Popspotting #219: “American Potter Story” (March 8, 2012)

Today’s PopTalk & Trivia Thursday guest is our youngest yet. Sierra (@writergirl2101) hails from Charleston, South Carolina, where she attends Academic Magnet High School, and is working on her senior thesis on supporting students with Asperger syndrome in schools. She’s an advocate for LBGT issues and is active in other social causes, but she also indulges her more whimsical side on Tumblr.

We power through some audio issues as she shares her love of “Harry Potter,” “American Horror Story,” and “Look Me In the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s,” a book by John Elder Robinson. Then, we subject her to trivia questions about topics that greatly predate her existence on Earth. Fortunately, she was a good sport!

STILOST License Plate

Popspotting #214: “Jayhawks on The Wall” (Feb. 16, 2012)

STILOST License Plate

Today’s PopTalk & Trivia guest is Mike from Virginia, a long-time “LOST” fan (his license plate is “STILOST”) and Transmission listener (since October 2005) and a huge TV and music fan. His picks included Roger Waters’ “The Wall Live” tour for 2012, “Music From the North Country: Jayhawks Anthology,” and several female singer-songwriters: Shelby Lynne, Allison Moorer, Tift Merritt, Brandi Carlile, and Susan Greenbaum, a personal friend who just released her new album, “This Life.”

Bret "The Hitman" Hart

Popspotting #209: “Wresting Mildred” (Feb. 9, 2012)

Megan Dively Lehman

Today brings an especially memorable entry in our PopTalk & Trivia Thursday series, as guest Megan from Pennsylvania kicks things off with an award-winning rooster crow. Her recommendations range from a book to a television miniseries to a wacky game app. Then we put her top-ranked trivia night talents to the test… with a special guest appearance by our daughter, Katie! Megan’s picks were:

  • “Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling”
  • “Mildred Pierce” from HBO
  • “Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself)”
Andrea Zuniga

Popspotting #204: “Breaking Rock Revenge” (Feb. 2, 2012)

Andrea Zuniga

Today’s guest only moved to New York two months ago, but she manages to share some of the ambiance of city life along with her picks: “30 Rock” on NBC, “Revenge” on ABC, and “Breaking Bad” on AMC. Andrea Zuniga (@iandrea) once had us on her podcast, so we get to turn the tables with music trivia.


Popspotting #199: “Wars Love Once” (Jan. 19, 2012)

LOST Mirror Moments

Today’s PopTalk & Trivia Guest is Ms. Wright (@TheRealMsWright) from behind the “Lost Mirror Moments” podcast. She grew up and still lives in the Austin, Texas area. She’s a cubicle slave during the week and a photographer on the weekend, She loves reality TV and sci-fi, and is perfectly capable of being into “So You Think You Can Dance” and “LOST” at the same time.

Dave Nelson

Popspotting #194: “Five Prophets a Day” (Jan. 12, 2012)

Dave NelsonToday’s guest is radio DJ, blogger, and podcaster Dave “The InterDave” Nelson. Originally from Minneapolis/St. Paul, he now lives in Wausau, Wisconsin. You can find him on Twitter as @TheInterDave and on Google+.

He runs the Galactic Netcasts podcast network, which is home tothree shows: the Alien Invasion Podcast, the Sci-Fi Film School podcast, and the Time-Traveling Robots in Space podcast.

Today he shares his love of the “Prophets of Science Fiction” series on the Science Channel, the “Top Five Podcast,” and the “Life In A Day” documentary project on YouTube.

Got your own picks to share? Want to be a guest on Popspotting? Just drop us a line!

Jason Grooms

Popspotting #189: “J.J. Midnight Tobolowsky” (Jan. 5, 2012)

Jason GroomsToday’s PopTalk & Trivia guest is Jason, the other half of “The Forgotten Flix Podcast.” (His co-host Joel was our guest last month.)

A resident of Jen’s home state of Florida, Jason highlights hometown musician J.J. Grey, the independent thriller flick “Midnight Son,” and “The Tobolowsky Files.”

Jason’s day job is as a business trainer, a job that makes surprisingly effective use of his degrees in Anthropology and Primatology. But when at home and out and about, he blogs about his adventures with his family at He also writes the “Deep Fried Cheese” column.

You can find him on Twitter at @flixsidekick and @dadquest.

LEGO Star Wars

Popspotting #184: “Lego Rico” (Dec. 22, 2011)

LEGO Star Wars

Today’s guest is Chris Weddle (@chrisweddle), head of a geeky household in Franklin, Indiana. This married father of two knows his LEGO, knows his gadgets, and enjoys a rich library of media without having to suffer the indignity of cable television service. He brings us up to speed on “Farscape,” adds his endorsement of “Farscape,” and introduces the board game “Puerto Rico.” Then, in trivia, we test his knowledge of island-born actors and silly walks.

Forgotten Flix

Popspotting #179: “Making Of: And Joel Spoke” (Dec. 15, 2011)

Forgotten Flix

Updated Dec. 15, 2011, 5:30 a.m. HST | Today’s guest is Joel Robertson, producer and co-host of The Forgotten Flix Podcast (along with Jason Grooms). Joel spent most of his youth as an aspiring movie maker, idolizing folks like Raimi, Carpenter, Dante, Spielberg, Craven, et al. He loves talking movies with other movie fans, supporting indie filmmakers, and, when the time is right, will once again subject the world to one of his movie making endeavors. (Yes, he too has a page on IMDB.) He lives in central Florida with his amazing (and amazingly patient) wife, who was also his high school sweetheart, and their three beautiful, young sons.

Want more Joel? You can find him on Twitter @forgottenflix. He’s also on Facebook at the Forgotten Flix page, and in the Forgotten Flix Podcast Group.

Greg Mariotti

Popspotting #174: “High Def Greg” (Dec. 1, 2011)

Greg Mariotti

Joining us to kick off the month of December is Greg Mariotti, owner and editor of Pixar Talk and the geek behind The Uncool, the official site of acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe.

We first heard from Greg nearly four years ago when we were still doing our primordial HawaiiUP podcast, and he’s stayed in touch through The Transmission and now Popspotting, and he continues to enlighten us on Pixar and other media. You can find him on Twitter at @gregmariotti and @pixartalk.

Before tackling the trivia, Greg shares his love of “Downton Abbey,” a British television period drama, the 2008 Australian thriller “The Square” from the Edgerton brothers, and Blu-Ray, the successor to the trusty DVD.

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