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. 72: Ridin’ Down Fear Street: 1994 and 1978
Wynter tells Karen to suck it up for a ride down R.L. Stine’s Fear Street, especially with the release of the trilogy on Netflix and its deep GenX flex (from 1994 to 1978). SPOILERS ABOUND! Before we get to the scary parts, Karen insists we process this year’s Emmy nominations. Which categories does she deem a veritable “Sophie’s Choice”?
Meanwhile, Wynter makes some special requests of the team working on the new, Samantha-less SATC reboot. Plus, an update on all the nuo-lingo recently added to Dictionary.com, some of which our regular listeners already know, and a couple of 90s hits in keeping with our Fear Street moods.
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Ep. 71: Soft, Yacht, and Spago Rock with Mike Pace and Molly Lambert
We go long this week to pore over all the shout horns, crotchy synth chords and late-80s affluence of what Mike Pace famously describes as Spago rock. Molly Lambert explains the Spago-adjacent music she and her brother have dubbed “Glass Bricks rock,” and the whole panel gets into what Wolfgang Puck and Spago as fantasy and reality meant to pop culture from the 1980s onward. Wynter and Karen kick off the show by processing the homosocial episode of Dave, and explain why Apple TV’s Physical is more than a glossy journey through 1980s aerobics culture. Nuo-lingo reminds us we’re in a pandemic, and we leave you with a song in honor of the recently departed cultural critic, Lauren Berlant.
Gamechangers: Film & TV Edition
Wynter asks us all to think about the films and TV shows that changed the game, from those that captured the style and essence of their era (Clueless), to those that transformed the cultural conversation (Boyz N The Hood, and the early-80s trifecta of Victor/Victoria, Tootsie, and Yentl). Karen celebrates Pride month by getting into the FX docuseries, Pride alongside the series finale of Pose, while Wynter dishes about the cast shake-ups on RHOC.
The two brace themselves as the state of California lifts all Coronavirus restrictions, and coin their own nuo-lingo, #unvaxxinista in the process, even as they explain another one. Plus there is a super soft rock vibe to this week that foreshadows what’s in store in the future.
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Ep. 69: The One With the Friends Reunion
Wynter and Karen hit all the angles of the HBO Max Friends reunion, from the true MVPs of the cast, to Irish uncle Joey, to its efforts to compensate for the show’s lack of diversity by highlighting its global legacy. The two get into a surprisingly deep conversation about tennis as Wynter tells everyone to leave Naomi Osaka in peace. Karen plots a return to Las Vegas to see Celine Dion early next year, and preps for it by watching Army of the Dead and Hacks. Nuo lingo gets literary, cinematic, and political, while our songs of the week are here to mellow you out. Find all things W2X at w2xpodcast.com
Ep. 68: Girls 5 Eva, 3gether with Guy Branum
Their former girl group sister, Guy Branum told Karen and Wynter to watch the new Peacock series Girls 5Eva so they could all process it 3gether, which they do on this week’s ep. Karen is too busy cavorting in the gay woods with her vaxxed BFFs to absorb any new pop culture, though Guy does bring up one of their favorite old topics--lesbian representation on Top Chef--to keep things sapphically interesting. Wynter gets into the new CNN docuseries about The Story of Late Night, while peering into her crystal ball about what we might expect from the genre in years to come. Nuo-lingo gets “cheugy” with it, plus some music from the late 90s to Y2K.
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Ep. 67: Our AIM is True - Social Media Through the Ages
Dust off your dial-up, and join Wynter and Karen for a glimpse at social media through the ages, from the classic AOL Instant Messenger, to all the apps we rushed to download during the pandemmy like Marco Polo, HouseParty, and Clubhouse. Karen is all-in for HBO’s Mare of Easttown and all things Kate Winslet, while Wynter tells us about her adventures in cryptocurrency. The two also get into The Mitchells vs. The Machines, Sony Animation’s latest, featuring a queer lead. Plus, nuo-lingo and two fresh olde bops.
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