11 episodes

Welcome to 'Have You Heard About...,' a pop culture podcast that dismantles what you think you know about pop culture, telling stories and going deep on what these stories mean to our cultural collective. Culture/Film/Media enthusiast Mahsa does a deep dive into the stuff you want to hear more about, with contributing guest hosts in provocative and candid conversations that will change the way you think about pop culture.

Have You Heard About..‪.‬ Mahsa

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.8 • 8 Ratings

Welcome to 'Have You Heard About...,' a pop culture podcast that dismantles what you think you know about pop culture, telling stories and going deep on what these stories mean to our cultural collective. Culture/Film/Media enthusiast Mahsa does a deep dive into the stuff you want to hear more about, with contributing guest hosts in provocative and candid conversations that will change the way you think about pop culture.

    Part 2: The Rachel Hollis Takedown, and a Critical Look at 'Girl, Wash Your Face'

    Part 2: The Rachel Hollis Takedown, and a Critical Look at 'Girl, Wash Your Face'

    We're back at it in part two of the Rachel Hollis deep dive/takedown!

    We explore the hot mess that is 'Girl, Wash Your Face,' and wonder about the world we live in when a book like this not only gets published, but finds a devoted set of fans. Highlights (really, lowlights), include: marriage problems can be solved through daily sex (even if you don't want to), if you're unhappy that's your fault (no matter what!), and being very hydrated is a cure-all. Spoiler alert, we really, really dislike this book.

    Bigger discussions include Rachel Hollis adopting Tony Robbins as her persona (as if one Tony Robbins wasn't enough), her blatantly plagiarising cinematic masterpiece 'Clueless' (because plagiarizing seems to be her thing), why 'competition' needs to stop being a dirty word, and the alignment between the aspirational MLM culture and the success of the Hollis Co. Rise conferences. So much to unpack, it's a good one.

    Obsessions include Seth Rogen's new book 'Yearbook,' partly because it's a love letter to our hometown of Vancouver.

    Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast.  Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!

    • 47 min
    Part One: The Rachel Hollis Takedown

    Part One: The Rachel Hollis Takedown

    The podcast is back after a short break! And we come back with a vengeance as we take on Christian mommy blogger/entrepreneur/author/Tony Robbins wannabe/no stranger to controversy Rachel Hollis.

    In Part 1 of 2, Mahsa and guest co-host Rachel do a deep dive/takedown, breaking down the controversy that surrounds Rachel Hollis, past and present. And yes, we dissect every bit of that TikTok video and subsequent non-apologies. Yes, apologies plural because to the shock of no one, she had to apologize for her apology.

    Things get divisive when the subject of influencer and fellow mommy blogger/entrepreneur Jillian Harris comes up. She somehow finds herself roped into the Rachel Hollis drama, and we have very differing points of view on where we stand on her.

    Along the way we try our best to answer the bigger questions: What makes someone worthy of a follow/unfollow, how much do we expect influencers to speak up about what's happening outside their perfect little insta squares, what makes Rachel Hollis such an aspirational figure to so many (particularly in the mlm set), and can we and should we be doing better by the people whose accounts we are following?

    Special mention to Ben and Jen the remix who are our obsessions this week, Chrissy Teigen's reckoning continues, and we try to rebrand cancel culture as accountability culture.

    Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.

    Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast.  Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!

    Sources:
    Rachel Hollis TikTok Video

    • 48 min
    Minisode Roundup: Chrissy Teigen's Twitter Drama, Ex Bachelor Colton Underwood Coming Out, the Death of Prince Philip, and Natasha Lyonne & Chloe Sevigny's Enduring Friendship

    Minisode Roundup: Chrissy Teigen's Twitter Drama, Ex Bachelor Colton Underwood Coming Out, the Death of Prince Philip, and Natasha Lyonne & Chloe Sevigny's Enduring Friendship

    The minisode series tackles some of the stories/movies/books/tv shows I'm currently following in a snazzy roundup way-- you brush up on current pop culture all in about 20 minutes (hooray!)
    This week, I explore Chrissy Teigen's complicated relationship with Twitter. Why did she leave the social media app of which she's dubbed the informal 'Mayor of Twitter,' why is she back, and what does the Twitterverse think? I break it down.
    Colton Underwood comes out as gay on Good Morning America and reveals he has a reality show in the works with Netflix. The interview with Robin Roberts conveniently brushes past his harassment of ex Cassie Randolph as he tries to control the narrative. I found both news of the reality show and interview disappointing, and wonder when the Bachelor franchise will get it together.
    Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 at his home in Windsor Castle last week. His funeral was overshadowed by the palace PR machine and the dynamics between Harry/Meghan and Kate/William. But the real story right now is Queen Elizabeth losing her rock and the person who has been by her side from the beginning. There's a lot of work to do cleaning up the Royal Family's image prior to Charles taking the reigns, but right now their sole focus seems to be positioning Kate as the glue that holds them all together.
    Lastly, the celebrity friendship we didn't know we needed--eternal cool girls Natasha Lyonne & Chloe Sevigny. Maybe I'm friendship starved in a COVID world but this read was my favorite profile of the week.
    Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast.  Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!
    Sources:
    Chrissy Teigen is Back On Twitter (Paper Magazine)
    A Former Bachelor Star Came Out as Gay. The Announcement Was as Messy as his Season (Emily Stewart, Vox)
    Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99 (Marilyn Berger, New York Times)
    Best Friends (Laia Garcia-Furtado, The New York Times)

