The Popped Cast

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Hosts Josh and Maureen Goldman, along with a rotating cast of pop culture connoisseurs, break down the best pop culture stories from around the web each week. Support this podcast:

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Ep. 50: Celebrating ONE YEAR OF THE POPPED CAST (!) and Talking the 2019 Tony Awards

June 14th, 2019


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In Episode 50, we have officially reached our one year anniversary of recording and releasing The Popped Cast! We reflect on a year of podcasting and …

Ep. 49: Crowning the 2019 Song of the Summer

June 7th, 2019


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In Episode 49, we discuss the end of iTunes as we know it (RIP!) and talk about …

Ep. 48: Examining the Impact of Public Backlash on TV and Movies

May 31st, 2019


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In Episode 48, we follow-up on two of our teasers from a few weeks back. Josh gives …

Ep. 47: Did Boy Bands Cause the Music Industry’s Downfall? (Revisiting The Backstreet Boys’ 1999 Album “Millenium”)

May 24th, 2019


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In Episode 47, we follow-up on giving "Saturday Night Live" a second chance …

Ep. 46: Is “Saturday Night Live” Still Funny? (Discussing the State of the NBC Sketch Show)

May 17th, 2019


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In Episode 46, we talk about Constance Wu’s very public negative reaction to her ABC show “Fresh Off the Boat” being renewed for a sixth season and …

Ep. 45: A Deep Dive into “Avengers: Endgame” and the Future of Marvel

May 10th, 2019


In Episode 45, we chat about the new royal baby, discuss the rogue coffee cup that appeared in a dramatic scene during the latest episode of "Game of Thrones" and talk about the (latest) delay of the "Avatar" sequels …

Ep. 44: Is “Friends” the Best Comedy Ever? (Looking Back 15 Years After Its Finale)

May 3rd, 2019


In Episode 44, we give an update on Jeopardy champion James Holzhauer ($1.5 million in winnings and counting!), give our brief (and SPOILER-FREE) …

Ep. 43: A Deep Dive Into Beyoncé’s Transformative Documentary “Homecoming”

April 26th, 2019


In Episode 43, we talk about a truly impressive (and ongoing) streak happening on "Jeopardy" ($1.2 million and counting for contestant James …

Ep. 42: The 2019 “Time” 100 Most Influential People List and Influence in Our Culture

April 19th, 2019


In Episode 42, Maureen is back for a full episode! We discuss the "Grease" prequel in the works (NO THANKS), a fun throwback video to the set of "The …

Ep. 41: Maureen is Back(!), A Deep Dive into “Game of Thrones” and Reactions to “The Lion King” Full-Length Trailer

April 12th, 2019


In Episode 41, Maureen returns from her two-week hiatus and gives her thoughts on everything we discussed on the podcast in her absence. We also give …

Ep. 40: Ranking Baseball Movies from Worst to First

April 5th, 2019


In Episode 40, Josh welcomes guests Zac Crippen (the co-founder of the Vernacular Podcast Network, co-host of Vernacular Podcast and co-host of …

Ep. 39: A Look at HBO’s “Veep,” Apple TV + and Captain America Chris Evans in a Musical?!

March 29th, 2019


In Episode 39, Josh is tackling another episode solo! He talks about Chris Evans’ desire to star in a musical, Apple unveiling their new streaming …

Ep. 38: Can You Separate the Art from the Artist and Two New Movie Trailers for Summer Blockbusters

March 22nd, 2019


In Episode 38, we talk about two new movie trailers for upcoming summer blockbusters ("Toy Story 4" and "Aladdin") and discuss recently announced casting news for the upcoming "West Side Story" remake.

In the Marquee …

Ep. 37: The Sad News About Luke Perry & Alex Trebek and Why You Should Watch the Critically Panned Movie “National Treasure”

March 8th, 2019


In Episode 37, we discuss the sad death of actor Luke Perry, the devastating news that longtime "Jeopardy" host and American fixture Alex Trebek has cancer, the trailer for the new film from Mindy Kaling and debate …

Ep. 36: All About the 2019 Oscars ("Green Book" for Best Picture - REALLY?!)

March 1st, 2019


In Episode 36, we respond to a listener comment on the Fyre Festival episode we did a few weeks back, discuss Katy Perry’s engagement to Legolas …

Ep. 35: Final Predictions for the Oscars and Talking About All Four Versions of “A Star Is Born” (And the Fifth One We Never Got)

February 22nd, 2019


In Episode 35, we have a special Snack Bag where we are talking all things Oscars ahead of the February 24th Academy Awards. We talk about the Academy’s reversal of a previous announcement to cut four categories from …

Ep. 34: Dueling Fyre Festival Documentaries & Thoughts on the 2019 GRAMMYS

February 15th, 2019


In Episode 34, we talk about Kanye West’s (strange) gift to his wife on Valentine’s Day, the Oscars’ decision to cut four categories from the upcoming February 24 telecast, the trailer for a summer movie from director …

