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Inside Pop Ep. 82 - Jay-Z’s 4:44, Best TV of 2017 (So Far), Bishop Briggs

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This week, Inside Pop dives into Jay-Z's new album 4:44- we discuss some of the personal issues he revealed in his lyrics along with his evolution from his first album to now. We then discuss other artists who have bared their soul through music and some of the confessional - like songs with which we have connected - including Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Prince, Mary J. Blige and more.

Then, we revel in the abundance of programming that Peak TV has given us in 2017 with our Best of TV picks of the last 6 months. Find out which shows made our individual lists and which shows we shared our undying affection for.

Plus, Sean gives his Big Sell review and rating of last week's suggestion from Amita- the singer/songwriter, Bishop Briggs. Then, he shares his Big Sell which comes from one of the series on his Best of TV (So Far) list.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Baseball Special with Tabitha Soren, Sean Doolittle, and Josh Kantor

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Tabitha Soren
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Sean Doolittle
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Josh Kantor

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Oakland A's Relief Pitcher Sean Doolittle

This week Jesse talks to Oakland Athletics' reliever Sean Doolittle, who's been called one of the most interesting players in baseball.

Sean had an improbable journey to the majors. He was originally drafted as a hitter in 2007 before being sidelined by knee injuries. He didn't play for two years as a result. Sean talks to Jesse about the physical and mental obstacles he faced during recovery. At one point, he thought about giving up and going back to college to earn his degree.

Eventually, Sean was encouraged to try his hand at pitching instead. As it turns out, he had an excellent arm and could throw in the mid-to-high-90s. He's been on the A's since 2012, and was selected as an All-Star in 2014.

Sean's known as one of the nicest guys in the majors. He's used his platform as a baseball player to raise awareness about a number of causes, including veteran homelessness and the Syrian refugee crisis. Jesse talks to Sean about his outspoken support for LGBT rights, somewhat of a rarity among his fellow players.

You can find out what Sean's up to on Twitter.


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Boston Red Sox organist Josh Kantor on the Song that Changed His Life

For fourteen years, Josh Kantor has been the organist for Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park. He's known for playing creative renditions of popular songs, and six years ago he started taking fan requests via Twitter.

In this Song that Changed My Life segment, Josh recalls one of first Twitter requests he ever got: "Halo" by Beyonce.

When he's not delighting Red Sox fans, Josh plays keys for a rock band called The Baseball Project, a baseball-themed supergroup that includes members of R.E.M. You can find him on Twitter,
where he's now taking song requests for the new season.


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Photographer and former MTV newscaster Tabitha Soren on her new book, Fantasy Life

This week Jesse talks to the artist Tabitha Soren. You might remember Soren from her previous life as a newscaster if you watched MTV in the early 1990s. During the era of "Rock the Vote" and Bill Clinton, she was one of the most recognizable young faces on television.

Now Soren is an accomplished artist and photographer, whose work has appeared in galleries around the country. She has a new photography book called Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream, which follows the 2002 Oakland Athletics draft class.

Soren admits she didn't know much about baseball before starting this project. She started shooting the Oakland A's draft class in 2003, while helping her husband with a book he was writing. That book was Moneyball, which became a New York Times bestseller and a movie by the same name. Fantasy Life is an update of sorts to Moneyball. Taken over the last fifteen years, the collection of photographs chronicles the lives of 21 players, most of whom are no longer playing baseball.

Soren talks about the incredible odds that these players faced, and how their struggle is a parable for a uniquely American obsession. She also explains why not knowing much about the game helped her tell a different story than most baseball photographers.

Fantasy Life is now available on Amazon.


The Outshot: The Glory of Their Times

Jesse shares about a book that he believes may be the greatest sports book ever written. Curiously enough, it was written by an economics professor, and it's called The Glory of Their Times.

The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It is available on Amazon.

Pop Rocket Episode 110: The Grammys with Chris Molanphy

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Margaret Wappler
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Wynter Mitchell
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Karen Tongson
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Chris Molanphy

This week, Guy is in New York but not to fear! Margaret Wappler fills in as host with Wynter Mitchell and Karen Tongson to talk about music's biggest night, The Grammys. They talk about everything, from the production to the performances to the winners and almost more importantly, the losers. Music critic for outlets like Slate, NPR, and Pitchfork Chris Molanphy pops in to provide context about The Grammys and to deliver his opinion on the results. Plus the panelists share what they're all about this week, and what they can't stop listening to.

Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell, and Margaret Wappler

Jams:

Margaret Wappler - Kourosh Yaghmaei - Leila
Wynter Mitchell - Bambaata - Unconditional
Karen Tongson - Prince - Starfish and Coffee

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:
Buffalo Bill's Dance Scene
Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond - You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Vic Berger- Donald Trump's Huge Announcement

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Minority Korner 45: Minority Korner is Waiting... For a New National Anthem (Chicano Moratorium, LGBT & The Church, Colin Kaepernick, Britney Spears, and The VMAs)

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James and Nnekay are hot and bothered about Britney's new album, Glory- She is also BACK with her performance at the VMA... which G-Money (whoever that is) tried to lay a big ole smooch on her face. Not to mention she had to go after BEYONCE who SHUT IT DOWN... but was it better than her concert? Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers is facing an unusual amount of grief by flexing his freedom of speech. Cause Nnekay and James to wonder... maybe it's time to pick or creaaaaaate a new national anthem.

