Pop Rocket

Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang 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.

Pop Rocket Episode 100: Pop Culture Families

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Wynter, Guy, & Oliver
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell

This is our 100th episode! In honor of this, Guy, Margaret (via skype), Oliver, and Wynter talk about pop culture families as a way of paying tribute to the Pop Rocket family that has formed over the past two years. Guy finds out which pop culture family the gang wishes they were a part of, and which TV and movie families represented their own. Then, they talk about the best pop culture families composed of friends (**Spoiler: Friends isn’t one of them). Then, as always, we find out what the panel’s current Jams are and what their individual pop culture obsessions are.

A very special shout out to all of the Rocketeers who have listened and made these 100 episodes possible! THANK YOU!

That’s My Jam:
Margaret Wappler - Plastic
Oliver Wang - Better Things
Wynter Mitchell - Looking Up Through You
Guy Branum - The Andy Cohen Diaries

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.

Other Links:
Search Party
Cucumber
How Far I’ll Go- Moana
The Donna Reed Show

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Pop Rocket Episode 99: Cooking Shows

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Kara Klenk
Guests: 
Solomon Georgio
Guests: 
Riley Silverman

This week, Guy sits down comedians Solomon Georgio, Kara Klenk, and Riley Silverman to talk eveything cooking shows. Who is everyone’s favorite celebrity chef? Who is the panel’s least favorite? Why do they like Top Chef more than Chopped? And who is Fanny Cradock and can she be the British grandmother I never knew I needed? All of this plus everyone’s latest jams and pop culture “All About’s”.

With Guy Branum, Solomon Georgio, KAra Klenk and Riley Silverman.

That’s My Jam:

With Guy Branum - Come Sail Away
Solomon Georgio - Side to Side
Kara Klenk - Just Like Fire
Riley Silverman - Heaven On Their Minds

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.

Other Links:
Fanny Cradock’s Christmas cooking special
Mini Food
Drew Droege as Chloë Sevigny

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org

Pop Rocket Episode 96: Super Dumb Comedies

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branun
Guests: 
Whynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

This week, the gang tries to get rid of some of the election anxiety surrounding this week by discussing their favorite dumb comedies. They discuss everything from Judd Apatow to the demise of Adam Sandler, whether physical comedy can be smart, and why so many comedies are tied to “The College Experience”. Guy proposes a theory to explain why Troop Beverly Hills has a longer shelf life than Down And Out In Beverly Hills and Wynter talks about why she loves Mike Judge.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Unsatisfied
Oliver Wang - Somebody Kill Me Please
Wynter Mitchell - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Guy Branum - Daddy Lessons

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 and Kara Hart for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 95: Tricks and Treats!

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

Guy, Margaret and Oliver are talking tricks and treats (pop culture hoaxes and candy) this week on Pop Rocket’s second annual Spooktacular! Why are memoir hoaxes always the juiciest? Where do we draw the line between hoax and just straight up lies? Why are Snickers candy bars so fancy? Plus, Guy has a new Halloween/bar mitzvah song to share, Margaret talks A Million Little Pieces, and Oliver can’t stand Reese’s. Also, Producer Christian comes in for his millennial minute and talks horror videogames! I hear he’s a super chill dude.

With Guy Branum,Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - The White Stripes – City Lights
Oliver Wang - Eric B and Rakim – I Ain’t No Joke
Guy Branum - Werewolf Bar Mitzvah

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 and Kara Hartfor MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 94: Celebrity Pets with Karen Tongson

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Oliver, Flynn Wappler-Earl, Margaret, and Karen Tongson
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

Oliver takes over hosting duties and is joined by Margaret and the always lovely Karen Tongson to talk about celebrity pets! Does that mean pets of celebrities or pets that are themselves celebrities? Well, why not both? Cats from Outer Space, Bubbles, talking dog movies, YouTube cat conventions…it’s all here. Plus, Margaret adores Dolly Parton, Karen has a few thoughts on Pitch, and Oliver tells us why baseball is one the most fascinating sports on TV right now.

