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Karen joined the Pop Rocket Podcast panel in January 2017, after having appeared as a guest on over a dozen episodes since 2015. Pop Rocket is a high-octane weekly discussion about the TV, music, film, and the arts and entertainment we all love to love. Combining comic, journalistic, academic and digital media expertise, along with racially and sexually diverse perspectives, the Pop Rocket team--Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler, and Karen Tongson--keeps you up-to-date on the most exciting developments in pop culture every week.

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Karen speaking on  Yo, Is This Racist

Karen speaking on Yo, Is This Racist


Radio + Podcast Guest Appearances

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