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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Mar 15, 2017

This time the Pop Insiders get up close and personal! In the second installment of our series celebrating Women's History Month, we each share how three femalke musicians defined different periods of our lives. We discuss music from artists like Annie Lennox, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé and others that gave us comfort, motivation and inspiration when we needed them the most.

Also, Amita reviews Sean's Big Sell of the Amazon series Fleabag. Sean was iffy on whether Amita would really like this Big Sell- listen to hear her verdict. And Amita's Big Sell involved a new British artist AND this reading assignment.

Plus - over the past year we've all heard Amita mention her 'husbands' - those celebrities who have the right combination of looks and talent which make them worthy potential spouses. Well - in our version of a March Madness bracket, Amita shares her top eight husbands which Sean will use to prepare next week's celebrity husband bracket. This is guaranteed to be the sexiest bracket you've ever experienced!

 

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Mar 8, 2017

In honor of Women's History Month we're kicking off a series celebrating some of our favorite depictions of women in pop culture. We start off in this episode with our countdown of each of our 3 Favorite Female Friendships. From Meredith and Christina in Grey's Anatomy to Maxine, Khadijah, Regine and Sinclair in Living Single we discuss how many of the bonds between women depicted in film and TV are inspirational and aspirational.

And we have a very special interview with Sara Taksler, the writer, producer and director of the independent documentary, Tickling GiantsThis film tells the incredible story of Bassem Youssef, who is considered the Jon Stewart of Egypt. He created his own version of the Daily Show to speak out about the government in Egypt during one of the most tumultuous times in its history. Amita sits down with Sara to discuss the making of this documentary and the message they hope to spread to people in the midst of an interesting political climate in the U.S. as well.

And of course it's a brand new Big Sell. Sean rates Amita's Big Sell of Seinabo Sey - and then he Big Sells Amita his new favorite British dramedy.

Links:

Find a screening of Tickling Giants here

Listen to Seinabo Sey's Hard Time and Pretend

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Feb 26, 2017

Dozens of hours spent in the dark have all lead to TONIGHT. Listen to hear our immediate reaction to Hollywood's Biggest Night as we help you figure out WTF happened during the last minutes of the show!!! Bonnie & Clyde give La La Land the award for Best Picture ( no surprise to anyone) but then a producer for La la Land declares that Moonlight is the actual winner. Huh? Are you confused? Elated? Concerned for Faye Dunaway? So are we! Listen to hear us make sense of it all! Plus red carpet moments, rating Jimmy Kimmel as host, and declaring a winner of our Long Distance Popcast VS Inside Pop Oscar Ballot  - we'll give you our unique perspective on the 89th Annual Academy Awards.

Plus - we review the new must see, must talk about, must tell everyone how much you love it movie of the moment - Jordan Peele's Get Out! But - does the film live up to the hype? One of us thinks - mmmm, maybe not?

And The Big Sell returns after a week off. Amita rates and reviews Sampha's new album, Process. And in an unprecedented move Sean rates his own Big Sell.

And The Big Sell returns after a week off. Amita rates and reviews Sampha's new album, Process. And in an unprecedented move, Sean also rates his own Big Sell.

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Feb 22, 2017

We have an extra special episode this week featuring not one, not two, but three guests to discuss the Oscars!

Our podcast friends, Claudia Castillo and Matt McKee, hosts of Long Distance Popcast joined us for an Oscar Ballot Battle Royale- we all filled out separate Oscar Ballots and are competing against one another to see who will best predict the winners on Sunday night.

Then, we chat with friend of the podcast, Caroline Hand, about her predictions for Oscar night and share some very important etiquette tips for hosting or attending an Oscar Party.

This episode is filled to the brim with Oscar goodness and you don't want to miss it (unless you're Mel Gibson- sorry buddy, you're not winning this year)

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter on Oscar night to find out who will win the Oscar Ballot Battle and read our live twitter commentary during the awards show!

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Feb 14, 2017

We couldn't wait until our usual Wednesday release to drop this special episode with our immediate reaction to the Grammy Awards! We pick out the real winners of the evening- from Adele and her impressive recovery during her tribute to George Michael to the props she gave Beyoncé when she won Album of the Year; Queen Bey's stunning performance and inspiring acceptance speech; the perfection of Bruno Mars during his tribute to Prince and the troublesome audio issues on 'Music's Biggest Night.'

Then, Sean shares his thoughts on the spinoff series, 24: Legacy, and we share our experience watching the brilliant August Wilson play Jitney on Broadway.

And Sean rates and reviews the dance video set to Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" by Andrew Winghart and then flips the Big Sell on its side with a unique suggestion.

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Feb 8, 2017

Ok- so the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but the real headliner was the high flying halftime show by Lady Gaga! We give you our Super Bowl Recap including some of our favorite commercials, the amazing rendition of "America The Beautiful" by the original Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton and of course Lady Gaga's halftime show!

Then, we have your latest awards update with the winners of the Director's Guild Awards. Listen to find out how the DGA winners will predict who gets to take home an Oscar!

Plus we give props to Kristen Stewart for her turn as host on SNL.

We also share some podcast love as we join fellow pop culture podcasters JojCast, and their 30 Day Movie Challenge!

All that and Amita gives her review and rating of Sean's Big Sell- Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln and sells Sean on a viral dance video.

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Feb 1, 2017

Awards season is in high gear and we have the latest winners from the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Producers Guild Awards!
We discuss the outspoken SAG winners who took the opportunity to speak out on current events in unique and inspirational ways and Sean gets on his soap box about appreciating films regardless of awards recognition.

