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A Wrinkle in Time, Jessica Jones, Sade, Meshell Ndegeocello, Carousel, Vulfpeck - IP 114

This week’s episode of Inside Pop has the following Inclusion Rider: Our 114th episode must celebrate the creativity and diversity of women in film, music and television. The show begins with a review of Ava DuVernay’s epic adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Amita discusses what she most loves about the film and Sean questions whether the film's box office performance and overall reception was affected by the phenomenon that is Black Panther. Amita also shares some of the insight she got...


Oscars 2018 Special – IP 113

Inside Pop's annual Oscars wrap up is here! Listen to get our take on the fashion, the snubs, the rightful victories, the highlights and the awkward moments. We'll rate Jimmy Kimmel's performance as host and also discuss our favorite musical performances of the night. Who was the presenter that left Sean speechless? Which acceptance speech made Amita stand-up and cheer? Listen to this special Oscars episode to find out! Follow us on Twitter & Instagram...


Queer Eye: An Interview with Queer Eye Producer James Barker – IP 112

In this special Producer to Producer episode, we interview friend of Inside Pop James Barker about one of the most popular shows currently on television, Netflix's reboot of Queer Eye. James produced multiple episodes of this season and he gives us a behind the scenes look at the making of this pop culture phenomenon. Listen to hear: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @PopInsiders Like us on Facebook Visit our official website: You...


Black Panther Box Office records, Janelle Monae, Musicians turned Actors, Vulfpeck - IP 111

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 Special, Hamilton's Hamildrops - IP 110

From the moment the Black Panther cast took a group selfie at Comic Con the anticipation and expectations for this film began to grow; and over the past year the buzz has reached a fever pitch (especially for these two podcast hosts). Well, the film has arrived and Inside Pop is devoting this episode to everything Wakanda! We share our review of the film (just moments after seeing a special screening) and discuss the highlights and the themes that most resonated with us. Then we review...


Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake, This Is Us - IP 109

It's the day when Pop Culture fans and Sports fans join forces to create what feels like a national holiday! In this episode, we dive into the Superbowl and discuss: should've Then, we seamlessly segue into a review of Timberlake's latest release, Man of the Woods. Plus, Amita reviews one of the most heartbreaking hours on television, the post Super Bowl episode of This Is Us. And finally in the Big Sell, Amita reviews an essay on Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri. And...


Oscar Nominations, Black Panther, Kelela - IP 108

It's been a long, strange, sometimes underwhelming trip to the Oscar Nominations but we're here to share our immediate reactions. We give you our thoughts on why certain movies are heading to the red carpet and others got snubbed and we also try to make sense of why the film Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri has become a frontrunner. We celebrate nominations for Get Out, The Big Sick, Logan, Mudbound and Lady Bird and share our gratitude to whomever was genius enough to book...


#TimesUp, Golden Globes, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Sza, Cardi B, Bruno Mars – IP 107

This week, Hollywood flexed its social justice muscle once again when it turned the 75th Golden Globes ceremony into a rally for gender equality. We'll debate the effectiveness of the black clad ceremony and revel in the glory of Oprah Winfrey's memorable speech. Then, we'll review new songs by some of the biggest stars in music including Bruno Mars and Cardi B's "Finesse (Remix)," Kendrick Lamar and SZA's collaboration, "All the Stars," from the upcoming Black Panther film and Justin...


Black Mirror, The Chi, Forgotten Films of 2017 with Dave Karger, Pop Culture Resolutions – IP 106

Did you resolve to put more time and energy into staying on top of the best pop culture stories of the week? Lucky for you, The Pop Insiders are here to help you keep that resolution with our brand new episode! First, we give our spoiler free reviews of the new Lena Waithe Showtime drama - The Chi (please feel free to listen and then correct our pronunciation of the title of this show) and the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror. Then we speak with IMDb special correspondent...


