Episode 001 - Cat Show
Airdate: July 4, 2005

Team Popped Culture goes to the 7th Annual Cat Fancier's Assoc. Cat Show and finds out about kitty competition from judges and participants. Music by Butterfingers, Paul Anka, Josie & the Pussycats & Hello Kitty.


Episode 002 - Bicycles
Airdate: July 11, 2005

Popped Culture talks about bikes. We cover the Cycle Messenger World Championships, A bike-in theatre in Texas, bike messengering in Halifax with Steve Rolston, and the Aeolian Ride. Music by King Konqueror, Black Mountain, Flare and D-Styles, Neu!, Fugazi, Can and Pine Am.


Episode 003 - DIY
Airdate: July 18, 2005

Popped Culture investigates DIY technology and fashion, featuring pieces on Make Magazine, Neogentronyx's Bipedal Exo-Skeletal Robotic Vehicles and the Preloved clothing label. Music by Stereolab, Mister Nobu, The Unicorns and Stokast.


Episode 004 - Fans & Groupies
Airdate: July 25, 2005

The Popped Culture staffers talk to some of their favourite fans: Donnamaie, the President of the Fabio International Fanclub; Cynthia Plaster Caster; Shant Pelley from Halifax's "Fans from Hell"; Michael Joseph Gross, author of Starstruck; Mary Cobham talks about her album "Songs in the Key of Jay" and Jay Ferguson from Sloan, who comments on her audio loveletter. Music by KISS, Sloan, Mary Cobham.


Episode 005 - Psychic Fair
Airdate: August 1, 2005

Popped Culture goes to a Psychic Fair! We interview psychic Richard Ravenhawke, Therapudic Touch practitioner Charles Hume, psychic/clairvoyant/author/lecturer Keith Atkinson, Spiritual Consultant & Reiki Master Linda Hilary, the owner of The Dragon's Den Emporium and a man that likes to see psychics. Music by The Who, the Beach Boys, Caribou, GOA, and Mr Scruff.


Episode 006 - Anonymity
Airdate: August 8, 2005

Popped Culture puts the spotlight on those who choose not to sign on the dotted line with their real names. Interviews with Frank from Postsecret, Michael from Illegal Art and the book, Suggestions.


Episode 007 - Marketing
Airdate: August 22, 2005

Popped Culture talks about corporate and anti-corporate marketing, with a story on Adbuster's anti-brand, Blackspot, and an interview with Isaac Larian, CEO of the Bratz Dolls-selling mega toy company, MGA Entertainment.


Episode 008 - Dolly Parton
Airdate: August 29, 2005

Melissa and Francesca take a field trip to see living country legend Dolly Parton live in concert at the Halifax Metro Centre! This episode follows their adventure from picking up tickets, to their post-show giddiness, interviews with some of Dolly's most passionate Atlantic Canadian fans and with a member of her opening act.


Episode 009 - Working Hard / Hardly Working
Airdate: September 5, 2005

Popped Culture celebrates Labour Day by exploring not our career options, but the option of not really having a career. Melissa and Jessica take a Career Aptitude Test, Michael talks to an EI superstar and we find out how people like to slack off work. Music by Elvis Costello and Loverboy.


Episode 010 - FleetCon Part 1
Airdate: September 19, 2005

Popped Culture attends the awesome Fleetcon Science Fiction, Fantasy and Gaming Convention at the Fleet Club Atlantic. This episode features interviews with sci-fi modellers, a Space Invaders high score champion, a Starfleet Commander, a Klingon and more. Music by BA Johnston, Kanye West and Hi Lo Trons.


Episode 011 - FleetCon Part 2
Airdate: September 26, 2005

More from the Fleetcon Science Fiction, Fantasy and Gaming Convention at the Fleet Club Atlantic. This episode features interviews with dudes that like Star Wars Miniatures, some folks playing Munchkin and an old school lady gamer. Music by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Boston Pop Orchestra and Guitar Wolf.


Episode 012 - Pop Montreal
Airdate: October 10, 2005

Road trip! We head to Quebec for the Pop Montreal International Music Festival. Thirteen hours of driving and we end up checking out a lot of Halifax bands. We also chat with Mr. Dibbs and Dave One from Chromeo about politics in hip hop, and we talk to Bernie Bankrupt from Lesbians on Extacy about indie technology and sweet, sweet Linux. Music by Camouflage Nights, Lesbians on Extacy and Chromeo.


