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Pop Rocket Goes to USC to Teach the Kids Why Pop Culture Matters

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It’s the first live episode of Pop Rocket. Professor Karen Tongson invited the panel to give a lesson on why pop culture matters, with a focus on the past decade. You’ll learn what pop culture of the 2010s will last, and what culture won’t be remembered. Plus we’ll hear from some of Karen’s students, including a special jam brought to the show by Clayton. You won’t want to miss this must-listen episode!

All Abouts

Margaret: Out for Blood

Karen: Shrill

Wynter: The Fox-Disney merger

That's My Jam

Margaret: Lizzo - Cuz I Luv You

Clayton: 4 Non Blondes - What’s Up

Wynter: Beyonce feat. Frank Ocean - Superpower

Karen: Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108

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

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Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Ep 30: Go Fact Yourself with Sasheer Zamata and Samm Levine

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Guests: 
Sasheer Zamata & Samm Levine
Guests: 
Cat Thomas & Jay Kogen

"The Simpsons," Quentin Tarantino and comedy come together on Go Fact Yourself!

Sasheer Zamata is best known for her roles on "Saturday Night Live" and as the host of the variety showcase Sasheer Zamata Party Time. She’ll tell us about why a very... confusing invasion of her privacy has her so protective of her personal possessions.

Sasheer will go up against actor Samm Levine, who you may know from the Quentin Tarentino film Inglorious Basterds. He’s also in the beloved, but short-lived, TV series "Freaks and Geeks." He’s heard from a lot of fans who say they wish that show hadn’t ended so abruptly. But good news: he’ll share his solution to keeping "Freaks and Geeks" going for just a little longer.

What’s the difference: Space

What’s the difference between a meteor and a meteorite?

What’s the difference between a nook and a cranny?

Areas of Expertise

Sasheer Zamata: Beyonce, the films Kill Bill: Vol. I and Kill Bill: Vol. II and show choir.

Samm Levine: The first three Die Hard movies, poker and "The Simpsons" seasons 3-9.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Sasheer Zamata
Samm Levine

With guest experts:

Cat Thomas, award-winning costume designer for film and television.

Jay Kogen writer for "The Simpsons"

This episode is sponsored by The Big Quiz Thing and the Maximum Fun Jumbotron program.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

MK161: New Year, New You, New Me, New Us (Some Environmental Positivity, Setting Your Goals for Your Life)

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Starting this new year off fresh after a little break! We give some shout outs to some other great black hosted podcasts. What is this decade called? Is it the Teens? With a quick detour into Dreamgirls. James gives us some BTS aka behind the scenes to his cameo on CBS Access' show Tell Me A Story. Nnekay breaks into some rare environmental successes not to have us rest on our laurels, but to motivate us to keep going to save our planet. James wants to celebrate and highlight the Kwanza day: Nia- by highlighting and creating goals for the new year. Using some of the things he learned from the Tony Robins Conference- James breaks down some tactics on how move forward in 2019 with goals set and ready to kick ass!

Links!

https://earther.gizmodo.com/the-rare-environmental-victories-of-2018-183...

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Pop Rocket Ep. 199 Hip Hop, Pop, and Mental Health w/ Clarkisha Kent

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Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
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Karen Tongson
Guests: 
Clarkisha Kent

Kanye West’s rambling, pro-Trump speech on SNL late September may have surprised casual observers, but by that point, his fans had heard both his outrageous statements and his frank talk about mental health for months. Charlagmane tha God lamented his canceled TimesTalk with Kanye on Instagram as a missed opportunity, writing, "Normalizing being mentally healthy is a conversation that I really wanted to have with Kanye because he's been so vocal about his own mental health struggles. Unfortunately, I think to have that conversation with him right now would not be productive and a total distraction from the point of the convo which is to eradicate the stigma of mental health especially in the black community."

Well, we’re going to have that conversation today and we're joined by Clarkisha Kent, film and pop culture critic- known to some as a "professional hater." The panelists discuss rapper Mac Miller's death, Chris Brown's history of domestic violence, and Jay-Z's openness about lacking the necessary emotional tools for marriage, among other things.

To be clear, we are not medical professionals.

All Abouts

Margaret is all about Lucy McBath. Lucy is the newly elected Representative of Georgia's 6th Congressional district. She is a national spokeswoman for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which she joined after her son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in what is believed to be a hate crime.

Karen is all about Sharice Davids. She's one of the two Native American women elected to Congress in the midterm election and represents Kansas's 3rd district.

Clarkisha is all about the Twitter beef between herself and other black critics and Rebel Wilson over Rebel's claim that she is the first plus-sized woman to lead a romantic comedy.

Wynter is all about Season 4: The Dream Door of the Syfy channel's horror anthology TV show "Channel Zero."

That's My Jam

Margaret - Jamie Isaac - Doing Better

Karen - Ariana Grande - thank u, next

Clarkisha - The New Respects - Something to Believe In

Wynter - Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl

With Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Clarkisha Kent.

Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108

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

If you haven't already, follow us on Instagram.

Produced by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org. Edited by Shana Daloria. This episode was engineered by Christian Dueñas.

