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Getting serious about the silly stuff. Hayley Campbell & friends examine the biggest pop culture moments of the recent past.
||ExplicitEstelle, Jamelia and the Exile of UK R&B||Why do black, female, UK R&B artists find it so hard to maintain their success at home?||5 8 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStephen King and the Side Effects of Populism||What drives Stephen King to write and has his popularity altered his critical perception?||29 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFinal Fantasy VII and Redefinition||What influence did Final Fantasy VII have on video games and wider popular culture?||22 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWatchmen and the Superhero Concept||Did the seminal graphic novel Watchmen herald our current obsession with superheroes?||15 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEurotrash and Revelation||What did the TV show Eurotrash tell us about British attitudes towards sex and Europe?||8 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNow That's What I Call Music and Survival||Why are Now compilation albums so popular and how have they survived in the digital age?||1 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitInstagram and Artifice||What effect does Instagram have on our social interactions, our mental health and art?||24 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBridget Jones and the Status of Comedy||Why did Bridget strike such a chord with readers and are the criticisms of her justified?||17 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOne Direction and Conspiracy Theories||Why does the boyband One Direction attract such a devoted and intense global fanbase?||10 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeinfeld and the Tyranny of Endings||Seinfeld was one of the most popular TV shows ever - so why did it all end so badly?||3 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnpopped: Back Soon!||Unpopped is taking a little break. Here are a few things we might be tackling in series 2||7 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest and Legacy||Why has Wallace's beloved, best-selling book become so contentious?||15 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Roots of Grime and Representation||How do you define Grime and what were the roots of the music genre?||8 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYouTube and Ubiquity||Why did YouTube become the one of the most successful websites in the world?||1 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCome Dine With Me and the British Psyche||Why is Come Dine With Me such a successful TV show and what motivates people to appear?||25 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChris Morris and the Darkness of Comedy||What drives Brass Eye creator Chris Morris to make comedy and who is he making it for?||18 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTomb Raider and Indomitability||What influence has video game Tomb Raider and Lara Croft had on wider popular culture?||11 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTwin Peaks and Forensic Fandom||What influence has David Lynch's celebrated Twin Peaks had on the cultural landscape?||4 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Spice Girls and Kathy Acker||What happened when writer Kathy Acker met the Spice Girls at the height of their fame?||25 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitParis Hilton and the Demise of the Party Girl||Did Paris Hilton provide the blueprint for the current celebrity obsessed culture?||18 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRuPaul's Drag Race and Beyond||“The shaaaaade of it all!" The glorious global phenomenon that it is RuPaul’s Drag Race.||11 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Unpopped||Producer Dale Shaw and host Hayley Campbell give you a taste of what’s to come.||2 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
A deep dive into pop culture - this is the podcast I’ve been waiting for
I love when a seemingly trivial subject is taken extremely seriously, and so I feel as though Unpopped was MADE for me. Brilliant, informed, passionate, funny guests - Drag Race was the perfect subject for this smart approach!
Exemplary pop culture exegesis
Right from ep one this sounds like it’s going to be interesting - the natural way the presenter and the experts go deep, with real enjoyment of the topic bodes well. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
A good idea, but the first two have been overwhelmingly gushing in praise of their subjects whereas I would prefer a more balanced view and discussion. Willing to give it a few more weeks to find its feet though.
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