Pop My Culture
  • March26th

    John Hodgman interviewed on Pop My Culture Podcast

    John Hodgman (author of “That is All” and the resident expert on “The Daily Show”) and surprise drop-in guests Aimee Mann (Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter and front woman of ‘Til Tuesday) and John Roderick (singer/songwriter of Seattle indie rock outfit The Long Winters) join Cole and Vanessa at the Chateau Marmont to discuss The Hunger Games, young adult fiction, Zork, Justin Long, Battle Royale, Dick Gregory, early computers, the Tripod Trilogy, stickball fights, hobo bindles, and the anniversary of John Belushi’s death in the very hotel they are recording in.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first computer you ever had, and what you primarily used it for) on our website for a chance to win a copy of “That is All” or “More Knowledge Than You Require” signed by our favorite deranged millionaire John Hodgman!

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    John Hodgman with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton
    Aimee Mann and John Roderick with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland
    John Hodgman book signed giveaway

  • March16th

    Judy Greer guest on pop my culture podcast

    Judy Greer (“Arrested Development,” “13 Going on 30″) charms Cole and Vanessa and chats about Jeff Who Lives At Home, The Descendants, the extended Taco Bell menu, Bayou Billionaire, American Judy, New Orleans vs. Hawaii, the Duplass Brothers, pickled bologna, Madonna parties, re-enacting, Alexander Payne, double dutch, and the incredibly insane zombie Whitney Houston video.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first 80s-era band or singer you really got into) on our website for a chance to win an Arrested Development Season 1 DVD signed by Judy!

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    Judy Greer with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland

    Judy Greer Arrested Development

  • March9th

    Fred Stoller

    Fred Stoller (“Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Seinfeld”) goofs around with Cole and Vanessa and chats about The Oscar telecast, thrill seekers, Cirque du Soleil, Billy Crystal, Dog Day Afternoon, Dr. Demento, arm belly buttons, Hunchbacks going to college, Murphy Brown, pitching to Larry David, The Shawshank Redemption, Norm McDonald, The Wizards of Waverly Place, desert-island comics, and a bloody-finger-texting Selena Gomez.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first comedy or novelty song you were really into) on our website for a chance to win a pic of Fred in Dumb and Dumber and a notepad from the writer’s room of Seinfeld signed by Fred!

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    Fred Stoller with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland

    Fred Stoller giveaway

  • March6th

    Cole’s Indie Music Corner: Fanfarlo

    London’s Fanfarlo avoid the sophomore slump with a super strong showing with their second album, “Rooms Filled With Light.” Parts Arcade Fire, Talking Heads and The Decemberists, they craft catchy, rhythmic songs that put their multi-instrumentalists on full display. There’s some throwback 80s guitar flourishes a la Echo and the Bunnymen or, say, New Order, as well as strings, horns, keys and unusual percussion. The second track on the record, “Deconstruction,” is a high-energy driving toe-tapper, with a warbling whistle of a melody that grows on you every time you listen to it. The entire album, indeed, is one that reaps rewards upon repeat soakings. Get it.


  • March5th

    ENDING MARCH 16th! if you donate $50.00 or more to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society ROB PAULSEN ( Or Yakko! Or Pinky! Or Raphael!) will record a personalized outgoing message for your phone!

    Just donate here- then email Vanessa (vanessahoperagland@gmail.com) your name and character preference! Let’s fight cancer with character(s)!

  • February29th

    Timothy Omundson guest on Pop My Culture Podcast

    Timothy Omundson (“Psych,” “Judging Amy”) hangs with Cole and Vanessa to talk about Zac Efron’s condom drop, swingin’ Stephen Hawking, Xena: Warrior Princess, iPhone thief Chris Brown, JK Rowling, the beautiful expletives of Deadwood, Psychos, Kenny Powers vs. Lucy Lawless, dramatic overbites, The Luck of the Irish, three-hole punches and pineapples, the Berenstain Bears, clown college, and Tim and Vanessa’s epic Alan Rickman-off.

    Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first big lie you can remember telling) on our website for a chance to win a Psych Season 4 DVD signed by Timothy!

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    Timothy Omundson with hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland
    Signed Psych DVD