Pop Rocket

Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion of the 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.

Pop Rocket: Episode 023 Women’s World Cup & #ThatGamingCism

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Four Quadrants by Oliver Wang
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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Margaret Wappler
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Oliver Wang
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Jesse Thorn

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 Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Ascension Millenium by Corey Feldman
Oliver Wang - Nate by Vince Staples
Margaret Wappler - Swimming Pool by Emmy the Great

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

Other useful links this week…

Colorblind: On Witcher 3, Rust, and gaming's race problem by Tauriq Moosa
On The Witcher 3, Race, and Historicity by Austin Walker

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 22 Official Summer Jams 2015 Search Committee

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Wynter and Guy
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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Margaret Wappler
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Oliver Wang

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 Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

Submit a song to Guy’s Official 2015 Summer Jam Search Committee via our Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 21 Online Dating & Silicon Valley with Megan Koester

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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
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Megan Koester

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 Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and special guest Megan Koester.

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Summer Breaking by Mark Ronson
Oliver Wang - Tribute to Pharell Mix by DJ Rhettmatic / Devil’s Pie and also Best of Neptunes Mix by DJ Klin
Megan Koester - Xanadu by Olivia Newton-John

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 on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 20 Summer Blockbusters & Vodka

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Wynter, Margaret and Oliver
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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Margaret Wappler
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Oliver Wang

The team review Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. Plus The Mad Men Finale, Jams and Vodka.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Infinity by Mariah Carey
Oliver Wang - The Rest is Noise by Jamie XX
Margaret Wappler - Dreamlover by Destroyer
Guy Branum - Jimmy Kimmel’s Farewell Tribute to David Letterman

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 on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 19 Wiki Spice, Yam Lube & Cancelled TV

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Wynter, Guy, Margaret and Oliver
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Wynter Mitchell
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Guy Branum
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Margaret Wappler
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Oliver Wang

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 Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Goodnight by Philip Owusu
Oliver Wang - Stingy with My Kutty Kat by Joseline Hernandez feat. Stevie J
Margaret Wappler - The Gin One by Nadine Shah
Guy Branum - Big Dumb Animal the new comedy album from Matt Braunger

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 on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 18 The Met Gala, First Albums & Superhero Movies

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Guy and Margaret in New York
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Guy Branum
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Margaret Wappler
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang

Reunited, the gang judge the dresses from the Met Gala and discuss which actresses might be considered "hot enough to get a Hemsworth". Plus Wynter shares her renting strategy.

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 on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 17 Bruce Jenner, Jeffrey Jay and a Mad Men Spoiler

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Guy
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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Margaret Wappler
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Jeffrey Jay

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.

With host Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and guest Jeffrey Jay.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 16 Wikileaks, Montage of Heck & Grey’s Anatomy

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Karen, Wynter, Margaret and Guy
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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Margaret Wappler
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Karen Tongson

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.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 15 Game of Thrones, P-22 & Bad News Bears

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Guy Branum
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Oliver Wang
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Margaret Wappler

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 Guy Branum, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Oliver Wang - Warm and Tender Love by Percy Sledge
Margaret Wappler - Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

Other useful links this week…

Guy was all about Parul Sehgal’s TED Talk about Envy.
Oliver recommended the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle.
You can find more info on Oliver’s new book at LegionsOfBoom.com and buy Guy’s album
here.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 14 Mad Men, Gay Anthems & Madonna Does Stand-Up

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Karen, Wynter, Margaret and Guy
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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Margaret Wappler
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Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson 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 Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Let It Happen by Tame Impala
Margaret Wappler - Short Movie by Laura Marling
Karen Tongson - Rather Be (Affelaye Remix) by Clean Bandit

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can order Guy’s album here and buy Karen’s books here.

Let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.