Ep. 33: This Year's Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials & That Dreadful Halftime Show

February 8th, 2019


In Episode 33, we talk about the Academy’s first choice to host the Oscars this year (hint: “can you smell what The Rock is cooking?!”), Jennifer Lawrence’s engagement and the ABC juggernaut “Modern Family” coming to an …

Ep. 32: Analyzing “Rent: Live” and the 2019 SAG Awards

February 1st, 2019


In Episode 32, we talk about a very sad crime committed against actor Jussie Smollett, Ariana Grande’s tattoo snafu (and the fix she made that …

Ep. 31: Breaking Down the 2019 Oscar Nominations

January 25th, 2019


In Episode 31, we talk about the (potentially unnecessary) musical version of the film “Magic Mike,” Amazon’s first foray into stand-up comedy (with comedian Jim Gaffigan) and discuss the ramifications of NO candy …

Ep. 30: All About the Film “Green Book”

January 18th, 2019


In Episode 30, we talk about our first real snowfall of the season (and Josh’s hashtag parenting fail), Chris Pratt’s engagement to The Terminator’s daughter and the (super awkward) Critic’s Choice Awards.

In the …

Ep. 29: Golden Globes Reactions and Bringing Your Ex on Your Honeymoon

January 11th, 2019


In Episode 29, we discuss our terrible Golden Globes predictions that we made last week, our brief thoughts on "Mary Poppins Returns," “Baby Shark” …

Ep. 28: “The Bachelor” Franchise, a Musical Version of “The Notebook” & Golden Globes Predictions

January 4th, 2019


In Episode 28, we return after our holiday break to talk about a new musical version of "The Notebook" with music by Ingrid Michaelson (!), things …

Ep. 27: Favorites from 2018, Will Smith as the Genie & Macaulay Culkin Reprising His Home Alone Role

December 21st, 2018


In Episode 27, Josh is tackling the show solo as Maureen continues to get better from a rough sickness (fevers and coughing and germs oh my!). I talk …

Ep. 26: Ranking Christmas Movies from Worst to Best

December 14th, 2018


In Episode 26, we welcome guests Zac and Sally Crippen, the founders of the Vernacular Podcast Network, for a very special episode where the four of …

Ep. 25: Golden Globe Hosts & Nominations Announced and Priyanka Chopra’s 75-Foot Wedding Veil

December 7th, 2018


In Episode 25, we talk about the news that "Friends" would be leaving Netflix (and then the complete 180 just hours later that it would actually …

Ep. 24: A Deep Dive into “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Reactions to the New “Lion King” Trailer

November 30th, 2018


In Episode 24, we give our reactions to the first trailer for next summer’s live-action, sure to be blockbuster film, “The Lion King,” talk about a clothing line from Joanna Gaines (of “Fixer Upper” fame) and discuss …

Ep. 23: The One Where We Rewatch All 10 “Friends” Thanksgiving Episodes

November 16th, 2018


In Episode 23, we talk about the death of Marvel genius Stan Lee, the new family photo of the British Royal Family (and imagine what was going on behind the scenes), an SNL sketch from 2017 that made a real-world impact …

Ep. 22: Matthew McConaughey in "Titanic" (?!), the 2018 Sexiest Man Alive & the Spice Girls Reunited

November 9th, 2018


In Episode 22, we have a PACKED Snack Bag. In it, we talk about the (totally and extremely unnecessary) “Shrek” reboot, Ariana Grande’s new single, …

Ep. 21: A Very "Wicked" Podcast, Fake Justin Bieber and Rami Malek's Awkward Fan Interaction

November 2nd, 2018


In Episode 21, we talk about Rami Malek’s extremely awkward fan interaction, the Justin Bieber burrito prank seen around the world and some big casting news for the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel.

In our Marquee …

Ep. 20: The Halloween Franchise, Horror Films and Criminal David Schwimmer(?!)

October 26th, 2018


In Episode 20, we have a special guest for our Marquee Topic - Tiara Guy, a friend, colleague and movie super fan. But first, Maureen and Josh talk …

Ep. 19: All About Hocus Pocus - A Deep Dive into the Cult Classic

October 19th, 2018


In Episode 19, we discuss an excellent mash-up of a-ha’s “Take on Me” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Backstreet Freestyle” (with a special clip from the mash-up included IN the podcast), all things British royal family …

Ep. 18: The Cooking Show Boom & Snapchat’s Scripted TV Gamble

October 12th, 2018


In Episode 18, we chat about Snapchat wading into the scripted television game (please, God, DO NOT let their shows be in a vertical aspect ratio) and a conversation about whether there are simply too many awards shows …

Ep. 17: Why You Should Be Watching Survivor (Yes, THAT Survivor) in 2018

October 5th, 2018


In Episode 17, we kick things off discussing two stories with a Broadway twist coming soon on TV and the silver screen. Witches and singing and Spielberg, oh my! We also touch on the K-pop phenomenon and discuss how …

