Episodes

Epi 135 Writer Daniel Stiepleman 'On The Basis Of Sex', writing his aunt Ruth Bader Ginsburg's story

March 6, 2019

This week on Pop Culture Confidential we talk about a legend,  a role model, and a real bad ass, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. My conversation is with someone who knows her very well, Daniel Stiepleman. Stiep…

Episode 134: Our 2019 TV update! Russian Doll, Fosse/Verdon, Big Little Lies and more

March 1, 2019

This week on Pop Culture Confidential journalist …

Epi 133: The Pop Culture Confidential 2019 Oscar predictions special with Kyle Buchanan (NY Times)

Feb. 17, 2019

Welcome to our 2019 Oscar prediction special! We are thrilled to welcome back to the show the New York Times Carpetbagger columnist Kyle Buchanan, who covers every aspect of award season. Join us as we discuss this crazy Osc…

132: R Kelly/Bryan Singer, shocking exposés and survivors getting heard. Guest: writer Rachel Leah

Feb. 9, 2019

This week we are joined by Rachel Leah (writer at Salon.com covering culture, race and criminal justice) for a conversation on some difficult topics but also about what may be the beginnings of a cultural shift. Harvey Weins…

Episode 131: Tony McNamara, screenwriter "The Favourite"

Jan. 23, 2019

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Episode 130: Director Rich Moore, Producer Clark Spencer "Ralph Breaks The Internet" + Spring TV

Jan. 17, 2019

On the show this week the director and the producer of "Ralph Breaks the Internet”, the Oscar buzzed and critically acclaimed sequel to "Wreck-it Ralph"! Rich Moore (The Simpsons, Futurama, Zootopia) and Clark Spencer (Lilo …

128:Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw,Rob Marshall 'Mary Poppins Returns'

Dec. 20, 2018

On a very special edition, Pop Culture Confidential went to London to meet the cast and director of the magical new movie “Mary Poppins Returns”! Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw and director Rob …

Epi 127: Tonia Sina, Intimacy Director ‘Directing sex scenes for stage and film in the #metoo era’

Nov. 21, 2018

When HBO and David Simon hired an intimacy coordinator/director to choreograph and monitor the on-set sex scenes on his show ‘The Deuce’ it started a lot of interesting conversations. We wanted to know more! On the show this…

Episode 126: author Soraya Chemaly 'Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger'

Nov. 14, 2018

This week on Pop Culture Confidential it's all about rage! Joining us is Soraya Chemaly, author of the provocative, infuriating and inspiring new book  “Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger.” Ms Chemaly has written f…

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

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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

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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

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