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Popmatic Podcast January 21, 2015: Dr. King! Dr. King!

By , January 21, 2015

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning MarableIn celebration of MLK Day and release of Selma, we tell you about favorite books, movies, and music about the Civil Rights era. Bryan sings. For real.


The Civil Rights Collection

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

Shock Corridor

X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont, Brent Anderson, and Steve Oliff

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird film

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and Kill a Mockingbird

The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee by Marja Mills

Long Division by Kiese Laymon

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Soundtrack for a Revolution

Soundtrack for a Revolution soundtrack


Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett

The Making of a President: 1964 by Theodore H. White

Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear

The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

Fixer Upper

Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule

Great Train Robbery

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Popmatic Podcast January 14, 2015: HACKERS

By , January 14, 2015

We are AnonymousCyber warfare is now mainstream news, but some of the Popmatic crew had a very bibliophile interpretation of word “hack.” In short, they hacked the hackers episode.


the works of William Gibson

Cracking the Agrippa Code

Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of Lulzsec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency by Parmy Olson

Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties edited by Brittany E. Daley

Coding Freedom: the Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking by Gabriella E. Coleman

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella E. Coleman


War for Late Night: When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy by Bill Carter

Secret of Crickley Hall

’48 by James Herbert

The Classic Album Collection by Electric Light Orchestra

The Rosie Effect by Graeme C. Simsion

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang


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Popmatic Podcast January 7th, 2015: It’s a Whole New Year

By , January 7, 2015

Mad_Men_Season_7The fight about Maleficent gets resolved only to be replaced with a fight about Mad Men. It’s a whole new year for Popmatic. We tell you what books, movies, and music you should keep an eye out for in 2015.


Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine

Joe Steele by Harry Turtledove

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan

West Virginia’s Weirdest Country Star Almost Ruined Scott McClanahan’s Life

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

No Cities to Love by Sleater-Kinney CD | Hoopla

Mad Men finale

Spectre the new James Bond movie

Crimson Peak new Guillermo Del Toro thriller


Into the Woods

new Twin Peaks episodes

Bill the Galactic Hero film


West World – part of Movies @ Main

Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington

Eight Books to Read Before They Become Movies in 2015

Can’t Wait Sci-Fi/Fantasy of 2015

Dick Cavett’s Watergate

Epic Rap Battles of History

Will any author that Bryan likes write a book in 2015?


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Paul Lazarus – Legends of Film

By , December 27, 2014

WestworldDuring this episode of Legends of Film we talk to producer Paul Lazarus. Mr. Lazarus’ producing credits include Capricorn One, Barbarosa, and the upcoming Movies @ Mainfeature, Westworld. Mr. Lazarus discusses the making of Westworld, his experience collaborating with Michael Crichton, and what’s involved in producing a motion picture. See Westworld on Saturday January 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Nashville Public Library, downtown.

Jodi Picoult – Leaving Time

By , December 20, 2014

Jodi Picoult discusses her book Leaving Time. This author talk was recorded October 21, 2014. Picoult appeared as part of the continuing Salon@615 author series.

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Popmatic Podcast December 17th, 2014: Best Movies of the Year

By , December 17, 2014

Your holds queue just gained a few holiday pounds. These are best movies of the year. Could Bryan’s favorite movie of the year be Amanda’s least favorite of the year? You’ll have to listen to find out. Tell us your favorites in the comments.


The Lego Movie1) The Lego Movie
2) Veronica Mars
3) Frozen

Chef1) Chef
2) A Most Wanted Man
3) Nightcrawler

Maleficent1) Maleficent
2) The Congress
3) Jodorowsky’s Dune

We are the Best1) We Are the Best
2) Snowpiercer
3) Obvious Child

Grand Budapest Hotel1) The Grand Budapest Hotel
2) Under the Skin
3) Blue Ruin


Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks by Dick Cavett

Text Me Merry Christmas” by Kristen Bell & Straight No Chaser

Holiday Wishes by Idina Menzel

Amanda’s holiday concert

Letterboxd – like GoodReads but for movies

Cutie and the Boxer

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three original 1974 version




Cat People

Captain American: Winter Soldier

Guardians of the Galaxy

A Field in England


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Popmatic Podcast December 10th, 2014: Best Music of the Year

By , December 10, 2014

Future Islands SinglesThese are the tunes that rocked our world in 2014. No joke – there are pirate songs on this list! Arrrr! Luckily, special guest Sarah shows up to save us from Bryan’s terrible picks. Tune in, turn on, check out – its the best music of the year.


Amanda’s picks
1) G I R L by Pharrell Williams CD | Freegal
2) Mandatory Fun by Weird Al Yankovic
3) Pulses by Karmin

Bryan’s picks
1) Gay Dog Food by Mykki Blanco
2) Shaken-Up Versions by The Knife
3) Cliff Martinez’ film scores CD/DVD | Freegal | Hoopla

Crystal’s picks
1) Singles by Future Islands
2) Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson CD | Freegal
3) Interstellar by Frankie Rose Freegal | Hoopla

Mike’s picks
1) “Rock Steady” by The Bloody Beetroots
2) 1916 by Motörhead CD | Freegal | Hoopla
3) “Veil of Tears” by Beats Antique Freegal | Hoopla

Sarah’s picks
1) Diamonds by Johnnyswim
2) After the Disco by Broken Bells CD | Freegal
3) Language & Perspective by Bad Suns


Amanda’s Holiday Concert at Main Library

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

Badmen, Heroes, and Pirate Songs and Ballads by Dick Wilder

Horrible Bosses 2

Voices by Phantogram

Evil Friends by Portugal. The Man

Mikky Ekko


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Martina McBride – Around the Table

By , December 6, 2014

Martina McBride discusses her cookbook Around the Table. This author talk was recorded October 13, 2014. McBride appeared as part of the continuing Salon@615 author series.

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Popmatic Podcast December 3rd, 2014: Best Books of the Year

By , December 3, 2014

Wolf in White VanThis is it – the best books of the year. Does Amanda have the audacity to choose two books by the same author? Will Jeremy read anything other than comics? Will Bill read a book where someone somewhere doesn’t get murdered? Keep an eye out our best of year music and movie episodes coming soon!


Amanda’s picks
1) Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
2) Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
3) Instant Mom by Nia Vardalos

Bill’s picks
1) Shatter by Michael Robotham
2) The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks & Canaan White
3) The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber

Bryan’s picks
1) Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
2) Scott McClanahan‘s approach to literature
3) A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

Jeremy’s picks
1) Console Wars by Blake J. Harris
2) Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
3) Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince

Mike’s picks
1) The Martian by Andy Weir
2) The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi
3) East of West Volume 2: We Are All One by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta


Brooklyn Nine-Nine

The Rover


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Carl Hiaasen – Skink: No Surrender

By , November 29, 2014

Carl Hiaasen discusses his Young Adult book Skink: No Surrender. This author talk was recorded October 6, 2014. Hiaasen appeared as part of the continuing Salon@615 author series.

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