Maggie Mack

Popspotting #169: “How I Met Pinterest” (Nov. 24, 2011)


Maggie MackForget the Great Pumpkin. We’ve got the great Maggie Mack (@ilea02) joining us for our Thanksgiving episode. Maggie is the host of Maggie’s World, and co-host of both Girls Night In Radio and The West Wing Podcast. She’s a pop culture fan (who loves Harry Potter in particular) and a preschool teacher.

Before being subjected to our trivia challenge, she shares her love of Pinterest (find her here), the show “Revenge” on NBC, and “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS.

Heath Solo Centazzo

Popspotting #164: “Star Suspect” (Nov. 17, 2011)


Heath Solo Centazzo

Joining us today for PopTalk & Trivia Thursday is podcaster, actor, and all-around supergeek Heath Solo (@HeathActor), a.k.a. Heath Centazzo.

Heath is the host of “The Film List” podcast, a graduate of Syracuse University, and a big fan of Steve McQueen.

He tells us about Cameron Crowe’s documentary “Pearl Jam Twenty,” “Prime Suspect” (before NBC announced it was dropping the show midseason), and the new-and-improved Blu-Ray release of the “Star Wars” movies. Then he’s targeted with an unusual set of trivia categories. Which will he choose?

W. Axel Foley

Popspotting #159: “The Best Work of Art” (Nov. 3, 2011)


W. Axel FoleyToday’s guest is W. Axel Foley (@WAxelFoley), a filmmaker, podcaster and educator. He is a frequent co-host on “The Film List” with Heath Solo, and one of the four (or more) hosts of “Podtourage.”

Axel works at non-profit public access TV station in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he shoots and edits video and teaches podcasting and video production. He has directed numerous documentaries, commercials, concerts and music videos, and he even has feature film out that is available on Netflix called “Smokers.”

Today, Axel shares his love of “The Best Show” with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster, a reality TV show on the Bravo network called “Work of Art,” and Arthur C. Clarke‘s “Childhood’s End.” Then, it’s trivia time!

Popspotting #154: “Kronos Duran” (Oct. 27, 2011)


Joining us this week from the live music Mecca of Austin, Texas, is our long-time friend Greg Bueno. Ryan and Greg began their friendship as cranky muckrakers at the daily student paper at the University of Hawaii over 17 years ago. Jen quickly adopted him as her primary “gay guy friend.” Always insightful, often wryly entertaining, and sometimes provocative, we’re grateful to have Greg in our lives… and today, on our podcast.

You can find Greg on Twitter at @NemesisVex, and his original music at Eponymous 4. He’s even posted some music videos to YouTube.

Daniel Barkowitz

Popspotting #149: “Owl City of Time” (Oct. 20, 2011)


Daniel BarkowitzYesterday’s discussion of “Ready Player One” was sparked by Daniel in Boston (@barkowitz), a long-time listener and generous contributor. After that winner of a recommendation, we knew we had to get him on the show to share more great picks.

Today he brings us two great musical acts (Owl City and Shanghai Restoration Project), and two great book series. He then takes on Jen’s infamous trivia questions, going for a TV and music category.

Daniel is a blogging poet at “Talking to Myself,” a contributor to “The 4th Age Podcast,” and the tech-savvy executive director of a synagogue. He was born in the Panama Canal Zone and attended high school in South Carolina. He has a passion for singing, reading, cooking, and raising his two beautiful daughters, Caroline and Rachel, with his wife Rebekah.

Rob "The Knight Angel Berzerker" Valois

Popspotting #144: “Thundercats Berzerker” (Oct. 6, 2011)


Rob "The Knight Angel Berzerker" Valois

We’ve been blessed to be able to showcase a number of our fellow podcasters in our Thursday “PopTalk & Trivia” shows, but today’s guest is a first. Rob Valois is not only behind three podcasts over at “The Geek Generation,” but he’s also the man behind the mask of “The Knight Angel Berzerker,” a professional wrestler for Northeast Championship Wrestling.

Rob joins us to share his love of the new “Thundercats,” “Warehouse 13” on SyFy, and (of course) “Doctor Who.” Then, unable to challenge his brawn, we instead challenge his brain with obscure trivia. What does a wrestler know about Michael Jackson? Listen to find out!

You can find Rob on Twitter at @TheKnightAngel or @GeekGeneration.

East Screen West Screen

Popspotting #139: “East Meets West” (Sept. 29, 2011)


East Screen West ScreenJoining us today for PopTalk & Trivia Thursday is Paul Fox (@Foxlore on Twitter). Originally from Palm Beach County in Florida, he moved to Asia in the year 2000, and he’s now a college lecturer in Hong Kong in the field of Media Studies and Asian Studies.

Paul is also a podcaster, co-hosting “East Screen West Screen” with Kevin Ma and other guests to cover news, rumors and reviews for cinema from Hong Kong, China, Asia and the West.

Paul’s recommendations were “Wu Xia,” a martial arts film starring Donnie Yen, “Three Idiots,” an Indian “Bollywood” film, and “Alphas” on SyFy.

If you want more movie talk, Paul interviewed us on the Sept. 24 episode of East Screen West Screen. You can listen to Episode #84 here.

Steph Smith

Popspotting #134: “My So Called Doogie” (Sept. 22, 2011)


Steph SmithAt long last, the great Steph Smith (@stephsmith) joins us for PopTalk & Trivia Thursday. She’s a TV lover, movie snob, and internet addict, and you can hear her on several podcasts, including “What’s On with Steph & Des” and “PotentialCast.”

Her trivia category choices were “Pulp Fictional,” “Rock Star Real Names,” and “Doogie Grows Up.” Which two did she choose? How did she do? You’ll have to listen to find out!

Barry Laabs

Popspotting #129: “Phineas and Opus” (Sept. 14, 2011)


Barry Laabs

Joining us today from Wisconsin is Barry Laabs (@brewerfan71), a long-suffering Green Bay Packers fan, proud Brewers fan, and total Disney and Lost fanatic.

He shares his love of Happy Mondays,” Disney kids shows (“Phineas & Ferb” and “Good Luck Charlie“), and “Bloom County: The Complete Collection.”

Fred Firestine

Popspotting #124: “Stargate Pains” (Sept. 8, 2011)


Fred FirestineThis week, joining us all the way from Long Island, New York, is long-time listener Fred Firestine. This Canadian-born husband, dad, and technology professional loves sci fi, Weird Al, and P90X.

Formerly @ffluvssg1 on Twitter, you can now find him at @ffirestine. He also blogs now and then about his health and fitness journey.

For PopTalk & Trivia Thursday, he shares his deep and long-standing love for “Stargate,” the delightfully geeky “IT Crowd,” and the Hamptons-based USA series “Royal Pains.” He then takes on our trivia challenge, taking on Jen’s music and movie prowess.

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