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Top Chef Texas

Popspotting #170: “1974 Chef Off” (Nov. 25, 2011)

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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

It’s Black Friday, and Feedback Friday! At least here on Popspotting, there are no lines, and the fun is free. Our listeners chime in on the music of 1974 (and 1972 and 1987 and 1988), and share their guilty pleasures, including “Top Chef” and “The Sing-Off.” We’ve got some TV and book talk as well. Finally, Al reminds us that video games are distressingly underrepresented on our podcast. It’s going to be up to Al and other gamers out there to keep us up-to-date!

Nicole shared her love of “Raising Sand,” a musical collaboration between Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, which yielded gems like “Battle of Evermore” and, embedded here, “Your Long Journey”:

Popspotting is powered by you, so help keep the show going by sharing your own picks for movies, TV, music, books, apps, and any other topic that strikes your fancy. Whether you agree or disagree with our reviews, the more voices the better. You can leave a voicemail at (815) 310-0808, email us at feedback@popspotting.net, or comment here on the blog.

We can also be found on Twitter, on Facebook, and on Google+.

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Popspotting #165: “Secret Life of Bison” (Nov. 18, 2011)

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Descendants Movie

The Popspotting voicemail line saves the day for Feedback Friday. First, two unlikely shining stars from “The Descendants.” While George Clooney and Hawaii shine, two listeners remind us where else we might have seen Shailene Woodley and Matthew Lillard. Then a solid defense of “Once Upon a Time” and the second season of “The Walking Dead.” NBC, however, gets no love. On the musical side, we get an impromptu serenade from Daniel, and another solid music recommendation from dear Geoff.

We say it every day, but we’re not kidding. It’s hearing from you that keeps us going. If you’re out there and have yet to share a thought, retort, or suggestion, please don’t be shy! Note that the comments on our site are acting up, so your best bet would be to leave a message at 815-310-0808, or find us on Facebook, on Twitter, or on Google+.

ABC's Once Upon a Time

Popspotting #160: “Covers Upon a Time” (Nov. 4, 2011)

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ABC's Once Upon a Time

This week’s Feedback Friday finds a number of fans for ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” We also touch on “Chuck,” back with what may be its final season on NBC. From BBC, “The Fades” gets a thumbs up, and “Sons of Anarchy” hooks another addict. And from Switzerland, our friend Anna introduces a podcast devoted to “The West Wing.”

Then we move on to more favorite cover songs, from Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You” covered by Prince, Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” covered by Wyclef Jean, and James Taylor’s “Carolina In My Mind” covered by Alison Krauss & Union Station.

We’ll be back after a week off with more Popspotting! But the show goes on only with your help. Got a suggestion for “Wildcard Wednesday”? A strong difference of opinion on a new TV show? We really want to hear from you!

Avett Brothers

Popspotting #155: “Ides of Avett Brothers” (Oct. 28, 2011)

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Avett Brothers

We wrap up the week talking about movies and books, and close with another song pick, all from your feedback. We revisit the “Ides of March,” Ryan Gosling, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, Laura gives thumbs up to Mira Nair, Al makes a John Cusack confession, Stella covers Cameron Crowe, and both propose their own double features. The early returns on “Ready Player One” look good, Daniel gets high-fives for the “Wheel of Time,” and Kris gets us dancing to some punk-infused bluegrass.

Car Talk

Popspotting #150: “Podcastville” (Oct. 21, 2011)

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Car Talk

For “Feedback Friday,” your recommendations for great podcasts, and your favorite cover songs. On the podcast front, we get a wholehearted “hear hear” for our love of “The Moth,” and we share our “We Were (Almost) on Car Talk” story. And when it comes to cover songs, we talk about some winners, from Anthony and the Johnsons to Marilyn Manson.

Being Human

Popspotting #145: “You Want It When?” (Oct. 7, 2011)

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Being Human

We kick off this feedback show with a call from Angela in Missouri, who was as happy to find us podcasting again as we were to have her back in the family. She shares some of her favorite Asian dishes, then on the entertainment front, suggests we take a look at “Being Human.” How does it compare to the original U.K. series? Shelley in Oklahoma has an opinion on that. Then Geoff shares his love of “Band of Brothers,” with a vote of support from Faith in Tennessee.

Also today, more judgments on new fall TV shows, from “2 Broke Girls” to “Suburgatory” to “Prime Suspect.” We get schooled on Bollywood, and we get six app recommendations to help us get in shape.

Finally, we’d like to ask for your feedback on the Popspotting show schedule. (more…)

Pretty in Pink

Popspotting #140: “2 Tank Girls of Interest” (Sept. 30, 2011)

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Pretty in Pink

It’s a jam packed feedback show, from “Drive” to more soundtracks worthy of mention, including “Juno,” “Tank Girl,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Valley Girl,” “Next Stop Wonderland,” “Jackie Brown” and “Go.” Then we move over to the small screen for early takes on now shows, including “Ringer,” “Person of Interest,” and “New Girl.”

Battlestar Galactica Seal

Popspotting #135: “Battlestar Dancing” (Sept. 23, 2011)

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Dirty Dancing

Once again we celebrate the brilliance of our listeners in Feedback Friday. On tap, your needledrop movie soundtrack picks (including “Dirty Dancing,” “Reality Bites,” “The Jackal,” “Forrest Gump,” and “2001”). And Lauren chimes in with a spirited defense of “Hackers.” Also, some different takes on “Battlestar Galactica” and its finale, from “loved it” to “couldn’t stick with it.” And we close with quick takes on “Sherlock” and “White Collar.” I think we’re going to have to set aside the time to give “White Collar” a fair shake.

O Brother

Popspotting #130: “O Brother DeNiro” (Sept. 16, 2011)

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O Brother

For Feedback Friday, a fun mix. Movie music and filming locations, television, and suggestions for future double features.

The Hour on BBC

Popspotting #125: “Dragon Player One”

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The Hour on BBC

Feedback Friday is jam packed with lots of great music and book talk. Nancy shares the soundtrack of her globetrotting youth, Des shares Jen’s love of Guns N’ Roses (and lobbies for some top five lists from Ryan). Celia introduces us to Ann McAffery’s “Dragon Riders of Pern” series, Daniel endorses the “nerdgasm” of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One,” and David and Cari extend our young adult reading list with William Sleator and Adam Bradley. Finally, who is hotter: Matt Passmore or Simon Baker?

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