62 episodes

Big laughs. Smart takes. Every day. Commotion is where you go for thoughtful and vibrant conversations about all things pop culture. Host Elamin Abdelmahmoud calls on journalists, critics, creators and friends to talk through the biggest arts & entertainment stories of the day, in 30 minutes or less.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 74 Ratings

Big laughs. Smart takes. Every day. Commotion is where you go for thoughtful and vibrant conversations about all things pop culture. Host Elamin Abdelmahmoud calls on journalists, critics, creators and friends to talk through the biggest arts & entertainment stories of the day, in 30 minutes or less.

Subscribe to Sounds Good: CBC's Podcasts newsletter for the finest podcast recommendations and behind-the-scenes exclusives.

    Living in Charli XCX's Brat world, and how the alt-right is co-opting dance music

    Living in Charli XCX's Brat world, and how the alt-right is co-opting dance music

    Culture critics Reanna Cruz and Scaachi Koul unpack why popstars are following in Charli XCX's Brat footsteps. Plus, with reports of some alt-right communities co-opting popular dance songs to push their agendas via social media and streaming platforms - digital culture writer Kieran Press-Reynolds joins Elamin to discuss this trend and what it might mean for dance music artists and that industry writ large.

    • 25 min
    Bonus: How to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day all summer long

    Bonus: How to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Day all summer long

    Today we have a special bonus episode for you from our sibling show Unreserved, a fearless space for Indigenous voices. Host Rosanna Deerchild is ready to Indigenize your summer with a tastemaker’s guide to the best books, movies, podcasts and more. 

    More episodes of Unreserved are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/ATYuMWIP

    • 52 min
    Remembering Donald Sutherland, highlights at the Indspire Awards and the new cheerleading movie Backspot

    Remembering Donald Sutherland, highlights at the Indspire Awards and the new cheerleading movie Backspot

    Donald Sutherland, Canadian actor and icon, has died at the age of 88. Entertainment reporter Teri Hart joins guest host Amil Niazi for a look back on his legacy. Plus, culture critics Angela Sterritt, Falen Johnson and Marek Tyler review the new cheerleading film Backspot starring Mohawk actor Devery Jacobs and celebrate the latest recipients of the Indspire Awards.

    • 25 min
    What Hollywood gets wrong about age-gap relationships, and the new Black Barbie documentary

    What Hollywood gets wrong about age-gap relationships, and the new Black Barbie documentary

    Age gaps involving older women and younger men are having a moment in Hollywood. Guest host Amil Niazi is joined by Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Sadaf Ahsan to talk about the trend. Plus, culture critic Syrus Marcus Ware discusses Netflix’s new Black Barbie documentary.

    • 25 min
    How Tubi became a streaming giant, and A24's film Tuesday

    How Tubi became a streaming giant, and A24's film Tuesday

    The free, ad-supported streaming platform Tubi is currently posting higher viewership numbers than more prestigious subscription services like Paramount+ and Disney+. Culture writers Kaiya Shunyata and Anne T. Donahue join guest host Amil Niazi to explain what’s behind the platform's surprising success – and it’s not just about because it’s free. Plus, the A24 film 'Tuesday," starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, tells the story of a mother whose teenage daughter has a terminal illness. Writer Sophie Kohn talks about how the movie addresses death and grief.

    • 25 min
    Celebrating Céline Dion ahead of her upcoming documentary

    Celebrating Céline Dion ahead of her upcoming documentary

    With next week’s release of ‘I Am: Celine Dion,' guest host Amil Niazi is joined by Thomas Leblanc, Véronique LeVasseur and Carl Wilson for a brief look back on the singer’s pop career and reaction to her public struggle with Stiff Person’s Syndrome - a condition that has raised questions around Céline Dion's ability to perform again.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

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Great conversations about pop culture

Love this format for discussing pop culture! The guests are insightful and provide diverse viewpoints which keeps it engaging. The episodes covering the Oscars were especially excellent. I wish we had more critique of celebrity in pop culture podcasts, along with all the fandom, and this podcast keeps that in the conversation.

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7653577 stars!!!

Need more Sam Sanders in your life? This show feels like Into It. It's great! I'm into it!

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Best podcast ever

The best. Go back and listen to all the previous episodes. The best hosts guests, and culture.

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