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Inside Pop takes a deep dive inside the week in Pop Culture. Each week the hosts, Amita Patel and Sean David Johnson, bring their knowledge of the entertainment industry along with their diverse viewpoints to cover the stories you need to know about and care about. The duo bring a welcome diversity (they are African American and Indian; Male and Female, Gay and Straight, Married and Single) into the pop culture podcasting landscape.

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Inside Pop takes a deep dive inside the week in Pop Culture. Each week the hosts, Amita Patel and Sean David Johnson, bring their knowledge of the entertainment industry along with their diverse viewpoints to cover the stories you need to know about and care about. The duo bring a welcome diversity (they are African American and Indian; Male and Female, Gay and Straight, Married and Single) into the pop culture podcasting landscape.

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Insightful AND Fun

By Krazy Kris1 - May 16 2019
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Love hearing Sean and Amita's thoughts every week and look forward to every episode. Great stuff!

Amazing

By Felicia112 - Sep 09 2016
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Love the podcast and the chemistry between you two! Keep is going, can't wait for next week!! :)

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44 Ratings
Average Ratings
41
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Insightful AND Fun

By Krazy Kris1 - May 16 2019
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Love hearing Sean and Amita's thoughts every week and look forward to every episode. Great stuff!

Amazing

By Felicia112 - Sep 09 2016
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Love the podcast and the chemistry between you two! Keep is going, can't wait for next week!! :)
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Inside Pop

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Inside Pop takes a deep dive inside the week in Pop Culture. Each week the hosts, Amita Patel and Sean David Johnson, bring their knowledge of the entertainment industry along with their diverse viewpoints to cover the stories you need to know about and care about. The duo bring a welcome diversity (they are African American and Indian; Male and Female, Gay and Straight, Married and Single) into the pop culture podcasting landscape.

Rank #1: Black Panther Box Office records, Janelle Monae, Musicians turned Actors, Vulfpeck - IP 111

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We can't help but discuss Black Panther again- from the shattered box office records to the worldwide reaction- Wakanda Forever!

Plus, Christmas came early with the 30 second teaser trailer for Janelle Monae's latest 'emotion picture' Dirty Computer. We speculate on when we'll get new music from Monae, and some of the themes in the trailer.

Then, we discuss musicians who became actors- some successfully and some...not so much.

And Amita gives her review of the Atlantic article about Black Panther Costume Designer Ruth Carter and sells Sean on a feel good funk album from the band, Vulfpeck.

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Feb 21 2018
42 mins
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Rank #2: Game of Thrones Returns, Emmy Nominations, A Wrinkle in Time, Best Music of 2017 – IP 83

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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 19 2017
56 mins
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Rank #3: Game of Thrones: The Bells, Tribeca Film Festival premiere of ‘Only’ – IP 151

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 Fan anticipation is at a fever pitch as Game of Thrones races towards its final episode. This week we review the show's penultimate episode, "The Bells" which may go down as one of the series' most divisive episodes. We breakdown why so many fans of the show were disappointed and also highlight what worked well.

Then we present a one-on-one interview with Takashi Doscher, the writer and director of the film Only which premiered this month at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film stars Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr. as a couple fighting to survive in a world in which Pinto's character may be the only woman left alive. Takashi and Sean discuss the inspiration of this apocalyptic romance, the six year journey from screenplay to its premiere and the experience of showing one's film at one of the word's most prestigious film festivals.

Plus Sean review's Amita's Big Sell about pop plagiarism and then sells her a very Special new show on Netflix.

Links:

Takashi Doscher's Official Site

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May 15 2019
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #4: Our Life Defining Divas, Fleabag, Preview of Amita's Celeb Husband Bracket - IP 67

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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 15 2017
50 mins
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Rank #5: Game of Thrones, Spiderman: Homecoming, Cannes Film Festival, Wonder Woman, American Gods, Hype Songs - IP 77

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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 31 2017
53 mins
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Rank #6: Best Music of 2017 - IP 104

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This year we've listened to countless hours of new albums and songs and attended dozens of concerts and are now ready to declare our favorite music of 2017! Listen to this very special year-end episode to hear us discuss the artists who delivered music that inspired us, informed us, entertained us, made us want to dance and put us in that special mood!

