Podcast

Pop Rocket

Pop culture discussion with Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson

Episodes

  • Ep: 212 - The Fifth Annual Pop Tart Awards!

    Feb 16 2019

    Are you ready for the 64th most electrifying show in Hollywood? Well get ready because it’s here, in your podcatcher: The Fifth Annual Pop Tart Awards! The panel comes together to recognize the best of the best in TV, film and everything else entertaining. What will take home the Warm Blanket Award for fuzzy comfort entertainment? Who delivered the best performance of the year? Could the panelists find consensus on the best album of the year? Barely. Plus, a bona fide celebrity makes a cameo tha...more

  • Ep: 211 - Mega Movie Catch-up Edition

    Feb 09 2019

    On this week’s show, the panel play catch up. Each panelist was assigned to watch one film from this past year they missed when it was still in theaters. At the behest of Guy, Margaret watched Can You Ever Forgive Me. Karen Tongson was assigned Roma, but decided she wanted to check out Support the Girls, so Wynter was tapped for Roma instead. Lastly, both Wynter and Karen wanted to talk to Guy about A Simple Favor. Each panelist reported back. Who thought Roma was too slow? Did Margaret show eno...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep 210 - The State of Adam McKay & Terry Crews Gets a Vote for PRSOA

    Feb 02 2019

    Will Terry Crews receive the second-ever Pop Rocket Seal of Approval? Why wasn't Margaret on this week's show? Is Adam McKay a craftsman or an artist? These questions and more will be answered on this week's Pop Rocket! Plus, in the wake of the PRSOA "Bloom backlash", the voting process has been amended. Tune in to find out how, and when there will be another nomination period. That's My Jam Wynter: Summer Walker - Girls Need Love Karen: James Ingram - Just Once Guy: RuPaul (feat. Myah Marie) - ...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep 209 - SchadenFYRE - The Most Epic Fyre Fest Discussion Ever

    Jan 26 2019

    This week's show is a double dose of schadenfreude! The gang compares the dueling documentaries Hulu's "Fyre Fraud" and Netflix's "Fyre," which tell different versions of the tropical shit show that landed its mastermind Billy McFarland behind bars. All Abouts Wynter is all about Crashing and True Detective. Margaret is all about the memoir Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer, who you may recognize from her article in the Paris Review What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous M...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep - 208 Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

    Jan 19 2019

    Once again we’re firing on all cylinders this week! It’s an ultra-packed show covering everything from The Masked Singer, Surviving R. Kelly, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. and the need to move beyond moralistic posturing in critiquing comedy. The panel get into a lively discussion of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix show. One panelist loves it, one panelist thinks it’s “sinister”, and a panelist named Guy is so obsessed with one of the families featured on the show he couldn’t stop talking about th...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 207 Highlights & Lowlights of The Golden Globes & Netflix’s Bandersnatch

    Jan 12 2019

    The ENTIRE PANEL is back together for a jam-packed episode! They talk Golden Globes, Bandersnatch and react to some of the commercial jingles you beautiful listeners sang to us on the Pop Rocket voicemail line. All Abouts Wynter, fresh off a romantic holiday trip to Paris, is all about the Louis Vuitton Foundation's Basquiat exhibition Guy is all about Can You Ever Forgive Me Margaret is all about Regina King's Golden Globes speech Karen thinks everyone should check out the new Aussie show Insta...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 206 Pop Culture Resolutions for 2019

    Jan 04 2019

    Guy Branum is back for our first episode of 2019! Sadly, Margaret couldn’t join us because #health and Wynter was busy being a jet setter. This week, the panelists share their pop culture resolutions for 2019, and own up to resolution fails from the past year. Writer and comedian Tara Jepsen joins us in studio and Guy is awed by the combined power of her and Karen’s “lesbian efficiency.” If you're curious about what Guy has been up to these past couple months, he catches us up. Spoiler alert (th...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 205 The Pop Rocket Holiday Playlist Spectacular

    Dec 22 2018

    Happy Holidays, everyone! Wynter and Karen are joined by special guest panelists Tre’Vell Anderson (Director of Culture and Entertainment at Out Magazine) and 'Who Shot Ya?'s' Alonso Duralde to create the ultimate holiday playlist. Each panelist created a top ten list of their favorite holiday songs, out of which they’d select twenty for inclusion in the official Pop Rocket Holiday Playlist. Well, that was the plan, anyway. In practice, when faced with making the tough choices, they flopped. Who...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 204 From Dafoe’s Van Gogh to Hayek’s Frida: A Look at Hollywood’s Attempt to Make Art about Artists

    Dec 14 2018

    How right, but mostly how wrong, does Hollywood get it when it comes to capturing artists in film? Margaret Wappler asks these very questions of her esteemed panel. And this, the panel is comprised of LA Times staff writer Carolina Miranda, who covers visual arts, culture and architecture, media scholar and TV critic Sarah Kessler--filling in for her under-the-weather wife Karen Tongson--and Cal Arts professor and visual artist David P Earle, who is better known to Pop Rocket listeners as father...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 203 Bravo’s Dirty John & Our True Crime Obsession w/ Sarah Kessler

    Dec 08 2018

    Guests:     Karen Tongson    Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh    Sarah Kessler We're getting down into the down and dirty story Dirty John, the new Bravo show based on the LA Times and Wondery podcast of the same name. Joining us in the discussion this week is media scholar and TV critic Sarah Kessler who happens to also be married to our very own Karen Tongson. Dirty John is the true crime story about Debra Newell, a successful Orange County businesswoman who seemed to have everything going for he...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 202 Holiday Horror w/ Ricky Carmona

    Nov 30 2018

    It's well known in the Rocketeer community that our host this week, Wynter Mitchell-Ragnarok, is a huge horror buff. She watches two to three a week, and she is running out of horror flicks to watch on all the streaming services. Send her your recommendations! In the meantime, Wynter forced Karen, Margaret and Who Shot Ya?’s Ricky Carmona to subject themselves to some of her favorite movies from the holiday genre, such as Black Christmas, Silent Night, Deadly Night, and their sequels. Our specia...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 201 Our Awkward Thanksgiving Show

    Nov 22 2018

    Happy Thanksgiving, Rocketeers! We at Pop Rocket are thankful for you, our listeners. For the purposes of this episode, Wynter will be playing the role of Margaret’s sister who always criticizes her stuffing recipe, while Karen is the gay aunt who sold Wappler a bunk Subaru. There was a lot of tension in the studio, and everyone was walking on eggshells. Will our panelists be able to make it through a discussion of awkward family gatherings without bursting into tears? Will Wynter be triggered b...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 200 Our 200th Episode!

    Nov 17 2018

    This week Pop Rocket celebrates its 200th episode!!! To commemorate this auspicious occasion, Karen, Margaret and Wynter take a look at how each of them has evolved from the quaint, carefree days of 2015 to the unrelenting hellscape that is 2018. Remember the blue dress? Sorry, remember the white dress? They'll reminisce about that fun moment in pop culture, talk Taylor Swift then and now, and how much things have changed in terms of trans visibility from back in 2015 when Caitlyn Jenner sat dow...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 199 Hip Hop, Pop, and Mental Health w/ Clarkisha Kent

    Nov 10 2018

    Kanye West’s rambling, pro-Trump speech on SNL late September may have surprised casual observers, but by that point, his fans had heard both his outrageous statements and his frank talk about mental health for months. Charlagmane tha God lamented his canceled TimesTalk with Kanye on Instagram as a missed opportunity, writing, "Normalizing being mentally healthy is a conversation that I really wanted to have with Kanye because he's been so vocal about his own mental health struggles. Unfortunate...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 198 The Very First Pop Rocket Seal of Approval

    Nov 02 2018

    The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval Before registered parliamentarian Guy Branum takes an extended leave for some much-needed relaxation at home and abroad, the panelists came together to consider, once again, whether they would be able to award the first-ever Pop Rocket Seal of Approval. Without an acting Nominating Committee Head to sift through listener suggestions on Facebook and Twitter, this time the panel decided to consider the names of only the most committed Pop Rocket listeners--those who...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 197 Halloween & the Horror We Love

    Oct 27 2018

    **Note: Next week the panel will cast their votes to award--or not--The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval. You still have an opportunity to influence the panelists. If you want your voice to be heard, literally, call the Pop Rocket hotline and make a case for the person you want to win, and why. Call: (530) 237-4108** Jamie Lee Curtis is smashing box office records, and the Pop Rocket panel APPROVES. In this episode, Guy, Wynter, Karen, and Margaret share their favorite scares, from new shows like The...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 196 Bad Times at the El Royale w/Drea Clark

    Oct 19 2018

    It’s 1969. Four guests check into the El Royale Hotel: a priest (Jeff Bridges), a vacuum salesman (Jon Hamm), a singer (Cynthia Erivo), and a hippie (Dakota Johnson). They all - save one - have something mysterious going on behind the scenes and the hotel itself is not what it appears to be. When they check in, there’s a storm a-brewin'. Join Guy, Karen, Margaret, and producer/film festival programmer/Who Shot Ya contributor and now Pop Rocket guest Drea Clark as they pick apart Drew Goddard’s n...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 195 A Star is Born

    Oct 12 2018

    This week gay America received so much, but in particular, A Star is Born starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who also directed the movie. Guy, Wynter, Karen & Margaret--aka the full panel--got a chance to watch, cry, and be torn apart by the story of a lady who gained the world, but lost the man that she loves. On this episode, we go over the history of this film and all the remakes, share predictions on whether The Academy will hand out statues to Lady Gaga and/or Bradley Cooper, or if they...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 194 We Hate the 80s and Brett Kavanaugh Edition w/Ted Alexandro

    Oct 05 2018

    ***Trigger Warning - This episode contains discussion of sexual assault. You may want to sit this one out if hearing this kind of discussion is likely to do more harm than good.*** Current events have us (and many others) reconsidering the way high school and college relationships were depicted in the '80s, particularly in romcoms and raunchy sex comedies. Margaret Wappler hosts our discussion this week with Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and our guest, actor, and comedian Ted Alexand...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 193 Our TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch Right Now Episode

    Sep 28 2018

    The autumn TV season has officially begun, and let's be honest, there is TOO MUCH stuff to watch out there. If you're feeling overwhelmed, fear not. The Pop Rocket panel has lots of binge-worthy shows to recommend, and a couple new shows they think you should skip. One panelist will tell you why they loved Netflix's Maniac, and another who couldn't make it through the season. If you're curious whether Amazon Prime's The First is worth your time, Tongson's got some opinions. They'll cover Bojack ...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 192 The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval - Is It Rachel’s Time to Bloom? Plus Destination Wedding

    Sep 21 2018

    We’ve got another full panel! This week, Guy, Wynter, Margaret, and Karen tackle the ornery romcom Destination Wedding, starring Gen X darlings Winona and Keanu. Does their star-power shine bright enough to carry an entire film wherein they’re the only two people with dialogue? Has Hollywood discovered how to effectively harness their charm and charisma? You’ll find out as the panel weighs in on these questions and more. The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval The full quorum convened to vote on another...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 191 2018 Summer Jams

    Sep 14 2018

    Between the VMA's and Yom Kippur, we've got our own version of the high holidays here at Pop Rocket: The SUMMER JAMS episode! We will anoint OR NOT anoint the title of Song of the Summer to the most banging artist of the past few months. And yes, the band is back together again. The full panel - Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell (don't forget) Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler - put on their Grammy judge hats and measure up the best cuts from music makers this past season. What criteria m...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 190 Our Pumpkin-Spiced Fall Preview

    Sep 07 2018

    It’s time, once again, to start deleting programs from our DVRs to make room for new ones. It's almost fall, y'all, which means award shows and the arrival of new network comedies, dramas, dramedies, and what have you. Sooooo Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Wynter Mitchell let us in on all the films and TV shows they're most excited about this upcoming season. Rocketeers, this here preview is the closest most of us will get to an actual harvest. The guys pick over the latest crop of entertainment...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 189 HBO's Insecure Season 3 w/ LA Times Film Reporter Tre'vell Anderson

