Pop Rocket Podcast Review

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Pop Rocket Review

Pop Rocket looks at pop culture through a different lens. That lens is more academic and journalistic than any other podcast that you’ll listen to. Hosted by a comedian, other regular panelists come from all over the entertainment sphere. Conversations range from music to movies, and they’re all well informed.

The Hosts: The main host of Pop Rocket is Guy Branum, a fairly well-known comedian. Guy has a quick wit and a deep knowledge of pop culture, as well as an academic curiosity. This is often whetted by his cohosts, called panelists. These panelists are Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler who are a writer, English professor, and critic, respectively.

The Guests: Guests on Pop Rocket are just as writer-ly and journalistic as the regular panelists. They might be writers from your favorite TV shows, authors of your favorite novels, a beat writer from your favorite magazine. Beyond writing, it’s not uncommon for other comedians and film producers to come on. Whoever shows up, they come ready for a deep discussion about their favorite bits of pop culture.

Why You Have to Listen: Pop culture is often on the table for podcasts, but usually as a place to aim jokes. Pop Rocket is a nice change of pace, because of its more academic view. Opinions here aren’t played for laughs – not in and of themselves – and are instead derived from true research. There’s more thought put into this podcast than any other pop culture podcast.

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Must-Listen Episodes:

Episode 214: We Marie-Kondo the Oscars with Matt Rogers

Episode 206: Pop Culture Resolutions for 2019

Episode 199: Hip Hop, Pop, and Mental Health with Clarkisha Kent

Rating: Teen+

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Eric Turner is a writer and digital marketer with a lot of ideas and no clue. Eric is obsessed with storytelling in any and all of it's forms, from high literature to abstract art to pro wrestling. Eric has been featured in The Guardian and enjoys working with people from all around the globe.


Eric studied Business Administration at the SUNY University at Albany, with intentions to enter law school. When it became apparent that law school wasn't for him, Eric had to scramble and ended up here. Eric has yet to graduate after taking some time off but intends to return to SUNY Albany to finish his degree in 2020 (or maybe 2021, all things considered.)

Work History

Eric began his career in 2016 writing narrative non-fiction for Popularium, and grew from there into writing content for businesses. He's written for many companies on many subjects, and took those skills to a career in digital marketing. Eric was the community manager of Slant.co (now Lustre.AI) and marketing lead for app Mixtape. Eric continues to write, most relevantly about podcasts and other enticing audio for Vurbl.