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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.
90 Episodes
In Episode 89, Josh is rejoined by Maureen for the final episode of “The Popped Cast” (for now). Due to the impending arrival of Baby #2, we are taking a break from podcasting. We aren’t sure when we will be back but until then, enjoy this episode.In the Snack Bag, we talk about the perfect casting of Joe Exotic in the upcoming film about the eccentric tiger king, discuss Tom Cruise’s upcoming movie to be filmed in space and analyze the battle between film studios and movie theater owners.In the Premiere Topic, we dive into the hit NBC show “Parks and Recreation,” which ended its run in 2015 but came back just last week for a brand new episode to benefit the charity Feeding America. We talk about our thoughts on the special, the show overall, the MVP and LVP and whether or not we’d recommend it to someone who hasn’t seen it before.PLUS, in our Teasers, Maureen recommends a new Amazon Prime Original and Josh recommends a band AND a 10-part docuseries on Michael Jordan.Email us at!Links: Joe Exotic casting news Tom Cruise teams with Elon Musk for a movie shot in space Oscars eligibility change Movie studio and movie theater battle “Parks and Recreation” special episode “Parks and Recreation” “Upload” on Amazon Prime Johnnyswim “The Last Dance”
In Episode 88, Josh is joined by two special guests - Peter Laclede and co-founder of the Vernacular Podcast Network, Zac Crippen.In an extended Premiere Topic, the trio give their take on the massively popular Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.” In addition to giving their overall thoughts on the show and the characters they liked and disliked, they dive into the ethical and moral aspects of both consuming the show and the production of it.PLUS, in teasers, Peter gives a recommendation for a fun podcast, Zac suggests an Aaron Sorkin movie you can watch on Netflix and Josh teases an NBC special that is coming on Thursday, April 30, 2020.Email us at!Links: “Tiger King” “History That Doesn’t Suck” podcast “Molly’s Game” “Parks & Recreation” reunion
In Episode 87, we dive right into the Snack Bag talking about both the recent massive Netflix growth and the news that some companies and restaurants are giving away famous recipes (e.g. Ikea meatballs, the Egg McMuffin, DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies).In the Premiere Topic, we give you suggestions for things that are helping us get through the self-isolation and self-quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. We each share a couple of our favorite things to do (active things), a couple of our favorite things to consume (passive things) and then discuss little things that are making us happy (all of our suggestions are linked below!).Email us at!Links: Netflix 1st quarter growth Famous recipes to try at home Jackbox Games “Better Call Saul” “Ozark” “Full House” “Step by Step” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” Center for Mindful Self-Compassion “Something Pretty” blog “North Carolina Charm” blog “PBFingers” blog “Em for Marvelous” blog “How I Built This” podcast
In Episode 86, we kick things off by following up on a few items from the past few episodes. First, we give you the proper pronunciation for Gal Gadot’s last name. Second, we give an update on our quest to find a new TV show with a review of the first three episodes of “The Good Wife.” In the Snack Bag, we cover CEOs giving up their 2020 salaries and “American Idol’s” plan to finish out their current season with the contestants competing from home.In the Premiere Topic, we examine the legacy of ABC’s long-running sitcom “Modern Family,” which came to an end after 11 seasons last Wednesday. We talk about our history with the show, our MVP and LVP(s) and give our recommendation for whether or not you should check it out now that it’s wrapped up.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen gives a reverse teaser (something you should avoid!) and Josh recommends a double feature you can find on Netflix!Email us at!Links: CEOs giving up their salaries to employees “American Idol” at home “Modern Family” “The Social Network” “Steve Jobs” on Netflix
In Episode 85, we kick things off talking about a short film we made together while stuck in self-isolation (link below!). Then we discuss what the heck a “Quibi” is (it’s a unique spin on a streaming service for your phone) and whether or not yet another streaming service will last.In the Premiere Topic, we take a “New York Times” article from 2019 that details the best dramas since “The Sopranos” and debate the merits of the ones we haven’t based solely on a single, short description from Wikipedia. After going through the 9 of the 20 on the list neither of us have seen, we pick a new one to watch in the next week (we will report back with our thoughts!).PLUS, in our teasers, Josh gives both! One is a video of a fun reunion from a famous Broadway cast and the other is an easily digestible Netflix true crime documentary. Email us at!Links: Josh and Maureen’s short film “Don’t Touch Your Face” Quibi “The 20 Best TV Dramas Since ‘The Sopranos’” “Hamilton” cast reunites “Long Shot” on Netflix
