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 57 Computers & Tech

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

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 Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 56 Mortality & Grief in Pop Culture

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

Wynter's back and the team celebrate with a conversation about how we deal with death in pop culture.

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 our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 55 Duets & Books

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Guy Branum
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Margaret Wappler
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Christian Dueñas

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

Books Margaret’s excited about in 2016:

All the Single Ladies, Rebecca Traister (Mar. 1)
How to be a Person in the World, Heather Havrilesky (July 12)
A Mother’s Reckoning, Sue Klebold (Feb 16)
Imagine Me Gone, Adam Haslett (May 3)
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Sept. 6)
Don DeLillo, Zero K (May)
Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld (Apr. 19)
Innocents and Others, Dana Spiotta (Mar. 8)
The Wangs vs. The World, Jade Chang (Oct. 4)
Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine by Diane Williams
And Again by Jessica Chiarella

That’s My Jam:
Margaret Wappler - Hotel California by The Eagles
Guy Branum - No Rights No Wrongs by Jess Glynne

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.

Pop Rocket: Episode 54 Golden Globes & David Bowie with Tracey Wigfield

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Margaret, Oliver, Tracey & Guy
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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
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Oliver Wang
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Margaret Wappler
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Tracey Wigfield

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 Guy Branum, Tracey Wigfield, 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 our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

p.s. In the picture everyone is holding objectives from the Put This On table in the MaxFun office. I don't know why. If you like the look of any of the things you can probably buy them here.

Pop Rocket: Episode 53 First Annual Pop Tart Awards

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Guy, Karen, Oliver & Margaret
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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branum
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

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.

2015 Pop Tart Categories:
Best iTunes Podcasts Reviewer Name
Tarts Of Merit
Best Song
Best Musical Artist
Meme of the Year
Best TV Show
Best Flim
Best Performance Film
Best Performance Television
Tart D'Or for Greatest Pop Culture Thing of 2015

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

Pop Rocket: Episode 52 Star Wars: The Hot Take Awakens

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Guy, Karen, Oliver and Josh
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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branum
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Oliver Wang
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Karen Tongson
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Josh Greenberg

A whole episode devoted to the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

With Oliver Wang, Josh Greenberg, Karen Tongson and host Guy Branum.

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

Pop Rocket: Episode 51 Musicals, Primaries and Pop Culture with Karen Tongson

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Guy & Karen
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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
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Karen Tongson

Karen Tongson joins the team to talk politics in the context of pop culture.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Karen Tongson.

The 50th Anniversary Episode - Pop Culture of 1965

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

The team celebrate 50 episodes together by going back in time to the year 1965. They share some of their favorite pop culture moments in music, film and television of that year

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 PlayList

You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket 49: Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

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

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 Oh Girl by The Chi-Lites

Margaret Wappler Mr. Telephone Man by Erykah Badu

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

You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 48 - Favorite Holiday Music Special

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

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 is Here

Fiona Apple Frosty the Snowman

John Lennon War is Over

Wham Last Christmas

Barbra Streisand Jingle Bells

The Pogues Fairytale in New York

The Maccabeats Candlelight

Run DMC Christmas in Hollis

Matisyahu Miracle

Wings Wonderful Christmas Time

Juice Crew Cold Chillin Christmas

Rufus Wainwright & Sharon Van Etten Baby It’s Cold Outside

The Temptations Silent Night

Nat King Cole The Christmas Song

Billy Elliot Broadway Soundtrack Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings White Christmas

Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas is You

Destiny’s Child 8 Days of Christmas

Favorite Piece of Holiday Culture

Guy Branum Avacado Nog, Rug Rats Chanukuh & The Ref

Wynter Mitchell Surviving Christmas, The Holiday and Bridget Jones Diary

Oliver Wang The Yule Log on Netflix

Margaret Wappler Elf, Smoked Turkey w/ Chutney Sauce & Star Wars

Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify List.

You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook or via @PopRocket on Twitter.