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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 • 118 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.

    Tired of Swiping? You May Have Dating App Fatigue

    Tired of Swiping? You May Have Dating App Fatigue

    First up, say goodbye to #Kete, folks. Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson called it quits after just nine months of dating. Get the rundown on the biggest breakup of the summer and Kanye’s reaction. 
    Plus, find out why Megan Thee Stallion’s boo Pardi seems a little upset with The Rock? And did a couple really find love in the Popeye’s parking lot?
    We quickly break it all down in this week’s Pop Five stories. 
    Then, we Skimm (in under four minutes) what the heck is going on with the Warner Bros. Discovery merger that killed "Batgirl" — and how this new marriage may affect your streaming options.
    And since we kinda have relationships on the brain, we’re diving deeper into dating app fatigue. (Yes, it’s a real thing!)
    We spoke with a reporter who’s done research on the topic to understand what it is, what the signs are, and what you can do if you’re tired of swiping.
    You’ll hear from:
    Jessica Klein, contributing reporter for the BBC                                                
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    Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Additional production help from Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 34 min
    Why Are We So Obsessed with Astrology?

    Why Are We So Obsessed with Astrology?

    All hail Queen Bey! The “Renaissance” is here, and the house listening party started last weekend along with the drama. But this act one wasn’t the only thing dominating pop culture news. 
    Did you hear that Taylor Swift’s is also topping the charts? But this time it isn’t for music. It’s for her terrible private jet CO2 emissions.
    And after eight weeks of not being able to turn away from Love Island UK, we finally have this seasons’ winners.
    What else is on our radar? Check out this week’s Pop Five stories. 
    Then, we dive into one of the biggest trends Millennials and Gen Z are obsessed with: astrology.
    We speak with a journalist to find out why. And we chatted with an astrologer to get the breakdown on what it’s all supposed to mean. Plus, don’t miss our host getting her chart read!
    You’ll hear from:
    Kirah Tabourn, creative, astrologer, and host of The Strology Show podcast                                      
    Elizabeth Gulino, senior writer at Refinery29                                                   
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    • 36 min
    TV, Fashion, and 2000s Trends with Our Fave Celebs

    TV, Fashion, and 2000s Trends with Our Fave Celebs

    From Kid Cudi walking off the stage at Rolling Loud to a weepy Bennifer in Paris, a lot has been going on in pop culture news. So we’re starting off by breaking down our Pop Five — the top five moments we can’t stop talking about. And after, we have convos with Angelica Ross, Tan France, and Christina Milian.
    So find out the reason Desus and Mero are calling it quits and why Sesame Place is being called out for racial discrimination.  
    Then, San Diego ComicCon gave “Black Panther” fans what they’ve been waiting for. The “Wakanda Forever” trailer dropped and everyone’s in their feelings.
    But what really had Twitter chirping? A viral tweet comparing the careers of Keke Palmer and Zendaya — and citing colorism. And the “Nope” star quickly shut the conversation down in a way only she could.  
    And keeping with stars that we stan, today, check out a few moments that didn’t make it on previous episodes — and some of our favorite interviews.
    You’ll hear from:
    Angelica Ross, actress, singer, and TransTech founder 
    Tan France, host of Netflix’s “Queer Eye”  
    Christina Milian, actress and singer
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    Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 25 min
    BBLs Are Dangerous. Why Are They So Popular?

    BBLs Are Dangerous. Why Are They So Popular?

