58 episodes

A philosopher, an actor/musician, and a sci-fi writer (often with entertainment industry guests) talk about media and how we consume it: TV, film, music, novels, games, comics, comedy, theater, podcasts, online video, and more. Most of what (other) people like is pretty weird when you think about it, so thinking about it is what we do.

Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast Mark Linsenmayer

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 25 Ratings

A philosopher, an actor/musician, and a sci-fi writer (often with entertainment industry guests) talk about media and how we consume it: TV, film, music, novels, games, comics, comedy, theater, podcasts, online video, and more. Most of what (other) people like is pretty weird when you think about it, so thinking about it is what we do.

    PMP#56: Black + Nerd = BLERD w/ Anthony LeBlanc

    PMP#56: Black + Nerd = BLERD w/ Anthony LeBlanc

    The Interim Executive Producer of The Second City joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to discuss the scope of black nerd-dom: what nerdy properties provide to those who feel "othered," using sci-fi to talk about race, Black Panther, afrofuturism, black anime fans, Star Trek, Key & Peele, Get Out vs. Us, and more.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    Sponsor: Get 15% off earbuds at BuyRaycon.com/Pretty w/ offer code "Pretty15."

    • 51 min
    PMP#55: Food as Pop w/ Thi Nguyen

    PMP#55: Food as Pop w/ Thi Nguyen

    Mark, Erica, and Brian are joined by Utah philosophy prof and former food writer C. Thi Nguyen to talk food as art, foodies, elitism, food TV, cooking vs. eating, and how analyzing food is like analyzing games.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    • 45 min
    PMP#54: The Genius(?) of Rick and Morty

    PMP#54: The Genius(?) of Rick and Morty

    Mark, Erica, and Brian address critically acclaimed Adult Swim show. What kind of humor is it? Can we take the sci-fi and family drama elements seriously? How smart are the show and its fans? Is Rick a super hero, or Dr. Who? What will this serialized sit-com look like in longevity?

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    • 47 min
    PMP#53: The Hamilton Phenomenon w/ Sam Simahk

    PMP#53: The Hamilton Phenomenon w/ Sam Simahk

    Erica, Mark, and Brian are joined by Broadway actor Sam to discuss this unique convergence of musical theater, rap, and historical drama.

    Does Hamilton deserve its accolades? We cover the re-emergence of stage music as pop music, live vs. filmed vs. film-adapted musicals, creators starring in their shows, race-inclusive casting, and the politics surrounding the show.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    • 52 min
    PMP#52: The Twilight Zone from Serling to Peele

    PMP#52: The Twilight Zone from Serling to Peele

    Something's strange... Is it a dream? If it's a morality tale with a twist ending, you're probably in the Twilight Zone.

    Brian, Erica, Mark, and guest Ken Gerber are in it this week, discussing the thrice revived TV series. Does the 1959-1963 show hold up? What makes for a good TZ episode, and does Jordan Peele's latest iteration capture the spirit? We talk about episodes new and old, the 1983 film, plus comparisons to Black Mirror and David Lynch.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    Sponsor: Get 15% off earbuds at BuyRaycon.com/Pretty w/ offer code "Pretty15."

    • 54 min
    PMP#51: Pictures Telling Stories w/ Joseph Watson

    PMP#51: Pictures Telling Stories w/ Joseph Watson

    Is it really true that "every picture tells a story"? For Joseph, a Las Vegas artist who illustrates Go, Go GRETA!, narrative is essential, but how does the story an artist has in mind actually convey to the viewer?

    He joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to tell art stories and touch on Guernica, Where the Wild Things Are, Dr. Seuss, Narnia, and more.

    For more, visit prettymuchpop.com. Hear bonus content for this episode at patreon.com/prettymuchpop.

    • 41 min

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