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TV, movies, music, sports, culture — so much to know, so little time. That’s where we come in. Every week, Pop Cultured with theSkimm dives into the stories you can’t stop thinking about. Coming October 12, with new episodes every Tuesday.

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    • 4.1 • 87 Ratings

TV, movies, music, sports, culture — so much to know, so little time. That’s where we come in. Every week, Pop Cultured with theSkimm dives into the stories you can’t stop thinking about. Coming October 12, with new episodes every Tuesday.

    “Euphoria” is Our Latest Teen TV Show Obsession

    “Euphoria” is Our Latest Teen TV Show Obsession

    Season two of “Euphoria” is here, and episode one broke HBO records with 2.4 million viewers tuning in to watch. So, yeah — we’re obsessed with the high school drama, which stars actress and Disney alum Zendaya as teen addict Rue.
    Known for its gritty — and often uncomfortable — storylines portraying drugs, sex and addiction, “Euphoria” is the latest in a long list of shows pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable to see when watching teenage characters. And that has us asking the question: who are teen dramas actually for?
    You’ll hear from:
    Bethonie Butler, TV and pop culture reporter for the Washington Post.
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    Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key.  Engineered by Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
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    • 28 min
    A Brief History of Drag with Shangela

    A Brief History of Drag with Shangela

    Last week, a new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” kicked off. The show has opened doors for many drag performers to sashay their way into mainstream culture and educate us on the art of drag. One of the most famous queens to grace the show’s stage: Shangela Laquifah Wadley (aka D.J. Pierce, when out of drag) — after RuPaul, one of the most influential drag performers in America. 
    We talk with Shangela about the history of drag, how it’s evolved, and how she’s using her spotlight — and her HBO show, “We’re Here” — to expand our ideas about who does drag and who it’s for.
    You’ll hear from:
    Shangela (aka D.J. Pierce), American drag Queen, reality TV star and actor
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    • 32 min
    Cynthia Erivo Guesses our 2022 Workout Playlist

    Cynthia Erivo Guesses our 2022 Workout Playlist

    We're kicking off 2022 right with a mini episode! We chatted with the one and only Cynthia Erivo. You know her as an award-winning actress and singer, but one thing you may not know is that she’s super serious about her wellness and exercise routine (she’s even part owner of a new workout wear line). 
    And we play a little musical game that's all about getting pumped up! Can you guess what’s on our workout playlist? 
    And speaking of wellness, check out the How to Skimm Your Life Challenge. It’s all about getting happy, and each day you’ll get a prompt that aims to help you get joy out of your daily routine.
    You’ll hear from:
    Cynthia Erivo, award-winning actress, singer and part-owner of Omorpho
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    • 9 min
    The Pop Culture Moments that Made 2021

    The Pop Culture Moments that Made 2021

    It’s hard to believe that 2021 is almost over. But before we ring in the new year, let’s take a look back at all of the stories that entertained us — the things we watched, the celeb moments we couldn’t stop talking about, the music that topped our Spotify Wrapped lists and the industry shakeups that we’ll still be talking about next year. Can you guess what made our list?
    And stay tuned, because we also talk with Tan France from “Queer Eye” about fashion, his fave iconic style moments and the Now Me campaign he’s working on.
    You’ll hear from:
    Tan France of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” 
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    Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key.  Engineered by Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear. Special thanks to Alex Carr and Ciara Long.
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    • 25 min
    How Issa Rae and "Insecure" Changed TV

    How Issa Rae and "Insecure" Changed TV

    “Insecure” made us laugh, cry, yell and argue with strangers on Twitter for five years, but now it's time to say goodbye. Issa Rae’s award-winning series broke the mold and portrayed young Black people as more than stereotypes — signaling to Hollywood that creators can tell their authentic stories and be successful. But what will the show's cultural impact mean for the next generation of creatives?

    You’ll hear from:
    Taryn Finley, editor HuffPost Black Voices and senior culture reporter who contributed to “Inside the ‘Insecure’ World"

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    • 33 min
    Reality Dating Shows Are Bad. Why Do We Love Them?

    Reality Dating Shows Are Bad. Why Do We Love Them?

    "The Bachelorette’s" Michelle Young is making "Bachelor" nation history. For the first time since the franchise premiered in 2002, the man who'll soon be handed that final rose is guaranteed to be a man of color. It may seem like reality dating shows are making some slow progress on diversity. But why aren’t they keeping up with our IRL views on love and relationships? 

    You’ll hear from:
    Bethonie Butler, TV and pop culture reporter for the Washington Post.
    Joanna Weiss, Editor-in-Chief of Experience magazine and contributing editor to POLITICO Magazine

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

queen elizabeth anne ,

Great listen!

Love that each ep of this pod gets into the bigger picture and societal implications of the pop culture stories my friends and I are already thinking and talking about!

LIgirl1990 ,

Getting a little tough to listen to

I really wanted to like this podcast. I’ve been an avid skimm fan for many years and I feel like their quality is just slowly declining, and this podcast illustrates that. I just wish every single episode didn’t have a political slant. I tend to lean left myself, and fully agree racism needs to be talked about and addressed, but it’s such a heavy theme in every single episode it just makes the podcast not what it is advertised as, so a little less enjoyable.

valiegirl26 ,

Unsubscribe

I really wanted to like this podcast but I just can’t… so biased toward the left and their narrative that every thing is racist

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