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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!

Sep 29, 2016

The Big Sell is getting even BIGGER! For the past 10 months we've 'Big Sold' each other every week - taking turns recommending something new in the world of pop culture for the other to check out. The result? We've each heard more music, seen more movies, read more short stories and experienced so much more great new pop culture than we'd ever experienced before. And our water cooler banter is so ON POINT!

And now we want YOU to get in on the act.  We're inviting you to take part in the Big Sell 30 Day Challenge. Join us and commit to trying out one new piece of pop culture every day, for 30 days. A new song, TV episode, movie, poem, viral video, smart phone app - anything goes.

Listen to this special Inside Pop episode for all of the details. Beginning October 1st we'll tweet and post recommended Big Sells. And we want to hear from you! Tweet us using #BigSell30 and tell us what you've been trying out.

Throughout the month we'll have special episodes and special guests who'll share their Big Sells with all of us.

So join us for the Big Sell 30 Day Challenge and we guarantee at the end of the month you'll have whiter teeth, increased spiritual awareness and a firmer butt. And also - none of those things. But you will have the experience of feeding your pop culture obsession with great recommendations from fellow fanatics! #BigSell30

Sep 25, 2016
Earlier this summer we were inspired to record an episode that dealt with the question of why should we record a podcast about entertainment when the world seemed to be falling apart. We've decided to post this episode again in light of recent events. Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Patti Smith, Public Enemy, U2, KRS-One --- Pop culture has produced a long history of artists ready to answer the call to protest injustice, rail against ignorance and call out for understanding. But 2016 has produced so many horrors that, if you're anything like us, you may wonder whether podcasts - or pop culture in general, has any place in this new, darker world order. Does it matter what an actor has to say about police brutality? What good does a benefit concert actually do? Can a song make any difference? These are some of the questions we attempt to answer in this special episode of Inside Pop. We discuss the efforts of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Miguel, Jesse Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others to make sense of and affect positive change in this increasingly frightening world.
Sep 25, 2016

Earlier this summer we were inspired to record an episode that dealt with the question of why should we record a podcast about entertainment when the world seemed to be falling apart. We've decided to post this episode again in light of recent events.

Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Patti Smith, Public Enemy, U2, KRS-One --- Pop culture has produced a long history of artists ready to answer the call to protest injustice, rail against ignorance and call out for understanding. But 2016 has produced so many horrors that, if you're anything like us, you may wonder whether podcasts - or pop culture in general, has any place in this new, darker world order.

Does it matter what an actor has to say about police brutality? What good does a benefit concert actually do? Can a song make any difference? These are some of the questions we attempt to answer in this special episode of Inside Pop.

We discuss the efforts of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Miguel, Jesse Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others to make sense of and affect positive change in this increasingly frightening world.

