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 73: Working Women in Pop Culture with Sarah Lane

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Margaret, Wynter, and Sarah Lane
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Pop Rocket
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Wynter Mitchell
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Margaret Wappler
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Oliver Wang
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Sarah Lane

Wynter takes over hosting duties on this week’s Pop Rocket. Oliver, Margaret, and Wynter are joined by tech reporter and VP of Original Content, Sarah Lane to talk about working women in pop culture. Wynter has a few words to say on the new Ghostbusters movie, Margaret gives her take on The Night Manager, and Sarah discusses Game of Thrones. SPOILERS AHEAD! Also, the Pop Rocket Book Club announces what they’re going to read during the summer.

With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and Sarah Lane

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Childish Gambino - Palisades
Oliver Wang - The Impressions - My Deceiving Heart
Margaret Wappler - Cate Le Bon - Are You With Me Now?
Sarah Lane - Future - Wicked

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 Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 72: RuPaul's Drag Race and the Art of Drag

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Wynter, Guy, Oliver and Margaret. And Wynter's Dad!
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Margaret Wappler
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Wynter Mitchell

The Pop Rocket team sits down to discuss RuPaul’s Drag Race and drag culture in general! Oliver is in love with the newest season of Veep, Wynter finds another song that hits all four quadrants, and Margaret has an announcement for everyone about Pop Rocket’s summer reading book club. Plus, Guy explains why Chris Evans is one of the greatest people alive.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - The Range – Copper Wire
Oliver Wang - The Jack Moves – Being with You
Margaret Wappler - Tegan and Sara - Boyfriend
Guy Branum - Ariana Grande – Be Alright

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 Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 71: Subcultures with Special Guest Dominic Rodriguez

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Margaret Wappler
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Oliver Wang
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Dominic Rodriguez

On this week’s show, subcultures! The gang discusses ASMR, Hatsune Miku, and a special interview with Dominic Rodriguez, director of Fursonas (a documentary about Furries). Oliver and Guy have a few thoughts on Captain America, Wynter finds a song that hits all four quadrants, and a special announcement for the Pop Rocket Facebook group from Margaret!

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

Wynter Mitchell - James Blake – Choose Me
Oliver Wang - Thee Vellords – Somebody Please
Margaret Wappler - Anohni – 4 Degrees
Guy Branum - Bullseye with Jesse Thorn and Friends Like Us

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 Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Episode 70: Game of Thrones with Karen Tongson

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Guy Branum
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Karen Tongson
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Margaret Wappler
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Wynter Mitchell

Guy, Wynter, and Margaret are joined by academic and Pop Rocket’s official Fifth Beatle, Karen Tongson to discuss all things Game of Thrones. Be warned, GoT spoilers ahead! The gang also talk about the Met Gala, Radiohead’s weird disappearance from social media, and why UnREAL could be the next big thing.

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 Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Wynter Mitchell - Floetry – Mr. Messed Up
Karen Tongson - Julie Andrews – The Lusty Month of May
Margaret Wappler - Radiohead – Burn the Witch
Guy Branum - Beyonce - Daddy Lessons

Pop Rocket Episode 69: Sipping Lemonade and Remembering Prince

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The gang reunites this week in a special double discussion episode of Pop Rocket!

First up, Queen Bey's most personal and controversial album yet, Lemonade. Oliver has some critiques for the "visual album" while Guy reveals the problem some of the younger gay men are having with the record.

Then, a very special discussion of all things Prince. His place in pop culture, the young proteges he worked with, weird Prince party stories, and some Batdance talk, obviously. And Prince-inspired jams to top it all off.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Prince – Mountains
Oliver Wang - Chaka Khan – I Feel for You
Margaret Wappler - Esparanza Spalding - One
Guy Branum - Prince – Let’s Go Crazy

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

Pop Rocket: Episode 68 The Royal Family with Humphrey Ker and Jameela Jamil

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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Jameela Jamil
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Humphrey Ker

Guy and Wynter are joined by special guests Humphrey Ker and Jameela Jamil to talk about the Royal Family in pop culture, just in time for the Queen’s birthday. Sit down, have a cup of tea, and listen to our most British episode yet.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Humphrey Ker and Jameela Jamil.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Do You Remember (Strange Talk Remix)
Humphrey Ker - The Stable Song – Gregory Alan Isakov
Jameela Jamil - Genocide – Dr. Dre ft. Kendrick Lamar
Guy Branum - Flash - Queen

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 Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket Mailbag #2

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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
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Margaret Wappler

The Pop Rocket gang answer YOUR questions from the Facebook group and the MaxFun subreddit. Guy discusses the old G4 days, Oliver talks basketball, Wynter voices her love for The Real Housewives, and Margaret goes into her wild college days.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Control by Janet Jackson
Oliver Wang - Gossip by Cyril Neville
Margaret Wappler - Diamond Dogs by David Bowie
Guy Branum - Baraat by Mychael Danna

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

Pop Rocket: Episode 66 D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
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Margaret Wappler

The team talk about real and fictional divorces in TV and film. Plus Crowds on Demand, Glen Weldon's new book The Caped Crusade, #AWP16 and Hamburger Helper's April Fool's Mixtape.

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

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - FML (Feat. The Weeknd) TLOP by Kanye West
Oliver Wang - Bye Baby by Nas
Margaret Wappler - D.I.V.O.R.C.E. by Tammy Wynette
Guy Branum - I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles

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 Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket: Episode 65 Gaming with Soha Kareem & Hal Lublin

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Hal, Soha, Oliver and Wynter
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
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Soha Kareem
Guests: 
Hal Lublin

Wynter hosts an episode dedicated to gaming culture, how different generations are engaging with games and whether VR headsets are going to stop making users nauseous any time soon.

With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and guests Soha Kareem and Hal Lublin.

You should probably subscribe to Hal's MaxFun podcast, We Got This.

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Diamonds on My Neck by Smitty
Oliver Wang - You Make Me So Happy by Les Vikings
Soha Kareem - If I Had A Tail by Queens of the Stoneage
Hal Lublin - Tired of Being Alone by Al Green

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 Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Pop Rocket: Episode 64 Sexy Sexy Sex Sex

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Guy Branum
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Wynter Mitchell
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Oliver Wang
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Margaret Wappler

For our final show of #MaxFunDrive 2016 we decided to pander and devote an entire show to sex. So we're asking what pop culture turns us on? What films, TV, books or music first made us burn with desire? And what are our favorite sex scenes?

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

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Know Me From by Stormzy
Oliver Wang - I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl by Nina Simone
Margaret Wappler - Brazil by Declan McKenna
Guy Branum - Here You Come Again by Dolly Parton

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 Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.