    Aug 31 2018

    Hop on the PARTY LYFT as we jam out for the long-awaited return of our favorite newlywed Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh. She joins Karen Tongsen and frequent favorite Pop Rocket guest LA Times Film Reporter Tre'vell Anderson as they get into their thoughts on season 3 of HBO's Insecure. The crew touches on the careers of the leading ladies- specifically white privilege problems at Issa's nonprofit We Got Y'all, Issa's side gig as a Lyft driver, and Molly's experiences at her new black corporate law f...more

  • Ep. 188 Crazy Rich Asians (The Movie) with Alonso Duralde & Andrew Ti

    Aug 24 2018

    We did the book, now we're doing the movie! Goddess Guy Branum and dyke-about-town Karen Tongson are joined by fellow MaxFun host Alonso Duralde of the movie podcast Who Shot Ya? and returning favorite Andrew Ti, host of the podcast Yo, Is This Racist? to talk Crazy Rich Asians. Listen in to find out who the gang thought had the breakout performances? Did the food porn in the book match up with the food porn on screen? Who would be the leading man in the sequel? Was the movie "Asian enough"? In ...more

  • Ep. 187 Summer Book Club: Crazy Rich Asians

    Aug 17 2018

    Goddess Guy Branum returns from his book tour just in time for Pop Rocket's annual Summer Book Club. He joins Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler to finally dig into Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians book trilogy. By the way, the movie Crazy Rich Asians is out in theaters now. Go watch it! Kwan's trilogy is essentially about the crazy rich people of Singapore, but the main story in the first book Crazy Rich Asians centers around Rachel and Nick-a young couple who've been dating for two years. They'r...more

  • Ep. 186 Joyful Pop Culture w/ Matt Bellassai and Bari Finkel

    Aug 10 2018

    This week, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler get happy with Matt Bellassai and Bari Finkel, the host and producer of Pineapple Street Media's Unhappy Hour podcast. Today's show is like a Snuggie for one's soul. The panel dishes on the pop culture that brings us pure joy, from songs that compel us to dance, to the spots we gravitate toward on the Internet when we need a dose of adorable. Go ahead, try not to smile when you listen to this episode. All Abouts Margaret is all about the Vulture inte...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 185: “Eighth Grade” and Awkward Adolescence w/ NPR's Linda Holmes

    Aug 03 2018

    ***Warning - this episode contains spoilers*** This week, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler chat it up with pop culture maven and Pop Rocket's own podcast godmother Linda Holmes, the host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. The ladies revisit that wonderfully awkward time of their lives of Clearasil and body self-consciousness also known as 8th Grade while doing an in-depth exploration of Bo Burnham's debut film Eighth Grade. The movie centers around this socially awkward teen girl who tries reall...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 184: "Who is America?" w/ "UnReal" Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

    Jul 27 2018

    We've got a SUPERSIZED Pop Rocket for our first-ever Friday release, so strap yourselves in! This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler are joined by TV powerhouse Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, co-creator and executive producer of the Lifetime drama Unreal. The crew discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series Who Is America. Not unlike his previous series, Da Ali G Show, which aired on HBO in the early aughts, Cohen continues his contr...more

  • Ep. 183: "Sorry to Bother You" w/ Kevin Avery

    Jul 18 2018

    ***Warning - this episode contains major spoilers*** This week, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler are joined by Bay Area comedian and two-time Emmy winning writer Kevin Avery. He was head writer on Totally Biased w/ Kamau Bell, staff writer on Last Week Tonight w/ John Oliver and writer on The Jim Jeffries Show. The gang is deep diving into Boots Riley's new movie Sorry to Bother You. Guy, Kevin and Margaret discover that, like Sorry to Bother You's Cassius Green, they all worked as telemarketers....more

  • Ep. 182: HBO's Sharp Objects and the Wappler Test

    Jul 11 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson discuss HBO’s Sharp Objects. It’s based on the Gillian Flynn Novel of the same name and is about a woman, Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams, who returns to her childhood home to combat her personal demons and look into a number of unsolved murders. Margaret is all about Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Fred Rogers biopic that’s guaranteed to conjure up feelings of love and kindness even in this divisive time. Karen is all about the secon...more

  • Ep. 181 Unplugged: Declaring Independence from Glowing Screens

    Jul 03 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are declaring their independence from screens, push notifications and batteries. That’s right, it’s all about the pop culture that you’ll still be able to experience after the grid goes down. Margaret is all about The Moment app which displays just how much time you spend on your phone every day, which she hopes will help keep her phone out of her motherhood. Karen is all about LeBron James being signed to the LA Lakers and everyone cele...more

  • Ep. 180: Dietland is Unapologetically Fat w/ Lindy West

    Jun 27 2018

    This week, Guy Branun, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Lindy West, New York Times opinion writer and bestselling author of the book Shrill to discuss the AMC show Dietlandand one of TV’s best fat characters ever: Plum Kettle. Lindy is all about is all about the UK show Grand Designs, which offers a respite of pleasantness in the current world of television. Margaret is all about Michelle Goldberg's NYT op-ed We Have a Crisis of Democracy, Not Manners, which takes a look at th...more

  • Ep. 179: What's in YOUR (pop culture) Bubble? w/ Jordan Morris and Sudi Green

    Jun 20 2018

    This week, Guy Branun and Karen Tongson are joined by Jordan Morris, writer of the new Maximum Fun scripted series Bubble, and Sudi Green, former Totally Biased w/ Kumau Bellproduction assistant, current model and current writer for Saturday Night Live. In honor of Bubblethe team will discuss which shows and films help create their safe bubble from the rest of the scary world. Jordan is all about is all about Hearts Beat Loud, a summer film that offers the perfect respite from the deluge of CGI ...more

  • Ep. 179: Strike a Pose with Las Culturistas

    Jun 13 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers, the hosts of the Las Culturistas podcast. The gang will discuss the show Pose which focusses on the Ball culture of 1980’s New York. Bowen is all about everything going down at E3, especially the long-awaited crossover madness that is Kingdom Hearts III. Margaret is all about Ocean's 8, a film that may be full of missed opportunities, but also has enough iconic moments to make it worth the watch. ...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 178: We Say Goodbye to The Americans

    Jun 06 2018

    **Warning: This episode contains spoilers from The Americans series finale. If you, like Margaret, want to avoid the spoilers, skip from 7:01 to 14:20.** This week, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Alonso Duralde, one of the hosts of the Max Fun podcast Who Shot Ya?, a movie podcast that isn’t hosted by dude-bros. The gang will discuss the finale of FX Series The Americans and the effect of the Cold War on pop culture. Alonso is all about is all about National Drive-In Day, whic...more

  • Ep. 177: The Passport Edition

    May 30 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by Katherine Spiers, host of the podcast Smart Mouth, which asks people about their favorite foods. The gang will discuss international travel and all the best things that come from it, including people, food and pop culture. Katherine is all about the actress Jameela Jamil, who criticized Kim Kardashian for advertising appetite suppressing lolly-pops, in spite of the wrath that Jamil may incur. Margaret is all about the first...more

  • Ep. 176: Baby Got Books w/ Mallory O'Meara

    May 23 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are joined by novelist Mallory O’Meara, host of the Max Fun Podcast Reading Glasses. The gang will discuss books and reading habits. Mallory is all about is all about the book Text Me When You Get Home, which looks into the myth that women aren’t meant to be friends with other women. Margaret is all about the podcast The Habitat, which tracks people as they live out a simulated mission on Mars to learn that no matter which planet you’re ...more

  • Ep. 175: A Royal Good Time: Englishman Humphrey Ker Joins Pop Rocket to Talk Meghan & Harry

    May 17 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Andrew Ti are joined by British actor and comedian Humphrey Ker. The gang takes a look at the biggest transatlantic pairing of the year: The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Humphrey is all about Eurovision, the global music competition that showcases some of the best singing--and host banter--in the world. Margaret is all about the podcast Cocaine and Rhinestones, which tells the history of country music, warts and all. Guy is all...more

  • Ep. 174: Bad Moms

    May 09 2018

    Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Andrew Ti are joined by novelist Edan Lepucki. Together, they’ll take a look at our favorite bad moms, and grapple with how they're portrayed in popular culture. It turns out that being in the golden age of television could also mean the golden age of the portrayal of matriarchy in pop culture. Edan is all about the novel Blue Bird Blue Bird by Attica Locke, which she says is filled with the best kind of thriller tropes. Margaret is all about the Netflix series ...more

  • Ep. 173: The Rogue Robots of Westworld...and Beyond

    May 03 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and  Margaret Wappler are joined by Andrew Ti, host of the “Yo, Is This Racist?” podcast. They take a look at HBO’s West World. Season Two just got started and the team is fairly certain it will be just as complicated as the first. Karen is all about Alexis Bledel in Handmaid’s Tale Season 2, even though it puts a character she cares about though even more difficulties. Margaret and Guy are all about Michelle Wolf’s routine at The White House Correspondent’s...more

  • #172: In Praise of the Pope of Washington

    Apr 25 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler discuss the finale of the Shonda Rhimes led show, Scandal. The ABC series wrapped up last week and it stirred up all sorts of thoughts from the team on the female anti-heroes on television. Karen is all about the upcoming Pixar short Bao, which she says is an important addition to Asian representation in popular media (which, let’s face it, is limited). Margaret is all about a recent article about parents raising their children as “Theybies...more

  • Pop Rocket #171: SHHHHHHHHHHH...a quiet place

    Apr 18 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell are joined by Riley Silverman. She’s the lead writer of the Max Fun podcast, International Waters. They discuss A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s horror film about a family trying to survive a post-apocalyptic world where monsters kill anything that makes a sound. Karen is all about the video for  Janelle Monáe’s new music video for the track PYNK, which she says may have established her as a force in queer performance and art. Guy and Wynte...more

  • #170: The Cult Episode

    Apr 11 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler and Wynter Mitchell are joined by LA-based artist Akina Cox to discuss the Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country and cults in pop culture. Karen Tongson is all about Killing Eve on BBC America, which features the return to TV of the beloved Sandra Oh. Wynter is all about The Zen Diaries of Gary Shandling  on HBO, Judd Apatow’s love letter to one of the best and most complex comics in history. Akina is all about Ron Chernow’s biography...more

  • Seeing the World Through Roseanne-Colored Lenses

    Apr 05 2018

    This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson watched the Roseanne reboot and they have feelings about it. Strong feelings. Margaret Wappler is all about Glynn Washington’s podcast Heaven’s Gate which features interviews and stories of surviving members of the deadly cult. The final season of The Americans kicked off last week with the episode Dead Hand and Karen savors the way it used music. Guy is all about the Netflix show On the Block. With the Roseanne reboot smashing all kinds ...more

  • Pop Rocket Ep. 168: On the Couch w/ Megan Auster-Rosen

    Mar 28 2018

    This week, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler are joined by clinical psychologist and actress Megan Auster-Rosen to discuss therapy in film and television shows. Margaret Wappler is all about High Maintenance on HBO and the show’s weed dealer/confidant The Guy. Megan is all about Parkland student, Emma Gonzalez and her six minutes of silence, dedicated to the victims of the shooting at Stoneland Douglas High School. Karen is all about the NBC drama, Rise, even though it falls into some unfortuna...more

  • Problematic Faves

    Mar 22 2018

    This week, Guy, Karen, Wynter and Margaret bare their souls and confess their problematic faves. Not sure what that means? Don’t worry. They break it down. Wynter Mitchell is all about Cynthia Nixon running for governor of New York. Margaret Wappler is all about Nina Riggs’ memoir The Bright Hour. Karen’s digging CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, and Guy has just discovered The Supersizers Go With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Wynter Mitchell. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - L...more

