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Want to know more about the early days of the video game industry? Wondering how Hello Kitty became so popular? Join Tracy and Holly as they explore the science behind pop culture in PopStuff, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.

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Greatest Hits: Perfume: The Culture of Scent

June 3rd, 2013

36:41

Have you ever wondered what Tracy and Holly smell like? They’ll tell you! They’re also eager to talk about how people use and perceive perfume, and …

Greatest Hits: Nostalgia for the Good old Games

May 27th, 2013

54:52

Both Tracy and Holly love new games, but they also fondly recall the early days of the video game industry. Take a trip down memory lane as talk …

Greatest Hits: Zombies and Vampires and … where is this headed?

May 22nd, 2013

39:09

The entertainment market is saturated with supernatural creatures, but vampires and zombies seem to be the most popular, with werewolves coming in a …

Greatest Hits: Hello Kitty and the Culture of Cute

May 20th, 2013

39:33

You can get Hello Kitty everything. Everything. Tracy and Holly talk about the famous cat’s beginnings, staying power and her many Sanrio friends. …

Greatest Hits: My Little Brony

May 15th, 2013

43:20

Tracy and Holly are a little late to the “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” party, but now that they’ve started watching the show, they totally …

Greatest Hits: PopStuff's Cuppa Joe

May 13th, 2013

54:55

PopStuff is addicted to coffee. This stimulant seems to have a stranglehold on humanity, and an entire culture has sprung up around it. Where does …

Greatest Hits: Robots in Pop Culture

May 8th, 2013

44:46

From Rosie to Bender and far beyond, robots have been a part of the media we consume for decades. Tracy and Holly talk about R2D2, Wall-E, …

Greatest Hits: PopStuff Doesn’t Believe the Hype

May 6th, 2013

37:46

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Marketers often depend on hype to foster interest in a product, but sometimes, the hype machine backfires. Tracy and Holly talk about the hype cycle …

Greatest Hits: Why is this PopStuff stuck in my head?

May 1st, 2013

33:04

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? That’s an earworm, and it’s an extremely common phenomenon. Holly and Tracy wonder why our brains latch …

Greatest Hits: PopStuff Isn't Cool Enough to Be a Hipster

April 29th, 2013

33:43

Hipster. The very word makes people sneer. Why are hipsters viewed with such disdain? And what makes a person a hipster, anyway? Tracy and Holly …

Greatest Hits: Cooking With PopStuff

April 24th, 2013

36:57

Bon appétit! There are more cooking shows on television than ever before, but it seems fewer and fewer people are actually prepping their own food. Has cooking become a spectator sport? Listen in to learn more.

Greatest Hits: Internet, You So Crazy

April 22nd, 2013

31:13

We all know the Internet is awash with garbage, but there are also some hilarious and creative gems floating around the ether. When Tracy and Holly …

Greatest Hits: Weddings

April 17th, 2013

40:23

Love them or hate them, weddings are a part of our lives. But why are they so expensive, and why does everyone feel entitled to judge everyone else’s nuptials?

Greatest Hits: The Culture of Running

April 10th, 2013

53:02

Running continues to grow in popularity, but are all runners happy about that? Holly and Tracy talk about their experiences at races, their training, …

Greatest Hits: Bugs vs. Mickey

April 8th, 2013

35:00

One’s a wisecracking rabbit and the other’s a giggling mouse. Both have devoted fans. How did these famous animated rodents get their starts and nestle into their niches, and why has only one reached juggernaut status?

Greatest Hits: Manic Pixie Dreamgirls

April 3rd, 2013

30:50

She’s quirky, nutty and totally unfettered. She shows brooding screen heroes that life is full of fun and wonder. She’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and …

Greatest Hits: Wanna go to prom?

April 1st, 2013

36:34

It’s exciting, it’s a rite of passage, it’s expensive and often a letdown. Few people look back on their proms and think “That was one of the …

Greatest Hits: Drag Queens

March 27th, 2013

32:04

Glittery, glamorous drag queens – Holly and Tracy love them. But what is drag, exactly? What social trends cause the popularity of queens to wax and …

Greatest Hits: Did movies ruin love?

March 25th, 2013

40:06

Do you believe in love at first sight? How about soul mates? Movies and TV shows certainly seem to. Holly and Tracy talk about whether movies are …

Why are we friends?

