Best Pop Culture podcasts — Mass media and mainstream culture (Updated June 2018; image)
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Culture Gabfest
New York Times critic Dwight Garner says “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.
Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, comics and music.
Who Charted?
Howard Kremer and Natasha Leggero bring on some of your favorite comedians to discuss the top 5 songs and movies of the week. Plus, Howard, the guests and Who Charted crew each bring a new song that they recommend over all the garbage on the charts. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!)
Talk Is Jericho
Recorded from all over the globe, multiple time world champion pro wrestler, lead singer of Fozzy and New York Times best-selling author Chris Jericho rocks the podcast world with "Talk Is Jericho," his unique take on all things pop culture and entertainment. Sit down with Chris as he interviews some of the biggest names in wrestling, music, television, movies, comedy, and the paranormal!! All-ages welcome. No ID required!
Jalen & Jacoby
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby give the people what they want, breaking down sports and pop culture as only they can.
Channel 33
If you are an avid follower of pop culture and the media landscape, Channel 33 is a must-listen. Thanks to 'The Press Box,' 'Jam Session,' 'The Big Picture,' and 'Damage Control,' you will be up to date, well educated, and armed with the smartest takes on movies, TV, celebrity culture, and all media contretemps.
The Read
Join bloggers Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly podcast covering hip-hop and pop culture's most trying stars. Throwing shade and spilling tea with a flippant and humorous attitude, no star is safe from Fury and Crissle unless their name is Beyoncé. (Or Blue Ivy.)As transplants to New York City (Kid Fury from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City), The Read also serves as an on-air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to life (and rats) in the big city.The Read is part of the L ...
The Watch
Every week, The Ringer's Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan -- longtime friends and pop culture addicts -- break down the latest in TV, movies, and music.
It's not just crazy talk, it's Psychobabble - the official free audio podcast from YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley. Listen each week as he and his bestie Korey Kuhl bring you a half hour of unfiltered gossip sessions, pop culture scrutiny, and stories never told before.
Actor/Director Michael Rapaport shares his strong, funny & offensive points of view on life, sports, music, film & everything in between on the I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST
Welcome to The Dinner Party Download, a fast and funny hour of culture, food and conversation: “public radio’s arts & leisure section.” In every episode you’ll learn a joke; bone up on an odd bit of history and then wash it down with a themed cocktail recipe; meet artists of note; have your burning etiquette questions answered; savor an emerging food trend; and hear your new favorite song. Plus, unconventional wisdom from hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam.
The Peabody Award-winning Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, from PRI, is a smart and surprising guide to what's happening in pop culture and the arts. Each week, Kurt introduces the people who are creating and shaping our culture. Life is busy – so let Studio 360 steer you to the must-see movie this weekend, the next book for your nightstand, or the song that will change your life. Produced in association with Slate.
In which we ask the important questions in pop culture and dissect fictional universes. Because seriously, who deals with super weapon sanitation and imperial employee agreements? If you’re looking for serious discussions, this isn't the podcast you're looking for and we are so sorry about that joke.New episode every Monday!
Another Round
Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton cover everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy show.
That Pop This Life is a podcast where long-time friends Karly & Cynthia talk about pop culture, life and the ridiculousness it all. You can reach us at and find all our podcasts at
Popular culture, poetry, music and visual arts and the roles they play in our society.
International Waters is a pop culture comedy quiz show where land laws do not apply. Join host Dave Holmes and competing teams of world-famous comedians from the US and UK in a hilarious and lively test of pop culture knowledge (and the ability to make up baloney when that knowledge fails). It's part panel show, part trivia quiz and all laughs. It's also a little embarrassed it wrote that last sentence.
Controversial best-selling author and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis delivers a weekly glimpse into one of popular culture's most fascinating minds. The entertainment industry's top writers, directors, actors and musicians will join Bret to discuss the issues and complexities that keep the creative world turning as we experience this intriguing period in our planet's history. The same sensibilities that have formed Bret's impressive catalog in literature and film will be on display with each ...
Our Culture editor and his guests discuss what has piqued their interest in our one-stop shop for lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business.
Still Processing
Step inside the confession booth of Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times. They devour TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. Still Processing is where they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America in 2018.
Flâneur and irrepressible commentator, Rick Edwards, and Editor-at-Large of the New Scientist, Dr. Michael Brooks, delve into the science behind popular culture.
