This week we have an all women episode of Pop Rocket! Karen is hosting, and the gang is talking about the new Hulu series of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Margaret tells us about the differences between the series and the book. They explore whether or not Offred’s internal dialogue works when portrayed as voiceover, and whether the racial make-up of the show was intentional. Does the music work, and does the show reflect anything from our current political climate? Margaret’s all about is relishing in the dismantling of Fox News by the hands of its key contributors and Wynter talks about Netflix’s Dear White People. Plus, the panel shares some light, vintage jams to help cleanse our palates after a particularly heavy discussion.
Read Margaret’s interview with Margaret Atwood for the Los Angeles Times and don’t forget to listen to Guy’s interview with Atwood on Bullseye from 2015.
Karen: Summertime – The Sunday’s
Margaret: Perfect Strangers Theme Song
Wynter: California Girls –
Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Wynter Mitchell
Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.
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In this episode...
- Karen Tongson
- Margaret Wappler
- Wynter Mitchell
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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