    • 17 min
    VC Andrews & the Wild Bestseller 'Flowers in the Attic'

    VC Andrews & the Wild Bestseller 'Flowers in the Attic'

    Join Mahsa and guest host Mary as they explore the illicit and wild world of VC Andrews novels, with a synopsis of cult classic 'Flowers in Attic.'
    We discuss transitioning from the coming of age books of our Gen X/Millennial generation (the classics- Judy Blume, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley Twins, Babysitters Club, Christopher Pike); to the scandalous world of VC Andrews novels, where we hoped our parents didn't read the back cover (spoiler alert, they did and were mad).
    We chat about what made these books so compelling as teens, their enduring cult legacy, the added mystery of a ghostwriter, and more. This episode is high on nostalgia, the special brand of parental neglect in the eighties, and the literary secrets we kept as twelve year old girls.
    Also--rapid fire questions eighties edition--play along and see if you can go 6/6.

    Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast.  Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!

    Show Notes & Sources:
    Flowers in the Attic (VC Andrews)
    'Top That' Rap (Teen Witch)
    Unfollow Every Celebrity Except January Jones (Taylor Roberts, Paper)

    • 56 min
    Minisode Roundup: Rachel Hollis Drama, Sharon Osbourne Exits The Talk, Chet Hanks 'White Boy Summer,' and Q Anon doc 'Q: Into the Storm'

    Minisode Roundup: Rachel Hollis Drama, Sharon Osbourne Exits The Talk, Chet Hanks 'White Boy Summer,' and Q Anon doc 'Q: Into the Storm'

    The new minisode series will tackle some of the stories/movies/books/tv shows I'm currently following in a snazzy roundup way-- you brush up on current pop culture all in about 20 minutes (hooray!)
    This week I breakdown that very problematic Rachel Hollis post (she's always been problematic this is yet just another example), parallels with Sharon Osbourne exiting The Talk, the mystery that is Chet Hanks, and a new Q Anon documentary I'm been watching (with many breaks because it's not for the faint of heart); Q: Into the Storm.
    Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast.  Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!
    Sources:
    Here's What You Need to Know About the Latest Rachel Hollis Backlash (Cassandra Stone, Motherly)
    Support Luvvie and buy her books 'Professional Troublemaker: The Fear Fighter Manual' and 'I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual'
    Sharon Osbourne Exits 'The Talk' After Allegations of Misconduct and Racist Remarks (Deadline, Dominic Patten)
    The Squandered Promise of Chet Hanks White Boy Summer (Naomi Fry, The New Yorker)
    Q: Into The Storm - Watch on HBO or Crave

    • 20 min
    Actress, Comedian, TikTok Sensation: Mary-Alice Farina

    Actress, Comedian, TikTok Sensation: Mary-Alice Farina

    We chat with our favorite TikTok comedian Mary-Alice Farina, whose spot-on impression of Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep doing a riff on Anna Wintour in 'The Devil Wears Prada,)' went viral in the summer of 2020.
    We talk the rise of comedy on social media in a COVID world, the value and role of social activism in comedy, dealing with trolls, and the new school of funny influencers who have provided some much needed levity in these strange times.
    The ways in which we get our news has changed, as I also get schooled on what exactly happened in Texas during the recent fluke snow storm, with Mary-Alice traveling cross country at the time, sharing via social media the unsettling experience of bouncing from hotel to hotel trying to find safety and food.
    We share our current obsessions that include the amazing Issa Rae and podcast fave, 'You're Wrong About.' Like the cool kids, I also finally 'get' TikTok.
    Special thanks to Mary-Alice Farina for use of her audio comedy clips in this show. You can follow Mary-Alice on Instagram @mafarina and TikTok at @itsmemaf
    Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast. Agree, disagree, or agree to disagree--we want to hear from you. Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!
    Sources
    Meryl Streep in the 'Devil Wears Prada' Impression (YouTube, Mary-Alice Farina)
    Harvard Mom Impression (YouTube, Mary-Alice Farina)
    White Liberal Women Talk About Race in 2020 (YouTube, Mary-Alice Farina)
    JK Rowling Responds to Rumours of Transphobia (YouTube, Mary-Alice Farina)

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Mini to the Meter ,

The Podcast I’ve Been Waiting for!!!

Beyond thrilled about this. It’s the feel good type of Podcast that make you feel like you’re in the room talking to your girlfriends. Funny & Intriguing with a bit of quirk. Love love love!!!! Keep it going 🙏

The GoodWife ,

So many inaccuracies

I really wanna love this podcast. But listening to the first few episodes the lack of research the host does is apparent. The first episode, the Anna Delvey piece gave people the wrong titles, wrong names, got facts wrong- things that an average pop culture follower would see without having to be an expert. Listening to several more episodes and it is clear that for some episodes the hosts really do fact check and other episodes they simply don’t. It’s disappointing.

Latina Aburrida ,

Research Equality Varies Between Episodes

Some episodes are well researched while others, like the episodes on Framing Britney and the Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan, are not. Disappointed in the overall quality. “You’re Wrong About” is a better option to this podcast.

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