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A weekly podcast from KQED Pop that tackles popular culture in a smart, fun and personal way.

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Give Grace Jones The Iron Throne
Did 'Game of Thrones' stick the landing or break both of its legs, fall on its ass and require medical attention? We’ve got opinions! Also, we hand out some tips based on the life of Grace Jones, first of her name, breaker of the gender binary.
May 23, 2019
To Be Or Not To Be Humble
What can Constance Wu's Twitter tantrum teach us about humility? What can Ayesha Curry teach us about breaking archaic relationship rules? And what can Joe Biden learn from Bill Nye about talking to Millennials? Also, we take sides in the Aperol Spritz Wars and decide to stan Kacey Musgraves.
May 16, 2019
Eurovision Is The Campy Fun We Need Right Now
We're giving a crash course in Eurovision, the wildly popular international music competition, and ranking the 2019 entries, including Icelandic BDSM anti-capitalist scream rock and an Italian song that’ll make your booty bounce. Also, we share our feelings on spoiler culture and Meghan Markle's new baby.
May 09, 2019
But Her Hieroglyphs: Meet The Cersei Of Ancient Egypt
We tell the story of a bearded female Egyptian Pharaoh some salty dudes didn't want us to know about. We'll also be unpacking the recent wave of stars hating on critics (et tu, Lizzo?) and celebrating a burkini-wearing model in Sports Illustrated and the career of John Singleton.
May 02, 2019
Hamilton: A Field Trip with Two Thousand Teens
The Cooler RSVPs “Hell yes!” to seeing 'Hamilton' with thousands of Bay Area teens.
Apr 11, 2019
#BeyonceToo: Not Even The Queen Is Safe
If Beyonce is not safe from unwanted physical attention, then who among us is? We also dig into the 'Game of Thrones' pilot that was so bad the show almost didn't get made at all. And we share our thoughts on Elon Musk's rap single about Harambe, Florida men up to no good and Gen Z darling Billie Eilish.
Apr 04, 2019
It’s Not Right But It’s Okurrrrrr
We trace okurrr's complicated history, scratch our heads over the weirdest things celebs have tried to trademark, reveal why hot tea might kill us all, and share our feelings on the new Bill and Ted movie and Lizzo.
Mar 28, 2019
That’s Ms. Maya Angelou To You!
What are the most banned wedding songs? What can a 30-year-old Maya Angelou clip teach us about intergenerational respect? And how in love are we with #EggBoy? All will be revealed!
Mar 21, 2019
Les Miserables, Now Less Miserably White
Newsflash: brunettes don't count as diversity and period pieces need to do better. Also, we chat with 'Orange Is The New Black' star Lauren Lapkus, dig into the college admission scam and try to make sense of the Britney Spears musical.
Mar 14, 2019
We Need to Talk About Michael Jackson
We try to make sense of 'Leaving Neverland,' find out what the Khloe Kardashian cheating drama says about shaming women, and share our feelings on Solange's new album.
Mar 07, 2019
BD Wong on Coming Out in Hollywood and the Power in Being Yourself
BD Wong chats about how he learned to love his Asian-American and gay identities, how he felt about his 'Law & Order: SVU' character's coming out storyline, and so much more!
Feb 28, 2019
Got Oat Milk?
We taste-test all the alternative milks—oat! pea! hemp!—to find out what all the fuss is about.
Feb 21, 2019
What Are Dating Shows Doing to Our Brains?
How have shows like 'Flavor of Love' molded the way we think about dating? Also, we share strong feelings on candy hearts and which new song might be the 'No Scrubs' of our time.
Feb 14, 2019
Excellent Coats on Irritated Women (with Sara Benincasa)
We get deep with Sara Benincasa about mental health battles and then get very shallow by talking about sexy ghosts! Also, thoughts on Liam Neeson because WTF!
Feb 07, 2019
Best Frenemies Forever
How can you spot the frenemies in your life? Why are we so obsessed with scammers? WTF is gender reveal lasagna? We'll tell you.
Jan 31, 2019
Boys Don’t Cry (But They Totally Should!)
This episode covers a lot: toxic masculinity, predictive technology, Oscar noms, political analysis by Cardi B, and the rap stylings of Timothée Chalamet.
Jan 24, 2019
Forgotten ’90s Stars: Where Are They Now?
Where has that intense British woman from 'The Weakest Link' gone? What about Ashley from 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' and Screech from 'Saved By The Bell'? We've got the answers!
Jan 17, 2019
A Buffet of Bullsh*t
The Cooler crew revisits some of our favorite peaks and pits, including a rough demo of our jingle, an offensively bad French accent, which the French government is still pissed about, and even a conversation about ball sacks (yes, you read that correctly).
