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Pop Rocket Episode 154: I, Tonya

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell

This week, Guy and the gang talk about the film I, Tonya. Was Margot Robbie the best choice to portray Tonya Harding? Is the movie maybe just a bit too Oscar bait-y? All that, plus Guy talks Marvelous Ms. Maisel (again), Karen loves The Big Family Cooking Showdown, Wynter discusses Omarosa, and Margaret gets into sex therapy podcasts.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - St. Vincent - Pills
Karen Tongson - General Public - Never You Done That
Wynter Mitchell - Beck - Wow
Guy Branum - Lizzo - Truth Hurts

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

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Produced by Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Inside Pop Ep. 105- Best Movie Performances of 2017

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We have spent hours upon hours sitting in dark theaters watching some of the most talked about films of the year and are ready to share our final "Best of" list of 2017!

This year, we're focusing on the performances that captivated us, made us laugh, cry and gave us all the feels. From Daniel Kaluuya's portrayal as a boyfriend slowly awakening to the horrors of his girlfriend's family in Get Out to Saoirse Ronan playing a emotional teenager in Lady Bird, to the complex relationship between Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in Logan, 2017 has gifted us with some incredible performances by some of our favorite actors and a few new faces as well.

Amita's Favorite Performances:

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Michael Stuhlbarg in Call Me By Your Name
Read how Michael Stuhlbarg and Director Luca Guadagnino crafted this pivotal scene here
Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird
Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick
Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Betty Gabriel in Get Out
Allison Janney in I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

Sean's Favorite Performances:

Patrick Stewart & Hugh Jackman in Logan
Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of James Baldwin in I Am Not Your Negro
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name
Jason Mitchell in Mudbound
Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water

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Pop Rocket Episode 153: Hanukkah is a Holiday Too

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell

This week, Guy and the gang talk about Hanukkah and their favorite representations of the Festival of Lights in pop culture. Plus, Margaret discusses "Cat Person" Karen watched ALL of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Wynter and Guy can't stop talking about The Crown episode 8.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Darlene Love - Christmastime for the Jews
Karen Tongson - Fiddler on the Roof - Do You Love Me
Wynter Mitchell - Giraffage and Matosic - Slowly
Guy Branum - Matisyahu - Miracle

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 for MaximumFun.org.

Inside Pop Ep. 104- Best Music of 2017

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This year we’ve listened to countless hours of new albums and songs and attended dozens of concerts and are now ready to declare our favorite music of 2017! Listen to this very special year-end episode to hear us discuss the artists who delivered music that inspired us, informed us, entertained us, made us want to dance and put us in that special mood!

We also discuss our favorite singles of the year, our most memorable concerts and the new music we’re craving in 2018.

Our favorite albums list includes:

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN

Jay-Z – 4:44

Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room

Jamila Woods – HEAVN (Check out her video for Blk Girl Soldier )

Khalid – American Teen (Check out his video for Location)

Gorillaz – Humanz

Miguel – War X Leisure (Check out his video for Told You So)

Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black

Earl St. Clair – My Name Is Earl

Sampha – Process (Check out his video for (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano)

SZA – CTRL

Lorde – Melodrama (Listen to Liability)

Valerie June – Order of Time (Watch her live performance of Order of Time)

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Pop Rocket Episode 152: The Gang is Back Together

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

Guy and Margaret make their triumphant returns and what better way to celebrate than a discussion on the best and worst reunions in pop culture! Why do TV reunions feel so special and do they ever live up to the hype? What reunions are we dying to see happen? Plus, Guy talks Lady Bird, Margaret's jam makes everyone a little misty eyed, and Karen has a few stories to share about Barbra Streisand.

With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler.

Margaret Wappler - LCD Soundsystem - Oh Baby
Karen Tongson - Skeeter Davis - The End of the World
Guy Branum - Bette Midler - Hello Dolly!

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

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Inside Pop Ep. 103 - Best TV of 2017

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The time has come…we’ve watched countless hours of television and have narrowed them down to our top 10 favorite TV shows of the year! And to kick things up a notch- we’re sharing the scenes from the exceptional shows that inspired us, made us laugh out loud, brought us to tears and made our hearts flutter. From network to cable to streaming platforms, horror to comedy to sci-fi, this year has given us unique story lines, captivating visuals and incredible characters.

We also take time to mention the TV shows we wish we checked out and the ones we regret watching.

