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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

Give Grace Jones The Iron Throne

5/23/2019
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Did 'Game of Thrones' stick the landing or break both of its legs, fall on its ass and require medical attention? We’ve got opinions! Also, we hand out some tips based on the life of Grace Jones, first of her name, breaker of the gender binary.

Duration:00:37:38

To Be Or Not To Be Humble

5/16/2019
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What can Constance Wu's Twitter tantrum teach us about humility? What can Ayesha Curry teach us about breaking archaic relationship rules? And what can Joe Biden learn from Bill Nye about talking to Millennials? Also, we take sides in the Aperol Spritz Wars and decide to stan Kacey Musgraves.

Duration:00:35:14

Eurovision Is The Campy Fun We Need Right Now

5/9/2019
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We're giving a crash course in Eurovision, the wildly popular international music competition, and ranking the 2019 entries, including Icelandic BDSM anti-capitalist scream rock and an Italian song that’ll make your booty bounce. Also, we share our feelings on spoiler culture and Meghan Markle's new baby.

Duration:00:36:38

But Her Hieroglyphs: Meet The Cersei Of Ancient Egypt

5/2/2019
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We tell the story of a bearded female Egyptian Pharaoh some salty dudes didn't want us to know about. We'll also be unpacking the recent wave of stars hating on critics (et tu, Lizzo?) and celebrating a burkini-wearing model in Sports Illustrated and the career of John Singleton.

Duration:00:38:23

Hamilton: A Field Trip with Two Thousand Teens

4/11/2019
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The Cooler RSVPs “Hell yes!” to seeing 'Hamilton' with thousands of Bay Area teens.

Duration:00:19:44

#BeyonceToo: Not Even The Queen Is Safe

4/4/2019
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If Beyonce is not safe from unwanted physical attention, then who among us is? We also dig into the 'Game of Thrones' pilot that was so bad the show almost didn't get made at all. And we share our thoughts on Elon Musk's rap single about Harambe, Florida men up to no good and Gen Z darling Billie Eilish.

Duration:00:37:45

It’s Not Right But It’s Okurrrrrr

3/28/2019
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We trace okurrr's complicated history, scratch our heads over the weirdest things celebs have tried to trademark, reveal why hot tea might kill us all, and share our feelings on the new Bill and Ted movie and Lizzo.

Duration:00:37:01

That’s Ms. Maya Angelou To You!

3/21/2019
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What are the most banned wedding songs? What can a 30-year-old Maya Angelou clip teach us about intergenerational respect? And how in love are we with #EggBoy? All will be revealed!

Duration:00:36:45

Les Miserables, Now Less Miserably White

3/14/2019
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Newsflash: brunettes don't count as diversity and period pieces need to do better. Also, we chat with 'Orange Is The New Black' star Lauren Lapkus, dig into the college admission scam and try to make sense of the Britney Spears musical.

Duration:00:05:32

We Need to Talk About Michael Jackson

3/7/2019
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We try to make sense of 'Leaving Neverland,' find out what the Khloe Kardashian cheating drama says about shaming women, and share our feelings on Solange's new album.

Duration:00:35:53

BD Wong on Coming Out in Hollywood and the Power in Being Yourself

2/28/2019
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BD Wong chats about how he learned to love his Asian-American and gay identities, how he felt about his 'Law & Order: SVU' character's coming out storyline, and so much more!

Duration:00:31:00

Got Oat Milk?

2/21/2019
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We taste-test all the alternative milks—oat! pea! hemp!—to find out what all the fuss is about.

Duration:00:35:02

What Are Dating Shows Doing to Our Brains?

2/14/2019
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How have shows like 'Flavor of Love' molded the way we think about dating? Also, we share strong feelings on candy hearts and which new song might be the 'No Scrubs' of our time.

Duration:00:30:42

Excellent Coats on Irritated Women (with Sara Benincasa)

2/7/2019
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We get deep with Sara Benincasa about mental health battles and then get very shallow by talking about sexy ghosts! Also, thoughts on Liam Neeson because WTF!

Duration:00:34:42

Best Frenemies Forever

1/31/2019
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How can you spot the frenemies in your life? Why are we so obsessed with scammers? WTF is gender reveal lasagna? We'll tell you.

Duration:00:39:46

Boys Don’t Cry (But They Totally Should!)

1/24/2019
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This episode covers a lot: toxic masculinity, predictive technology, Oscar noms, political analysis by Cardi B, and the rap stylings of Timothée Chalamet.

Duration:00:32:33

Forgotten ’90s Stars: Where Are They Now?

1/17/2019
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Where has that intense British woman from 'The Weakest Link' gone? What about Ashley from 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' and Screech from 'Saved By The Bell'? We've got the answers!

Duration:00:15:00

A Buffet of Bullsh*t

1/10/2019
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The Cooler crew revisits some of our favorite peaks and pits, including a rough demo of our jingle, an offensively bad French accent, which the French government is still pissed about, and even a conversation about ball sacks (yes, you read that correctly).

Duration:00:10:04

Resolutions: Learn a Foreign Language and Say Thank You Next to Anxiety

1/3/2019
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Find out whether we kept our 2018 resolutions and what we hope to do in 2019.

Duration:00:09:11

How Well Do You Remember 2018?

12/27/2018
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How severe is our collective trauma-induced amnesia? Let's find out with this 2018 quiz!

Duration:00:09:17