Sep 19, 2016
In this special episode, we recap and dissect The 68th Emmy Awards- celebrating the shows that won big including Game of Thrones, The People V OJ Simpson and Veep. We also discuss the great night for diversity including Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang's win for Master of None that had us yelling Asians Represent!!! And we bring you another edition of Slay or Nay and shout out the fashion highs (we're looking at you Rami Malek. No really - we are LOOKING at you. Intensely) and lows. And for the the first time in Inside Pop history we are obligated to issue a retraction and apology. We mistakenly discuss a pregnant actress AND criticize her outfit. Sadly -we discovered that she just had her baby and is not pregnant. Listen to the ep to find out who will shortly receive an official apology and bouquet of flowers from the show. Plus - we are only two weeks away from The Big Sell 30 Day Challenge. Listen to find out how you can join the challenge and experience one new piece of pop culture, every day for 30 days. #BigSell30
Sep 14, 2016
We call upon our inner drama queens for this episode of Inside Pop as we bring you the second part of our Emmy Awards Preview. This week we focus on the drama categories. Will The Americans overcome Game of Thrones? Will The People V OJ beat out Roots? Will Rami Malek bring Amita as his date to the ceremony? If Emmy pools were a thing this would be the episode to help you cash in! We'll share our should win/will win insights on all of the top dramatic categories. Plus, over the past 10 months we've 'Big Sold' each other everything from pop singles to comic books, movies to short stories, albums to web series. This week we look back at some of our very favorite Big Sells and we look forward to the upcoming Big Sell 30 Day Challenge. During the month of October, we are challenging ourselves to experience one new thing from the world of pop culture every day, for 30 days. And we are inviting YOU to be a part of the challenge! Listen to discover how you can be a BIG part of #BigSell30.
Sep 7, 2016
Get ready for Television's biggest night with Inside Pop's Emmy Awards Preview! In this episode, we discuss the comedy categories and predict who 'will win' and trumpet who 'should win.' Listen to hear whether we think Inside Pop favorites like Aziz Ansari, Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ellie Kemper and Julia Louis Dreyfus will win big. And - we review another Sistah Speak Network Big Sell - Joss Whedon's Firefly. Find out whether Sistah K's pick has Amita ready to join the Brown Coats. Plus - we announce the launch of a very special project - The Big Sell 30 Day Challenge. Find out how you can be a part of this major Inside Pop event!
Aug 29, 2016
This weekend we were reminded that if there was ever a time to be a music fan - that time is NOW! Inside Pop has all the highlights, hits and misses from Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards! Beyonce, Britney, Rihanna and Kanye all ruled the record breaking night. We also have a report from Afropunk Fest Brooklyn - the most soul stirring, fashion forward, freak flag waving music festival of the summer with amazing performances from Janelle Monae, TV on the Radio, Roman GianArthur, CeeLo Green and more! Plus - we review the latest Big Sell from the Sistah Speak Network, Sistah A's recommendation of the new Guster album, Evermotion.
Aug 26, 2016
Britney Spears is back and we have a special Bonus Pop with everything you need to know about her new album, Glory. We sit down with special guest, James Dinh from iheartradio to find out what he thinks this album means for the pop princess; and if fans will be going crazy over her latest effort.
Aug 24, 2016
File this under making up for lost time: This weekend Frank Ocean stopped the world with two digital drops; the visual album Endless and the studio album Blonde; a magazine released in specialty pop up shops and a music video for his song Nikes. Has it all been worth the wait? We share our review. Plus - does The Get Down have what it takes to be Netflix's next binge-worthy hit? We tell you whether you should commit to Baz Luhrman's historic hip hop pastiche. Plus - we react to the Sistah Speak Big Sell of poet Warsan Shire.
Aug 17, 2016
Is it hot in here or is it us? Actually - it's all of the incredibly attractive and fit Olympic athletes flipping and flexing in Rio! We are so very appreciative of their athletic endowments that we've awarded our own medals for favorite #OlympicBaes. From hurdlers to swimmers to fencers, we tell you who you need to ogle before the closing ceremonies. Parental warning: The words 'package,' and 'bulge' are used liberally throughout this segment. Plus, as the summer winds down, we review the movie trailers that have us hyped for Fall - including Rogue One, Moonlight, Hidden Figures and La La Land. Then, our very special guests from the Sistah Speak Podcast Network join us for our biggest Big Sell ever! The amazing podcasters Sistah A, Sistah J, Sistah K and Sistah LM sit down with us for an interview and talk about the everything from the history of Blaxploitation films to the genius of Joss Whedon! And they give us four, count 'em, four Big Sells that will have us busy for the next few weeks!
Aug 11, 2016
This week, we're going into the Inside Pop vault! With such a large number of summer binge-worthy series like "Stranger Things," "A Night of," "Unreal" and the upcoming "The Get Down," you may feel like you're at risk of falling behind on the Television everyone's talking about. We feel your pain! Earlier this year we failed to watch "Making a Murderer" when it premiered and were most definitely "Late to the Party." Listen to hear how we manage our TV tardiness. Plus - remember when Joseph Fiennes was cast as Michael Jackson?! Nope - that wasn't a dream! AND mentions of Breaking Bad, The Wire, Prince and this episode is where we discovered the "Discover Weekly" Spotify playlist!
Aug 3, 2016