Jan 10, 2019
Resolutions: Learn a Foreign Language and Say Thank You Next to Anxiety
Find out whether we kept our 2018 resolutions and what we hope to do in 2019.
Jan 03, 2019
How Well Do You Remember 2018?
How severe is our collective trauma-induced amnesia? Let's find out with this 2018 quiz!
Dec 27, 2018
The Sexiest and Weirdest Christmas Songs You’ve Never Heard
Because 2018 was so wacky, to put it mildly, we're digging up some of the most unconventional holiday songs we could find.
Dec 20, 2018
Coolio Awards: The Best and Worst of 2018 Pop Culture
We're honoring 2018 with an (off-kilter) awards ceremony, including an In Memoriam for all the people canceled this year.
Dec 13, 2018
Cringeolences, Teatox and Cardi Banks
RIP selfies, flat poopless tummies, Kid Rock v. Joy Behar, and Tyra Banks' new trap single you have to hear to believe. This week's episode has it all!
Dec 07, 2018
Early Aughts Nostalgia Already?! (With Nish Kumar)
Is being nostalgic for the aughts bad for us? Also, a convo with Nish Kumar about Brexit and the dark side of the Spice Girls.
Nov 29, 2018
Chani Nicholas on Healing Astrology, Mercury Retrograde and What Our Future Holds
Cosmic goddess Chani Nicholas chats about what many of us misunderstand about Mercury retrograde and what the stars might be able to tell us about our country's future.
Nov 22, 2018
Victoria’s Secret Is That She Doesn’t Have Any Trans Friends
Why do brands like Victoria's Secret find it so hard to get woke? Why is Stormy Daniels more of a saint than you might think? And we have some bad news for anyone still crushing on Leonardo DiCaprio.
Nov 15, 2018
The Walrus-Penis-Wielding Congressman
What does a walrus penis have to do with our democracy? We find the answer in Alaska. Also, a look at the pettiest celebrities and why you should never doubt the persistence of fecal matter.
Nov 08, 2018
Vote for a Good Time!
Why do young people historically not vote? We try to get to the bottom of it. Also, we chat with Aisha Wahab, an Afghan-American Millennial running for office. Her motto: "If you don't see the woman, be the woman."
Nov 01, 2018
Are You Afraid of ASMR?
To celebrate Halloween, we explore the creepy world of ASMR videos, share the scariest stories we could find on the internet and send a heavy dose of side-eye to Megyn "I Don't Get Why People Think Blackface Is Racist" Kelly.
Oct 25, 2018
Oops!…My Hacker Did It Again
People who act badly and then blame hackers! The saddest song, according to technology! Ariana Grande's breakup and the Elizabeth Warren DNA drama! It's all in this week's episode!
Oct 18, 2018
Will ‘A Star Is Born’ Make You Scream ‘Yaas Gaga Yaas’ or ‘Nah Gaga Nah’?
We unpack the good, the bad and the ugly from 'A Star Is Born,' sit down with Sara Bareilles to chat about her Broadway adaptation of 'Waitress' and debate Taylor Swift finally dipping her toe into politics.
Oct 11, 2018
Boys Will Be Held Accountable
Who is afforded the luxury of a "boys will be boys" defense? Why is Lindsay Lohan getting punched on Instagram Live important? Is Beyoncé a witch? And what's the perfect song to drown out the sound of raging, entitled men?
Oct 04, 2018
Back 2 Stars Hollow (with Gilmore Girls’ Keiko Agena)
'Gilmore Girls' star Keiko Agena (that's Rory's BFF Lane Kim!) joins us for a chat about how she truly feels about what the writers did to her character and why being a screw-up can actually be a good thing! Also, are we doomed to sequels forevermore?
Sep 27, 2018
The 26-Year-Old Virgin
Inspired by the new Bachelor, we talk virgins in pop culture, share which countries hit the sack earliest, and reveal way too much info about our own V cards.
Sep 20, 2018
Put Some Respeck on Serena Williams’ Name
We tackle the backlash to Colin Kaepernick's Nike ad, the double standard on display at Serena's US Open match, and all the summertime mess we missed (spoiler: the phrase 'penis tattoo' comes up).
Sep 13, 2018
DeRay Mckesson on Black Lives Matter, the X-Men and That Blue Vest
We're back for Season 4! Because we're extra, our comeback ep features DeRay Mckesson, who speaks on what it was like to spend 400 days protesting in the streets, everything he's learned from the X-Men, and why that blue vest means so much to him.
Sep 06, 2018
Crazy in Love with This Summer Preview
A peek at the pop culture we're most looking forward to this summer. Plus, we're giving The Cooler Seal of Approval™ to what we think should be the Song of the Summer!
Jun 27, 2018
A Review of Beyoncé and Her Husband’s “EVERYTHING IS LOVE”
Two of us went on live radio to air out our feelings about Bey and Stedman's new joint album.
