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Pop Rocket Ep. 182: HBO's Sharp Objects and The Wappler Test

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Margaret, Guy, Karen
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson discuss HBO’s Sharp Objects. It’s based on the Gillian Flynn Novel of the same name and is about a woman, Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams, who returns to her childhood home to combat her personal demons and look into a number of unsolved murders.

Margaret is all about Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the Fred Rogers biopic that’s guaranteed to conjure up feelings of love and kindness even in this divisive time. Karen is all about the second season of the Netflix series GLOW, especially the eighth episode, which may be the show’s crowning achievement. Guy is all about the video game Fobia on Steam, which finally gave him the type of gaming that he can embrace.

The group will give their thoughts on the HBO series Sharp Objects, including why Amy Adams works so well playing a real person. They also discuss what makes the HBO television production model work so well, and why that might change in the future. Plus, they’ll introduce some new elements to the podcast: The Wappler Test and the Pop Rocket seal of approval.

The Pop Rocket 2018 Summer Book Club is a go! We’re reading Crazy Rich Asians. Join the Facebook group and get in on the conversation.

With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret - Kiira - Messy.

Karen - Swingout Sister - Breakout.

Guy - Pitbull - Free Free Free.

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

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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.

Wonderful! Ep. 42: Professor Groovyshoes

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Wonderful!

Griffin's favorite party games! Rachel's favorite beverage review system! Griffin's favorite jazz standard! Rachel's favorite surprise delivery!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus - https://open.spotify.com/album/7n6zRzTrGPIHt0kRvmWoya

MBMBaM 414: Hogsplash

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This one's got the summer stink all over it. We're talking about those PRETTY fireworks, talking about getting brave for amusement park attractions, and singing us some ice cream songs. Also, Marilu Henner drops by so that Justin can apologize for accidentally shouting towards her face!

Suggested talking points: The Most Beautiful Firework, Rollercoaster Bravery, Havin' a Hogsplash, Hot Chocolate Truck, Special Guestpert: Marilu Henner

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 539: Big Dad Energy with Janine Brito

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Janine Brito

Comedian, TV writer, and BUBBLE writer Janine Brito joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of everyone's go-to sleepover movie rentals, the tale of how Janine used the Nextdoor app to keep a surprisingly valuable tortoise from being sold on the black market, and Jesse's need for Janine's (and listeners') boat expertise. Plus, Jordan coins a new summer mindset!

Get your San Diego Comic Con BUBBLE tickets here!

Listen to BUBBLE today! The fourth episode is out now!

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 538 - Taz VanRassel

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Taz VanRassel

Taz VanRassel of the Sunday Service returns to talk high school reunions, Twilight, and a gentleman’s club.

Download episode 538 here. (right-click)

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Wonderful! Ep. 41: Hello, Boats!

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Wonderful!

Rachel's favorite outdoor relaxation furniture! Griffin's favorite way to cool off! Rachel's favorite way to see free concerts! Griffin's favorite revolutionary action movie!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus - https://open.spotify.com/album/7n6zRzTrGPIHt0kRvmWoya

Pop Rocket Ep. 181 Unplugged: Declaring Independence from Glowing Screens

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson are declaring their independence from screens, push notifications and batteries. That’s right, it’s all about the pop culture that you’ll still be able to experience after the grid goes down.

Margaret is all about The Moment app which displays just how much time you spend on your phone every day, which she hopes will help keep her phone out of her motherhood. Karen is all about LeBron James being signed to the LA Lakers and everyone celebrating something good finally happening for the Lakers. Guy is all about the Amazon Prime movieThe Little Hours which features plenty of effective comedy and just the right amount of Aubrey Plaza.

The group will take an extensive look at modern media that doesn’t require a screen; everything from drawing, tarot cards, The Joy of Cooking, the card game Set and so much more

The Pop Rocket 2018 Summer Book Club is a go! We’re reading Crazy Rich Asians. Join the Facebook group and get in on the conversation.

With Karen Tongson, Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret - My Bathroom Is a Private Kind of Place.

