07/17·1h 16m

The Fat Episode

This week the gang talks about body diversity, and fatness in particular, in the media. The idea for this show came from a thread in the Pop Rocket Facebook group, and because there were so many varying opinions on the topic, they knew that they had to cover it on the show. The gang gets real about their personal experiences with weight, and how that has affected how they see weight in the media. They talk about how race, class, and weight intersect, and how the media moralizes fat people in order to make them redeemable in the media consumers mind. They also talk about weight in the age of Instagram, the Kardashians, and unattainable body standards, which Wynter thinks is worse now than ever. Karen pseudo-recommends the new Naomi Watts led Netflix series Gypsy, Wynter talks about the new Marti Noxon film To The Bone and Guy and Margaret talk about the return of Game of Thrones. Plus we hear what the panel is listening to this week. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, and Karen Tongson. Jams: Wynter Mitchell - Calvin Harris feat. Future and Khalid Margaret Wappler - Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place on Earth Karen Tongson - Icona Pop - Girls Girls Guy Branum - Olivia Gatwood - Ode to the Women on Long Island Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
19/07/17·59m 9s

The Big Sick

**This episode contains spoilers** This week Guy, Margaret, and Wynter talk about The Big Sick, the new romantic comedy from Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani which tells the story of how they met and fell in love. Because because the film is based in tragedy, with Emily falling into a coma in the middle of the film, some people are hesitant to call it a romantic comedy. But not our panel! They discuss how the usual tropes of a romantic comedy get flipped around, and how those changes allow for a more candid and interesting story. They also discuss why brown men falling for white women on screen is problematic, but maybe not in the case of The Big Sick. Guy talks about why he's all about this season of Big Brother, and Wynter tells us why we should forget about all of the other iterations of Peter Parker and go see the Tom Holland led Spider-Man: Homecoming. Plus, the "Song of the Summer" thread is live in the Facebook group and the panelists aren't too happy with the nominations. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler Jams: Guy Branum - Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee ft. Justin Bieber - Despacito Margaret Wappler - Toro Y Moi - Girl Like You Wynter Mitchell - Rockell - In A Dream Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: I'm Tired of Watching Brown Me Fall In Love With White Women Onscreen Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
12/07/17·52m 39s

Declarations of Independence

The gang's all here (in a special early episode) to celebrate artists who have declared their independence from the man! We're talking Lemonade, Thelma and Louise, Sofia Coppola, Salman Rushdie, and more! Plus, Guy has a special surprise Jam for you Rocketeers, Wynter can't get enough of Claws, Karen's Dying Up Here, and Margaret talks Kerry Washington in Confirmation With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Cat Powers - Lived in Bars Karen Tongson - The Killers - The Man Wynter Mitchell - Ice Cube - My Summer Vacation Guy Branum - Katy Perry - Firework Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
03/07/17·52m 46s

The Pop Rocket Summer 2017 Book Club

Hello Rocketeers! Charge up your Kindles, rewind your audiobook cassette tapes, or dust off your book and come join Guy, Karen, and Margaret for the annual Pop Rocket Summer Book Club Special! This week, the gang discuss Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower. They also take some of YOUR questions and comments from the Pop Rocket Facebook group. Plus, Karen is super into Ken dolls, Margaret is in full summertime jam mode, and Guy has a few words on The Beguiled. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler That's My Jam: Margaret Wappler - The Magic Numbers - Love Me Like You Karen Tongson - SWV - Right Here (Human Nature Remix) Guy Branum - Ricky Martin - Vente Pa' Ca Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist  You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
28/06/17·1h 2m

Outfest with Tre'vell Anderson

This week, the gang sits down with LA Times film critic, Tre'vell Anderson to talk about the LGBTQ film festival, Outfest! Guy, Margaret, and Karen discuss the documentary Chavela, Wynter gives her take on the sci-fi horror(?) film Rift, and Tre'vell talks about the Ferguson documentary Whose Streets. Plus, a special announcement for you Rocketeers! We're opening up Jumbotrons for Pop Rocket. If you ever wanted to have YOUR message read on the show, well now is your chance! Just go to maximumfun.org/jumbotron and click on Pop Rocket. Next week is the Pop Rocket Summer Book Club episode so if you haven't purchased your copy of Parable of the Sower, you can get it HERE With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and special guest Tre'vell Anderson. That's My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Imperial Teen - Our Time Guy Branum - The Walker Brothers - The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore Wynter Mitchell - Katy Perry - Tsunami Karen Tongson - Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut to the Feeling Tre'vell Anderson - Todrick Hall ft. Bob the Drag Queen - Wrong Bitch Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
21/06/17·53m 44s

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

This week on Pop Rocket, the gang talks about the lazy hazy days of summer. The amount of content that is released during the spring months slows down as summer moves on. But what shows did we miss when we were devouring the big springtime hits like The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies and Master of None? Guy talks about the Oprah network soap opera Greenleaf, and his obsession with past seasons of Survivor. Margaret is diving into the true crime genre and watching The Keepers, a 7 part docuseries on Netflix. Karen's love of everything 80's comes through in her recommendation of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. At the top of the show, Margaret brings up the latest Bill Maher controversy, and the panel have a conversation about gender, race, and the inability for some comedians to create respectful content in 2017. Plus, we get some solid jam recommendations from the gang, just in time for summer. Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler Jams: Margaret Wappler - Inara George - Genius Karen Tongson - Erasure - Chains of Love Guy Branum - Little Mix - Shout Out To My Ex Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Symone Sanders and Ice Cube on Real Time with Bill Maher Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
14/06/17·58m 52s

Wonder Woman with April Wolfe

Margaret takes over hosting duties this week and is joined by film critic/Pop Rocket's Fifth Beatle April Wolfe to talk about Wonder Woman! What did the film do so right? Is this record-breaking film a sign that DC is finally turning around? Plus, the gang takes some of your questions from the official Pop Rocket Facebook group. Don't worry, Rocketeers, this discussion is SPOILER FREE! By the way, Pop Rocket's Summer Book club is underway! If you still need to buy a copy of Parable of the Sower, click HERE to get it on Amazon. With Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and guest April Wolfe. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Marika Hackman - My Lover Cindy Karen Tongson - k.d. lang - Summerfling Wynter Mitchell - Missy Elliott - 4 My People April Wolfe - Look Blue Go Purple - I Don't Want You Anyway Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
07/06/17·59m 28s

Medical Dramas with Dave White

Guy, Wynter, and Karen are once again joined by film critic Dave White to talk about medical dramas! How accurate was Doogie Howser? How is the Nurse's Ball on General Hospital a real thing? Was Scrubs secretly genius? Plus, Dave tells us why Getting On was such an important show in his life, Guy tries to defend DNCE again, Wynter is semi-confident she can become a doctor, and Karen reminds us why ER was worth watching even in the later seasons. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and guest Dave White. Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
31/05/17·1h 1m

Memorial Day Special with Dave White

On a special mini episode, the gang is joined by film critic Dave White to talk about films that memorialize war, soldiers, and veterans. We get history lesson from Karen about the origins of Memorial Day, and how it spread across America eventually becoming a national holiday. The gang talk about the huge responsibility war films have, in both their messaging and cinematography, and how some miss the mark. Wynter tells us why she doesn't watch war movies, and the panel talks about the one war comedy that was able to pull it off (just barely). And in lieu of all abouts and jams, Dave tells us about a four hour black and white art house film that we must not miss (he promises that it is very watchable). You can catch Dave on his podcast Linoleum Knife and read his film reviews on The Wrap. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Dave White. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Beau Travail Gallipoli Heaven & Earth Ran Lawrence of Arabia Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
24/05/17·52m 1s

2017 Summer Blockbusters with Alonso Duralde

This week, Karen takes over as host as the gang discusses Summer Blockbusters. They are joined by film critic and writer Alonso Duralde to discuss which summer films they're most excited for, which ones they aren't, and which ones just shouldn't have been made. Margaret tells us what she expects from the perfect Summer blockbuster. We find out what the logistics are for a hit film's international release, and the gang takes on the DC versus Marvel movie debate. Plus the panel discusses summer releases that don't have explosions and muscles but rather heart and wit. We are treated to some awesome recommendations from the gang, from season two of Master of None (watch out for a few tiny spoilers!) to a biography of Harvey Kurtzman, the creator of Mad Magazine. And as always, the gang tells us what their jam of the week is. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and Alonso Duralde. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Yacht Rock Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
17/05/17·59m 14s

Celebrity Journalism

This week, we have the gang back together plus celebrity journalist and novelist Abby Stern to talk the evolution and the current disintegration of celebrity journalism. We get a historical outline of celebrity journalism, from Hedda Hopper and Louis B. Mayer to TMZ and Instagram influencers. The gang explores the symbiotic relationship between celebrities and the press, and how that has evolved over time. We find out where each of our panelists' "do not report" line is when covering celebrities, and which era they think is best for celebrity journalism. We get a postmortem from Wynter regarding Phaedra's dramatic exit from Real Housewives of Atlanta and the jealousy of the French people that Margaret feels after their latest election. Karen tells us about why she loves May sweeps and Guy gives us a reason to stop being mad at Susan Sarandon. Abby's brand new book According To A Source, which will be released May 23rd, can be pre-ordered now! With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and Abby Stern. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Phaedra's Fall From Grace Guardian article on the French media not reporting on the Macron leaks Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
10/05/17·1h 3m

