This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Andrew Ti are joined by novelist Edan Lepucki. Together, they’ll take a look at motherhood. It turns out that being in the golden age of television could also mean the golden age of the portrayal of matriarchy in pop culture.
Edan is all about the novel Blue Bird Blue Bird by Attica Locke, which she says is filled with the best kind of thriller tropes. Margaret is all about the Netflix series The Letdown, a show that features all the joy of motherhood… and just the right amount of its dark side. Guy is all about Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher’s new comedy special The Honeymoon Tour, a three part piece that features one of the scariest and greatest things a comedian can attempt: interacting with the audience. Andrew is all about Childish Gambino’s music video for This is America, including the analysis and backlash to the analysis.
The panel will discuss how they feel the portrayal of motherhood in pop culture has evolved over the years in everything from Fresh Off the Boat to Gilmore Girls and more. Plus, they’ll explain some of the damaging tropes of mothers on TV and which shows are finally starting to get it right?
That’s My Jam:
Edan Lepucki – Gino Paoli – Sapore di Sale.
Margaret Wappler – Space Cowboy – Kacey Musgraves.
Guy Branum Troye Sivan – Bloom.
Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists.
In this episode...
- Guy Branum,
About the show
Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny, sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment. Combining comic, journalistic, academic, and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what’s most exciting in pop culture this week.
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