Game of Thrones is ending...wait, what?! This week, we discuss the news from HBO that the hit show is ending after its 8th season and debate whether this is the best or the saddest news of the week. Then, we talk about whether there is an optimum number of seasons for a television series and also whether all TV seasons should be limited to 13 or fewer episodes. We cite some of our favorite shows, Stranger Things, Grey's Anatomy, The Simpsons, The People V. OJ Simpson, and of course Lost, to make our point. Plus, Amita and Sean share the thing they're most excited to see at the Rio Olympics (Hint - it's neither the thrill of victory nor the agony of defeat).
Jul 27, 2016
Bourne, Jason Bourne...oh wait, wrong franchise! The assassin with amnesia is back and Inside Pop brings you your first review! Does Jason Bourne live up to the hype? Is Matt Damon still on Amita's Celebrity Husbands list? We answer both of those questions and find out how many other celeb spouses she has her eye on. We also bring you another installment of The Inside Pop Quiz and then Sean re-enters the House of Hyperbole to discuss a life changing photo taken at Comic Con last week. Plus - Stranger Things and Star Trek Beyond! All that and a super size Big Sell segment in this jam packed episode of Inside Pop!
Jul 21, 2016
Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Patti Smith, Public Enemy, U2, KRS-One --- Pop culture has produced a long history of artists ready to answer the call to protest injustice, rail against ignorance and call out for understanding. But 2016 has produced so many horrors that, if you're anything like us, you may wonder whether podcasts - or pop culture in general, has any place in this new, darker world order. Does it matter what an actor has to say about police brutality? What good does a benefit concert actually do? Can a song make any difference? These are some of the questions we attempt to answer in this special episode of Inside Pop. We discuss the efforts of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Miguel, Jesse Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others to make sense of and affect positive change in this increasingly frightening world.
Jul 19, 2016
Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Patti Smith, Public Enemy, U2, KRS-One --- Pop culture has produced a long history of artists ready to answer the call to protest injustice, rail against ignorance and call out for understanding. But 2016 has produced so many horrors that, if you're anything like us, you may wonder whether podcasts - or pop culture in general, has any place in this new, darker world order. Does it matter what an actor has to say about police brutality? What good does a benefit concert actually do? Can a song make any difference? These are some of the questions we attempt to answer in this special episode of Inside Pop. We discuss the efforts of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Miguel, Jesse Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others to make sense of and affect positive change in this increasingly frightening world.
Jul 19, 2016
Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Patti Smith, Public Enemy, U2, KRS-One --- Pop culture has produced a long history of artists ready to answer the call to protest injustice, rail against ignorance and call out for understanding. But 2016 has produced so many horrors that, if you're anything like us, you may wonder whether podcasts - or pop culture in general, has any place in this new, darker world order. Does it matter what an actor has to say about police brutality? What good does a benefit concert actually do? Can a song make any difference? These are some of the questions we attempt to answer in this special episode of Inside Pop. We discuss the efforts of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Miguel, Jesse Williams, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and others to make sense of and affect positive change in this increasingly frightening world.
Jul 15, 2016
TV reigns supreme this week! First we focus on the 2016 Emmy Nominations! We break down all of the major categories and give you our thoughts on the nominees! Then we recap the season two premiere of the newly Emmy nominated drama, Mr. Robot! Can it live up to the hype of its first season? Then, Amita takes a moment to applaud Jennifer Aniston for her recent inspiring and empowering statement on tabloid journalism. Plus, we were able to score a special Big Sell from Jeff Sanders of the 5AM Miracle Podcast while we were in Chicago for Podcast Movement! Listen now to hear all of this and yet another reference to Beyonce's Lemonade and Amita's future husbands....
Jul 15, 2016
TV reigns supreme this week! First we focus on the 2016 Emmy Nominations! We break down all of the major categories and give you our thoughts on the nominees! Then we recap the season two premiere of the newly Emmy nominated drama, Mr. Robot! Can it live up to the hype of its first season? Then, Amita takes a moment to applaud Jennifer Aniston for her recent inspiring and empowering statement on tabloid journalism. Plus, we were able to score a special Big Sell from Jeff Sanders of the 5AM Miracle Podcast while we were in Chicago for Podcast Movement! Listen now to hear all of this and yet another reference to Beyonce's Lemonade and Amita's future husbands....
Jul 11, 2016
Attending Podcast Movement (the national podcast convention) this past weekend in Chicago has literally changed our podcasting lives! Listen to this Bonus Pop to hear about our amazing weekend. We had the great opportunity to listen to and interact with some of the best podcasters around including Glynn Washington (Snap Judgment); Anna Sale (Death, Sex & Money); Kevin Smith (too many podcasts to name); Heben & Tracy (Another Round); Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam (Dinner Party Download) and many more! It turns out that Chicago, is in fact, our kind of town!
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