Then, we bring back our Late to the Party segment and talk about our delayed appreciation of Black Mirror and the films Loving and Kubo and the Two Strings. Amita also shares why Hell or High Water was not worth her wait. 

Also, we celebrate our love for Missy Elliott and her new video, I'm Better.

And once again we return to Sean's House Of Hyperbole and hear about his experience sitting front row at his musical hero, Nile Rodgers, recent concert.

Finally, Sean gives Amita his review of last week's Big Sell, and introduces his Big Sell- jazz singer, Abbey Lincoln.

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Jan 25, 2017

Buckle up because we've got another exciting installment of Inside Pop- featuring the best of Film, Television and Music this week!

First up, we analyze the recently announced Oscar Nominations and discuss whether Oscar is still so white, how the love for La La Land will affect the Oscar telecast and the best way to predict who will win.

Then, we give you our Late Winter / Early Spring preview and share inside info on tons of  shows including Twin Peaks, 24: Legacy, This Is Us, Fargo, Star Trek Discovery, The Good Fight and many more!

Plus, Amita reports on the experience of participating in the NYC Women's March and she and Sean rate Aziz Ansari's hosting skills on Saturday Night Live.

Finally, Amita rates Sean's Big Sell from last week, two new singles from St. Beauty - the duo who are reaching new heights on Janelle Monae's Wondaland record label.

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Jan 18, 2017

After a brief one week break, Inside Pop is back with a brand new episode! We have a comprehensive breakdown of the major awards nominations thus far leading up to the Oscar Noms that will be announced next week. We'll discuss the PGA, DGA and SAG nominees for Best Picture and Best Actor/Actress and give you our thoughts on how the awards race is shaking out thus far.

AND Amita is finally back home from her 2 week vacation in India! She's sharing all of the pop culture she experienced while overseas including a couple of shows she binge watched on her flights. Sean also shares his pop culture consumption over the last couple weeks and reveals how he really feels about the Sense 8 Christmas Special.

Plus, the Big Sell is back! Sean reviews and rates Amita's last Big Sell, the Alicia Keys music video for "Blended Family" and then shares his next Big Sell.

 

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Jan 4, 2017

Happy New Year! We're super excited to share our first episode of 2017! And what better way to kick off the year than with our annual pop culture resolutions. As always, we're striving to be the best pop culture consumers we can be.

We also take a moment to mourn the passing and celebrate the work of singer George Michael and hopefully turn you on to some of his greatest duets.

And before you fill out your Golden Globes office pool, make sure to listen to our 100% accurate predictions for Hollywood's drunkest night! Will Lion beat Moonlight? Will Deadpool upset La La Land? Will the Hollywood Foreign Press embrace Donald Glover's Atlanta? And will the best TV drama race come down to a fight between Strangers Things and Westworld? Listen for those answers and more!

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Dec 20, 2016

In this special year-end episode we take a look at our favorite moments from our favorite movies of 2016. And we're joined by film critic Dave Karger who not only shares his top 3 movie moments but also gives us a list of his favorite films of the year that fell under almost everyone's radar.

This is THE podcast episode to listen to if you're a) looking for recommendations of new films to check out b) want to revisit a film you loved and see it in a new light!

We have a diverse roster of films for our discussion including:

  • Moonlight (hands down - Sean's favorite film of the year)
  • Lion
  • Manchester By the Sea
  • Patriots Day
  • La La Land
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Hidden Figures
  • The Witch
  • The 13th
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Julieta

Those are the films  - but you'll have to listen to see which moments gave us the feels, the chills, the laughter and the thrills.

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Make sure to check out our other year-end episodes:

Top TV Shows of 2016

Essential Music of 2016

Dec 14, 2016

We're back with another installment of our Best of the year episodes with our Essential Music of 2016 picks!

So why was this music Essential? These albums and songs acted as the soundtrack of our lives this year and brought us joy, helped us through pain, gave us life, empowered us and sometimes even made us cry. This is the music that fed our souls and we are thrilled to share it with you.

There's no question that artists we've loved for years, like A Tribe Called Quest, Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, Sia and David Bowie continued to provide music that is as relevant and vital in 2016 as it was decades earlier. But our minds were also blown (and our hearts tugged) by a younger generation of music artists --- from Solange's honest and inspiring A Seat at the Table, to Frank Ocean's heady and heartfelt Endless and Blonde, to Blood Orange's introspective opus, Freetown Sounds.

We also shine a light on some of the great songs of the year including works by Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Rationale, Kamasi Washington, James Blake, One Republic and Miguel.

And this list would not be complete without Sean rejoicing one more time for the Hamilton original cast album.

Visit our site to read full show notes, to subscribe to our podcast and to listen to previous episodes at www.insidepoppodcast.com

Dec 6, 2016

We're excited to share the first installment of our annual BEST OF lists- our Top 10 Television Shows of 2016! If you need some new shows to binge watch over the winter, look no further! In this era of Peak TV we had a plethora of options to choose from and after much thought, we each put together our 10 favorite TV shows of the year.

A few of the series that made the cut- Queen Sugar, Luke Cage, Insecure, This Is Us and Atlanta- are some of the most critically acclaimed new shows of the year.

We also have a few established shows on our lists that continually deliver incredible drama week after week like How To Get Away With Murder, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

Comedies and dramas, dragons and murderers, families and superheroes- there's something for everyone! Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @PopInsiders and let us know what you think of our picks and share your top TV shows of the year.

If you like this episode you may want to check out:
Our interview with Marvel's Luke Cage creator and EP, Cheo Hodari Coker, HERE: http://wp.me/p7Uq7E-8g

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