Pop Rocket Episode 133: The Fat Episode

Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Margaret Wappler
Wynter Mitchell
Karen Tongson

This week the gang talks about body diversity, and fatness in particular, in the media. The idea for this show came from a thread in the Pop Rocket Facebook group, and because there were so many varying opinions on the topic, they knew that they had to cover it on the show. The gang gets real about their personal experiences with weight, and how that has affected how they see weight in the media. They talk about how race, class, and weight intersect, and how the media moralizes fat people in order to make them redeemable in the media consumers mind. They also talk about weight in the age of Instagram, the Kardashians, and unattainable body standards, which Wynter thinks is worse now than ever. Karen pseudo-recommends the new Naomi Watts led Netflix series Gypsy, Wynter talks about the new Marti Noxon film To The Bone and Guy and Margaret talk about the return of Game of Thrones. Plus we hear what the panel is listening to this week.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, and Karen Tongson.


Wynter Mitchell - Calvin Harris feat. Future and Khalid
Margaret Wappler - Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place on Earth
Karen Tongson - Icona Pop - Girls Girls
Guy Branum - Olivia Gatwood - Ode to the Women on Long Island

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

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ONRAC's Scientology episodes are makin' waves. E-meter waves.


Your buddies Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy are getting a lot of attention for their insanely unnerving Scientology investigation, out now. If you haven't been keeping up with Oh No, Ross and Carrie, you're missing possibly their biggest exposé ever, wherein they spent over 90 cumulative hours taking classes, being audited, and generally immersing themselves in the world of Scientology.

The duo is on episode two of this multi-parter, which they expect to be at least five glorious episodes.

Check out what some of dem big media outlets have had to say about our brave and/or criminally insane pals:

"It's a great place to jump into Ross and Carrie's deep, long-running corpus of investigative work." - Boing Boing

"Blocher shines explaining the surreal Scientology texts with their pedantic, David Foster Wallace-style footnotes defining simple things like 'dispensable' and 'take a walk' to replace them with buzzwords from L. Ron Hubbard... The one message Blocher and Poppy always take pains to impart is the overwhelming sincerity of their subjects, and Scientology might be chief among them." - The Onion's A.V. Club

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Boing Boing, Ross and Carrie!

Hey, will you look at that? Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing has written a review of "Oh No, Ross and Carrie" and it's glowing.

"After dozens of hours of listening, enjoying, laughing and learning, I'm totally converted to their faith... One thing I loved about Ross and Carrie was their compassion and respect for the good side of even the most woo, most cultlike practices. Having grown up in hardcore Creationist/young earth Christian traditions, they both are alive to the benefits of belonging to a faith. They are careful to call out the good that these practices do for their practitioners, and go out of their way to give the other side airtime...."
If you haven't heard of Cory before, he is famous for more than sounding like a smashup of Carrie and E.L. Doctorow. You may have heard of his books, Homeland, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, or Little Brother.

Check out Cory's full review at Boing Boing!

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