  • An Excellent Adventure in Time Travel

    Mar 14 2018

    This week, Guy, Karen, Wynter and Margaret tackle A Wrinkle in Time and time travel tropes in TV and film. Margaret Wappler is all about the New York Times publishing the obituaries they overlooked going back to 1851, people like Ida B. Wells and countless others. Karen is all about defending her Pinoy brother Bruno Mars from YouTuber and activist Seren Sensei, who thinks Mars appropriates black culture. Guy Branum comes late to the Insecure party, but he’s seen the light and apologizes to every...more

  • A Nonagenarian Named Oscar w/ Chris Schleicher

    Mar 08 2018

    It’s another fun-filled Pop Rocket. This week, special guest Chris Schleicher is all about the Best Documentary Short Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405; Margaret Wappler is all up in season three of Unreal; Karen Tongson wanted to be about Unreal, but Wappler stole her thunder so Karen tells us about the new show Good Girls, and Guy Branum is all about the Great White Way, fresh off his trip to New York with his niece. Then the gang delve into Oscar talk, sharing tips on how to guess the most w...more

  • Wakanda Forever with Tavia Nyong'o

    Feb 28 2018

    Karen Tongson takes over hosting duties and is joined by special guest Tavia Nyong'o to discuss Black Panther! The gang chats about the impact the soundtrack had on them, afro-futurism/afro-centrism as part of the storytelling, and "double consciousness." Plus, Margaret talks Monica Lewinsky, Karen just finished watching Ugly Delicious, Tavia has some thoughts on the reboot of Heathers, and Wynter discusses GQ's article on Brendan Fraser. And producer Christian comes into the studio for a very s...more

  • Hail to the Matriarchy

    Feb 22 2018

    This week, Guy and the gang talk about their favorite first ladies and lady presidents in movies and TV. Is there a fictional first lady that ISN'T some kind of commentary on Hillary? What kind of media would we like to see about the Obamas? When will Melania spill the tea? Plus, Margaret's baby makes his first podcast appearance, Wynter discusses Chris Rock's Netflix special, Guy talks Queer Eye, and the panel has a conversation on Parkland and Emma Gonzalez' speech on gun control. With Guy Bra...more

  • Pop Rocket is for Lovers with Dave White

    Feb 14 2018

    Karen Tongson takes over hosting duties this week and film critic Dave White joins the panel to discuss all things Valentine's Day. Who are our favorite TV couples? Are rom coms over? What couple do our panelists aspire to be like? Plus, Karen talks the Winter Olympics, Dave tells us about his new favorite chef, and Wynter has a few more words on Versace. With Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Dave White. That's My Jam: Karen Tongson - The Shins - Heartworms (Flipped) Wynter Mitchell - Justin ...more

  • That's What I Do!

    Feb 07 2018

    This week, Guy and the gang discuss different representations of their respective careers in pop culture. How accurately is stand up comedy portrayed in Seinfeld? Are the lives of archaeology professors anywhere near as interesting as Indiana Jones'? Does ER do a good job of showing the process of having a baby? Plus, Karen talks The Alienist, Margaret gets into more podcasts, and Guy is in love with One Day at a Time. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s ...more

  • The Fourth Estate in Film

    Jan 31 2018

    This week, Louis Virtel takes over hosting duties to talk about The Post and journalism movies with Margaret and special guest April Wolfe! What kind of stories would the gang like to see in the future? Is Broadcast News secretly creepy? Plus, Louis LOVES awards season, April talks SNL, and Margaret discusses Kesha's Grammy performance and her legal feud with Dr. Luke. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, April Wolfe and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Rayvn Lenae - Sticky Apr...more

  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

    Jan 24 2018

    This week, Guy and the gang discuss The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. How amazing is Penelope Cruz' performance? How "true" is this true crime story and does it matter? Plus, Guy is getting into faith-based comedy, Wynter is watching even more stand up comedy, Margaret has some thoughts on The Chi, and Karen discusses The Hollywood Reporter's feature on Ellen Pompeo. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - T...more

  • Call Out Culture

    Jan 18 2018

    This week the panel weighs in on call out culture. This episode was recorded shortly after the an article about a woman's date with Aziz Ansari came out. They examine the origins of call out culture, and its impact on the culture at large. It's a rich and nuanced conversation. Plus, Karen's All About is Season 15 of Top Chef Colorado, and Guy gives Karen half of his "all about" time so he can share his Top Chef thoughts. Guy's spends the other half of his time telling us about a video reel that ...more

  • The Third Annual Pop Tart Awards

    Jan 11 2018

    It's that time of the year again! Guy and the gang and special guest Louis Virtel go over the very best of 2017 pop culture in this super-sized episode! Who will take the coveted Tart d'Or this year? Plus, the gang deliberates over categories suggested by listeners. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler and Louis Virtel. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter. Produced by Christian Dueñas...more

  • The Endless Red Carpet

    Jan 04 2018

    This week, Guy and the gang talk about awards season and give some Oscar predictions! How will awards shows change in the #metoo era? Are we all tired of obvious Oscar bait? WHY DO THE GRAMMYS EXIST?! Plus, Karen catches up on Downton Abbey, Wynter discusses Black Mirror, Margaret loves Amazon's Rose Parade show, and Guy argues on Facebook about Call Me By Your Name. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Jonny Greenwood - House of...more

  • The Best of the Worst

    Dec 27 2017

    This week, Guy Branum and the gang discuss their favorite "so bad it's good" movies, tv, and music. How was Small Wonder a real thing? What's the difference between schlock, schmatlz, and just straight up bad? Plus, Wynter has a few words on 45 in the Hall of Presidents, Karen just watched Masterminds, Margaret takes a 1 second video, and Guy loves Beatriz at Dinner. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Rupert Holmes - Escape (Th...more

  • I, Tonya

    Dec 20 2017

    This week, Guy and the gang talk about the film I, Tonya. Was Margot Robbie the best choice to portray Tonya Harding? Is the movie maybe just a bit too Oscar bait-y? All that, plus Guy talks Marvelous Ms. Maisel (again), Karen loves The Big Family Cooking Showdown, Wynter discusses Omarosa, and Margaret gets into sex therapy podcasts. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - St. Vincent - Pills Karen Tongson - General Public - Never ...more

  • Hanukkah is a Holiday Too

    Dec 13 2017

    This week, Guy and the gang talk about Hanukkah and their favorite representations of the Festival of Lights in pop culture. Plus, Margaret discusses "Cat Person" Karen watched ALL of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Wynter and Guy can't stop talking about The Crown episode 8. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Darlene Love - Christmastime for the Jews Karen Tongson - Fiddler on the Roof - Do You Love Me Wynter Mitchell - Giraffage a...more

  • The Gang is Back Together

    Dec 06 2017

    Guy and Margaret make their triumphant returns and what better way to celebrate than a discussion on the best and worst reunions in pop culture! Why do TV reunions feel so special and do they ever live up to the hype? What reunions are we dying to see happen? Plus, Guy talks Lady Bird, Margaret's jam makes everyone a little misty eyed, and Karen has a few stories to share about Barbra Streisand. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. Margaret Wappler - LCD Soundsystem - Oh Baby Kar...more

  • Who's in Your Coven?

    Nov 29 2017

    It's Louis Virtel's last week guest hosting Pop Rocket and so we let him choose today's topic. Louis decided to have the panelists create their own covens and fill it with 5 of the raddest living women. Which of the panelists feels Chrissy Teigen is their spirit animal? Who believes Jane Curtin really represents their soul? Tune in and find out! Plus, Dave wants to dive into sad Christmas, Karen gets into true crime, Wynter's Gotta Have It, and Louis can't help but love Call Me By Your Name. Wit...more

  • Once More into the Mailbag

    Nov 22 2017

    Happy Thanksgiving, Rocketeers (if you live in the US)! This week, the gang sit down and open up the Pop Rocket mailbag to answer a few of your questions. There's relationship advice, feminist awakenings, dog discussions, and everything in between! With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Pearl Bailey - Five Pound Box of Money Karen Tongson - The Psychedelic Furs - Ghost in You Wynter Mitchell - Spice Girls - Too Much Louis Virtel - La...more

  • Thanksgiving with Katherine Spiers

    Nov 16 2017

    Louis and the gang sit down with writer and host of the Smart Mouth podcast, Katherine Spiers, to talk about Thanksgiving traditions and trade a couple of great (and terrible) Thanksgiving stories. Plus, Wynter loves Bruno Mars, Karen talks fried chicken, Katherine needs more Lady Dynamite in her life, Louis declared Rosie O'Donnell the greatest talk show host, and Dave can't deal with Oprah's Favorite Things. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, Dave White and special guest Kather...more

  • Faux-tige Fatigue with Dave White

    Nov 08 2017

    This week, Louis, Karen and film critic Dave White sit down to discuss faux prestige (or faux-tige) movies and television. What exactly makes something faux-tige? Karen breaks it down for us. Plus, Louis talks about the time he asked Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell some hard questions, Karen brings in some more Stranger Things..things, and Dave can't stand any of the Bad Moms. With Louis Virtel, Karen Tongson and Dave White. That’s My Jam: Dave White - Bikini Kill - New Radio Karen Tongson- Icicle W...more

  • The Unusual Suspect

    Nov 01 2017

    This week, the gang talks about THAT actor. Is his career through? Has Kevin come out of the closet in the worst possible way? Plus, a spoiler-free discussion on Stranger Things season 2, Louis reviews 3 classic movies, and Alonso is ready for the Hallmark Christmas movie onslaught. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Cheryl Lynn - Star Love Wynter Mitchell - Beck - Seventh Heaven Louis Virtel - Rufus ft. Chaka Khan - Do You Love What You Feel ...more

  • Monsters Under The Bed

    Oct 25 2017

    This week, it's Pop Rocket's Halloween Spooktacular! Louis and the gang talk about the things that scared them as children. Aliens, Muppets, weird logo jingles, and everything in between. Louis finally gives us some moderns jams, Karen tells us a spooky Halloween story, Wynter has a few words for Justin Timberlake, and Alonso discusses Harvey Fierstein's infamous Barbara Walters interview. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Hayle...more

  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    Oct 18 2017

    This week, Louis and the gang sit down to discuss celebrities and death. What deaths affected them the most? Does every newspaper really have an obit for Tom Hanks ready to go? Plus, Alonso gets back into Riverdale, Karen has beef with Klingons, Wynter tells us about her journey with Spencer Pratt, and Louis has some concerns about the new Mamma Mia. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Alonso Duralde - Bleu - DDBDD  Karen Tongson - St. Vincent - P...more

  • When Athletes Become Activists

    Oct 11 2017

    This week, Louis and the gang sit down to discuss athletes and protests in the wide world of sports throughout the years. The 1968 Olympics, Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show, Colin Kaepernick, even Louis' high school, the panel covers it all. Plus, Louis rediscovers Project Runway, Karen started watching 90's House, Alonso can't get enough cupcakes, and a lengthy discussion on the ongoing Weinstein debacle. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Al...more

  • It's the End of the World!

