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Pop Rocket Episode 71: Subcultures with Special Guest Dominic Rodriguez

Oliver, Margaret, Guy and Wynter!
Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Margaret Wappler
Wynter Mitchell
Oliver Wang
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

EP. 174 "Bro-ad Girl" ft. Margot Leitman

Lady to Lady
Margot Leitman

Margot Leitman (@MargotLeitman) joins the ladies to discuss being bad, having a son, cursing, Subway, getting facials, Harry Potter houses, Steve Martin, Prince, The Amazing Race and more! Produced by David Janove, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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Wildland Fire! w/ Abby Bolt

Abby Bolt

Hello Buddies! As you may or may not know, there is a devastating and terrifying wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta. These types of fires can seem unstoppable. So, we had wildland fire expert/fighter Abby Bolt on the show to discuss what battling something like this entails. She also shares tips on how you can help prevent fires like this. Plus, a few tips on what to do if you find yourself in the middle of a forest fire. If you would like to donate to support the town of Fort McMurray, you can go to or text FIRES to 45678. If you would like to help support the brave folks who fight this kind of devastation, head to

Judge John Hodgman Episode 261: Grand Theft Risotto

Kenji Lopez-Alt

KLAXON KLAXON Judge John Hodgman is going on tour to dispense live justice with Bailiff Jesse Thorn! Mark your calendars and get your tickets! Check out the right hand side of this page or visit! That is all.


Mike brings the case against his mom, Maribeth. He says Maribeth knowingly took her daughter-in-law's recipes for a family cookbook and passed them off as her own. Maribeth says that the attribution was implied and there was no wrongdoing.

This week with Expert Witness Kenji López-Alt, Managing Culinary Director of Serious Eats and author of The Food Lab!

Thanks to Jonathan Reiter for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.



Submitted by Mike

Click to view the PDF of The Brogan Family Cookbook

Ep 31: A Case of the Spaceys (S2E6)


When Data's grandpa is diagnosed with an incurable illness, he doesn't express much grief, and in return, his grandpa steals his body and makes a play at immortality. It would have been a perfect plan, but the old man was set in his ways, and really doesn't know how to act in a modern, professional starship setting. Will the crew catch on that Data is once again not who he claims to be? Will Data's bad behavior get him locked up in Rura Penthe? Can he pass a Voight-Kampff test? It's the episode where the Star Trek trading cards prove that they're worth what you pay for them.

#63 - Calling or Texting with Paul F Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins

In the age of modern communication, when almost everyone has a mobile phone, has calling become outdated? Is it better to text someone, or call them? Mark and Hal sit with their friend, podcasting superstar, actor, comedian, raconteur, and fellow OG Workjuice Player Paul F. Tompkins to sort it all out.

Grab a wrench, set your phones to Kiwi and settle in for the telephonic debate of a lifetime!

CIPYD 42: Alison Becker and Newfoundlands

Alison Becker

Well, hey there! Thanks for stopping in! We're so excited to share today's episode with you! You'll get to hear about Duchess the coffee shop dog and Remy the French Bulldog in Dogs We Met This Week! Learn all about Newfoundlands and their amazing swimming/couch sitting abilities in Mutt Minute! We are so excited to be joined by amazing actor and enthusiastic dog lover Alison Becker! She tells us all about her dog Dignan and we couldn't be happier to hear it! This is a good one folks! Enjoy and don't forget to tell a friend!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Margaret Cho & Whit Stillman

Margaret Cho
Whit Stillman

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.

Photo: Jesse Thorn

Margaret Cho on Growing Up Korean American, Breaking Through in Comedy and Gay Men She Loved and Lost

Margaret Cho has always found a way to make her life inform her art. With her work as a stand-up comedian, an actor and a singer-songwriter, she has used the events of her life, both good and bad, to inspire her. Whether it’s growing up as a Korean-American girl in San Francisco or breaking through the male-dominated world of stand-up comedy in the early nineties, Cho has always found a way use all of life’s experiences to create entertainment.

Cho famously co-created and starred in the first sitcom that focused on an Asian American family. All-American Girl was cancelled in its first season, but it became a part of American television history and helped lay the groundwork for sitcoms like Fresh Off the Boat. Since then, Cho has continued her standup career, and appeared in numerous film and television shows including Dr. Ken, Family Guy, Sex in the City and on 30 Rock, where in separate episodes, she played North Korean dictators: Kim Jong Il and later his son Kim Jong-un.

Margaret Cho sat down with Jesse to talk about beginning her career during the 90s comedy boom in San Francisco, growing up in a Korean immigrant family, and how the community around her family’s gay bookstore continues to touch and inspire her life.

Margaret Cho’s new album American Myth is now available on iTunes and on her website, She's also out on tour this May and June.

Photo: Jesse Thorn

Whit Stillman on Jane Austen, the Importance of Language and Being Inspired by 'Elf'

Whit Stillman is a writer-director who makes comedies of manners. With his films Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco, the director often explores the world of young upper-class adults who are struggling to find their way in the world both at home and abroad. The films were each made on modest budgets and received praise from critics; his very first film, Metropolitan, garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

His latest film Love and Friendship is adapted from Lady Susan, an unfinished novella by Jane Austen. The movie explores the familiar comedic tropes of Austen’s work including class, sexuality, deceit and manipulation.

Whit Stillman joined Jesse to talk about his love for Jane Austen, the importance of language in his films and how the comedy of Will Ferrell infiltrated his new period piece.

Whit Stillman’s new film Love and Friendship is in theaters this week.

A Criterion collection of his first three films (Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco) are now available in special box set edition.

Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Outshot: Draymond Green

Jesse sings the praises of a basketball scrapper who may not get all the fame, but is no less deserving of the glory.

Still Buffering: How to Fashion

Still Buffering

This week, the sisters take a journey through their past closets and end up just doing a lot of making fun of each others' fashion senses. And then of course Rileigh makes a Friends reference every chance she gets.

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 425 - Gabe Liedman

Gabe Liedman

Comedian Gabe Liedman joins us to talk sexy hippies, Entourage, and skipping school.

Download episode 425 here. (right-click)

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