In Episode 84, we kick things off in the Snack Bag talking about the (cringey) cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” by Gal Gadot and her celebrity friends. Then, we discuss the pros and cons of late night shows and musicians trying to bring their content to the masses via the internet.In the Premiere Topic, we are talking all about NBC’s hit show “The Office,” which premiered 15 years ago in 2005. We talk about our history with the show, how it stacks up against other comedies, the MVP of the show, the LVP of the show and whether we’d recommend it to someone who’s never seen it.PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a good news show from John Krasinski and Maureen challenges our listeners to step away from social media for a week and connect with something. Email us at!Links: Gal Gadot sings “Imagine” “The Office” “Some Good News” on YouTube “Em for Marvelous”
In Episode 83, coronavirus is still dominating the news and it’s dominating our Snack Bag again. We start by talking about some of the stars who’ve contracted coronavirus. Then we discuss how some of the major film studios are reacting to the news that most movie theaters in the United States and around the world are closed and will be closed for some time.In the Premiere Topic, we are bringing you another installment of our semi-regular series within The Popped Cast called “First Time.” Our fourth installment in the series is Maureen’s first viewing of 2018 documentary film, “Free Solo.” We hear Maureen’s “First Time Take,” give our most valuable player (MVP) and least valuable player (LVP) picks and tell you whether or not you should watch the movie.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends an awesome new blog about hiking in the northeast and around the world and Josh recommends an online video series from Broadway stars that is helping to raise money for The Actors Fund. Email us at!Links: Stars who’ve tested positive for coronavirus Movies streaming early due to coronavirus “23 Streaming Services Offering Free Access Right Now” “Free Solo” Trekking Sketches Blog “Stars in the House”
In Episode 82, we talk about the elephant in the room (or rather, the disease in our world) with a wide-ranging discussion on coronavirus. We cover everything from what we’re doing to help stop the spread to how it’s affecting the entertainment industry to how we’re trying to employ social distancing.In the Premiere Topic, we do a deep dive into the 2017 film “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” from filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. We discuss the uncomfortable revelations surrounding the star/director of the film, our thoughts on the film itself and whether or not the content presented made us think twice about the food we consume.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen rights a wrong and Josh recommends not one but TWO excellent climbing documentaries.Email us at!Links: Social distancing to stop coronavirus - advice from an expert “Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to ‘flatten the curve’” “Super Size Me” “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!” Morgan Spurlock’s confession Beyond Meat Disney+ “The Dawn Wall” “Meru”
In Episode 81, we kick things off with a jam-packed Snack Bag. We discuss everything from the viral London subway singer to the production halt on the “Lizzie McGuire” reboot to the new (but actually old) “Bachelorette” to the passing of James Lipton.In the Premiere Topic, we are diving deep into our second edition of “Wheel of Disney Originals” (AKA WODO) with the 2000 film “Quints.” We talk about our impressions of the movie, its nonsensical plot device that is way overused, some of the ridiculous plot lines and of course, rate it on our special Disney scale.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a fun whodunnit film and Josh recommends some new music.Email us at!Links: Viral Subway Singer on “Ellen” “Lizzie McGuire” production drama Clare Crowley named “The Bachelorette” James Lipton dies at 93 “Quints” “Knives Out” The Lone Bellow - “Half Moon Light”
In Episode 80, we give some more details about the decline in viewership for award shows. In the Snack Bag, we talk about the BIG (totally dumb) “Friends” reunion special on the horizon for the upcoming HBO Max streaming service.In the Premiere Topic, we are bringing you another installment of our semi-regular series within The Popped Cast called “First Time.” Our third installment in the series is Josh’s first viewing of the film, “Downton Abbey.” It’s actually Maureen’s first time seeing the film as well but she was extremely familiar with the source material of “Downton Abbey” the TV show before we watched the movie. In this Premiere Topic, we hear Josh’s “First Time Take,” give our most and least valuable player (MVP & LVP) picks and tell you whether or not you should watch the movie.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a new NBC comedy and Josh recommends an Oscar-winning film from this past year.Email us at!Links: Decline in award shows chart The “Friends” cast is reuniting “Downton Abbey” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” “JoJo Rabbit”
