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Pop Rocket Mailbag #2

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
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 52 Star Wars: The Hot Take Awakens

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Guy, Karen, Oliver and Josh
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Josh Greenberg

A whole episode devoted to the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

With Oliver Wang, Josh Greenberg, Karen Tongson and host Guy Branum.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

The 50th Anniversary Episode - Pop Culture of 1965

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

The team celebrate 50 episodes together by going back in time to the year 1965. They share some of their favorite pop culture moments in music, film and television of that year

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

Jams

Wynter Mitchell - Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham and the Pharaos and California Girls by The Beach Boys.
Oliver Wang - A Change is Gonna to Comel by Sam Cooke.
Margaret Wappler - It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones.
Guy Branum - I’m Looking Through You by The Beatles.

Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify PlayList

You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket 49: Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

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

The team sits down to share their thoughts on Spike Lee’s new movie Chi-Raq which uses the premise of women withholding sex from their men to stop a gang war. They also touch on their favorite Spike Lee films.

With Guy Branum MaximumFun.org(http://www.guybranum.com), Wynter Mitchell (http://wyntermitchell.com), Margaret Wappler (http://www.margaretwappler.com) and Oliver Wang (http://www.margaretwappler.com)

Favorite Jams

Wynter Mitchell Someone Great by LCD Soundsystem

Oliver Wang Oh Girl by The Chi-Lites

Margaret Wappler Mr. Telephone Man by Erykah Badu

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

You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 48 - Favorite Holiday Music Special

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

The team talks about their favorite holiday jams from traditional to contemporary. .

With Guy Branum MaximumFun.org(http://www.guybranum.com), Wynter Mitchell (http://wyntermitchell.com), Margaret Wappler (http://www.margaretwappler.com) and Oliver Wang (http://www.margaretwappler.com)

Holiday Favorite Tunes

Waitresses’ Christmas Wrapping

Vince Guraldi’s Christmas is Here

Fiona Apple Frosty the Snowman

John Lennon War is Over

Wham Last Christmas

Barbra Streisand Jingle Bells

The Pogues Fairytale in New York

The Maccabeats Candlelight

Run DMC Christmas in Hollis

Matisyahu Miracle

Wings Wonderful Christmas Time

Juice Crew Cold Chillin Christmas

Rufus Wainwright & Sharon Van Etten Baby It’s Cold Outside

The Temptations Silent Night

Nat King Cole The Christmas Song

Billy Elliot Broadway Soundtrack Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings White Christmas

Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas is You

Destiny’s Child 8 Days of Christmas

Favorite Piece of Holiday Culture

Guy Branum Avacado Nog, Rug Rats Chanukuh & The Ref

Wynter Mitchell Surviving Christmas, The Holiday and Bridget Jones Diary

Oliver Wang The Yule Log on Netflix

Margaret Wappler Elf, Smoked Turkey w/ Chutney Sauce & Star Wars

Each week we'll add everyone's jams to this handy Spotify List.

You can let us know the media you consume when faced with difficult times in our Facebook or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode. 47 - The Joy of Cooking Shows

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

The team gets together to talk about cooking shows as well as how food is portrayed in film, plus they’ll talk about what’s piqued their interest in pop culture this week

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

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Walking with Thee by Clinic
Oliver Wang - Merry Go Round Equatics
Margaret Wappler - The Noisy Days Are Over by Field Music
Guy Branum - The Co-dependent by Sia

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.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Matt Braunger & Margaret Atwood

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Matt Braunger
Guests: 
Margaret Atwood

Our WORLD TOUR OF SEVERAL AMERICAN CITIES kicks off next week in Los Angeles on Friday, November 13 with William H. Macy, Chicano Batman and Baron Vaughn - get your tickets now!

Plus check us out in Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philly and DC with guests Barney Frank, Mission of Burma, Tavi Gevinson, David Cross, John Hodgman, Joel Hodgson, Ray Suarez, Dan Deacon and more. It's all at BullseyeTour.com. Don't miss it!

