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Pop Rocket Goes to USC to Teach the Kids Why Pop Culture Matters

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It’s the first live episode of Pop Rocket. Professor Karen Tongson invited the panel to give a lesson on why pop culture matters, with a focus on the past decade. You’ll learn what pop culture of the 2010s will last, and what culture won’t be remembered. Plus we’ll hear from some of Karen’s students, including a special jam brought to the show by Clayton. You won’t want to miss this must-listen episode!

All Abouts

Margaret: Out for Blood

Karen: Shrill

Wynter: The Fox-Disney merger

That's My Jam

Margaret: Lizzo - Cuz I Luv You

Clayton: 4 Non Blondes - What’s Up

Wynter: Beyonce feat. Frank Ocean - Superpower

Karen: Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

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Minority Korner 82: By the Grace of the Nipple (Tyrus Wong, It Gets Better, Disney, Cults, Neil Degrasse Tyson, LGBT Youth, Teen Suicide, Immigration, Vegetarians, wigs)

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Minority Korner

James got that 'milk gift" and he is #blessed, he also narrowly escaped joining a cult. Thank goodness a certain body part saved him. After escaping the cult, Nnekay and James talk about Neil Degrasse Tyson and the universe, which initially freaks Nnekay out- but with Degrasse Tyson and his show, Cosmos' help the universe can be accessible and even... magical? In Nnekay's korner she tells of life and times of Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American artist who radically influenced the Disney classic, Bambi- but his journey to America and the story of his survival might be even more fascinating. Remember the "It Gets Better" Campaign? In James' korner he is seeing if there has been any change in the 7 years since it was first launched. James uncovers some currents facts about LGBT youth, analyses some recent articles that say that the campaign didn't work, and ultimately gives some tips on how to work through those moments in life when things seem bleak. We also have an Ask Minority Korner Anything!!!! This time from Eboni S. and relationships and vegetarians. We also cover such topics as: the wigs of scandal and just fake hairs in general, recommendation for Hasan Minhaj Netflix special Homecoming King and the book This Is What A Librarian Looks Like, which features one of your favorite Wonder Twins of Podcasting.




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Dave Holmes' It Gets Better

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Our pal Dave Holmes adds to the It Gets Better project. A class act through and through.

Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" Project


I was lucky enough to go to a high school - School of the Arts in San Francisco - where GLBT students were supported and even celebrated, at least in school. It was great for me, as a straight guy, since I had and have a lifestyle and mannerisms and so on that frequently led people (mostly straight jerks) to assume I was gay. Outside of school, I still had to deal with the occasional homophobic BS, but really, I was very lucky.

Many folks don't have that experience, though. Even in 2010, adolescence can be incredibly difficult for young people who identify as GLBT, and for those who are struggling with their identities.

That's why I think Dan Savage's project "It Gets Better" is so wonderful. Savage has always advised young people going through identity struggles of all kinds that it's much easier to find a place in the larger world, and this is a wonderful distillation of that. In the video above, Savage and his partner talk about their lives and how they made it through the toughest parts.

Anyway, enjoy the video above and share it with a young person you know. Or, if you're a young person yourself going through trouble like this - even if it's because you're a geek or a religious minority or whatever else - know that it gets better.

By the way: in addition to being a great video-maker, Dan was one of my favorite Sound of Young America guests ever.

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