Ep. 16: A Brief Look at New Fall TV & Alex Trebek's Beard

September 28th, 2018


In Episode 16, we chat about how too many Hot Cheetos can apparently land you in the hospital (and subsequently, which shape Cheeto is the best Cheeto), Alex Trebek’s beard and Jeopardy celebrating their 35th season …

Ep. 15: The 2018 Emmy Awards, Mark Wahlberg & Space Jam 2

September 21st, 2018


In Episode 15, we chat about Mark Wahlberg’s insane daily schedule, confirmation of Space Jam 2 starring Lebron James and the rumor that Maroon 5 …

Ep. 14: A Deep Dive into “This Is Us” & Live Trees on Amazon

September 14th, 2018


In Episode 14, we chat about the newest members of the EGOT club, an unlikely HGTV personality being approached to be The Bachelor four (!) times, the new Dancing with the Stars cast and the fact that you can now buy …

Episode 13: Podcasting About Podcasts, The New Bachelor and the Sweatpants ONLY Happy Hour

September 7th, 2018


In Episode 13, we chat about the change (of a previous change) to the Oscars, the newly named star of the upcoming 23rd season of The Bachelor, our …

Episode 12: Possible 2018 Oscar Contenders, Revisiting La La Land and Killing Off a Sitcom Character

August 31st, 2018


In Episode 12, we chat about Josh’s recent re-watch of 2016’s La La Land, The Conners’ decision to kill off the Roseanne character, the charming Netflix film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and the death of Neil …

Episode 11: New Leading Women in Hollywood and Action Star Liam Neeson on a Snowplow

August 24th, 2018


In Episode 11, we chat about the ridiculous premise for a new Liam Neeson movie (snowplows! small Colorado ski town! drug cartels!), Meryl Streep's …

Episode 10: New Leading Men in Hollywood, Kristen Bell's Tears and RESPECT for the Queen of Soul

August 17th, 2018


In Episode 10, we chat about Josh's extreme reaction to a BuzzFeed article, a Nicholas Cage movie marathon, why Kristen Bell was in tears recently, …

Episode 9: The Brady Bunch House, Oscars' New Category and Will They/Won't They Couples

August 10th, 2018


In Episode 9, we chat about the famous Brady Bunch House being sold to HGTV (and the stir the purchase caused), changes to MoviePass, a former …

Episode 8: James Gunn's Twitter Past, A "McMonopoly" Scam for the Ages and a Deep Dive into GLOW

August 3rd, 2018


In Episode 8, we talk about country song "Meant to Be" that’s topped Billboard's Hot Country chart for 35 (!) weeks, the James Gunn Twitter PR nightmare (and the official statement from the cast of the Guardians movies) …

Episode 7: The Mission Impossible Franchise, BANNED Wedding Songs and Taylor Swift in "Cats"

July 27th, 2018


In Episode 7, we discuss whether "zing" is a word, the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats starring (gasp!) Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, banned wedding songs and Chris Janson's song "Drunk Girl." In …

Episode 6: Netflix Originals, Downton Abbey Returns and Queen on the Big Screen

July 20th, 2018


In Episode 6, we give an update on Josh's stool building project (spoiler: it's not going well), talk the return of Downton Abbey, Katy Perry's …

Episode 5: Emmy Nominations and the Biebs Off the Market

July 13th, 2018


In Episode 5, we discuss the merits of Josh opening a furniture store, the 2018 Emmy nominations, Justin Bieber's engagement, George Clooney's scary scooter crash (PSA: WEAR A HELMET!), a second standalone Joker film …

Episode 4: The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Poor John Stamos

July 6th, 2018


In Episode 4, we talk about Miles Teller joining the cast of the Top Gun sequel, John Stamos' strange performance emceeing A Capitol Fourth, the …

Episode 3: Weird Baby Names and Celebrity Commencement Speeches

June 29th, 2018


We're back for Episode 3 and are talking weird celebrity baby names (after Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper named their new baby boy "Crew" ), Johnny Depp's recent struggles, Roseanne without Roseanne and a …

Episode 2: The Jurassic Park Franchise and A Dark Fan Theory for Grease (Yes, The Musical)

June 22nd, 2018


Josh and Maureen are back for Episode 2 and discuss a dark fan theory for the musical Grease (was Sandy dead the whole time?!?!), the Jurassic Park …

Episode 1: Legally Blonde 3 and the State of Theater

June 15th, 2018


In the debut episode, Josh and Maureen Goldman talk about Legally Blonde 3, Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande's 24 day (!) relationship, mental health …

The Popped Cast: Coming Soon

June 1st, 2018


Josh Goldman, host of the Popped Cast, previews what's to come in the show's first season. Subscribe now--the first full episode drops later this …

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