    Oct 04 2017

    This week, Louis and the gang chat about dystopias and how the future is the worst. They chat about the weirdly prescient Back to the Future 2, Octavia Butler's Parable series, and why utopias are so boring. Karen tells us how she stayed calm during an active shooter scare at USC, Wynter is all about the newest season of You're the Worst, Alonso needs you to listen to KEOM, and Louis can't wait for the First Wives Club TV show. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde...more

  • Biopics

    Sep 27 2017

    This week, Louis and the gang talk about biopics and what makes them great. They discuss Battle of the Sexes, Billie Jean King's haircut, Selena, and what biopics NEED to be made already. Plus, Alonso is in love with Bojack Horseman, Karen thinks you should give Transparent season 4 a chance, Wynter talks up Lady Gaga's documentary, and Louis wants more genuine "73 Question" interviews like Tracee Ellis Ross. With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde. That’s My Jam: Al...more

  • Fall TV Preview 2017

    Sep 20 2017

    This week, we reside in Paris, France and it's our annual Fall TV preview! Louis, Karen and Alonso give us the lowdown on all the new shows they're excited about (Star Trek: Discovery, Will & Grace, 9JKL, 90's House), the shows they don't really want to see (Young Sheldon, Dynasty), and returning faves (The Good Wife, Grey's Anatomy, American Housewife, This Is Us). Plus, Margaret Wappler calls in to tell us about the pop culture she's been taking in since she's become a mom (hey Silas!) Alonso ...more

  • Remembering 9/11 with Louis Virtel

    Sep 13 2017

    This week on Pop Rocket, comedian, writer and performer Louis Virtel sits in for Guy while he is away. Louis and the gang discuss 9/11 and the immediate and long term impacts it had on pop culture. Have we yet to chronicle 9/11 in a meaningful way? How has new consumption changed since 2001? Plus, Wynter discusses the new season of American Horror Story, Karen is rewatching The L-Word, Louis can't stop watching British game shows, and Alonso wants to let us all know that Episodes is still on and...more

  • Summer Jams 2017

    Sep 06 2017

    At long last, it's the Pop Rocket Summer Jam! Guy, Karen, Wynter and Alonso each pitch their favorite songs, yet only one song can be named Song of the Summer. Will it be Selena Gomez's Bad Liar"? or "Despacito", featuring her ex's vocals? This episode is loaded with songs and strong opinions. Plus, Alonso is all about the Hallmark Drama channel, Wynter is keeping a close eye on Taylor and Katy, and Guy finally threw in the towel and watched NBC's "This Is Us". He's now convinced one of the acto...more

  • Remembering Princess Diana with Dave White

    Aug 30 2017

    This week on Pop Rocket Karen hosts and the gang is joined by film critic Dave White as they remember the life and death of Princess Diana. The crew trades stories of where they were when they first learned the news of her death, as well as what Princess Diana meant to each of them. Wynter details Princess Diana as the trendy jet-setter, while Karen explains the lasting effects of the People's Princess on the throne and the world at large. Dave reveals what he learned from the most recent Prince...more

  • Back To School

    Aug 23 2017

    This week on Pop Rocket Karen hosts and the gang goes back to school. It's that time of year again and the crew looks back on the quintessential school movies that taught them about life. Wynter shares her desire to have a Sixteen Candles high school experience, and Alonso discusses his relation to Tom Cruise in the film Risky Business. The gang also dives into adult education, discussing the films and TV where adults go back to school. Karen shares with us the lessons learned from Will Smith's ...more

  • Netflix and Chill with Dave White

    Aug 16 2017

    This week on Pop Rocket Guy and the gang are joined by film critic Dave White as they do some serious netflix-ing and chilling. The group dives deep on their favorite titles available on the platform, and also discuss the highs and lows of cutting the cable cord. Guy dissects the reasons behind Shonda Rhimes jumping from the ABC ship, and Dave discusses his need from Netflix for more sugary reality TV shows, like Chasing Cameron. The gang compares and contrasts all the streaming services from Hu...more

  • Unpopular Opinions

    Aug 09 2017

    This week on Pop Rocket Karen hosts and the gang considers unpopular pop culture opinions. Sparked by a conversation in the Pop Rocket Facebook group, the panel talks about the opinions that they hold that run counter to the collective cultural narrative. In this episode no opinion is too unpopular to air, not even one concerning the Queen Bey herself. We learn about Wynter's love for Desus & Mero, and Karen tells us about the drama in Kentucky surrounding the bourbon heiress Hollis Bulleit who ...more

  • Girls Trip with Alonso Duralde

    Aug 02 2017

    This week, we are joined by film critic and host of the Linoleum Knife podcast Alonso Duralde! Alonso will be with us for the next couple of months while Margaret is on maternity leave, bringing his particular knowledge of film and the industry to the show. But this week: Girls Trip. The movie stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, and breakout star Tiffany Haddish. They discuss Tiffany Haddish's hilarious performance in this movie, but does Hollywood know what to do with her next...more

  • We're Podcasting for Two!

    Jul 26 2017

    It’s a very special episode of Pop Rocket. We throw Margaret Wappler a baby shower before she takes an extended leave of absence to become a mother. There were games, tears, laughter, joy and even a guest appearance by One Bad Mother’s Biz Ellis.   The gang talk about their favorite lullabies, share what tv shows affected them the most as a child, and Margaret reveals how she would stage her pregnant photo shoot. Plus, Karen brings in an old school Summer Jam, Guy and Margaret are still gaga for...more

  • The Fat Episode

    Jul 19 2017

    This week the gang talks about body diversity, and fatness in particular, in the media. The idea for this show came from a thread in the Pop Rocket Facebook group, and because there were so many varying opinions on the topic, they knew that they had to cover it on the show. The gang gets real about their personal experiences with weight, and how that has affected how they see weight in the media. They talk about how race, class, and weight intersect, and how the media moralizes fat people in ord...more

  • The Big Sick

    Jul 12 2017

    **This episode contains spoilers** This week Guy, Margaret, and Wynter talk about The Big Sick, the new romantic comedy from Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani which tells the story of how they met and fell in love. Because because the film is based in tragedy, with Emily falling into a coma in the middle of the film, some people are hesitant to call it a romantic comedy. But not our panel! They discuss how the usual tropes of a romantic comedy get flipped around, and how those changes allow fo...more

  • Declarations of Independence

    Jul 03 2017

    The gang's all here (in a special early episode) to celebrate artists who have declared their independence from the man! We're talking Lemonade, Thelma and Louise, Sofia Coppola, Salman Rushdie, and more! Plus, Guy has a special surprise Jam for you Rocketeers, Wynter can't get enough of Claws, Karen's Dying Up Here, and Margaret talks Kerry Washington in Confirmation With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Cat Powers - Lived in Bar...more

  • The Pop Rocket Summer 2017 Book Club

    Jun 28 2017

    Hello Rocketeers! Charge up your Kindles, rewind your audiobook cassette tapes, or dust off your book and come join Guy, Karen, and Margaret for the annual Pop Rocket Summer Book Club Special! This week, the gang discuss Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower. They also take some of YOUR questions and comments from the Pop Rocket Facebook group. Plus, Karen is super into Ken dolls, Margaret is in full summertime jam mode, and Guy has a few words on The Beguiled. With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, an...more

  • Outfest with Tre'vell Anderson

    Jun 21 2017

    This week, the gang sits down with LA Times film critic, Tre'vell Anderson to talk about the LGBTQ film festival, Outfest! Guy, Margaret, and Karen discuss the documentary Chavela, Wynter gives her take on the sci-fi horror(?) film Rift, and Tre'vell talks about the Ferguson documentary Whose Streets. Plus, a special announcement for you Rocketeers! We're opening up Jumbotrons for Pop Rocket. If you ever wanted to have YOUR message read on the show, well now is your chance! Just go to maximumfun...more

  • Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer

    Jun 14 2017

    This week on Pop Rocket, the gang talks about the lazy hazy days of summer. The amount of content that is released during the spring months slows down as summer moves on. But what shows did we miss when we were devouring the big springtime hits like The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies and Master of None? Guy talks about the Oprah network soap opera Greenleaf, and his obsession with past seasons of Survivor. Margaret is diving into the true crime genre and watching The Keepers, a 7 part docuseri...more

  • Wonder Woman with April Wolfe

    Jun 07 2017

    Margaret takes over hosting duties this week and is joined by film critic/Pop Rocket's Fifth Beatle April Wolfe to talk about Wonder Woman! What did the film do so right? Is this record-breaking film a sign that DC is finally turning around? Plus, the gang takes some of your questions from the official Pop Rocket Facebook group. Don't worry, Rocketeers, this discussion is SPOILER FREE! By the way, Pop Rocket's Summer Book club is underway! If you still need to buy a copy of Parable of the Sower,...more

  • Medical Dramas with Dave White

    May 31 2017

    Guy, Wynter, and Karen are once again joined by film critic Dave White to talk about medical dramas! How accurate was Doogie Howser? How is the Nurse's Ball on General Hospital a real thing? Was Scrubs secretly genius? Plus, Dave tells us why Getting On was such an important show in his life, Guy tries to defend DNCE again, Wynter is semi-confident she can become a doctor, and Karen reminds us why ER was worth watching even in the later seasons. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, a...more

  • Memorial Day Special with Dave White

    May 24 2017

    On a special mini episode, the gang is joined by film critic Dave White to talk about films that memorialize war, soldiers, and veterans. We get history lesson from Karen about the origins of Memorial Day, and how it spread across America eventually becoming a national holiday. The gang talk about the huge responsibility war films have, in both their messaging and cinematography, and how some miss the mark. Wynter tells us why she doesn't watch war movies, and the panel talks about the one war c...more

  • 2017 Summer Blockbusters with Alonso Duralde

    May 17 2017

    This week, Karen takes over as host as the gang discusses Summer Blockbusters. They are joined by film critic and writer Alonso Duralde to discuss which summer films they're most excited for, which ones they aren't, and which ones just shouldn't have been made. Margaret tells us what she expects from the perfect Summer blockbuster. We find out what the logistics are for a hit film's international release, and the gang takes on the DC versus Marvel movie debate. Plus the panel discusses summer re...more

  • Celebrity Journalism

    May 10 2017

    This week, we have the gang back together plus celebrity journalist and novelist Abby Stern to talk the evolution and the current disintegration of celebrity journalism. We get a historical outline of celebrity journalism, from Hedda Hopper and Louis B. Mayer to TMZ and Instagram influencers. The gang explores the symbiotic relationship between celebrities and the press, and how that has evolved over time. We find out where each of our panelists' "do not report" line is when covering celebrities...more

  • The Handmaid's Tale

    May 03 2017

    This week we have an all ladies episode of Pop Rocket! Karen is hosting, and the gang is talking about the new Hulu series of Margaret Atwood's 1985 classic novel The Handmaid's Tale. Margaret tells us about the differences between the series and the book. They explore whether or not Offred's internal dialogue works when portrayed as voice over, and whether the racial make-up of the show was intentional. Does the music work, and does the show reflect anything from our current political climate?...more

  • Kendrick! Lorde! Gaga! The 2017 Music Special with Gerrick Kennedy

    Apr 27 2017

    This week, the gang (minus Guy) is joined by Gerrick Kennedy, music writer at the Los Angeles Times, to discuss the best album releases of 2017. For the first time in 33 years, there are no women in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100's chart. The gang discusses whether they think this is a fluke or a trend, how they think streaming services affect the numbers, and what this means for women musicians of color. They discuss the importance of the new Kendrick Lamar album D.A.M.N. and about early ...more

  • The End of Girls with Las Culturistas

    Apr 19 2017

    This week, the Pop Rocket panel has some extra help to talk about the 5 years and 6 seasons of Girls that ended this past Sunday from the New York based comedy duo Las Culturistas. As you can imagine, the gang has a lot to say during this post mortem. They talk about whether we got closure from the final episode, and whether Lena should have just stopped at the penultimate episode. Did the producers of Girls do enough to deal with the lack of racial diversity on the show over the 5 years? What ...more

  • Pop Rocket Likes It Raw with April Wolfe

    Apr 12 2017

    On this week's Pop Rocket, Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell and Karen Tongson are joined by LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe  for a deep dive into the French horror film Raw by director Julia Ducournau. The movie centers on Justine, a young vegetarian who, along with her sister, is studying to become a veterinarian. When Justine is pressured to eat a rabbit's kidney at a party, that act unleashes all her carnal desires, such as the desire to eat people. When Raw screened in Los Angeles, theaters han...more

  • Game Shows

    Apr 06 2017

    In honor of the premier of Guy Branum's new truTV show, the gang is talking about game shows this week! Karen reminisces about the implicit corniness of 70's and 80's game shows, Wynter talks about the accessibility differences between quiz shows like Jeopardy and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, and Margaret tells us about the time she was on The Price is Right. Plus, we learn about Wynter's new obsession with ASMR-adjacent Youtube click-holes, and Guy tells us why he was stunned by the lates...more

