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 82: Reality Competition Shows with Melissa Villaseñor

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Oliver, Wynter, Melissa Villaseñor, and Guy
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Melissa Villasenor

Guy, Oliver, and Wynter are joined by special guest, comedian and actress Melissa Villaseñor to talk about reality competition shows! Is Shark Tank any good? Are we still allowed to like The Apprentice? How “real” are these reality shows anyway? Also, Guy has a few words to say on Star Trek, Melissa talks about her AGT experience, Wynter is a huge fan of this year’s Comic-Con, and Oliver gives us a preview of his special “kitchen sink” mix for donors.
Regular host Margaret Wappler’s book is available now and is currently on tour! Find it at your local independent bookstore or buy it HERE. Check her website for tour dates.
The search for the Song of the Summer is still underway. Look for the official thread on the Pop Rocket Facebook group and submit your pick!

That’s My Jam:

Melissa Villaseñor - Pierce the Veil - Circles
Oliver Wang - The Chipmunks sing Human Nature
Wynter Mitchell - Soundgarden – Rusty Cage
Guy Branum - Avers - Vampire (as suggested by Suzanne Lowery on the Facebook group)

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

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and guest Melissa Villaseñor.

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 81: Who You Gonna Call?

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

The Pop Rocket gang (well, most of them) went to go see the new Ghostbusters this weekend and are here to tell you all about it! Is Leslie Jones the next big movie star? How amazing is Kate McKinnon? Where was Rick Moranis in this whole thing? Margaret puts on her tin foil hat and discusses her theory about Kimye and Taylor's latest feud, Oliver talks about his latest DJ gig, Guy explains why Ghostbusters is getting so much criticism from certain internet communities, and Wynter closes with a Bustin' remix.

Hey! Margaret's new book, Neon Green, is out now! Check HERE to see if she's coming around to your town. You could also buy her book HERE.

The search for the Song of the Summer still rages on, folks. Look for the official thread on the Pop Rocket Facebook group and send in your submissions.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - BADBADNOTGOOD - Time Moves Slow
Oliver Wang - Sam Cooke - Nobody Can Change This Love
Margaret Wappler - Roger Miller - King of the Road
Guy Branum - Johnny Cash - One More Ride

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 80: Fantasy Movies, Shows, and Books

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

Rocketeers, it's been a very strange couple of weeks. The gang all come together to talk about the recent events in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights. This week, Guy, Oliver, Margaret, and Wynter escape reality for just a bit and talk about all things fantasy. Wynter and Guy just can't agree on Summer Jams, Oliver discusses his first Choose Your Own Adventure book, and Margaret tries to draw the line between sci-fi and fantasy.

You guys, Margaret's book, Neon Green, is out NOW! Pick it up HERE

Time is running out for the search for the Song of the Summer. Look for the official thread on the Facebook page and send in your submission so Guy and Wynter can berate your choices on the show.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Kanye West - Champions
Oliver Wang - Bambu – Check In
Margaret Wappler - Bat for Lashes – In God’s House
Guy Branum - Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling

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.

Mexico and Canada's Pop Culture

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Guy, Jonathan Rowell, Oliver, and Margaret
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Jonathan Rowell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

Guy, Margaret, and Oliver are joined by special guest, comedian and writer Jonathan Rowell to talk about Mexico and Canada's pop culture. Sabado Gigante, Walter Mercado, You Can't Do That On Television, Porky's and so much more! Plus, The Pop Rocket Book Club talks all about Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.

With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and guest Jonathan Rowell

That’s My Jam:

Jonathan Rowell - Donny Hathaway – We’re Still Friends (Live)
Oliver Wang - Betty Davis – Politician Man
Margaret Wappler - Feist – The Circle Married the Line
Guy Branum - Fergie – M.I.L.F.$

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 78: Weddings!

