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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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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

Victoria’s Secret Is That She Doesn’t Have Any Trans Friends

11/15/2018
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Why do brands like Victoria's Secret find it so hard to get woke? Why is Stormy Daniels more of a saint than you might think? And we have some bad news for anyone still crushing on Leonardo DiCaprio.

Duration:00:15:58

The Walrus-Penis-Wielding Congressman

11/8/2018
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What does a walrus penis have to do with our democracy? We find the answer in Alaska. Also, a look at the pettiest celebrities and why you should never doubt the persistence of fecal matter.

Duration:00:25:57

Vote for a Good Time!

11/1/2018
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Why do young people historically not vote? We try to get to the bottom of it. Also, we chat with Aisha Wahab, an Afghan-American Millennial running for office. Her motto: "If you don't see the woman, be the woman."

Duration:00:27:14

Are You Afraid of ASMR?

10/25/2018
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To celebrate Halloween, we explore the creepy world of ASMR videos, share the scariest stories we could find on the internet and send a heavy dose of side-eye to Megyn "I Don't Get Why People Think Blackface Is Racist" Kelly.

Duration:00:29:01

Oops!…My Hacker Did It Again

10/18/2018
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People who act badly and then blame hackers! The saddest song, according to technology! Ariana Grande's breakup and the Elizabeth Warren DNA drama! It's all in this week's episode!

Duration:00:31:23

Will ‘A Star Is Born’ Make You Scream ‘Yaas Gaga Yaas’ or ‘Nah Gaga Nah’?

10/11/2018
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We unpack the good, the bad and the ugly from 'A Star Is Born,' sit down with Sara Bareilles to chat about her Broadway adaptation of 'Waitress' and debate Taylor Swift finally dipping her toe into politics.

Duration:00:39:05

Boys Will Be Held Accountable

10/4/2018
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Who is afforded the luxury of a "boys will be boys" defense? Why is Lindsay Lohan getting punched on Instagram Live important? Is Beyoncé a witch? And what's the perfect song to drown out the sound of raging, entitled men?

Duration:00:35:37

Back 2 Stars Hollow (with Gilmore Girls’ Keiko Agena)

9/27/2018
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'Gilmore Girls' star Keiko Agena (that's Rory's BFF Lane Kim!) joins us for a chat about how she truly feels about what the writers did to her character and why being a screw-up can actually be a good thing! Also, are we doomed to sequels forevermore?

Duration:00:32:25

The 26-Year-Old Virgin

9/20/2018
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Inspired by the new Bachelor, we talk virgins in pop culture, share which countries hit the sack earliest, and reveal way too much info about our own V cards.

Duration:00:32:28

Put Some Respeck on Serena Williams’ Name

9/13/2018
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We tackle the backlash to Colin Kaepernick's Nike ad, the double standard on display at Serena's US Open match, and all the summertime mess we missed (spoiler: the phrase 'penis tattoo' comes up).

Duration:00:34:11

DeRay Mckesson on Black Lives Matter, the X-Men and That Blue Vest

9/6/2018
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We're back for Season 4! Because we're extra, our comeback ep features DeRay Mckesson, who speaks on what it was like to spend 400 days protesting in the streets, everything he's learned from the X-Men, and why that blue vest means so much to him.

Duration:00:30:12

Crazy in Love with This Summer Preview

6/27/2018
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A peek at the pop culture we're most looking forward to this summer. Plus, we're giving The Cooler Seal of Approval™ to what we think should be the Song of the Summer!

Duration:00:35:24

A Review of Beyoncé and Her Husband’s “EVERYTHING IS LOVE”

6/25/2018
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Two of us went on live radio to air out our feelings about Bey and Stedman's new joint album.

Duration:00:17:38

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