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. 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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Ep. 66 At the Movies (Again!)
What upcoming movie releases will inspire Karen and Wynter to leave the comfort and safety of their pandemic bunkers to go to an actual theater?!? This is an especially tall order since news broke of the Arclight & Cineramadome’s demise in Hollywood, RIP. Hint: (M)CU at the movies…
Meanwhile, the two continue on a docu-tear as Wynter reveals what Sasquatch on Hulu is really about. KT’s talk of a new true crime doc set in Riverside, CA--Netflix’s Why Did You Kill Me?--sends both hosts spinning out into memories of MySpace. WARNING: SPOILERS ABOUND FOR BOTH FILMS.
The two wrap up their recurring segment about The Real World: Homecoming wishing for more. Plus, a nuo-lingo that would get us in trouble in Japan and two classic songs of the week.
Ep. 65 Better Be Good to TINA, with Nick Murphy
Wynter and Karen welcome longtime listener Nick Murphy, a fierce advocate and fan of the great Tina Turner, to chat about the new HBO doc revisiting her legacy. The three focus on what it means to truly pursue your dreams in your 40s. Wynter is deep in a doc dive, and gives us the skinny on Hulu’s We Work exposé as well as Q: Into the Storm. Karen eats her words about bad British Netflix shows, as she raves about the BBC series, The Serpent, a true crime drama about a French serial killer who preyed on hippies and backpackers in 1970s Thailand. Becky-watch 2021 continues as the two continue their Real World: Homecoming processing sessions leading up to the finale. Plus, nuo-lingo and two new SOTWs.
The Blessed Madonna’s set in Wynter's night club: https://open.spotify.com/user/fishy38/playlist/1aO3WQIKe1uiwX8hIpfIQK?si=FC2t9XHIRAyV1sHRFJvRGA
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Ep. 64 It’s An Honor Just to Be Asian... #StopWhiteSupremacy
Karen and Wynter confront the surge in anti-AAPI hate and violence during Covid, while exploring how its longer histories are intertwined with pop culture. Karen shouts out some writers doing the hard work of responding to the Atlanta shootings in venues like Vanity Fair and GQ, and tells Wynter what she’s been watching--both good and bad--to ease her mind.
The two impromptu launch a recurring segment on The Real World: Homecoming and get into what’s the matter with Becky. Plus, WTF is an NFT? And why do we people think British accents on Netflix make shows better? (Spoiler alert: they don’t).
Ep. 63 - Coming Home to The Real World
Wynter and Karen reveal the different reasons each of them cried when they watched The Real World: Homecoming, which reunites the cast of MTV’s first season of The Real World: New York (1992). Whose fashion and “smooth concave chest” do they miss most? And what are their impressions of the cast members both then and now? Plus, the two take a deep dive into THE event of the last week, Oprah’s exclusive interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Plus nuo-lingo, and songs of the week both old and new that slap.
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