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Strange Women. Pop culturally speaking, they truly are the spice of life. But what qualifies a performer or character as strange? And what is it about these women that provoke such strong responses in us? Joining us to discuss all this and more are two experts in the field. Twin sisters Tonya Hurley and Tracy Hurley Martin are the hosts of the Stories of Strange Women Podcast, where they’ve interviewed everyone from Elvira to Kate Pierson of the B-52s to Lydia Lunch to Parker Posey....
  Murray Hill is a New York City nightclub pioneer who emerged out of the underground drag scene of the 1990s. A comedian and variety show host in the shticky tradition of ’60s borscht belt and Vegas comics of yore like Don Rickles and Dean Martin, he is a performer New York Magazine named “One of the 50 Most Iconic Gender Benders of All Time,” PAPER declared “One of the Top 10 ‘It’ Boys in NYC Nightlife History,” and BUST celebrated as one of our special...
  Sam Jay has been doing stand-up for the last seven years, but 2018 is the year her career absolutely exploded. She got a job writing for Saturday Night Live, she released a half-hour special on Comedy Central, she was on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup, and she just put out a standup album called Donna’s Daughter! She recently took a break from the writer’s room of the Emmy Awards to stop by the Poptarts podcast and Callie and Emily were psyched to pick her brain about life on...
  Winona Ryder is a peerless pop cultural icon. Here in NYC, the Quad cinema will be showing 16 Winona films this month as part of their “Utterly Winona” retrospective. And The Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn is having an all-day Winona movie marathon on August 25. Both special events coincide with her new film Destination Wedding opposite Keanu Reeves opening at the end of this month. But her upswing in popularity seems to go much deeper than that. Here to discuss with us why Winona’s appeal...
Sisters Tish and Snooky Bellomo opened their Manic Panic boutique in 1977, at 33 St. Marks Place, in New York City’s East Village. Credited as the first punk rock store in America, Manic Panic sold cool vintage fashions, rock star gear Tish made herself, and wildly colored hair dye and cosmetics that the sisters started manufacturing and have been distributing all over the world for the last 41 years. Because of Manic Panic products, weirdos like Callie and Emily and millions of others are able...
  Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel are the co-founders and co-publishers of our beloved BUST Magazine, where they have been the Poptarts hosts’ bosses for a million years. In this episode of the podcast, we are celebrating the magazine’s 25th Anniversary by asking our boss ladies everything we ever wanted to know about BUST but were afraid to ask. var player = new MediaElementPlayer('#player-36');  About: BUST's Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each...
 Amber Tamblyn is famous for her roles in General Hospital, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Joan of Arcadia. But at BUST, we know her as our beloved poetry editor and as a true pal who helps us out whenever we need some star power to further our feminist agenda. In this episode of BUST's Poptarts podcast, we discuss her debut novel, Any Man, a book about a female serial rapist, told from the perspectives of her male victims. And she also gives us the...
  From Michelle Wolf to Samantha Bee, female comedians have been grabbing headlines lately for their pointed commentary on our current administration. But do they ever go too far? And what about the one notable exception—Roseanne Barr? To help us sort out our complicated feelings on this episode of the Poptarts podcast is veteran standup and Daily Show co-founder Lizz Winstead, whose personal experiences and insider intel should not be missed! var player = new MediaElementPlayer('#player-34'); About: BUST's Poptartsis a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The...
Girl gangs are endlessly entertaining. So when Poptarts co-host Callie Watts suggested we do a show about our favorite girl gangs in pop culture, obviously the answer was yes. But very quickly, as Callie and Emily started to discuss their picks, it became abundantly clear that they had very different interpretations of what constitutes a girl gang. So instead, this episode is going to be a celebration of girl gangs (Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!), girl crews (Hidden Figures), and girl squads (Sex and the City)....
Karrueche Tran's path to stardom has been a wild ride. The model and actress first gained notoriety when her 2015 breakup with R&B singer Chris Brown dominated the tabloid press. But in the years since, she's silenced detractors and gained a fanbase all her own through her stellar work on Claws and on the new film The Honor List (now available on DVD, Digital, and On Demand). In this candid chat with Emily and Callie on BUST's Poptarts podcast, Tran opens up about finding her...