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Episodes

  • Greatest Hits: Perfume: The Culture of Scent

    Jun 3, 2013 | 37 min
    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 why cottage-industry perfumeries attract such devoted followings.
  • Greatest Hits: Nostalgia for the Good old Games

    May 27, 2013 | 55 min
    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 turns to arcades, “Wreck-it Ralph” and why gamers get so attached to the titles.
  • Greatest Hits: Zombies and Vampires and … where is this headed?

    May 22, 2013 | 40 min
    The entertainment market is saturated with supernatural creatures, but vampires and zombies seem to be the most popular, with werewolves coming in a close third. What will we be seeing the most of once the various iterations of the undead are played out?
  • Greatest Hits: PopStuff's Cuppa Joe

    May 13, 2013 | 55 min
    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 coffee actually come from, and why is our love affair with it so solid?
  • Greatest Hits: Robots in Pop Culture

    May 8, 2013 | 45 min
    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, Terminators and a host of other mechanical pals, trying to figure out why we love them so.
  • Greatest Hits: PopStuff Doesn’t Believe the Hype

    May 6, 2013 | 38 min
    " 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 and hash out how it applies to tech, movies, music and other consumables."
  • Greatest Hits: Why is this PopStuff stuck in my head?

    May 1, 2013 | 34 min
    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 onto small pieces of information, how you get rid of them, and why it’s important to study this field.
  • Greatest Hits: PopStuff Isn't Cool Enough to Be a Hipster

    Apr 29, 2013 | 34 min
    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 examine the history of the word “hipster,” as well as the various definitions of what a hipster is.
  • Greatest Hits: Cooking With PopStuff

    Apr 24, 2013 | 37 min
    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

    Apr 22, 2013 | 32 min
    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 separate the wheat from the chaff, what Web memes and other delights do they fall in love with?
  • Greatest Hits: Weddings

    Apr 17, 2013 | 41 min
    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: My Little Brony

    Apr 15, 2013 | 44 min
    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 see the appeal. Tracy may even be a pegasister. But what makes the ponies so popular with male viewers?
  • Greatest Hits: The Culture of Running

    Apr 10, 2013 | 54 min
    Running continues to grow in popularity, but are all runners happy about that? Holly and Tracy talk about their experiences at races, their training, their gear and yes, their injuries, all while debating the merits of this hobby/sport/fitness regimen.
  • Greatest Hits: Bugs vs. Mickey

    Apr 8, 2013 | 35 min
    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

    Apr 3, 2013 | 31 min
    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 her roots as a cinema archetype go back further than you probably suspect.
  • Greatest Hits: Wanna go to prom?

    Apr 1, 2013 | 37 min
    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 nights of my life!” Tracy and Holly relay memories of their proms and the origins of this tradition.
  • Greatest Hits: Drag Queens

    Mar 27, 2013 | 33 min
    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 wane? And why do straight girls love RuPaul and his tribe so much?
  • Greatest Hits: Did movies ruin love?

    Mar 25, 2013 | 41 min
    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 setting us up for failed romance, and about Tracy's complicated relationship with the romantic comedy.
  • Hello Kitty and the Culture of Cute

    Mar 20, 2013 | 40 min
    You can get Hello Kitty everything. Everything. Tracy and Holly talk about the famous cat’s beginnings, staying power and her many Sanrio friends. Just how did a feline with no film or television origin get so popular in the first place?
  • Why are we friends?

    Mar 18, 2013 | 28 min
    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 the benefits and challenges of diversifying your pal portfolio, and why sloganism is bad.
  • An Embarrassment of Riches

    Mar 13, 2013 | 25 min
    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 stuff? Tune in to find out.
  • The Entitled World of Fandom

    Mar 11, 2013 | 26 min
    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

    Mar 6, 2013 | 47 min
    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 best and the worst episodes that ended TV shows, and talk about some of the record-holders as well.
  • Mailbag!

    Mar 4, 2013 | 66 min
    PopStuff has some fantastic listeners who write us some fabulous missives. Tracy and Holly share some of their faves as evidence, from comments on previous episodes to really cool show suggestions.
  • Barbie

    Feb 27, 2013 | 47 min
    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 Holly as they break down the cultural impact of the world’s most famous doll.
  • Is there even such a thing as ethnic food?

    Feb 25, 2013 | 48 min
    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 imported to the U.S. from other cultures. Listen in to learn more.
  • PopStuff’s Oscar Costumes 2013

    Feb 20, 2013 | 40 min
    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 from giant epic musicals to odd versions of the Snow White story, the field is wide open.
  • The Cheese Stands Alone

    Feb 18, 2013 | 44 min
    Have critics and audiences panned your favorite film? There are some things so universally disliked that only crazy people would be into them, right? Well, Tracy and Holly are outing themselves on the embarrassing things they love.
  • Taking the Pressure Off Valentine's Day

    Feb 13, 2013 | 36 min
    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 on the calendar. But what if we all just relaxed about it?
  • Mardi Gras: More Than Baring for Beads

    Feb 11, 2013 | 40 min
    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 roots to king cake, Tracy and Holly break down the origins, pageantry and misconceptions of this festival.
  • Are Internet comments the worst ever?

    Feb 6, 2013 | 38 min
    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? How do comments sections on news sites color a reader’s assessment of the information?
  • PopStuff’s Commentary Bonus Feature

    Feb 4, 2013 | 39 min
    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 content is now a part of the process of how a film is made, and give shout outs to some of their favorites.
  • The Parenthood Wars

    Jan 30, 2013 | 48 min
    Parents often feel attacked by proponents of the childfree movement, and childless people become frustrated by insinuations that their lives can’t be fulfilling. What makes this topic as potentially divisive as politics or religion? Tune in to learn more.
  • Is Pinterest suffocating creativity?

    Jan 28, 2013 | 45 min
    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 other people’s ideas? Tracy and Holly delve into the good, the bad and the gray areas of Pinterest.
  • Snow Day!

    Jan 23, 2013 | 39 min
    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 people with little exposure to snow and ice are criticized for their ability to navigate it.
  • The Snobby Soapiness of ‘Downton Abbey’

    Jan 21, 2013 | 42 min
    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 wrapped in a high-class package?
  • Culture of Beauty

    Jan 16, 2013 | 38 min
    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 aspects of beauty, and the lengths people are willing to go to achieve the “ideal” look.
  • PopStuff’s Mad Hattery

    Jan 14, 2013 | 31 min
    Chapeaux and sombreros! Caps and bowlers! Tracy and Holly have hats on the brain. How have head coverings gone from utility accessories to haute couture? Listen in to learn more about the evolution of hats.
  • All the (Dr.) Whos in Whoville

    Dec 19, 2012 | 36 min
    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 Holly on all things Whovian, and talks about the tradition of the "Dr. Who" Christmas episode.