March 18th, 2013

46:23

Most of your friends probably like the same things you do and have similar views on religion and politics. In this episode, Tracy and Holly discuss …

An Embarrassment of Riches

March 13th, 2013

24:29

Whether it's a queue of podcasts, a pile of unread books or hours of content languishing on your DVR, odds are that you may find yourself inundated with loads of content. So how can we handle this constant stream of new …

The Entitled World of Fandom

March 11th, 2013

25:18

How do you know when you have crossed into the world of uberfandom? Join Tracy and Holly as they discuss the good and the bad of super fans.

Last Episodes

March 6th, 2013

46:23

When a show wraps up, the finale episode can either be the cherry on top of the ice cream, or salt in a wound. Tracy and Holly run down some of the …

Mailbag!

March 4th, 2013

1:05:13

PopStuff has some fantastic listeners who write us some fabulous missives. Tracy and Holly share some of their faves as evidence, from comments on …

Barbie

February 27th, 2013

46:15

She’s a hero to some, a villain to others. But how did Barbie get so much power in the first place? And has she been treated unfairly? Join Tracy and …

Is there even such a thing as ethnic food?

February 25th, 2013

47:25

If everyone has an ethnicity, doesn’t that make all food ethnic? After wading through the semantics, Tracy and Holly dig in to the topic of food …

PopStuff’s Oscar Costumes 2013

February 20th, 2013

39:17

It’s that time of year! Tracy and Holly run down the 2013 Oscar nominees for Best Costume and wax rhapsodic about hand stitching. With everything …

The Cheese Stands Alone

February 18th, 2013

43:22

Have critics and audiences panned your favorite film? There are some things so universally disliked that only crazy people would be into them, right? …

Taking the Pressure Off Valentine's Day

February 13th, 2013

35:26

Valentine's Day is one of those polarizing holidays. People tend to either think it's magical and wondrous, or that it's the most torturous 24 hours …

Mardi Gras: More Than Baring for Beads

February 11th, 2013

39:04

Fat Tuesday may conjure images of debauchery and wild behavior, but that's not an accurate picture of what the celebration is about. From religious …

Are Internet comments the worst ever?

February 6th, 2013

37:18

The first rule of maintaining sanity online might be this: Never read the comments. Why do people express their opinions in negative ways on the Web? …

PopStuff’s Commentary Bonus Feature

February 4th, 2013

38:11

Commentary tracks can offer great insight to filmmaking, but bad ones can be an irritating snooze fest. Holly and Tracy talk about how DVD bonus …

The Parenthood Wars

January 30th, 2013

47:05

Parents often feel attacked by proponents of the childfree movement, and childless people become frustrated by insinuations that their lives can’t be …

All the (Dr.) Whos in Whoville

December 19th, 2012

35:16

You've seen the Tardis and Dalek dresses at cons, and if you run in circles with geeks, odds are that you know a full-on "Dr. Who" fan. Tracy schools …

Is Pinterest suffocating creativity?

January 28th, 2013

44:16

People freely admit to losing hours on Pinterest, but does all that pinning lead to any actual creating? And how often are pinners just parroting …

Snow Day!

January 23rd, 2013

38:17

It’s no secret that Atlanta shuts down in even light snowfall. Tracy and Holly share the Southerner’s point of view on winter storms and wonder why …

The Snobby Soapiness of ‘Downton Abbey’

January 21st, 2013

41:49

It’s a ratings powerhouse, and even people who don’t watch it know enough about it to make jokes based on its plot lines. Is the story of the Crawley family so appealing to so many because it’s really just a soap opera …

Culture of Beauty

January 16th, 2013

37:31

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the beholder’s eye is informed by the culture that surrounds it. Tracy and Holly peek into some of the odd …

PopStuff’s Mad Hattery

January 14th, 2013

30:16

Chapeaux and sombreros! Caps and bowlers! Tracy and Holly have hats on the brain. How have head coverings gone from utility accessories to haute …

Grammar Sticklers: Why so mean?

January 9th, 2013

32:33

As members of an editorial team, both Tracy and Holly love grammar and punctuation, but neither of them understands why people sometimes shame others …

TV Pregnancy: Why so stupid?