Episode 013 - Sex & Romance
Airdate: October 17, 2005

Popped Culture breaks out the make out and explores romance and sex. Melissa talks to Fabio and Gene Simmons about their views on romance and courting. Philip Clarke talks about Stephan MacLeod gives Jessica a tour of Excitement Video. Music by The Maynards, A/V and KISS.


Episode 014 - Funding Drive!
Airdate: October 24, 2005

In order to raise money for CKDU's annual Funding Drive, we broke format for a mammoth 90 minute Best of Popped Culture episode featuring our favourite clips from the past season. Hosted live on-air for the first time in Popped Culture's history, we asked our listeners to pony up some cash. And they did!


Episode 015 - Halloween!
Airdate: October 31, 2005

A hellish episode celebrating the creepiest of holidays, Halloween! There are interviews with the caretaker of the largest cemetery in the city, the founder of Paranormal Phenomena Research & Investigation and an attempt to visit Halifax's Haunted House. Don't miss this spooky, ooky episode!


Episode 016 - Black Belt Canada
Airdate: November 7, 2005

Michael and Melissa attend the children's day of compeition Black Belt Canada Tae Kwon Do competition at Exhibition Park in Halifax. They talk to kids, parents and a Grand Master.


Episode 017 - Trains
Airdate: November 14, 2005

It's a field trip to a Model Train show at the Dartmouth Sportsplex! We find out about ever aspect of a train afficianado's life, from building model trains and lego trains, to collecting train memorabilia and looking at the history of the beloved choo-choo.


Episode 018 - DIY 2
Airdate: November 21, 2005

After being abandoned by Melissa and Jessica, Michael does it himself in this follow up to our DIY episode of earlier this year.


Episode 019 - Happy Holidays!
Airdate: December 11, 2005

To prepare for the holiday break, we talk to a one-time Mall Santa and find out what, exactly, Kwanzaa is.


Episode 020 - The Wonders of the Rubik's Cube
Airdate: January 16, 2006

This week we delve into the word of Erno Rubik and his awe-inspiring cube. Along with revealing the history of the Rubik's Cube, we cover the World Championships which took place this weekend, and talk to Tyson Mao, speedcubing champion and so authentic a geek that he's parlayed his brains into a stint on Season 2 of the WB's Beauty & The Geek.



Episode 001 - Blogging
Produced by Jessica Whyte.
Airdate: August 30, 2004

An episode on online diaries and weblogs, featuring an interview with Gerry from and Brent from Music by The Moog Cookbook.


Episode 002 - Jem and the Holograms
Produced by Melissa Buote.
Airdate: September 6, 2004

An episode focusing on the female-fronted rock and roll cartoon band Jem & The Holograms - stars of the 1985-86 cartoon series JEM! - featuring interviews with series creator Christy Marx and the singing voice of Jem, Britta Phillips. Music by Jem & the Holograms and The Misfits.


Episode 003 - Video Games Killed the Radio Star
Produced by Troy Richter.
Airdate: September 13, 2004

An episode exploring the life of a self-proclaimed Best Street Fighter Player In The World. Complete with colour commentary of all the pixelated punches and kicks. The interview is with Ryan and Erica Veltmeyer, and features the sounds of Street Fighter Alpha 3 on the Playstation 1.


Episode 004 - RuPaul
Produced by by Melissa Buote.
Airdate: September 20, 2004

An interview with RuPaul exploring his passions, joys, favourite music and makeup before his September 23 appearance in Halifax, featuring tracks from his latest release, RuPaul: Red Hot.


Episode 005 - J-Pop
Produced by by Simon Thibault.
Airdate: September 27, 2004

In the mid 90's, the western world was learning japanese. Sort Of. Out of a small prefecture inside tokyo, a style of music was emerging. Dubbed Shibuya-kei in Japan, and J-pop everywhere else, this highly kooky, kitschy and fun music was everywhere: from fashion shows to dance clubs to punk rock shows. The Japanese Invasion had begun.


Episode 006 - Serial Killer Groupies
Produced by by Melissa Buote.
Airdate: October 4, 2004

An episode on women who love men who kill - namely, those who have a thing for Richard Ramirez, "the Night Stalker." Featuring an interview with Philip Carlo, author of Night Stalker: the Life and Crimes of Richard Ramirez. Music by AC/DC.


Episode 007 - Star Trek vs God
Produced by by Jessica Whyte.
Airdate: October 11, 2004

The religions of Star Trek, or the absence thereof, explored by a closet Trekkie. A little help from Susan Schwartz PhD, co-author of Religions of Star Trek, and Raymond Nighan PhD, professor for Ethics and Religion in Star Trek. Music by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy.


