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    Episode 28: The End!

    Episode 28: The End!

    Well, friends, it's been a beautiful run for us here at Critical Kpop, but all good things must come to an end! Episode 28 marks our final episode of the Critical Kpop Podcast. Join Sarah, Tim, and Zander one last time as they look back at some of their favorite moments. Thank you all for joining us along the way!

    • 49 min
    Episode 27: Representation in Kpop

    Episode 27: Representation in Kpop

    If you think that every Kpop music video is an idol dancing inside a box, there's a whole range of experiences you've missed. On today's episode, Sarah, Tim, and Zander explore just a few of the idols who experiment with representation. From Winner to JYP himself, from Gain to Lim Kim, these idols definitely go "outside the box."

    • 56 min
    Episode 26: Taemin Is More

    Episode 26: Taemin Is More

    Less is more? Pshhh, Taemin is more! Listen as Sarah, Tim, and Zander geek out over new music and MV's from Taemin. The crew even advances a few crazy theories about the meaning behind "Press Your Number." But it's not just Taemin this week -- B.A.P's back too, and our feelings are mixed. How do we reconcile their past with their present? Speaking of which, this week also witnessed the first official comeback of Ladies' Code since the tragic loss of EunB and RiSe. All this and more on today's episode of the Critical Kpop Podcast!

    • 49 min
    Episode 25: Fan Club Names Got Us Like 'I'm So Pain'

    Episode 25: Fan Club Names Got Us Like 'I'm So Pain'

    Join Sarah, Tim, and Zander as they stress over new and old fan club names and the seeming thoughtlessness of entertainment companies. The crew reviews some impressive releases from the likes of AOA Cream, Mamamoo, and G.Soul, but this week is all about the old guard with Double S 301, Kim Jae Joong, and even Rainbow coming back with new music. Do you remember a time before we had such great music? Of course not, it was BK: Before Kpop! Listen here, friend!

    • 43 min
    Episode 24: Revenge of the Heart

    Episode 24: Revenge of the Heart

    It's almost Valentine's Day, and that can only mean one thing here at Critical Kpop: REVENGE! Using popular MVs from the likes of After School, EXID, Dal Shabet, Brown Eyed Girls, and more, Tim and Zander ask what it means to revenge against your lover, when revenge is warranted, and what a "good" revenge should look like. You won't want to miss this in-depth exploration of the most beautiful of all human emotions! So sit back, relax, and tell your loved one to give you some space for the next hour, goodness!

    • 51 min
    Episode 23: HATE vs. EXIT

    Episode 23: HATE vs. EXIT

    What is the best Kpop release of 2016 so far? Will Tim and Zander be taken with the dubstep drop of 4Minute's "Hate" and their album, Act.7, or will they be wooed by the smooth rock of the first part of Winner's four-act album, EXIT? Or is there another artist that deserves that honorific? Perhaps Taeyeon, or even G-Friend? All this and more on today's episode of the Critical Kpop Podcast.

    • 57 min

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