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Have You Heard About...

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Welcome to 'Have You Heard About...,' a pop culture podcast with a social conscious. We dismantle what you think you know about pop culture, telling stories and going deep on what these stories mean to our cultural collective. This is the podcast for true students-of-pop-culture, as culture enthusiast and host Mahsa does a deep dive into the stuff you want to hear more about, chatting with contributing guest hosts in provocative and candid conversations that will change the way you think about pop culture. We love engaging with listeners, so be sure to follow us on instagram @haveyouheardpodcast, and let us know what you think of the latest show. If you're enjoying it, please share and rate/review.

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12/15/21 • 80 min

The podcast episode we've been wanting to do forever; the definitive guide to Caroline Calloway's rise to fame, subsequent fallout, and iconic place in pop culture as an OG social media scammer is here!
Guest-host Maggie Patterson, fellow podcaster and expert in online scams in business, joins the discussion. We cover so much ground, starting from the beginning; how Caroline's ivy-league fueled childhood led her to Cambridge, where her idyllic 'American abroad at a storied Ivy League Institution' aesthetic combined with long form narrative captions on Instagram gained her followers, fame, and a lucrative book deal.
Like many things we see on social media, all was not as it appears. After losing her book deal, she launches creativity workshops that promise social media branding tutorials, flower crowns, and artisanal salad. If you didn't know who she was yet, this is the point she pinged your cultural radar as journalist Kayleigh Donaldson outs her event as being a total scam in a Twitter thread and subsequent viral article.
We deep dive what the optics of her life looked like to her 800k followers, versus reality, as explored in The Cut's damaging article titled 'I Was Caroline Calloway,' written by former best friend (and as it turns out, writer of much of Caroline's words), Natalie Beach.
While Caroline's story could serve as a cautionary tale to influencers everywhere, we find ourselves wondering...is anyone on social media truly authentic? Whether they are aspirational influencers or relatable best-friend type influencers, they're all trying to sell you something. Caroline's story isn't unique, but leaning into her insta-scam persona and making the grift part of her narrative, is what makes her compelling. We debate whether she's the writer she claims to be, or a cunning performance artist.
Obsessions include Mindy Kaling's brilliant new show 'The Sex Lives of College Girls,' and Sex and the City reboot 'And Just Like That.' Will you ever look at a Peloton the same way?
So much to unpack in this show, buckle up!
We love engaging with listeners, so follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast. If you like the podcast, be sure to subscribe and leave 5 stars, it goes a long way for independent podcasts like this one.
If you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.
Helpful links we reference during the show / pop culture homework:
I was Caroline Calloway (Natalie Beach, The Cut)
The Case of Caroline Calloway and her Creativity Workshop Tour (Kayleigh Donaldson, Pajiba)
Caroline Calloway, her "one-woman Fyre Fest," and her ex-best friend Natalie, explained (Constance Grady, Vox)
"I Love Fame": How Caroline Calloway Survived Being Cancelled (Elle Hunt, The Guardian)
Caroline Calloway Isn't a Scammer (Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic)
Caroline Calloway Website
Listen to Maggie's Podcasts:
The BS-Free Service Business
Duped: The Dark Side of Online Business

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The minisode series tackles some of the stories/movies/books/tv shows I'm currently following in a snazzy roundup way-- you brush up on current pop culture all in about 20 minutes (hooray!)
This week, I explore Chrissy Teigen's complicated relationship with Twitter. Why did she leave the social media app of which she's dubbed the informal 'Mayor of Twitter,' why is she back, and what does the Twitterverse think? I break it down.
Colton Underwood comes out as gay on Good Morning America and reveals he has a reality show in the works with Netflix. The interview with Robin Roberts conveniently brushes past his harassment of ex Cassie Randolph as he tries to control the narrative. I found both news of the reality show and interview disappointing, and wonder when the Bachelor franchise will get it together.
Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 at his home in Windsor Castle last week. His funeral was overshadowed by the palace PR machine and the dynamics between Harry/Meghan and Kate/William. But the real story right now is Queen Elizabeth losing her rock and the person who has been by her side from the beginning. There's a lot of work to do cleaning up the Royal Family's image prior to Charles taking the reigns, but right now their sole focus seems to be positioning Kate as the glue that holds them all together.
Lastly, the celebrity friendship we didn't know we needed--eternal cool girls Natasha Lyonne & Chloe Sevigny. Maybe I'm friendship starved in a COVID world but this read was my favorite profile of the week.
Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast. Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!
If you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.
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Chrissy Teigen is Back On Twitter (Paper Magazine)
A Former Bachelor Star Came Out as Gay. The Announcement Was as Messy as his Season (Emily Stewart, Vox)
Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99 (Marilyn Berger, New York Times)
Best Friends (Laia Garcia-Furtado, The New York Times)

