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Pop Rocket: Episode 53 First Annual Pop Tart Awards

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Guy, Karen, Oliver & Margaret
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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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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

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

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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.

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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.

Pop Rocket: Episode 45 Mental Health in Pop Culture with Paul Gilmartin

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Guests: 
Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Paul Gilmartin

Paul Gilmartin joins the team to help discuss issues around mental health in popular culture and argue why The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" is the greatest song of all time.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Paul Gilmartin.

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - BUFFALO by Tyler, The Creator
Paul Gilmartin - Gimme Shelter by Rolling Stones
Margaret Wappler - Can't Get Enough Of Myself by Santigold
Guy Branum - Come Get It Bae by Pharrell Williams

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

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Pop Rocket: Episode 44 Late Night TV

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

The team say goodbye to Grantland, consider whether Twitter's business model is broken and discuss the good, bad and ugly of TV's current Late Night offerings.

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

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Kathy Lee by Jessy Lanza
Oliver Wang - As One by Low Leaf
Margaret Wappler - Feel You by Julia Holter
Guy Branum - His interview with Margaret Atwood on this week's Bullseye With Jesse Thorn

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

Here's the Atlantic article we talked about on The Decay of Twitter

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Matt Braunger & Margaret Atwood

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Matt Braunger
Guests: 
Margaret Atwood

Our WORLD TOUR OF SEVERAL AMERICAN CITIES kicks off next week in Los Angeles on Friday, November 13 with William H. Macy, Chicano Batman and Baron Vaughn - get your tickets now!

Plus check us out in Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philly and DC with guests Barney Frank, Mission of Burma, Tavi Gevinson, David Cross, John Hodgman, Joel Hodgson, Ray Suarez, Dan Deacon and more. It's all at BullseyeTour.com. Don't miss it!

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.

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Matt Braunger on Class Clowning, Trying Even if You Fail, and Teenage Rapping

Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Matt Braunger always knew that he wanted a life in comedy. He was so sure of this career path that he never seriously considered a backup plan. It was, as he puts it, comedy or die.

Thankfully, it’s been the former and his observant sense of humor is on full display in his latest comedy special, Big Dumb Animal. Along with being a cast member on the final season of the sketch comedy show, MADtv, he’s acted on numerous television shows including the United States of Tara and Pushing Daisies. He’s also made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Chelsea Lately.

Braunger joins Jesse to talk about playing the dumb, clueless husband in television commercials, how he’s worked to be less negative and enjoy the present moment, and why it’s so important to try (even if you fail).

Big Dumb Animal is available now for streaming on Netflix.

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Margaret Atwood on Sex in 'The Heart Goes Last', Childhood Brutishness and Shakespeare

Canadian-born author and poet Margaret Atwood has had an extremely successful career as writer, despite, as she relays to us, the fact that she was not the most memorable or exceptional English student. Her work includes the novels Cat’s Eye and The Handmaid’s Tale as well as many volumes of poetry, and often deals with feminism and politics.

Her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last is a dark comic take on the near future, where lawful people are imprisoned and the lawless are free. The narrative was first introduced to readers in serial form on the website Byliner, and takes on its full shape as a novel which explores issue of sexuality and sexual politics.

Atwood spoke with our contributor Guy Branum to discuss why she believes a novel is an opportunity to share an experience rather than a pulpit from which to preach, delves into her favorite aspects of Shakespeare, and shares her favorite version of her own origin story as a writer.

The Heart Goes Last is available now.

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The Outshot: The Sound of the Apocalypse

In 1977, the country of Jamaica was in economic and social turmoil. Only 15 years after it gained its independence, the country was experiencing difficulties that some believed were signs of the coming apocalypse, specifically on the date of July 7, 1977, the day the two sevens would clash. Jesse shares how the voice of hope came in the form of Joseph Hill, the frontman of a reggae band called Culture.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 43 Halloween Horror Showdown

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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
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Margaret Wappler

Young Adult fiction, hip hop podcasts and our favorite horror movies.

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

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Used To by Mutemath
Oliver Wang - Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas
Margaret Wappler - The It Follows Theme by Disasterpeace

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

Other useful links this week…
Margaret recommends Rainbow Rowell's new YA novel Carry On.
Oliver's been listening to The Cipher, The Combat Jack Show & The Huffington Post'sLove and Sex Podcast.

Horror movies we talk about liking include: The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, Attack the Block, The Gate, Monster Squad, The Omen, The Brood, The Dark Crystal, Salem's Lot, The Craft, Fright Night, An American Werewolf in London, Event Horizon, Aliens, Cabin in the Woods, The Blob and Prince of Darkness.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 399: Horny President with Guy Branum

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Guy Branum

Guy Branum joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Guy's childhood boat show visits, which presidential candidates might be mummies, and Jesse's high school meeting with congresswoman Zoe Loftgren.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Constance Wu & Ron Nyswaner

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Constance Wu
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Ron Nyswaner

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.

And if you're looking for a particular segment to listen to or share, check us out on Soundcloud.

This week, we have the delightful Guy Branum hosting our show. Jesse Thorn will return next week!

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Constance Wu on Comedy, Diversity and 'Fresh Off the Boat'

Constance Wu plays Jessica Huang on Fresh Off the Boat, the first network show to star Asian-Americans in decades. Wu reveals the complexities of an immigrant mother who cares deeply about her family's future, and has to grapple with the difficulties of starting over in a new state and with a new business.

Guy talks to Constance Wu about diversity in TV shows, how getting dumped can bolster your career and learning to play comedy.

Fresh Off the Boat airs Tuesday nights at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.

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Ron Nyswaner on 'Freeheld' and Gay Stories On-Screen

The new film Freeheld is based on a true story - that of Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police detective, and her domestic partner Stacie Andree. They were domestic partners because before 2013, New Jersey didn’t recognize gay marriages. Laurel, diagnosed with cancer, wanted to leave her pension to Stacie, but was denied by county legislators. Her and Stacie's story became the subject of a 2007 documentary, and has now been adapted into a new film, called Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

This week's guest, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, adapted Laurel and Stacie's story for the film. Nyswaner also wrote the screenplay for Philadelphia, the 1993 film starring Tom Hanks, which helped along a national conversation about the AIDS crisis and homophobia, and Soldier’s Girl, the made-for-cable film which changed the way many Americans saw Trans people.

Nyswaner embraced everything he would face as an openly gay writer, the good with the bad.

He joins us to talk about how activism has always been a part of his life and his art, the lasting impact of his film Philadelphia, and adapting the story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree for Freeheld.

Freeheld is is theaters now.

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The Outshot: Annie Lennox Pays Tribute to Freddie Mercury

Guy explains how, in a concert of well-intentioned but mediocre covers of Queen songs, Annie Lennox found her own way to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury -- with what he calls "the most complete performance I’ve ever seen."

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Pop Rocket: Episode 39 Stonewall & Gay Film

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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

The team share the songs they'll always sing along to, talk about some of their favorite current TV and try to work out what went wrong with the new movie, Stonewall.

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

This week's jams:
Wynter Mitchell - I Can't Help It by Stevie Wonder (Live in Studio)
Oliver Wang - Two Matches by Mac Miller (Feat. Ab-Soul)
Margaret Wappler - Rollercoaster by Bleachers and Charli XCX
Guy Branum - I Am Woman (Dance Mix) by Jessica Williams

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

Songs we'll always sing along to at the top of our voices…
Oliver - Lorraine Ellison's Stay With Me Babe from the movie The Boat That Rocket (aka Pirate Radio)
Margaret - Foolish Love – Rufus Wainwright

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