"Poptarts" is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience.
Poptarts Episode 129: Eurovision Champ Netta!
Netta Barzilai, better known by her one-word rockstar moniker Netta, is an Israeli pop singer, songwriter, and looping artist who rocketed to international fame in 2018 when she won the Eurovision Song Contest with her song "Toy." Since then, she has released two albums, “Goody Bag” and “The Best of Netta’s Office Volume One.” And her new single “I Love My Nails” has been racking up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube since the official video debuted May 12. She has a very busy Summer coming up here in the U.S. and in this episode of “Poptarts,” she reveals the secrets behind her incredible plus-size style, how her entire life changed after Eurovision, and how music helped her “love me for me.”
Poptarts Episode 128: Peaches!
Peaches, is a feminist rock star, producer, director, visual artist, and performance artist who rose to fame in the electroclash era of the early 2000s. Her solo albums include the terrifically transgressive “Fancypants Hoodlum,” “The Teaches of Peaches,” “F**********r,” “Impeach My Bush,” “I Feel Cream,” and “Rub.” And she’s about to embark on her first International tour since 2017 in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of “The Teaches of Peaches.” Her work has meant so much to so many for so long and in this episode of “Poptarts,” she reveals how she kicked her conservative Jewish upbringing to the curb, found her completely original voice, and became a foremother of feminist filth!
Poptarts Episode 127: Comedian Ms. Pat!
Patricia Williams, better known as Ms. Pat, is a hilarious stand-up comedian, actor, author, and podcast host who has been making audiences flip with her totally original storytelling style for over 20 years. Her one-hour standup special "Y'All Wanna Hear Something Crazy?"—directed by Robert Townsend and Produced by Wanda Sykes—premiered on Netflix in February to critical acclaim, her 2017 memoir "Rabbit" was named one of Amazon’s best biographies of the year, and now she’s gearing up for season two of her BET+ sitcom "The Ms. Pat Show!" In this episode of Poptarts, she reveals how she found success turning observations on poverty into comedy, she shares the secrets to her incredible resiliency, and we read Lane Bryant’s menagerie of plus-size, animal-print monstrosities to filth!
Poptarts Episode 126: Comic Art Icon Nina Bunjevac!
Nina Bunjevac is an incredible comic book artist, author, illustrator, and educator. She spent her formative years in the former Yugoslavia, where she began studying art. But when war broke out in the 1990s, she returned to Canada where she studied graphic design, drawing, and painting and eventually branched out into making sculptural installations and writing and illustrating absolutely incredible books of comic art, including Heartless, Fatherland, Bezimena, and, An Alchemical Journey Through the Major Arcana of the Tarot. In this episode of Poptarts, she reveals how esoteric philosophy helped shape her practice, and we take a deep dive into Bunjevac’s deeply symbolic visual universe.
Poptarts Episode 125: Married to the Mob's Leah McSweeney!
Leah McSweeney is a legendary New York designer, an entrepreneur, a cast member on one of the biggest reality shows on the planet, and now, she’s an author as well. She founded the women's streetwear line Married to the Mob in 2004, and she has been starring on Bravo’s hit series "The Real Housewives of New York City" since 2020 where she she’s been introducing a much-needed dose of relatability into a show that has been criticized for becoming increasingly out of touch with the city it claims to represent. On April 5, Leah will be releasing her new memoir, "Chaos Theory: Finding Meaning in the Madness, One Bad Decision at a Time" and on BUST’s latest “Poptarts” podcast, she talks teenage fearlessness, finding Judaism, and freaking out on Bravo.
Poptarts Episode 124: Debbie Gibson!
Debbie Gibson is a singing-dancing-songwriting-producing-composing musical prodigy who has been serenading the world for 35 years, ever since her self-penned hit “Only In My Dreams” arrived on the Billboard charts when she was just 16 in the summer of 1987. Since then, she has sold more than 16 million albums, released 10 studio albums, toured all over the world, and starred in 17 musicals. Her first album of new songs in 20 years, The Body Remembers, came out this past summer on her own label, Stargirl Records, and it’s as surprising as it is satisfying for long-time fans. On BUST’s latest “Poptarts” podcast, she talks about shedding her squeaky-clean image, she honors her late mother—the original “momager,” and she pushes back against an industry that routinely discounts artists who appeal to teenage girls.
Great interviews with fascinating artists of all kinds
I love how in depth Poptarts gets with its guests and analysis, whether they’re talking to a Real Housewife or actor, musician, author or any other kind of artist. The recent Julia Cameron episode one of my favorites and inspired me to try morning pages. These interviews are the opposite of sound bites. They’re deep and insightful and Emily and Callie ask great questions and let listeners get to know them via their own pop cultures picks. I learn something new from every episode and my only complaint is not having enough time to watch and read all the recommendations I get from the show.
I didm’t know about the housewifes
But it was hilarious
If you care about pop culture, you need to listen to this podcast
After just listening to one episode, I already knew that this was going to become my new favorite podcast.