Waiting to X-hale
Waiting to X-hale
Karen Tongson and Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh
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A Gen X-themed show with podcast veterans Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh and Karen Tongson (Pop Rocket). W2X revisits the pop culture & social issues that defined Generation X from a (queer) woman-of-color perspective in a way that sheds new light on the pop culture from both then, and now.
Ep. 43: What’s Cookin’ in the Pandemic w/ Katherine Spiers
Our dear friend and the smartest mouth in town, Katherine Spiers (Smart Mouth podcast, Table Cakes Productions) joins us to mull over some of the new food TV being cooked up during the pandemic, from Selena + Chef, to Amy Schumer Learns to Cook. Plus, we close this super-sized episode out with a very classy (because it’s British) nuo-lingo, topped off with three total BOPS!
Aug 21
1 hr 17 min
Ep. 42: 90s Domestic Thrillers with Brandy Monk-Payton
Media scholar & author Dr. Brandy Monk-Payton (Fordham University) joins Karen & Wynter to talk about the preponderance of domestic psychodramas like The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Sleeping with the Enemy in the early 1990s. Together they explore what they say about cardigan femininity, race, and the terror of misaligned hand towels. The three also process Megan and Cardi’s WAP, the Kamala Harris VP announcement, and Perry Mason on HBO (Max). Plus, Nuo-lingo and three SOTWs!
Aug 14
1 hr 15 min
Ep. 41: What’s Good is Bad & Bad is Good w/ June Diane Raphael
Karen and Wynter kick off a brand new season joined by June Diane Raphael, co-founder of the Jane Club, and star of Grace and Frankie, Long Shot and The High Note. June Diane drops in to BLOW OUR MINDS with her read on Clueless, a movie she used to think was good, but realizes might actually be bad. This week’s Nuo Lingo is really hard to understand for most folks, and you get 2 SOTW’s for the price of one!
Aug 7
1 hr 16 min
Karen interviews Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls
In this summer bonus episode, Karen shares her spring interview with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls in preparation for her NPR article on the duo.  Special thanks to NPR Music (especially Ann Powers and Marissa Lorusso), as well as the Indigo Girls and their team (especially Carla Parisi and Russell Carter) for making this all happen!
Jul 17
59 min
Karen interviews Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls
In this summer bonus episode, Karen shares her spring interview with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls in preparation for her NPR article on the duo. Special thanks to NPR Music (especially Ann Powers and Marissa Loruss o), as well as the Indigo Girls and their team (especially Carla Parisi and Russell Carter) for making this all happen! Stay tuned for KT's interview with Emily, coming up next.
Jul 10
1 hr
Ep. 40: You Must Remember Polly Platt with Karina Longworth
Wynter and Karen welcome guest Karina Longworth of You Must Remember This for their season 2 finale! Karina tells us all about Polly Platt, the subject of this season’s YMRT. We get into how sexism, and the auteurist focus on her ex, Peter Bogdanovich, rendered Polly “invisible” in various ways.  Wynter also brings us “The Pudding,” and Karen tells us about Disclosure, a new Netflix doc on transgender representation.
Jun 26
1 hr 4 min
Ep. 39: Together Again to Talk Gen Z with Guy Branum & Margaret Wappler
Wynter and Karen reunite with their former podmates Guy Branum and Margaret Wappler in this supersized episode fundraising for G.L.I.T.S and SummaEverything! The fierce foursome indulge in a deep catch-up about everything from the demise of the “girl boss,” to 90 Day Fiance and Top Chef All Stars, all while processing the pop culture in the last year since they wrapped Pop Rocket. The gang puts their Gen X heads together for an analysis of Generation Z, who are revved and ready to lead the revolution.
Jun 19
1 hr 29 min
Ep. 38: Just Can’t [The] Help It
Wynter returns this week, as we welcome special guests Renee Bever (artist, co-host of Attack of the Queerwolf), and Tavia Nyong’o (author, Professor of American Studies at Yale). The panel catches up about how they’ve been participating in the national uprisings while reflecting on some of the media moments, both head-scratching, and inspiring. The panel devotes some deep conversation to  “good civil rights movies” vs. really shitty ones.
Jun 12
1 hr 26 min
Ep. 37: American Uprising
We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement in advocating for racial justice, and against police violence. Queer scholars & activists, Homay King and Jeanne Vaccaro join Karen to offer reports and resources for social justice actions, including ways of contributing for those who cannot participate in street actions. They discuss the media coverage of protests, race, and the pandemic, while reflecting on how race, feminism and LGBTQ politics intersect, or fail to, in “pride month” media.
Jun 8
1 hr 12 min
Ep. 36:  Butches for Billions with Raquel Gutierrez
Wynter is off for the week, so one of Karen’s oldest BFF’s, the poet, writer and performer Raquel Gutierrez joins her from Tucson, AZ to talk about everything from making pizzas with coral mushrooms to Netflix’s Lovebirds. Raquel, aka “Raquefella” brings us her thoughts on why we are so obsessed with pop culture about billionaires. Nuo-Lingo gives us a word befitting the age of Zoom, plus a slinky SOTW from the 80s. Join our Patreon for early access, bonus content, and SWAG!
May 29
1 hr 6 min
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