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 108: Oscar 2017 Snubs and Predictions

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Jordan Morris
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

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

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Laura Marling - Soothing
Karen Tongson - india.arie - Heart of the Matter
Wynter Mitchell - Thundercat - Show Me the Way
Jordan Morris - Masked Intruder - Crime Spree

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.

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hartfor MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 107: Revisiting Childhood

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Jordan Morris
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell

This week, Jordan Morris fills in for Guy Branum while he's away filming his new truTV program, Talk Show The Game Show, which has a premiere date of April 5th! 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 90s 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).

If you live in the LA area and would like to see a live taping of Guy Branum's new truTV program Talk Show The Game Show, e-mail tstgsguests@gmail.com to reserve your seat today!
The show tapes 1/24-1/27 and 1/31-2/3 at 2:30 and 5:30 in Hollywood, CA.

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

Jams:
Jordan Morris - 1988 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship Theme - Ty Parr
1979 World Disco Dancing Finals (Born to Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez)
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

Pop Rocket Episode 106: Inauguration with Jordan Morris

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Jordan Morris
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

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 Morris, Karen 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

Pop Rocket Episode 105: 2017 Pop Culture Resolutions

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

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.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, and Karen Tongson.

That’s My Jam:

Karen Tongson - If You Were There
Wynter Mitchell - Love is a Losing Game
Guy Branum - Good Morning

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.

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hartfor MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 104: The Second Annual Pop Tart Awards

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

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, Karen Tongson 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 our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hartfor MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 103: Reboots

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

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 all about.

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

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Your Best American Girl-Mitski

Guy Branum - Christmas Is Coming-Miss Piggy

Wynter Mitchell - Randy-Justice

Karen Tongson - Babe-Styx

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:
Ricki Lake’s Roach Dress
Randy Rainbow Interviews Donald Trump

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Pop Rocket Episode 102: Farewell

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Wynter, Oliver, and Margaret
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Guy Branum

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 is about **farewells** please note that there will be many spoilers. Breaking Bad, The Affair, Seinfeld, 90210, The Walking Dead, The Wire, The Sopranos, Sex And The City, La La Land are among some of the TV and movies discussed.

That’s My Jam:
Margaret Wappler - Ragged Wood
Guy Branum - Adventures in Paradise
Wynter Mitchell - A Solid Wall Of Sound

Oliver Wang - Always In My Heart

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:
Days of Being Wild Opening
Santa Barbara Soap Opening
Saturday Night Live
The Face Collection of Books

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Pop Rocket: Episode 101 The Crown with Karen Tongson and Chris Schleicher

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Guy, Margaret, Chris and Karen
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Chris Schleicher
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

This episode, Guy and Margaret are joined by two very special guests to talk about Netflix’s most expensive series The Crown. They talk about Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, whether Prince Philip is hot or not, and who has played the best Elizabeth on screen. Have smart phones ruined bathroom meditation? Did the Gilmore Girls reboot live up to expectations? And is Julio Torres leading the way in writing smart comedy about queer experience?(***hint, the answer is a resounding yes***). And as always, the panel will delight you with their latest jams and what they are all about.

That’s My Jam:
Margaret Wappler - Playing Elevator
Guy Branum - Am I The Same Girl
Chris Schleicher - Camelot Finale
Karen Tongson - All Time Low

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:
Insight Timer
Sorority: The Woods
Jackie
Scott Thompson as Queen Elizabeth II
Fred Armisen as Queen Elizabeth II on SNL
Wells For Sensitive Boys

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Pop Rocket Episode 100: Pop Culture Families

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Wynter, Guy, & Oliver
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell

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 panel’s current Jams are and what their individual pop culture obsessions are.

A very special shout out to all of the Rocketeers who have listened and made these 100 episodes possible! THANK YOU!

That’s My Jam:
Margaret Wappler - Plastic
Oliver Wang - Better Things
Wynter Mitchell - Looking Up Through You
Guy Branum - The Andy Cohen Diaries

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:
Search Party
Cucumber
How Far I’ll Go- Moana
The Donna Reed Show

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Pop Rocket Episode 99: Cooking Shows

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Kara Klenk
Guests: 
Solomon Georgio
Guests: 
Riley Silverman

This week, Guy sits down comedians Solomon Georgio, Kara Klenk, and Riley Silverman to talk eveything cooking shows. Who is everyone’s favorite celebrity chef? Who is the panel’s least favorite? Why do they like Top Chef more than Chopped? And who is Fanny Cradock and can she be the British grandmother I never knew I needed? All of this plus everyone’s latest jams and pop culture “All About’s”.

With Guy Branum, Solomon Georgio, KAra Klenk and Riley Silverman.

That’s My Jam:

With Guy Branum - Come Sail Away
Solomon Georgio - Side to Side
Kara Klenk - Just Like Fire
Riley Silverman - Heaven On Their Minds

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:
Fanny Cradock’s Christmas cooking special
Mini Food
Drew Droege as Chloë Sevigny

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org