Episodes

Episode 125: Garrard Conley, author ‘Boy Erased' + our Halloween movie/TV special

Oct. 31, 2018

This Halloween week writer and critic Alicia Lutes joins me to dissect some of the new horror hits on film and TV. We cover Jaime Lee Curtis' return for her final confrontation with Michael Myers in ‘Halloween’, Luca Guadagn…

Episode 124: Luke Davies, Screenwriter (‘Lion’ 'Beautiful Boy’)

Oct. 24, 2018

This week Pop Culture Confidential Oscar nominated screenwriter Luke Davies talks about adapting the addiction memoir ‘Beautiful Boy’ starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. As well as about his own painful and personal…

Episode 123: cinematographer Linus Sandgren (“First Man”) + an update on the Oscar race!

Oct. 19, 2018

This week on Pop Culture Confidential Oscar winning cinematographer Linus Sandgren talks about his incredible work on “First Man” Damien Chazelle’s new movie about Neil Armstrong. And: Gregory Ellwood covers movies and award…

Episode 122 writer Constance Grady: the Kavanaugh hearings and reflections in popular culture.

Oct. 11, 2018

Episode 122 writer Constance Grady: the Kavanaugh hearings and reflections in popular culture. by Pop Culture Confidential

Episode 121: Björn Runge, director "The Wife”

Oct. 5, 2018

This week on the show our conversation with the award-winning Swedish director Björn Runge (The Wife). Glenn Close delivers a stunning, Oscar worthy performance in The Wife, a searing portrait of a marriage, intimately direc…

Episode 120: Writer/Director Paul Schrader “First Reformed"

Sept. 26, 2018

This week on Pop Culture Confidential we welcome a legend of cinema to the show, Paul Schrader! He is the screenwriter behind such films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and writer/director of Ameri…

Episode 119: TV Special Part 2. The creators of Netflix “Maniac” + Emmys recap

Sept. 18, 2018

Episode 119: TV Special Part 2. The creators of Netflix “Maniac”, Cary Fukunaga and Patrick Somerville + 2018 Emmys recap with journalist Alicia Lutes

Episode 118 TV Special Part 1. The creators of ”Forever”, Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard.

Sept. 17, 2018

This week on Pop Culture Confidential the dream team of Alan Yang (Master of None, Parks and Rec) and Matt Hubbard (Parks and Rec, 30 Rock) on their new series “ FOREVER” , starring another dream team, Maya Rudolph and Fred …

Episode 117: Todd Fisher ”My Girls: A Lifetime with Carrie and Debbie”

Sept. 11, 2018

This week producer Todd Fisher on his excellent memoir "My Girls". This is a very personal story of his life with two iconic women: his mother Debbie Reynolds and sister Carrie Fisher. On their Hollywood life, tumultuous rel…

Episode 116: John David Washington & Sera Gamble

Sept. 6, 2018

On the show this week, the star of Spike Lees powerful new movie BlacKkKlansman, John David Washingto and showrunner, executive producer of the the new Lifetime/Netflix series “You”, Sera Gamble. John David Washington stars …

Episode 115: SPECIAL Your vote counts! + Greg Poehler

Aug. 31, 2018

On this special episode of Pop Culture Confidential we have teamed up with Democrats Abroad to help spread the word to Americans overseas: your vote really counts in the very important 2018 US midterm elections! PLUS an excl…

Episode 114: “Boy Erased” Garrard Conley

Aug. 28, 2018

Episode 114: “Boy Erased” Garrard Conley by Pop Culture Confidential

PCC Episode 113: "Weird Al" Yankovic

Aug. 20, 2018

We are thrilled to be joined this week by an icon of American pop culture, the parody king and the coolest man with an accordion, ”Weird Al” Yankovic. He’s sold over 12 million albums, spoofed the biggest artists from Michae…

Episode 112: Actor, comedian, author Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, Crazy Rich Asians)

Aug. 13, 2018

Episode 112: Actor, comedian, author Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, Crazy Rich Asians) by Pop Culture Confidential

Episode 111: Zoe Perry of ‘Young Sheldon’ & the Season Highlights

June 7, 2018

Actress Zoe Perry of the hit CBS sitcom ‘Young Sheldon’ joins us this week to share what it means to be playing a younger version of a part that her mother Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne and Lady Bird) originated on the massive hi…

Episode 110: Fall TV Lineup & Comedy in the Trump Era

June 6, 2018

Eric Deggans, NPR’s TV critic, reports on the Fal…

Episode 109: Screenwriter Craig Mazin on writing, the Weinsteins & his new HBO series “Chernobyl"

June 6, 2018

Host Christina Jeurling Birro is joined by screenwriter and producer Craig Mazin whose credits include the wildly popular sequels for “The Hangover” and “Scary Movie”, the hit podcast ‘Scriptnotes’ with fellow screenwriter J…

Episode 108: Henry Winkler - Barry, Arrested Development & being The Fonz

June 6, 2018

TV icon Henry Winkler joins host Christina Jeurling Birro to speak about his newest hit show “Barry”, working on "Arrested Development", the influence of "Happy Days", living with dyslexia, jumping the shark, and much more.

Episode 107: Killing Eve & The Cosby Verdict

June 6, 2018

Luke Jennings, author of the novel “Codename Villanelle”, the basis for the hit series “Killing Eve”, plus reporter Annette John-Hall joins to give some perspective on the Bill Cosby case and trials.

Episode 106: Comedy writer Nell Scovell + The 2018 Summer Movie Preview

June 6, 2018

Veteran comedy writer Nell Scovell shares her exp…

Episode 105: Director Johan Renck - Bowie, Breaking Bad & the new series ‘Chernobyl’

June 6, 2018

Director Johan Renck shares his ever changing creative journey, from Stakka Bo to working with Madonna, David Bowie and Beyonce, directing feature films and TV such as ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘The Last Panther…

Episode 104: Ane Crabtree & Bill Barretta

June 6, 2018

Award winning costume designer Ane Crabtree (Sopranos, Westworld) speaks about her powerful designs for The Handmaid’s Tale, that have also become an important symbol of protest worldwide. She also discusses her creations fo…

Episode 103: Michael Kenneth Williams & Joy Press

June 6, 2018

Actor Michael Kenneth Williams, of The Wire and The Night Of, takes a very personal journey with a new documentary, and Joy Press speaks about how women are revolutionizing television and her new book “Stealing the Show”.

Episode 102: Dr Adam Rutherford & Jonathan Abrams

June 6, 2018

On this week’s episode host Christina Jeurling Birro speaks with geneticist, and host of the BBC Radio show Inside Science, Dr. Adam Rutherford. He has been the science advisor on 'World War Z', 'Ex Machina', and 'Annihilati…