Ep. 13: Kurt Cobain and Lots of Rain, with Melynda Malley

I talk with Melynda "Lyndi City" Malley about growing up in the Pacific Northwest and her affinity for Stumptown Coffee. We discuss the Seattle-centric TV classic "Here Come the Brides," grunge rock, Macklemore's omnipresence, Twilight's heyday and whether or not Seattleites are always filled with ennui and wearing plaid (hint: yes).

Pop Culture Recommendations:

Melynda: "The Babysitters Club Club" and everything McElroy related, especially the podcast "Rosebuddies"
Becca: "Fargo" season 3 and the podcast "Buffering the Vampire Slayer"

Housekeeping:

Follow me: @BeccaPattonSays
Follow the show: @pop_cartography
Follow Melynda on Twitter: @melyndamalley, and Instagram: @lyndigram
Email me: popcartography@gmail.com
Theme song: "How it Goes" by Lauren Mann
Podcast artwork by Molly Hoy

Ep. 12: Ich Bin Ein Berliner, with Lena Heupel

My high school friend Lena Heupel tells me about moving from Germany to Papua New Guinea in primary school and how difficult it was to express herself in English. She explains what High German is, and she's also kind enough to translate the lyrics to "Du Hast" for me, but we had to google them first because lol we don't listen to Rammstein. We discuss Julia's and my über-fun visit to Berlin in 2010, during which we tried some great wine at a friend's wedding, were greeted by drunk strangers draped in German flags and saw some beer bikes, which I was in awe of. Lena, if I come back to visit, we are GOING on one of those.

Pop Culture Recommendations:

Lena: Clueso and AnnenMayKantereit
Becca: "Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi

Housekeeping:

Follow me: @BeccaPattonSays
Follow the show: @pop_cartography
Email me: popcartography@gmail.com
Theme song: "How it Goes" by Lauren Mann
Podcast artwork by Molly Hoy

Ep. 11: Pacha's Poncho Is Made of Alpaca, with Charlie Day

I talk with self-proclaimed Bad-Hombre-turned-Coastal-Elite Charlie Day about Peru, where he lived on-and-off growing up. Charlie and I went to school together in North Carolina, so we discuss the weirdness that was Parkwood High, plus living near the JAARS center. He tells me about “Emperor’s New Groove” and its historical accuracy (spoiler alert: other than Pacha's character, it's not) and the horrific flooding in Peru, along with Drake, potatoes, guinea pigs and the difference between llamas, alpacas and the other two breeds that I've already forgotten about so plz don't ask me! It's VERY confusing. We recommend listening to soothing pan flute music in the background while listening to this episode.

Pop culture recommendations:

Charlie: TV: "Better Call Saul," "Veep," "Silicon Valley" and "Samurai Jack." Movies: "Logan," "Get Out" and "Beauty and the Beast."  Music: "More Life" by Drake, "Process" by Sampha and "Chanel" by Frank Ocean. Books: "A Colony in a Nation" by Chris Hayes
Becca: "My Brother, My Brother, and Me" (literally AGAIN, but the TV show on Seeso this time!) and PWR BTTM

Housekeeping:

Follow Charlie: @ohyeah_mamaman
Donate to disaster relief here: http://disasterphilanthropy.org/ 
Follow me: @BeccaPattonSays
Follow the show: @pop_cartography
Email me: popcartography@gmail.com
Theme song: "How it Goes" by Lauren Mann
Podcast artwork by Molly Hoy

Ep. 10: Enter Mothman, with Katie Garden

One of my college roommates, Katie Garden, describes her childhood in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. She tells me about what her dad accomplished while he was mayor of Point Pleasant, "We Are Marshall," her local church where children roam freely down the aisles, and, of course, the Mothman. If you need to know three things about Katie, they are as follows: Katie loves people, her pomeranian and sales at Kroger.

Pop culture recommendations:

Katie: "Criminal Minds," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson
Becca: "My Brother, My Brother, and Me" (again) and "The Hike" by Drew Magary (I pronounced his name wrong in the ep.sorry, listeners!)

Housekeeping:

Follow me: @BeccaPattonSays
Follow the show: @pop_cartography
Email me: popcartography@gmail.com
Theme song: "How it Goes" by Lauren Mann
Podcast artwork by Molly Hoy

Ep. 9: Captain Canuck, with Luke Nicholson

Celine Dion, curling, perogies, whether or not Canadians actually say "eh," poutineall this and more on this week's episode on Canada. My high school classmate Luke tells me about living in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, which even Canadians assume is right outside Toronto. I chide him for not knowing about Grimes or "Orphan Black," and we catch up on where in the world our parents are these days.

Pop culture recommendations:

Luke: The Head and The Heart, Angus and Julia Stone, Birdy
Becca: "Stranger Things" and "The Get Down"

Housekeeping:

Follow me: @BeccaPattonSays
Follow the show: @pop_cartography
Email me: popcartography@gmail.com
Theme song: "How it Goes" by Lauren Mann
Podcast artwork by Molly Hoy

Ep. 8: Prime Floridian, with Kayla Monteiro

Mall-walking? Pitbull? Dance movies? Nick Cannon? Chaffing? This episode's got it all. My amazing guest Kayla Monteiro talks to me about growing up in FloRida, the land of SeaWorld (pre-"Blackfish"), plazas, Ariana Grande and Florida Georgia Line (but Kayla doesn't know her so plz stop asking).

