Sarah Chalke

Pop Rocket Ep 169: Seeing the World Through Roseanne-Colored Lenses

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This week, Guy Branum, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson watched the Roseanne reboot and they have feelings about it. Strong feelings.

Margaret Wappler is all about Glynn Washington’s podcast Heaven’s Gate which features interviews and stories of surviving members of the deadly cult. The final season of The Americans
kicked off last week with the episode Dead Hand and Karen savors the way it used music. Guy is all about the Netflix show On the Block.

With the Roseanne reboot smashing all kinds of viewing records, the panel weighs in on what it is about the show that gives it such a broad appeal. They also look at why Roseanne is problematic and why the show’s take on gender non-conformity may not be as culturally relevant as the show’s setting would have audiences believe.

Guy Branum
Karen Tongson
Margaret Wappler

That’s My Jam:

Margaret Wappler - Vacationer - Magnetism

Karen Tongson - Indigo Girls - Everything’s Alright

Guy Branum - Dem Beats - Todrick Hall

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to our Spotify playlists.

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Episode 14 - Assisted Loving written by Claudia Lonow

Kevin Dobson as Joe
Luka Jones as Mike
Sarah Chalke as Bonnie
Pooch Hall as Gerald/Older Italian Cashier
Tiffany Haddish as Kebe/Young Mother
Molly Shannon as Joie
Anna Camp as Vanessa/Michelle
Jamie Denbo as Irene
Jonathan Schmock as Luigi/Earl the Pearl/Ray Barone/Frank Barone
Claudia Lonow with stage directions

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker interviews Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose, How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)) regarding her dead pilot, Assisted Loving. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Assisted Loving performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.

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