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Sep 20, 2017

We're donning our imaginary capes to bring you the very best of a very busy Pop Culture week!

First, we chat new music from Sam Smith, Miguel and Mavis Staples.

Then, the Emmy Awards were awarded on Sunday night and we discuss how overwhelmed and overjoyed we were by how many of our favorite shows and actors won! Amita gives her Red Carpet Fashion Slay or Nay and we discuss all of the 'firsts' of the evening. Were we rooting for the Black and Brown people? Listen to find out!

Plus, we announce the return of The Big Sell 30 Day Challenge! Find out what #BigSell30 is all about, why we need you to be part of it and hear about some of our favorite Big Sells from last year's challenge.

And in this week's Big Sell, Sean reviews the Glamour article written by Reese Witherspoon about ambition and sells Amita on an interesting coming out video by actor Haaz Sleiman.

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Sep 13, 2017

This episode is hella full with the very best of a great week in pop culture!

Don't hand in that Emmy office pool ballot until you listen to our '100% guaranteed to be right' Emmy predictions. We'll let you know the actors and series that will win television's big night.

We also pick our jaws up from the floor in time to recap the Season 2 Finale of Issa Rae's Insecure (Issa, the couch - REALLY?!).

Also, Sean reviews the box office monster (pun most definitely intended) It and tells you if It lands in his Top 9 Stephen King Adaptations of all time.

Finally, Amita rates Sean's photo focused Big Sell from last week, and then sells Sean on an article written by an Oscar-winning and Emmy nominated actress.

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You can also find us at MaximumFun.org

And visit our official site at www.insidepoppodcast.com

 

 

 

Sep 6, 2017

We put away our white shoes and are previewing some of the upcoming Film, TV and Music we're looking forward to this Fall! There's an overwhelming amount of pop culture coming out in the next few months, but we'll help you select the best of the best that cannot be missed.

Which television shows in the era of Peak TV have caught our attention and demand us to check them out? Which films could be awards contenders AND crowd pleasers? And what albums and concerts do we plan to line up to listen to and experience? We reveal all!

And Sean reviews last week's Big Sell, the Game of Thrones behind the scenes series, "Game Revealed," and gives Amita a unique Big Sell - a multi-media article featuring Issa Rae, James Davis, Rachel Bloom, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.

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You can also find us at MaximumFun.org

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Aug 30, 2017

It's all about our two favorite places on this week's episode; New York City and . . .Westeros!

We recap the Game of Thrones season seven finale, “The Dragon and the Wolf,” and celebrate the Stark Siblings' team work, analyze the Kings Landing Meet-Up Royale and question the ramifications of Jon and Dany's union (and when we say 'union' we mean they SMASHED!) We also tell you where we think this season ranks compared to others and let you know how long you'll have to wait for the 8th and final season of this epic series.

We also talk about the jam packed week of pop culture consumption we experienced in our hometown of NYC ( the greatest city in the world – just ask the Schuyler Sisters!). Our 7 days of being out and about include:

  • AfroPunk - where we saw live performances from Solange, Sampha, Soul II Soul, Raphael Saddiq, Michael Kiwanuka, Macy Gray, Nao, Blitz the Ambassador and hung out with hundreds of people representing Black Girl Magic and Black Boy Joy!
  • Dave Chappelle & Solange at the iconic Radio City Music Hall.
  • An exclusive screening of the new doc, A Suitable Girl, that explores arranged marriages in India.
  • Fellow Max Fun podcasters The Greatest Generation's live Show (and after the live show there was the after party!).
  • Kendrick Lamar live!

And Amita Big Sells Sean something to help him - and you - deal with Game of Thrones withdrawal.

Plus - we review the new single and music video, "Sky Walker," by singer, songwriter and mutual object of Pop Insiders' affection -Miguel.

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You can also find us at MaximumFun.org

Visit our official site at www.insidepoppodcast.com for bonus content.

Aug 23, 2017
Faster than you can sail from Dragonstone to Winterfell - another week has gone by, and another epic Game of Thrones episode has arrived that can NOT be overlooked! We discuss the penultimate episode, Beyond the Wall, of this fast paced season and talk Dragons and Zombie Polar Bears and White Walkers and oh so much more! Be warned again - spoilers ahead!
 