January 7th, 2013

38:21

Anyone who has had a child will tell you that in reality, the happy event is NOT the way you see it on TV. When so many people have first-hand knowledge of birth, why does television always gets it so wrong? Tune in to …

Secret World of Massage

January 2nd, 2013

41:22

There is always a swirl of confusion and misconceptions around massage. Tracy has insider knowledge; Holly has a standing appointment. They’ll talk …

Ringing in the New Year With Cocktails

December 31st, 2012

30:47

Mixed drinks have been a part of social culture for a long time, but where did cocktails actually come from? Tracy and Holly look at the prohibition …

Anti-Christmas Movie

December 21st, 2012

33:34

Beyond the classic Christmas films, there's a whole world of movies that include Christmas, but aren't your standard fare. Tracy and Holly go way …

The End is Nigh!

December 17th, 2012

39:01

The end of the world has been predicted so many times, we're fairly blasé about it. But so many people are fretful about the Mayan calendar and …

Hobbitses

December 12th, 2012

36:59

It's time for a trip to Middle Earth! Peter Jackson's latest film based on Tolkien's work is here, and Tracy and Holly are eager to talk about it. …

PopStuff's Family Game Night

December 10th, 2012

46:06

While many of us grew up with Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, there's a whole new world of tabletop games out there -- and their popularity is on the …

Trading Places: Gender Roles at Work

December 5th, 2012

42:04

There’s been lots of talk about women making great strides towards workplace equality, but what about men who take on occupations traditionally held …

These Mockumentaries Go to 11

December 3rd, 2012

41:02

From “This is Spinal Tap” to “Borat” and beyond, Tracy and Holly talk about faux documentary style, the difference between a spoof and a hoax, and …

NaNoWriMo and the Culture of Creativity

November 28th, 2012

35:49

National Novel Writing Month is exactly what it sounds like: a month-long challenge to turn out a 50,000-word novel. Tracy’s done it; Holly hasn’t. …

Why do TV shows get cancelled?

November 26th, 2012

37:31

We’ve all experienced the heartbreak of losing a show too soon. It’s common knowledge that bad ratings are the usual cause of cancellation, but there …

Turkey Day Dinner and the Culture of Consumption

November 21st, 2012

42:00

Gobble gobble! As the U.S. Thanksgiving celebration approaches, Tracy and Holly are ready to talk turkey. And stuffing, and gravy, and all the other …

How to Build a Gay Character for TV

November 19th, 2012

48:01

The television landscape is becoming more diverse, and that includes more storylines about LGBT characters. But how many of these characters are based on stereotypes, and how well do they represent the community?

If the Shoe Fits

November 14th, 2012

49:28

It’s the shoe show! Despite their best efforts to buck gender stereotypes, both Tracy and Holly love shoes. Running shoes, Louboutins, bound feet, …

PopStuff’s License to Kill

November 12th, 2012

41:48

Even casual viewers love James Bond. Tracy and Holly load their custom weapons and fire out a discussion about why this character has endured, how …

Beware the Holiday Creep

November 7th, 2012

38:51

You can start shopping for winter holiday goodies in September, and Easter candy is hitting shelves as early as December. Why has the marketing for …

Does television run elections?

November 5th, 2012

45:29

You’ve probably heard of Nixon and Kennedy’s 1960 debate and how it hurt Nixon’s campaign. But that was in the beginning of televised politics. How …

Nostalgia for the Good Old Games

October 31st, 2012

54:52

Both Tracy and Holly love new games, but they also fondly recall the early days of the video game industry. Take a trip down memory lane as talk …

Zombies and Vampires and … where is this headed?

October 29th, 2012

39:09

The entertainment market is saturated with supernatural creatures, but vampires and zombies seem to be the most popular, with werewolves coming in a …

Scary vs. Sexy?

October 24th, 2012

42:17

Women who want to let out their sexy side on Halloween have all the choices in the world. But what about ladies who don’t want to go bare? Tracy and …

Train Wrecks of the Proposal Variety

October 22nd, 2012

43:14

Public proposals are more and more common, but why is this a trend? Is the epic staging and expense of a lavish spectacle to pop the question the way …

Hello Kitty and the Culture of Cute

October 17th, 2012

39:33

You can get Hello Kitty everything. Everything. Tracy and Holly talk about the famous cat’s beginnings, staying power and her many Sanrio friends. …

PopStuff’s Downward Dog

October 15th, 2012

42:37

Neither Tracy nor Holly is really into yoga, but they’re both fascinated by its history and culture. Do you have to be flexible to get something out …

PopStuff Plays With Legos

October 10th, 2012

48:46

It’s pretty difficult to find someone who doesn’t like playing with Legos. It’s not difficult, however, to find someone who doesn’t like Lego’s …

Famously Busted

October 8th, 2012

44:26

When a celebrity gets arrested, the whole world knows about it. Does being famous drive you to make foolish choices? How does a very public arrest …

The (Mostly) Wonderful World of Tim Burton

October 3rd, 2012

43:05

The PopStuff gals are big fans of Tim Burton’s work. There’s a lot of gushing in this episode. What is it about this creator’s spooky vision that inspires such devotion in fans?

