Pop My Culture



Matt Braunger

Matt Braunger (“MadTV,” The Ding Donger Podcast) chats with Cole and Vanessa about the Super Bowl, Beyonce, Wall Drug, Top Chef, Terese Giudice, White Flight, American Crime Story, Fuller House, Disney Channel shows, iCarly, holograms, Thin Lizzy and Matt’s summer coining the phrase “Are We Having Fun Yet?”

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Matt Braunger with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland


  • Comment by Corinne — February 13, 2016 @ 11:49 am

    Last Feb. I was living in DC, rented a car and drove the junk I had with me to NH, then bought a car and took most of the rest of my junk with me to WY, where I live now. Went through several hundred episodes of various Star Trek podcasts, and happened to hit Chicago the same day a friend was having a baby shower there. …really hoping to get a job back on the east coast someday soon and do part of it in reverse…

  • Comment by Amanda BW — February 14, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

    This past summer, after having lived in Missouri my entire life, I packed up my car and drove from Kansas City to my new home in Baltimore in order to achieve my goal of changing careers and becoming a teacher in an urban setting. My husband joined me a couple months later, but the first trip out there was all by myself. 2 days and about 45 podcasts (including some Pop My Culture!) later, I arrived in Baltimore.

  • Comment by FellHarbor — July 18, 2016 @ 2:35 pm

    Gonna rant on something else because I’ve never driven cross-country (althouh we did move from Detroit, MI to Miami, FL when I was 6): As with everything else in life, avoid ragging on something based on what you THINK it is if you don’t know anything about what it ACTUALLY is. Specific to this podcast: home schooling. My older sister home schools her 3 kids, and they have better social lives than I ever had as a public school brat. There are several options for curricula to follow, with companion books to refresh & reteach the parent/teacher, so you don’t have to know or remember everything. (It’s the same thing public grade school teachers do, you know.) The kids have to pass state-mandated tests to prove they’re learning (and aren’t truant). They attend co-operative learning meetings with other home schooled children in the local home school community where parents and/or tutors teach group classes. For example, my sister has a degree in English and teaches the literature class, and they have several actual scientists on hand for stuff like Chemistry. The kids are involved in several extra-curriculars like sports teams, dance/karate classes, Girl Scouts/Cub Scouts, local theater, and church functions. Plus the kids are friends with other kids in the neighborhood, kids who go to public school; they also have access to the internet. So don’t worry, they’re hip to the current jive. lol My oldest niece, who just graduated high school ahead of time – and yes, attended prom, is now in college. Are there strange sub-human beings out there who are hiding their children in a basement and brainwashing them under the guise of “home schooling?” Sure. But that’s a whacko minority, and it’s naive to assume that’s what all home schooling is about. /rant 😛

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