The Handmaid's Tale

This week we have an all ladies episode of Pop Rocket! Karen is hosting, and the gang is talking about the new Hulu series of Margaret Atwood's 1985 classic novel The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret tells us about the differences between the series and the book. They explore whether or not Offred's internal dialogue works when portrayed as voice over, and whether the racial make-up of the show was intentional. Does the music work, and does the show reflect anything from our current political climate? Margaret's all about is relishing in the dismantling of Fox News by the hands of its key contributors and Wynter talks about Netflix's Dear White People. Plus, the panel shares some light, vintage jams to help cleanse our palates after a particularly heavy discussion. Reacd Margaret's interview with Margaret Atwood for the Los Angeles Times and don't forget to listen to Guy's interview with Atwood on Bullseye from 2015. Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Wynter Mitchell Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. Other Links: The Smarthmouth Podcast You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
03/05/17·1h 2m

Kendrick! Lorde! Gaga! The 2017 Music Special with Gerrick Kennedy

This week, the gang (minus Guy) is joined by Gerrick Kennedy, music writer at the Los Angeles Times, to discuss the best album releases of 2017. For the first time in 33 years, there are no women in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100's chart. The gang discusses whether they think this is a fluke or a trend, how they think streaming services affect the numbers, and what this means for women musicians of color. They discuss the importance of the new Kendrick Lamar album D.A.M.N. and about early contestants for "The Song of the Summer" title. They talk about whether they think Ed Sheeran is creepy and why Harry Styles is a #HeForShe hero. Then, in lieu of jams and because Coachella just kicked off the start to the music festival season, the panel tells us about their dream music festivals-where they would be, who would be playing, and how much they would cost. All of this, plus each panelist tells us what they're all about. Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Gerrick Kennedy Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Phil Elverum Pitchfork Piece by Jayson Greene Here Lies Love Ed Sheeran's Rolling Stone cover story No Women in Hot 100's top 10 For The First Time in 33 years Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
27/04/17·1h 1m

The End of Girls with Las Culturistas

This week, the Pop Rocket panel has some extra help to talk about the 5 years and 6 seasons of Girls that ended this past Sunday from the New York based comedy duo Las Culturistas. As you can imagine, the gang has a lot to say during this post mortem. They talk about whether we got closure from the final episode, and whether Lena should have just stopped at the penultimate episode. Did the producers of Girls do enough to deal with the lack of racial diversity on the show over the 5 years? What role did nudity and sex play on show, and why was it so refreshing? Was Elijah used as a trophy and crutch or seen as a peer by Hannah? And did we think that this was a genuinely funny show? All of these questions will be answered, plus Bowen and Wynter are all about new video games, and Matt can't stop listening to the new Gaga. In lieu of jams this week, we get a master class in the signature segment on the Las Culturistas podcast, "I Don't Think So Honey"-- things get rowdy. We also want to thank everyone who donated during the MaxFun Drive this year, and give a particular shoutout to those who donated on our shows behalf. Tweet at us if you made a donation to us and didn't receive your voicemail from Karen Tongson. If you will be in the Los Angeles area this Friday, April 21st, make sure to check out Matt and Bowen's improv group Pop Roulette at UCB Sunset at 10:30 p.m. Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Bowen Yang, and Matt Rogers Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
19/04/17·1h 3m

Pop Rocket Likes It Raw with April Wolfe

On this week's Pop Rocket, Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell and Karen Tongson are joined by LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe  for a deep dive into the French horror film Raw by director Julia Ducournau. The movie centers on Justine, a young vegetarian who, along with her sister, is studying to become a veterinarian. When Justine is pressured to eat a rabbit's kidney at a party, that act unleashes all her carnal desires, such as the desire to eat people. When Raw screened in Los Angeles, theaters handed out barf bags to moviegoers because some people can't handle the graphic realism. In this episode, you'll find out why April considers this to be one of the best horror movies of all time. Karen Tongson impresses with a quick history lesson on French veterinary science, and Guy and Wynter explore the ways fear of female sexuality plays such a core role in horror films. Also in this episode, April's all about the Anne Hathaway film "Colossal", Wynter's all about that Pepsi ad, Guy's all about Shit Town and Karen thinks folks should get into season three of "Grace & Frankie". Plus, the gang shares their favorite jams, but this week Guy's jam isn't a song. It's the horrific footage of the United passenger getting dragged through the plane. It's a jam-packed episode. Enjoy! With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and April Wolfe. That’s My Jam: April Wolfe - Kleenex/ Liliput - Hitch-Hike Karen Tongson - Lionel Richie - You Are Wynter Mitchell - Iggy Azalea - Mo Bounce Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
12/04/17·1h 1m

Game Shows

In honor of the premier of Guy Branum's new truTV show, the gang is talking about game shows this week! Karen reminisces about the implicit corniness of 70's and 80's game shows, Wynter talks about the accessibility differences between quiz shows like Jeopardy and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, and Margaret tells us about the time she was on The Price is Right. Plus, we learn about Wynter's new obsession with ASMR-adjacent Youtube click-holes, and Guy tells us why he was stunned by the latest episodes of Feud, Girls, and the gang discuss the series finale of Big Little Lies. Finally, the gang tell us which tracks they can't stop listening to. **There are many plot revealing spoilers in this episode, particularly about the series finale of Big Little Lies** Rocketeers, don't forget to tune into Guy Branum's NEW tv program called Talk Show The Game Show every Wednesdy at 10/9c on truTV, with a premier date of April 5th! Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler Jams: Margaret Wappler - Sit Down - James Wynter Mitchell - That's What I Like - Bruno Mars Karen Tongson - Maggie Rogers - Alaska Guy Branum - Conceptual Jam - Donate to Maximum Fun! Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Michael Larson on Press Your Luck James - Laid That Poppy Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
06/04/17·1h 1m

1997 in Music

This week the gang is here to talk about the year 1997 in music and culture. There are a surprising number of 20 year old infallible pop hits that were influenced by a number of factors; the internet, CD-R's, Princess Diana passing, the death of Gianni Versace, the 24-hour news cycle, and of course Tupac and Biggies deaths. Wynter and Karen make it clear that they had the best 1997 as they were living in the city of possibilities (San Francisco), Margaret tells us why she doesn't know any Spice Girls songs, and we find out which panelist played sax in a ska band. Plus, in lieu of jams, we hear from each of the panelists what podcasts they are listening to lately. And remember, if you haven't yet become a member or upgraded your membership, please do it before the end of #MaxFunDrive. Margaret Wappler has vowed to send every new person that joins a denim jacket w/ a celebrity inside, Karen Tongson will eat weird vending machine food for you and Guy Branum will share his family's fruit cobbler recipe. And his family is from Arkansas!   Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler Podcast Recommendations: Margaret Wappler - Baby Geniuses Karen Tongson - Minority Korner Guy Branum - Las Culturistasr We made a special playlist with all of the songs we talked about in this week's episode (plus some other gems). You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
30/03/17·1h 5m

Bonus! Jesse Thorn Interviews Guy

This week we have a bonus Pop Rocket episode for all of you Rocketeers! Jesse Thorn, our boss and creator of Pop Rocket, interviewed Guy for Pop Rocket's sister show Bullseye with Jesse Thorn about his new truTV show Talk Show the Game Show. Although the Bullseye interview won't air for a couple of weeks, Jesse wanted to release this episode to you, our beloved listeners, as a thank you for your continued support. As I'm sure you know by now, it is the MaxFun Drive, the 2 weeks out of the year where we ask you, our listeners, to give back in whatever way possible. You can go to the MaxFun website to donate at whatever level you can. You can also pick up some awesome thank you gifts, among which is the INCREDIBLE Pop Rocket enamel pin designed by Megan Lynn Kott. We really can't make this show without you and we so appreciate anything that you can give. Make sure to make some noise about your contribution to Maximum Fun by using the hashtag #MaxFunDrive. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
24/03/17·55m 59s

Ladies Loving Ladies

Guy, Wynter, and Karen are joined by comedian and actress Tara Jepsen to examine Hollywood’s depiction of lady love on the big screen, and TV. The panel delves into what gets them all hot and bothered, and what just gets them bothered. Plus, Tara throws down for her sapphic sister Rachel Maddow, Guy discusses the wonder that is Throwing Shade the TV show, Wynter reports back from SXSW, and Karen is all about drunk Asians on Fresh Off the Boat. But there’s more!, Pop Rocket debuts our newest segment, 4 Questions, with our first guest Lisa Loeb! It's a jam-packed show, Rocketeers! It's MaxFunDrive folks! If you enjoy listening to Pop Rocket, why don't you join the Maximum Fun family and become a donor. We'd really appreciate it. But there’s more! Pop Rocket debuts our newest segment, 4 Questions, with our first guest Lisa Loeb! Everyone should check out her new album Feel What U Feel. It's a jam-packed show, Rocketeers! With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and guest Tara Jepsen That's My Jam: Tara Jepsen - Herb Alpert - Spanish Flea Karen Tongson - Maria Katindig Dykes - Triste Wynter Mitchell - Drake - Teenage Fever Guy Branum - Las Culturistas Podcast Lisa Loeb feat. Craig Robinson - Feel What U Feel Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
22/03/17·1h 9m