With Oliver Wang ,Margaret Wappler, and guest Karen Tongson.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Dolly Parton – Cracker Jack
Oliver Wang - Burl Ives – On the Front Porch (performed by The Sherman Brothers)
Karen Tongson - Kenny Chesney and Pink – Setting the World on Fire

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 , Kara Hart and Daniel Baruela for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 93: Atlanta on FX with Demi Adejuyigbe

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Demi Adejuyigbe

Guy, Margaret, and Wynter are joined by writer and host of The Gilmore Guys podcast, Demi Adejuyigbe to talk about Atlanta on FX! How long should this show go for? What makes this show really shine? What’s with the Justin Beiber episode?! Plus, Demi tells us what it’s like to write on The Good Place, Wynter is excited for Westworld, Margaret doesn’t get Bruno Mars, and Guy talks about one of the biggest arguments he and Demi had over Macklemore.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell,Margaret Wappler, and special guest Demi Adejuyigbe.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Frank Ocean ft. Earl Sweatshirt - Super Rich Kids
Demi Adejuyigbe - Kimbra – Sweet Relief
Wynter Mitchell - Solange - Rise
Guy Branum - Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

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 and Kara Hartfor MaximumFun.org.

Debut Novels and Documentaries with Jade Chang, Jesse Thorn, and April Wolfe

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April Wolfe, Jade Chang, Flynn Wappler, and Margaret
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Jade Chang

Margaret takes over hosting duties this week and sits down with author Jade Chang, LA Weekly film critic April Wolfe, and host of Pop Rocket’s sister show Bullseye, Jesse Thorn to talk about documentaries! Plus, Margaret talks to Jade about her new book, The Wangs vs. The World. Jesse talks about the Golden State Warriors, April has a few words to say on The Handmaiden, and Margaret reviews the Anthony Weiner documentary.

With Margaret Wappler, Jesse Thorn, April Wolfe and Jade Chang.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - The Tempest – The Beigeness
Jesse Thorn - Paper Tiger ft. Shafiq Husayn – Weight in Space
April Wolfe - Koyaanisqatsi
Jade Chang - Solange – F.U.B.U.

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 and Kara Hartfor MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 91: Dear Pop Rocket...

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

This week, the Pop Rocket gang gives out pop culture/life/romantic advice to listeners who sent in questions! We learn what movie and dish pairs well with getting to third base, how to deal with breakups, and why DVR privileges should never be abused. Plus, we get a special question from a very lovely Rocketeer with a new lease on life. Get the tissues ready, it gets a little emotional. Wynter finds the last great Vine song, Margaret tells us about her alter OK Cupid ego, Oliver tells us how he deals with his daughter’s creative goals, and Guy explains how writing mean Yelp reviews can help with stress.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - LA Priest - Oino
Oliver Wang - Slum Village – We Be Dem (T. Version)
Wynter Mitchell - Denzel Curry - Ultimate

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 and Kara Hartfor MaximumFun.org.

Emmy's and Pop Culture Comebacks

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Pop Rocket
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

Oliver, Wynter, and Margaret talk all things Emmy's: why no one watched it, who the big winners were, and why Veep keeps winning. Later, they discuss the art of pop culture comebacks. Why can Drew Barrymore make a comeback, but not Lindsay? Who are our hosts waiting to make a comeback? And as always, they have some fantastic weekly jams to share!
With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - El Perro Del Mar Breadandbutter
Oliver Wang - Hot 8 Brass Band Sexual Healing

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 and Kara Hartfor MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket 89: The 2000's in Pop Culture with Karen Tongson

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

Guy, Wynter, and Oliver are joined by Fifth Beatle and all around lovely person Karen Tongson to talk about the 2000’s in pop culture! What movies, trends and music will live on through the ages? How in the world did Crash win Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain? Plus, Wynter professes her love for Ludacris, Karen gives her thoughts on Hey Ya, Guy talks about his experience at an anime convention, and Oliver is touched by Allen Iverson’s Hall of Fame speech.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and guest Karen Tongson.

That’s My Jam:

Karen Tongson - Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
Oliver Wang - Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell – Lazy Sunday
Wynter Mitchell - Ludacris – Number One Spot
Guy Branum - OutKast – Hey Ya!

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.