Nnekay's topic for the day is the largest anti-war protest held by American Minorities: the Chicano Moratorium- which protested the Vietnam war as well as the ridiculously large amount of Mexican American soldier death. James is talking about the Church and it's priest who are spreading hate against the LGBT community and are closeted themselves. As well as illegally spending the money of church goers for their own gain.

Some things included in Quizlet Korner this week are: Dildos, Olympics, and Bath Houses... Think Nnekay can get at least one right this time?

Remember to #BeFabulousFriday

Links!

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/important-day-us-history-chica...

https://www.facebook.com/fusionmedianetwork/videos/1538186869540619/?pnr...

Pop Rocket Episode 69: Sipping Lemonade and Remembering Prince

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Guy Branum
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Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
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Wynter Mitchell

The gang reunites this week in a special double discussion episode of Pop Rocket!

First up, Queen Bey's most personal and controversial album yet, Lemonade. Oliver has some critiques for the "visual album" while Guy reveals the problem some of the younger gay men are having with the record.

Then, a very special discussion of all things Prince. His place in pop culture, the young proteges he worked with, weird Prince party stories, and some Batdance talk, obviously. And Prince-inspired jams to top it all off.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Prince – Mountains
Oliver Wang - Chaka Khan – I Feel for You
Margaret Wappler - Esparanza Spalding - One
Guy Branum - Prince – Let’s Go Crazy

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

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Dwayne Kennedy & Noel Fielding

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Dwayne Kennedy
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Noel Fielding

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Dwayne Kennedy on His Debut EP, Using Jokes About Race as a Barometer, and Playing Different Kinds of Crowds

Dwayne Kennedy has been in the stand up comedy game for about thirty years now, performing everywhere, from Showtime at the Apollo to the Late Show with David Letterman, but he's still a bit of a comic's comic.

He'll talk to Jesse about why he's recorded plenty of his sets, but is only releasing his debut stand up EP this month. Plus, he'll explain how he's adapted his comedy for different audiences and how he's used jokes about race as a barometer.

His debut record is called Oh No! It's Dwayne Kennedy and is available now on Bandcamp. You can also check out Dwayne Kennedy's site for a schedule of his upcoming shows. See if he's coming to a city near you!

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British Cult Comic Noel Fielding on 'The Mighty Boosh' and Creating New Worlds

If audiences in the United States know Noel Fielding, it's for his cult comedy show The Mighty Boosh, a comedy double-act turned radio program and then TV show. It aired here on Cartoon Network's adult swim. But Fielding is much better known in his native UK for not only the Boosh (which has done arena tours) but his appearances on quiz shows and his specific sense of style.

Fielding is touring the United States this spring with a live show called An Evening with Noel Fielding, which features some of his beloved characters and frequent collaborators (like Rich Fulcher).

Fielding sits down with us to talk about his comedy "marriage" with his Mighty Boosh creative partner Julian Barratt, his personal aesthetic, and creating new worlds on the radio, on TV, and on the stage.

His show The Mighty Boosh is available now on Seeso.com. Find out if An Evening with Noel Fielding is coming to a city near you by checking out Fielding's site.

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The Outshot: Beyoncé's "Formation" and Taking Space

Jesse considers the backlash to Beyoncé's new single, and explains why he thinks it's worth your attention.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 58 Super Bowl 50 with Asterios Kokkinos

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Wynter, Asterios, Oliver & Margaret
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Margaret Wappler
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
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Asterios Kokkinos

Margaret guest hosts, steering discussion around the commercials and half time show of last weekend's Super Bowl.

With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and special guest, comedian and former copywriter Asterios Kokkinos.

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - The Gift of Life by Teddy Prendergrass
Oliver Wang - Sun Godess by Ramsey Lewis featuring Earth, Wind & Fire
Margaret Wappler - Reichpop by Wild Nothing
Asterios Kokkinos - Goon Squad by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

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

Other useful links this week…
Check out Beyonce's Formation video for yourself here.
You can buy Asterios' books here.

Join in the conversation and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitte

Throwing Shade #65 - Gay cakes, Playtex Fresh + Sexy, Beyonce, Richard III, Glen Beck

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Bryan and Erin super bowl their way through the gay cake problem in Gresham, OR, Playtex's new Fresh + Sexy, Psy's Pistachio ad, Beyonce's half time performance, Timberlake, Richard III, and the always funny, Glen  Beck.  I don't live in Florida.
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Beyonce - Work It Out

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This was Beyonce's first solo single - a track from the Austin Powers 2 soundtrack. Produced by the Neptunes. One of my favorite Beyonce songs even now. This was one of the Neptunes most productive periods - after they'd established their signature sound, and started to get a little odd. I'm also a big fan of their album Clones, from right around this same time. Roscoe P. Coldchain's "Hot", which featured Pusha T from the Clipse and Boobonic from Philly's Most Wanted still bangs. Anyway, this Beyonce song is a jam. Sorry about all the Austin Power in the video.

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