Karen - 10,000 Maniacs - These Are Days

Guy - Betty Who - Taste.

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 Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Julian Burrell.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 538: Shrekspositive with Steve Agee

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Steve Agee

Actor, comedian, and photographer Steve Agee joins Jordan and Jesse to discuss Jesse's ultimate businessman power move of flying to San Francisco for lunch, Jordan's arsenal of activities that keep his fear of being bored on a plane at bay, and Jesse's experience finding the power within himself after learning how to take a nap. Also: Steve is in an upcoming episode of BUBBLE!

Listen to BUBBLE today! The third episode is out now!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: George Clinton and Cristela Alonzo

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
George Clinton
Guests: 
Cristela Alonzo

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Photo: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

P-Funk's George Clinton: From Doo Wop to Funk, and Saving His Musical Career

This week, we'll revisit a couple of our favorite interviews from Bullseye past. First up, the legendary George Clinton. He's the musician, producer and mastermind of Parliament-Funkadelic. He started his career singing doo wop, later found himself writing songs for Motown, and finally wound up creating a wholly unique sound and visual experience with Parliament-Funkadelic. They made hits like "One Nation Under A Groove" and "Flashlight" and their performances were as funky as their tunes.

In recent years, Clinton has found himself entangled in a series of legal battles over the copyrights of his songs. While fighting in the courts, George found himself fighting for his health as well. The doctor of the Funk gave himself his own prognosis: if he was going to continue a musical career and regain agency in his business affairs, he had to clean up his act, and he has.

The pioneer of funk joins us this week to talk about the evolution of his sound, getting wild onstage, and putting forward momentum back into his working and personal life.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are still touring and recording. You can track him down on his official website.

Check out this interview on YouTube!

This interview originally aired in March of 2014


Photo: Tommaso Boddi / Stringer

Cristela Alonzo has a new stand-up special on Netflix, Lower Classy

Cristela Alonzo is a veteran stand-up comedian, actress, writer, and producer. She's also something of a pioneer. You might remember her from the ABC sitcom Cristela, where she was the first Latina to create, write, produce, and star in her own show.

She talks to Jesse about her formative years growing up in South Texas with an undocumented parent. Hiding from police and immigration raids were daily realities in her small border town. Her family was also desperately poor--she recalls squatting in an abandoned diner.

Down the road, Cristela discovered she had a talent for weaving those tough experiences into comedy gold. That gift is on full display in her Netflix standup special, Lower Classy, as she takes on difficult topics including racial stereotypes, immigration, poverty, and parenting, all with her trademark smile and laugh. Cristela recalls the long journey that led to the special, and how being a comedian is, for her, about more than simply making people laugh.

Cristela Alonzo's stand-up special, Lower Classy, is available to stream on Netflix now. You can also hear her on Maximum Fun's new scripted podcast "Bubble," in which she plays an evil corporate executive.

Check out this interview on YouTube!

This interview originally aired in February of 2017

The Outshot: "Wells for Boys"

In this week's Outshot, Jesse shares a Saturday Night Live sketch that spoke to him in a particularly magical way. Behold, Wells for Boys:

This segment originally aired in February of 2017

Check out this segment on YouTube!

International Waters Ep 125: Old Wet Ham

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Guests: 
Dave Nadelberg
Guests: 
Jackie Tohn
Guests: 
Athena Kugblenu
Guests: 
Howard Read

Jackie Tohn, Dave Nadelberg, Athena Kugblenu and Howard Read join host, Dave Holmes for embarrassing childhood memories, certified karaoke bangers, and gritty Paddington reboots

Jackie Tohn wants to plug GLOW on Netflix and recommends Kate Nash's music and Zumbo's Just Desserts.

Dave Nadelberg wants to plug The Mortified Guide on Netflix and The Mortified podcast and recommends the music of Tom Rosenthal.

Athena Kugblenu wants to plug her website and recommends Dear White People on Netflix.

Howard Read wants to plug Horrible Histories and Little Howard and recommends Wild Wild Country on Netflix.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

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