The Cooler

The Cooler

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

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February 1, 2020 56 min
After a five-year run, The Cooler says goodbye with a finale jam-packed with the voices of its beloved listeners.
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January 1, 2020 56 min
This month, we resolve to upgrade ourselves in 2020, go down a retcon K hole, and make a pilgrimage to visit one of Jennifer Aniston's exes.
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December 1, 2019 60 min
This month, we analyze why Instagram is taking away likes, unpack what "emotional labor" means, discuss three runaway princesses and share our peaks and pits of the decade.
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November 1, 2019 58 min
This month, we fight over the decade's best songs, learn all about WAGs and summarize 'Star Wars' in just a few minutes.
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October 1, 2019 48 min
The Cooler is back (!!!) and weighing in on the chicken sandwich wars of 2019, the return of Jennifer Aniston's ex, impeachment drama and more.
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A special bonus episode featuring Tan France chatting about what it was like growing up gay in a traditional Muslim family, how 9/11 still affects his life to this day, how he ended up partying with Victoria Beckham, why he hates Olive Garden and whether he loves *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys more.
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June 27, 2019 44 min
This week, we’re handing over control of our finale to you, the listeners! We’re handing out advice about dating coworkers, sharing our Real Housewives taglines, shagging marrying and killing our way through Disney princesses, and so much more!
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Is San Francisco rotten or still full of soul? We discuss the ways the city has won our hearts and broken them. We're also shaking our heads over John Cusack's anti-Semitism and sharing some ~*personal news*~ about the future of the podcast.
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June 13, 2019 40 min
This week, we’ll be listening to a few Song of the Summer contenders (that aren't "Old Town Road") and deciding which summer anthem gets The Cooler’s official seal of approval. Also, inspired by Justin Bieber challenging Tom Cruise to a fight, we're handing out tips on how to host a duel of your own.
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We're wondering why Moby lied about dating Natalie Portman, handing out tips on how to survive burnout and sharing more than a few words for the dudes who want to make a Straight Pride Parade happen (*Regina George voice* "It's not going to happen!").
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May 30, 2019 28 min
We're going black to the future with a crash course in Afrofuturism, handing out financial tips and explaining the strange connection between dinosaur eggs and ball sacks (yes, you read that correctly).
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May 23, 2019 37 min
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.
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May 16, 2019 35 min
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.
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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.
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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.
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The Cooler RSVPs “Hell yes!” to seeing 'Hamilton' with thousands of Bay Area teens.
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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.
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March 28, 2019 37 min
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.
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March 21, 2019 36 min
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!
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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.
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