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Pop Rocket Ep. 185: “Eighth Grade” and Awkward Adolescence w/ NPR's Linda Holmes

Linda Holmes, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler
Pop Rocket
Karen Tongson
Margaret Wappler
Linda Holmes

***Warning - this episode contains spoilers***

This week, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler chat it up with pop culture maven and Pop Rocket's own podcast godmother Linda Holmes, the host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. The ladies revisit that wonderfully awkward time of their lives of Clearasil and body self-consciousness also known as 8th Grade while doing an in-depth exploration of Bo Burnham's debut film Eighth Grade. The movie centers around this socially awkward teen girl who tries really hard to fit it and be popular at school, but can't quite get there. Karen, Margaret, and Linda harken back to the drama of that time in their own lives, and also flesh out whether one of the scenes in the movie should--or not--be labeled a #MeToo moment.

All Abouts

Margaret is all about journalist Taffy Brodesser-Akner's latest article in the NYTimes Magazine about Gwyneth Paltrow's lifestyle brand company Goop and how it went from Paltrow's Martha Stewart-like project to a 250 million dollar company. Linda is all about a new (and disappointing) study on inequality in film out of USC Annenberg that highlights the lack of progress in inclusion in film. Karen is all about Episode 7 of The Affair, specifically the scene that features “sapphic dabbling in a yurt” between Helen (Maura Tierney) and Sierra (Emily Browning).

With Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Linda Holmes.

That's My Jam:

Linda- Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone.

Margaret - Nine Inch Nails - Down In It.

Karen - Debbie Gibson- Only In My Dreams.

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Produced by Laura Swisher for Edited by Shana Daloria.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 48: 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' with Brandon Johnson

Who Shot Ya?
Ricky Carmona
Alonso Duralde
April Wolfe
Brandon Johnson

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to the newest episode of 'Who Shot Ya?', drink some Café Bustelo, and leave a five star review on Apple Podcasts. This week Ricky Carmona, April Wolfe, and Alonso Duralde are talking about Mission: Impossible - Fallout. They are joined by the hilarious Brandon Johnson, who you may know from voicing Mr. Goldenfold on 'Rick and Morty.' The crew covers every aspect of the movie - the fights, the stunts, the way Angela Bassett say "plutonium." Brandon does his best to hock his collection of bootleg DVDs. Alonso, again, makes the case for his potato salad. Ricky tears Alonso a new one for not inviting him to a Die Hard screening. And April tells us about getting drunk with her mother. Plus, the gang has an in depth discussion on the career of Tom Cruise. And as always, staff picks

In news, MoviePass is not doing so hot, Paul Schrader loves Taylor Swift, and two latino and hispanic watchdog groups call for a boycott of Paramount.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Equalizer 2
April - Like Father
Alonso - Space Station 76
Brandon - Fresh

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing The Spy Who Dumped Me

With Brandon Johnson, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for

Ep 17: Go Fact Yourself with Louis Virtel and Laraine Newman

Jerome Vered, Helen Hong, Laraine Newman, J. Keith Van Straaten, Donnie Dunagan
Louis Virtel & Laraine Newman
J. Keith Van Straaten
Helen Hong
Jerome Vered
Donnie Dunagan

Louis Virtel is a comedian and a co-host of the podcast Keep It. He’s also the winner of Jeopardy, whose Double Jeopardy celebration went viral shortly after it aired on TV.

Laraine Newman returns to Go Fact Yourself, this time as a contestant. Newman is best known as an original cast member of the Not Ready for Primetime Players on Saturday Night Live, and she was a founding member of the legendary Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles. If she sounds familiar to you, you may recognize her as the voice of Crab Lady on SpongeBob SquarePants, Nana from Trollhunters: Tale of Arcadia and lots of other shows.

In this episode, we’ll learn how Louis’s love of publicly answering trivia questions stems from a 3rd-grade spelling bee that he came up short in and why the winners of Jeopardy love keeping in touch with each other after their victories. Laraine will explain why she never tires of hearing people announce her name in the fashion of SNL’s Don Pardo, and how she decides what the voice of each of her characters sound like.

What’s the difference?

What’s the difference between a “thumbs up” sign and the “okay” sign in SCUBA diving?

What’s the difference between a “Dead-End” and a “No-Outlet” on the road?

Areas of Expertise
Louis Virtel: Jeopardy, world capitals, and Aimee Mann.
Laraine Newman: Electronic Dance Music, cooking, Universal horror movies from the 1930’s and 40’s.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Louis Virtel
Laraine Newman

With guest experts:
Jerome Vered, writer and all-time winner of Jeopardy.

Donnie Dunagan, U.S. Marine Corp Drill instructor and the voice of the titular character in the Disney movie Bambi.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

McDonald’s Monopoly Game Was Rigged, Alex Trebek’s Replacement, Jeff Sessions Forms “Religious Freedom Task Force,” Koch Bros Study Accidentally Supports Single Payer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Plans To Stick Around, LeBron James' School For At-Risk Youth



INTRO 0:28

Fancy Brent and Courtney Doubtfire
Sleep Deprived and Loopy
Bevs Like These


The Great McDonalds Monopoly Caper
Who Will Replace Alex Trebek?


