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Pop Rocket: Episode 20 Summer Blockbusters & Vodka

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

The team review Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. Plus The Mad Men Finale, Jams and Vodka.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Infinity by Mariah Carey
Oliver Wang - The Rest is Noise by Jamie XX
Margaret Wappler - Dreamlover by Destroyer
Guy Branum - Jimmy Kimmel’s Farewell Tribute to David Letterman

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.

Pop Rocket: Episode 19 Wiki Spice, Yam Lube & Cancelled TV

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

Which Spice Girl would each of the team be? Plus, why Oliver’s all about basketball at the moment, which cancelled TV shows are we sad about and which have already overstayed their welcome and Wynter reveals her 5th and 6th quadrants!

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Goodnight by Philip Owusu
Oliver Wang - Stingy with My Kutty Kat by Joseline Hernandez feat. Stevie J
Margaret Wappler - The Gin One by Nadine Shah
Guy Branum - Big Dumb Animal the new comedy album from Matt Braunger

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.

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.

Pop Rocket: Episode 17 Bruce Jenner, Jeffrey Jay and a Mad Men Spoiler

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Guy
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Jeffrey Jay

Comedian Jeffrey Jay joins the team to talk about Bruce Jenner’s 20/20 interview and why it’s the single most important trans event we’ve seen. Plus we hear which what person’s involvement guarantees that each of our panel will see a film.

With host Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and guest Jeffrey Jay.

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.

Pop Rocket: Episode 16 Wikileaks, Montage of Heck & Grey’s Anatomy

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Karen, Wynter, Margaret and Guy
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

How damaged was Ben Affleck by the revelation he tried to keep his slave-owner heritage quiet? And did Wikileaks go too far in sharing such personal details about Sony’s Amy Pascal?

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

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.

Pop Rocket: Episode 15 Game of Thrones, P-22 & Bad News Bears

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Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

Game of Thrones is back so we talk about “learning to Cersei”, ask whether a TV show can ever have enough incest and get into the wonders of sexposition. Plus we name the pieces of culture we initially disliked but then came to love.

With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Oliver Wang - Warm and Tender Love by Percy Sledge
Margaret Wappler - Fourth of July by Sufjan Stevens

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

Other useful links this week…

Guy was all about Parul Sehgal’s TED Talk about Envy.
Oliver recommended the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle.
You can find more info on Oliver’s new book at LegionsOfBoom.com and buy Guy’s album
here.

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.

Pop Rocket: Episode 12 Monica Lewinsky, SxSWi & Mission Impossible 5

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Guy down the line from New York
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

Guy and Margaret are both all about Monica Lewinsky’s recent TED presentation, Wynter’s been at South by Southwest Interactive and Oliver thinks you should listen to the new Earl Sweatshirt album.

Plus it’s the last week of the MaxFunDrive and we’ve got some Pop Rocket bonus offers to encourage you to donate.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Nick Jonas, Jealous
Oliver Wang - Huey by Earl Sweatshirt
Margaret Wappler - Tobias Jesso Jr’s How Could You Babe
Guy Branum - Simple Man by Graham Nash

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 @PRPod on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Episode 10 New Music, Inappropriate Movies & Kimmy Schmidt

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

We share our first inappropriate movie experiences, chat Grey Gardens, frat racism and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, plus Wynter ranks the Hemsworth Brothers and Margaret takes us through a discussion of where we’re all going to discover new music.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Going Back to Cali by The Notorious BIG
Oliver Wang - Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah by Saun and Starr
Margaret Wappler - Arabic 60s/70s Vinyl Mix Part 2 by Jannis of Jakarta Records
Guy Branum - You’re So Beautiful (White Party Version)(feat. Jessie Smollett) from the TV show Empire

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 @PRPod on Twitter.

Pop Rocket: Kanye, McCartney and Coachella

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Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Santina Muha
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

For our debut episode, Guy Branum is joined by digital strategist Wynter Mitchell, comedian Santina Muha and journalist Margaret Wappler. We talk about the new Kanye/McCartney collaboration, the just-announced Coachella line-up, plus we’ll share our latest jams and vote on who’s consumed the most shameful media over the the past week.

Theme music by Osymyso.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: The Pointer Sisters

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The Pointer Sisters Get Excited (About Music, Clothes, and More)

The Pointer Sisters have always been musical chameleons. They had huge dance-pop hits in the 1980s, like "I'm So Excited" and "Jump (For My Love)", but at that point they had already found success in genres from jazz to R&B to disco, and even won a Grammy for their country hit, "Fairytale". The sisters grew up in Oakland, California and were taught by their reverend father that rock and roll was 'the devil's work'. However, when their parents weren't around, they snuck in listening sessions to Elvis, The Supremes, and James Brown.

Sisters Bonnie and June Pointer formed the earliest incarnation of the group in 1969, joined within several years by Ruth and Anita. They recorded their debut self-titled album in 1973, and the single "Yes We Can Can" became their first hit. They went on to record more hits over the next few decades, including "How Long (Betcha' Got a Chick on the Side)", a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire", and "He's So Shy".

Ruth and Anita Pointer join us for a wild and entertaining interview about their signature vintage style, forging their own musical path, and mixing family with business.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Talks About Letters to Boys and Anthropomorphic Ants

Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour stop by to recommend a couple of their current favorite new books.

What if instead of pretending your teenage love letters never existed... you published them, and let the world take a look? Linda recommends the new memoir Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn't Share in Public, by Pamela Ribon. Ribon spent much of her free time in high school penning over-the-top notes to her crushes, and provides original drafts, with asides from her adult self.

Glen recommends the new graphic novel Ant Colony by Michael DeForge -- a debut novel that's psychedelic, surreal, darkly funny, and definitely not for kids.

You can hear Glen and Linda weekly on the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, and find Linda's writing on NPR's Monkey See blog.

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Bobby Lopez on The Song That Changed My Life: "Pure Imagination"

Think of a song you know by heart. A song that's been in your life for such a long time, you don't even remember when you first heard it. Maybe it was in your favorite movie as a kid.

Bobby Lopez writes those kind of songs. He's a composer for musicals and movies, and co-created the hit Broadway shows The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q. Most recently, he's teamed up with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez to write for Disney's Frozen. The pair's songs have inspired movie singalongs and a score of YouTube covers, and their breakout hit Let It Go, is nominated for an Oscar.

This week, Bobby shares the song that changed his life: the inspiring and magical Pure Imagination, from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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The Outshot: The Muppet Movie

Why do folks get into showbiz? If you think it's all to get attention, fame, or money, let The Muppet Movie show you why you're wrong.

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