Best Movie Performances of 2017 - IP 105

We have spent hours upon hours sitting in dark theaters watching some of the most talked about films of the year and are ready to share our final "Best of" list of 2017! This year, we're focusing on the performances that captivated us, made us laugh, cry and gave us all the feels. From Daniel Kaluuya's portrayal as a boyfriend slowly awakening to the horrors of his girlfriend's family in Get Out to Saoirse Ronan playing a emotional teenager in Lady Bird, to the complex relationship...


Best Music of 2017 - IP 104

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...


Best of TV 2017 - IP 103

The time has come...we've watched countless hours of television and have narrowed them down to our top 10 favorite TV shows of the year! And to kick things up a notch- we are sharing the scenes from the exceptional shows that inspired us, made us laugh out loud, brought us to tears and made our hearts flutter. From network to cable to streaming platforms, horror to comedy to sci-fi, this year has given us unique story lines, captivating visuals and incredible characters. We also take time...


Life Defining Music, National African American Museum - IP 102

This is our final regular episode of the year and we are both sharing AND caring! First Sean shares his experience visiting the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He describes what it likes to visit this incredible new museum and discusses some of the amazing pop culture featured in the exhibits. Then Amita and Sean revisit one of their favorite segments of the past year and share their discussion of the music by some of their favorite female singers...


Janet Jackson State of the World Tour, Top Female Friendships in Pop Culture, John Legend - IP 101

This week, we bask in the glow of seeing the one and only Janet Jackson (Ms. Jackson if you're Nasty) in Brooklyn on her State of the World Tour. Find out which one of us puts this show in their Top 3 Concerts of all time. Then, we discuss our Top Female Friendships in Pop Culture featuring The Golden Girls, Lucy & Ethel, Meredith & Cristina, the women of Living Single and more. We share how their bonds inspire us and why they're their relationships are everlasting. And Amita rates and...


Interview with Dee Rees & Charles King of Mudbound, 100th Episode, Inside Pop Quiz - IP 100

After two years, and thousands of hours of tv viewing, music listening and theater attending . . . Inside Pop's 100th episode has arrived! Join us as we celebrate 100 episodes of pop culture obsession! First up, we present our interview with director Dee Rees (Pariah, Bessie) and Charles King, Executive Producer, CEO and Founder of Macro. The pair sit down with Sean to discuss their new film, Mudbound; and in addition to sharing a behind the scenes view of their epic new film, they also...


Thor: Ragnarok, N.E.R.D & Rihanna “Lemon”, Sexual Harassment in Hollywood – IP 99

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...


Stranger Things 2 premieres, 2 Years of Inside Pop, Produced By NY, BigSell30 Wraps - IP 98

We've come along way, baby! This week Inside Pop celebrates two years of weekly pop culture podcasting! We start with a round-up of the Producers Guild of America's Produced By NY conference. We attended this event along with 100s of other television and film producers and gathered information about some major upcoming projects including Black Panther, Mudbound, Marshall, The Post, Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water and more! And we share some great stories with you! Then we review...


Best Fall Movies, Big Sell 30 - IP 97

The falling leaves, the crisp chill in the air, the smell of a distant fireplace burning - all of those signs of Fall compel us to do one thing - head into a dark theater and watch as many movies as possible! This week we discuss four new movies we've seen that we want you to know all about. Hear our thoughts on Call Me By Your Name, Wonderstruck, The Florida Project and Suburbicon. Within our discussion Sean reveals why you're not going to hear him use the 'O' word (Oscar) until 2018 and...


Cover Songs, Fall TV mid-season Check, #BigSell30 - IP 96

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...


Blade Runner 2049, Riz Ahmed, Vegas Baby documentary, Big Sell 30 – IP 95

This week we dive inside Box Office Busts, a bold new doc and #BigSell30 is underway! First up, Sean and Amita examine why the highly anticipated, sure fire hit Blade Runner 2049 actually failed at the box office. Why did the masses stay away from Denis Villeneuve's artistry and Ryan Gosling's baby blues? And are the masses actually missing out on a great film? We'll discuss! Also, Amita was in the same room with her celebrity husband, Riz Ahmed, and didn't faint! Find out how she got to...


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