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Were you silent, or were you silenced? We dissect the television event of the year: Oprah sits down with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, to chat about their lives post leaving their positions as senior royals in the British Royal Family. As Oprah said, 'nothing is off limits,' and it wasn't--they all delivered.
From the how and why they left the Royal Family, the racially charged press implications, navigating tricky family dynamics, Princess Diana's last gift, and the aftermath-- Mahsa and guest co-host Amy break it all down.
Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast. Agree, disagree, or agree to disagree--we want to hear from you. Be sure to subscribe and write a review.
If you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.
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Oprah Interview (CBS and CBS This Morning)
A Royal Instagram Mystery (Caity Weaver, The New York Times)

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The new minisode series will tackle some of the stories/movies/books/tv shows I'm currently following in a snazzy roundup way-- you brush up on current pop culture all in about 20 minutes (hooray!)
This week I breakdown that very problematic Rachel Hollis post (she's always been problematic this is yet just another example), parallels with Sharon Osbourne exiting The Talk, the mystery that is Chet Hanks, and a new Q Anon documentary I'm been watching (with many breaks because it's not for the faint of heart); Q: Into the Storm.
Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast. Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!
If you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.
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Here's What You Need to Know About the Latest Rachel Hollis Backlash (Cassandra Stone, Motherly)Support Luvvie and buy her books 'Professional Troublemaker: The Fear Fighter Manual' and 'I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual'
Sharon Osbourne Exits 'The Talk' After Allegations of Misconduct and Racist Remarks (Deadline, Dominic Patten)
The Squandered Promise of Chet Hanks White Boy Summer (Naomi Fry, The New Yorker)
Q: Into The Storm - Watch on HBO or Crave

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03/30/21 • 54 min

We chat with our favorite TikTok comedian Mary-Alice Farina, whose spot-on impression of Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep doing a riff on Anna Wintour in 'The Devil Wears Prada,)' went viral in the summer of 2020.
We talk the rise of comedy on social media in a COVID world, the value and role of social activism in comedy, dealing with trolls, and the new school of funny influencers who have provided some much needed levity in these strange times.
The ways in which we get our news has changed, as I also get schooled on what exactly happened in Texas during the recent fluke snow storm, with Mary-Alice traveling cross country at the time, sharing via social media the unsettling experience of bouncing from hotel to hotel trying to find safety and food.
We share our current obsessions that include the amazing Issa Rae and podcast fave, 'You're Wrong About.' Like the cool kids, I also finally 'get' TikTok.
Special thanks to Mary-Alice Farina for use of her audio comedy clips in this show. You can follow Mary-Alice on Instagram @mafarina and TikTok at @itsmemafFollow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast. Agree, disagree, or agree to disagree--we want to hear from you. Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!
If you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.
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Meryl Streep in the 'Devil Wears Prada' Impression (YouTube, Mary-Alice Farina)
Harvard Mom Impression (YouTube, Mary-Alice Farina)
White Liberal Women Talk About Race in 2020 (YouTube, Mary-Alice Farina)
JK Rowling Responds to Rumours of Transphobia (YouTube, Mary-Alice Farina)

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03/24/21 • 69 min

This is the real-life story of the College Admissions Scandal that took the US by storm in 2019. Rick Singer, an elite 'college counsellor,' worked with some of the wealthiest American families to secure their kids a spot in the Nation's most coveted schools, through hefty donations and an elusive side door.
Eventually, he gets caught, and works with authorities to indict over 50 parents, including Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli (parents of influencer Olivia Jade), and celebrated actress Felicity Huffman,
We deep-dive all the sordid details of this Netflix documentary as we attempt to answer the big question-- why the wealthiest families with all the access and resources afforded to them ultimately resort to cheating.
Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast. Agree, disagree, or agree to disagree--we want to hear from you. Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!
If you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.
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Operation Varsity Blues: College Admissions Scandal (Netflix)
Private Schools Have Become Truly Obscene (Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic)