My Little Brony

October 1st, 2012

43:20

Tracy and Holly are a little late to the “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” party, but now that they’ve started watching the show, they totally …

Over the Shoulder PopStuff Holder

September 26th, 2012

46:02

It's true. Tracy and Holly are talking about bras. There's discussion of brassiere history, fashion, lingerie and (warning) even cup sizes. The gals …

PopStuff's Cuppa Joe

September 24th, 2012

54:56

PopStuff is addicted to coffee. This stimulant seems to have a stranglehold on humanity, and an entire culture has sprung up around it. Where does …

The 2012 Fall TV Season

September 19th, 2012

51:33

It’s that magical time of year when we become obsessed with television anew. Which shows are returning? What new programs are we excited about? Tracy …

PopStuff Goes to Dragon*Con

September 17th, 2012

54:37

Join Tracy and Holly as they recount their time at Dragon*Con, which touts itself as “the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on …

PopStuff Clowns Around

September 12th, 2012

41:53

Some people are afraid of clowns, but not Tracy and Holly! They are excited to talk about the different types of clowns, clown hierarchy and how …

Stop: Motion Time!

September 10th, 2012

43:06

Does the mention of stop motion animation conjure images of Rankin and Bass holiday specials, or does your mind turn to big-screen productions like …

PopStuff’s 100th Episode 100th Episode

September 5th, 2012

39:37

It’s our 100th episode! To celebrate, Tracy and Holly are dishing on television shows that also hit the same milestone, and they’re wondering why …

Autocorrect and the Cupertino Effect

September 3rd, 2012

39:34

While autocorrect can be helpful, it's far from perfect. Those automated corrections can change the entire meaning of a text -- and the results …

PopStuff Gets Its Hair Did(n't)

August 29th, 2012

45:49

Why are we so obsessed with hair? It’s the one physical characteristic that we can easily alter, but is there more to our hair fixation than mere self expression? And what does hair really say about the person wearing …

Culture of Cuckoldry

August 27th, 2012

43:13

Cheating on a romantic partner is extremely common. But why do people cheat, and why are there online communities devoted to helping would-be …

Star Wars Food

August 22nd, 2012

40:05

Yes, we’re combining two great loves in one slightly odd discussion. Even Princess Leia had to eat, right? Tracy and Holly talk about the instances …

How do diseases become trendy?

August 20th, 2012

47:12

Why do diagnoses of some diseases and conditions seem to skyrocket from time to time? Tracy and Holly, like many people, wonder how much of it is …

Robots in Pop Culture

August 15th, 2012

44:46

From Rosie to Bender and far beyond, robots have been a part of the media we consume for decades. Tracy and Holly talk about R2D2, Wall-E, …

How to Build a Critically Acclaimed TV Drama

August 13th, 2012

41:08

What does it take to make good television? Critical darlings on TV often share a lot of traits. Is it as easy as using Tracy's three G's: grim, gritty and gratuitous?

PopStuff Doesn’t Believe the Hype

August 8th, 2012

37:46

Marketers often depend on hype to foster interest in a product, but sometimes, the hype machine backfires. Tracy and Holly talk about the hype cycle …

Chocolate-dipped PopStuff

August 6th, 2012

43:49

Chocolate is one of the most beloved sweets the world over. Tracy loves it and Holly’s indifferent, but what really fascinates them both is the …

Why is this PopStuff stuck in my head?