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.

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Matt Braunger on Class Clowning, Trying Even if You Fail, and Teenage Rapping

Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Matt Braunger always knew that he wanted a life in comedy. He was so sure of this career path that he never seriously considered a backup plan. It was, as he puts it, comedy or die.

Thankfully, it’s been the former and his observant sense of humor is on full display in his latest comedy special, Big Dumb Animal. Along with being a cast member on the final season of the sketch comedy show, MADtv, he’s acted on numerous television shows including the United States of Tara and Pushing Daisies. He’s also made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Chelsea Lately.

Braunger joins Jesse to talk about playing the dumb, clueless husband in television commercials, how he’s worked to be less negative and enjoy the present moment, and why it’s so important to try (even if you fail).

Big Dumb Animal is available now for streaming on Netflix.

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Margaret Atwood on Sex in 'The Heart Goes Last', Childhood Brutishness and Shakespeare

Canadian-born author and poet Margaret Atwood has had an extremely successful career as writer, despite, as she relays to us, the fact that she was not the most memorable or exceptional English student. Her work includes the novels Cat’s Eye and The Handmaid’s Tale as well as many volumes of poetry, and often deals with feminism and politics.

Her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last is a dark comic take on the near future, where lawful people are imprisoned and the lawless are free. The narrative was first introduced to readers in serial form on the website Byliner, and takes on its full shape as a novel which explores issue of sexuality and sexual politics.

Atwood spoke with our contributor Guy Branum to discuss why she believes a novel is an opportunity to share an experience rather than a pulpit from which to preach, delves into her favorite aspects of Shakespeare, and shares her favorite version of her own origin story as a writer.

The Heart Goes Last is available now.

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The Outshot: The Sound of the Apocalypse

In 1977, the country of Jamaica was in economic and social turmoil. Only 15 years after it gained its independence, the country was experiencing difficulties that some believed were signs of the coming apocalypse, specifically on the date of July 7, 1977, the day the two sevens would clash. Jesse shares how the voice of hope came in the form of Joseph Hill, the frontman of a reggae band called Culture.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 36 Kids TV with Ella Mizota-Wang

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Margaret, Wynter, Ella, Oliver & Guy
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Ella Mizota-Wang
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

Donald Trump videos, Muppet raps and Gyno-Star, plus Oliver's daughter drops in to help discuss Kids TV.

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

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Right Hand by Drake
Oliver Wang - Pinball Number Count by The Pointer Sisters
Margaret Wappler - Bamboo by HINDS
Guy Branum - Mississippi Goddam by Nina Simone

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

Other useful links this week…
The Muppets rap video that Oliver was all about.
Montage of Donald Trump saying "China".
The Hells Club Mash-Up Wynter talked about.
The webcomic Gyno-Star that Guy was all about.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 27 Rihanna’s BBHMM Video And Summer Reads

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Guy watching the Rihanna video before we started taping
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

We share our own hot-takes on Rihanna’s new Bitch Better Have My Money video. Is it about race? Is it about feminism? Is it awesome? Plus we share our best summer reads and Wynter celebrates the songs that she claims are bringing oral sex back.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Too Young by Post Malone
Oliver Wang - Gabby by The Internet Feat. Janelle Monae
Margaret Wappler - Feelin’ Good covered by Lauryn Hill
Guy Branum - Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato

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

Books recommended this week…

Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver
The Belgariad by David Eddings
Executive Orders by Tom Clancy
You by Caroline Kepnes
Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Bloom
A Planet for Rent by Yoss
Diary of a Madman by Scarface
California: A Novel by Eden Lepucki
Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 18 The Met Gala, First Albums & Superhero Movies

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Guy and Margaret in New York
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

Reunited, the gang judge the dresses from the Met Gala and discuss which actresses might be considered "hot enough to get a Hemsworth". Plus Wynter shares her renting strategy.

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

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 on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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