FX's Feud with Karen Kilgariff and April Wolfe

This week, Guy and Margaret are joined by the host of My Favorite Murder, Karen Kilgariff, as well as LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe to talk FX's Feud, the Ryan Murphy miniseries Guy describes as "the most important story in the gay canon". Also, GUY BRANUM KNOWS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN GAME OF THRONES SEASON SEVEN!!! Like, for real. No joke. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Kilgariff, and April Wolfe. That's My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Elliott Smith - Say Yes Karen Kilgariff - Rihanna - Desperado April Wolfe - Orties - Putes Que Toutes Les Poutes Guy Branum - Nicki Minaj - No Frauds Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
15/03/17·59m 43s

Get Out

This week, Guy, Wynter, Margaret, and Karen talk about Jordan Peele's newest horror film Get Out*. They discuss the racial and political implications of the film, Wynter contextualizes the role of black people within the horror genre, and the gang discuss their favorite scenes from the movie. As always,the panel tells us what they are all about this week. Karen talks about 45 eating America's meat of choice with ketchup, Margaret recommends a mémoire and Wynter talks about Feud. Plus Guy keeps us up to date on his latest obsession with Calypso, and the rest of the gang provide their latest jams. *Please note that this episode is rife with spoilers, so if you haven't seen the movie yet, please keep this in mind! With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler,    Jams:   Guy Branum - Calypso Rose - Leave Me Alone Margaret Wappler - Sharon Van Etton - End of the World Wynter Mitchell - Phonte - Something Karen Tongson - Go West - King of Wishful Thinking   Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.   You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.   Other Links: Key and Peele's "Shining" Sketch Helen Rosner "Actually, How Donald Trump Eats His Steak Does Matter"   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
09/03/17·1h 1m

Facebook Grab Bag with Chris Schleicher

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. After the craziness of the Oscars on Sunday, we needed to calm down and talk about our favorite Facebook discussions from the official Pop Rocket Facebook group! Guy, Karen, Margaret, and special guest Chris Schleicher are here to talk about traumatizing movie scenes, TV shows that made them cry, and films that are better than the books they're based on. Plus, perhaps the best Jams so far in the history of Pop Rocket (imho)! By the way, if you want to hear the panel's thoughts on the 2017 Oscars ceremony, check out our bonus episode released earlier this week! With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and special guest Chris Schleicher.  That's My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Intro - Mica Levi (from "Jackie") Karen Tongson - Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis Chris Schleicher - Ne Me Quitte Pas - Michel Legrand (from "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") Guy Branum - Someone in the Crowd - Justin Hurwitz (from "La La Land") Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist You can let us know what you think of the Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org  
02/03/17·55m 37s

Oscars Special with Chris Schleicher

This is a rush edition of Pop Rocket focusing on The Oscars. Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and special guest Chris Schleicher waste no time in dishing on cinema's biggest night. They skip the "all abouts" and jams and get right to the WTF of it all--the best picture debacle, Casey Affleck and Brie Larson, bad hair, bad clapping and Hacksaw Ridge. Plus, we'll get to the bottom of why Margaret Wappler wants to be Taraji P. Henson's eyebrows when she grows up.   Guy Branum explains why he has a problem with standing ovations, and reveals a fact about director Ezra Edelman (OJ Made in America) that blew him away. Margaret Wappler hearts Natalie Portman's performance in Jackie and, apparently, Taraji P. Henson's eyebrows. Karen Tongson analyzes the ways Moonlight was successful in moving the lens away from gay white people. And Chris Schleicher gets all Zapruder film in breaking down the Best Picture fiasco and gives us his theory about Faye Dunaway.   Dive in!   Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Chris Schleicher You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and sug.gest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.   Other Links: Viola Davis' acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress Elaine Stritch's 2004 Emmy's Speech   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
28/02/17·43m 39s

Legal Dramas

This week Guy has returned from New York and the gang is back together to talk about legal dramas! They talk about the new CBS All-Access series The Good Fight, their favorite legal dramas of all time, and they get real about which TV or movie lawyer they would want to represent them in court. Wynter talks about her love for true crime, Margaret tells us what The Accused got right, and Karen talks about a Barbara Streisand classic. Plus we learn why Guy is currently obsessed with Calypso music and which documentaries you should be seeing this weekend. As with every week, we find out what the panel is all about and why jams they cannot stop listening to.   Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler   Jams:   Margaret Wappler -  Room 29 - Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzalez Wynter Mitchell - I Feel It Comin' - The Weeknd Karen Tongson - It Ain't Me - Kygo, Selena Gomez Guy Branum - No Wuk For Carnival - Lord Kitchener   Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.   You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.   Other Links: James Baldwin on the Dick Cavett Show James Spader on Boston Legal   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
23/02/17·58m 12s

The Grammys

This week, Guy is in New York but not to fear! Margaret Wappler fills in as host with Wynter Mitchell and Karen Tongson to talk about music’s biggest night, The Grammys. They talk about everything, from the production to the performances to the winners and almost more importantly, the losers. Music critic for outlets like Slate, NPR, and Pitchfork Chris Molanphy pops in to provide context about The Grammys and to deliver his opinion on the results. Plus the panelists share what they’re all about this week, and what they can’t stop listening to. Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, and Chris Molanphy Jams: Margaret Wappler - Kourosh Yaghmaei - Leila Wynter Mitchell - Bambaata - Unconditional Karen Tongson - Prince - Starfish and Coffee   Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.   You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.   Other Links: Buffalo Bill’s Dance Scene Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond -  You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Vic Berger- Donald Trump’s Huge Announcement Vic Berger - Jim Bakkers Buckets Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
16/02/17·57m 54s

Facebook Free for All!

Guest host Jordan Morris sits down with Karen, Margaret, and Guy to talk about their favorite topics brought up in the official Pop Rocket Facebook group! They talk chicken nuggets, indie comic books, and Beyonce’s pregnancy photos. Guy chats about Mary Tyler Moore, Karen can’t get enough K Stew and Jordan loves Jen Kirkman’s newest Netflix special. And of course, some jams to top it all off. With Jordan Morris, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, and Karen Tongson That's My Jam:  Jordan Morris - Pigeon John - She's Loud Margaret Wappler - Cherry Glazerr - Told You I'd be with the Guys Guy Branum - Kids in the Hall - Buddy Cole Sketch Karen Tongson - Team Dresch - Freewheel   Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
08/02/17·59m 31s

Oscar 2017 Snubs and Predictions

Jordan Morris sits in for Guy and is joined by Margaret, Wynter, and Karen to talk about the Oscar nominations announced last week. Guy Branum calls in to discuss Annette Bening’s performance in 20th Century Women. All that, plus everyone’s jams. It's a jam-packed show this week, friends. With Jordan Morris, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson, and Wynter Mitchell   That's My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Laura Marling - Soothing Karen Tongson - india.arie - Heart of the Matter Wynter Mitchell - Thundercat - Show Me the Way Jordan Morris - Masked Intruders - Crime Spree Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or on Twitter, we're @PopRocket Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org  
02/02/17·54m 8s

Revisiting Childhood

  This week, Jordan Morris fills in for Guy Branum while he’s away filming his new Tru TV program, Talk Show The Game Show. The gang talks about what pop culture from their childhood has withstood the test of time (and political and social advances) and what hasn’t.  Margaret brings up late 90’s bands that make her smile and some that make her cringe. Wynter talks about why horror films from her childhood still hold up, and Karen discusses the manifestation of her baby feminism in relation to Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda. We find out what the panel is all about this week, and what jams they are listening to. **PLUs** Guy Branum calls in to tell us about his new show and what show he’s all about (*hint* Rita Moreno features heavily in this segment). With Jordan Morris, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler   Jams: Jordan Morris - 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobic Opening1979 World Disco Dancing Finals Margaret Wappler - Goldfrapp - Anymore Wynter Mitchell - Sampha - No One Knows Me (Like The Piano) Karen Tongson - Donny Hathaway - Someday We’ll All Be Free Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.     Other Links: Key & Peele - Aerobics Meltdown Aziz Ansari’s SNL monologue         Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
25/01/17·58m 11s

Inauguration with Jordan Morris

This episode, Jordan Morris of @midnight and Jordan Jesse Go! sits in for Guy while he is away. Jordan and the gang discuss the upcoming Inauguration, the President elect’s difficulty in securing entertainment, and the different media choices that people from different parts of the country consume. They talk about the red/blue divide in terms of the reality TV choices of particular zip codes around the country. Karen tells us why she’s all about "Blackish” this week, and Wynter sets the record straight about the Golden Globes. And as with every week, the panel tells us what their latest jams are.    With Jordan Morris, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler Jams: Jordan Morris - Love In A Void Margaret Wappler - In Glendale Wynter Mitchell - Caroline Karen Tongson - Overkill     Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.    You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.   Other Links: Do Gay People Care About John Oliver? SNL Inauguration ‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. ‘Modern Family’:50 Maps of the U.S. Cultural Divide Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
19/01/17·56m 45s

2017 Pop Culture Resolutions

It’s finally 2017, Rocketeers! Guy, Wynter, and Karen sit down to discuss their new year resolutions for pop culture. Should we be watching less Housewives and more musicals? Who is reupping their subscription to THR this year? What kind of books should we try to read this year? Plus, the gang remember George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. That’s My Jam: Guy Branum - Good Morning Wynter Mitchell - Love is a Losing Game Karen Tongson - If You Were There   With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, and Karen Tongson Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
05/01/17·53m 12s