  • 1997 in Music

    Mar 30 2017

    This week the gang is here to talk about the year 1997 in music and culture. There are a surprising number of 20 year old infallible pop hits that were influenced by a number of factors; the internet, CD-R's, Princess Diana passing, the death of Gianni Versace, the 24-hour news cycle, and of course Tupac and Biggies deaths. Wynter and Karen make it clear that they had the best 1997 as they were living in the city of possibilities (San Francisco), Margaret tells us why she doesn't know any Spice ...more

  • Bonus! Jesse Thorn Interviews Guy

    Mar 24 2017

    This week we have a bonus Pop Rocket episode for all of you Rocketeers! Jesse Thorn, our boss and creator of Pop Rocket, interviewed Guy for Pop Rocket's sister show Bullseye with Jesse Thorn about his new truTV show Talk Show the Game Show. Although the Bullseye interview won't air for a couple of weeks, Jesse wanted to release this episode to you, our beloved listeners, as a thank you for your continued support. As I'm sure you know by now, it is the MaxFun Drive, the 2 weeks out of the year ...more

  • Ladies Loving Ladies

    Mar 22 2017

    Guy, Wynter, and Karen are joined by comedian and actress Tara Jepsen to examine Hollywood’s depiction of lady love on the big screen, and TV. The panel delves into what gets them all hot and bothered, and what just gets them bothered. Plus, Tara throws down for her sapphic sister Rachel Maddow, Guy discusses the wonder that is Throwing Shade the TV show, Wynter reports back from SXSW, and Karen is all about drunk Asians on Fresh Off the Boat. But there’s more!, Pop Rocket debuts our newest segm...more

  • FX's Feud with Karen Kilgariff and April Wolfe

    Mar 15 2017

    This week, Guy and Margaret are joined by the host of My Favorite Murder, Karen Kilgariff, as well as LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe to talk FX's Feud, the Ryan Murphy miniseries Guy describes as "the most important story in the gay canon". Also, GUY BRANUM KNOWS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN GAME OF THRONES SEASON SEVEN!!! Like, for real. No joke. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Kilgariff, and April Wolfe. That's My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Elliott Smith - Say Yes Karen Kilgariff - Rihan...more

  • Get Out

    Mar 09 2017

    This week, Guy, Wynter, Margaret, and Karen talk about Jordan Peele's newest horror film Get Out*. They discuss the racial and political implications of the film, Wynter contextualizes the role of black people within the horror genre, and the gang discuss their favorite scenes from the movie. As always,the panel tells us what they are all about this week. Karen talks about 45 eating America's meat of choice with ketchup, Margaret recommends a mémoire and Wynter talks about Feud. Plus Guy keeps u...more

  • Facebook Grab Bag with Chris Schleicher

    Mar 02 2017

    We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. After the craziness of the Oscars on Sunday, we needed to calm down and talk about our favorite Facebook discussions from the official Pop Rocket Facebook group! Guy, Karen, Margaret, and special guest Chris Schleicher are here to talk about traumatizing movie scenes, TV shows that made them cry, and films that are better than the books they're based on. Plus, perhaps the best Jams so far in the history of Pop Rocket (imho)! By the way, ...more

  • Oscars Special with Chris Schleicher

    Feb 28 2017

    This is a rush edition of Pop Rocket focusing on The Oscars. Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and special guest Chris Schleicher waste no time in dishing on cinema's biggest night. They skip the "all abouts" and jams and get right to the WTF of it all--the best picture debacle, Casey Affleck and Brie Larson, bad hair, bad clapping and Hacksaw Ridge. Plus, we'll get to the bottom of why Margaret Wappler wants to be Taraji P. Henson's eyebrows when she grows up.   Guy Branum explains wh...more

  • Legal Dramas

    Feb 23 2017

    This week Guy has returned from New York and the gang is back together to talk about legal dramas! They talk about the new CBS All-Access series The Good Fight, their favorite legal dramas of all time, and they get real about which TV or movie lawyer they would want to represent them in court. Wynter talks about her love for true crime, Margaret tells us what The Accused got right, and Karen talks about a Barbara Streisand classic. Plus we learn why Guy is currently obsessed with Calypso music a...more

  • The Grammys

    Feb 16 2017

    This week, Guy is in New York but not to fear! Margaret Wappler fills in as host with Wynter Mitchell and Karen Tongson to talk about music’s biggest night, The Grammys. They talk about everything, from the production to the performances to the winners and almost more importantly, the losers. Music critic for outlets like Slate, NPR, and Pitchfork Chris Molanphy pops in to provide context about The Grammys and to deliver his opinion on the results. Plus the panelists share what they’re all about...more

  • Facebook Free for All!

    Feb 08 2017

    Guest host Jordan Morris sits down with Karen, Margaret, and Guy to talk about their favorite topics brought up in the official Pop Rocket Facebook group! They talk chicken nuggets, indie comic books, and Beyonce’s pregnancy photos. Guy chats about Mary Tyler Moore, Karen can’t get enough K Stew and Jordan loves Jen Kirkman’s newest Netflix special. And of course, some jams to top it all off. With Jordan Morris, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, and Karen Tongson That's My Jam:  Jordan Morris - Pige...more

  • Oscar 2017 Snubs and Predictions

    Feb 02 2017

    Jordan Morris sits in for Guy and is joined by Margaret, Wynter, and Karen to talk about the Oscar nominations announced last week. Guy Branum calls in to discuss Annette Bening’s performance in 20th Century Women. All that, plus everyone’s jams. It's a jam-packed show this week, friends. With

  • Revisiting Childhood

    Jan 25 2017

      This week, Jordan Morris fills in for Guy Branum while he’s away filming his new Tru TV program, Talk Show The Game Show. The gang talks about what pop culture from their childhood has withstood the test of time (and political and social advances) and what hasn’t.  Margaret brings up late 90’s bands that make her smile and some that make her cringe. Wynter talks about why horror films from her childhood still hold up, and Karen discusses the manifestation of her baby feminism in relation to Do...more

  • Inauguration with Jordan Morris

    Jan 19 2017

    This episode, Jordan Morris of @midnight and Jordan Jesse Go! sits in for Guy while he is away. Jordan and the gang discuss the upcoming Inauguration, the President elect’s difficulty in securing entertainment, and the different media choices that people from different parts of the country consume. They talk about the red/blue divide in terms of the reality TV choices of particular zip codes around the country. Karen tells us why she’s all about "Blackish” this week, and Wynter sets the record s...more

  • 2017 Pop Culture Resolutions

    Jan 05 2017

    It’s finally 2017, Rocketeers! Guy, Wynter, and Karen sit down to discuss their new year resolutions for pop culture. Should we be watching less Housewives and more musicals? Who is reupping their subscription to THR this year? What kind of books should we try to read this year? Plus, the gang remember George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. That’s My Jam: Guy Branum - Good Morning Wynter Mitchell - Love is a Losing Game Karen Tongson - If You Were There   With Guy Branum, Wynter Mit...more

  • The Second Annual Pop Tart Awards

    Dec 28 2016

    It's that time of year again! Guy, Wynter, Karen, and Margaret are all dressed in their most fabulous attire to award Pop Tarts to the greatest things in pop culture. Movies, music, artists, even iTunes reviewer names. Plus, who will take the coveted Tart d'Or this year?  All that and more in this jam-packed episode of Pop Rocket.  With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, and Karen Tongson Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

  • Reboots

    Dec 21 2016

    On this week’s episode, Guy sits down with the newly assembled Pop Rocket gang and welcomes Karen Tongson to the team! In honor of her arrival, they discuss reboots; and the conversation gets heated! We find out the differences between reboots, remakes, and reimaginings. We also find out what everyone’s favorite reboot is, who has done it best, and why Americans aren’t good at making versions of British shows. And we find out, as we do every week, what everyone’s current jam is, and what they’re...more

  • Farewell

    Dec 14 2016

    This week, Margaret hosts a very bittersweet episode with the whole gang present (Guy via phone). This is Oliver Wang’s last show as a co-host, and the gang is talking about pop culture farewells. They talk about the departure of which characters affected them most growing up, good and bad series finale’s, and the most recent pop culture departures that really got to them. And later, Guy joins the conversation to talk about their latest jams and to say his own farewell.   P.S. because this show ...more

  • The Crown with Karen Tongson and Chris Schleicher

    Dec 08 2016

    This episode, Guy and Margaret are joined by two very special guests to talk about Netflix’s most expensive series to date, The Crown. They talk about Queen Elizabeth II, her sister Margaret, whether Prince Phillip is hot or not, and who has played the best Elizabeth on screen. And as always, the panel discuss what they’re all about this week and what their latest jams are. That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler -  Playing Elevator Guy Branum - Am I The Same Girl Chris Schleicher - Camelot Finale Kare...more

  • Pop Culture Families

    Dec 01 2016

    This is our 100th episode! In honor of this, Guy, Margaret (via skype), Oliver, and Wynter talk about pop culture families as a way of paying tribute to the Pop Rocket family that has formed over the past two years.  Guy finds out which pop culture family the gang wishes they were a part of, and which TV and movie families represented their own. Then, they talk about the best pop culture families composed of friends (**Spoiler: Friends isn’t one of them**). Then, as always, we find out what the ...more

  • Cooking Shows

    Nov 23 2016

     This week, Guy sits down comedians Solomon Georgio, Kara Klenk, and

  • Monsters

    Nov 16 2016

    This week, Guy sits down with Margaret and special guests Danielle Radford of the Maximum Fun podcast Tights and Fights and Andrew Ti of Earwolf's Yo, Is This Racist? to talk about Monsters of all kinds. We find out what monsters scare them them the most, what kind of monster would characterize today's society the most, and why zombies are so scary. With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Danielle Radford, and Andrew Ti.    That’s My Jam: Margaret Wappler - Everybody Knows Danielle Radford - Daddy ...more

  • Super Dumb Comedies

    Nov 09 2016

    This week, the gang tries to get rid of some of the anxiety surrounding this week's election by discussing their favorite dumb comedies. They discuss everything from Judd Apatow to the demise of Adam Sandler, whether physical comedy can be smart, and why so many comedies are tied to “The College Experience”. Guy proposes a theory to explain why Troop Beverly Hills has a longer shelf life than Down And Out In Beverly Hills and Wynter talks about why she loves Mike Judge.   That’s My Jam:   Margar...more

  • Westworld with Story Editor Charles Yu

    Nov 02 2016

    Wynter takes over hosting duties and is joined by Margaret and Oliver for a discussion on all things Westworld! Plus, Story Editor Charles Yu calls in to give us some details on the process behind creating the show. Margaret talks about The Electric Grandmother (yes this is real), Wynter wants to know exactly how much $40,000 can get you in Westworld, and Oliver welcomes back basketball. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, and Margaret Wappler Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for Maximu...more

  • Tricks and Treats!

