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 stint, The Cooler says goodbye with a finale jam-packed with the voices of its beloved listeners.

We Need A Resolution

This month, we resolve to upgrade ourselves in 2020, go down a retcon K hole, discover what taint tanning is all about and make a pilgrimage to visit one of Jennifer Aniston's exes.

The Great Unliking

This month, we're analyzing why Instagram is taking away likes, telling the stories of three runaway princesses, unpacking what emotional labor means in 2019 and sharing our peaks and pits of the decade.

Coldplay Will Tear Us Apart

This month, we fight over Coldplay, listen to the best and worst tracks from the past decade, learn all about WAGs and summarize the entire Star Wars mythology in just a few disrespectful minutes.

Since We've Been Gone

The Cooler is back (!!!) and weighing in on the chicken sandwich wars of 2019, the return of Jennifer Aniston's ex, impeachment drama from the 1860s and Lindsay Lohan's new prescription drug anthem (yep, you read that right).

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

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.

Hotline Bling

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!

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!