The Second Annual Pop Tart Awards

It's that time of year again! Guy, Wynter, Karen, and Margaret are all dressed in their most fabulous attire to award Pop Tarts to the greatest things in pop culture. Movies, music, artists, even iTunes reviewer names. Plus, who will take the coveted Tart d'Or this year?  All that and more in this jam-packed episode of Pop Rocket.  With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, and Karen Tongson Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
28/12/16·1h 6m

Reboots

On this week’s episode, Guy sits down with the newly assembled Pop Rocket gang and welcomes Karen Tongson to the team! In honor of her arrival, they discuss reboots; and the conversation gets heated! We find out the differences between reboots, remakes, and reimaginings. We also find out what everyone’s favorite reboot is, who has done it best, and why Americans aren’t good at making versions of British shows. And we find out, as we do every week, what everyone’s current jam is, and what they’re all about.   That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Your Best American Girl Guy Branum - Christmas Is Coming Wynter Mitchell - Randy Karen Tongson - Babe Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Ricki Lake’s Roach Dress Randy Rainbow Interviews Donald One Day At A Time Produced by Christian Dueñas, Kara Hart, and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org
21/12/16·49m 25s

Farewell

This week, Margaret hosts a very bittersweet episode with the whole gang present (Guy via phone). This is Oliver Wang’s last show as a co-host, and the gang is talking about pop culture farewells. They talk about the departure of which characters affected them most growing up, good and bad series finale’s, and the most recent pop culture departures that really got to them. And later, Guy joins the conversation to talk about their latest jams and to say his own farewell.   P.S. because this show is about **farewells** please note that there will be many spoilers That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Ragged Wood Oliver Wang - Always In My Heart Wynter Mitchell - A Solid Wall Of Sound Guy Branum - Adventures in Paradise Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.  You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
14/12/16·57m 18s

The Crown with Karen Tongson and Chris Schleicher

This episode, Guy and Margaret are joined by two very special guests to talk about Netflix’s most expensive series to date, The Crown. They talk about Queen Elizabeth II, her sister Margaret, whether Prince Phillip is hot or not, and who has played the best Elizabeth on screen. And as always, the panel discuss what they’re all about this week and what their latest jams are. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler -  Playing Elevator Guy Branum - Am I The Same Girl Chris Schleicher - Camelot Finale Karen Tongson - All Time Low Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.    You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in ourFacebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.
08/12/16·55m 17s

Pop Culture Families

This is our 100th episode! In honor of this, Guy, Margaret (via skype), Oliver, and Wynter talk about pop culture families as a way of paying tribute to the Pop Rocket family that has formed over the past two years.  Guy finds out which pop culture family the gang wishes they were a part of, and which TV and movie families represented their own. Then, they talk about the best pop culture families composed of friends (**Spoiler: Friends isn’t one of them**). Then, as always, we find out what the panel’s current Jams are and what their individual pop culture obsessions are.   That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Plastic Oliver Wang - Better Things Wynter Mitchell - Looking Up Through You Guy Branum - The Andy Cohen Diaries         Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.   You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.       Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
01/12/16·58m 40s

Cooking Shows

 This week, Guy sits down comedians Solomon Georgio, Kara Klenk, and Riley Silverman to talk everything cooking shows. Who is everyone’s favorite celebrity chef? Who is the panel’s least favorite? Why do they like Top Chef more than Chopped? And who is Fanny Cradock and can she be the British grandmother I never knew I needed? All of this plus everyone’s latest jams and pop culture “All About’s”. With Guy Branum, Solomon Georgio, Kara Klenk, and Riley Silverman.   That’s My Jam: Guy Branum - Come Sail Away Solomon Georgio - Side to Side Kara Klenk - Just Like Fire Riley Silverman - Heaven On Their Minds  Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via https://twitter.com/PopRocket @PopRocket on Twitter. Other Links: Fanny Cradock’s Christmas cooking special Mini Food Drew Droege as Chloë Sevigny   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
23/11/16·52m 50s

Monsters

This week, Guy sits down with Margaret and special guests Danielle Radford of the Maximum Fun podcast Tights and Fights and Andrew Ti of Earwolf's Yo, Is This Racist? to talk about Monsters of all kinds. We find out what monsters scare them them the most, what kind of monster would characterize today's society the most, and why zombies are so scary. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Danielle Radford, and Andrew Ti.    That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Everybody Knows Danielle Radford - Daddy Lessons   Andrew Ti - Classic Man (Chopped and Screwed) Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.   You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.
16/11/16·54m 14s

Super Dumb Comedies

This week, the gang tries to get rid of some of the anxiety surrounding this week's election by discussing their favorite dumb comedies. They discuss everything from Judd Apatow to the demise of Adam Sandler, whether physical comedy can be smart, and why so many comedies are tied to “The College Experience”. Guy proposes a theory to explain why Troop Beverly Hills has a longer shelf life than Down And Out In Beverly Hills and Wynter talks about why she loves Mike Judge.   That’s My Jam:   Margaret Wappler - At Last and  Unsatisfied Oliver Wang - Somebody Kill Me Please Wynter Mitchell - Heaven Is A Place On Earth Guy Branum - Daddy Lessons   Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart
09/11/16·50m 23s

Westworld with Story Editor Charles Yu

Wynter takes over hosting duties and is joined by Margaret and Oliver for a discussion on all things Westworld! Plus, Story Editor Charles Yu calls in to give us some details on the process behind creating the show. Margaret talks about The Electric Grandmother (yes this is real), Wynter wants to know exactly how much $40,000 can get you in Westworld, and Oliver welcomes back basketball. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, and Margaret Wappler Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
02/11/16·1h 15m

Tricks and Treats!

Guy, Margaret and Oliver are talking tricks and treats (pop culture hoaxes and candy) this week on Pop Rocket’s second annual Spooktacular! Why are memoir hoaxes always the juiciest? Where do we draw the line between hoax and just straight up lies? Why are Snickers candy bars so fancy? Plus, Guy has a new Halloween/bar mitzvah song to share, Margaret talks A Million Little Pieces, and Oliver can’t stand Reese’s. Also, Producer Christian comes in for his millennial minute and talks horror videogames! I hear he’s a super chill dude.   With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, and Oliver Wang Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
26/10/16·1h 4m

Celebrity Pets with Karen Tongson

Oliver takes over hosting duties and is joined by Margaret and the always lovely Karen Tongson to talk about celebrity pets! Does that mean pets of celebrities or pets that are themselves celebrities? Well, why not both? Cats from Outer Space, Bubbles, talking dog movies, YouTube cat conventions…it’s all here. Plus, Margaret adores Dolly Parton, Karen has a few thoughts on Pitch, and Oliver tells us why baseball is one the most fascinating sports on TV right now. With Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, and guest Karen Tongson Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
19/10/16·1h

Atlanta on FX with Demi Adejuyigbe

Guy, Margaret, and Wynter are joined by writer and host of The Gilmore Guys podcast, Demi Adejuyigbe to talk about Atlanta on FX! How long should this show go for? What makes this show really shine? What’s with the Justin Beiber episode?! Plus, Demi tells us what it’s like to write on The Good Place, Wynter is excited for Westworld, Margaret doesn’t get Bruno Mars, and Guy talks about one of the biggest arguments he and Demi had over Macklemore. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, and guest Demi Adejuyigbe Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
12/10/16·1h 10m

Debut Novels and Documentaries with Jade Chang, Jesse Thorn, and April Wolfe

Margaret takes over hosting duties this week in a special supersized episode of Pop Rocket! She's joined by author Jade Chang, LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe, and host of Pop Rocket’s sister show Bullseye, Jesse Thorn to talk about documentaries! Plus, Margaret talks to Jade about her new book, The Wangs vs. The World. Jesse talks about the Golden State Warriors, April has a few words to say on The Handmaiden, and Margaret reviews the Anthony Weiner documentary. With Margaret Wappler and guests, Jesse Thorn, Jade Chang, and April Wolfe Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org
05/10/16·1h 39m

Dear Pop Rocket...

This week, the Pop Rocket gang gives out pop culture and life advice to listeners! We learn what movie and dish pairs well with getting to third base, how to deal with breakups, and why DVR privileges should never be abused. Plus, we get a special question from a very lovely Rocketeer with a new lease on life. Get the tissues ready, it gets a little emotional. Wynter finds the last great Vine song, Margaret tells us about her OK Cupid alter ego, Oliver tells us how he deals with his daughter’s creative goals, and Guy explains how writing mean Yelp reviews can help with stress. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Oliver Wang, and Wynter Mitchell Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org
28/09/16·1h 7m

Emmy's and Pop Culture Comebacks

The gang is here to talk about the 2016 Emmy’s and prominent pop culture come-backs! Why does Veep get so much love? Do we even care about the Emmy’s anymore? Why can Drew Barrymore make a comeback but not Lindsay? All of these questions, and more are answered on this week’s Pop Rocket! With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler.  Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org. 
21/09/16·1h 1m

The 2000's in Pop Culture with Karen Tongson

Guy, Wynter, and Oliver are joined by Fifth Beatle and all around lovely person Karen Tongson to talk about the 2000’s in pop culture! What movies, trends and music will live on through the ages? How in the world did Crash win Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain? Plus, Wynter professes her love for Ludacris, Karen gives her thoughts on Hey Ya, Guy talks about his experience at an anime convention, and Oliver is touched by Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame speech. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, and guest Karen Tongson Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org
14/09/16·1h 5m