    Oct 26 2016

    Guy, Margaret and Oliver are talking tricks and treats (pop culture hoaxes and candy) this week on Pop Rocket’s second annual Spooktacular! Why are memoir hoaxes always the juiciest? Where do we draw the line between hoax and just straight up lies? Why are Snickers candy bars so fancy? Plus, Guy has a new Halloween/bar mitzvah song to share, Margaret talks A Million Little Pieces, and Oliver can’t stand Reese’s. Also, Producer Christian comes in for his millennial minute and talks horror videoga...more

  • Celebrity Pets with Karen Tongson

    Oct 19 2016

    Oliver takes over hosting duties and is joined by Margaret and the always lovely Karen Tongson to talk about celebrity pets! Does that mean pets of celebrities or pets that are themselves celebrities? Well, why not both? Cats from Outer Space, Bubbles, talking dog movies, YouTube cat conventions…it’s all here. Plus, Margaret adores Dolly Parton, Karen has a few thoughts on Pitch, and Oliver tells us why baseball is one the most fascinating sports on TV right now. With Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappl...more

  • Atlanta on FX with Demi Adejuyigbe

    Oct 12 2016

    Guy, Margaret, and Wynter are joined by writer and host of The Gilmore Guys podcast, Demi Adejuyigbe to talk about Atlanta on FX! How long should this show go for? What makes this show really shine? What’s with the Justin Beiber episode?! Plus, Demi tells us what it’s like to write on The Good Place, Wynter is excited for Westworld, Margaret doesn’t get Bruno Mars, and Guy talks about one of the biggest arguments he and Demi had over Macklemore. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler...more

  • Debut Novels and Documentaries with Jade Chang, Jesse Thorn, and April Wolfe

    Oct 05 2016

    Margaret takes over hosting duties this week in a special supersized episode of Pop Rocket! She's joined by author Jade Chang, LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe, and host of Pop Rocket’s sister show Bullseye, Jesse Thorn to talk about documentaries! Plus, Margaret talks to Jade about her new book, The Wangs vs. The World. Jesse talks about the Golden State Warriors, April has a few words to say on The Handmaiden, and Margaret reviews the Anthony Weiner documentary. With Margaret Wappler and gues...more

  • Dear Pop Rocket...

    Sep 28 2016

    This week, the Pop Rocket gang gives out pop culture and life advice to listeners! We learn what movie and dish pairs well with getting to third base, how to deal with breakups, and why DVR privileges should never be abused. Plus, we get a special question from a very lovely Rocketeer with a new lease on life. Get the tissues ready, it gets a little emotional. Wynter finds the last great Vine song, Margaret tells us about her OK Cupid alter ego, Oliver tells us how he deals with his daughter’s c...more

  • Emmy's and Pop Culture Comebacks

    Sep 21 2016

    The gang is here to talk about the 2016 Emmy’s and prominent pop culture come-backs! Why does Veep get so much love? Do we even care about the Emmy’s anymore? Why can Drew Barrymore make a comeback but not Lindsay? All of these questions, and more are answered on this week’s Pop Rocket! With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler.  Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org. 

  • The 2000's in Pop Culture with Karen Tongson

    Sep 14 2016

    Guy, Wynter, and Oliver are joined by Fifth Beatle and all around lovely person Karen Tongson to talk about the 2000’s in pop culture! What movies, trends and music will live on through the ages? How in the world did Crash win Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain? Plus, Wynter professes her love for Ludacris, Karen gives her thoughts on Hey Ya, Guy talks about his experience at an anime convention, and Oliver is touched by Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame speech. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Ol...more

  • Fall TV Preview with Sara Benincasa

    Sep 07 2016

    Wynter takes over hosting duties this week and is joined by comedian and writer Sara Benincasa to talk about fall TV shows! Atlanta, Frequency, Designated Survivor, and more! What’s going to make it to season 2 and what will fall flat on its dumb face? Plus, Oliver is finally able to talk about Stranger Things, Sara is surprised by Joe Swanberg’s hotness, and Wynter has a few words to say on Rob Lowe’s roast. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, and special guest, Sara Benincasa Produced by Christ...more

  • Searching for the Song of the Summer with Chris Molanphy

    Aug 31 2016

    It’s finally going to happen, people. Many songs enter, but only one jam can be crowned the Song of the Summer. Guy, Oliver, Margaret, and Wynter bring their picks and some suggestions from the Facebook group and discuss what really makes a summer jam. Writer and analyst Chris Molanphy comes in with hard data to see what is objectively the Song of the Summer. Sia, Calvin Harris, DNCE, Lizzo, and so many more are brought into the fight. Who wins? The answer may shock you. With Guy Branum, Oliver ...more

  • Rummaging Through the Mailbag Again

    Aug 24 2016

    Margaret is back you guys! She takes over hosting duties and is joined by Oliver and Wynter to go through the mailbag and answer YOUR questions from the Facebook group and Twitter. The gang discuss good baby making songs, Harry Potter, time travel, and more! Plus, Margaret has some travel stories, Wynter mourns the death of Gawker, Oliver just can’t get enough Frank Ocean, and producer Christian just can’t take all the sex talk in the studio. With Margaret Wappler, Oliver Wang, and Wynter Mitche...more

  • Vacations and Travel with Karen Tongson

    Aug 17 2016

    Guy, Wynter, and Oliver are joined by academic and Pop Rocket’s fifth Beatle, Karen Tongson to talk about vacations in pop culture! The gang has some suggestions on how to pass the time on a plane, train, and/or automobile. What’s the difference between a vacation and travel movie? Why are ABC show families always taking vacations? Karen talks about her trip to the Philippines and Vietnam, Oliver and Wynter aren’t too sure about The Get Down, and Guy is slowly losing hope in finding a truly amaz...more

  • Summer Blockbusters with Devin Faraci and Riley Silverman

    Aug 10 2016

    Oliver takes over hosting duties today and is joined by Wynter and special guests, comedian (and writer for MaxFun podcast International Waters!) Riley Silverman and Editor in Chief of Birth.Movies.Death, Devin Faraci. This week, the gang talks about this summer’s blockbusters with a focus on DC and Marvel movies! Is Suicide Squad a beautiful trainwreck or just a trainwreck-y trainwreck? Why does Marvel seem to be killing it at the box office and with critics while DC struggles to do either? Who...more

  • Stranger Things with Linda Holmes and Clinton Trucks

    Aug 03 2016

    Guy and Wynter are joined by two special guests, host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour Linda Holmes and television producer Clinton Trucks to discuss the Netflix series Stranger Things! Linda is pretty pumped for the Splash remake, Clint talks about his first D&D experiences, and Guy and Wynter finally find some common ground in a Jam. Hey! Margaret Wappler's new book, Neon Green, is out now. Go get it! Find it at your local independent bookstore or grab it HERE. She's also on tour to promote it...more

  • Reality Competition Shows with Melissa Villaseñor

    Jul 27 2016

    Guy, Oliver, and Wynter are joined by special guest, comedian and actress Melissa Villaseñor to talk about reality competition shows! Is Shark Tank any good? Are we still allowed to like The Apprentice? How “real” are these reality shows anyway? Also, Guy has a few words to say on Star Trek, Melissa talks about her AGT experience, Wynter is a huge fan of this year’s Comic-Con, and Oliver gives us a preview of his special “kitchen sink” mix for donors. Regular host Margaret Wappler’s book is avai...more

  • Who You Gonna Call?

    Jul 20 2016

    The Pop Rocket gang (well, most of them) went to go see the new Ghostbusters this weekend and are here to tell you all about it! Is Leslie Jones the next big movie star? How amazing is Kate McKinnon? Where was Rick Moranis in this whole thing? Plus, Margaret puts on her tin foil hat and discusses her theory about Kimye and Taylor's latest feud. Oliver talks about his latest DJ gig, Guy explains why Ghostbusters is getting so much criticism from certain internet communities, and Wynter closes wit...more

  • Fantasy Movies, Shows, and Books

    Jul 13 2016

    Rocketeers, it's been a very strange couple of weeks. The gang all come together to talk about the recent events in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights. This week, Guy, Oliver, Margaret, and Wynter escape reality for just a bit and talk about all things fantasy. Wynter and Guy just can't agree on Summer Jams, Oliver discusses his first Choose Your Own Adventure book, and Margaret tries to draw the line b sci-fi and fantasy. You guys, Margaret's book, Neon Green, is out NOW! Pick it up HERE....more

  • Mexico and Canada's Pop Culture

    Jul 06 2016

    Guy, Margaret, and Oliver are joined by special guest, comedian and writer Jonathan Rowell to talk about Mexico and Canada's pop culture. Sabado Gigante, Walter Mercado, You Can't Do That On Television, Porky's and so much more! Plus, The Pop Rocket Book Club talks all about Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, and special guest Jonathan Rowell Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Weddings!

    Jun 29 2016

    It's wedding season, Rocketeers! This week, the Pop Rocket team discuss everything weddings. The Graduate? Of course! Bridezillas? Obvs. Punjabi weddings? Yes! Margaret talks Game of Thrones...again, Guy finds another Song of the Summer contender, Oliver defends soccer, and Jesse Williams' BET speech shakes Wynter to the core. NOTE: MAJOR Game of Thrones season finale spoilers from 01:13 - 04:53. You have been warned With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Oliver Wang, and Wynter Mitchell Produced by...more

  • Florida in Pop Culture

    Jun 22 2016

    Guy, Wynter, Oliver, and Margaret talk about all things Florida. Also, producer Christian gets on mic to discuss E3 and VR! He’s the coolest. Margaret nerds out over Game of Thrones, Wynter has some things to say about The Neon Demon, Guy finds a summer jam he loves, and Oliver chats about Henry Stone’s impact on the Florida music scene.   You guys, the search for the Song of the Summer is still on, so look for the official thread on the Pop Rocket Facebook group and send in your submission!   N...more

  • LIVE at MaxFunCon 2016!

    Jun 15 2016

    Guy, Wynter, and Margaret are joined by special guests Ricky Carmona and Corin Tucker for our first ever live show! This week's topic, summer camp and campy camp movies. Pop culture trivia! Xanadu! Movie and music advice! All that and more on this special episode of Pop Rocket!! With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Ricky Carmona, and Corin Tucker And special thanks to Nick White for his help during the live recording.   NOTE #1: This is a live show, so forgive the audio issues. We...more

  • 1975 Special!

    Jun 08 2016

    It’s our 75th episode! To celebrate, the gang talks 1975 (and some 1974…and 1976) in pop culture. They talk JAWS, Farrah Fawcett, and everything in between! Oliver finally talks about something that isn’t the Golden State Warriors, Guy discusses the beauty of 8-tracks, Wynter is in love with Joan Crawford’s autobiography, and Margaret is all about the newest season of UnReal.        With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, and Margaret Wappler   Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun....more

  • Politics in TV and Film with Ann Friedman

    Jun 02 2016

    Guy, Oliver, and Margaret are joined in the studio by special guest, writer and host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, Ann Friedman. This week, the group discuss politics in TV and film. Also, the search for Pop Rocket’s song of the summer officially begins today, so look for the official thread on the Facebook group and leave a suggestion!   With Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler, Oliver Wang, and special guest Ann Friedman.   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Working Women in Pop Culture with Sarah Lane

    May 25 2016

    Wynter takes over hosting duties on this week’s Pop Rocket. Oliver, Margaret, and Wynter are joined by tech reporter and VP of Original Content, Sarah Lane to talk about working women in pop culture. Wynter has a few words to say on the new Ghostbusters movie, Margaret gives her take on The Night Manager, and Sarah discusses Game of Thrones. SPOILERS AHEAD! Also, the Pop Rocket Book Club announces what they’re going to read during the summer.     With Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Oliver Wa...more

  • RuPaul's Drag Race and the Art of Drag

    May 19 2016

    The Pop Rocket team sits down to discuss RuPaul’s Drag Race and drag culture in general! Oliver is in love with the newest season of Veep, Wynter finds another song that hits all four quadrants, and Margaret has an announcement for everyone about Pop Rocket’s summer reading book club. Plus, Guy explains why Chris Evans is one of the greatest people alive.   With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wapppler   Produced by Christian Dueñas and Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Subcultures with Special Guest Dominic Rodriguez

    May 12 2016

    On this week’s show, subcultures! The gang discusses ASMR, Hatsune Miku, and a special interview with Dominic Rodriguez, director of Fursonas (a documentary about Furries). Oliver and Guy have a few thoughts on Captain America, Wynter finds a song that hits all four quadrants, and a special announcement for the Pop Rocket Facebook group from Margaret!   with Guy Branum Wynter Mitchell Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler

  • Game of Thrones with Karen Tongson

    May 04 2016

    Guy, Wynter, and Margaret are joined by academic and Pop Rocket’s official Fifth Beatle, Karen Tongson to discuss all things Game of Thrones. Be warned, GoT spoilers ahead! The gang also talk about the Met Gala, Radiohead’s weird disappearance from social media, and why UnREAL could be the next big thing. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell,Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler

