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Want to know more about the early days of the video game industry? Wondering how Hello Kitty became so popular? Join Tracy and Holly as they explore the science behind pop culture in PopStuff, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.

Want to know more about the early days of the video game industry? Wondering how Hello Kitty became so popular? Join Tracy and Holly as they explore the science behind pop culture in PopStuff, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.
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Want to know more about the early days of the video game industry? Wondering how Hello Kitty became so popular? Join Tracy and Holly as they explore the science behind pop culture in PopStuff, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.

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Episodes

Greatest Hits: Perfume: The Culture of Scent

6/3/2013
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Have you ever wondered what Tracy and Holly smell like? They’ll tell you! They’re also eager to talk about how people use and perceive perfume, and why cottage-industry perfumeries attract such devoted followings.

Duration:00:36:41

Greatest Hits: Hello Kitty and the Culture of Cute

5/20/2013
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You can get Hello Kitty everything. Everything. Tracy and Holly talk about the famous cat’s beginnings, staying power and her many Sanrio friends. Just how did a feline with no film or television origin get so popular in the first place?

Duration:00:39:33

Greatest Hits: Manic Pixie Dreamgirls

4/3/2013
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She’s quirky, nutty and totally unfettered. She shows brooding screen heroes that life is full of fun and wonder. She’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and her roots as a cinema archetype go back further than you probably suspect.

Duration:00:30:50

Greatest Hits: Wanna go to prom?

4/1/2013
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It’s exciting, it’s a rite of passage, it’s expensive and often a letdown. Few people look back on their proms and think “That was one of the greatest nights of my life!” Tracy and Holly relay memories of their proms and the origins of this tradition.

Duration:00:36:34

Greatest Hits: Drag Queens

3/27/2013
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Glittery, glamorous drag queens – Holly and Tracy love them. But what is drag, exactly? What social trends cause the popularity of queens to wax and wane? And why do straight girls love RuPaul and his tribe so much?

Duration:00:32:04

Greatest Hits: Did movies ruin love?

3/25/2013
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Do you believe in love at first sight? How about soul mates? Movies and TV shows certainly seem to. Holly and Tracy talk about whether movies are setting us up for failed romance, and about Tracy's complicated relationship with the romantic comedy.

Duration:00:40:06

Why are we friends?

3/18/2013
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Most of your friends probably like the same things you do and have similar views on religion and politics. In this episode, Tracy and Holly discuss the benefits and challenges of diversifying your pal portfolio, and why sloganism is bad.

Duration:00:27:07

An Embarrassment of Riches

3/13/2013
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Whether it's a queue of podcasts, a pile of unread books or hours of content languishing on your DVR, odds are that you may find yourself inundated with loads of content. So how can we handle this constant stream of new stuff? Tune in to find out.

Duration:00:24:29

The Entitled World of Fandom

3/11/2013
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How do you know when you have crossed into the world of uberfandom? Join Tracy and Holly as they discuss the good and the bad of super fans.

Duration:00:25:18

Last Episodes

3/6/2013
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When a show wraps up, the finale episode can either be the cherry on top of the ice cream, or salt in a wound. Tracy and Holly run down some of the best and the worst episodes that ended TV shows, and talk about some of the record-holders as well.

Duration:00:46:23

Mailbag!

3/4/2013
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PopStuff has some fantastic listeners who write us some fabulous missives. Tracy and Holly share some of their faves as evidence, from comments on previous episodes to really cool show suggestions.

Duration:01:05:13

Barbie

2/27/2013
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She’s a hero to some, a villain to others. But how did Barbie get so much power in the first place? And has she been treated unfairly? Join Tracy and Holly as they break down the cultural impact of the world’s most famous doll.

Duration:00:46:15

Is there even such a thing as ethnic food?

2/25/2013
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If everyone has an ethnicity, doesn’t that make all food ethnic? After wading through the semantics, Tracy and Holly dig in to the topic of food imported to the U.S. from other cultures. Listen in to learn more.

Duration:00:47:25

PopStuff’s Oscar Costumes 2013

2/20/2013
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It’s that time of year! Tracy and Holly run down the 2013 Oscar nominees for Best Costume and wax rhapsodic about hand stitching. With everything from giant epic musicals to odd versions of the Snow White story, the field is wide open.

Duration:00:39:17

The Cheese Stands Alone

2/18/2013
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Have critics and audiences panned your favorite film? There are some things so universally disliked that only crazy people would be into them, right? Well, Tracy and Holly are outing themselves on the embarrassing things they love.

Duration:00:43:22

Taking the Pressure Off Valentine's Day

2/13/2013
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Valentine's Day is one of those polarizing holidays. People tend to either think it's magical and wondrous, or that it's the most torturous 24 hours on the calendar. But what if we all just relaxed about it?

Duration:00:35:26

Mardi Gras: More Than Baring for Beads

2/11/2013
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Fat Tuesday may conjure images of debauchery and wild behavior, but that's not an accurate picture of what the celebration is about. From religious roots to king cake, Tracy and Holly break down the origins, pageantry and misconceptions of this festival.

Duration:00:39:04

Are Internet comments the worst ever?

2/6/2013
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The first rule of maintaining sanity online might be this: Never read the comments. Why do people express their opinions in negative ways on the Web? How do comments sections on news sites color a reader’s assessment of the information?

Duration:00:37:18

PopStuff’s Commentary Bonus Feature

2/4/2013
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Commentary tracks can offer great insight to filmmaking, but bad ones can be an irritating snooze fest. Holly and Tracy talk about how DVD bonus content is now a part of the process of how a film is made, and give shout outs to some of their favorites.

Duration:00:38:11

The Parenthood Wars

1/30/2013
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Parents often feel attacked by proponents of the childfree movement, and childless people become frustrated by insinuations that their lives can’t be fulfilling. What makes this topic as potentially divisive as politics or religion? Tune in to learn more.

Duration:00:47:05