Fall TV Preview with Sara Benincasa

Wynter takes over hosting duties this week and is joined by comedian and writer Sara Benincasa to talk about fall TV shows! Atlanta, Frequency, Designated Survivor, and more! What’s going to make it to season 2 and what will fall flat on its dumb face? Plus, Oliver is finally able to talk about Stranger Things, Sara is surprised by Joe Swanberg’s hotness, and Wynter has a few words to say on Rob Lowe’s roast. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, and special guest, Sara Benincasa Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org
07/09/16·1h 2m

Searching for the Song of the Summer with Chris Molanphy

It’s finally going to happen, people. Many songs enter, but only one jam can be crowned the Song of the Summer. Guy, Oliver, Margaret, and Wynter bring their picks and some suggestions from the Facebook group and discuss what really makes a summer jam. Writer and analyst Chris Molanphy comes in with hard data to see what is objectively the Song of the Summer. Sia, Calvin Harris, DNCE, Lizzo, and so many more are brought into the fight. Who wins? The answer may shock you. With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and guest, Chris Molanphy Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org  
31/08/16·1h 7m

Rummaging Through the Mailbag Again

Margaret is back you guys! She takes over hosting duties and is joined by Oliver and Wynter to go through the mailbag and answer YOUR questions from the Facebook group and Twitter. The gang discuss good baby making songs, Harry Potter, time travel, and more! Plus, Margaret has some travel stories, Wynter mourns the death of Gawker, Oliver just can’t get enough Frank Ocean, and producer Christian just can’t take all the sex talk in the studio. With Margaret Wappler, Oliver Wang, and Wynter Mitchell Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org  
24/08/16·1h 4m

Vacations and Travel with Karen Tongson

Guy, Wynter, and Oliver are joined by academic and Pop Rocket’s fifth Beatle, Karen Tongson to talk about vacations in pop culture! The gang has some suggestions on how to pass the time on a plane, train, and/or automobile. What’s the difference between a vacation and travel movie? Why are ABC show families always taking vacations? Karen talks about her trip to the Philippines and Vietnam, Oliver and Wynter aren’t too sure about The Get Down, and Guy is slowly losing hope in finding a truly amazing Jam that is deserving of the Song of the Summer crown. Our regular host Margaret Wappler thinks it would be pretty cool of you to buy her new book Neon Green. Get it HERE or at your local independent bookstore. Check her website for tour dates. With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, and guest Karen Tongson Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
17/08/16·57m 35s

Summer Blockbusters with Devin Faraci and Riley Silverman

Oliver takes over hosting duties today and is joined by Wynter and special guests, comedian (and writer for MaxFun podcast International Waters!) Riley Silverman and Editor in Chief of Birth.Movies.Death, Devin Faraci. This week, the gang talks about this summer’s blockbusters with a focus on DC and Marvel movies! Is Suicide Squad a beautiful trainwreck or just a trainwreck-y trainwreck? Why does Marvel seem to be killing it at the box office and with critics while DC struggles to do either? Who in the world wanted another Independence Day movie? All that, plus, Oliver finds a new weird Olympic sport to obsess over, Wynter brings in some more KCRW-esque Jams, Riley has a few words to say on Rio de Janiero, and Devin still holds hope for one final potential summer blockbuster.   NOTE: Mild Harry Potter spoilers from 03:35-07:01 YOU’VE BEEN WARNED, NERDS! Hey, you! Margaret Wappler’s book is out now! Treat yourself tonight and get Neon Green HERE or at your local independent bookstore. Check her website for tour dates. With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, and special guests, Riley Silverman and Devin Faraci. Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
10/08/16·1h 2m

Stranger Things with Linda Holmes and Clinton Trucks

Guy and Wynter are joined by two special guests, host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour Linda Holmes and television producer Clinton Trucks to discuss the Netflix series Stranger Things! Linda is pretty pumped for the Splash remake, Clint talks about his first D&D experiences, and Guy and Wynter finally find some common ground in a Jam. Hey! Margaret Wappler's new book, Neon Green, is out now. Go get it! Find it at your local independent bookstore or grab it HERE. She's also on tour to promote it. Check her website for dates and see if she's coming around to your town. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, and special guests, Linda Holmes and Clinton Trucks Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org
03/08/16·55m 45s

Reality Competition Shows with Melissa Villaseñor

Guy, Oliver, and Wynter are joined by special guest, comedian and actress Melissa Villaseñor to talk about reality competition shows! Is Shark Tank any good? Are we still allowed to like The Apprentice? How “real” are these reality shows anyway? Also, Guy has a few words to say on Star Trek, Melissa talks about her AGT experience, Wynter is a huge fan of this year’s Comic-Con, and Oliver gives us a preview of his special “kitchen sink” mix for donors. Regular host Margaret Wappler’s book is available now and is currently on tour! Find it at your local independent bookstore or buy it HERE. Check her website for tour dates. The search for the Song of the Summer is still underway. Look for the official thread on the Pop Rocket Facebook group and submit your pick! With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, and guest Melissa Villaseñor Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
27/07/16·48m 57s

Who You Gonna Call?

The Pop Rocket gang (well, most of them) went to go see the new Ghostbusters this weekend and are here to tell you all about it! Is Leslie Jones the next big movie star? How amazing is Kate McKinnon? Where was Rick Moranis in this whole thing? Plus, Margaret puts on her tin foil hat and discusses her theory about Kimye and Taylor's latest feud. Oliver talks about his latest DJ gig, Guy explains why Ghostbusters is getting so much criticism from certain internet communities, and Wynter closes with a Bustin' remix. Hey! Margaret's new book, Neon Green, is out now! She's going on a book tour soon! Check HERE to see if she's coming around to your town. You could also buy her book HERE. The search for the Song of the Summer still rages on, folks. Look for the official thread on the Pop Rocket Facebook group and send in your submissions. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and Oliver Wang Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
20/07/16·1h 7m

Fantasy Movies, Shows, and Books

Rocketeers, it's been a very strange couple of weeks. The gang all come together to talk about the recent events in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights. This week, Guy, Oliver, Margaret, and Wynter escape reality for just a bit and talk about all things fantasy. Wynter and Guy just can't agree on Summer Jams, Oliver discusses his first Choose Your Own Adventure book, and Margaret tries to draw the line b sci-fi and fantasy. You guys, Margaret's book, Neon Green, is out NOW! Pick it up HERE. Time is running out for the search for the Song of the Summer. Look for the official thread on the Facebook page and send in your submission so Guy and Wynter can berate your choices on the show. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell, and Oliver Wang Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
13/07/16·1h 9m

Mexico and Canada's Pop Culture

Guy, Margaret, and Oliver are joined by special guest, comedian and writer Jonathan Rowell to talk about Mexico and Canada's pop culture. Sabado Gigante, Walter Mercado, You Can't Do That On Television, Porky's and so much more! Plus, The Pop Rocket Book Club talks all about Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, and special guest Jonathan Rowell Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
06/07/16·1h 11m

Weddings!

It's wedding season, Rocketeers! This week, the Pop Rocket team discuss everything weddings. The Graduate? Of course! Bridezillas? Obvs. Punjabi weddings? Yes! Margaret talks Game of Thrones...again, Guy finds another Song of the Summer contender, Oliver defends soccer, and Jesse Williams' BET speech shakes Wynter to the core. NOTE: MAJOR Game of Thrones season finale spoilers from 01:13 - 04:53. You have been warned With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Oliver Wang, and Wynter Mitchell Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org  
29/06/16·1h 10m

Florida in Pop Culture

Guy, Wynter, Oliver, and Margaret talk about all things Florida. Also, producer Christian gets on mic to discuss E3 and VR! He’s the coolest. Margaret nerds out over Game of Thrones, Wynter has some things to say about The Neon Demon, Guy finds a summer jam he loves, and Oliver chats about Henry Stone’s impact on the Florida music scene.   You guys, the search for the Song of the Summer is still on, so look for the official thread on the Pop Rocket Facebook group and send in your submission!   NOTE: Mild Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” spoilers starting at 04:15 and ending at 08:28. You have been warned.   With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, and special guest Christian Dueñas   Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org
22/06/16·1h 6m

LIVE at MaxFunCon 2016!

Guy, Wynter, and Margaret are joined by special guests Ricky Carmona and Corin Tucker for our first ever live show! This week's topic, summer camp and campy camp movies. Pop culture trivia! Xanadu! Movie and music advice! All that and more on this special episode of Pop Rocket!! With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Ricky Carmona, and Corin Tucker And special thanks to Nick White for his help during the live recording.   NOTE #1: This is a live show, so forgive the audio issues. We tried to clean it up as best as we can, but we're not miracle workers.    NOTE #2: After we taped this episode, someone pointed out to us that Sleepaway Camp is a somewhat transphobic movie. We didn't know that when we taped, so bear that in mind if you plan on checking it out. 
15/06/16·1h 18m

1975 Special!

It’s our 75th episode! To celebrate, the gang talks 1975 (and some 1974…and 1976) in pop culture. They talk JAWS, Farrah Fawcett, and everything in between! Oliver finally talks about something that isn’t the Golden State Warriors, Guy discusses the beauty of 8-tracks, Wynter is in love with Joan Crawford’s autobiography, and Margaret is all about the newest season of UnReal.        With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, and Margaret Wappler   Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org
08/06/16·1h 17m

Politics in TV and Film with Ann Friedman

Guy, Oliver, and Margaret are joined in the studio by special guest, writer and host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, Ann Friedman. This week, the group discuss politics in TV and film. Also, the search for Pop Rocket’s song of the summer officially begins today, so look for the official thread on the Facebook group and leave a suggestion!   With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Oliver Wang, and special guest Ann Friedman.   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
02/06/16·57m 33s