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

It's wedding season, Rocketeers! This week, the Pop Rocket team discuss everything weddings. The Graduate? Of course! Bridezillas? Obvs. Punjabi weddings? Yes! Margaret talks Game of Thrones...again, Guy finds another Song of the Summer contender, Oliver defends soccer, and Jesse Williams' BET speech shakes Wynter to the core.

NOTE: MAJOR Game of Thrones season finale spoilers from 01:13 - 04:53. You have been warned

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Piano Dreamers – Tonight, Tonight (as made famous by The Smashing Pumpkins)
Oliver Wang - Joni Mitchell – All I Want
Margaret Wappler - Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Guy Branum - Lizzo – Good as Hell

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 77: Florida in Pop Culture

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

Guy, Wynter, Oliver, and Margaret talk about all things Florida. Also, producer Christian gets on mic to discuss E3 and VR! He’s the coolest. Margaret nerds out over Game of Thrones, Wynter has some things to say about The Neon Demon, Guy finds a summer jam he loves, and Oliver chats about Henry Stone’s impact on the Florida music scene.

You guys, the search for the Song of the Summer is still on, so look for the official thread on the Pop Rocket Facebook group and send in your submission!

NOTE: Mild Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” spoilers starting at 04:15 and ending at 08:28. You have been warned.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler and special guest appeance by Producer Christian Dueñas

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Trick Daddy – I’m A Thug
Oliver Wang - DJ Magic Mike and MC Madness – Dynamic Duo
Margaret Wappler - Kiss it Better (Kaytranada Remix
Guy Branum - Fleur East – Play That Sax (as nominated by Hiko Mitsuzuka on the Pop Rocket Facebook group)

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 76: LIVE at MaxFunCon 2016

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Guy, Margaret, Wynter, Corin Tucker, and Ricky Carmona!
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Corin Tucker
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona

Guy, Wynter, and Margaret are joined by special guests Ricky Carmona and Corin Tucker for our first ever live show! This week's topic, summer camp and campy camp movies. Pop culture trivia! Xanadu! Movie and music advice! All that and more on this special episode of Pop Rocket!!

NOTE #1: This is a live show, so forgive the audio issues. We tried to clean it up as best as we can, but we're not miracle workers.

NOTE #2: After we taped this episode, someone pointed out to us that Sleepaway Camp is a somewhat transphobic movie. We didn't know that when we taped, so bear
that in mind if you plan on checking it out.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, Ricky Carmona and Corin Tucker

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. Special thanks to Nick White for his help during the taping.

Pop Rocket Episode 75: 1975 Special!

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

It’s our 75th episode! To celebrate, the gang talks 1975 (and some 1974…and 1976) in pop culture. JAWS, Farrah Fawcett, and everything in between! Oliver finally talks about something that isn’t the Golden State Warriors, Guy discusses the beauty of 8-tracks, Wynter is in love with Joan Crawford’s autobiography, and Margaret is all about the newest season of UnReal.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - 10cc – I’m Not in Love
Oliver Wang - Ali and his Gang vs Tooth Decay
Margaret Wappler - Elton John – Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Guy Branum - Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

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.

Pop Rocket Episode 74: Politics in TV and Film with Ann Friedman

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Guy, Oliver, Margaret, and Ann Friedman!
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Ann Friedman

Guy, Oliver, and Margaret are joined in the studio by special guest, writer and host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, Ann Friedman. This week, the group discuss politics in TV and film. Also, the search for Pop Rocket’s song of the summer officially begins today, so look for the official thread on the Facebook group and leave a suggestion!

With Guy Branum, Ann Friedman, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Ann Friedman - The Julie Ruin – I’m Done
Oliver Wang - Kaytranada and Syd Tha Kid – You’re the One
Margaret Wappler - Frankie Cosmos – Is It Possible/Sleep Song
Guy Branum - Company - Getting Married Today

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 73: Working Women in Pop Culture with Sarah Lane

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Margaret, Wynter, and Sarah Lane
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
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.