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Weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny and sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment. Combining comic, journalistic, academic and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what's most exciting in pop culture.

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Weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny and sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment. Combining comic, journalistic, academic and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what's most exciting in pop culture.

    The Final Episode

    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.
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep 224 - What’s in the Cards for the Pop Rocket Panel w/ The Oracle of LA

    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.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ep 223 - Charlie Says with Screenwriter Guinevere Turner

    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.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 222 - Game of Thrones w/ Laura Krafft & Sarah Kessler

    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.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 221 - The New Negroes & Black Sketch Comedy

    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.

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

    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.

    • 1 hr 2 min

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