August 1st, 2012

33:05

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? That’s an earworm, and it’s an extremely common phenomenon. Holly and Tracy wonder why our brains latch …

The Tragedy of Comic Sans

July 30th, 2012

34:30

Google “Comic Sans,” and you’ll instantly see a world of ire in the results. Many people just do not like this font, while others defend it as …

Don't Drive Angry

July 25th, 2012

33:03

Even the most relaxed person can become irate behind the wheel. Do you or someone you know experience road rage? Tracy and Holly break down the …

PopStuff Goes for the Gold

July 23rd, 2012

36:03

It’s time for the summer Olympics! Holly has Olympics rabies, whereas Tracy is a more casual viewer. PopStuff examines the appeal of Olympic …

DIY Shows: Good or Bad?

July 18th, 2012

33:55

So many people dream of their perfect home -- and many decide to take matters into their own hands, armed with inspiration from DIY TV shows. In this …

PopStuff Isn’t Cool Enough to Be a Hipster

July 16th, 2012

33:44

Hipster. The very word makes people sneer. Why are hipsters viewed with such disdain? And what makes a person a hipster, anyway? Tracy and Holly …

Bootlegging: Files not Booze

July 11th, 2012

34:54

No, Tracy and Holly are not donning flapper costumes and talking about the era of speakeasies. They’re discussing digital piracy and how the Free …

Dear PopStuff, am I normal?

July 10th, 2012

37:43

Who really writes in to advice columns? Tracy did once, but that was long ago. From Emily Post to Dan Savage, Tracy and Holly discuss advice columns …

Cookout Culture

July 4th, 2012

33:52

Is grilling a guy thing? Why does the word "barbecue" mean different things to different people? The PopStuff gals are celebrating summer by noshing on grilled goodies, and it's got them thinking about burgers and slaw …

Culture of Air Travel

July 2nd, 2012

42:56

When taking a flight, do you make single-serving friends? Do you people-watch at the terminal? Are you a pro at getting through security? In this …

PopStuff: Swimsuit Edition

June 27th, 2012

35:33

We are in the thick of swimsuit season, which has Tracy and Holly wondering about the history of swimsuits and their status in the modern wardrobe as …

Cooking With PopStuff

June 25th, 2012

36:57

Bon appétit! There are more cooking shows on television than ever before, but it seems fewer and fewer people are actually prepping their own food. Has cooking become a spectator sport? Listen in to learn more.

PopStuff Goes to E3

June 20th, 2012

39:35

Holly recently returned from the Electronics Entertainment Expo, and Tracy’s ready to grill her about all the things she saw. From Oswald hats to the …

Pixar’s Lady Business

June 18th, 2012

25:24

Until "Brave," Pixar made movies with heart, but no female lead characters. How can it be that such a creative collective struggles with telling …

Dealbreakers

June 13th, 2012

29:04

Do you have a non-negotiable thing that would cause you to ditch an otherwise good relationship? In this episode, Tracy and Holly share their …

Let’s Go to Camp!

June 11th, 2012

33:01

Is summer camp like it is in the movies? Neither Tracy nor Holly went to camp in the standard sense, but they sure are curious about it. Is it just a …

Cliffhangers, Yes or No?

June 6th, 2012

30:59

Is this really a valid way to keep an audience interested, or is it just lazy writing? From old-school cinema serials to modern day season enders, …

Internet, You So Crazy

June 4th, 2012

31:13

We all know the Internet is awash with garbage, but there are also some hilarious and creative gems floating around the ether. When Tracy and Holly …

The Culture of Smoking

May 30th, 2012

28:27

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health. As smoking bans and legislation have become more restrictive, have smokers become societal pariahs? Tracy shares her experiences of growing up in the tobacco belt as …

Royal Family Obsession

May 28th, 2012

29:28

Millions of people watched William and Kate’s wedding. Diana still has devoted fans. What is it about royalty, that so captures our attention and …

Weddings

May 23rd, 2012

40:23

Love them or hate them, weddings are a part of our lives. But why are they so expensive, and why does everyone feel entitled to judge everyone else’s nuptials?

Perfume: The Culture of Scent

May 21st, 2012

36:41

Have you ever wondered what Tracy and Holly smell like? They’ll tell you! They’re also eager to talk about how people use and perceive perfume, and …

Astrology: What’s PopStuff’s sign?