Koch Bros Study Accidentally Supports “Medicare For All”
Jeff Sessions Forms “Religious Freedom Task Force”
Trump Update


Ruth Bader Ginsburg Wants To Stick Around
Guardians of the Galaxy Cast Supports James Gunn

WI-FIVE 1:04:41

OUTRO 1:06:35

Friendly Fire Ep 30: Platoon

Friendly Fire

Platoon: Does this film truly express the duality of human nature (especially during wartime), or is it simply Oliver Stone's retelling of his own experience in Vietnam? On today's episode Adam, Ben, John *and* Movie Crush host Chuck Bryant load sandbags and flick ants off their necks while reviewing this 1986 drama!

Listen to the Movie Crush version of this episode here:

Platoon is available on

Amazon, Youtube, Google, Vudu, iTunes, and Starz

The next film, The Enemy Below (1957), is available on

Amazon, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and your local library

Diggin' In the Archives (LGBTQ Homeless Youth & Chicano Moratorium)

Minority Korner

We are taking a trip down memory lane this week and revisiting some early favorite segments from the early days of Minority Korner! James takes us back to a korner where he elaborates about the crisis of homelessness effecting LGBTQ Youth. With it's anniversary coming up soon, Nnekay takes us back to when she talked about the Chicano Moratorium of 1970. What it meant and how it relates to today. We hope you enjoy this travel back in time!! WE'll be back next week with a whole new barrel of laughs for you to enjoy!


See James do Stand Up August 11th at 9:30pm in NYC! Tickets:


Homelessness and LGBTQ YOUTH

Chicano Moratorium

Twitter: @minoritykorner
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Tights and Fights Ep. 102: The Horniest Episode Ever w/ Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe

Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe
Danielle Radford
Mike Eagle

This week, Danielle and Mike are joined by Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe! She's a wrestling manager who's been in wrestling rings all over the country and the host of the podcasts Women Wrestling Friends and Women's Pro Wrestling Weekly.

This week, Danielle and Mike are joined by Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe! She's a wrestling manager who's been in wrestling rings all over the country and the host of the podcasts Women Wrestling Friends and Women's Pro Wrestling Weekly.

Sarah joins the Nation of Conversation to discuss a BUNCH of women's wrestling; everything from the Sasha vs. Bayley saga, to the Smackdown in-ring debut Zelina Vega to the prospect of WWE creating women's tag team titles.

Plus the team discuss Brock Lesnar attacking his advocate Paul Heyman and what this could mean for the audience reaction for his match with Roman Reigns; t how excited they are for Samoa Joe to be competing for the WWE title; and why they're so disappointed with WWE's direction with tag team of Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt.

The Three Count

Mike wants to Robbie E's podcast "Why It Ended" with Wildcat Chris Harris AKA Braden Walker.

Sarah wants to put over Queen's Quest vs. Oedo Tai Tag Team Elimination Match on Stardom.

Danielle wants to put over Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks helping make sure a fan would have enough money to make it to All In.

Julian wants to put over Juan Francisco De Coronado's contributions to Tights and Fights.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you want to talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 39: 'The Big Lebowski' with 'Never Goin' Back' Director Augustine Frizzell

April Wolfe
Augustine Frizzell

The Big Lebowski

This week we're very lucky to have the director of A24's new film Never Goin' Back, Augustine Frizzell. She's on the show to talk with April Wolfe about the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski. April and her discuss the friendship on screen between Jeff Bridge's character 'The Dude' and John Goodman's 'Walter', and how that relationship is the emotional center of the film. Augustine relates this to the friendship she crafted in her film, and how writing for those characters was walking a fine line between pathetic and endearing. They also compare these two films in terms of capturing the essence of a city; Los Angeles for The Big Lebowski and Dallas for Never Goin' Back. Plus, Augustine has a pretty fascinating story of how she came to filmmaking after being a broke, single Mom at the age of eighteen. And she explains how those life experiences helped shape her debut film.

You can see Never Goin' Back in theaters now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Big Lebowski

With April Wolfe with Augustine Frizzell

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for

One Bad Mother, Episode 265: What’s the Deal With Pirates? Plus Author Angela Garbes on the Science of Pregnancy

One Bad Mother
Angela Garbes

Biz and Theresa wonder what is up with pirates? Real pirates are known for theft and murder, but every other kid has a pirate costume. (And, let's face it, they're adorable.) From swordplay to walking the plank...I guess we're all culturally cool with our kids admiring and identifying with this one particular violent and morally-corrupt lifestyle. LOL! But yeah honestly we're fine with it, guys. Getting a group of kids to yell "ARRRRRRGH!" never gets old. Plus, Biz kisses camp goodbye, Theresa masters the morning, and we talk to Angela Garbes about her new book, Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy.

You can find more from Angela Garbes on Twitter @agarbes or on her website at Her article on breast milk is "The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am." Her book Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy is out now.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Wonderful! Ep. 45: Frasiest


Rachel's favorite pop culture recommendation YouTube series! Griffin's favorite relief! Rachel's favorite repeated food! Griffin's favorite summertime cooldown activity!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus -

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