Karen Tongson is a Filipino-American cultural critic, writer and queer studies scholar. She is a co-hosts of the weekly podcast Pop Rocket.
Karen and Katherine devolve into lumpia madness, and talk about drinking in Korea, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and claiming Cherokee heritage. And we propose a new show: Battle of the Podcast Stars. Please subscribe to (and rate & review) this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/smart-mouth/id1171755407?mt www.facebook.com/smartmouthpodcast/ www.instagram.com/smartmouthpodcast/
What can popular music teach us about migration and cultural change? How can pleasure and joy help us redefine what it means to be a “serious” intellectual?  What might be stimulating or even transformative about the sprawl of Southern California? In episode 52 of the Imagine Otherwise Podcast, host Cathy Hannabach interviews podcaster and professor Karen Tongson about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic flows between Manila and Los Angeles, how the Spice Girls can help us understand Adorno and Horkheimer, and the queer and transnational inspiration that Karen draws from her namesake, Karen Carpenter. Transcript and show notes: https://ideasonfire.net/52-karen-tongson
Pop culture scholar, USC professor, writer, and podcaster Karen Tongson (Pop Rocket) joins Andrew to discuss the French election, Boston Red Sox fans racist abuse on Adam Jones, tempers flaring over removal of confederate statues in New Orleans, and much more. As always, leave us a message about anything you think is racist at (323) 389-RACE.
Since we didn’t even go to a school with a Greek system, we recruited USC Gender Studies professor and pop culture expert Karen Tongson to join us on the show to discuss the Beverly Hills, 90210 episode where Andrea meets an anti-Semitic sorority president! Karen’s cultural study of Los Angeles’ sprawl, Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries, is available on Amazon. She can also be heard as a guest host of the Pop Rocket podcast, and has contributed to the latest issue of the food magazine Lucky Peach. What we were drinking: Coke Zero What we were eating: pastries from Porto’s Cuban bakery
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Aug 23rd, 1973
Los Angeles, CA, USA
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3 hours, 44 minutes
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