May 16th, 2012

23:34

Tracy and Holly both have some embarrassing confessions to kick this one off. What is it about astrology and horoscopes that makes even non-believers …

Collecting: Popstuff’s Cabinet of Curiosities

May 14th, 2012

30:22

Is it true that everyone collects something? Many of us feel compelled to acquire and curate our hearts’ desires, but why are we so attached to this …

Tracy and Holly's Running Playlist Episode

May 9th, 2012

39:21

Good tunes can make the difference between a mediocre run and a great one. What music moves Tracy and Holly to run, and why are they drawn to their …

Franchise Reboots

May 7th, 2012

32:10

How long should something exist before it’s remade, and what’s the difference between a reboot and a remake? Tracy and Holly dish on the good, the …

Comic Book Movies: PopStuff Smash!

May 2nd, 2012

35:27

Since comic books are a visual medium, it seems natural to translate them to the silver screen. Why then, do so many adaptations of comic books flop …

Diamonds are whose best friend?

April 30th, 2012

35:22

Is a diamond really a girl’s best friend? Tracy and Holly aren’t so sure. They’ll hash out the history of the diamond engagement ring, and debate …

The PAX East Episode

April 25th, 2012

30:04

Concerts, exhibits, panels -- the Penny Arcade Expo has become a huge show for all things geek, but it remains a gaming paradise. Tracy shares her experiences from this year’s PAX East, and her enchantment with the many …

Crazy Pet People

April 23rd, 2012

36:12

Some people think of pets as their children, while others think that’s ridiculous. Spending on pets has dipped slightly in the recent past, but why? …

The Art of the T-shirt

April 18th, 2012

30:57

Is a T-shirt just a thing to keep you from being naked, or is it art? How do graphics on T-shirts represent you, and how are Web sites opening the …

When Trendy Foods Attack

April 16th, 2012

35:54

Cupcakes, bacon, sriracha. Food has trends, just like fashion. Why do some edibles garner nearly cult-like followings? Tracy and Holly talk about …

Joss Whedon

April 11th, 2012

35:58

He creates worlds and characters that fans fall in love with, but what is it, really, about Joss Whedon’s work that’s so engaging? Can the soon-to-be-released film projects “Cabin in the Woods” and “The Avengers” draw …

The Culture of Running

April 9th, 2012

53:03

Running continues to grow in popularity, but are all runners happy about that? Holly and Tracy talk about their experiences at races, their training, …

Swearing

April 4th, 2012

39:50

Swearing promotes group bonding, but does it also rob you of your class? We know it’s not for best princess behavior, but when is cursing …

Bugs vs. Mickey

April 2nd, 2012

35:01

One’s a wisecracking rabbit and the other’s a giggling mouse. Both have devoted fans. How did these famous animated rodents get their starts and nestle into their niches, and why has only one reached juggernaut status?

Manic Pixie Dreamgirls

March 28th, 2012

30:50

She’s quirky, nutty and totally unfettered. She shows brooding screen heroes that life is full of fun and wonder. She’s Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and …

Wanna go to prom?

March 26th, 2012

36:34

It’s exciting, it’s a rite of passage, it’s expensive and often a letdown. Few people look back on their proms and think “That was one of the …

Guilty Pleasures

March 21st, 2012

40:32

Psychologists agree: Guilt is actually good for you. So go ahead and indulge your love of “Weekend at Bernie’s” and other low-brow entertainment. …

Violence in Children's Books

March 19th, 2012

28:08

It’s natural to want to shield kids from evil and darkness, but could there be a place for such themes in media aimed at young people? Tracy and …

Saint Patrick's Day

March 14th, 2012

27:01

In the U.S., we tend to think of St. Patrick’s Day as a green-tinted street party with loads of drinking and leprechauns. But what are the holiday’s …

All of the Snow Whites

March 12th, 2012

27:27

The Snow White story has always been popular, but lately, everyone seems to have a version of it to tell. Which ones are Tracy and Holly excited …

Making Books into Movies

March 7th, 2012

40:38

Adapting a book into a film is no easy task, and fans of books are often disappointed by the versions of their favorite stories that end up on the …

Great Films Fail the Bechdel Test

March 5th, 2012

28:55

The Bechdel test is a basic set of rules to gauge the representation of women in films. While it’s an interesting tool, Tracy and Holly think there …

Release the hounds!

February 29th, 2012

33:55

If you were an online celeb, would you use your power for good or for evil? Join Tracy and Holly as they discuss those Internet moments when …

Internet Friends: True or False?

February 27th, 2012

47:13

Are the friends you make online the real deal? Tracy and Holly say they are, but the research is divided. Is the Internet the ideal place for shy …

PopStuff's Oscar Episode

February 22nd, 2012

38:30

It’s Oscar time, and we have costume nominees on the brain. Tracy and Holly talk about the 2012 contenders and give their thoughts on the costumes in …

Drag Queens: You Better Work!