Caroline Crampton and Anna Leszkiewicz give the latest TV, films, books, albums and games the serious treatment you didn’t even know they needed.
From the co-creators of CinemaSins: Chris Atkinson and Jeremy Scott, who provide your favorite movie and culture nitpicking, are joined by Barrett Share, writer for Music Video Sins, and other guests to discuss, analyze, and ridicule the world of entertainment.
Black Girls Talking
Black Girls Talking is a podcast wherein 4 black girls discuss pop culture, Beyonce, & the pursuit of the perfect body oil.
The High Low
A weekly pop-culture / news podcast brought to you by Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes - the former co-hosts of The Pandolly Podcast.
I Think You’re Interesting is a weekly interview podcast hosted by Vox critic at large Todd VanDerWerff, featuring both well-known and more obscure figures from the worlds of the arts, entertainment, and pop culture. Each week, guests will dive into their influences, their inspirations, and their careers, in frank, uncensored fashion.
A weekly podcast that's all about pop culture and the big pictures around it.
Movies, TV, Books, Music, & Booze.
Welcome to the Nerd Culture Podcast! Where a group of friends discuss all things Nerd, including Movies, TV, Comics, Books, Games, and anything else we find interesting from the world of nerd culture. So come and join the fun, we'll keep a Romulan Ale cold just for you!
A weekly pop culture podcast seeking to educate on things that entertain, but do not matter.
Origins, created and hosted by James Andrew Miller -- the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of books on Saturday Night Live, ESPN, and CAA, the Creative Artist Agency --will explore the brave beginnings of the worlds of television, movies, sports, music, business, or even human relationships to explain how greatness starts and how critical happenings come to be. Listeners will hear firsthand from those who were "there at the start," who hatched The Great Ideas, or who arrived ...
Full Frontal is a program about music, pop-culture, TV and movies. Hosted by 1/2 of All Time Low – Singer Alex Gaskarth and Guitarist Jack Barakat.
How Dare You
New episodes every Monday.Two friends who take things way too personally try to convince the world it’s got it all wrong when it comes to pop culture. Listen in as they swap their under-qualified and unapologetic opinions of movies, television, music and books in a reference-packed podcast filled with laughing, crying, but mostly arguing to the point of threatening bodily harm. It’s like if Dame Maggie Smith were a podcast. If this doesn’t sound interesting to you, frankly... how dare you!
Interviews with Scholars of Popular Culture about their New Books
Overinvested is a weekly podcast from pop culture obsessives Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and Morgan Leigh Davies. Each episode, Gavia and Morgan dive into a film, TV show, or comic they just can't stop thinking about.
Overthinking It subjects the popular culture to a level of scrutiny it probably doesn't deserve.
Articles and interviews from Playboy magazine, plus online exclusives. Because we all read Playboy for the articles. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at
Rod and Karen discuss pop culture, current events and more from a comedic perspective.
The podcast with lots of sass. Hosts Lola & Babz provide hilarious unabashed social commentary on all things pop culture, relationships, and whatever else comes to mind. And they drink while doing it.
Thirty Twenty Ten
A pop culture time machine! Each episode covers one week that very week from 30 years ago, 20 years ago and 10 years ago, which means each show is loaded with forgotten movies, timeless TV episodes and songs best left to the past. We'll examine TV, movies, music and video games from the 80s, 90s and 2000s. Come remember with us!
Open Run
Jesse Williams and Stefan Marolachakis swap notes on basketball, art, and life with a slew of special guests.
Podzilla 1985
The guys and gals of Podzilla 1985 cover all things pop culture - from video games to politics, religion to wrestling, and everything in between.
Ashtrays & Action Figures is a radio show hosted by Twiztid's Jamie Madrox & Monoxide. You never know what The Demented Duo will be talking about each episode, topics span from: movies, music, toys, wrestling, horror, cannabis culture, celebrity interviews and that's just the tip of the iceberg! Give it a listen and you'll be sure to laugh your ass off!To keep up with our live broadcasts visit
Your daily arts & culture update, brought to you by Slate. Hear more Slate articles at Want to hear a daily selection of the magazine’s best stories? Learn more at A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can't read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at
The show that discusses anything pop culture! From movies, video games, TV, comic books and more tune in for Pop Culture Problems!