In Episode 79, we are back to our regularly scheduled programming after breaking down the Oscars last week. In the Snack Bag, we discuss the down ratings for the Oscars and the return of Gordon Bombay to the ice. In the Premiere Topic, we continue our mini-series on “The Popped Cast” that we do from time to time called “Pilot Review.” Always on the hunt for a new show to watch together, we watched a pilot for a show we’ve never seen and decide whether or not it’s worth the time to continue watching. After trying "Cheers" last time, the Showtime hit “Episodes” is up next. We discuss our thoughts on the pilot, the good, the bad and whether or not we will keep watching. (You can currently watch “Episodes” on Netflix.)PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends a Netflix documentary/reality TV series and Josh recommends season 40 of a CBS stalwart.Email us at!Links: 2020 Oscar ratings “Hair Love” - Oscar winner for Best Animated Short Film “The Neighbor’s Window” - Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short Film Emilio Estevez returns to “The Mighty Ducks” reboot “Episodes” “Cheer” on Netflix “Survivor: Winners at War”
In Episode 78, Maureen and Josh are podcasting late into the night to bring you a full breakdown of the 2020 Academy Awards, which aired on ABC last night, so you can be the talk of the office with your fresh knowledge of everything Oscars. We discuss the big winners (“Parasite” for Best Picture!), the best speech, the best moment, the best one liner, the worst moment(s) and give our overall grade of the show.Email us at!Link: 2020 Oscar WinnersPlease rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 77, we are back after a two week break! In the Snack Bag, we dedicate all of our time to talking about the death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and dig into why people are so emotionally affected by the passing of a person they don't know.In the Premiere Topic, we break down our favorite commercials from this year's Super Bowl (New York Life?!) and discuss Shakira and Jennifer Lopez's energetic and entertaining halftime show.PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a movie you should definitely see in theaters and Maureen recommends an animated movie featuring some of the best toys around.Email us at!Links: "We Have To Tell The Whole Truth About Kobe Bryant" "Smaht Pahk" Hyundai commercial "Love Takes Action" New York Life commercial “Loretta" Google commercial "Typical American" Budweiser commercial "United Towns" Walmart commercial "1917" "Toy Story 4"
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 76, we finally reveal our secret message to our listeners and decode the secret code we’ve been planting in each episode since #68. In the Snack Bag, we talk about the royal rift in England, Leonardo DiCaprio’s maritime heroics and analyze the 2020 Oscar nominations.In the Premiere Topic, we compare the 1994 version of “Little Women” to the 2019 version of “Little Women.” We discuss which performances are stronger, which story structure works better and which film has the better ending. Come for the discussion of the March family and stay for the chat about the amazing Saoirse Ronan and which movie has the better kitten to human ratio.PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a Jeopardy tournament and Maureen recommends season 3 of a popular Amazon show.Email us at!Links: The Royal rift Leonardo DiCaprio saves a man at sea 2020 Oscar nominations “Little Women” from 1994 “Little Women” from 2019 “Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 75, we are back after a week off celebrating Christmas and the turn to the new decade! We discuss Clint Eastwood’s ski day with Arnold Schwarzenegger and also give our thoughts on how “Cats: The Musical: The Movie” is getting worse and worse despite attempts to “improve it.”In the Premiere Topic, Josh does a quick hit recap and instant reaction to the 2020 Golden Globes, which aired last night. Didn’t catch the show? Want to know who the big winners were? We’ve got you covered!PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends an easy to swallow Netflix show she just discovered and Josh recommends a British show that originally aired in 2013 but is now on Netflix.Email us at!Links: Clint Eastwood & Arnold Schwarzenegger go skiing “Cats” tries to fix its special effects errors The 2020 Golden Globe winners “Broadchurch” “Virgin River”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 74, we kick things off by talking about the massive difference in box office returns for the just released “Star Wars” movie and “Cats: The Musical: The Movie.”In our Premiere Topic, we talk about some of our favorites from the world of pop culture in 2019. We each talk about our favorite new movie we saw, discuss our favorite returning TV show and give our take on our favorite new show of the year. Josh also recommends a book that was first published in June 2019.Thanks to everyone who has listened in 2019. See you in 2020!Email us at!