We also discuss our favorite singles of the year, our most memorable concerts and the new music we're craving in 2018.

Our favorite albums list includes:

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN

Jay-Z - 4:44

Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Jamila Woods - HEAVN (Check out her video for Blk Girl Soldier )

Khalid - American Teen (Check out his video for Location)

Gorillaz - Humanz

Miguel - War X Leisure (Check out his video for Told You So)

Mavis Staples -  If All I Was Was Black

Earl St. Clair - My Name Is Earl

Sampha - Process (Check out his video for (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano)

SZA - CTRL

Lorde - Melodrama (Listen to Liability)

Valerie June - Order of Time (Watch her live performance of Order of Time)

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Dec 13 2017
57 mins
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Rank #7: Beyonce at Coachella, Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer, Scandal Signs Off - IP 119

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This week it's all about Black (Overachieving) Excellence!

Beyonce Knowles Carter descended from the uppermost level of Heaven and bestowed us with the gift of her life changing performance at Coachella - or as it shall now be forever known . . .  BEYCHELLA.  We'll share our reactions to the performance and our reactions to the reactions of her performance.

Kendrick Lamar made history this week by becoming the first Hip Hop artist to win the Pulitzer Prize. We'll discuss why this is a huge deal for hip hop and the culture at large.

Shonda Rhimes and Kerry Washington end the sensational and soapy groundbreaking series, Scandal this week. We'll discuss the relevancy of one of television's most diverse and jaw dropping shows.

And the Big Sell shines a light on an amazing music/video/fashion collaboration featuring singers Karen O and Michael Kiwanuka; director Ana Lily Amirpour and fashion house Kenzo.

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Apr 18 2018
38 mins
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Rank #8: Fall TV, Movie & Music Preview - IP 90

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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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Sep 06 2017
48 mins
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Rank #9: Thor: Ragnarok, N.E.R.D & Rihanna “Lemon”, Sexual Harassment in Hollywood – IP 99

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This week, Christmas comes early in the form of the new single "Lemon" from N.E.R.D & Rihanna! We try (and fail) to contain our excitement about the song, video and their upcoming album. We provide an N.E.R.D primer and also bow down to the dancer in the music video- Mette Towley.

Then, Sean gives a review of Thor: Ragnarok he was not expecting to give; and we question whether we're in the midst of a superhero films and TV overload.

Plus, we have a frank discussion about the recent sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood - our reactions, opinions and a personal story.

And of course- there is no Inside Pop without the Big Sell! Amita gives her thoughts, rating and review on Sean's suggestion- the music documentary George Michael: Freedom and sells Sean on an innovative floral artist Makoto Azuma.

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Nov 07 2017
56 mins
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Rank #10: The Best Television & Music of 2018 - IP 141

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Inside Pop presents our year end special highlighting the very best Television and Music of 2018! That's right - this one episode brings you our picks for  the most binge-worthy TV shows ( including Atlanta, Dear White People, Barry, The Haunting of Hill House, Killing Eve, Queer Eye, Sense8) and most addictive music (including Janelle Monae, Cardi B, Meek Mill, Florence and the Machine, Ella Mai, Jacob Banks, Chloe X Halle) of the past 12 months. Listen to hear new insights into the shows that sit on top of the TV peak, plus we'll celebrate our favorite albums and each declare our Song of the Year!

Sean's Top TV

black-ish

Dear White People

Castle Rock

Daredevil

Glow

The Haunting of Hill House

Killing Eve

Sense8 (Series Finale)

Amita's Top TV

Atlanta

Barry

The Handmaid's Tale

Killing Eve

Murphy Brown

Queer Eye

Amita's Top Albums

A Star is Born (Soundtrack) - Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

Championships - Meek Mill

Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae

Invasion of Privacy - Cardi B

Ventriloquism - Meshell Ndegeocello

Sean's Top Albums

Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae

High as Hope - Florence and the Machine

Lean on Me - Jose James

Piano & a Microphone - Prince

Remain in Light - Angelique Kidjo (Remain in Light X 2 playlist)

