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Now displaying: January, 2017

A high-octane weekly discussion of the pop culture we all love to love.

Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny, sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment.

Combining comic, journalistic, academic and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what's most exciting in pop culture this week.

MaximumFun.org

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 Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda. We find out what the panel is all about this week, and what jams they are listening to. **PLUs** Guy Branum calls in to tell us about his new show and what show he’s all about (*hint* Rita Moreno features heavily in this segment).



With Jordan Morris, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler

 

Jams:

Jordan Morris - 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobic Opening
1979 World Disco Dancing Finals

Margaret Wappler - Goldfrapp - Anymore

Wynter Mitchell - Sampha - No One Knows Me (Like The Piano)

Karen Tongson - Donny Hathaway - Someday We’ll All Be Free

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 our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

 

 

Other Links:

Key & Peele - Aerobics Meltdown

Aziz Ansari’s SNL monologue


 

 

 

 

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

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 straight about the Golden Globes. And as with every week, the panel tells us what their latest jams are. 

 

With Jordan MorrisKaren Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler

Jams:

Jordan Morris - Love In A Void

Margaret Wappler - In Glendale

Wynter Mitchell - Caroline

Karen Tongson - Overkill

 

 

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 our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

 

Other Links:

Do Gay People Care About John Oliver?

SNL Inauguration

‘Duck Dynasty’ vs. ‘Modern Family’:50 Maps of the U.S. Cultural Divide




Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Jan 5, 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 Mitchell, and Karen Tongson

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

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