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

The Cooler

From KQED

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

Most Recent Episodes

Queer Eye's Tan France On How Gays Will Save The World

In this extra special bonus episode, y'all get to eavesdrop on a conversation between one of us and Queer Eye's fashion guru, Tan France, in front of 1,400 people at San Francisco's historic Castro Theatre. Expect deep topics like what it was like growing up gay in a Muslim South Asian traditional family and how 9/11 still affects Tan's life to this day, as well as shallow topics like how he ended up partying with Victoria Beckham, why he hates Olive Garden and whether he loves *NSYNC or the Backstreet Boys more. Listen to hear all about it! And here is a cute photo that looks like it belongs in the engagement section of The New York Times. Until September! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Hotline Bling

This week, we're handing over control of our finale to you, the listeners! We're giving advice on dating coworkers! Sharing our Real Housewives taglines! Giving our thoughts on whether Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga should hook up for real and what their couple name should be! Weighing in on "PC culture" and the word "lady"! Deciding whether we give a hoot about The Hills without Lauren Conrad! Dishing out tips on how to battle anxiety and writer's block! Revealing which girl group or boy band we'd like to be a part of! Getting nostalgic over childhood toys! And shagging, killing and marrying our way through celebrities and Disney princesses. Listen to hear all about it! Until next week! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Bay Bye: Breaking Up With San Francisco

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 an '80s heartthrob's anti-Semitism. And sharing some ~*personal news*~ about the future of the podcast. Listen to hear all about it! Until next week! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

The Bops Of Summer

Now that the battle for the Iron Throne is donezo, another battle is brewing: the one for the Song of the Summer crown! This week, we'll be listening to a few contenders (that aren't "Old Town Road") and deciding which summer anthem gets The Cooler's official seal of approval. Inspired by Justin Bieber challenging Tom Cruise to a fight, we're handing out tips on how to host a duel of your own. And we process our feelings about a recently resurrected Millennial nightmare. Listen to hear all about it! Until next week! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Natalie Portman Is Out Of Your League

This week, we're wondering why Moby lied about dating Natalie Portman and looking at other famous men who've fudged a few details to make themselves look better. We're also handing out tips on how to beat burnout. And we have more than a few words for the Bostonian dudes who are trying to make a Straight Pride Parade happen. Listen to hear all about it! Until next week! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Black To The Future

This week, we're sharing financial tips we wish we had known earlier in our lives. Because the present has been a major drag recently, we're going black to the future and chatting Afrofuturism with Bay Area cartoonist Tanna Tucker, who is part of YBCA's Public Square show. And we'll also be exploring the strange connection between dinosaur eggs and ball sacks. Yep, you read that correctly. Listen to hear all about it! Until next week! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Give Grace Jones The Iron Throne

It's game over for Game of Thrones! Did the show stick the landing or break both of its legs, fall on its ass and require medical attention? We've got opinions! We're also handing out some tips based on the life of Grace Jones, first of her name, breaker of the gender binary. And we're spinning some music from Greyworm (well, the actor who plays him, but you get the idea). Listen to hear all about it! Until next week! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

To Be Or Not To Be Humble

This week, we're tackling Constance Wu's Twitter tantrum over Fresh Off The Boat getting renewed and what it has revealed about our culture's attitude toward humility and gratitude. We're also talking about Ayesha Curry's Red Table Talk appearance and why some archaic relationship rules should be broken. We're taking sides on a fiery debate that is currently dividing this nation: Are Aperol spritzes delicious or disgusting? We're schooling y'all on what a "shoey" is, what to do when you don't want to give your number to a creep in a bar, what Joe Biden can learn from Bill Nye about speaking to Millennials and why we have finally decided to stan Kacey Musgraves. Listen to hear all about it! Until next week! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Eurovision Is The Campy Fun We Need Right Now

This week, 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, Australian popera and an Italian song that'll make your booty bounce. Spoiler alert! We'll also be talking about spoiler culture and handing out tips for how to avoid info you don't want and how not to be a spoilsport. And, despite some anti-royalist feelings, we'll be celebrating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new baby! Listen to hear all about it! Until next week! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

But Her Hieroglyphs: Meet The Cersei Of Ancient Egypt

This week, we're telling 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, the career of John Singleton and the "Everybody Mad" part of Beyoncé's Homecoming. Listen to hear all about it! Until next week! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes! And find us on Facebook and Twitter!

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