Working Women in Pop Culture with Sarah Lane

Wynter takes over hosting duties on this week’s Pop Rocket. Oliver, Margaret, and Wynter are joined by tech reporter and VP of Original Content, Sarah Lane to talk about working women in pop culture. Wynter has a few words to say on the new Ghostbusters movie, Margaret gives her take on The Night Manager, and Sarah discusses Game of Thrones. SPOILERS AHEAD! Also, the Pop Rocket Book Club announces what they’re going to read during the summer.     With Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Oliver Wang, and Sarah Lane   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
25/05/16·59m 3s

RuPaul's Drag Race and the Art of Drag

The Pop Rocket team sits down to discuss RuPaul’s Drag Race and drag culture in general! Oliver is in love with the newest season of Veep, Wynter finds another song that hits all four quadrants, and Margaret has an announcement for everyone about Pop Rocket’s summer reading book club. Plus, Guy explains why Chris Evans is one of the greatest people alive.   With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wapppler   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
19/05/16·51m 18s

Subcultures with Special Guest Dominic Rodriguez

On this week’s show, subcultures! The gang discusses ASMR, Hatsune Miku, and a special interview with Dominic Rodriguez, director of Fursonas (a documentary about Furries). Oliver and Guy have a few thoughts on Captain America, Wynter finds a song that hits all four quadrants, and a special announcement for the Pop Rocket Facebook group from Margaret!   with Guy Branum Wynter Mitchell Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler
12/05/16·1h 2m

Game of Thrones with Karen Tongson

Guy, Wynter, and Margaret are joined by academic and Pop Rocket’s official Fifth Beatle, Karen Tongson to discuss all things Game of Thrones. Be warned, GoT spoilers ahead! The gang also talk about the Met Gala, Radiohead’s weird disappearance from social media, and why UnREAL could be the next big thing. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell,Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler
04/05/16·53m 45s

Sipping Lemonade and Remembering Prince

The gang reunites this week in a special double discussion episode of Pop Rocket! First up, Queen Bey's most personal and controversial album yet, Lemonade. Oliver has some critiques for the "visual album" while Guy reveals the problem some of the younger gay men are having with the record. Then, a very special discussion of all things Prince. His place in pop culture, the young proteges he worked with, weird Prince party stories, and some Batdance talk, obviously. And Prince-inspired jams to top it all off.   With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, and Oliver Wang 
27/04/16·57m 10s

The Royal Family with Humphrey Ker and Jameela Jamil

Guy and Wynter are joined by special guests Humphrey Ker and Jameela Jamil to talk about the Royal Family in pop culture, just in time for the Queen’s birthday. Sit down, have a cup of tea, and listen to our most British episode yet.  With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Humphrey Ker, and Jameela Jamil
21/04/16·49m 56s

Pop Rocket Mailbag #2

The Pop Rocket gang answer YOUR questions from the Facebook group and the MaxFun subreddit. Guy discusses the old G4 days, Oliver talks basketball, Wynter voices her love for The Real Housewives, and Margaret goes into her wild college days.   With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.   That’s My Jam:   Wynter Mitchell - Control by Janet Jackson Oliver Wang - Gossip by Cyril Neville Margaret Wappler - Diamond Dogs by David Bowie Guy Branum - Baraat by Mychael Danna   Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. .
14/04/16·52m 56s

D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

The team talk about real and fictional divorces in TV and film. Plus Crowds on Demand, Glen Weldon's new book The Caped Crusade, #AWP16 and Hamburger Helper's April Fool's Mixtape. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - FML (Feat. The Weeknd) TLOP by Kanye West Oliver Wang - Bye Baby by Nas Margaret Wappler - D.I.V.O.R.C.E. by Tammy Wynette Guy Branum - I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
05/04/16·52m 18s

Gaming with Soha Kareem & Hal Lublin

Wynter hosts an episode dedicated to gaming culture, how different generations are engaging with games and whether VR headsets are going to stop making users nauseous any time soon. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and guests Soha Kareem and Hal Lublin. You should subscribe to Hal's MaxFun podcast, We Got This. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Diamonds on My Neck by Smitty Oliver Wang - You Make Me So Happy by Les Vikings Soha Kareem - If I Had A Tail by Queens of the Stone Age Hal Lublin - Tired of Being Alone by Al Green Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
31/03/16·1h 19m

Sexy Sexy Sex Sex

For our final show of #MaxFunDrive 2016 we decided to pander and devote an entire show to sex. So we're asking what pop culture turns us on? What films, TV, books or music first made us burn with desire? And what are our favorite sex scenes? With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Know Me From by Stormzy Oliver Wang - I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl by Nina Simone Margaret Wappler - Brazil by Declan McKenna Guy Branum - Here You Come Again by Dolly Parton Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
24/03/16·1h 22m

Zombieing, SxSW & Memes

Join the #MaxFunDrive, support our work and get fantastic thank you gifts by visiting MaxiumumFun.org. This week Wynter reports live from SxSW, Margaret learns about Eggplant Friday, Guy Gushes about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Oliver is double-about Kendrick's new “untitled,unmastered” EP. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
17/03/16·1h 7m

The People Vs. O.J. Simpson with Ricky Carmona

New seasons of Broad City and House of Cards are both stronger than ever, but the TV show that's rocking our worlds right now is The People Vs. O.J. Simpson. Wham Bam Pow's Ricky Carmona joins us to talk it through. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Ricky Carmona and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - March Madness performed live on SNL by Future Ricky Carmona - Am I Wrong by Anderson Paak Margaret Wappler - Golden Coast by Allison Weiss Guy Branum - JAP Battle from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
11/03/16·1h 7m

Oscars 2016 & Fuller House

The gang share their reviews of Chris Rock's hosting and get into which awards that the Academy got right and which it got wrong. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Make It Last Forever by Inner Life Oliver Wang - Candy by El Alamo Margaret Wappler - Atomic Number by case/lang/viers Guy Branum - Never On Sunday by the Chordettes (Which won the Oscar for best song in 1960). Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
02/03/16·58m 32s

Ageing in Entertainment

It's our 60th episode so the team discuss ageing in pop culture, plus Kanye's Life of Pablo album (?) and #FreeKesha. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Feelin' So Good by Jennifer Lopez Oliver Wang - Ultralight Beam by Kanye West (Feat. Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin, and The-Dream) Margaret Wappler - Gimme All Your Love by Alabama Shakes Guy Branum - Opinion Cave by Brandie Posey Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
24/02/16·59m 41s

Grammys 2016 with Karen Tongson

The team talk Full Frontal with Sammantha Bee, The People vs. OJ Simpson, Kanye's Epic week of tweets and the Grammys. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.
18/02/16·52m 31s

Super Bowl 50 with Asterios Kokkinos

Margaret guest hosts, steering discussion around the commercials and half time show of last weekend's Super Bowl. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and special guest, comedian and former copywriter Asterios Kokkinos. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - The Gift of Life by Teddy Prendergrass Oliver Wang - Sun Godess by Ramsey Lewis featuring Earth, Wind & Fire Margaret Wappler - Reichpop by Wild Nothing Asterios Kokkinos - Goon Squad by Elvis Costello & The Attractions Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. Other useful links this week… Check out Beyonce's Formation video for yourself here. You can buy Asterios' books here. Join in the conversation and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.
11/02/16·1h 14m

Computers & Tech

The gang talk about the role of tech in TV, film and music. Plus they share their personal favorite animation shows. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Same Ol' Mistake by Rihanna, Oliver Wang - Lonesome Drifter by Jericho Brown, Margaret Wappler - Husbands by Savages, Guy Branum - James K Polk by They Might Be Giants. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
03/02/16·1h 5m

Mortality & Grief in Pop Culture

Wynter's back and the team celebrate with a conversation about how we deal with death in pop culture. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
29/01/16·1h 5m

Duets & Books

Guy and Margaret talk about favourite duets, stand-up comedy and the best books from the past year and coming up in 2016. Plus producer Christian Dueñas drops by the studio to talk about video games. With Margaret Wappler and Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson and Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org
20/01/16·1h 6m

Golden Globes & David Bowie with Tracey Wigfield

Emmy-winning writer of 30 Rock, The Mindy Project and several previous Golden Globe ceremonies, Tracey Wigfield joins the team to dissect Sunday's awards, remember David Bowie and spill secrets about watching Star Wars with Guy Branum. With Tracey Wigfield, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
13/01/16·57m 11s

First Annual Pop Tart Awards

Karen Tongson sits in with the team to review and reward the greatest pop culture of the last 12 months. With Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.
08/01/16·1h 35m

Star Wars: The Hot Take Awakens

A whole episode devoted to the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. With Oliver Wang, Josh Greenberg, Karen Tongson and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.
30/12/15·58m 58s

Musicals, Primaries and Pop Culture with Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson joins the team to talk politics in the context of pop culture. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Karen Tongson and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
24/12/15·1h 10m

1965 Special

The team celebrate 50 episodes with a look back at the pop culture of 50 years ago. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Oliver Wang. Jams:  Wynter Mitchell - Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaos and California Girls by The Beach Boys. Oliver Wang - A Change is Gonna to Comel by Sam Cooke Margaret Wappler - It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones Guy Branum - I’m Looking Through You by The Beatles Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify Play List. You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook or via @PopRocket on Twitter.
16/12/15·1h 24m

