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Oct 29, 2016

Just two more days left for #BigSell30! Amita here with your penultimate Big Sell.

I had the opportunity to chat with Rachna Govani, food lover and co-founder of Foodstand to get a Big Sell from her. Foodstand is a free app to help you build good eating habits- which comes at the perfect time since we are entering the food focused holiday season. Between the celebration of Diwali, candy filled Halloween and the celebratory feasts of Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas, Americans are known to pack on the pounds over the next few months.

Foodstand is spearheading a movement to be more conscious about what you eat, how you eat and has created multiple challenges to help you achieve those goals.

I could honestly listen to Rachna talk about food for days because her passion for good food and creating a food community is so energizing. She's extremely smart and as I mentioned in our interview, Rachna is also a good friend and I couldn't be prouder of her. I also wasn't kidding about her being a rockstar in the food world- she recently attended SXSL- the South By South Lawn event at the White House and had the opportunity to speak with Russell Simmons about his efforts to create affordable healthy food for the community in Flint, MI. You can find out more about Russell's non-profit efforts here and read more about Rachna in this interview with her on Forbes.com.

As you will hear in our interview, I decided to Big Sell the Foodstand app to all of you and Rachna graciously gave us a Big Sell of another app- the free meditation app Insight Timer.

Enjoy our conversation and leave a comment below or tweet us @PopInsiders and let us know if you enjoyed this conversation or any of the other Big Sells from #BigSell30.

Oct 27, 2016

While you're scouring costume stores to find a David S. Pumpkins Halloween costume, get your pop culture fix in this week's episode!

We review Lady Gaga's new album, Joanne, with friend, DJ and devoted Lady Gaga fan, James Barker. We discuss the music, her slightly stripped down image, last weekend's SNL performance, and so much more! (Seriously, we couldn't stop talking about her and well...multiple tangents occurred).

Then, Sean tries to contain himself while describing the violent and tragic season premiere of The Walking Dead. SPOILER ALERT- he reveals details of what went down with hot but deadly Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Neegan and his deadly bat, Lucille.

Plus, we continue #BigSell30 with a special Big Sell from guest Matthew Billy, host of the music history podcast, Between the Liner Notes. It's an incredible account of an impromptu jam session with Pete Seeger of "Sailing Up, Sailing Down" that he had the privilege to witness.

All that and Amita's thoughts on the Mary J. Blige short-lived Crispy Chicken commercial- no spoiler necessary...you can probably guess her reaction.

Oct 22, 2016

Happy Saturday Pop Culture fans! Here's your daily dose of pop culture for #BigSell30.

We had such a great time talking to Alan Noah of The Test of Time podcast last week, so we brought him back to give us another Big Sell. This time, he suggested the Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels. He also somehow snuck in a Big Sell for Star Wars Clone Wars in the middle of our conversation too!

At first I think Sean and I were a little hesitant on watching a "kids cartoon", but Alan took this assignment seriously and truly sold us on this!

Listen now to hear his description of the series and find out what made both of us gasp in excitement. Three words: James. Earl. Jones.

And definitely check out Alan's podcast- this week's episode dissects the John Hughes classic, Sixteen Candles.

Oct 19, 2016

Is Fall 2016 shaping up to be one of the greatest seasons for Pop Culture ever? Consider our latest episode that celebrates the ridiculous heights achieved in music, film and TV in just the past 7 days.

First up we discuss the independent feature, Moonlight which opens this week. This movie has filled Sean's soul and rocked his world so hard that it gets the full House of Hyperbole treatment. Find out why he thinks this film cannot be missed!
Then, we discuss the new single from the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige. Mary has sat on the throne for 2 decades but we think her new song, "Thick of It," is one of the most soul baring and emotionally gut wrenching songs she's ever recorded.
We also reveal the role Mary has played in our personal friendship and podcast partnership.

Plus, we talk about the new television drama on OWN, Queen Sugar. The show is halfway through its first season and continues to bring an impressive blend of melodrama, social realism and the most gorgeous cinematography on TV. All hail Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay! Whether you're a huge fan or haven't had a chance to catch it, Amita shares a tip on the 'best' way to view past and upcoming episodes.

And #BigSell30 moves into the home stretch with a Big Sell from friends of the show Caroline and Tom Romita (and their new best friend, Alexa).

Oct 17, 2016

From the beginning of the #BigSell30, Jo and J, the hosts of the JoJCast, have been big supporters of our goal to experience one new piece of pop culture everyday throughout the month of October . Amita and I are super appreciative of all of the amazing big sell recommendations they've tweeted over the past couple of weeks. We've been big fans of their Screen Dump podcast since late last year so we are especially thrilled to have them join us for this Inside Pop Special International Edition!