    Having a big butt hasn’t always been popular. But now, it seems like everyone wants to be a member of the big booty club. Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and even Madonna have all been suspected of having work done to make their backsides bigger.
    But it isn’t just famous people who are bending over backwards to get the derrière they desire. Regular women are also looking for ways to plump up their bottoms.
    While some are opting for butt implants or injections, many are turning to another surgical procedure: the Brazilian Butt Lift, aka the BBL.
    We talked to a board certified emergency physician and a reporter about the BBL: what it is, why it can be so dangerous — and why so many people are getting it anyway.
    You’ll hear from:
    Dr. Uché Blackstock, board certified emergency physician and founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity
    Ruth Etiesit Samuel, culture reporter at HuffPost
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    • 33 min
    Our Ultimate Summer 2022 TV and Movie Guide

    Our Ultimate Summer 2022 TV and Movie Guide

    We’ve finally settled into the summer season — meaning warmer days, more three-day weekends, and sneaking in some beach time before Labor Day. But if you’re trying to stay cool inside or you have some time to kill (thanks, flight delays), you’re going to need something to watch. And we’ve got you covered. 
    Today, we called up some of our favorite media critics and a bunch of our savvy fellow Skimm’rs for their must-see recommendations. Whether you need weekend binges, movies worth seeing in theaters, or hidden gems to add to your queue, enjoy our ultimate summer TV and movie guide. And yes, we’ve got the full list right here for you.
    What to binge on a long weekend:


    The Summer I Turned Pretty (Amazon Prime Video)


    Ms. Marvel (Disney+)


    Money Heist Korea (Netflix)


    Only Murders in the Building (Hulu)


    Love Island UK (Hulu)


    Heartstopper (Netflix)


    Joe Pera Talks With You (HBO Max)


    I Love That For You (Showtime)


    The Upshaws (Netflix)

    Movies to see IRL:


    Nope (July 22)


    Mr. Malcolm’s List (In Theaters Now)


    Top Gun: Maverick (In Theaters Now)


    Elvis (In Theaters Now)


    Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (In Theaters Now)


    Everything Everywhere All At Once (In Select Theaters Now)

    Hidden gems that are getting overlooked:


    Savage Beauty (Netflix)


    The Janes (HBO Max)


    Ziwe (Showtime)


    The Man Who Fell to Earth (Showtime)


    Barry (HBO Max)


    What We Do in the Shadows (FX/Hulu)


    Everything is Trash (Freeform/Hulu)


    Irma Vepp (HBO Max)

    You’ll hear from:
    Bethonie Butler, TV and pop culture reporter for The Washington Post
    Lakshmi Gandhi, freelance journalist and co-founder of The Lakshmi and Asha Show
    Kamaron McNair, finance writer at theSkimm
    Kristen Lindell, loyalty program manager at theSkimm
    Nina Moll, senior associate, client services at theSkimm
    Michelle Simon, senior director, client services and planning at theSkimm
    Rachel Klein, executive producer, video at theSkimm
    Rachel Levin, social media producer at theSkimm
    Alaisha Key, audio producer, culture at theSkimm
    Andrew Callaway, senior audio engineer at theSkimm
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    Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.

    • 24 min
    Why is Brittney Griner Still in Russia?

    Why is Brittney Griner Still in Russia?

    Last week, the trial for WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner began in Russia. Griner was taken into custody on drug charges back in February, and her detention has been extended four times. 
    Unfortunately, things aren’t looking good for the Phoenix Mercury star. The trial resumes July 7 and could take several months. She could also face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.  
    While so many questions remain about Griner’s future and release, there’s one that keeps popping up: what she was doing over there? Simply put, better pay.
    About half of the WNBA’s athletes play overseas during the offseason, and Griner's situation may make some of them think twice about claiming additional income, especially as war rages between Russia and Ukraine. 
    Today, we revisit a conversation with sports journalist Meredith Cash on what’s happening with Griner and how it may affect other WNBA players.  
    You’ll hear from:
    Meredith Cash, sports reporter for Insider
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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118 Ratings

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Great podcast

I like hearing the deeper connections pop culture has to other societal issues and bias, I think everyone should give it a listen. Maybe if they got a cohost they could do more discussing about issues than interviewing. I think it could be a nice change of pace for some episodes or even to help those that feel the show is too biased to the left. Either way, still love the show

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