We discuss several classic films noir, including "The Fighting Temptations," "Save the Last Dance," "Maid in Manhattan," "Nacho Libre," "Snow Dogs," "Drumline" and "Step Up: 2 the Streets." 

Kayla describes being a black woman in Florida and how she has changed since moving to New York. She also graciously goes through Beyoncé's entire discography, telling me her favourite song(s) from each album. And don't worry, in case you forget why I keep losing my train of thought, I say, "I've had so much rosé," at least 1,000,000 times.

This episode was unofficially brought to you by White Zinfandel and the loud insects that were outside the window while we were recording.

Pop culture recommendations:

Kayla: "The Read"
Becca: "Ghostbusters"

Housekeeping:

Follow Kayla: @kaylamonteiro
Follow me: @BeccaPattonSays
Follow the show: @pop_cartography
Theme song: "How it Goes" by Lauren Mann
Podcast artwork by Molly Hoy

Ep. 7: Sweet Oz, with Amy Keeble

I learn how to eat Vegemite properly and where rugby got its name with high school friend Amy Keeble. I try my hand at an awful Australian accent, and we quiz each other on Down Under vocabulary. Grab your Billabong board shorts and a chockie-bickie and settle in. You'll be DEVO if you miss out on this one. When in doubt, just remember: Hugh Jackman = GOOD.

Pop culture recommendations:

Amy: "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation"
Becca: "Dime Store Cowgirl" by Kacey Musgraves, "Veep" and "Silicon Valley"

Housekeeping:

Follow me: @BeccaPattonSays
Follow the show: @pop_cartography
Email me: popcartography@gmail.com
Theme song: "How it Goes" by Lauren Mann
Podcast artwork by Molly Hoy

Ep. 6: Seoul Far From Home, with Jason and Diana Chark

Fellow New Yorkers Jason Chang and Diana Park (or, the Charks) sit down with me in my sweltering Astoria apartment to discuss growing up Korean-American. They help shed light on my most burning questions, like: what's with PSY's music videos? Is he cool? Which K-Dramas are worth my time ("Signal") and which are best left alone ("Boys Over Flowers")? Why do Korean girls' skin look so good? And what is up with the demasculinization of Asian men? All this, plus why Diana loves natural disaster movies.

Ep. 5: ¡Viva Argentina! with Isaac Archer

College bud Isaac Archer and I talk about his growing up years in Argentina. Topics of discussion include our emotional weddings, Argentine boy bands (there is only one, according to Google), the FIFA scandal, Rammstein (DU HAST! DU HAST!), mate vs. matcha tea, Archer's sweet new tat and more. Also, listen in to hear his cat, Crumb, wreak some cute havoc in the background.

Ep. 4: Hong Kong Calling, with Joyce Chu

Joyce Chu talks with me about growing up in Hong Kong, then moving to the U.S. as an exchange student. We discuss tea restaurants, Hong Kong-style macaroni breakfasts, karaoke, C-Pop, Korean beauty products and the difference between Mandarin and Cantonese. Joyce also tells me about watching "She's the Man" and "Mean Girls" to learn English, her Chinese name and how she started liking avocados. Also, you know that feeling where you walk into someone's messy dorm, and you're like, "Oh no"? Joyce can relate because that was my room freshman year. But don't worry — she powered through and found a place to sit. And the rest, as they say, is HERstory.

Ep. 3: Uruguayan to Love This, with Natalie Hamilton

My college friend Natalie Hamilton (a.k.a., Natalie Portman) and I talk about her childhood in South America and her summers in the States, where she thought life was a constant pool party. Learn how to pronounce Uber in Spanish, and find out whether or not Uruguay is in Africa (or is it Russia?). We also discuss our weird musical tastes as children, including that time in college when Natalie discovered Christina Aguilera sang in English. Also, spoiler alert: Natalie is weirdly good at remembering all of Brangelina's children and also their birth countries??
 

Ep. 2: Where the Skies Are So Blue, with Luke Patton

Well, bless your heart for listening to "Pop Cartography."

I talk with my husband Luke, a native Alabamian, about his beloved home state. We discuss college football, the Gaither Brothers, spaceships, BBQ, Luke's love for Batman and his latest hobby, bread. All that, plus our pop culture recommendations. It's fun as all get out!

Follow Luke @friendofpixels
Website: friendofpixels.com

Ep. 1: The Land of IKEA and ABBA, with Elin Engkvist-Wyller

In which my best friend and I wax eloquent about our childhoods in Papua New Guinea, the concept of fika and what Swedes think of Americans. If you've ever wanted to hear someone pronounce Swedish words badly (me), you've come to the right place. If you've ever wanted to hear a bona fide Swede pronounce Swedish words well (Elin), you've also come to the right place. Speak friend and enter. Or, as Google Translate tells me, tala vän och ange. Go grab yourself some kanelbulle and kaffe and settle in.