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

The team sits down to share their thoughts on Spike Lee’s new movie Chi-Raq which uses the premise of women withholding sex from their men to stop a gang war. They also touch on their favorite Spike Lee films. With Guy Branum MaximumFun.org (http://www.guybranum.com), Wynter Mitchell (http://wyntermitchell.com), Margaret Wappler (http://www.margaretwappler.com) and Oliver Wang (http://www.margaretwappler.com) Favorite Jams Wynter Mitchell Someone Great by LCD Soundsystem Oliver Wang TOh Girl by The Chi-Lites Margaret Wappler Mr. Telephone Man by Erykah Badu Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify ListSpotify playlist. You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook or via @PopRocket on Twitter.
08/12/15·1h 9m

Favorite Holiday Music Special

  The team talks about their favorite holiday jams from traditional to contemporary. .   With Guy Branum http://maximumfun.org">MaximumFun.org(http://www.guybranum.com), Wynter Mitchell (http://wyntermitchell.com), Margaret Wappler (http://www.margaretwappler.com) and Oliver Wang (http://www.margaretwappler.com)   Holiday Favorite Tunes   Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping”   Vince Guraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here”   Fiona Apple’s Frosty the Snowman   John Lennon - War Is Over   Wham - Last Christmas   Barbra Streisand - Jingle Bells   The Pogues - Fairytale of New York   The Maccabeats - Candlelight   Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis   Matisyahu - Miracle   Wings - Wonderful Christmas Time   Juice Crew - Cold Chillin Christmas   Rufus Wainwright & Sharon Van Etten - Baby It’s Cold Outside   The Temptations - Silent Night   Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song   Billy Elliot Broadway Soundtrack - Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher   Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - White Christmas   Mariah Carey - All I Want for Christmas is You   Destiny’s Child - 8 Days of Christmas Favorite Piece of Holiday Culture   Guy Branum - Avacado Nog, Rug Rats Chanukuh & The Ref Wynter Mitchell - Surviving Christmas, The Holiday and Bridget Jones Diary Oliver Wang - The Yule Log on Netflix, Margaret Wappler - Elf, Smoked Turkey w/ Chutney Sauce & Star Wars   Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify playlist.   You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.  
02/12/15·1h 22m

The Joy of Cooking Shows

The team gets together to talk about cooking shows as well as how food is portrayed in film, plus they’ll talk about what’s piqued their interest in pop culture this week With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Oliver Wang. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Walking with Thee by Clinic Oliver Wang - Merry Go Round Equatics Margaret Wappler - The Noisy Days Are Over by Commontime Guy Branum - The Co-dependent by Sia. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.   Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org    
25/11/15·1h 3m

Aziz Ansari's Master of None.

The team talks about the content they listen or watch during difficult times; plus they share their thoughts on Aziz Ansari's new Netflix comedy series Master of None. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Oliver Wang. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - That's Life by Shirley Bassey Oliver Wang - Go Back Home by Allen Touissant Margaret Wappler - John Lennon's Imagine by Davide Martelo Guy Branum - Marseillaise by Edith Piaf Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.
18/11/15·1h 5m

Mental Health in Pop Culture with Paul Gilmartin

Paul Gilmartin joins the team to help discuss issues around mental health in popular culture and argue why The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" is the greatest song of all time. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Paul Gilmartin. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - BUFFALO by Tyler, The Creator Paul Gilmartin - Gimme Shelter by Rolling Stones Margaret Wappler - Can't Get Enough Of Myself by Santigold Guy Branum - Come Get It Bae by Pharrell Williams. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson at MaximumFun.org
12/11/15·1h 17m

Late Night

The team say goodbye to Grantland, consider whether Twitter's business model is broken and discuss the good, bad and ugly of TV's current Late Night offerings. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Kathy Lee by Jessy Lanza Oliver Wang - As One by Low Leaf Margaret Wappler - Feel You by Julia Holter Guy Branum - His interview with Margaret Atwood on this week's Bullseye With Jesse Thorn. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. Here's the Atlantic article we talked about on The Decay of Twitter. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
04/11/15·1h 7m

Halloween Horror Showdown

Young Adult fiction, hip hop podcasts and our favorite horror movies. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Used To by Mutemath Oliver Wang - Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas Margaret Wappler - The It Follows Theme by Disasterpeace Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. Other useful links this week… Margaret recommends Rainbow Rowell's new YA novel Carry On. Oliver's been listening to The Cipher, The Combat Jack Show & The Huffington Post's Love and Sex Podcast. Horror movies we talk about liking include: The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, Attack the Block, The Gate, Monster Squad, The Omen, The Brood, The Dark Crystal, Salem's Lot, The Craft, Fright Night, An American Werewolf in London, Event Horizon, Aliens, Cabin in the Woods, The Blob and Prince of Darkness. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
28/10/15·1h 3m

Fall TV Preview

Margaret Wappler leads the team in discussing the new Star Wars Trailer, Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, Project Greenlight and the new Fall TV shows. With Wynter Mitchell and Oliver Wang. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Angel Tongue by Light Asylum Oliver Wang - Unbreakable by Janet Jackson Margaret Wappler - Hot Chip's cover of Dancing in the Dark Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. TV shows we talked about this week: Dr Ken Quantico American Horror Story: Scream Queens The Affair The Grinder. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
21/10/15·54m 38s

Big Changes in Print Media

The team gets together to discuss the state of print media including a major change at Playboy and they’ll also share their favorite jams for this week. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum.   That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Novacane Oliver Wang - Hamilton’s Ten Duel Commandments   Produced by Ibarionex Perello for MaximumFun.org   You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.
15/10/15·40m 3s

Throwing Shade Switcheroo

Throwing Shade's Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson take over Pop Rocket as part of MaxFun's #GreatSwitcheroo. With Bryan Safi, Erin Gibson, Drew Droege and Jessica Jardine. Every week we start the show by taking a question from a listener about our own pop culture tastes. This week: What piece of culture (movie, song, TV show) do you most find yourself introducing new people to? Bryan Safi - Karina Longworth's You Must Remember This podcast. Especially the series of episodes about Charles Manson's Hollywood. Erin Gibson - Brock O'Hurn on Instagram Drew Droege - The documentary Finders Keeper Jessica Jardine - The Russ Meyer / Roger Ebert movie Beyond the Valley of the Dolls Thanks to Jamie Tyler in the Pop Rocket Facebook group for that question. That’s My Jam: Bryan Safi - Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli performing He's Got the Whole World In His Hands Erin Gibson - Strange Things Happen Everyday by Sister Rosetta Tharpe Drew Droege - Let's All Chant by The Michael Zager Band Jessica Jardine - How Deep Is Your Love by Calvin Harris and The Disciples Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
06/10/15·58m 13s

Stonewall & Gay Film

The team share the songs they'll always sing along to, talk about some of their favorite current TV and try to work out what went wrong with the new movie, Stonewall. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. This week's jams: Wynter Mitchell - I Can't Help It by Stevie Wonder (Live in Studio) Oliver Wang - Two Matches by Mac Miller (Feat. Ab-Soul) Margaret Wappler - Rollercoaster by Bleachers and Charli XCX Guy Branum - I Am Woman (Dance Mix) by Jessica Williams Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. Songs we'll always sing along to at the top of our voices… Oliver - Lorraine Ellison's Stay With Me Babe from the movie The Boat That Rocket (aka Pirate Radio) Margaret - Foolish Love – Rufus Wainwright You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
30/09/15·59m 46s

Emmy Awards 2015

Johnny Depp's Black Mass, Fear The Walking Dead, Borgen and Joe Meno's new book, Marvel and a Wonder. Plus the winners, hosting and dresses of this year's Emmys. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler Jams and Recommendations: Wynter Mitchell - Recognize (feat. Drake) by Partynextdoor and Fear the Walking Dead Oliver Wang - We Did It Again by Blackalicious and Johnny Depp's new movie, Black Mass Margaret Wappler - Leaving The City by Joanna Newsome and Joe Meno's new book, Marvel and a Wonder Guy Branum - Ryan Adams' cover of Blank Space and the Danish political drama Borgen Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
23/09/15·1h 6m

Narcos & Disney with Karen Kilgariff

Comedian Karen Kilgariff joins the team to talk about the Disneyland, Disney movies and Disney-produced celebrities. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and guest, Karen Kilgariff. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
17/09/15·1h 6m

Kids TV with Ella Mizota-Wang

Donald Trump videos, Muppet raps and Gyno-Star. Plus Oliver's daughter drops in to help discuss Kids TV. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
08/09/15·50m 34s

VMAs 2015 with Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson joins the group to help discuss the events of the VMAs (Video Music Awards) and the Ashley Madison Hack. With Karen Tongson, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.
02/09/15·1h 14m

Puppygate & Star Wars Land with Joan Ford & Rye Silverman

Comedians Joan Ford and Rye Silverman sit in for Wynter and Margaret to talk about TV shows that were cancelled too soon, whether we'd want to go to Disney's proposed Star Wars Land and what's been going on with the Hugo Awards. With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Joan Ford & Rye Silverman. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
28/08/15·1h 21m

Women of Comedy & @FATJEW with Louis Virtel

Louis Virtel joins the team to talk about emotional pick-me-ups, Soundcloud takedowns and the comedy world's reaction to an alleged internet plagiarist being signed by a major talent agency. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and special guest Louis Virtel. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
19/08/15·58m 11s

