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Hosts Josh and Maureen Goldman, along with a rotating cast of pop culture connoisseurs, break down the best pop culture stories from around the web each week.

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Please rate, review and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 47, we follow-up on giving "Saturday Night Live" a second chance (spoiler: it did not go well for the NBC sketch show), give our NON-SPOILER reviews of the finale of "Game of Thrones," discuss just how weird it is that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has never eaten a strawberry and share our excitement that Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show was renewed for three more years.In the Marquee Topic, we are looking back at The Backstreet Boys’ 1999 album "Millenium" and consider whether or not that album (along with the albums of other pop stars and boy bands of the time) brought about the rise of Napster and illegal downloads and the subsequent downfall of the music industry. Was there causation? Correlation? No relation? We get into a heated discussion to find out!PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a new podcast and Josh recommends a series of behind the scenes videos for the last season of "Game of Thrones."Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! For links mentioned in this episode, go here: http://bit.ly/PoppedCastEp47. This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 46, we talk about Constance Wu’s very public negative reaction to her ABC show “Fresh Off the Boat” being renewed for a sixth season and discuss the trend of naming children after characters from TV shows (especially before you know whether that character is ultimately good or bad).In the Marquee Topic, we look into the state of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” one of the longest running programs on TV. We talk about whether or not the show is still funny, what they could do to improve it, the current standout performers and if the host of the show makes any difference from week to week.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends the trailer for the sixth season of one of her favorite shows and Josh recommends a heartbreaking but inspiring article about perseverance.Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! For links mentioned in this episode, go here: http://bit.ly/PoppedCastEp46.  This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
In Episode 45, we chat about the new royal baby, discuss the rogue coffee cup that appeared in a dramatic scene during the latest episode of "Game of Thrones" and talk about the (latest) delay of the "Avatar" sequels (and wonder whether anyone even cares that there will be sequels - hint: nope).In the Marquee Topic, we are joined by special guest Zac Crippen (co-founder of the Vernacular Podcast Network) to do a deep dive into "Avengers: Endgame" and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS. If you haven’t seen the film and don’t want to be spoiled, skip the conversation and come back after you’ve seen it.PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a fun retrospective on a hit 1999 song and Maureen recommends an upcoming season of TV she is especially excited about.Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! For links mentioned in this episode, go here: http://bit.ly/PoppedCastEp45.  This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
In Episode 44, we give an update on Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer ($1.5 million in winnings and counting!), give our brief (and SPOILER-FREE) thoughts on "Avengers: Endgame," discuss the just released Tony Award nominations and remark on the sad passing of director John Singleton.In the Marquee Topic, we look back on the NBC hit comedy "Friends," which had its series finale on May 6, 2004 - 15 years ago! We talk about our favorite characters, whether or not the show holds up today (it’s complicated), where it ranks among the best comedies ever and how the careers of its six stars have fared since the show went off the air.PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a fun summer song and Maureen suggests an article on Vox.Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! For links mentioned in this episode, go here: http://bit.ly/PoppedCastEp44.  This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
In Episode 43, we talk about a truly impressive (and ongoing) streak happening on "Jeopardy" ($1.2 million and counting for contestant James Holzhauer), "People" magazine naming Jennifer Garner as its cover star for its “Beautiful People” issue, the casting of Rami Malek as the next Bond villain and our predictions for how much "Avengers: Endgame" will make in its opening weekend. In the Marquee Topic, we do a deep dive into the Beyoncé Netflix documentary "Homecoming." We talk about how we liked but didn’t love the film itself (a mix of a concert film and a cinema verite documentary) but really felt strongly about the importance of its message, discuss the two major themes presented in the film (representation for minorities and motherhood/womanhood) and heap our praise onto Queen Bey.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a different Netflix documentary and Josh recommends a Netflix original show that will help you stay up to speed on politics and happenings around the world.Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! For links mentioned in this episode, go here: http://bit.ly/PoppedCastEp43. This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