The People's Podcast
Grantland Pop Culture
Grantland Pop Culture is a varied collection of podcasts hosted by Grantland writers and friends of the site.
When It Was Cool Podcast is hosted by veteran podcaster Karl Stern and his wife Tonya. When It Was Cool Podcast features reviews, conversation, and nostalgia about pop culture from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990's including classic rock, comics, television, toys, music, movies, and more. Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Super Friends, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Six Million Dollar Man, Mego, and much more.
Beats and Eats is a pop-culture podcast, featuring conversation ranging from music to movies to entertainment to film, food and wine. Ty Ray and Nick Gelso have opened the "Virtual Lounge" for a happy hour for your mind...
On the Low Podcast
Tune in for the week's most jarring, idiotic and sometimes insightful topics in Pop culture, Music and Current affairs. Join in on the conversation using the hashtag #onthelowpod on Twitter.Email:
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In her new book, The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling (Columbia University Press, 2017), Natalie Robins examines the life of writer and socialite Diana Trilling (1905-1996). Trilling wrote for The Nation, Harpers, and Partisan Review as…
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey chats with filmmaker J.A. Bayona about his new film, 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,' and what it’s like creating a terrifying new dinosaur and diving into a major franchise.
The Gatekeepers of Disruptive Behavior aka The Disco 2 aka Michael Rapaport & Gerald Moody are here on the Friday I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST to go Hard Body Karate and discuss: TSA PRE-CHECK being Dead, The 2018 NBA Draft Results, hanging with BIG 3 & Willis Reed in Houston, Game Changing NBA Players, The IAR Short Bus Rubber Stamp, Woj Spoi ...…
Waiting for a good, realistic looking dinosaur movie as a kid was like waiting to grow up. It couldn’t happen soon enough. Specials and educational programs of dinosaurs, as well as books and puzzles galore decorated every little boy’s room, just waiting for that movie that didn’t look like stop motion to come sweep us off our feet. And no, din ...…
Merry Christmas. Wait that is to early. Okay back to your regular schedule programing. #Comcast and #Disney battle for #Fox #StarTrek expanding the universe on #CBSACCESS Scott gives his thoughts on =#Deadpool2 #JonBernthal on #TWD Also #TimKing on his new book for #DC called #HeroesinCrisis I talk about how excited I am that #Supergirl will be ...…
Dave Meltzer returns to talk about… HIMSELF! This is Dave Meltzer on Dave Meltzer, and it includes everything – the first wrestling match he ever saw, his favorite wrestlers and matches, the origins of the Wrestling Observer and 5-star rating system. He’s talking about Pat Patterson, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and Rey Mysterio. He rec ...…
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom takes a bizarre but not unwelcome left turn. How does it compare to 2015's mediocre but hugely successful revival and the original 1993 film? Guest: Chris Klimek.
Tonight's episode is brought to you by a joke that we WILL make you sick of! Plus - fitness talk, filthy Mandy talk, MTV revivals, and which male actors the cast finds...fetching.
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk NBA Draft red flags, the science of "breaking news", Marvin Bagley IV bars, Cav's choose Love, Puma's latest, plus more Twitter and VM's!!!
Thirty years ago, Public Enemy brought the revolution to hip-hop with “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.” Kurt Andersen talks with the graphic designer Bonnie Siegler about the history of protest art. And the newspaper comic “Nancy” gets a reboot and its first female cartoonist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit ...…
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald react to the news that Lucasfilm is suspending operations on its 'Star Wars' spinoff movies (5:30) and then welcome Joe Pokaski, showrunner of Marvel’s ‘Cloak and Dagger,’ to discuss the process of making his exciting new show (17:00).
Wow. Each segment in this week’s episode contains one of the greatest movies of the year! George Clooney begins his love affair with Steven Soderbergh, Wall-E reaches new heights for Pixar, Step By Step is mercifully retired, Eddie Murphy remakes... Read more
The Grammy-winning, Broadway-performing, avocado-farming, charity-running musician Jason Mraz plays tracks new and old and chats about his upcoming album ‘Know’.
