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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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    • 4.2 • 112 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.

    Beyoncé, Drake, and the Evolution of House Music

    Beyoncé, Drake, and the Evolution of House Music

    From the trailer for “Hocus Pocus 2” giving us major nostalgia to the backlash surrounding the chart topping “Elvis” biopic, there’s a lot going on in pop culture this week. So we’re breaking down the top five moments we can’t stop talking about — and revisiting a few others.
    Find out the latest in the Brittney Griner case and what happened at the BET Awards without Lil Nas X. 
    Then, last week’s Verzuz between Omarion and Mario brought up old drama with the “Post to Be” singer and his former B2K group members.
    But the thing that we’re stuck on is Beyoncé’s summer anthem "Break My Soul." The new dance ballad along with Drake’s recent album “Honestly, Nevermind” has fans asking if house music is making a comeback. The answer: It never went away.
    Today, we explore the history and evolution of the house sound with a music and culture journalist and historian. We’ll give you a playlist that you’ll want to dance to all summer long. 
    You’ll hear from:
    Naima Cochrane, music and culture journalist and historian
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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. Additional production help from Blake Lew-Merwin.

    • 34 min
    ‘Fire Island’ and a New Era of Queer Representation

    ‘Fire Island’ and a New Era of Queer Representation

    Do you remember when the only queer characters on TV seemed to be sassy, gay best friends? 
    Queer representation in pop culture is changing. With shows and movies like “The Bold Type,” Tom Swift,” “P-Valley,” and “Fire Island,” we’re seeing more depth and range when it comes to LGBTQ+ characters and storylines. 
    We’re also seeing more queer representation in other mediums like books, cartoons, anime, and manga. 
    This Pride Month, we’ve been talking about the importance of telling diverse queer stories. And today, we called up some old and new friends of the podcast to talk about the evolution we’re seeing on the page and screen. (Bonus: Get some new reccos to watch and read!)
    Plus, find out how Beyoncé and Drake are bringing house music back. 
    You’ll hear from:
    Torian Miller, actor and star in Hulu’s “Fire Island”
    Blair Imani, activist, author, and creator of Smarter in Seconds 
    Daric L. Cottingham, freelance culture and entertainment journalist
    Briana Lawrence, fandom editor at The Mary Sue 
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    Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway, Elie McAfee-Hahn, and Ko Takasugi-Czernowin. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear. Additional production help from Blake Lew-Merwin.

    • 34 min
    Why Lizzo, the Beyhive, and Lil Nas X Are All Upset

    Why Lizzo, the Beyhive, and Lil Nas X Are All Upset

    First up, we’ve got questions: Who’s the new addition to the list of EGOT legends? Which ex-husband tried to crash Brittney’s wedding? Who thought “Squid Game” should be a reality show? Why is the Beyhive upset with Saucy Santana, Twitter upset with Lizzo, and everybody upset with Amy Schumer for the tampon shortage?
    But the big question this week: Why wasn’t Lil Nas X nominated for a 2022 BET Award?
    Lil Nas X had one of the biggest albums of 2021. “Montero” climbed the charts, and so did its popular singles like “Industry Baby” — along with music videos that still have us talking. Plus, the album was critically acclaimed and nominated for multiple awards.
    So, it’s not surprising that Lil Nas X tweeted about being snubbed when BET Award nominations were announced. But he’s not just calling out the network. He says he’s also pointing out the larger issue of homophobia in the Black community. And his tweets have Twitter divided. But why?
    We talked to two reporters about the snub, the response to Lil Nas X calling out BET, and homophobia within hip hop. 
    You’ll hear from:
    Daric Cottingham, freelance culture and entertainment journalist
    Clyde McGrady, reporter for The Washington Post
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    • 36 min
    Heard vs. Depp and a Conversation with Angelica Ross

    Heard vs. Depp and a Conversation with Angelica Ross

    First up, we break down the latest in pop culture news from the weekend’s most-talked about breakup — ahem, Lori Harvey and Michael B. Jordan — to the Depp vs. Heard verdict.

    Then, we kick off Pride Month with a conversation with an icon. 


    Within the last decade, there’s been a huge shift in trans representation in Hollywood. From “Orange is the New Black” to “Pose,” we’ve seen more diverse storylines that explore queer and trans experiences than ever before. And we’ve been introduced to some of our new favorite actors, like the multitalented Angelica Ross. 
    Ross lip-synced her way into our hearts as Candy on FX’s “Pose,” and starred in the last few seasons of “American Horror Story.” 
    Today, we chat with the actress, singer, and TransTech founder about trans representation on screen, her iconic TV roles, how she’s breaking barriers in the tech field, and what’s next on her Hollywood wishlist.   
    You’ll hear from:
    Angelica Ross, actress, singer, and TransTech founder 
    Emily Yahr, entertainment reporter for The Washington Post
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    • 33 min
    Another Look at Rap Lyrics on Trial

    Another Look at Rap Lyrics on Trial

    A few weeks ago, rappers Young Thug, Gunna, and 26 of their YSL crew members were charged in a Georgia RICO case. And prosecutors are arguing that YSL is actually a criminal gang instead of a record label. 
    One of the things they plan to use to prove that: Young Thug’s rap lyrics. 
    Violent lyrics show up in a lot of music genres. But when it comes to rap and hip hop, it’s not unusual for those lyrics to be used in court as evidence to convict artists of crimes. But is it a violation of first amendment rights?
    Today, we look back at the history of rap lyrics on trial, and talk to a media attorney about RICO cases and a New York bill that would make it harder for artists’ words to be used against them. 
    Plus, what’s #Swedengate, why art museums had a bad weekend, and the two TV show premieres bringing us all the ’80s vibes. 
    You’ll hear from:
    J. Christopher Hamilton, entertainment attorney, author and professor
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    • 33 min
    Is Diet Culture Making Us Sick?

    Is Diet Culture Making Us Sick?

    When model Lori Harvey took to TikTok earlier this month to detail her weight-loss diet, the backlash was swift. That’s because, as plenty of dietitians pointed out, the 1,200 calorie-per-day plan she shared was just not enough food for most full-grown humans. 
    But Harvey’s not alone. We’re bombarded with stories about how people are losing weight — from Kim Kardashian’s met-gala dress diet to influencers and #FitFam posts pushing restrictive eating and excessive exercise. At the same time, messages about body positivity are pushing us to love the skin we’re in. 
    Today, we’re taking a long, hard look at diet culture — why it has such a grip on us, and how we can make sure we’re taking care of our own physical and mental health in the face of an onslaught of questionable advice.
    Plus, Rihanna’s baby announcement, the big Deux Moi reveal, and the TV finales that have us in tears…or not.
    You’ll hear from:
    Patience Owunwanne, registered dietitian
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

Gummy bears galore ,

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

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!

Harvey Butthole ,

Unsubscribing

Show started off strong but has become unlistenable. Content doesn’t match show description and isn’t what’s advertised. Not everything in this world is racist but the host could find a way to spin trying to save the bees is somehow marginalizing communities of color. I really wanted this to be a show that took a more intellectual look at pop culture, and yes that may include the occasional race discussion, but instead we get victim mentality preachings. Stop being a victim and take control of your life, you’re clearly successful. Life isn’t that bad.

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