Waiting To X-Hale

A Gen X-themed show with podcast veterans, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh and Karen Tongson (Pop Rocket), W2X revisits the pop culture & social issues that defined Generation X from a queer/woman of color perspective, shedding new light on both then, and now.

Karen Tongson & Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

Karen Tongson & Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

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Pop Rocket on Maximumfun.org

Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion of the culture we all love to love. Join host Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler for smart, funny, sometimes sweary chat about everything great in entertainment. Combining comic, journalistic, academic and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what's most exciting in pop culture this week.

Karen officially joined the Pop Rocket Podcast panel in January 2017, though you can also hear some of her guest episodes (over a dozen starting in 2015) at the link below:

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Poprocket at Crawfords!

Poprocket at Crawfords!

Karen speaking on  Yo, Is This Racist

Karen speaking on Yo, Is This Racist

Radio + Podcast Guest Appearances

KCRW’s Press Play with Madeleine Brand, in conversation with Karen Tongson
Madeleine Brand interviews KT about her book, Why Karen Carpenter Matters and explores how the singer defined American culture to a young, Filipina writer.
August 12, 2019

Who Cares About the Rock Hall? Carpenters with Karen Tongson
Writer and podcaster Karen Tongson joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the Carpenters and their Rock Hall merits. A lot of the great Carpenters stories and information from this episode are written about in further detail with insightful analysis in Karen's new book, 'Why Karen Carpenter Matters.'
July 26, 2019

LGBTQ&A with Karen Tongson
Jeffrey Masters of The Advocate interviews KT about her gender identity and Filipino-American experience, while discussing what it’s like to teach gender & sexuality in the contemporary moment.
July 9, 2019

Sentimental Garbage: Candice Bergen’s Knock Wood with Karen Tongson
KT joins host Caroline O’Donoghue to explore Candice Bergen’s autobiography, while discussing celebrity in general, and Karen’s own namesake, Karen Carpenter.
June 26, 2019

Pride on Screen: Lesbian Visibility (by Crooked Media)
Host Tre’vell Anderson, Trish Bendix and Karen Tongson discuss lesbian representation on screens big and small, from the 20th century to the present.
June 12, 2019

Homophilia with Karen Tongson
A conversation with hosts Dave Holmes & Matt McConkey on gender, sexuality, writing and “The Clooney Years.”
May 9, 2019

Slate’s Hit Parade, Live in Seattle: The Posthumous Hits Edition
Chris Molanphy hosts a stellar panel of music writers and scholars at the Museum of Pop Culture’s annual Pop Conference to discuss artists’ posthumous chart hits. KT discusses Sonic Youth’s cover of the Carpenters’ “Superstar.”
April 25, 2019

Heat Rocks: Karen Tongson on the Carpenters’ A Song For You (1972)
A conversation with hosts Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes on the Carpenters’ 1972 album.
April 25, 2019

LARB Radio Hour: A Tale of Two Karens (KPCC, NPR Affiliate)
A full-length interview about Why Karen Carpenter Matters for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
April 12, 2019

KCRW’s Good Food with Evan Kleiman (NPR Affiliate)
Story segment about a group Filipino food crawl in Eagle Rock, CA
March 1, 2019

KPCC (Southern California NPR Affiliate), Take Two
Story segment on Filipino food in Los Angeles
reported by Elina Shatkin, food editor, LAist
February 5, 2019

NPR (National Public Radio), All Things Considered
Story segment on “American Anthems: 'Like a Virgin'"
reported by Neda Ulaby
August 20, 2018

NPR (National Public Radio) + MaxFun.Org's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Karen Tongson interviews Tracee Ellis Ross
August 13, 2018

NPR (National Public Radio), Code Switch
Febuary 14, 2018

This Filipino American Life, “Pop Culture and Cultural Appropriation with Karen Tongson"
January 18, 2018

Smartmouth hosted by Katherine Spiers. Ep. 58: Filipino Food with Karen Tongson
December 19, 2017

Imagine Otherwise, Ep. 52: Karen Tongson and the Pleasures of Pop Culture
November 15, 2017

NPR (National Public Radio), All Things Considered
Story segment on “Yoko Ono Joins John Lennon With Credit Line For Writing 'Imagine'”
reported by Neda Ulaby
June 17, 2017

KPCC 89.3 (Los Angeles Affiliate of National Public Radio), Take Two morning show on “West Hollywood: an LGBT History”
June 5, 2017 

Yo, Is This Racist?, hosted by Andrew Ti, produced by Earwolf Media, “French Election to Boston Red Sox Racist Chants w/ Karen Tongson
May 10, 2017

The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat, “Greek to Me with Karen Tongson”
November 28, 2016

The Hound Tall Sessions, hosted by Moshe Kasher, produced by Nerdist, “The Gay Normal” w/ Karen Tongson
December 5, 2015