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Pop Rocket #172: In Praise of the Pope of Washington

Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Karen Tongson
Margaret Wappler

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”. Guy is all about the new film I Feel Pretty, a comedy that, while not without a slightly problematic message, shines through with plenty of laughs from Amy Schumer.

The panel will their discuss what they think of Scandal; everything from the finale, how closely they’ve watched the show since it started and where Olivia Pope fits in with the pantheon of women anti-heroes on TV.

With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler

That’s My Jam:

Riley Silverman - Jeremy Jordan - She Used to be Mine

Karen Tongson - Joe Jackson - Steppin’ Out

Margaret Wappler - Sampha - (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano.

Guy Branum Kacey Musgraves - High Horse

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 361: Tambourine With the Evidence


This week on Judge John Hodgman, Anne brings the case against her husband, Mike. Mike spends a lot of time on the road for work. He likes to bring home a musical instrument from each trip as a souvenir. But, Anne thinks he doesn’t need to bring an instrument home from each country he visits. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Here is an article about the hidden nusery inside the National Theatre in Richmond, VA.

As well, here is the Wikipedia entry on the pink fairy armadillo, as discussed in this week's episode.


"Here is Mike's promo video in which he plays multiple of the instruments as evidence that yes, indeed, they do serve a 'professional' purpose sometimes (also, for your own personal enjoyment)."


Thank you to Rick Fravel for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.



Still Buffering: How to "Cool" Teen Apps

Still Buffering

Teens these days are living their lives inside of their apps, and not the delicious kind that you eat before dinner, but the tech kind that live in their phones! So we're consulting the internets and finding what apps adults think teens are into and what apps other teens think teens are into to see who's actually right.

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Lady to Lady EP. 275 "The Polaroid Develops" ft. Ester Steinberg

Lady to Lady
Ester Steinberg

Ester Steinberg (@EsterKay) joins the ladies to talk about Barbara's pickup moves, wearing power glasses vs. unknown band tshirts, being a tour guide at TMZ, contouring cleavage, the ugly side of the internet and technology, and how to have better orgasms. Produced by Kailynn West, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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Wonderful! Ep. 31: It's the Slap!


Rachel's favorite new show on Netflix! Griffin's favorite hot thing! Rachel's favorite edugame! Griffin's favorite competitive reality show!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus -

Meet Bill

Jonah Raydio
Bill Corbett

“I learned I can be bought. That’s what I learned”- Bill Corbett on “Meet Dave”

Good podcast to y’all. On this weeks installment of the show, we sit down with RIFF TRAX riffing/Crow T Robot playing/Meet Dave screenwritin’ Bill Corbett. We talk riffing on movies, Garrison Keillors creepy behavior, the Masterclass teachings of Steve Martin, Meet Dave and literally dozens more things. It was great, a real treat for all involved. Don’t trust anybody who says otherwise. They’ll have bigger flaws if they’re willing to lie about something like that.

Check out RiffTrax live June 14th in Nashville or even in your local theater.

And it’s not too late for have US play YOUR game at our live show at the North Bar in Chicago this weekend. Submit your ideas for a game to the email address that is the name of the show at gmail dot com.


Even In Blackouts- Tears of A Clown

Bedrooms-Change Your Mind

Har Mar Superstar- Bring It On Home (On Tour Now!)

The Mad Splatter- Cabin Fever

Chill Parents- Bored

Luxe- Force of Change

The Tracys- People Scare Me

Satellites- I Wanna Be Something

#165 - Best Broadway Musical with Bill Corbett

Bill Corbett

Mark and Hal fall prey to the lullaby of Broadway as they pick the best Broadway Musical of all time with the help of their buddy Bill Corbett from MST3K and Rifftrax!

Dale Carnegie/How To Win Friends and Influence People


Hello Internet! This week's episode is all about DALE CARNEGIE and his incredibly popular book HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE! Enjoy and be sure to share with your friends!

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 528: The Body Shop with Ben Gruber

Ben Gruber

Writer Ben Gruber joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the instant brotherhood that men with beards share, the intricacies of Ben's job as an omnipresent PA on Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?, and the various television dancers who helped awaken each guy's burgeoning sexuality. Plus, Jordan poses a mystery concerning an encounter with a man in a track suit at a Del Taco and Ben talks about his new animated Amazon show Little Big Awesome.

CIPYD 140: Gilli Nissim and the Saluki

Gili Nissim

Salutations friends!

We've got a h*cking good episode for ya! Allegra is back in business with TWO dogs she met this week. We've got a Mutt Minute on the Saluki - which (in the opinion of Alexis) look fancy and sad. Renee brings in a new segment all about Tug's Report Cards! Plus, Gili Nissim (We're Gross) is here to tell us all about the great dogs in her life! She's really great, so don't miss it!

Snuggle a Schnauzer and listen in!

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