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04/14/21 • 56 min

Join Mahsa and guest host Mary as they explore the illicit and wild world of VC Andrews novels, with a synopsis of cult classic 'Flowers in Attic.'
We discuss transitioning from the coming of age books of our Gen X/Millennial generation (the classics- Judy Blume, Goosebumps, Sweet Valley Twins, Babysitters Club, Christopher Pike); to the scandalous world of VC Andrews novels, where we hoped our parents didn't read the back cover (spoiler alert, they did and were mad).
We chat about what made these books so compelling as teens, their enduring cult legacy, the added mystery of a ghostwriter, and more. This episode is high on nostalgia, the special brand of parental neglect in the eighties, and the literary secrets we kept as twelve year old girls.
Also--rapid fire questions eighties edition--play along and see if you can go 6/6.
Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast. Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!
If you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.
Show Notes & Sources:
Flowers in the Attic (VC Andrews)
'Top That' Rap (Teen Witch)
Unfollow Every Celebrity Except January Jones (Taylor Roberts, Paper)

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Framing Britney Spears

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03/10/21 • 76 min

Mahsa and guest co-host Mahan grew up in the Britney Spears era where she ruled all. You either wanted to be with her, or you wanted to be her best friend. We saw her explosive rise to fame in the 1998 release of bop 'Baby One More Time,' where she became unquestionably one of the world's biggest stars, and girls everywhere were tying up their shirts and midriffs became a thing. But, as paparazzi became more aggressive and her mental health turned into punchlines, the one's closest to her started selling her out, and the public unraveling of her carefully curated image began.
We deep-dive the New York Time's documentary Framing Britney Spears, chronicling her rise and fall from grace through a 2021 lens. Were we all complicit in her mental health struggles? Is it time for her 12 year conservatorship to come to an end? And yes, we debate the merits of Justin Timberlake (spoiler alert, we aren't fans). We discuss all this and more. #FreeBritney
Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcastIf you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.Sources:
Framing Britney Spears (The New York Times)

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03/03/21 • 82 min

In June of 2020, Toronto influencer Sasha Exeter posts an 11 minute video to her Instagram calling out Jessica Mulroney, stylist and alleged bff of Meghan Markle, for exerting her privilege by coming after her livelihood in racially charged threats. The story doesn't play out like you typically see; after an initial apology by Mulroney she doubles down with 'receipts' that claim to exonerate her. They do just the opposite, and we break it all down.
Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcastIf you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.Sources:
Sasha Exeter Instagram
What Happened to Sasha Exeter (Elaine Lui, Lainey Gossip)
How Did We Get Stuck with Jon and Barbara Kay? (Davide Mastracci, Passage)
Text Messages Exonerate Jessica Mulroney after she was Cancelled last Summer (Barbara Kay, National Post)

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06/16/21 • 48 min

The podcast is back after a short break! And we come back with a vengeance as we take on Christian mommy blogger/entrepreneur/author/Tony Robbins wannabe/no stranger to controversy Rachel Hollis.
In Part 1 of 2, Mahsa and guest co-host Rachel do a deep dive/takedown, breaking down the controversy that surrounds Rachel Hollis, past and present. And yes, we dissect every bit of that TikTok video and subsequent non-apologies. Yes, apologies plural because to the shock of no one, she had to apologize for her apology.
Things get divisive when the subject of influencer and fellow mommy blogger/entrepreneur Jillian Harris comes up. She somehow finds herself roped into the Rachel Hollis drama, and we have very differing points of view on where we stand on her.
Along the way we try our best to answer the bigger questions: What makes someone worthy of a follow/unfollow, how much do we expect influencers to speak up about what's happening outside their perfect little insta squares, what makes Rachel Hollis such an aspirational figure to so many (particularly in the mlm set), and can we and should we be doing better by the people whose accounts we are following?
Special mention to Ben and Jen the remix who are our obsessions this week, Chrissy Teigen's reckoning continues, and we try to rebrand cancel culture as accountability culture.
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.
Follow along and let us know what you think on Instagram @haveyouheardpodcast. Be sure to subscribe and write a review, it's greatly appreciated!
If you'd like to contribute to our 'Buy Me a Coffee' page to show your support, you can find that here.
Sources:
Rachel Hollis TikTok Video

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How many episodes does Have You Heard About... have?

Have You Heard About... currently has 23 episodes available.

What topics does Have You Heard About... cover?

The podcast is about Pop Culture, Society & Culture, Film, Media, Entertainment News, Tv Shows, Personal Journals, Celebrities, Comedy, Entertainment, Podcasts, Movies, Interviews and Tv & Film.

What is the most popular episode on Have You Heard About...?

The episode title 'Caroline Calloway: The OG Social Media InstaScam' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Have You Heard About...?

The average episode length on Have You Heard About... is 66 minutes.

How often are episodes of Have You Heard About... released?

Episodes of Have You Heard About... are typically released every 14 days.

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The first episode of Have You Heard About... was released on Feb 19, 2021.

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