Check out our 10 Best TV of 2017 below along with links to some of the scenes we discuss in this episode.

SEAN’S TOP 10

10. Broad City

9. Godless

8. Twin Peaks

7. black-ish

6. Master of None

5. The Exorcist

Scene from ‘Help Me’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t3McZvFnHs
4. The Handmaid’s Tale

3. Queen Sugar

“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s Ralph Angel” scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o6L9Z1yoy0
2. Fargo

Winnie and Gloria Scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fVX_70aVUo
1. Sense8

Prison Break scene:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmGJ5mO8ngY
AMITA’S TOP 10
10. Will & Grace

9. This is Us

8. Fargo

Tree Stump Bloodbath:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4qgTpslsCA
7. Game of Thrones

Cuthroat Stark Sisters:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWxzRm9uf1s
6. Insecure

5. Better Caul Saul

Chuck’s Monologue:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RtOgIgDrvk
4. Big Little Lies

3. Queen Sugar

2. Master of None

1. The Handmaid’s Tale

Let us know which shows made it to the top of your list!

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Pop Rocket Episode 151: Who's in Your Coven?

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Guests: 
Louis Virtel
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Dave White

It's Louis Virtel's last week guest hosting Pop Rocket and so we let him choose today's topic. Louis decided to have the panelists create their own covens and fill it with 5 of the raddest living women. Which of the panelists feels Chrissy Teigen is their spirit animal? Who believes Jane Curtin really represents their soul? Tune in and find out! Plus, Dave wants to dive into sad Christmas, Karen gets into true crime, Wynter's gotta have it, and Louis can't help but love Call Me By Your Name.

With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Dave White.

That’s My Jam:

Dave White - The Partridge Family - I Can Feel Your Heartbeat
Karen Tongson - Mel C - Suddenly Monday
Wynter Mitchell - Teen Titans Go! Cast - Work on an Episode
Louis Virtel - Boy Krazy - That's What Love Can Do

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

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Inside Pop Ep. 102 - Life Defining Music, National African American Museum

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This is our final regular episode of the year and we are both sharing AND caring!

First Sean shares his experience visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He describes what it likes to visit this incredible new museum and discusses some of the amazing pop culture featured in the exhibits.

Then Amita and Sean revisit one of their favorite segments of the past year and share their discussion of the music by some of their favorite female singers that has defined pivotal moments in their lives. Whether grappling with life in the closet, coping with feeling like an outsider, celebrating the joy of a new found independence or discovering a strengthening friendship we highlight the music that has provided an essential soundtrack to our lives. Our "Defining Divas" include Mary J. Blige, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey, Lauren Hill and BOTH Knowles sisters - Beyonce and Solange.

And then Sean rates the final big sell of the year - the single "Underdog" by singer/songwriter Banks.

And finally Amita and Sean preview their upcoming year end specials! We're preparing our lists for the best TV, Music and Film of the year and have a few surprising choices in store!

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Pop Rocket Episode 150: Once More into the Mailbag

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Louis Virtel
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell

Happy Thanksgiving, Rocketeers (if you live in the US)! This week, the gang sit down and open up the Pop Rocket mailbag to answer a few of your questions. There's relationship advice, feminist awakenings, dog discussions, and everything in between!

With Louis Virtel, Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Alonso Duralde.

That’s My Jam:

Alonso Duralde - Pearl Bailey - Five Pound Box of Money
Karen Tongson - The Psychedelic Furs - Ghost in You
Wynter Mitchell - Spice Girls - Too Much
Louis Virtel - Laura Nyro - Wedding Bell Blues

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

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Inside Pop Ep. 101- Janet Jackson State of the World Tour, Top Female Friendships in Pop Culture, John Legend

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This week, we bask in the glow of seeing the one and only Janet Jackson (Ms. Jackson if you're Nasty) in Brooklyn on her State of the World Tour. Find out which one of us puts this show in their Top 3 Concerts of all time.

Then, we discuss our Top Female Friendships in Pop Culture featuring The Golden Girls, Lucy & Ethel, Meredith & Cristina, the women of Living Single and more. We share how their bonds inspire us and why they're their relationships are everlasting.

And Amita rates and reviews last week's Big Sell from Sean, John Legend's cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" and also shares the origin of this song as part of a collection of covers for the new Ken Burns documentary about The Vietnam War. You can find all of the songs and their originals here. And then Amita sells the single "Underdog" by new artist- Banks.

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