Jun 25, 2018
We Couldn’t Help But Wonder How ‘Sex and the City’ Is Already 20
Does the SATC pilot hold up? Can sweat-coated apples get you a date? Should a 12-year-old Meghan Markle teach a class in being woke? (Spoiler: the answer to all of these questions is yes.)
Jun 20, 2018
Putting the Cult in Pop Culture
Inspired by 'Wild Wild Country,' we're talking cults with a special guest expert. Plus, we find out which songs define our entire lives, share some 'The Americans' feels, and nominate someone for Worst Human Alive.
Jun 13, 2018
Thank Your Lucky Yelp Stars Your Gyno Isn’t Suing You
Did you know you can be sued over a Yelp review? Be afraid! Also, a juicy sex scandal that involves state secrets and a naked masked waiter, and we're picking sides in the Drake / Pusha T feud.
Jun 06, 2018
The Library Is Open!
We get real nerdy and chat about our fave books (and the ones we think are overrated). Plus, we revisit some of TV's worst jump-the-shark moments, tell off the dudes of 'Arrested Development,' revel in hilarious yearbook quotes, swoon over a little-known prince, and more!
May 30, 2018
Men Who Nip and Tuck
Inspired by Kanye's liposuction confession, we investigate how many men get plastic surgery (spoiler: A LOT!). We also look into the science behind the Yanny vs. Laurel phenomenon. And one of us gets possessed by a demon at a Taylor Swift concert.
May 23, 2018
The Not So Rural Juror
Fresh off serving as a juror in a three-week trial, one of us spills all the beans and hands out jury duty survival tips! Also, what do we do about the Matt Lauers of the world trying to stage comebacks? And a few words for those who think a black person can't be woke if they have a white partner.
May 16, 2018
Stay in Your Emoji Lane
A look at the phenomenon of white people using black emojis, which celebs almost sang your favorite songs, how two people finally stood up to Kanye, and why Xtina's resurrection from pop star extinction is worth celebrating.
May 09, 2018
Beyonce Takes Us to Church… Literally
What is it like when a cathedral hosts a Beyonce-themed worship service? We went to find out.
May 02, 2018
Gen Z Takeover: Teens Talk Vaping, Kanye, Parkland, and Everything Else
The youths are taking over the show! We chat with teens about the biggest misconception about their generation, what the deal is with vaping, what life is like post-Parkland, and what exactly is wrong with Kanye.
Apr 26, 2018
How Did 420 Become a Phenomenon? We Tracked Down the Guys Who Invented It
Hop in the car with us for a road trip to chase down the true origin of the term 420. Then stick around for reflections on pregnant Cardi B, and a drowning squirrel story that proves watching a ton of TV can actually save lives!
Apr 18, 2018
Getting Pregnant in a Jacuzzi with Brontez Purnell
We gab with Brontez Purnell about being a gay punk in rural Alabama, the boy situation in Germany, #WhoBitBeyonce theories, being BFF with Kathleen Hanna, and hitchhiking advice (hint: crop tops!).
Apr 11, 2018
Slumber Partying Like It’s 1999 with Bob the Drag Queen
We recently got gussied up in 'Clueless' cosplay and relived the '90s for a night live on stage with 'RuPaul's Drag Race' winner Bob the Drag Queen, comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, and musician Kendra McKinley!
Apr 05, 2018
A Peek Behind The Cooler Curtain
This is basically our episode of Behind the Music. You'll learn how we met, what goes into making the show, and what kind of sandwich we'd all be.
Mar 28, 2018
Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness on Turning Red States Pink
We gab with Queer Eye's breakout star about the most f*ckable 'Game of Thrones' characters, the fiercest figure skaters of yore, not letting trolls be your truth, and other really important stuff you need to hear!
Mar 21, 2018
Celebrities Hawk the Darndest Things
Advertisements celebrities hoped we’d never find, blood-thirsty robots, and a she-who-must-be-named.
Mar 14, 2018
In Search of Lost Badass Women
Ayo, sis! It's Women's History Month! What better way to celebrate than with stories of badass women who were left out of our history books? Also, we look back on Iggy Azalea, and give props to a cis straight white dude for a change (surprise!).
Mar 07, 2018
#OscarsSoYesterday: Are Awards Shows Still Relevant?
Also, we hand out drag names to Russia and America (because why not?) and question whether 'Titanic' is secretly a queer film.
Feb 28, 2018
Wakanda Forever! Elio + Oliver Forever!
This week, we're gushing about 'Black Panther' (DUH) and 'Call Me By Your Name' (DOUBLE DUH), and getting into why representation matters so much.
Feb 21, 2018
Dear Valentine, May I (VERB) Your (NOUN)?
Dirty Shakespearean Mad Libs! Awkward sex scenes! Jokes about Diego Rivera's armpit! This Valentine's Day episode has it all.