JojCast's Big Sell is British music artist, Kate Tempest's new album, Let Them Eat Chaos. If you listen carefully to this podcast you'll hear Amita and I become increasingly intrigued by their description of this musician/poet we'd never heard before. Jo shares the fact that she has "...an emotional epiphany," every time she see's Tempest perform. I love (and quite often depend on) music that elicits deep emotional responses so I was ready to immediately check out this #BigSell! In addition to the new album, Jo and J also recommended Kate Tempest's appearance on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series (link below). After watching the first song, "Ballad of a Hero," I was floored!

After listening to our conversation we think you'll also be inspired to check out Kate Tempest and listen to JoJCast (they're also podcasting about music now and I guarantee there are many other great recommendations from them ahead).

Listen to: Kate Tempest's new album: Let Them Eat Chaos

Watch her on: Tiny Desk Concert

Be sure to follow Inside Pop on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders and don’t forget to send us your Big Sells for #BigSell30

Oct 15, 2016

Hey everyone! Hope you're having a great weekend! If you're looking for a new TV show, podcast or song, the Big Sell 30 Day Challenge has you covered. We are challenging ourselves and encouraging you to experience one new piece of pop culture every day for 30 days.

Today's Big Sell is from a fellow podcaster and friend of ours, Alan Noah of  The Test of Time Podcast.

Alan's Big Sell is the new FX series, Better Things starring frequent Louis C.K. creative collaborator and co-star, Pamela Adlon.

The semi-autobiographical comedy series stars Adlon and debuted a few weeks ago. So far it has been well received and FX has already ordered a 2nd season.

We had such a great time talking to Alan and definitely check out The Test of Time Podcast as well!

Be sure to follow Inside Pop on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders and don’t forget to send us your Big Sells for #BigSell30!

Oct 11, 2016

This week Inside Pop helps you deal with increasing demands of Peak TV. We review the new Fall TV shows we're sampling, the returning shows that are still solid and the programs that are either being saved on our DVR or on the cusp of being buried in the Pop Culture Graveyard. Some of the shows that make the list include: HBO's Insecure, Hulu's The Mindy Project and NBC's The Good Place & This is Us.

We also discuss the new single from Bruno Mars, "24K Magic" and analyze his Vegas party themed video. Plus, Amita's Big Sell features music from Atlanta star, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino.

The multi-talented creator, writer and director of the hit series also sings and raps and Amita handpicks three singles from his last album Kauai, "Palisades", "Sober" and "Pop Thieves" for #BigSell30. We also discuss his creative collective- Royalty, featured here in GQ Magazine as well as The Roots musical collective discussed here.

Listen. Share. Subscribe and follow us @Popinsiders on Twitter and Instagram. And don't forget to join us in the Big Sell 30 Day Challenge!

Oct 10, 2016

We're welcoming you back to the work week with a special #BigSell30 edition of Inside Pop. We're continuing our goal to experience one new piece of pop culture every day during the month of October with guests Wendell Britt and Nate Zablan, the hosts of The Tone Podcast.

Wendell and Nate's Big Sell is the singer/songwriter Ben Folds. And whether you've followed Ben Folds' career for decades or are only slightly acquainted with his music; after listening to this Big Sell you are guaranteed to have a greater appreciation for the musician. It's Everything You Wanted to Know About Ben Folds But Were Afraid to Ask!

We had such a great time talking to Nate and Wendell and hope you check out The Tone Podcast as well!

Be sure to follow Inside Pop on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders and don’t forget to send us your Big Sells for #BigSell30!

Oct 4, 2016

This week, we are reveling in the gifts of Black Excellence bestowed upon us by the pop culture Gods in film, television and music! We had the exclusive opportunity to watch visionary director Ava DuVernay's latest documentary, 13th, and discuss why we were so extremely moved by this powerful film.

Then, it’s hoodies up as we geek out over our immediate (and spoiler free) reaction to the premiere of Marvel's Luke Cage.

Plus, Solange drops her latest album, A Seat at the Table, and we immediately put it on repeat!

All that and Sean gives his first Big Sell in the #BigSell30 Day Challenge!

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @PopInsiders and don't forget to send us your Big Sells for #BigSell30!

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Oct 1, 2016

It's Day One of the Big Sell 30 Day Challenge! #BigSell30 here we go! Thanks for joining us as we invite everyone to experience one new piece of pop culture every day for 30 days. If you're looking for suggestions this is the place to be!

Every day we'll have a Big Sell recommendation for you here on the site. Our first Big Sell comes from Matt McKee of The Long Distance Popcast. His Big Sell is the Netflix series Peaky Blinders starring Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill and Tom Hardy.

This show has been around for 3 seasons, but may have been overshadowed by higher profile Netflix series like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Stranger Things and Marvel's Luke Cage.

Listen to hear LDP co-host Matt McKee explain why this show is worth checking out!

And tomorrow on Day 2 - we will feature LDP co-host Claudia Castillo's Big Sell.

We're off and running! Remember to tweet YOUR Big Sell suggestions to us @PopInsiders and let us know how your #BigSell30 experience is going!

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