KQED Pop

KQED Pop is a daily blog edited by Emmanuel Hapsis that critically examines the social and cultural impact of music, movies, television, advertisements, fashion, the internet and all the other collective experiences that make us laugh, cringe and cry. We focus on local, national and international experiences with a Bay Area lens. We don’t do reviews.

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Greetings From Alcatraz Ave: Meet Reverend Betty Jean Gray

Greetings From Alcatraz Ave: Meet Reverend Betty Jean Gray

| June 23, 2014 | 2 Comments

Alcatraz Ave. was once called a “corridor of violence” and now is home to a cupcake shop, yoga studios, and a farmers’ market. We caught up with neighbors from 10 blocks to talk about their lives, the recent change and how we might endeavor to “do it better.”

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Hidden Cash: Treasure Hunting in the Digital World

Hidden Cash: Treasure Hunting in the Digital World

| June 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

You don’t need a Twitter account to know about @HiddenCash, the real estate investor who’s been leaving wads of cash around San Francisco. I was lucky enough to get in on the act early.

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Obvious Child: Why America Is Finally Ready for the First Pro-Choice Rom Com

Obvious Child: Why America Is Finally Ready for the First Pro-Choice Rom Com

| June 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

What has happened in the pop culture landscape over the last decade to make the once taboo abortion rom com plot possible?

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Short Stories for Short Shorts Weather: An Anti-Summer Reading List

Short Stories for Short Shorts Weather: An Anti-Summer Reading List

| June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A summer reading list for all of us with short attention spans!

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KQED Seeking Pop Culture Writers!

KQED Seeking Pop Culture Writers!

| June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Are you America’s Next Top Pop Culture Writer?

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What’s the Point of Album Intro Songs?

What’s the Point of Album Intro Songs?

| May 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

Why do so many albums have a frustrating tease at the beginning? This is not a seventh grade history paper!

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A Local’s Guide to the Perfect Day in San Francisco

A Local’s Guide to the Perfect Day in San Francisco

| May 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Imagine it’s your last day in San Francisco. How would you spend it?

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What Effect Does Princess Culture Have On Young Boys?

What Effect Does Princess Culture Have On Young Boys?

| May 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

If all of these average men in movies can land a rich, powerful, beautiful woman with little to no effort, young boys can expect the same, right?

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24 is Back, But Are We Grasping for Something We’ll Never Get Again?

24 is Back, But Are We Grasping for Something We’ll Never Get Again?

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

How nostalgia and a demand for TV show comebacks and film sequels are damaging the original image of our favorite stories and characters.

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Felicity’s Ben or Noel Conundrum: How The Side You Took Predicted Your Entire Love Life

Felicity’s Ben or Noel Conundrum: How The Side You Took Predicted Your Entire Love Life

| April 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

You can like both characters — think they’re both cute, admire their overlapping taste in flannels — but no one likes them both equally. And the one you choose says everything about you.

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