A Gen X-themed show with podcast veterans Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh and Karen Tongson (Pop Rocket). W2X revisits the pop culture & social issues that defined Generation X from a (queer) woman-of-color perspective in a way that sheds new light on the pop culture from both then, and now.
Ep. 62: The World of WandaVision
Wynter and Karen immerse themselves into WandaVision, as they explore how we use TV to work through our grief in myriad ways. Ever the completist, Karen re-watched all 23 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in timeline order, and reports back to us after a month living through the Infinity Saga. Wynter gets into the deja vu vibes of Tiger Woods’ recent car accident just a year after Kobe’s death, and right before our collective paniniversary. Plus, the two process HBO’s Allen vs. Farrow, and the magic of MC Hammer’s Foucauldian forays on Twitter.
Wynter's piece on WandaVision
Ep. 61: #FreeBritney + Bling Empire w/ Jenny Yang
Writer, comedian, and Asian American cultural icon Jenny Yang joins us to process WTF Bling Empire is all about. Karen and Wynter call an audible, and devote their ‘sup segment to Framing Britney Spears, because it truly is the only thing that’s on everyone’s minds these days, as the pressure intensifies to #FreeBritney from her father’s conservatorship. Plus, nuo-lingo from this extended phase of the pandemic, and some Britney songs worth (re)listening to.
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Ep. 60: FOREVER 21
Karen and Wynter kick off season 4 and 2021--the year this millennium is finally old enough to drink--with reflections on when they each turned 21. For Wynter, it was 2001, and she recalls her days tearing up the San Francisco scene, while immersing herself in new tech & the internet as her primary form of entertainment. Karen throws us back to 1994, the year she turned 21 and took her first trip ever to NYC for Stonewall 25. It was the year that The Real World: San Francisco with Pedro Zamora shared the airwaves with Friends, and R&B artists like Boyz II Men and Toni Braxton ruled the pop charts alongside Ace of Base.
Plus, Wynter checks into Discovery+’s Cecil Hotel and Karen locks all her doors & windows to The Night Stalker docu-series on Netflix.
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Bonus Trailer: Dance Hubs
While the show is on a holiday hiatus, we wanted to share a podcast project Karen has been working on that you might be into!
The Consortium for Gender, Sexuality, Race and Popular Culture is a start-up podcast network working with both faculty and students to produce informative audio stories in multiple genres.
Dance Hubs is one of the first series to premiere. The inaugural story in this audio series features “the Loft,” a temporary residence for dancers from around the world.
Ep. 59: Gifts that Keep on Giving from our Family to Yours
It’s a family affair for our season 3 finale, as both Wynter and Karen’s parents pop into our Zoom room to chat about their favorite pop cultural memories--the gifts that keep on giving--from then and now. Each of our hosts get into what’s on their watch lists as “Christmastide” approaches, while Allyson, W2X’s own version of Ros from Frasier joins in the fun, and our coven plots for a better 2021 as we face the long winter ahead of us.
Ep. 58: The Happiest Season...OR IS IT?!
Karen could barely wait through the holiday weekend to hear what Wynter, her self-described “cis-het” gal pal thought of The Happiest Season, the new holiday romcom with sapphist leads. Wynter has some choice words for the youngsters who need to put some RESPECT on Catherine O’Hara’s deep filmography. Plus, the two chew on what KT has coined “White Plight narratives” after a weekend wallowing in Hillbilly Elegy (yikes!) and The Undoing.
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I’ve loved Karen and Wynter since Pop Rocket days. Every Friday, I look forward to hearing from them, and getting their latest thoughts on what’s happening in their world.
The quality of the show seems to be improving over time, too, and this week (with You Must Remember This’ Karina Longworth) Seemed to hit the perfect mix: great discussion with an intelligent and engaging guest. Highly recommend.
Food for the soul
Was super sad about Pop Rocket ending until I heard that Karen and Wynter were starting a new podcast of their own. Thank you for calming my anxious heart with your insightful and fun conversations!