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

Stay Cool

After a five-year run, The Cooler is saying goodbye with a finale jam-packed with the voices of you, our beloved listeners! We'll be getting into all kinds of things like the return of Brad and Jen, DeepFakes, a review of a weird, sexy Old Hollywood movie, and much, much more! Also, get ready to be wiped out by a tidal wave of feels! If you want to keep in touch with us, stalk us on Twitter! Carly is @TeaCupInTheBay, Jamedra is @JamedraSays and you can find me @xcusemybeauty. Until we meet again, byeeee!

We Need A Resolution

On this month's episode of The Cooler, we're making resolutions to upgrade ourselves in 2020. We're discussing how some of our favorite shows and films have retconned plots to cover their asses. And we're making a pilgrimage to visit one of Jennifer Aniston's exes. Remember: if you want to be featured in a future episode, call our hotline at 415.553.2850 with a question and we might answer it on the show! Listen to hear all about it! https://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/thecooler/2019/12/WeNeedAResolution.mp3 Until next time! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes!

The Great Unliking

On this month's episode of The Cooler, we analyze why Instagram has taken away likes, and share our confessions of how the app has screwed with our heads. Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have strong feelings about this and so do we. We're also unpacking the viral tweet that got everyone talking about emotional labor, and asking ourselves: when did friendships start to feel like work? And we're telling the real-life stories of three Dubai princesses who recently tried to escape, and discussing how their situations break the royal fantasy. Remember: if you want to be featured in a future episode, call our hotline at 415.553.2850 with a question and we might answer it on the show! Listen to hear all about it! https://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/thecooler/2019/11/TheGreatUnliking.mp3 Until next time! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes!

Coldplay Will Tear Us Apart

On this month's episode of The Cooler, we're preparing to say goodbye to this decade by revisiting some of the biggest bops and messiest flops that the music world had to offer, including teen girls who make Rebecca Black sound like Etta James and a debate over whether Coldplay is trash or treasure. We're also digging into why so many people cared about the recent feud between notable WAGs (that's Wives And Girlfriends of famous footballers) Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy. We're also helping one listener with a futuristic relationship pickle, and summarizing the entire Star Wars mythology in just a few disrespectful minutes (you'll never look at Billy Joel the same way again). If you want to be featured in a future episode, call our hotline at 415.553.2850 with a question and we might answer it on the show! Listen to hear all about it! https://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/thecooler/2019/10/CoolerNovEpisode2.mp3 Until next time! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes!

Since We've Been Gone

We're baaaaack! Wondering what we've spent our summer hiatus doing? We'll tell you all about not dying on a cruise, butchering the Italian language and running into the one and only Kimberly Kardashian! A lot has happened in the world of popular culture since our last episode, so it seems only right that we weigh in on the biggest stories of the summer in a segment we're calling *guttural Kelly Clarkson voice * Since We've Been Gooooone! We'll weigh in on the chicken sandwich wars, why we are no longer thirsting after Justin Trudeau, the latest groan-worthy thing Scarlett Johansson has said, why we'll take Lil Nas X over Kevin Hart any day of the week and how Ruth Bader Ginsburg has inspired us to outlive our nemeses. Then, we'll take a look at how PR paved the way for Brad Pitt's return, and why you shouldn't fall for it. Everyone knows what went down (no pun intended) with Clinton's impeachment, but what about the only other president to be impeached? We'll tell you the story of a grumpy racist dude from the 1860s who had it coming. And we'll also school you on the surprising profession of Ronald Reagan's son and introduce you to Lindsay Lohan's new kind-of-catchy prescription drug anthem (yep, you read that right). Listen to hear all about it! https://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/thecooler/2019/10/CoolerOctoberEpisode.mp3 Until next time! Subscribe and rate us five stars in iTunes!

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! https://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/thecooler/2019/07/TanFrance.mp3 And here is a cute photo that looks like it belongs in the engagement section of The New York Times. Tan France and Emmanuel Hapsis. (SMG Photo) 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! https://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/thecooler/2019/06/Oop.mp3 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! https://www.kqed.org/.stream/anon/radio/thecooler/2019/06/BayBye.mp3 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!

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