  • Sipping Lemonade and Remembering Prince

    Apr 27 2016

    The gang reunites this week in a special double discussion episode of Pop Rocket! First up, Queen Bey's most personal and controversial album yet, Lemonade. Oliver has some critiques for the "visual album" while Guy reveals the problem some of the younger gay men are having with the record. Then, a very special discussion of all things Prince. His place in pop culture, the young proteges he worked with, weird Prince party stories, and some Batdance talk, obviously. And Prince-inspired jams to to...more

  • The Royal Family with Humphrey Ker and Jameela Jamil

    Apr 21 2016

    Guy and Wynter are joined by special guests Humphrey Ker and Jameela Jamil to talk about the Royal Family in pop culture, just in time for the Queen’s birthday. Sit down, have a cup of tea, and listen to our most British episode yet.  With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Humphrey Ker, and Jameela Jamil

  • Pop Rocket Mailbag #2

    Apr 14 2016

    The Pop Rocket gang answer YOUR questions from the Facebook group and the MaxFun subreddit. Guy discusses the old G4 days, Oliver talks basketball, Wynter voices her love for The Real Housewives, and Margaret goes into her wild college days.   With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.   That’s My Jam:   Wynter Mitchell - Control by Janet Jackson Oliver Wang - Gossip by Cyril Neville Margaret Wappler - Diamond Dogs by David Bowie Guy Branum - Baraat by Mychae...more

  • D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

    Apr 05 2016

    The team talk about real and fictional divorces in TV and film. Plus Crowds on Demand, Glen Weldon's new book The Caped Crusade, #AWP16 and Hamburger Helper's April Fool's Mixtape. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - FML (Feat. The Weeknd) TLOP by Kanye West Oliver Wang - Bye Baby by Nas Margaret Wappler - D.I.V.O.R.C.E. by Tammy Wynette Guy Branum - I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams t...more

  • Gaming with Soha Kareem & Hal Lublin

    Mar 31 2016

    Wynter hosts an episode dedicated to gaming culture, how different generations are engaging with games and whether VR headsets are going to stop making users nauseous any time soon. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and guests Soha Kareem and Hal Lublin. You should subscribe to Hal's MaxFun podcast, We Got This. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Diamonds on My Neck by Smitty Oliver Wang - You Make Me So Happy by Les Vikings Soha Kareem - If I Had A Tail by Queens of the Stone Age Hal Lubli...more

  • Sexy Sexy Sex Sex

    Mar 24 2016

    For our final show of #MaxFunDrive 2016 we decided to pander and devote an entire show to sex. So we're asking what pop culture turns us on? What films, TV, books or music first made us burn with desire? And what are our favorite sex scenes? With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Know Me From by Stormzy Oliver Wang - I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl by Nina Simone Margaret Wappler - Brazil by Declan McKenna Guy Branum - Here You ...more

  • Zombieing, SxSW & Memes

    Mar 17 2016

    Join the #MaxFunDrive, support our work and get fantastic thank you gifts by visiting MaxiumumFun.org. This week Wynter reports live from SxSW, Margaret learns about Eggplant Friday, Guy Gushes about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Oliver is double-about Kendrick's new “untitled,unmastered” EP. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in o...more

  • The People Vs. O.J. Simpson with Ricky Carmona

    Mar 11 2016

    New seasons of Broad City and House of Cards are both stronger than ever, but the TV show that's rocking our worlds right now is The People Vs. O.J. Simpson. Wham Bam Pow's Ricky Carmona joins us to talk it through. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Ricky Carmona and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - March Madness performed live on SNL by Future Ricky Carmona - Am I Wrong by Anderson Paak Margaret Wappler - Golden Coast by Allison Weiss Guy Branum - JAP Battle from Crazy Ex...more

  • Oscars 2016 & Fuller House

    Mar 02 2016

    The gang share their reviews of Chris Rock's hosting and get into which awards that the Academy got right and which it got wrong. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Make It Last Forever by Inner Life Oliver Wang - Candy by El Alamo Margaret Wappler - Atomic Number by case/lang/viers Guy Branum - Never On Sunday by the Chordettes (Which won the Oscar for best song in 1960). Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Sp...more

  • Ageing in Entertainment

    Feb 24 2016

    It's our 60th episode so the team discuss ageing in pop culture, plus Kanye's Life of Pablo album (?) and #FreeKesha. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Feelin' So Good by Jennifer Lopez Oliver Wang - Ultralight Beam by Kanye West (Feat. Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin, and The-Dream) Margaret Wappler - Gimme All Your Love by Alabama Shakes Guy Branum - Opinion Cave by Brandie Posey Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to th...more

  • Grammys 2016 with Karen Tongson

    Feb 18 2016

    The team talk Full Frontal with Sammantha Bee, The People vs. OJ Simpson, Kanye's Epic week of tweets and the Grammys. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson. Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

  • Super Bowl 50 with Asterios Kokkinos

    Feb 11 2016

    Margaret guest hosts, steering discussion around the commercials and half time show of last weekend's Super Bowl. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and special guest, comedian and former copywriter Asterios Kokkinos. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - The Gift of Life by Teddy Prendergrass Oliver Wang - Sun Godess by Ramsey Lewis featuring Earth, Wind & Fire Margaret Wappler - Reichpop by Wild Nothing Asterios Kokkinos - Goon Squad by Elvis Costello & The Attractions Each week ...more

  • Computers & Tech

    Feb 03 2016

    The gang talk about the role of tech in TV, film and music. Plus they share their personal favorite animation shows. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Same Ol' Mistake by Rihanna, Oliver Wang - Lonesome Drifter by Jericho Brown, Margaret Wappler - Husbands by Savages, Guy Branum - James K Polk by They Might Be Giants. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. You can let us know what you think of Pop ...more

  • Mortality & Grief in Pop Culture

    Jan 29 2016

    Wynter's back and the team celebrate with a conversation about how we deal with death in pop culture. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Duets & Books

    Jan 20 2016

    Guy and Margaret talk about favourite duets, stand-up comedy and the best books from the past year and coming up in 2016. Plus producer Christian Dueñas drops by the studio to talk about video games. With Margaret Wappler and Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson and Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org

  • Golden Globes & David Bowie with Tracey Wigfield

    Jan 13 2016

    Emmy-winning writer of 30 Rock, The Mindy Project and several previous Golden Globe ceremonies, Tracey Wigfield joins the team to dissect Sunday's awards, remember David Bowie and spill secrets about watching Star Wars with Guy Branum. With Tracey Wigfield, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • First Annual Pop Tart Awards

    Jan 08 2016

    Karen Tongson sits in with the team to review and reward the greatest pop culture of the last 12 months. With Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, Karen Tongson and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.

  • Star Wars: The Hot Take Awakens

    Dec 30 2015

    A whole episode devoted to the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. With Oliver Wang, Josh Greenberg, Karen Tongson and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.

  • Musicals, Primaries and Pop Culture with Karen Tongson

    Dec 24 2015

    Karen Tongson joins the team to talk politics in the context of pop culture. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Karen Tongson and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • 1965 Special

    Dec 16 2015

    The team celebrate 50 episodes with a look back at the pop culture of 50 years ago. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Oliver Wang. Jams:  Wynter Mitchell - Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaos and California Girls by The Beach Boys. Oliver Wang - A Change is Gonna to Comel by Sam Cooke Margaret Wappler - It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones Guy Branum - I’m Looking Through You by The Beatles Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify Play List. You can ...more

  • Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

    Dec 08 2015

    The team sits down to share their thoughts on Spike Lee’s new movie Chi-Raq which uses the premise of women withholding sex from their men to stop a gang war. They also touch on their favorite Spike Lee films. With Guy Branum MaximumFun.org (http://www.guybranum.com), Wynter Mitchell (http://wyntermitchell.com), Margaret Wappler (http://www.margaretwappler.com) and Oliver Wang (http://www.margaretwappler.com) Favorite Jams Wynter Mitchell Someone Great by LCD Soundsystem Oliver Wang TOh Girl...more

  • Favorite Holiday Music Special

    Dec 02 2015

      The team talks about their favorite holiday jams from traditional to contemporary. .   With Guy Branum MaximumFun.org(http://www.guybranum.com), Wynter Mitchell (http://wyntermitchell.com), Margaret Wappler (http://www.margaretwappler.com) and Oliver Wang (http://www.margaretwappler.com)   Holiday Favorite Tunes   Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping”   Vince Guraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here”   Fiona Apple’s Frosty the Snowman   John Lennon - War Is Over   Wham - Last Christmas   ...more

  • The Joy of Cooking Shows

    Nov 25 2015

    The team gets together to talk about cooking shows as well as how food is portrayed in film, plus they’ll talk about what’s piqued their interest in pop culture this week With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Oliver Wang. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Walking with Thee by Clinic Oliver Wang - Merry Go Round Equatics Margaret Wappler - The Noisy Days Are Over by Commontime Guy Branum - The Co-dependent by Sia. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playli...more

  • Aziz Ansari's Master of None.

    Nov 18 2015

    The team talks about the content they listen or watch during difficult times; plus they share their thoughts on Aziz Ansari's new Netflix comedy series Master of None. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Oliver Wang. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - That's Life by Shirley Bassey Oliver Wang - Go Back Home by Allen Touissant Margaret Wappler - John Lennon's Imagine by Davide Martelo Guy Branum - Marseillaise by Edith Piaf Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spot...more

  • Mental Health in Pop Culture with Paul Gilmartin

    Nov 12 2015

    Paul Gilmartin joins the team to help discuss issues around mental health in popular culture and argue why The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" is the greatest song of all time. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Paul Gilmartin. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - BUFFALO by Tyler, The Creator Paul Gilmartin - Gimme Shelter by Rolling Stones Margaret Wappler - Can't Get Enough Of Myself by Santigold Guy Branum - Come Get It Bae by Pharrell Williams. Each week we’ll add everyon...more

  • Late Night

    Nov 04 2015

    The team say goodbye to Grantland, consider whether Twitter's business model is broken and discuss the good, bad and ugly of TV's current Late Night offerings. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Kathy Lee by Jessy Lanza Oliver Wang - As One by Low Leaf Margaret Wappler - Feel You by Julia Holter Guy Branum - His interview with Margaret Atwood on this week's Bullseye With Jesse Thorn. Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this ...more

  • Halloween Horror Showdown

    Oct 28 2015

    Young Adult fiction, hip hop podcasts and our favorite horror movies. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Used To by Mutemath Oliver Wang - Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas Margaret Wappler - The It Follows Theme by Disasterpeace Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. Other useful links this week… Margaret recommends Rainbow Rowell's new YA novel Carry On. Oliver's been listening to The Ciph...more

  • Fall TV Preview

    Oct 21 2015

    Margaret Wappler leads the team in discussing the new Star Wars Trailer, Love and Hip Hop Hollywood, Project Greenlight and the new Fall TV shows. With Wynter Mitchell and Oliver Wang. That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Angel Tongue by Light Asylum Oliver Wang - Unbreakable by Janet Jackson Margaret Wappler - Hot Chip's cover of Dancing in the Dark Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist. TV shows we talked about this week: Dr Ken Quantico American Horror Story: S...more

  • Big Changes in Print Media

    Oct 15 2015

    The team gets together to discuss the state of print media including a major change at Playboy and they’ll also share their favorite jams for this week. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum.   That’s My Jam: Wynter Mitchell - Novacane Oliver Wang - Hamilton’s Ten Duel Commandments   Produced by Ibarionex Perello for MaximumFun.org   You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

  • Throwing Shade Switcheroo

    Oct 06 2015

    Throwing Shade's Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson take over Pop Rocket as part of MaxFun's #GreatSwitcheroo. With Bryan Safi, Erin Gibson, Drew Droege and Jessica Jardine. Every week we start the show by taking a question from a listener about our own pop culture tastes. This week: What piece of culture (movie, song, TV show) do you most find yourself introducing new people to? Bryan Safi - Karina Longworth's You Must Remember This podcast. Especially the series of episodes about Charles Manson's H...more