February 20th, 2012

32:28

Glittery, glamorous drag queens – Holly and Tracy love them. But what is drag, exactly? What social trends cause the popularity of queens to wax and …

Road Trips

February 15th, 2012

35:56

Get in the car! Why does the thought of hitting the open road conjure up a sense of freedom for some, and dread for others? Tracy and Holly are ready …

Celebrity Couples

February 13th, 2012

47:13

Being famous puts a unique spin on romance, and a level of pressure non-celebs never have to deal with. Beyond nicknames like Brangelina, what is it that fascinates us about the loves of the famous, and which celebrity …

Did Movies Ruin Love?

February 8th, 2012

40:30

Do you believe in love at first sight? How about soul mates? Movies and TV shows certainly seem to. Holly and Tracy talk about whether movies are …

Urban Legends

February 6th, 2012

32:55

Razor-bladed apples, hooks dangling from car doors, alligators in the sewer ... if you believe in urban legends, the world is overrun with danger. …

Defending Disney Princesses?

February 1st, 2012

49:42

Many critics feel that the Disney princesses are setting poor examples for young girls and are setting the women’s movement back by decades. Tracy …

An Introduction to Studio Ghibli

January 30th, 2012

39:45

It’s the Japanese film studio where magic seems to come from. From "Totoro" to "Ponyo" and all points in between, why are Studio Ghibli’s films so mesmerizing to Western audiences, and what’s a radish spirit?

Now Available in 3-D

January 25th, 2012

49:34

Is 3-D just a gimmick, or is it really a valid tool for film makers? Tracy and Holly both saw “Hugo” and loved it, and now they can’t stop talking …

Let's Do Brunch

January 23rd, 2012

35:17

It’s a social meal and often involves ham and adult beverages. What’s not to love? In this episode, Tracy and Holly deconstruct brunch and discuss …

Play it Again, Sam

January 18th, 2012

41:08

Do you have a movie that may as well be permanently implanted in your DVD player? Or a game that you have to play over and over? Tracy and Holly …

Gossip

January 16th, 2012

34:49

OMG, did you hear the dirt on Tracy and Holly? Oh, for real – they are totally talking smack about gossip and acting like it’s totally OK to talk …

Breaking Superstition

January 11th, 2012

37:20

Why do rational people believe in things like lucky numbers and good luck charms? Knocking on wood can’t possibly keep bad things from happening, can …

What's in a baby name?

January 9th, 2012

38:29

What’s in a name? Everything, apparently. Everyone has an opinion about baby names, even if they’re not parents. Tracy and Holly also have opinions, …

Culture of Dieting

January 4th, 2012

40:32

Odds are good you know someone who is on a diet right now. Tracy and Holly traverse the ins and outs of diet fads, healthy eating and finding ways to …

New Year’s Resolutions

January 2nd, 2012

29:25

It’s that magical time when many people set the goals for the year that they fully expect to abandon by mid-January. Tracy and Holly share their …

How to Build a Southerner for Your TV Show or Movie

December 28th, 2011

38:16

Every region gets misrepresented in television and film, but it seems the South gets the lion’s share of stereotyping. Because Tracy and Holly live …

TV Bosses We Love (and Love to Hate)

December 26th, 2011

39:56

They can’t all be Michael Scott. (We wouldn’t want them to be.) What makes a television boss endearing or upsetting? As a boss of things, Tracy has …

PopStuff's Pop Culture Wishlist

December 21st, 2011

24:08

Are you wracking your brain trying to come up with the perfect gift for the PopStuff gals? Tracy and Holly have compiled fairly comprehensive lists …

PopStuff's Holiday Favorites

December 19th, 2011

36:16

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … for entertainment! The Oscar contenders come out to play, and the television schedule is full of holiday …

December Movie Deluge

December 14th, 2011

35:46

As the Oscar hopefuls and family movies are opening en masse, the box office choices can be overwhelming. Don’t sweat it. Tracy and Holly are sharing …

Why do we watch what's hard to watch?

December 12th, 2011

31:02

It’s the entertainment equivalent of rubbernecking as you pass by a car accident. Sometimes, something is incredibly difficult to watch, but we seek …

Are Cheat Codes Cheating?

