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Pop Rocket: Episode 27 Rihanna’s BBHMM Video And Summer Reads

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

We share our own hot-takes on Rihanna’s new Bitch Better Have My Money video. Is it about race? Is it about feminism? Is it awesome? Plus we share our best summer reads and Wynter celebrates the songs that she claims are bringing oral sex back.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Too Young by Post Malone
Oliver Wang - Gabby by The Internet Feat. Janelle Monae
Margaret Wappler - Feelin’ Good covered by Lauryn Hill
Guy Branum - Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato

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

Books recommended this week…

Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver
The Belgariad by David Eddings
Executive Orders by Tom Clancy
You by Caroline Kepnes
Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Bloom
A Planet for Rent by Yoss
Diary of a Madman by Scarface
California: A Novel by Eden Lepucki
Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal

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

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

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Guy and Margaret in New York
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
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.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 008 2015 Oscars Special: The Show, Speeches and John Travolta

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

The spectacle, the magnificence, the sh*t show that was the 2015 Academy Awards. Why did Neil Patrick Harris miss the mark as host? What was with all those political speeches? And John Travolta… Plus everyone’s first gigs and music recommendations.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Gnarls Barkley Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
Oliver Wang - Just Blaze Moleskine Conclusion
Margaret Wappler - Courtney Barnett’s Pedestrian at Best
Guy Branum - A joke from the latest Fresh Off The Boat

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 @PRPod on Twitter.

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Pop Rocket 007: 50 Shades, SNL and Social Media

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

This week we’re all about 50 Shades, Jupiter Ascending and SNL at 40. We’ll have a conversation about social media in which Guy explains how it can tickle the “witch-hunty part of your brain” and finish up with a selection of everyone’s jams of the moment.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Know Yourself by Drake
Oliver Wang - Dedicated to the One I Love by The Shirelles
Margaret Wappler - You Don’t Own Me by Lesley Gore
Guy Branum - The return of Girl Scout Cookies.

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 @PRPod on Twitter.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 6 Grammys, Biopics, Books & Jams

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Grammy Awards
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

We’re all about the Grammys this week, with opinions on Beyonce, Beck, Madonna and awards in general. Then we get into biopics. We talk about our favorites, common biopic mistakes and Wynter shares some strong feelings about Michael Douglas’ performance in Behind the Candelabra. Plus, which books have influenced the team most significantly? And we share our current top jams.

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

That’s My Jam (and book that most influenced us):

Wynter Mitchell
Jam: Van Halen - Eruption
Book: American Psycho by Brett Easton Elis
Oliver Wang
Jam: Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire
Book: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Margaret Wappler
Jam: Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood
Guy Branum
Book: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

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 @PRPod on Twitter.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 005 Super Bowl, Ghostbusters and #ThatCism

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Wynter and Guy
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn
Guests: 
Guy Branum

The team unpack last weekend’s Super Bowl, argue the merits of original, animated and re-booted Ghostbusting and call out a sports themed batch of #ThatCism.

With Wynter Mitchell, Jesse Thorn and host Guy Branum.

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 @PRPod on Twitter.

Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler will be back next week.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 004 Deflate-gate, The Boy Next Door and the death of the album

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

The New England Patriots “deflate-gate” scandal, privilege in the arts and whether the latest music sales stats signal the end of the album. Wynter’s been to see The Boy Next Door and guy’s jam is a podcast about Canadian politics.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Dots and Lines by Lupe Fiasco
Oliver Wang - Shake You Off by Charlie Belle
Margaret Wappler - Family by Bjork (Margaret also recommends this Pitchfork review)
Guy Branum - CBC’s Power and Politics podcast.
Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams (unless they’re Canadian political podcasts) to this handy Spotify playlist.

Other useful links this week…
Oliver thought Derek Thompson’s music sales trends article in The Atlantic was worth talking about. Margaret referenced Ann Baer’s “Sponsored” by my husband: Why it’s a problem that writers never talk about where their money comes from which appeared in Salon.