Feb 14, 2018
Fauxmosexuals, LILFs, and Justin Timberlake’s Wack Halftime Show
We explore the "fauxmo" phenomenon, ruin your childhood with bad news on a beloved movie, and roll our eyes as hard as we can at Justin Timberlake.
Feb 07, 2018
Now That’s What I Call Flu!
The flu tried to kill two of us, so we're sharing family remedies. We're also exploring how Minnie Mouse is finally getting her due, why Jessica Chastain is a true ally, and why Paul Rudd deserves even more of our love.
Jan 31, 2018
Chasing Tom Hardy’s Pillowy Lips
We ditch the studio to crash a Tom Hardy / Michelle Williams movie set. Drinking, fantasies, and games ensue.
Jan 24, 2018
Weird Stories Your History Teacher Should Have Taught You
Take a walk down memory lane with us as we revisit some of our most popular weird history segments.
Jan 17, 2018
The Way We Were: A Look Back at Our First Episode
We take a (slightly cringe-y) look back at our very first episode.
Jan 10, 2018
Resolutions: Ditch America, Live Off the Grid and MYOB
Find out whether we kept our 2017 resolutions and what we hope to do in 2018 in this bite-sized episode.
Jan 03, 2018
Coolio Awards: The Best and Worst of 2017 Pop Culture
We're honoring 2017 with an (off-kilter) awards ceremony.
Dec 27, 2017
It’s Not Xmas Until You Hear Patti LaBelle Butcher This Holiday Classic
Our holiday gift to you: this clip of Patti LaBelle not knowing the words to "This Christmas."
Dec 25, 2017
How to Survive Your Family, Long Flights and Bad Food This Holiday Season
Tips on how to make the most of this holiday season.
Dec 20, 2017
Keeping It 💯 : Fans Take Over
To celebrate our 100th episode, we turned over the show to you -- the listeners!
Dec 13, 2017
Keep Calm and Don’t Marry Your Cousin
We enlist one of our moms to offer insights about the royal engagement, dig up bizarre medieval death records, and feel disappointed in Lena Dunham, Gwen Stefani, and basically everyone else.
Dec 06, 2017
What ‘Stranger Things’ and a Young Mary J. Blige Have in Common
Can 'Stranger Things' evolve like Mary J. Blige did? What are sex rehabs frequented by Harvey Weinstein types like? How bad was the Norwegian butter crisis of 2011? All will be revealed.
Nov 29, 2017
Thanks for Everything, Rihanna! Thanks for Nothing, 2017!
Gratitude for Rihanna helps us fight the darkness, and we take a trip through the Bible Belt with a bunch of gays.
Nov 22, 2017
A Whole New World (with Genie from Broadway’s Aladdin)
Anthony Murphy, the Genie from Broadway's 'Aladdin,' on what it's like to fill Robin Williams' shoes, what people don't realize about the life of a stage actor, and which Real Housewife he's related to.
Nov 15, 2017
Listen to Women (It’s Not That Hard)
We try to keep up with the constant flow of sexual abuse revelations, reexamine the word 'allegedly,' and dig into a bonkers dating story with a happy ending.
Nov 08, 2017
Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Debutante Balls
Why are debutante balls making a comeback? Where did words like "woke" and "meme" come from? And why is the intern who runs KFC's Twitter such a genius? All will be revealed!
Nov 01, 2017
What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Chances in a Horror Movie
Ever wonder if you'd survive in a horror movie? The answer is in the stars.
Oct 25, 2017
Would Jesus Listen to ’90s Music?
We page through a guide on which "hot discs" from the '90s are full of sin, dream up fantasy musical adaptations, and honor Oprah for living her best life.
Oct 18, 2017
Lady Gaga is 30, Flirty & Thriving
We dissect Lady Gaga's new documentary, find out which country is most awkward about hugs, wade through the Weinstein mess, and learn to never mess with Miss Piggy on Twitter.
Oct 11, 2017
If These Playboy Mansion Walls Could Talk
What really happens inside the Playboy mansion? What are the actual rules of the flag code? Why is "the world's grumpiest royal" such a prick? All will be revealed.
Oct 04, 2017
Harry Potter and the Brokeback Mountain
A dramatic queer reading of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' tips on how to glow up, and a look at all the culture 1997 gave us.
Sep 27, 2017
James and the Giant Peach Emoji
How a bunch of scandalous gay drama in the 1600s still affects us to this day. Also, we explore why scientists believe Instagram is making us anxiety-ridden messes.
Sep 20, 2017
Is It Too Late to Say Sorry for Eating So Much Avocado?
How our love of avocado is hurting Mexico. Also, we crash the American Idol auditions and get angry over the live-action Aladdin movie disrespecting Agrabah by adding a white prince.
