Episode 156: 2018 Year In Pop Culture

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2018 is over (and good riddance). But before we say goodbye, DC Jim joins Jeff in the studio to talk about their pop culture highlights from 2018. Despite not being a great year on a lot of fronts (looking at you terribly functioning Federal government) 2018 did provide us some great music, books, concerts and podcasts.

Below is our list that we talk about on the show in case you want to reference. Enjoy the show and welcome to 2019!


  • Janelle Monae: Dirty Computer
  • Santigold: Run the Races
  • Kid Cudi: Kids See Ghosts
  • Big Freedia: 3rd Ward Bounce
  • Nicki Minaj: Queen


  • Big Freedia & Lizzo: Karaoke
  • Janelle Monae: Pynk or Crazy Classic Life
  • Childish Gambino: This is America
  • St. VIncent: Fast Slow Disco
  • Brockhampton: 1997 Diana or 1998 Truman
  • Dispatch: Letter to Lady J


  • Big Freedia @ Ogden
  • Ms. Lauryn Hill @ Red Rocks
  • Jungle @ Black Sheep
  • Bad Bad Hats @ Hi-Dive
  • Neal Brennan @ Oriental Theater
  • Janelle Monae @ The Paramount
  • David Byrne @ Red Rocks
  • Woodshed Red @ Porchfest


  • James Baldwin: Notes of a Native Son or Giovannis Room
  • Patti Smith: Just Kids (re-issue with more photos, poems, art)
  • Leila Slimani: The Perfect Nanny
  • Alex Hutchinson: Endure
  • Michael Lewis: The Fifth Risk

Longform Articles


  • KEEP IT!!!!
  • The Wilderness
  • SwampED
    • Episode 21: Celebrating First Gen Students Enrolling in College
    • Episode 23: Why We Still Need HBCUs
    • Episode 201: A Conversation with Arne Duncan
  • Aspen Ideas To Go
    • Episode 191: Philanthropy & Democracy
  • The Ezra Klein Show
    • Episode: Whitney Phillips explains how Trump controls the Media (11.15.2018)
    • Episode: What economists and politicians get wrong about trade (7.19.2018)
  • The Weeds
    • Episode: The Great White Panic (01.01.2018)
    • Episode: A Weeds Farewell to Paul Ryan (12.11.2018)
  • The Watch
  • Freakonomics
    • Episode 356: America’s Hidden Duopoly (10.31.2018)
    • Episode 359: Should America Be Run by Trader Joe’s? (11.28.2018)
    • In Praise of Maintenance (10.19.2016)


  • Black Panther
  • Black Klansman
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Hotel Artemis
  • Mission Impossible Fallout
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

TV Show

  • Insecure Season 3!!!!
  • British Bake-off
  • Great News
  • Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Banshee – all seasons
  • Little Drummer Girl on AMC
  • Altered Carbon on Netflix
  • Killing Eve BBC America
  • Cormoron Strike (Cinemax)

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