123 episodes

A Gen X-themed show with podcast veterans Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh and Karen Tongson (Pop Rocket). W2X revisits the pop culture & social issues that defined Generation X from a (queer) woman-of-color perspective in a way that sheds new light on the pop culture from both then, and now.

Waiting to X-hale Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 222 Ratings

A Gen X-themed show with podcast veterans Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh and Karen Tongson (Pop Rocket). W2X revisits the pop culture & social issues that defined Generation X from a (queer) woman-of-color perspective in a way that sheds new light on the pop culture from both then, and now.

    Welcome to Tangent Island

    Welcome to Tangent Island

    I've been dreaming of this very journey for a few years. I turned 40 during COVID and was hit with speed bump after speed bump. Situations I have never anticipated experiencing and in some cases it will be my first time sharing it with you.
     
     Once you've lived through a pandemic as I have, you see things differently, your appreciation for life hits differently and your tolerance for BS plummets… I want to navigate those twists and turns with you and stray off the beaten path just for the thrill of it. Through the chaos, expect a touch of wit and snark, the kind that's earned from years of figuring it out.
     
     
    Just for W2X listeners I'm offering an opportunity for you to get the full breadth of my journey forward. Learn more at tangentisland.com how you can get exclusive access to my companion show, Tangent Island: Staying Afloat and video episodes of the main show.
     
     
    Tangent Island drops every Monday and launches officially in January 2024.
     
    In the meantime follow the show feed on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, me on Instagram @wynter and the show @tangentisland 
     

    • 6 min
    Ep. 114: Second Acts: The Waiting to X-Hale Finale

    Ep. 114: Second Acts: The Waiting to X-Hale Finale

    It’s the final episode, and there are tears shed, and personal revelations made as Karen and Wynter contemplate their favorite “second acts” in popular culture. Amidst it all, Wynter also discusses her new project dropping in January, and Karen shares a couple of lines from her new book Normporn. Plus, a glimpse at Apple TV+’s The Supermodel, and Todd Haynes’ latest, May/December. What’s the last NUO-LINGO ever? And what did each of our hosts choose as their final songs? We’re going to miss all of you, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 113: Favorite Finales

    Ep. 113: Favorite Finales

    In our penultimate episode, Wynter and Karen prepare for the end by reflecting on their favorite series finales including Mad Men, Six Feet Under, The Good Place and The Americans among others. Before they do, Karen insists on one more discussion about a pop culture controversy: Julianna Marguilles’ condescending comments told from her perspective “as someone who plays a lesbian journalist” on TV. Our team LOVES Squid Game: The Challenge, which is their new problematic fave. Plus, NUO-LINGO is unlocked for the last 2 episodes and butch/femme songs of the week.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 112: Special Guests

    Ep. 112: Special Guests

    This week we present our second "best of" episode featuring a collection of the lovely guests we've had over the years. You'll hear Guy Branham & Margaret Wappler make their first appearance since the end of Pop Rocket (3:28), Kathy Valentine talk about the L.A. punk scene and feminism (15:27), Kevin Smith talk about working with his daughter (24:37), June Diane Raphael give her take on Clueless (34:09), Bob Odenkirk talk about Mr. Show and using comedy to expose homophobia (49:21), Renee Bever and Tavia Nyong'o talk about blackness in horror cinema (55:48) and Sandra Bernhard gives her thoughts about fighting on the internet. 
     
    To get early access to releases and bonus content weekly, please subscribe to our patreon at patreon.com/waitingtoxhale
     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 111: Ahead of Our Time

    Ep. 111: Ahead of Our Time

    We present our first "best of" episode featuring clips or topics that were ahead of the curve. From the prediction of the Cocaine Bear movie, the ahead of her time Queen Latifah and Wynter's discovery of TUBI to darker predictions of COVID conspiracy theories and political unrest, we look back on what we got right.
     

    Episodes featured:
     

    Ep. 6: What the Wild Things Teach Us: Cocaine Bear vs. Meth Gator

    Ep. 10: On Becoming Kirstin Dunst: 1990s KD vs. 2000s KD

    Ep. 13: All Hail the Queen (Latifah, not that other lady): Cleo vs. Khadijah

    Ep. 22: Hostless with the Mostest - Oscars 2020

    Ep. 26: “What Movie Am I In?!?”  Our Brave New World of Outbreaks and De-Extinction

    Ep. 31: Conspiracy Theories

    Ep. 53:  Written in the Stars w/ Amanda Yates Garcia, the Oracle of L.A.
     
    To get early access to releases and bonus content weekly, please subscribe to our patreon at patreon.com/waitingtoxhale

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 110: My favorite disaster

    Ep. 110: My favorite disaster

    Wynter flies solo again as she discusses her favorite natural disaster movies as Hurricane Hilary is set to bring the rain to SoCal. She shares her thoughts on guilty pleasures she’s indulging like Baywatch Nights and getting rid of cable. and what she thinks is the unlikely song of the summer which is a throwback to the eurodance era of the 90s.
     
    To get early access to releases and bonus content weekly, please subscribe to our patreon at patreon.com/waitingtoxhale

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 Ratings

Lucy in the Diamond Sky ,

You Know I’m Waiting

Wynter and KT are the best! Whenever I see a new episode pop up, I can’t wait to listen. You are both so smart, eloquent, funny and on-point with what’s trending in my GenXer universe. Don’t ever stop.

Ahs789 ,

Wynter

I’m so sad I can’t listen to this show - Karen is so smart and interesting- but I’ve never heard a more obnoxious blowhard take over any show more than Wynter. I’ve followed this show for years but stopped listening b/c I knew the inevitable talk over and unlistenable spew overpowering from Wynter was just poisonous. So many topics I wanted to hear from Karen - but I knew it was pointless. Karen - I will follow you if you do another podcast - as long as you ditch this skin crawling narcissist named Wynter gawd

Janice on Guitar ,

Love Karen and Wynter - my favorite Gen Xrs

Besides me, Karen and Wynter are my favorite Gen Exers. I guess I need to love myself first, as Whitney taught us all. But after me, these two insightful pop culture historians are the best.

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