  • Stonewall & Gay Film

    Sep 30 2015

    The team share the songs they'll always sing along to, talk about some of their favorite current TV and try to work out what went wrong with the new movie, Stonewall. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler. This week's jams: Wynter Mitchell - I Can't Help It by Stevie Wonder (Live in Studio) Oliver Wang - Two Matches by Mac Miller (Feat. Ab-Soul) Margaret Wappler - Rollercoaster by Bleachers and Charli XCX Guy Branum - I Am Woman (Dance Mix) by Jessica Williams ...more

  • Emmy Awards 2015

    Sep 23 2015

    Johnny Depp's Black Mass, Fear The Walking Dead, Borgen and Joe Meno's new book, Marvel and a Wonder. Plus the winners, hosting and dresses of this year's Emmys. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler Jams and Recommendations: Wynter Mitchell - Recognize (feat. Drake) by Partynextdoor and Fear the Walking Dead Oliver Wang - We Did It Again by Blackalicious and Johnny Depp's new movie, Black Mass Margaret Wappler - Leaving The City by Joanna Newsome and Joe Meno's...more

  • Narcos & Disney with Karen Kilgariff

    Sep 17 2015

    Comedian Karen Kilgariff joins the team to talk about the Disneyland, Disney movies and Disney-produced celebrities. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and guest, Karen Kilgariff. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Kids TV with Ella Mizota-Wang

    Sep 08 2015

    Donald Trump videos, Muppet raps and Gyno-Star. Plus Oliver's daughter drops in to help discuss Kids TV. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • VMAs 2015 with Karen Tongson

    Sep 02 2015

    Karen Tongson joins the group to help discuss the events of the VMAs (Video Music Awards) and the Ashley Madison Hack. With Karen Tongson, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.

  • Puppygate & Star Wars Land with Joan Ford & Rye Silverman

    Aug 28 2015

    Comedians Joan Ford and Rye Silverman sit in for Wynter and Margaret to talk about TV shows that were cancelled too soon, whether we'd want to go to Disney's proposed Star Wars Land and what's been going on with the Hugo Awards. With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Joan Ford & Rye Silverman. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Women of Comedy & @FATJEW with Louis Virtel

    Aug 19 2015

    Louis Virtel joins the team to talk about emotional pick-me-ups, Soundcloud takedowns and the comedy world's reaction to an alleged internet plagiarist being signed by a major talent agency. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and special guest Louis Virtel. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Romcom Summit with Linda Holmes

    Aug 12 2015

    Linda Holmes (from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour) stops by to talk about the most exciting upcoming TV shows and to get serious about romantic comedy. Plus, music to fight to, #periodsarenotaninsult and Wynter’s met all of her teenage crushes. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and special guest, Linda Holmes. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • #SquadGoals & Dating Shows with Tracy McMillan

    Aug 05 2015

    Relationship author and TV writer, Tracy McMillan joins the team to talk #SquadGoals and dating shows – both real and fictional. With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and special guest Tracy McMillan. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Tattoos & Nerd Culture

    Jul 31 2015

    Which of the Pop Rocket team have tattoos and what are they? Find out this week thanks to a twitter question from our Reddit group. Plus has nerd culture gone mainstream and how do we feel about that? With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Clueless at 20 & High School Movies

    Jul 24 2015

    It’s 20 years since the release of Clueless so we talk about the best high school movies and argue over whether Boyz n the Hood counts as one. Plus Trainwreck, Bree Newsome, and Bridget Everett’s “Gynecological Wonder”. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Storms of Outrage & Summer Jam

    Jul 17 2015

    The team share their first videogame experiences, debate what should be done with offensive culture (and shoddy critique) and Guy picks his official Summer Jam 2015. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Rihanna’s BBHMM Video & Summer Reads

    Jul 10 2015

    We share our own hot-takes on Rihanna’s new Bitch Better Have My Money video. Is it about race? Is it about feminism? Is it awesome? Plus we share our best summer reads and Wynter celebrates the songs that she claims are bringing oral sex back. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • UnReal, Vince Staples and Jumping the Shark

    Jul 04 2015

    Jesse Thorn guests on an episode in which we decide which celebs will narrate our autobiographies, call out the elements of pop culture we think have jumped the shark and discover which member of the team is secretly into pool porn. With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Jesse Thorn. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Do I Sound Gay?

    Jun 27 2015

    The gang marvel at the young Patrick Swayze, discuss which characters in Game of Thrones are better at game of throning, share their reactions to the new Pixar movie, Inside Out and go deep, talking about the new David Thorpe documentary Do I Sound Gay? Plus handies and brain orgasms! With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • OITNB, Rachel Dolezal & Jurassic World

    Jun 20 2015

    The gang share their fantasy contract riders, discuss the Rachel Dolezal debacle and take a team fieldtrip to see Jurassic World. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun

  • Women’s World Cup & #ThatGamingCism

    Jun 12 2015

    MaxFun boss Jesse Thorn drops by for a #ThatCism update focussing on the lack of diversity in computer games characters. Plus the team share their favorite movies, TV shows or songs about their hometowns. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler, Guy Branum and Jesse Thorn. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Official Summer Jams 2015 Search Committee

    Jun 06 2015

    The team are excited about Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, the TV show Cucumber and the FIFA corruption investigation. But all that’s just a warm-up for Guy’s Official 2015 Summer Jam Search Committee. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Online Dating & Silicon Valley with Megan Koester

    May 30 2015

    Comedian Megan Koester joins the team to talk about the pros and cons of online dating, nuanced portrayal of ethnicity in Silicon Valley and our own dream Pop Rocket guests. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Megan Koester and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson and Jennifer Marmor for MaximumFun.org

  • Summer Blockbusters & Vodka

    May 23 2015

    The team review Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. Plus The Mad Men Finale, Jams and Vodka. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson & Jennifer Marmor for MaximumFun.org.

  • Wiki Spice, Yam Lube & Cancelled TV

    May 18 2015

    Which Spice Girl would each of the team be? Plus, why Oliver’s all about basketball at the moment, which cancelled TV shows are we sad about and which have already overstayed their welcome and Wynter reveals her 5th and 6th quadrants! With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson and Lindsay Pavlas for MaximumFun.org

  • The Met Gala, First Albums & Superhero Movies

    May 10 2015

    Reunited, the gang judge the dresses from the Met Gala and discuss which actresses the industry might consider “hot enough to get a Hemsworth”. Plus Wynter shares her home rental strategy. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Bruce Jenner, Jeffrey Jay & Mad Men

    May 03 2015

    Comedian Jeffrey Jay joins the team to talk about Bruce Jenner’s 20/20 interview and why it’s the single most important trans event we’ve seen. Plus we hear which what person’s involvement guarantees that each of our panel will see a film. Hosted by Guy Branum with Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and guest Jeffrey Jay. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Wikileaks, Montage of Heck & Grey’s Anatomy

    Apr 26 2015

    How damaged was Ben Affleck by the revelation he tried to keep his slave-owner heritage quiet? And did Wikileaks go too far in sharing such personal details about Sony’s Amy Pascal? With Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Guy Branum and special guest, Karen Tongson. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.

  • Game of Thrones, P-22 & Bad News Bears

    Apr 16 2015

    Game of Thrones is back so we talk about “learning to Cersei”, ask whether a TV show can ever have enough incest and get into the wonders of sexposition. Plus we name the pieces of culture we initially disliked but then came to love. With Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Mad Men, Gay Anthems & Madonna Does Stand-Up

    Apr 11 2015

    Karen Tongson (USC Professor of English and Gender Studies) joins the team this week to talk Mad Men and the entropy of the patriarchy, classic movies that we should have seen but haven’t and watching The Slap as “Norm-Porn”. With Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Guy Branum and special guest, Karen Tongson. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Trevor Noah, Tidal & Going Clear

    Apr 04 2015

    Is it fair to hold the new Daily Show host to task for tweets he made before getting the job? What’s the lure of Scientology and is HBO’s new documentary any good? Plus some of the planet’s biggest music stars have launched a streaming service, will any of the Pop Rocket team be signing up? With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Monica Lewinsky, Mission Impossible 5 & SxSWi

    Mar 24 2015

    Guy and Margaret are both all about Monica Lewinsky’s recent TED presentation, Wynter’s been at South by Southwest Interactive and Oliver thinks you should listen to the new Earl Sweatshirt album.   Plus it’s the last week of the MaxFunDrive and we’ve got some Pop Rocket bonus offers to encourage you to donate. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Kendrick Lamar, #ThatCism & MaxFunDrive

    Mar 20 2015

    Jesse Thorn drops by to explore American racism in his beloved signature segment, #ThatCism. Plus, Guy’s got an actual Jam! With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Jesse Thorn and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • New Music, Inappropriate Movies & Kimmy Schmidt

    Mar 11 2015

    We share our first inappropriate movie experiences, chat Grey Gardens, frat racism and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Plus Wynter ranks the Hemsworth Brothers and Margaret takes us through a discussion of where we’re all going to discover new music. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Broad City, Fresh Off The Boat & #TheDress

    Mar 04 2015

    Hate-watching Downton Abby, Wynter’s favorite new live-stream video app and #TheDress, plus Broad City and Fresh Off the Boat are making us all lol hard. We’re missing Guy this week so will just say it here: Oh hey there, listener! With Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and guest-host Oliver Wang. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • 2015 Oscars Special: The Show, Speeches and John Travolta

    Feb 25 2015

    The spectacle, the magnificence, the sh*t show that was the 2015 Academy Awards. Why did Neil Patrick Harris miss the mark as host? What was with all those political speeches? And John Travolta… Plus everyone’s first gigs and music recommendations. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • 50 Shades, SNL and Social Media

    Feb 18 2015

    This week we’re all about 50 Shades, Jupiter Ascending and SNL at 40. We’ll have a conversation about social media in which Guy explains how it can tickle the “witch-hunty part of your brain” and finish up with a selection of everyone’s jams of the moment. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Grammys, Biopics, Books & Jams

    Feb 11 2015

    We’re all about the Grammys this week, with opinions on Beyonce, Beck, Madonna and awards in general. Then we get into biopics. We talk about our favorites, common biopic mistakes and Wynter shares some strong feelings about Michael Douglas’ performance in Behind the Candelabra. Plus, which books have influenced the team most significantly? And we share our current top jams. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Super Bowl, Ghostbusters and #ThatCism

    Feb 04 2015

    The team unpack last weekend’s Super Bowl, argue the merits of original, animated and re-booted Ghostbusting and call out a sports themed batch of #ThatCism. With Wynter Mitchell, Jesse Thorn and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Deflate-gate, The Boy Next Door and the death of the album

    Jan 28 2015

    The New England Patriots “deflate-gate” scandal, privilege in the arts and whether the latest music sales stats signal the end of the album. Wynter’s been to see The Boy Next Door and guy’s jam is a podcast about Canadian politics. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum.

  • Looking, American Sniper and #Cism

    Jan 21 2015

    HBO’s Looking has been billed as the gay, male, Sex and the City or Girls. We ask why TV can’t do gay right. Plus MaxFun boss Jesse Thorn drops in for his new signature segment. With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and host Guy Branum. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org

  • Golden Globes Debrief

    Jan 14 2015

    Guy Branum is joined by digital strategist Wynter Mitchell, comedian Santina Muha, academic and DJ Oliver Wang and journalist Margaret Wappler for an energetic debrief of last weekend's Golden Globes.

  • Kanye, McCartney and Coachella

    Jan 08 2015

    Our debut episode, Guy Branum is joined by digital strategist Wynter Mitchell, comedian Santina Muha, and journalist Margaret Wappler to talk Kanye, McCartney and Coachella. Plus our latest jams and the most shameful media we've each consumed in the past week. Theme music by Osymyso. Produced by Colin Anderson for MaximumFun.org.