In Episode 42, Maureen is back for a full episode! We discuss the "Grease" prequel in the works (NO THANKS), a fun throwback video to the set of "The Office" made by Jenna Fischer (Pam) herself and talk through an oral history of one of the most bizarre minutes in film history (especially when taken out of context) - a hilariously strange and gruesome moment from "Meet Joe Black."In the Marquee Topic, we examine the "Time" 100: Most Influential People, 2019. We talk through surprises on the list (especially a few from the “Artist” category), who from the list personally influences us and whether or not the people represented are positive or negative influences in our culture.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a fantasy novel and Josh recommends the second season of an HBO show.Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! For links mentioned in this episode, go here: http://bit.ly/PoppedCastEp42.  This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
In Episode 41, Maureen returns from her two-week hiatus and gives her thoughts on everything we discussed on the podcast in her absence. We also give our reactions to the new full-length trailer for the upcoming live action remake of "The Lion King" and share just-released casting news for the 2020 film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, "In the Heights." In the Marquee Topic, Josh is joined by special guest, friend and pop culture connoisseur, Mike Wilbur to break down the epic fantasy series "Game of Thrones" (WARNING: minor spoilers ahead). In our deep dive to prepare for the April 14 premiere of the final season, we talk about our overall impression of the show, our favorite scenes and characters and whether or not the show has more to say outside of being one of the most entertaining shows on television.  PLUS, in our Teasers, Maureen gives both a regular teaser and an UN-teaser (something you should avoid) and Josh gives a suggestion for a cover of a song from "A Star Is Born." Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com!For links mentioned in this episode, go here: http://bit.ly/PoppedCastEp41.  This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
In Episode 40, Josh welcomes guests Zac Crippen (the co-founder of the Vernacular Podcast Network, co-host of Vernacular Podcast and co-host of Vernacular’s sports podcast The Line-Up) and Peter Laclede (co-host of Vernacular’s sports podcast The Line-Up), for a very special episode where we rank a selection of 15 baseball movies from worst to first to celebrate the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball season.In no particular order, we ranked Field of Dreams, The Sandlot, The Bad News Bears, A League of Their Own, Bull Durham, Moneyball, The Natural, Fever Pitch, Major League, Rookie of the Year, Little Big League, Angels in the Outfield, For Love of the Game, 42 and The Rookie.We individually ranked each film on a scale of 1-10 in three categories. 1. Overall enjoyment of the film. 2. Overall quality of the film. 3. Baseball accuracy. We then averaged everyone’s score to get a total for each movie out of a possible 30 points. The film with the lowest score would be #15 and the film with the highest score would be #1.The results might surprise you - the top 5 were separated by just 3 and a half points.Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
In Episode 39, Josh is tackling another episode solo! He talks about Chris Evans’ desire to star in a musical, Apple unveiling their new streaming service (set to launch this fall) called Apple TV + and some fascinating casting “what-ifs” from the 1999 blockbuster "The Matrix."In the Marquee Topic, Josh takes a look at the critically acclaimed and award-winning HBO show "Veep" and tells you why it’s 100% worth the watch even if you don’t think it can live up to the hype.PLUS, in his teaser, Josh recommends a YouTube video featuring an audition from a current "American Idol" contestant.Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! For links mentioned in this episode, go here: http://bit.ly/PoppedCastEp39. This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
In Episode 38, we talk about two new movie trailers for upcoming summer blockbusters ("Toy Story 4" and "Aladdin") and discuss recently announced casting news for the upcoming "West Side Story" remake.In the Marquee Topic, we get a little serious and talk about whether or not you can (and should) separate the art from the artist when the artist in question has done very bad things in their life. WARNING: Adult themes (if you usually listen with children, you may want to wait until they aren’t around to listen to this part of the show). PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a recently wrapped Amazon show and Maureen recommends the third season of a critically acclaimed Netflix show.Email us at thepoppedcast@vernacularpodcast.com! For links mentioned in this episode, go here: http://bit.ly/PoppedCastEp38.  This podcast is sponsored by Anchor Become a supporter of this podcast:https://anchor.fm/thepoppedcast/support
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