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 73, we talk about the new trailer for “Wonder Woman 1984” and look at the nominations for January’s Golden Globe nominations.In our Premiere Topic, Josh is joined by special guest Mike Wilbur to talk all about “Star Wars.” We delve into the history of the franchise, discuss the ups and downs of the series and give our takes on the Disney+ show, “The Mandalorian.” Where does “Star Wars” stand in 2019? Find out!Then in Teasers for this week, Josh recommends a fascinating book on baseball and Mike suggests both a lighthearted “Star Wars/Hamilton” spoof and a gripping non-fiction audiobook.Email us at!Links: “Wonder Woman 1984” “Golden Globe Nominations” “Dear Baby Yoda” “In Harm’s Way” “Astroball”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 72, we jump right into the Premiere Topic with special guests Zac and Sally Crippen (founders of the Vernacular Podcast Network and co-hosts of Vernacular Podcast) to determine the best Christmas song of all time. In a bracket style tournament, 16 songs enter (in four regions - Religious, Classics, Animated Classics, Modern) and only one emerges as the winner. Which song takes home the crown? The winner might surprise you!Then in our Teasers for this week, Josh recommends a really fun whodunnit movie in theaters now, Maureen proposes you watch a documentary you can catch on Amazon Prime, Zac suggests a re-imagined animated Christmas film you can see on Netflix and Sally praises another film you can still catch in theaters.Email us at!Links: “Knives Out” “Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of” “The Grinch” “Ford v. Ferrari”
In Episode 71, we give you an update on the (now resolved) Taylor Swift drama, talk about the big box office for “Frozen 2” in its opening weekend and discuss Ricky Gervais being named the host for the 2020 Golden Globes.In the Premiere Topic, we are diving deep into our first edition of “Wheel of Disney Originals” (AKA WODO) with the 1999 hit film “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.” We talk about our impressions of the movie, what the movie got right (and wrong) about the future, why the acting is so bad and rate it on a special Disney scale.PLUS, in our teasers, Josh recommends a possible Oscar contender still in theaters and Maureen recommends taking a step back and slowing down this Thanksgiving week.Email us at!Links: Taylor Swift drama resolved “Frozen 2” crushes at the box office Ricky Gervais will host the 2020 Golden Globes “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” “Ford v. Ferrari”
Please rate and subscribe to our podcast if you haven’t already!In Episode 70, Josh is re-joined by Maureen after her week off to attend the wedding of a close friend. We talk about the Taylor Swift drama dominating the news, the newly named “People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive” and how celebrities are really just like us. In the Premiere Topic, after rewatching the five “How I Met Your Mother” Thanksgiving episodes, we discuss our personal favorites, our least favorite, the MVP of the episodes, how it compares to the “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes and how the show holds up today on a partial rewatch.PLUS, in our teasers, Maureen recommends some more Netflix content and Josh recommends a new band recommended to him by the robots at Spotify.Email us at!Links: Taylor Swift drama John Legend named “People’s Sexiest Man Alive” Does John Legend look like Arthur? Matt Damon’s daughter falls asleep during his movie “How I Met Your Mother” “Queer Eye: We’re in Japan” Hush Kids on Spotify
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