Open Run's favorite NBA Draft Nostradamus, Kyle Mann of the Dime Drop, joins us for the one-stop NBA Draft pop-up shop of your dreams. That's right: it's the official Open Run x Dime Drop 2018 NBA Draft Preview! Heart-stopping predictions and life-changing new nicknames abound. The draft won't know what hit it. Follow Kyle Mann on Twitter: @jky ...…
Is there another ice age coming? And if so, when? Delving into the science behind the animated film Ice Age, Rick and Michael explore the most fundamental question that we all ponder while eating our breakfast cereal: could we survive the next ice age? Featuring: Prof Siwan Davies
Here’s what happened on this week’s episode of The Crispy Noodle Podcast: REMINDER: This Saturday is our live recording at the Philadelphia Podcast Festival! Introduction — We talk about the MAC and old e-mail addresses; Mike went to the new IHOb for Father’s Day; Rich’s music recommendation is Portugal. The Man Sports Sampler 2-Minute Drill: T ...…
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This week on the Uphill Both Ways retro pop culture podcast the duo of Mike Imboden and Joseph Perry discuss fame! No, not the movie but the act of being famous! The duo discusses meeting famous people and their interactions with them and stories of fame. Ray Park, Lou Reed, Jim Neidhart, Roddy Piper, Grace Slick, Kane Hodder, Leonard Cohen, an ...…
Beyonce and Jay-Z. Donald and Melania. Kim and Kanye. Harry and Meghan. We're compelled by the performance of marriage in culture. And with The Carters' new surprise album, "Everything Is Love," we wonder what it means for our beloved Beyonce -- and Jay-Z -- to position their marriage as a black cultural institution -- akin to the Huxtables or ...…
Hari Kondabolu identified a problem. His self-hosted, self-produced 2017 documentary, The Problem With Apu, which aired on TruTV, discusses how The Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon created a caricature of South Asians and perpetuated a stereotype that hung over South Asian kids like Hari and followed them into adulthood. The documentar ...…
PJ and TM get educated on World CUP Soccer by a special guest… TM is wasted so shut up and listen to Keen…idiot(s) Remember to call us with your questions/comments/suggestions for the show #708-316-8822… BS Voicemail #: 708-316-8822 @Bingesportscast #bingemedia #podcastnetwork #bingeon CLICK ABOVE TO LISTEN NOW! Subscr ...…
WARNING! Tonight's episode of PWU contains the following topics - Big Cass, All In, New Day vs. the Elite, NXT UK, injuries, NXT, Money in the Bank, RAW, Smackdown, and more! The crew also pay tribute to the legendary Big Van Vader, who passed away this week at age 63.
Rod and Karen are joined by Queen and J of Tea With Queen And J podcast to discuss their origin story, being black womanists, guesting on other shows, blerd culture, a Japanese water company apologizes, a nasty restaurant claps back after closing, black woman has enough of white people, Charleston apologizes for the city's role in slavery, woma ...…
We speak to Clemmie Hooper - aka the midwife and influencer Mother of Daughters, who recently suspended her Instagram account after the trolling got too much - about why men and women are not equal in the eyes of social media. Why doesn’t her husband, Simon (aka Father of Daughters), who exists in exactly the same family and has twice the amoun ...…
This week on 'Damage Control,' The Ringer’s Justin Charity and Kate Knibbs discuss the political chaos surrounding children being separated from their families and detained at the U.S.-Mexico border (1:10). They also delve into the incredibly fraught life and legacy of rapper XXXTentacion, who died on Monday (19:46). More from The Ringer: The U ...…
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby try to figure out how Pop and the Spurs lost Kawhi, the Ball brothers summer workout plan, NBA Prospect talk, plus more of your Twitter and VM's!!!
We're not even gonna hide it... The Incredibles 2 is a GREAT movie that you should see immediately. But regardless, you should listen to the SinCast crew talk about it! Also, go see it. Spoiler talk begins at 11:30 if you haven't seen the movie yet. We'll be back next Monday for a new episode of SinCast, and keep in touch! Tweet us @cinemasins, ...…
From our recent live show in Dallas, we talk about the boss archetypes in pop culture plus the non-boss characters who should be in charge. We also tackle listener bad opinions that must face a pop culture death panel featuring Melanie Shankle, Kathryn Freeman, and Chad Poe. MENTIONS The Summer Pop-Up Shop Tootsie Roll Clean Stick Award Melanie ...…
Stephen Metcalf, Isaac Butler, and Laura Miller discuss the horror film Hereditary, the return of The Staircase with Rebecca Lavoie, and Isaac's Shakespeare podcast Lend Me Your Ears. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
“The Decline of Western Civilization” made Lizzy Borden famous, but not a household name! And his blood-spewing, horror movie-inspired live shows and lyrics earned the attention of Tipper Gore’s PMRC, but unlike the popularity boost it gave W.A.S.P. and Judas Priest, that PMRC label only succeeded in knocking Lizzy Borden out of record stores! ...…
It's an intruiging episode of IWTB tonight, as the spooky squad talk about everything from time travel to murderous robots, ghostly friends, and more! The main topic tonight is about the universe - what is our relation to it, and can it really be policed?
