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The Cooler is a weekly podcast from KQED Pop that tackles popular culture in a smart, fun, and personal way.

The Cooler is a weekly podcast from KQED Pop that tackles popular culture in a smart, fun, and personal way.
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Location:

San Francisco, CA

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KQED

Description:

The Cooler is a weekly podcast from KQED Pop that tackles popular culture in a smart, fun, and personal way.

Twitter:

@kqedpop

Language:

English


Episodes

We Couldn’t Help But Wonder How ‘Sex and the City’ Is Already 20

6/20/2018
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Does the SATC pilot hold up? Can sweat-coated apples get you a date? Should a 12-year-old Meghan Markle teach a class in being woke? (Spoiler: the answer to all of these questions is yes.)

Duration:00:40:39

Putting the Cult in Pop Culture

6/13/2018
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Inspired by 'Wild Wild Country,' we're talking cults with a special guest expert. Plus, we find out which songs define our entire lives, share some 'The Americans' feels, and nominate someone for Worst Human Alive.

Duration:00:40:49

Thank Your Lucky Yelp Stars Your Gyno Isn’t Suing You

6/6/2018
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Did you know you can be sued over a Yelp review? Be afraid! Also, a juicy sex scandal that involves state secrets and a naked masked waiter, and we're picking sides in the Drake / Pusha T feud.

Duration:00:47:13

The Library Is Open!

5/30/2018
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We get real nerdy and chat about our fave books (and the ones we think are overrated). Plus, we revisit some of TV's worst jump-the-shark moments, tell off the dudes of 'Arrested Development,' revel in hilarious yearbook quotes, swoon over a little-known prince, and more!

Duration:00:36:28

Men Who Nip and Tuck

5/23/2018
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Inspired by Kanye's liposuction confession, we investigate how many men get plastic surgery (spoiler: A LOT!). We also look into the science behind the Yanny vs. Laurel phenomenon. And one of us gets possessed by a demon at a Taylor Swift concert.

Duration:00:35:13

The Not So Rural Juror

5/16/2018
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Fresh off serving as a juror in a three-week trial, one of us spills all the beans and hands out jury duty survival tips! Also, what do we do about the Matt Lauers of the world trying to stage comebacks? And a few words for those who think a black person can't be woke if they have a white partner.

Duration:00:40:25

Stay in Your Emoji Lane

5/9/2018
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A look at the phenomenon of white people using black emojis, which celebs almost sang your favorite songs, how two people finally stood up to Kanye, and why Xtina's resurrection from pop star extinction is worth celebrating.

Duration:00:34:38

Beyonce Takes Us to Church… Literally

5/2/2018
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What is it like when a cathedral hosts a Beyonce-themed worship service? We went to find out.

Duration:00:39:21

Gen Z Takeover: Teens Talk Vaping, Kanye, Parkland, and Everything Else

4/26/2018
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The youths are taking over the show! We chat with teens about the biggest misconception about their generation, what the deal is with vaping, what life is like post-Parkland, and what exactly is wrong with Kanye.

Duration:00:38:21

How Did 420 Become a Phenomenon? We Tracked Down the Guys Who Invented It

4/18/2018
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Hop in the car with us for a road trip to chase down the true origin of the term 420. Then stick around for reflections on pregnant Cardi B, and a drowning squirrel story that proves watching a ton of TV can actually save lives!

Duration:00:56:38

Getting Pregnant in a Jacuzzi with Brontez Purnell

4/11/2018
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We gab with Brontez Purnell about being a gay punk in rural Alabama, the boy situation in Germany, #WhoBitBeyonce theories, being BFF with Kathleen Hanna, and hitchhiking advice (hint: crop tops!).

Duration:00:32:54

Slumber Partying Like It’s 1999 with Bob the Drag Queen

4/5/2018
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We recently got gussied up in 'Clueless' costumes and relived the '90s for a night live on stage with 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner Bob the Drag Queen, comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, and musician Kendra McKinley! And if you want to see our looks, our choreographed numbers, and more visual hijinks not captured by audio, there's a video of the whole evening!

Duration:01:42:00

A Peek Behind The Cooler Curtain

3/28/2018
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This is basically our episode of Behind the Music. You'll learn how we met, what goes into making the show, and what kind of sandwich we'd all be.

Duration:00:47:29

Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness on Turning Red States Pink, One Makeover at a Time

3/21/2018
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We gab with Queer Eye's breakout star about the most f*ckable 'Game of Thrones' characters, the fiercest figure skaters of yore, not letting trolls be your truth, and other really important stuff you need to hear!

Duration:00:44:47

Celebrities Hawk the Darndest Things

3/14/2018
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Advertisements celebrities hoped we’d never find, blood-thirsty robots, and a she-who-must-be-named.

Duration:00:41:20

In Search of Lost Badass Women

3/7/2018
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Ayo, sis! It's Women's History Month! What better way to celebrate than with stories of badass women who were left out of our history books? Also, we look back on Iggy Azalea, and give props to a cis straight white dude for a change (surprise!).

Duration:00:37:50

#OscarsSoYesterday: Are Awards Shows Still Relevant?

2/28/2018
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Also, we hand out drag names to Russia and America (because why not?) and question whether 'Titanic' is secretly a queer film.

Duration:00:39:01

Wakanda Forever! Elio + Oliver Forever!

2/21/2018
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This week, we're gushing about 'Black Panther' (DUH) and 'Call Me By Your Name' (DOUBLE DUH), and getting into why representation matters so much.

Duration:00:26:10

Dear Valentine, May I (VERB) Your (NOUN)?

2/14/2018
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Dirty Shakespearean Mad Libs! Awkward sex scenes! Jokes about Diego Rivera's armpit! This Valentine's Day episode has it all.

Duration:00:44:01

Fauxmosexuals, LILFs, and Justin Timberlake’s Wack Halftime Show

2/7/2018
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We explore why people like James Franco pretend to be gay, ruin your childhood with bad news on a beloved movie, and roll our eyes as hard as we can at Justin Timberlake.

Duration:00:42:00