Then, Sean shares his initial thoughts on Netflix's The Defenders - and you may be surprised to hear his reaction.
 
And of course, there is no Inside Pop without the Big Sell.  Sean reviews last week's 'soft ball' musical recommendation from Amita (a song by Bosco featuring St. Beauty) and recommends a politically charged Big Sell that involves Kal Penn, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chuck Close and 'he who shall not be named' (but who SHALL be protested).

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Aug 16, 2017

We look forward and backward and completely nerd out this week!

First up, we recap the latest Game of Thrones episode, "Eastwatch" and look ahead to how these tangled plot lines may play out. Is Cersei Lannister with child? Will Lord Baelish put his little finger between the recently reunited Stark sister act?

Then Amita completely surprises Sean with a Game of Thrones Inside Pop Quiz! Does Sean know a Tully from a Tarly? Can he name all three of Daenerys' dragons? Listen to find out!

Then, in anticipation of this week's premiere of The Defenders on Netflix, we revisit our conversation with Marvel's Luke Cage Creator and Executive Producer Cheo Hodari Coker who discusses his future plans for the Luke Cage character.

And in the Big Sell, Amita shares her reaction to an Afropunk 2017 playlist and she big sells Sean a new song by BOSCO featuring St. Beauty.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders

You can also find us at MaximumFun.org

Visit our official website for bonus content: www.insidepoppodcast.com

 

 

Aug 9, 2017

This week, we have a spoiler FILLED discussion about the latest episode of Game of Thrones (You've been warned!) Reunions, Deaths (?) and Dragons- oh my!

Plus, we discuss the mid-season finale of one of our favorite shows- Queen Sugar and talk about how the series is taking it up a notch in its 2nd Season.

And we read some listener feedback to our discussion last week about the portrayal of South Asian relationships in Film and TV.

Then, we talk about the lackluster box office for the film Detroit and our thoughts on why audiences may not have embraced the film as expected.

And of course, we have another brand new Big Sell! Sean gives his thoughts on last week's suggestion- the band, The Suffers, and sells Amita on a playlist that features artists from the upcoming AfroPunk music festival.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders

You can also find us at MaximumFun.org

Visit www.insidepoppodcast.com for bonus content

 

Aug 2, 2017

This week we discuss the film, television, music AND music videos that have grabbed our attention!

First up, we highlight some of our favorite new music videos from Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Grimes featuring Janelle Monae. These artists are creating work that's thought provoking and gorgeous.

Then, we discuss the depiction of South Asian interracial relationships on television and in film. Our conversation is inspired by a recent article that critiques the lack of Asian love interests in the works of South Asian creators like Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, Kumail Nanjiani and Hasan Minhaj. We tackle the issues of personal expression, cultural responsibility and the need to see Brown Love on the screen.

Finally in The Big Sell, Amita rates Sam Dew's cover of the Bill Withers song "Use Me" and then she gives what Sean calls, "the greatest big sell in the history of the show!" It's not because of what she sells - but how she sells it. Let's just say Sean likes it when Amita shares personal info.

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Go to www.insidepoppodcast.com for bonus content including links to all of the music videos mentioned in this episode.

Jul 26, 2017

We've had a busy pop culture filled week- starting with an exclusive screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power followed by a Q&A with Former Vice President Al Gore! We weren't sure if we should bow or curtsy upon seeing him on stage.

Then, we analyze some of the most talked about trailers featured at San Diego Comic Con- including The Defenders, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League and Star Trek: Discovery. Do they stir up excitement or fall flat?

Plus, we chat about the season two premiere of Insecure - guess how many times Amita mentions Lawrence?

And we bring you another installment of "Way Into . . ." with our guide to get way into one of our favorite Brits- Idris Elba.

And Amita gets her wish- Sean FINALLY watches one of her favorite episodes of the critically acclaimed Donald Glover FX series- Atlanta in The Big Sell.

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And you can also find us at Maximum Fun

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Jul 19, 2017

Join us and raise a glass to toast the return of Game of Thrones - but before you take a swig just make sure you're not on Arya's sh*t list!