Erica and Marissa are joined by DJ DeSmyter ( to talk about their favorite queer couples. Happy Pride Month! Follow us on Twitter @OTP_Pod Buy "The Real Deal" by Lauren Blakely here:
You can find new stand-up specials just about every week. In fact, you can find so many that it's hard to keep track of them all. So we spent this episode recommending eight standout specials. Guest: Pop Culture Happy Hour producer emeritus and Ask Me Another producer Mike Katzif.
Comedian, actor and writer Fahim Anwar (Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) joins the Whooch crew this week to count down the latest charts! Fahim talks about his new comedy special “There’s No Business Like Show Business” while they count down the Top 5 Rock Songs on iTunes. Later, we’ll hear what the heck Anne Hathaway’s deal is as well as what’s with abu ...…
In this episode we review E3 from Xbox to Playstation.
Rod and Karen discuss Everything Is Love again, the death of XXXtentacion reaction, 6ix9ine says he needs to stop trolling, bail out, Darius McCray childish support, Chris Hardwick and sword ratchetness.Twitter: @rodimusprime @SayDatAgain @TBGWT Email: Blog: Voice Mail: 704-557-0186…
We don't endorse or support hate... but let's admit there are things that we don't like no matter how hard we try and how hard everyone else likes them. John and Josh discuss popular things that just grate on our existence.
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk CP3's Rockets recruit, Hayward cleared in Boston, Melo offseason, the team futuristic break up, Roc Nation, plus more Twitter and VM's!!!
Join Jason and Emma and a Special Guest as they talk about all of the new games revealed at this years E3! We're talking Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo!
The Ringer's Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker sit down to sift through the blame game regarding children being separated from their parents at the border and how the media writes about "lies" (04:15), the Justice Department seizing 'New York Times' reporter Ali Watkins's emails and cell phone data (14:00), the recent profile of ESPN's Stephen A ...…
The Gatekeepers of Disruptive Behavior aka The Disco 2 aka Michael Rapaport & Gerald Moody are here on the Tuesday I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST to go Hard Body Karate and discuss: The Kardashian’s in Queensbridge, Breaking down Nas’ New album ‘Nasir’, Kanye West being obnoxious, the New Jay-Z & Beyoncé album, Michael’s favorite song and artist ...…
On this episode we are joined by Christian Nielsen and Shawn Robare to select 16 video arcade games that need to go into the Nerd Lunch Video Arcade Museum. Does your favorite make it? Probably not.
Caroline and Anna discuss series two of The Handmaid's Tale (8:27), the Netflix romcom Set It Up (16:55), and the true crime podcast West Cork (27:06). Find the show notes at and subscribe on Apple Podcasts here. We’re also on Twitter, tumblr and Facebook as @srslypod. You can email us on…
Rod and Karen discuss Rod's random thoughts, Nicki Minaj, Supreme Court doesn't rule on gerrymandering, Junt Land, Lil Rel and sword ratchetness.Twitter: @rodimusprime @SayDatAgain @TBGWT Email: Blog: Voice Mail: 704-557-0186
Jalen Rose and David Jacoby talk NBA Draft, Kawhi Leonard trade updates, Trevor Ariza Money, Mexico shocks the Germans, NBA Point spreads, plus more of your Twitter and VM's!!
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald unpack the cultural significance of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s surprise album drop, as well as the continuous run of Kanye-related projects each week (9:00). Later, they discuss HBO’s 'Succession' (27:30).
In this episode the Leftovers are joined by Tristan Brown. We discuss some movies in Good Pop Bad Pop. Brian talks about Superfly and Action Point. Tristan gives his thoughts on the Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and then we all discuss Disney/Pixar’s latest animated installment that was 14 years in the making with The Incred ...…
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