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

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Pop Rocket: Looking, American Sniper and #Cism

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Guy Branum
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

HBO’s Looking has been billed as the gay, male, Sex and the City or Girls. We ask why TV can’t do gay right. Plus MaxFun boss Jesse Thorn drops in for his new signature segment.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - I Wanna Be Where the Boys Are by The Runaways.
Oliver Wang - You Are Luuh 2015 by Frank Ocean.
Margaret Wappler - Answer by Ghost Culture.
Guy Branum want you to follow the team on Twitter: @GuyBranum, Wynter’s @kweeneverything, @MargaretWappler and Oliver’s @SoulSidesCom.

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 @PRPod on Twitter.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 002 Golden Globes Debrief

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

The team thrash out the winners, losers and takeaways from last weekend’s Golden Globes.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Santina Muha, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Doja Cat – No Police
Santina Muha - Fiona Apple - Container
Oliver Wang - N.E.R.D. – Squeeze Me/a> (from SpongeBob SquarePants)
Margaret Wappler - Sleater-Kinney – Price Tag
Guy Branum - Four Jews In a Room Bitching from William Finn’s musical, “March of the Falsettos”

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 @PRPod on Twitter.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Mark Adams, Dave Hill, Jordan Ranks America

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Jason Kottke
Guests: 
Mark Adams
Guests: 
Dave Hill
Guests: 
Jordan Morris


Culture Recommendations with Jason Kottke

Jason Kottke brings us this week’s pop culture picks. He's the curator of the blog kottke.org, one of the finest sources of informative and entertaining links on the web. He shares two of his more recent favorites: the contents of the golden record on the spacecraft Voyager and a rare piece of audio of the normally reticent director Stanley Kubrick.

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Mark Adams, Author of Turn Right at Machu Picchu

Mark Adams is a critically acclaimed writer and an editor at National Geographic Adventure. Despite his outdoor magazine credentials, he considered himself an armchair adventurer before he embarked on a journey for his latest book, Turn Right at Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu was an old and dependable topic for National Geographic, but Adams was determined to dig a little deeper when revisiting the subject. A hundred years ago, the lecturer turned explorer Hiram Bingham III brought the ruins of Machu Picchu to the attention of the outside world but raised a host of questions about his methods and intentions for doing so. Adams decided to take on some of those questions by retracing Bingham’s expedition, taking his tender-footed self into the wild with an Australian guide and a handful of coca leaves. Adams talks to us about his transformation -- from a man who had never slept in a tent as an adult, to a full-fledged adventurer.

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Jordan Ranks America, July 2012

The only constant in this crazy country is change. Even the most well-informed American might throw up their hands over the big questions -- what’s hot? And what’s not? Luckily, comedian Jordan Morris is here for guidance. For more, check out his comedy podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go! or follow him on Twitter @Jordan_Morris.

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Comedian and Writer Dave Hill

Dave Hill is best known as a New York-based comedian, but he's dabbled in a lot of things. He's interviewed fans of Chick-Fil-A for This American Life, been a semi-successful rock musician (they're big in Japan), and even had a job as a pedicab driver for a few days.

One of his trademarks is making himself and others uncomfortable during a performance, whether he's asking inane or (alternately) inappropriately suggestive questions in his man-on-the-street interviews, performing stand up or hosting his talk show The Dave Hill Explosion. He mines a number of uncomfortable situations in his new book of essays, Tasteful Nudes: ...and Other Misguided Attempts at Personal Growth and Validation.
He talks to us about how being a rock musician made him realize he loved comedy, and how he ended up performing at Sing Sing for maximum security felons.

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The Outshot: Billy on the Street

Are you ready for the pop culture maniac who is Billy Eichner? This week, Jesse recommends his favorite game show, Billy on the Street.

If you know of a must-see show, share it on the MaxFun forum by picking your own Outshot.

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