Sep 14, 2017
Look What You Made Taylor Swift and Cersei Do
OMG, we're back again! We're talking Taylor Swift's divisive comeback, hairless butts on Game of Thrones, an IRL run-in with Lindsay Lohan, and all the celebs who are still trash.
Sep 07, 2017
A Guide to the Most Anticipated Releases of Summer 2017
We share the music, movies, and shows we can't wait for, revisit some of our favorite moments from the podcast, and praise the Lorde.
Jun 29, 2017
Chilling Pop Culture Curses, from ‘Poltergeist’ to Drake
A look at hexes floating around Hollywood, a twisted tale from the 1700s, a warning about catacombs, and an ode to onion rings and fries to lighten the mood.
Jun 22, 2017
What Do Bad Sci-Fi Movies Predict for the Next Few Years?
Get ready for televised death matches, cyborg babies, and lots o' dragons! Also, we investigate the Song of the Summer phenomenon and share a few 2017 contenders.
Jun 15, 2017
Summer of Love Bops The World Forgot
Beyond Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, we uncover the 1967 jams that failed to stand the test of time. Also, a guide on how to do wedding season right and not be an a-hole.
Jun 08, 2017
The Book of Diesel: Life Lessons from the Fast and Furious Franchise
Fast and furious life advice, the 10th anniversary of Rosie O'Donnell vs. Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View, and our favorite viral infants.
Jun 01, 2017
How to Travel the World While Broke
We share summer travel tips, recent findings on tequila's effect on your body, and the story of a Brazilian conman who tricked an entire country into believing he was a famous soccer player (despite not being good at soccer).
May 25, 2017
Jessamyn Stanley on Why Yoga Isn’t All Peace, Love, and Rainbows
The yoga star shares her thoughts on the power of solitude, growing up Baha'i, what the media gets wrong about yoga, why Kylie Jenner might be a low-key genius, and which Harry Potter star she most wants to sleep with.
May 18, 2017
I’ll Have What He’s Having. Privilege.
Bowie’s history of being brutally honest, cringe-y passages from Ivanka Trump’s book, and the pain of late comebacks.
May 11, 2017
Aretha Franklin Hates You, Your Sister, and Your Friend
Join us for a shade-trospective of all the ruthless things Aretha Franklin has said about her contemporaries, a look at the Shea Moisture controversy, a remembrance of a dearly departed giant bunny, and a new ballsy beauty trend that will haunt your dreams.
May 04, 2017
Girls, Bye: Can a Series Finale Ever Satisfy?
We process the end of Girls, share our best and worst TV finales, discuss whether it’s smarter for celebs to speak out politically or stay silent, and freak out over what’s actually in certain kinds of wine.
Apr 27, 2017
It’s Been 84 Years Since My Last Confession
We're taking it to church by confessing some shameful sins, discussing the alleged Millennial migration away from cities, and investigating the cure for depression Gwyneth Paltrow wants to sell you for $200.
Apr 20, 2017
S-Town: A Show about Murder, Nipple Rings… and Double Standards in Podcasting?
No one is talking about a specific facet of S-Town... until now. Also, a peek into the world of professional whistling, gay thievery, and a spoken-word piece by Sharon Stone.
Apr 13, 2017
The Dark and Twisted World of Tickling
You'll never think of tickling the same way again. Also, a look at the dangers of being a know-it-all, the glory of Keanu Reeves, and the story of a badass four-year-old Siberian girl.
Mar 23, 2017
The Spice Girls: Woke Baes Since 1996
'Get Out' fangirling, the secret language of twins, and recently discovered Spice Girls footage that'll make you love them even more than you already do.
Mar 16, 2017
Oprah 2020? Celebrities We’d Love to Call President
Dreamy presidential tickets, the racist history behind the term 'Caucasian,' animal-created chaos, and some necessary worship of Robyn Rihanna Fenty.
Mar 09, 2017
Don’t Cut Your Hair Like Felicity & Other ’90s Dating Rules
This jam-packed ep features a first-person dispatch from Standing Rock, a look at problematic dating manuals from the '90s, an exploration of the time Amber Tamblyn catfished Tyrese, a quiz on bizarre celebrity baby names, and a list of reasons why Bill Maher is terrible.
Mar 02, 2017
When Netflix and Chill Turns into Netflix and Cheating
Netflix jeeping, texting pet peeves, the worst award show upsets, and why we should be keep it cute like Norway and Finland.
Feb 23, 2017
Zahra Noorbakhsh Speaks on Behalf of All Muslims
The 'Good Muslim, Bad Muslim' host shares how Trump's election inspired her to return to prayer, what it's like to be a comedian of color in the current political climate, and how she feels about Lindsay Lohan flirting with Islam.
