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Ira Madison III, culture critic and columnist, is joined each week by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians and more for a conversation at the intersection of pop culture and politics at a time when we're all obsessing over both. Movies! Music! Terrible tweets by celebrities trying to seem engaged while bragging about their latest project! This show has it all. New episodes every Wednesday.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 6.5K Ratings

Ira Madison III, culture critic and columnist, is joined each week by comedians, journalists, actors, musicians, activists, politicians and more for a conversation at the intersection of pop culture and politics at a time when we're all obsessing over both. Movies! Music! Terrible tweets by celebrities trying to seem engaged while bragging about their latest project! This show has it all. New episodes every Wednesday.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
6.5K Ratings

6.5K Ratings

Dan in Los Angeles ,

Angelina Burnett is my mom and I will protect her at all costs

Long time listener, first time reviewer. This is very specifically a review about the 10/15/19 show featuring guest co-host Angelina Burnett. I was unfamiliar with her work before this, but listening to her thoughts on Mark Zuckerberg, Elizabeth Warren, Patsy Cline, organizing, etc. was *chef’s kiss.* Anyway, I miss Kara, but Ira and Louis and all of the guest co-hosts are consistently the funniest and smartest people working in Big Podcast. Thank you for soundtracking my hellish Los Angeles commutes!

RealSmittyWerbenjagermanjensen ,

I miss Kara and there’s too many guest interviews

UPDATE 10/18/19: Kara has been gone from Keep It for a while now and the show has been slightly less enjoyable for me. I miss her being the “straight man” of the 3 who will call out BS, especially if it’s laced with misogynoir. This is nitpicking but you’d think as the host of a podcast and a writer, Ira would pronounce things correctly, or at least have a cheat sheet for himself. His most recent one “EYE-tirations” (instead of IH-tirations) was…a choice. At least get the names of prominent figures in today’s pop culture right! You’re a pop culture podcast!

I mostly skip the guest interviews. They interrupt the flow of the episode and I just don’t care. A guest interview every now and then is cool, but I’d appreciate more episodes of just straight pop culture discussion because some moments do require lengthy discussion with nuance. Interested to see how Keep It progresses in the coming years…

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I follow Ira on Twitter and was a fan of Kara when she wrote for Jezebel. I’ve been looking a for a new general pop culture podcast that has more focus than, say, The Read, but is lighter than NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour. Keep It is the perfect match. The hosts have good chemistry and don’t linger too long on topics. Louis’s quick wit is honestly the highlight of each episode for me. I’m a (mostly) happy Keep It subscriber and I look forward to a new episode each week. HOWEVER, one of three things need to happen: 1) get Ira a better mic; 2) turn the volume up on Ira’s mic; or 3) Ira stops dropping the end of his sentences or whatever it is that he’s doing that causes him to become nearly inaudible, resulting in my turning up the volume to hear him only to have my speakers/ear drums almost blown when Kara or Louis speak again. Perhaps all three?

Luminous Connector ,

Somewhat Disappointed

I love your podcast much. I have learned so much, especially when Kara was there. Your last episode with Angelina Burnett was amazing because she was righteous anger the way Kara used to be. And after such an amazing discussion you made an announcement of your permanent host, totally disregarding that Angelina was contribution to the discussion. I don’t if it was ahhh editing issue. But, it was not right, not at all.

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