Conspiracy Theories 1101: Larry Stylinson & The Teen Choice Awards

The past few days have been an absolute whirlwind for your esteemed professors. Not only did they get credited by the likes of Breatheheavy, US Weekly and Bustle, but they also got discredited by ET. Just remember, students, the public scoffed at Galileo once.

In today’s lecture, the professors guide you through their experience at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards. While no one showed up, the professors (who are also spies) used their unique skill set to wander backstage and onto the red carpet. They report back on their findings.

Next, they examine the most important conspiracy theory of this decade thus far: the existence of Larry Stylinson.

Please find your reading list here.

Britmergency: JUSTNEY, PART TWO

We’re breaking some news from Timbaland himself regarding our favorite former pop couple – Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. This episode is presented in unofficial partnership with Unsolved Mysteries. #justney

Pop Emergency: Parks and Wrecks/ Halsey’s Weird Edition

Dear students: due to the profound and disturbing dissolution of Anna Faris’s and Chris Pratt’s marriage, we invite you to attend our office hours. We’d like to help you work through this confusing time.

We also draw your attention to an important issue: Halsey’s secret Harry Styles ~stan~ past. If you think we’re extra, just you wait.

Comparative Socialite Studies: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bro Posses, and the Conquest of P*ssy

In this week’s lecture, the professors examine an under-studied phenomenon: the rise of the male socialite. We unpack the events surrounding the Pussy Posse and its most notable member: Leonardo DiCaprio. Please note that headphones and a vape pen are required for this episode, as is a general disregard for women.

Comparative Socialite Studies: La Lohan and The Genius of Madness

Students, take your seats! This lecture’s going to be a doozy, as the time has come for us to study the one socialite to rule them all: Lindsay effing Lohan. La Lohan proved to be funner, crazier, and red hair-ier than the rest, giving her a special place in 2000s history and beyond. From Olympic-medalling sexual escapades to political aspirations, and a complex code-based language employed in her social media posts, Lindsay definitely knows more than you think.

We also discuss pressing matters such as James Franco’s pretension, 2005’s VMAs, and why Kanye West should deliver his State of the Union using the staging set-up from the Life of Pablo tour.

Find your reading list here: Lindsay Lohan Bibliography

Discussion Section: The Destruction of Brotherhood and the Resurrection of the Posse

In this week’s inaugural discussion section, we examine current events. These include the Drake Bell & Josh Peck feud, hygiene (featuring Bella Thorne and Scott Disick), Insta-stardom with an unwilling Hailey Baldwin, the Pussy Posse, and exclusive stories about Amanda Bynes and Miles Teller.

We also discuss why girls should shave their faces, and that guy who can’t spell in text messages.

Sabbatical Check-In: A Pop University Minisode

Your professors are busy traveling through Europe, but pop culture stops for no one! We break down several major events from the past few weeks while preparing you for our next lecture in Socialite Studies.

May 15 – May 21: A Pop Emergency Mega-Cast

On this week’s episode of Pop University, special guest Carlie Craig joins your professors to school you on a week gone wild. From competing song releases to bizarre TV shows and reignited celebrity feuds, we break down the weirdest week in a while.

We also examine why honeydew is lame, whether or not we are mean, and how to become lyrical geniuses like Liam Payne.


EDIT: This podcast was recorded before the tragedy in Manchester. Our hearts are with all concert goers, staff, performers, and their families.

Comparative Socialite Studies: Paris Hilton and the Dawn of a New Era

Welcome to your new course: Comparative Socialite Studies (Pop Culture – 2101). In today’s lecture, we cover Ms. Paris Hilton, the original celebutante! We examine her meteoric rise to fame, her alarming malice, and the genius that created an empire.

We also explore why Katy Perry is a Debbie, how insane it would be to bone the lead singer of Sum 41, and why we’re better than Brittany Furlan.

You’re reading list for this week is below, students!

Reading List: Paris Hilton, Comparative Socialite Studies

Ball, Gala, or Conspiracy? The Met Gala in the Wintour Years

Fashion: lay it on us. On this week’s episode of Pop University, we school you on the Anna Wintour era of the Met Gala. We remember the triumphs and tragedies of fashionistas past, and relish in the inane drama of the present. Several guest lecturers grace this episode, including Hiddlestoner Kelly, comedienne Carlie Craig, and a fashion expert who is not Rachel Zoe.

We also discuss Demi Lovato in LA dive bars, the ethics of being Elon Musk, and why everyone should follow Kenny G on Instagram.

This presentation will guide you through our magical haute journey.

MTV Spring Break: Humanity’s Greatest Achievement

Once upon a time on a beer-soaked beach, MTV’s cameras caught college students’ rowdiest moments, and paired them with iconically-weird pop performances. It was a golden age of cable, when you might catch a bare tit – either a 20-something girl’s, or Fat Joe’s – on daytime TV.

On this week’s episode of Pop University, we reminisce about the greatest parties we never went to. We also discuss a Lorde + Tom Hiddleston conspiracy theory, the spawn of Speidi, and JC’s seminal (pun intended) single, All Day Long I Dream About Sex.

POP EMERGENCY: Justney Lives?! Timbaland Trolls?!

Blooooop! Blooooop! Beeeeeeeeeeeep. The National Popstar Service is issuing a POP EMERGENCY on April 8, 2017 at 11:09pm. Trolling Timbalands have been spotted liking all things #justney, and Justin Timberlake is acting weird with his mom, Pharrell, and Danja. Could this be the Justin Timberlake/ Britney Spears collab our past selves have been pining for?

The JB Files: We Want to Belieb

When a Justin Bieber/ Justin Timberlake dance night invitation came across these professors desks, they had no choice but to commence their research. In today’s episode, we dedicate our gifted minds to unpacking everything Bieber. We also remind you about O-Town, Lindsay Lohan’s thirst, and why we prefer trolls to monkeys.

FEUDS! FEUDS! FEUDS!

In honor of Troll Murphy’s new show, FEUD, we have and old school lecture and new school discussion section detailing two blondes with extreme ambition: Courtney Love and Taylor Swift. We also delve in rope bondage, Vanessa Carlton, Julianne Hough, and the funky, funky beats of The Weeknd’s songs about cars and cocaine.

Rogue Britney: A Popstar Story

An extended study of Britney Spears: 2004-2007

After an appalling Lifetime Movie, professors Lazer and Rowston set the record straight. We cover less-studied biographical elements of Ms. Spears, such as her lost album, her lost musical, and her forgotten blogs. We also get into weird things that happened this week, and a glorious blind item.