Feb 16, 2017
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore, Thanks to Trump
Has comedy lost its power? Also, a mother of twins gives Beyonce advice, and we try to understand Trump better by learning about his fave president, Andrew Jackson.
Feb 09, 2017
Fight the Power with Protest Songs and Radical Self-Care!
We revisit bright music moments from past protest movements, debate whether self-care is good or bad for us, and give props to candy-stealing Canadian squirrels and a judgmental British cat.
Feb 02, 2017
Mandy Moore Reinvented Herself, and So Can You!
If Mandy Moore can transform from an under-appreciated pop singer into a respected actress, who says we can't turn our lives around?
Jan 26, 2017
Why Britney Spears and Ariel Are Basically the Same Person
Did 'The Little Mermaid' predict Ms. Spears' entire life? Does cursing make you more trustworthy? Find out!
Jan 19, 2017
A Trump Impeachment and a Roomba Homicide in 2017? This Psychic Thinks So
Also, we test our fashion IQs, taste-test sparkling water brands, and figure out where Rachel Dolezal ended up.
Jan 12, 2017
Resolutions: Stop Being an Emo Hermit, Start Seeking Friends Out
Find out whether we kept our 2016 resolutions and what we hope to do in 2017 in this bite-sized episode.
Jan 05, 2017
Coolio Awards: The Best and Worst of 2016 Pop Culture
Who will win Best Survivor Against All Odds, Ye Giver of Life, and Worst Comeback No One Asked For?
Dec 29, 2016
The Best Christmas Songs You Don’t Know, But Should
Get an earful of these less conventional, highly amusing, and sometimes disturbingly sexual songs about Santa, baby Jesus, and diamond belly rings.
Dec 22, 2016
Gilmore Girls: A Lovefest & Tender Critique of the Netflix Revival
We get into all things Gilmore, from why we're still obsessed with Paris to why we're still sad about Lane to how we feel about the final four words.
Dec 15, 2016
‘The Walking Dead’ and Other Apocalypse Entertainment: Suddenly Too Real?
Also, why we're mad at Kate Bush, Harrison Ford, and Nate Parker, and how Toni Morrison more than makes up for it.
Dec 12, 2016
Canada: Fun Facts, Slang, and Celine Dion Songs You Need to Know
A crash course in Canadian history, slang, celebrities, and Celine jams, for those mulling a move.
Dec 01, 2016
Thanks for Everything, Solange! Thanks for Nothing, 2016!
Gratitude for Solange helps us fight the darkness, and we share tips on how to survive your family, long flights and bad food this holiday season.
Nov 23, 2016
The Best, Worst and Weirdest Fake Celebrity Accents
We’re paying homage to Lindsay Lohan’s new accent, processing our feelings about Lil Wayne's anti-Black Lives Matter rant, and discussing why we should care more about asses.
Nov 17, 2016
I Wish I Knew How to Quit You: Controversial Celebrities We Can’t Stop Loving
One of us comes out as a Mel Gibson fan. Also, we mourn Vine, celebrate a 100-year-old who has six gin and tonics a day, and share our self-care routines.
Nov 03, 2016
Happy Halloween, Boo! Let’s Share Ghost Stories and Not Wear Anything Problematic!
What are 2016's most popular (and most problematic) costumes? What's the perfect horror flick? Are ghosts real? All will be revealed!
Oct 27, 2016
Karina Longworth on Everything from Taylor vs. Kanye to What’s Next for ‘You Must Remember This’
The mastermind behind the wildly popular 'You Must Remember This' podcast shares her love of Old Hollywood, her distaste for Captain America, and more!
Oct 20, 2016
To Be or Not to Be a Kim Kardashian Defender and a Kanye West Fan
People have gross reactions to the Kim Kardashian robbery. Also, how much do you miss meeting strangers from AOL Instant Messenger? A LOT = the only answer we'll accept.
Oct 13, 2016
R.I.P. Brangelina: Why Do We Care So Much about Celebrity Breakups?
Also, why was Evelyn Waugh such a jerk? And how petty can the office get? All will be revealed.
Oct 06, 2016
Mara Wilson on What Happened after ‘Matilda’ and Why She Quit Hollywood
The 'Mrs. Doubtfire' star shares what Robin Williams was really like, why Hufflepuffs make great significant others, and how she ended up elbowing Jonathan Taylor Thomas in the crotch.
Sep 29, 2016
Why Is Everyone So Obsessed with LaCroix and Mercury in Retrograde?
We get to the bottom of the crazes. Also, why are people in SF paying $1,800 to sleep in a bunk bed?
Sep 22, 2016
We’re Gonna Podcast Like It’s Our Birthday
We celebrate one year of The Cooler with convos about how we first met, our experiences with trolls, and some behind-the-scenes scoop from Vogue HQ.