On this episode of Inside Pop, we dissect the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones which has us talking about everything from filthy chamber pots to Ed Sheeran cameos to Vermeer paintings to the one thing Daenerys has in common with Prince and the Revolution! (There are Spoilers in this conversation- you've been warned)

Then - we give you many reasons why you should be over the moon (just like us)  for the the new trailer for the Ava DuVernay epic, A Wrinkle in Time.

We're also joined by special guest, DJ and Television Producer James Barker (aka DJ Chaotic) who shares his favorite albums and singles of the first half of 2017. A must listen if you're looking for thoughtful, upbeat, quality tunes to add to your playlists!

Plus, we give you our thoughts on the Emmy nominations.

And it's quid pro quo time in The Big Sell. Amita rates Sean's Big Sell from last week (an episode of the Amazon series, I Love Dick) and in turns sells Sean on an Emmy nominated episode of Atlanta he (shamefully) has not yet seen.

 

James' Best of 2017 (So Far)

Albums:

Harry Styles - Harry Styles

Lorde - Melodrama

Qveen Herby - Qveen Herby

Singles:

Maty Noyes - The Making of 'London'

Geordie Kieffer- Red Line

Carly Rae Jepsen- Cut to the Feeling

 

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Jul 12, 2017

This week, Inside Pop dives into Jay-Z's new album 4:44- we discuss some of the personal issues he revealed in his lyrics along with his evolution from his first album to now. We then discuss other artists who have bared their soul through music and some of the confessional - like songs with which we have connected -  including Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Prince, Mary J. Blige and more.

Plus, we revel in the abundance of programming that Peak TV has given us in 2017 with our Best of TV picks of the last 6 months. Find out which shows made our individual lists and which shows we shared our undying affection for.

Then, Sean gives his Big Sell review and rating of last week's suggestion from Amita- the singer/songwriter, Bishop Briggs. Then, he shares his Big Sell which comes from one of the series on his Best of TV (So Far) list.

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders

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You can also find Inside Pop on Maximum Fun network.

Jul 5, 2017

The holiday weekend is over but the fun is just about to begin! Take a deep dive inside the world of pop culture and join Sean David Johnson and Amita Patel as they celebrate their debut episode on Maximum Fun!

  • Who are Amita and Sean? I mean who are they REALLY?: The co-hosts of Inside Pop (aka The Pop Insiders) give you a quick (re)introduction.
  • Inside Pop Quiz: Summer Blockbuster Movie Edition. Sean quizzes Amita on everything from which Spielberg summer flick has made the most money to which of Rihanna's lines of dialogue from Battleship are the most memorable.
  • Best Movies of 2017 . . .  So Far: Special guest Mike Cecchini, editor-in-chief of Den of Geek joins Sean and Amita to discuss his favorite films of the first half of the year. Plus he shares an early review of Spiderman: Homecoming.
  • The Big Sell: Each week Sean and Amita take turns recommending something from the world of pop culture the other has yet to experience. Last week, Sean's Big Sell to Amita was the Viceland episode of Earthworks featuring musician (and Inside Pop object of objectification) Miguel.  This week Amita big sells Sean music from British singer/songwriter, Bishop Briggs.

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Jun 28, 2017

This week, Amita discusses the new film, The Big Sick, written and starring Kumail Nanjiani. Will it be the sleeper hit of the summer?

Then, in honor of Pride Month, we revisit one of our favorite countdowns- our Top 3 LGBT Television Characters - with special guest Kevyn Fairchild.

And Sean gives his review of TLC's new single "Way Back" in the Big Sell and suggests a Viceland show featuring IP favorite, Miguel.

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Jun 21, 2017

This week we've got a big announcement in a short episode. After we share some exciting news about our podcast, we bring you Amita's review of Sean's last Big Sell, Alabama Shakes new/old song, "Killer Diller Blues." After her review, Amita big sells Sean on a new joint by an older group.

And Sean also gives a bonus big sell and tells Amita about the fantastic Georgia O'Keefe exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Jun 7, 2017

This week- we dive into the world of pop culture with:

  • Wonder Woman - Amita gives her reaction and we discuss the film's record breaking box office.
  • Master of None - We can't get enough of the Season 2 and talk about Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang's decision to hold off on Season 3...for now.
  • Sean pours some out for the final season of one of his favorite Netflix series, Sense8.
  • We share an excerpt of our interview with Sara Taksler, the writer/director/producer of the documentary, Tickling Giants.
  • And Sean rates and reviews last week's Big Sell, the soul/funk/blues artist, Earl St. Clair and shares his Big Sell- a new single from Alabama Shakes.