Romcom Summit with Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes (from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour) stops by to talk about the most exciting upcoming TV shows and to get serious about romantic comedy. Plus, music to fight to, #periodsarenotaninsult and Wynter’s met all of her teenage crushes. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and special guest, Linda Holmes. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
12/08/15·1h 11m

#SquadGoals & Dating Shows with Tracy McMillan

Relationship author and TV writer, Tracy McMillan joins the team to talk #SquadGoals and dating shows – both real and fictional. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and special guest Tracy McMillan. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
05/08/15·1h 2m

Tattoos & Nerd Culture

Which of the Pop Rocket team have tattoos and what are they? Find out this week thanks to a twitter question from our Reddit group. Plus has nerd culture gone mainstream and how do we feel about that? With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
31/07/15·56m 8s

Clueless at 20 & High School Movies

It’s 20 years since the release of Clueless so we talk about the best high school movies and argue over whether Boyz n the Hood counts as one. Plus Trainwreck, Bree Newsome, and Bridget Everett’s “Gynecological Wonder”. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
24/07/15·59m 55s

Storms of Outrage & Summer Jam

The team share their first videogame experiences, debate what should be done with offensive culture (and shoddy critique) and Guy picks his official Summer Jam 2015. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
17/07/15·1h 8m

Rihanna’s BBHMM Video & Summer Reads

We share our own hot-takes on Rihanna’s new Bitch Better Have My Money video. Is it about race? Is it about feminism? Is it awesome? Plus we share our best summer reads and Wynter celebrates the songs that she claims are bringing oral sex back. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
10/07/15·1h 5m

UnReal, Vince Staples and Jumping the Shark

Jesse Thorn guests on an episode in which we decide which celebs will narrate our autobiographies, call out the elements of pop culture we think have jumped the shark and discover which member of the team is secretly into pool porn. With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Jesse Thorn. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
04/07/15·1h 23m

Do I Sound Gay?

The gang marvel at the young Patrick Swayze, discuss which characters in Game of Thrones are better at game of throning, share their reactions to the new Pixar movie, Inside Out and go deep, talking about the new David Thorpe documentary Do I Sound Gay? Plus handies and brain orgasms! With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
27/06/15·1h 13m

OITNB, Rachel Dolezal & Jurassic World

The gang share their fantasy contract riders, discuss the Rachel Dolezal debacle and take a team fieldtrip to see Jurassic World. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun
20/06/15·56m 27s

Women’s World Cup & #ThatGamingCism

MaxFun boss Jesse Thorn drops by for a #ThatCism update focussing on the lack of diversity in computer games characters. Plus the team share their favorite movies, TV shows or songs about their hometowns. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, Guy Branum and Jesse Thorn. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
12/06/15·1h 2m

Official Summer Jams 2015 Search Committee

The team are excited about Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, the TV show Cucumber and the FIFA corruption investigation. But all that’s just a warm-up for Guy’s Official 2015 Summer Jam Search Committee. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
06/06/15·1h 19m

Online Dating & Silicon Valley with Megan Koester

Comedian Megan Koester joins the team to talk about the pros and cons of online dating, nuanced portrayal of ethnicity in Silicon Valley and our own dream Pop Rocket guests. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Megan Koester and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson and Jennifer Marmor for MaximumFun.org
30/05/15·1h 10m

Summer Blockbusters & Vodka

The team review Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. Plus The Mad Men Finale, Jams and Vodka. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson & Jennifer Marmor for MaximumFun.org.
23/05/15·1h 7m

Wiki Spice, Yam Lube & Cancelled TV

Which Spice Girl would each of the team be? Plus, why Oliver’s all about basketball at the moment, which cancelled TV shows are we sad about and which have already overstayed their welcome and Wynter reveals her 5th and 6th quadrants! With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson and Lindsay Pavlas for MaximumFun.org
18/05/15·1h

The Met Gala, First Albums & Superhero Movies

Reunited, the gang judge the dresses from the Met Gala and discuss which actresses the industry might consider “hot enough to get a Hemsworth”. Plus Wynter shares her home rental strategy. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
10/05/15·49m 2s

Bruce Jenner, Jeffrey Jay & Mad Men

Comedian Jeffrey Jay joins the team to talk about Bruce Jenner’s 20/20 interview and why it’s the single most important trans event we’ve seen. Plus we hear which what person’s involvement guarantees that each of our panel will see a film. Hosted by Guy Branum with Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and guest Jeffrey Jay. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
03/05/15·54m 11s

Wikileaks, Montage of Heck & Grey’s Anatomy

How damaged was Ben Affleck by the revelation he tried to keep his slave-owner heritage quiet? And did Wikileaks go too far in sharing such personal details about Sony’s Amy Pascal? With Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Guy Branum and special guest, Karen Tongson. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.
26/04/15·1h

Game of Thrones, P-22 & Bad News Bears

Game of Thrones is back so we talk about “learning to Cersei”, ask whether a TV show can ever have enough incest and get into the wonders of sexposition. Plus we name the pieces of culture we initially disliked but then came to love. With Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
16/04/15·49m 43s

Mad Men, Gay Anthems & Madonna Does Stand-Up

Karen Tongson (USC Professor of English and Gender Studies) joins the team this week to talk Mad Men and the entropy of the patriarchy, classic movies that we should have seen but haven’t and watching The Slap as “Norm-Porn”. With Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Guy Branum and special guest, Karen Tongson. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
11/04/15·57m 35s

Trevor Noah, Tidal & Going Clear

Is it fair to hold the new Daily Show host to task for tweets he made before getting the job? What’s the lure of Scientology and is HBO’s new documentary any good? Plus some of the planet’s biggest music stars have launched a streaming service, will any of the Pop Rocket team be signing up? With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
04/04/15·47m 19s

Monica Lewinsky, Mission Impossible 5 & SxSWi

Guy and Margaret are both all about Monica Lewinsky’s recent TED presentation, Wynter’s been at South by Southwest Interactive and Oliver thinks you should listen to the new Earl Sweatshirt album.   Plus it’s the last week of the MaxFunDrive and we’ve got some Pop Rocket bonus offers to encourage you to donate. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
24/03/15·1h 4m

Kendrick Lamar, #ThatCism & MaxFunDrive

Jesse Thorn drops by to explore American racism in his beloved signature segment, #ThatCism. Plus, Guy’s got an actual Jam! With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Jesse Thorn and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
20/03/15·1h 27m

New Music, Inappropriate Movies & Kimmy Schmidt

We share our first inappropriate movie experiences, chat Grey Gardens, frat racism and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Plus Wynter ranks the Hemsworth Brothers and Margaret takes us through a discussion of where we’re all going to discover new music. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
11/03/15·58m 5s

Broad City, Fresh Off The Boat & #TheDress

Hate-watching Downton Abby, Wynter’s favorite new live-stream video app and #TheDress, plus Broad City and Fresh Off the Boat are making us all lol hard. We’re missing Guy this week so will just say it here: Oh hey there, listener! With Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and guest-host Oliver Wang. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
04/03/15·43m 51s

2015 Oscars Special: The Show, Speeches and John Travolta

The spectacle, the magnificence, the sh*t show that was the 2015 Academy Awards. Why did Neil Patrick Harris miss the mark as host? What was with all those political speeches? And John Travolta… Plus everyone’s first gigs and music recommendations. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
25/02/15·57m 11s

50 Shades, SNL and Social Media

This week we’re all about 50 Shades, Jupiter Ascending and SNL at 40. We’ll have a conversation about social media in which Guy explains how it can tickle the “witch-hunty part of your brain” and finish up with a selection of everyone’s jams of the moment. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
18/02/15·55m 53s

Grammys, Biopics, Books & Jams

We’re all about the Grammys this week, with opinions on Beyonce, Beck, Madonna and awards in general. Then we get into biopics. We talk about our favorites, common biopic mistakes and Wynter shares some strong feelings about Michael Douglas’ performance in Behind the Candelabra. Plus, which books have influenced the team most significantly? And we share our current top jams. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
11/02/15·45m 13s

Super Bowl, Ghostbusters and #ThatCism

The team unpack last weekend’s Super Bowl, argue the merits of original, animated and re-booted Ghostbusting and call out a sports themed batch of #ThatCism. With Wynter Mitchell, Jesse Thorn and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
04/02/15·55m 17s

Deflate-gate, The Boy Next Door and the death of the album

The New England Patriots “deflate-gate” scandal, privilege in the arts and whether the latest music sales stats signal the end of the album. Wynter’s been to see The Boy Next Door and guy’s jam is a podcast about Canadian politics. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum.
28/01/15·46m 50s

Looking, American Sniper and #Cism

HBO’s Looking has been billed as the gay, male, Sex and the City or Girls. We ask why TV can’t do gay right. Plus MaxFun boss Jesse Thorn drops in for his new signature segment. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org
21/01/15·57m 58s

Golden Globes Debrief

Guy Branum is joined by digital strategist Wynter Mitchell, comedian Santina Muha, academic and DJ Oliver Wang and journalist Margaret Wappler for an energetic debrief of last weekend's Golden Globes.
14/01/15·36m 49s

Kanye, McCartney and Coachella

Our debut episode, Guy Branum is joined by digital strategist Wynter Mitchell, comedian Santina Muha, and journalist Margaret Wappler to talk Kanye, McCartney and Coachella. Plus our latest jams and the most shameful media we've each consumed in the past week. Theme music by Osymyso. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.
08/01/15·42m 7s
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