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The Greatest Generation Ep 106: Fractionally Loafier (S5E7)

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When Admiral TKTKTK gives Picard an emergency message, it’s news nobody wants to hear: It looks like Ambassador Spock is being a rebellious teen. Now the Captain and Data will have to go to Romulus to make sure there’s a chaperone at the party Spock went to. Meanwhile, the Entrepreneur is trying to figure out what the pawn shop was thinking when they sold a ship that the Vulcans were still making payments on. Is this how Picard talks to customer support? What does Romulan Burlesque look like? Are all great strategists also stuffy pricks? It’s the episode where Data and Picard bring all the things.

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

The Greatest Generation Ep 105: Werebear PTSD (S5E6)

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When Commander Riker returns from holiday on Risa, he's totally obsessed with playing "Suck Disk." But when Wesley (The Boy?!) sees how dumb-looking the glasses are, he turns his sights on an age-appropriate co-worker instead. Which sexual subculture are you into if you display a horga'hn AND credit cards? What color is Worf's apron? How many Coogi sweaters are in Wesley's closet? It's the episode where we've given up dessert flirtation games!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Laurie Kilmartin and Throwing Shade's Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Laurie Kilmartin
Guests: 
Erin Gibson
Guests: 
Bryan Safi

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Laurie Kilmartin on parenthood, losing her father, and her new SeeSo comedy special

Comedian and writer Laurie Kilmartin is probably best known as one of the finalists on the 7th season of Last Comic Standing. She has also written 2 books and has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy award. Last year, Laurie's 83 year old father was diagnosed with cancer. She had to take time off from her dream job as a staff writer on Conan O’Brian’s late night show and flew up to visit her father in Northern California as much as she could. During the months of her father's declining health, she took to Twitter writing jokes about her experience of losing a parent to cancer.

She talks to Jesse about her new SeeSo comedy special called 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad. She gets candid about what it’s like to lose a parent and how instrumental Twitter was in coming to grips during the process.

You can find more information about how to stream her special here.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi on their new TV Land show Throwing Shade and how to be funny without being offensive

Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi are comedians, writers, actors, and podcast hosts. They met in 2010 as writers for Current TV, a news channel that was created by Al Gore and Al Jazeera. Erin covered feminist issues while Bryan covered the LGBTQ beat. In 2011, when Current TV closed its doors, Erin and Bryan knew that they still had more to say so they decided to start the Throwing Shade podcast hosted by Maximum Fun.

In studio with Jesse, they discuss their origin story, the differences between making podcasts and TV, and how to have a sincere and funny opinion without being offensive.

You can watch Throwing Shade on TV Land every Tuesday evening at 10:30/9:30c.

The Outshot: The Simpsons move to Cypress Creek

This week, Jesse tells us what an almost 20 year old episode of The Simpsons has to do with Silicon Valley, and why we should care.

The Greatest Generation Ep 104: A Tour of Bangers (S5E5)

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When the Entrepreneur takes a smoke break in-between Uber missions, the ship is afflicted by some of the biggest bangers yet. The scattered crew have to do what they do best: solve problems that only crazy television writers could think up. What will befall all the extra glass tables in Ten Forward? What Christmas Pageant did these kids come from? Will Data’s suicide wish finally come true? What’s Worf going to do with the placenta? It’s the episode where our wives pull a Jeep out of a ditch.

The Greatest Generation Ep 103: The Pudding Button (S5E4)

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When the glass pinecone that Data’s brother has been hanging around with makes an unwanted reappearance, it dashes Riker’s hope of post-curry coitus. Starfleet is quick to dispatch a rare old lady-scientist to debate everybody about the relative merits of revenge. Is Captain Picard turning into Burke? Who should shampoo Adam’s crotch? Will she turn Data into an even weirder real doll? You don’t need to be an empath to know that this episode is not in its right mind.

The Greatest Generation Ep 102: The Shelby Treatment (S5E3)

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When "The Bad Girl of Starfleet" beams aboard the Entrepreneur, the crew treats her like an outcast. But when a sneaky admiral assigns her a secret mission, her true nature is revealed. How do you get an appointment at Starfleet Supercuts? How does Guinan know when you need her? Just what is Starfleet Uniform Code, anyway? It's the episode that's one big love letter to Michelle Forbes.

Ep 101: Hiding the Judd (S5E2)

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When the walls fall at Shaka, Kiazi’s children’s faces get really wet. The beast is at Tanagra, but it’s anyone’s guess where Darmok and Jalad are w/r/t the ocean. Will Zinda’s face be black and his eyes red? Who, if not Mirab, is going to unfurl these sails? Is Uzani’s army going with the fist open or the fist closed? Is the river Temarc in winter or what? It’s the episode that opens Sokath’s eyes.

The Greatest Generation Ep 100: The Phoenix Problem (S5E1)

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When the Enterprise chooses the flashpoint of a Klingon civil war to begin the galaxy's biggest game of Cat's Cradle, Klingon Jake's future in the empire is at stake. But when Captain Picard's most dramatic "Apparently..." story comes back to haunt him, it's up to Commander Data to take command of a little ship with a secret strategy. Does the Sutherland have a clip show machine? What's the name of the captain from Crimson Tide? It's the episode where lose all our feminist credibility by playing a terrible game that we're extremely ashamed of.

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.

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