Comin' In Singin' (Aretha Franklin, Blackkklansman, Latin America Writers, WOC writers, James Baldwin)

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Warning! We recorded this episode earlier in the week before the passing of the great Aretha Franklin. We mean in no way to pay disrespect, and pay great homage to how she pathed the way for future generations of black artist and people to live their truth. Off the bat the wonder twins talking about the queen of soul herself, Aretha Franklin, sending prayers for her and talking about some of her past controversies. James saw Spike Lee's newest film Blackkklansman and give a spoiler free review. In Nnekay's korner- she's got a booklist for you! This time she is giving you books from Latin American literary cannon that will help you diversity the American one. Also she had some selections from WOC writers to diversify your reading list and possibly some of your loved ones, to boot! In James' korner, he is give you THEATER- by way of teleplay! That's right we have the Minority Korner players in the house. Playing out selections from the 1984 James Baldwin Village Voice interview. James playing James Baldwin and Nnekay playing the interviewer. The interview covers the James Baldwin's views on homosexuality, the black community, the future, and more. It's a deep insight into his thoughts on the LGBTQ community in the 80s.

Links!

https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/06/22/james-baldwin-on-being-gay-in-am...

http://remezcla.com/lists/culture/latin-american-books-literary-canon/

https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/g22721520/extensive-list-of-boo...

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A Civic Duty to Honor James Baldwin (Delta, Jury Duty, James Baldwin, J.Lo)

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This week James is steering the ship with a korner dedicated to the greatness of James Baldwin, but before the wonder twins start their adoration- we gotta talk about Delta. Gurl, Delta you betta fix your mess! James was cast as Jury number 1 in the role of actual real life civic duty. The two also talk about heritage and slavery and how big of an impact it has on modern times. Also: remember Tia Carrere? Where is she? In the singular korner for the day, it's all things James Baldwin! First unpacking the amazing documentary I Am Not Your Negro. Then a test- who has more James Baldwin knowledge?! Lastly... who knew J.Lo would cause such a rift! Enjoy!

See James do Stand Up August 11th at 9:30pm in NYC! Tickets:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efk3gr4h8f...

Links!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNUYdgIyaPM

http://www.peoplequiz.com/trivia-quizzes-3249-James_Baldwin_Wonderful_Wr...

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Ask Minority Korner Anything! (Listener Questions, Lesbian Bars, White People in Dreads, Queer/POC Musicals, Slavery, Chief Tuskaloosa, Queen of Pop)

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It's an all Ask Minority Korner Anything episode where we answer questions form YOU the Korner Kids! Is it cultural appropriation for white people to wear dreads? Where are the lesbian bars? How do lesbians meet other lesbians? How do you create a podcast when both co-hosts are on separate coasts (sounds familiar)? Who was Chief Tuskaloosa of the Mississippian? Who is the ultimate Pop Music Queen? Also, James sat down with his Aunt and Uncle discovered his familial connection to slavery and segregation, which was a stones throw away from a few generations and the Wonder Twins delve into a conversation of the importance of knowing your family stories and lineage. 

 

LINKS:

Best LBTQIA+ Dating Apps for Women:

http://www.afterellen.com/people/447093-best-dating-apps-lgbt-women

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It's Only Just The Appetizer w/ Jennifer Covington (Beyonce, Coachella, Inspiration, Life Coach)

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Jennifer Covington

Today we have life coach, writer, business strategist, all around inspiration giver Jennifer Covington!!! Host of the podcast Shine On Sista, she drops some amazing life tips while sitting down with James for a chat. They cover her work as a life coach, working with Budweiser, her amazing time spent with the Peace Corps and so much more!! But before all of that Nnekay decompresses about all things BEYCHELLA. Her edges are snatched and she is ready to talk about the Queen!!

Links!

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-one-habit-you-need-to_b_6017610...

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/jennifer-covington/shine-on-sista

Watch the Black Panther Red Carpet Coverage with co-host James:

http://marvel.com/blackpantherlive

Minority Korner Store: https://teespring.com/minority-korner-t-shirt#pid=369&cid=6513&sid=front

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Pop Rocket #171: SHHHHHHHHHHH...a quiet place

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Guy Branum
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Karen Tongson
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Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Riley Silverman

This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell are joined by Riley Silverman. She’s the head writer of the Max Fun podcast, International Waters. They discuss A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s horror film about a family trying to survive a post-apocalyptic world where monsters kill anything that makes sound.

Karen is all about the video for Janelle Monáe’s new music video for the track PYNK, which she says may have established her as a force in queer performance and art. Guy and Wynter are all about Beyonce’s Coachella performance, which may have single-handedly made the music festival relevant again. Riley is all about the movie Blockers, a comedy that she says feels refreshingly scripted.

The panel will their discuss what they think of A Quiet Place, including whether it has a positive portrayal of a character with a disability and explain their theories about what the film’s subtext could be.

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

That’s My Jam:

Riley Silverman - Jeremy Jordan - She Used to be Mine

Karen Tongson - Windy - The Association

Wynter Mitchell - Prince - Purple Music

Guy Branum Mel Tormé - Stardust

Inside Pop Ep. 119- Beyonce at Coachella, Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer, Scandal Signs Off

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This week it's all about Black (Overachieving) Excellence!

Beyonce Knowles Carter descended from the uppermost level of Heaven and bestowed us with the gift of her life changing performance at Coachella - or as it shall now be forever known . . . BEYCHELLA. We'll share our reactions to the performance and our reactions to the reactions of her performance.

Kendrick Lamar made history this week by becoming the first Hip Hop artist to win the Pulitzer Prize. We'll discuss why this is a huge deal for hip hop and the culture at large.

Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington end the sensational and soapy groundbreaking series, Scandal this week. We'll discuss the relevancy of one of television's most diverse and jaw dropping shows.

And the Big Sell shines a light on an amazing music/video/fashion collaboration featuring singers Karen O and Michael Kiwanuka; director Ana Lily Amirpour and fashion house Kenzo.

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