Ventriloquism - Meshell Ndegeocello

Village - Jacob Banks

Sean's Song of the Year

Happy Without Me - Chloe X Halle

Amita's Song of the Year

Boo'd Up - Ella Mai

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Dec 12 2018
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #11: Jay Z's 4:44, Best TV of 2017, Bishop Briggs - IP 82

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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 12 2017
54 mins
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Rank #12: The Walking Dead, Big Little Lies, Prince, Kendrick Lamar - IP 70

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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

Apr 05 2017
38 mins
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Rank #13: Best New Music, Emmy Awards Recap, Big Sell 30 Announcement - IP 92

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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 20 2017
51 mins
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Rank #14: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sense8, The Dark Tower, The Defenders, South Asians on TV & Film, Broadway, Game of Thrones – IP 74

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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 10 2017
46 mins
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Rank #15: Atlanta Season 2, Avengers: Infinity War trailer, Saturday Night Live, Wolverine Podcast– IP 115

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This episode is the ultimate pop culture to do list for the week!

DO listen to our review of the second season of Donald Glover's series, Atlanta. We discuss whether the show overcomes the dreaded sophomore season slump.

DO hear our reaction to the latest trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. Who will live and who will die? We share our guesses and also estimate how much screen time Doctor Strange will get since he is sharing the screen with 8,000 other heroes.

DO NOT feel any jealousy as Sean tells you what it was like to attend a taping of Saturday Night Live.

DO wonder whether Amita will enjoy Sean's Big Sell from last week - the new podcast, Wolverine: The Long Night. And also find out which heroes they think should be next to have their own podcast. The inspiration for Sean's answer can be found in this amazing comic written by Greg Pak.

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Mar 21 2018
39 mins
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Rank #16: Comic-Con Trailers, Insecure Season 2, An Inconvenient Sequel, Way Into Idris Elba, Atlanta - IP 84

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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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Jul 26 2017
54 mins
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Rank #17: Inside Pop Quiz, Amita's Celebrity Husbands Bracket, Jorja Smith - IP 68

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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 22 2017
34 mins
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Rank #18: Top Fashionable Females on TV, March Madness Bracket Winner, The White Helmets - IP 69

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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 29 2017
55 mins
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Rank #19: Cover Songs, Fall TV mid-season Check, #BigSell30 - IP 96

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Why not take a break from re-watching the Black Panther trailer and listen to this brand new episode of Inside Pop!

First up, we discuss cover songs. What makes a great cover song and what are some of the best? We discuss covers and originals performed by Prince, Adele, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox and more!  

Remember the sense of optimism you felt at the beginning of the TV season? That belief that you'd be bowled over by a ton of new amazing shows and that all of your favorite returning shows would continue to be your favorites? Well we felt that way too and now it's time to face the music (or the should we say 'the flat screen'). We're doing a mid-season check in to see which shows are must-see and which are about to be deleted from the DVR. We discuss This is Us, The Deuce, Queen Sugar, The Defenders, The Exorcist, Wisdom of the Crowd and more!

And we'll also check in on the #BigSell30 Challenge and discuss how our lives have improved while experiencing one new piece of pop culture every day this month.

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Oct 18 2017
51 mins
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Rank #20: Killing Eve & Fleabag: The Worlds of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Costume Design of She's Gotta Have It, Netflix's Special - IP 152

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If you're tired of hearing about the collective disappointment of a certain dragon-centric TV show - have no fear - in this episode we celebrate successful achievement of some of the most satisfying shows on television!

First up, Sean and Amita discuss the second seasons of Killing Eve and Fleabag, two creations of the absurdly talented Phoebe Waller-Bridge (ok - and maybe we go on a teeny tiny tangent and discuss how some series are better than others at concluding).

Then Amita interviews costume designer Marci Rodgers about her work on Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It and BlacKkKlansman.

Finally Amita reviews Sean's Big Sell from last week - the new Netflix series, Special, and then sells him a new singer, Masego, who is headed to the Afropunk stage later this summer.

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May 29 2019
1 hour 4 mins
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