Sep 15, 2016
Can Disagreeing over ‘Stranger Things’ Lead to Divorce? Probably!
One of us comes forward as the only person on Earth who hates Stranger Things. Fighting ensues.
Sep 08, 2016
Summer Recap: Ryan Lochte and Other White Dudes Are Teflon, Get Away with Everything
This week, we're talking Taylor Swift's downfall, Britney's comeback, why certain white men are like Teflon and the history behind the no-white-after-Labor-Day rule.
Sep 01, 2016
Brexit: How Drugs and Sex Sorta Kinda Broke Up the E.U.
This week, we share a controversial Brexit theory, what we hope happens in pop culture this summer, and figure out who is America's Next Top Superfan of The Cooler!
Jul 07, 2016
Chuck Klosterman on Why We’re Wrong about the Past, the Future and Almost Everything Else
The Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs author talks Kanye 2020, Hamilton, the Kardashians and what he did to piss off Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Jun 30, 2016
Celebrity Couples You Never Knew Were a Thing
This week, we’re talking about self-care post Orlando, surprising celeb pairings and a married woman who hid her secret lover in her attic for a decade!
Jun 23, 2016
Can Astrology Predict Who Will Win the 2016 Election? Maybe!
YouTube astrologists provide answers to this crazy election cycle, racists are mad about black Hermione, and we play a game of Would You Rather?
Jun 16, 2016
An Oral History of Selfies and the Warriors
A selfie history lesson, fun facts about our hometown boys, and how one man's love of pizza saved his life.
Jun 09, 2016
The Most Delightfully Unusual Idioms from Around the World
Fascinating sayings from around the world, things Hamilton taught us, and why Solange's Snapchat is better than an art museum.
Jun 02, 2016
Bob the Drag Queen on Winning Drag Race, Rising Above Haters and Putting Purse First
From political activism and self-care to why he's cool with Paula Deen and why Barbara Walters is a gangsta.
May 23, 2016
Bette Davis vs. Joan Crawford, The Shadiest Hollywood Feud of All Time
Plus, why we're not coming to your birthday dinner and updates on Jamie Foxx and Brandy.
May 19, 2016
What’s Really Behind All the Hate Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop Get?
A dispatch from a run-in with Gwyneth at a Goop pop-up shop, a look at imposter syndrome and our phone addictions, and the story of a 17-year-old who was revealed to be an almost 30-year-old.
May 12, 2016
Sorry Not Sorry: The Best and Worst Celebrity Apologies
A look back at some of the most memorable celebrity apologies, a crash course in Cinco de Mayo's origins, and a take on the sad implications of Lil Kim's facial transformation.
May 05, 2016
Let’s Go Crazy Over Beyoncé’s LEMONADE
Mourning Prince and celebrating Beyonce, as if we could talk about anything else.
Apr 28, 2016
Can’t Get Hamilton Tickets? Watch the Next Best Thing: Beyoncé’s 2001 Hip Hopera, Carmen
A fond rememberence of Carmen, a crash course in Kate Bush, and a look at what's next for '90s true crime TV.
Apr 21, 2016
Nancy Jo Sales on the Dangers of Social Media, Donald Trump and the Infamous Alexis Neiers Voicemail
Things we learned from Nancy Jo: social media is scarier than you realize and Donald Trump used to be chill.
Apr 14, 2016
The Kennedy Curse: A Family-Sized Portion of Murphy’s Law
Also, the gross double standard surrounding Kehlani's cheating scandal and why superhero movies are super annoying.
Apr 07, 2016
Luna Malbroux on Her Wage Gap App and Why It’s Tricky to Be Black and into BDSM
The EquiTable app creator chats with us about everything from racism in the Bay Area to why playing Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will not get you to second base.
Mar 31, 2016
Zootopia and Crossroads: The Most Woke Movies of 2016 and 2002?
This week, it's all about an animated animal allegory for race relations, Britney Spears' feminist film and money money money.
Mar 24, 2016
Ann Friedman on Everything from Shine Theory to Kim Kardashian
Freelancing maestro Ann Friedman weighs in on Hillary Clinton, feminism, and Rihanna on yachts. Also, she takes a Kardashians quiz because why not.
Mar 17, 2016
Is It Time to Break Up with Reality TV?
An examination of all the WTF moments from Fuller House, a defense of pretentiousness, and breaking up with reality television.
Mar 10, 2016
Are You Too Old for Snapchat?
We celebrate the end of 'Downton Abbey' with a quiz, discuss why more men aren't supporting Kesha, and come to terms with Snapchat not being for us.
Mar 03, 2016
Sanjay Patel on ‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ and the Struggle of Being Culturally-Hyphenated
We took a field trip to Pixar HQ to chat with Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle about their Oscar-nominated short, as well as Aziz Ansari's 'Master of None' and the Bhagavad Gita.