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May 31, 2017

This week, we are jam packed with everything you need to know about the latest in pop culture! We start off with a roundup of new trailers for Game of Thrones and Spiderman: Homecoming- do they live up to the hype?

And speaking of hype- we discuss our "Hype Songs" - the tracks that make us turnt up, get us energized and keep us in a good mood to conquer the day or rule the night.

Then, we discuss Sofia Coppola's win at Cannes Film Festival for Best Director of the upcoming film The Beguiled, and the controversy surrounding the female only screenings popping up around the country for Wonder Woman this coming weekend.

Plus, Sean returns to the House of Hyperbole to discuss the most sexual sex scene he's ever witnessed on television in the new series, American Gods.

And Amita gives her review and rating of last week's Big Sell, British singer songwriter, Laura Mvula and suggests another unique soulful voice- Earl St. Clair.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders

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May 24, 2017

It is happening again!

That's right - we are back with another episode covering the most interesting pop culture of the week. Our topics this episode include:

  • Twin Peaks returns and Sean attempts to make sense of David Lynch and Mark Frosts' deep, dark, inscrutable work. Does it live up to the immense hype and Sean's great expectations? Listen to find out!
  • Chris Cornell died last week and Amita Patel shares her feelings and memories of the singer and also provides a guide to finding some of his best work online.
  • Alien: Covenant is the latest offering from Ridley Scott and Sean lets you know whether this film lives up to what we've come to expect from the director of Gladiator,  Thelma & Louise and of course, the original Alien.
  • The creators of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, spoke at Vulture Fest in NYC and Amita Patel was there in order to share the inside scoop with you! Listen to hear insight into the creation of one of the great shows on TV today.
  • The Big Sell! Listen to hear what Sean thinks of Amita's Big Sell from last week, the web series Hot Ones, which features celebrities promoting their latest project . . . while they eat hot wings. Amita's pick features Key & Peele in the hot seat. And then Sean Big Sells Amita on a British singer (imagine that) he's recently discovered.

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May 17, 2017

Let's Rock!

This week we react to the first four masterful episodes of Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang's, Master of None. Amita shares the particular joy that comes with watching this South Asian auteur do his his thing!

Then we explain why watching the current season of Scandal is the equivalent to having Pity Sex!

Next we introduce a new segment, Way Into, in which we present a guide for you to become as 'Way Into" a piece of pop culture as we are. In this inaugural segment, Sean presents a Way Into. . . Twin Peaks - and tells you everything you need to know and do to prepare for the Twin Peaks premiere on Showtime on Sunday May 21st.

Then we celebrate our 75th episode in a very special way!

And as always, we end with The Big Sell. Amita rates and reviews Sean's Instagram Big Sell from last week and sells him on a YouTube series that involves chicken, celebrities and hot sauce... Spicy!

Thanks to all of our listeners! Whether you've listened from the beginning or just recently found us - we are thrilled to have you here for our special milestone episode!

The best is yet come!

Sean's Way Into Twin Peaks

Watch Season 1
If you only have time for two eps out of the 7 watch The Pilot and episode 3 - Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer.
Read: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
Watch Season 2 episodes 1-7.
If you only have time for two episodes watch the season premiere + episode 7 Lonely Souls (Laura Palmer's Killer is REVEALED!)
Watch Fire Walk with Me.
Watch Wild at Heart
Read: The Secret History of Twin Peaks
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May 10, 2017

The May pop culture hot streak continues so we discuss the release of the trailers for the highly anticipated film adaptation of the Stephen King series, The Dark Tower; and The Defenders on Netflix.

Then, Amita gives her immediate (and spoiler free) reaction to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and also shares her exciting experience winning a Broadway Lottery. Meanwhile Sean is incapable of containing his excitement over the premiere of the 2nd season of Sense8.

The Pop Insiders also share the details of the recently announced Game of Thrones spin-offs and share which GoT characters they'd most want to see Frasiered.

Plus, Amita celebrates the influx of South Asians on TV and Film and the joy and inspiration they have given her.