December 7th, 2011

36:18

If a cheat code is built into a game, are you really cheating? Lots of gamers use cheats, but there's a wide range of justifications for them. Find …

Holiday Foods: Get Your Pumpkin On!

December 5th, 2011

45:44

Do you live for pumpkin coffee, peppermint cheesecake and Cadbury crème eggs? Grab some eggnog and listen as Tracy and Holly work their way through …

Thinking about Ink

November 30th, 2011

34:18

It’s an art, it’s a form of self expression and it also can be painful. Tracy and Holly discuss the fascinating world of tattoos, Tracy’s maybe …

Zombies: Why did it have to be Zombies?

November 28th, 2011

30:02

The undead are all the rage. No longer relegated to cult films, they’ve now got their own shows, merchandise and even 5k races. Tracy and Holly …

Why are there no Thanksgiving movies?

November 23rd, 2011

28:23

Tracy and Holly originally thought there weren't many Thanksgiving movies, but it turned out, they just didn't remember there were. Listen in as the …

Muppets: Yay!

November 21st, 2011

30:53

Everyone loves the Muppets! (Seriously, it's suspicious if you don't.) In this episode, Tracy and Holly discuss the new movie, as well as what makes …

Should it be hard to be a geek?

November 16th, 2011

36:52

With media outlets hosting their own geek blogs, the idea that geek culture is mainstream is making news (and dredging up its own backlash). Has geek …

Blah Blah Twilight

November 14th, 2011

37:37

The "Twilight" series is wildly popular, but why? Join Tracy and Holly as they examine just what makes people love (and loathe) Stephanie Meyer's …

Single Player MMOs

November 9th, 2011

31:42

Why do some people play multiplayer online games, only to work through all their missions solo? Join Tracy and Holly as they share their reasons for …

Why are we friends?

November 7th, 2011

27:31

Most of your friends probably like the same things you do and have similar views on religion and politics. In this episode, Tracy and Holly discuss …

Spoiler Alert

November 2nd, 2011

34:58

Does knowing how a movie or book will end ruin it for you? Yes. No. Maybe. But probably not. Tracy and Holly talk about spoilers and whether they …

Movies That Scare Us Silly

October 31st, 2011

28:52

Slasher films, psychological thrillers and ghost mysteries have a certain appeal during Halloween. Join Tracy and Holly as they discuss scary movies, …

TV's Worst Parents

October 26th, 2011

23:54

The parents on this list of fictional moms and dads aren’t the Huxtables, that’s for sure. In this episode, Tracy and Holly have chosen the best …

Steampunk: Put a Gear On It!

October 24th, 2011

23:14

It’s an incredibly popular genre of speculative fiction, but what is steampunk, exactly? Tracy and Holly beg you: Please do not put goggles on your …

Don't Kill Your Television

October 19th, 2011

20:25

There’s a lot of garbage on television, but there’s plenty of quality programming, too. And really, even the garbage has its place. Tracy and Holly …

The Tyranny of Accessible Celebrities

October 17th, 2011

20:58

Celebrities are more connected to their fans than ever, thanks to conventions and social media. Join Tracy and Holly as they hash out the benefits …

When Pop Culture Doesn't Pop

October 12th, 2011

36:21

Taste is a subjective field, and no show can be universally loved by every viewer. But why do personal opinions differ to such extreme degrees? Join …

An Embarrassment of Riches

October 11th, 2011

24:52

Whether it's a queue of podcasts, a pile of unread books or hours of content languishing on your DVR, odds are that you may find yourself inundated with loads of content. So how can we handle this constant stream of new …

PopStuff Goes To the Movies

October 5th, 2011

21:52

Whether you're at the opening night of a musical or just checking out a film, an audience can make -- or break -- your experience. Listen in as Tracy …

The Entitled World of Fandom

October 3rd, 2011

25:20

How do you know when you have crossed into the world of uberfandom? Join Tracy and Holly as they discuss the good and the bad of super fans.

Disney World's 40th Birthday

October 3rd, 2011

37:10

Join Disneyphile Holly as she and Tracy gush over the 40th anniversary of Disney World. What are the tips to having the best visit to Disney World? …

Time Traveling Through Fall TV (PopStuff's Fall TV Picks)

October 3rd, 2011

45:28

Join Tracy and Holly as they laugh and snark their way through the 2011 Fall TV line-up.

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