Episode 008 - Jonathan Torrens
Produced by by Melissa Buote.
Airdate: October 18, 2004

Basically the face of CBC to the under-30 set, this one-time star of Street Cents (not to mention host of Canada's greatest daytime talk show, Jonovision, star of Trailer Park Boys, and the new face of the greatest line in Degrassi history ("You dumb jerk! You should be kicked in the head!") as the all growed up jumped-from-a-bridge-while-high-on-acid Shane on Degrassi: the Next Generation) makes it big in the US as Gerald on Joe Schmo 2 and with a new show on CMT! Music by Hip Club Groove.


Episode 009 - The Surveillance Camera Players
Produced by by Jessica Whyte.
Airdate: October 25, 2004

An Orwellian episode, featuring an interview with The New York Surveillance Camera Players. "Coming to a video monitor near you."


Episode 010 - Horror Movies
Produced by Troy Richter.
Airdate: November 1, 2004

Taken from an episode of the Oct 23rd episode of the Tom Savini Fair (Sat @ 10:30pm on CKDU), this episode is a discussion of horror movies, including Michael Kidd who hosted a horror movie marathon over the holiday weekend, with proceeds going towards Cancer research. The show was celebrating the Tom Savini Fair's namesake and it was Richter's first 100% Horror themed show.


Episode 011 - David Suzuki
Produced by by Jessica Whyte.
Airdate: November 15, 2004

An interview with Dr. Suzuki, who was celebrating 25 years as the host of The Nature of Things, and who was a candidate for The Greatest Canadian. And let's not forget the greatest television guide cover ever - where he was completely nude, save one little fig leaf. We love you, David Suzuki.


Episode 012 - Craig Kielburger & Free the Children
Produced by by Melissa Buote.
Airdate: November 22, 2004

A kickass interview with Craig Kielburger, who founded Free the Children over 10 years ago, as a 12 year old. Now he has a new book about self help through helping others. In this episode we examine how fame plays into activism and how kickass it is for a teenager to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Kickass music by Piggy.


Episode 013 - Exotica (Part 1)
Produced by by Simon Thibault.
Airdate: November 29, 2004

From tiki torches to Martin Denny records, the 1950's was the place to be for all things kooky and south of the border. Join us at the collective for a trip back into the wacky world of exotica! This is part one of a two part series.


Episode 014 - FUBAR, Terry & Deaner
Produced by by Jessica Whyte.
Airdate: December 6, 2004

Paul Spence and David Lawrence aka Terry & Deaner from the 2002 Canadian cult hit FUBAR. Popped Culture found them holed up in a Quebec cabin hard at work on their next film. They give'r with quizzes from Seventeen magazine and original poetry.


Episode 015 - Exotica (Part 2)
Produced by by Simon Thibault.
Airdate: December 13, 2004

From tiki torches to Martin Denny records, the 1950's was the place to be for all things kooky and south of the border. Join us at the collective for a trip back into the wacky world of exotica! This is part two of a two part series.


Episode 016 - Video Games: A Debate
Produced by by Jessica Whyte.
Airdate: December 20, 2004

Playstation. Dreamcast. Nintendo. What's the superior gaming system? Jessica Whyte hosts a roundtable discussion/debate with a gaggle of gamers to find out. Music by The Advantage.


Episode 017 - Fametracker
Produced by by Melissa Buote.
Airdate: January 31, 2005

It's snarky. It's hilarious. It's the Farmer's Alamanac of Celebrity Worth. This episode features an interview with site co-creator and editor, Wing Chun and another with Tara Thorne, Music Editor of The Coast and rampant Fametracker Forum poster. We delve into the world of ass-kissery, celebrity worship and how uncool it is to like Gwyneth Paltrow. Music by The Sweet Tenders.


Episode 018 - Be my Valentine
Produced by by Jessica Whyte & Dahlia Coleman
Airdate: February 14, 2005

Jessica talks to her friend Laura, a chick-flick rom-com afficianado about what movie to watch in every romantic situation that may present itself this Valentine's Day. Dahlia helps Cupid point his arrow at some unsuspecting folks and calls them to find out what they're V-Day plans are and who makes their hearts go pitter-pat. Music by Magnetic Fields.


Episode 19 - The Curse of the Band Photo
Produced by by Jessica Whyte
Airdate: February 21, 2005

Jessica investigates why band photos are so damn lame most of the time. And what the hell is up with the ubiquitous brick wall? She talks to a photographer and the editor or and tries to find out.



Popped Culture Theme Song -
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