And Sean reviews  last's week's Hall & Oates big sell and sells Amita on a climate change focused Instagram feed.

Stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram @popinsiders

Links:

The Defenders trailer

The Dark Tower trailer

Big Sell: Everyday Climate Change Instagram feed

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May 3, 2017

The Pop Insiders never lie! As promised - May is lit and in this episode we dive into the unbearable 'litness' of pop culture in its first week. We discuss:

  • DJ Khaled's new song of the summer contender, "I'm the One". We review the song and focus on Chance the Rapper's provocative verse.
  • Mary J. Blige's new album, Strength of a Woman.
  • The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu.
  • Our ecstatic experience seeing The Revolution live in NYC.
  •  The passing of the great director, Jonathan Demme.

And of course we end with the Big Sell. Amita reviews Sean's pick from last week - the recent Gorillaz episode of the music focused podcast, Song Exploder.

Give us a shout out on Twitter or Instagram @PopInsiders!

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Apr 26, 2017

This week, we preview the upcoming pop culture that we're most looking forward to in May. From Master of None to Twin Peaks, Alien: Covenant to Guardians of the Galaxy, Gorillaz and The Billboard Music Awards- we'll tell you why this is the pop culture you cannot miss next Month! 

We also share our experiences at the Tribeca Film Festival and our night out at the DJ Spinna Soul Slam party.

Plus, Sean gives his rating and review of a special episode of The Mindy Project and sells Amita on a music focused podcast.

Follow us @PopInsiders and let us know what pop culture you're looking forward to in May.

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Apr 19, 2017

In this episode we're focusing on some of the major pop culture releases of the month!

The trailer for the latest installment of the Star Wars series- The Last Jedi- was released and Sean gives an in depth analysis of the themes of this teaser and theories on the film.

Then, there is no containing our adoration for the incomparable Kendrick Lamar and his latest album, DAMN. We review and reflect on the rap genius and share our initial reactions.

Plus, MTV revamped and expanded their Movie Awards to include television and also removed separate gender categories. We discuss whether this is a smart move to refresh a decades old awards show.

And Amita reviews last week's Big Sell- A Tribe Called Quest's latest video directed by Atlanta's Hiro Murai for the single- "Dis Generation", and sells Sean on a recent episode of The Mindy Project.

Let us know your thoughts on all of the above on Twitter or Instagram @PopInsiders

www.insidepoppodcast.com

Links:

A Tribe Called Quest: Dis Generation video

Rolling Stone track by track guide to Kendrick Lamar's Damn.

Apr 5, 2017

This week, we achieve the impossible- we discuss the finales of The Walking Dead and Big Little Lies without spoiling a thing! Our discussion focuses on the appropriate length of a season and the pros and cons of producing a series with an end in sight.

Then, Sean takes a purple moment to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Prince's seminal album, Sign O The Times.

And the Big Sell gets super sized thanks to Kendrick Lamar's single "The Heart Part 4" and the new music video for "Humble".

Listen now and let us know what you thought about the finales of The Walking Dead and Big Little Lies- @popinsiders on Twitter or Instagram.

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Links:
Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" video

A Tribe Called Quests's music video for Dis Generation

 

Mar 29, 2017

We conclude our pop culture themed Women's History Month segments with an interview with Esta Fiesta, host of the Poised N Polished podcast! We talk to Esta about her top 3 fashionable female characters on TV and discuss fashion and feminism.

Next, the conclusion of our inaugural March Madness bracket dedicated to Amita's celebrity husbands contains a surprising finale. Wait until you hear who she chooses to be her ultimate celeb husband.

And we discuss Sean's Big Sell from last week, the Oscar winning documentary short, The White Helmets.

Tweet us who you would have picked to win the March Madness bracket @Popinsiders and let us know your favorite fashionable female on TV.

www.insidepoppodcast.com

 

Links:

Poised N Polished on iTunes

Esta Fiesta's Blog - Living Fiesta

Mar 22, 2017

This week, we continue our special Women's History Month segments with a female themed Inside Pop Quiz and Amita starts to narrow down her celebrity husbands in the Inaugural Inside Pop March Madness Bracket! You won't believe who she picked. (And neither does Sean!)

And Sean gives his review of last week's Big Sell, British singer/songwriter Jorja Smith.

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