Feb 29, 2016
Is Kanye West The Reincarnation of Caligula?
Oscars dos and don'ts, a Kendrick Lamar / Beyonce double standard, and why we've met Kanye a millennium ago.
Feb 26, 2016
God Bless Beyoncé (and America Too)
From weird presidential facts your history teacher really should have taught you to why Beyoncé was almost banned from Canada.
Feb 19, 2016
Will You Accept This Deep Analysis of The Bachelor?
We chat about how The Bachelor franchise is kind of like a modern gothic novel, explore the weird history behind Valentine's Day, and share the key to turning a first date into a second.
Feb 12, 2016
The People vs. Janet Jackson
We revisit Nipplegate and a 1998 profile of bratty prince Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a game of Who Said It? Stacey Dash or Ann Coulter.
Feb 05, 2016
Will David Bowie Join Tupac in Life After Death?
What does Bowie have in common with Tupac? Does Serial Season 2 suck? And can you guess the X-Files plot?
Jan 29, 2016
The 10 Most Amusing Predictions Nikki, Psychic to the Stars, Made for 2016
Huge ants, a cat dog hybrid and Krystal South Kardashian West, coming to a future near you!
Jan 15, 2016
Resolutions: Stop Saying ‘Sorry’ in Work Emails, Learn Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’ Dance Instead
The Cooler hosts celebrate the newborn year with a few resolutions.
Jan 07, 2016
Coolio Awards: The Best and Worst of 2015 Pop Culture
Who will win Best Clap Back, Best Mother-Daughter Display of Passive Aggression, and Most Consistent Foot-in-Mouth?
Dec 30, 2015
British Christmas Songs That Never Crossed the Pond (Because They’re Weird)
Aliens and dead snowmen populate Christmas hits over in Britain.
Dec 22, 2015
‘Titanic’ Turns 18: What You Don’t Know About the Film
An alternate ending, little-known facts and more.
Dec 17, 2015
Don’t Feel Like an Introvert or Extrovert? You Might Be an Ambivert
Find out what an ambivert is and if you are one.
Dec 10, 2015
Can You Guess the Unintelligible Song Lyric?
The game is "Say What Now??" The goal is to make sense of music's most confusing lyrics.
Dec 03, 2015
Holiday Survival Guide: How to Deal with Family, Long Flights and Bad Food
Tips on how to make the most of this holiday season.
Nov 25, 2015
Let’s Talk About Race, Baby
We chat with Joshua Johnson about everything from race and NPR's "white voice" to why we should be talking about Kim Kardashian.
Nov 20, 2015
The Kids Are All Right
We chat with an 8-year-old about everything from feminism and global warming to why Zayn quit One Direction.
Nov 12, 2015
Candice Cuoco of ‘Project Runway’
We chat with 'Project Runway' finalist Candice Cuoco about her dark past, motherhood and what Tim Gunn is really like.
Nov 05, 2015
This Is Halloween
A guide on avoiding problematic costumes, a map of most popular candy by state, and a Goosebumps / Fear Street quiz!
Oct 29, 2015
Aminatou Sow of ‘Call Your Girlfriend’
We chat with Aminatou about everything from the wage gap and how to negotiate a competitive salary to Adnan, Solange and butt selfies.
Oct 22, 2015
Taylor Swift vs. Mansplainers, Taking Back Snobbery, and the Downfall of American Apparel
Why do critics only care about Taylor Swift's album when a man sings it? Can the word "snob" be rebranded as a good thing? And what's behind American Apparel's downfall?
Oct 15, 2015
French Feminism, A Less Problematic Barbie, and the Dangers of Unfriending
This week, we're talking about celebs who say they're not feminists, Zendaya's Barbie, and an odd tale of a woman successfully suing her coworker for unfriending her.
Oct 08, 2015
The Cooler LIVE! with Brontez Purnell & Jocquese Whitfield
More from our first live show! This time, we're talking to voguing maestro Jocquese Whitfield and queer punk rocker Brontez Purnell.
Oct 06, 2015
The Cooler LIVE! with W. Kamau Bell
Our first live show! Featuring high school dance horror stories and a laugh-out-loud conversation with W. Kamau Bell.
Oct 01, 2015
The Real Housewives of Congress On Fleek, Taught by James Franco
This week, we're talking about James Franco heading back to high school, the history of the Tipper sticker, and think pieces on Millennials.
Sep 24, 2015
Shakespearean Snobs, Hella Appropriation and a Dose of Riddle-in
For our debut episode, we're talking about some drama around Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Hamlet' production, the origins of the word "hella" and sharing a riddle that will rock your world.
Sep 17, 2015
Introducing ‘The Cooler,’ Your New Favorite Podcast
Surprise! We've been secretly working on a podcast all summer and we're finally ready for you to hear it!
Sep 10, 2015