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60 minutes | 12 days ago
Pop Life- Best Feature Film Nominations
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 93 rd Academy Awards on April 25, 2021. Is your favorite feature film of 2020 on the list ? Don’t fret if you haven’t seen all or most of them because on this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee sits with Kendall R. Phillips, professor in the department of Communications and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual & Performing Arts at Syracuse University and author of the books Controversial Cinema: The Films that Outraged America and Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture to discuss this year’s slate of nominated films. The two chat about the films within the context of diversity and inclusion, the global pandemic, and video streaming platforms.
19 minutes | a month ago
Pop Life- Actress Reagan Pasternak Pens a New Book on Disenfranchised Grief
If you have ever suffered the loss of a pet and felt that people did not truly understand your grief, then actress, singer Reagan Pasternak (HBO’s “Sharp Objects”, Netflix “Being Erica”, BET’s “Ms. Pat”) wants you to know that you are not alone. In her new book, Griffin’s Heart , Pasternak provides readers with interactive tools, healing exercises, and encouragement to help them navigate grief and honor the life of their beloved family pet.
20 minutes | a month ago
Pop Life- Wandavision for the Non-Geek
There's been a lot of hype surrounding the Marvel/Disney+ original show Wandavision. Comic book enthusiasts have been soaking up ever episode filled with "easter eggs" and throwbacks to the original marvel comics. But, for casual fans of the MCU, they've been left asking a lot of questions and unsure of where to turn for answers. To help answer those questions Joe Lee welcomes marvel and comic book aficionado Tessa Smith to Pop Life. They discuss the origin story of lead character Wanda Maximoff, the importance of this series within the future of the MCU, and why the non-geek should dive into this limited series.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Pop Life: Attack of the Murder Hornets with Michael Paul Stephenson
A beekeeper discovers that 60,000 of his bees are dead and have been beheaded and a race against time to track and eradicate the killer ensues. The new documentary film, Attack of the Murder Hornets, chronicles the search for the newly arrived invasive insect known as the Murder Hornet. The film’s director, Michael Paul Stephenson chats with Pop Life host, Joe Lee, about the movie, its non-traditional treatment of nature films, and the thrill of tracking down the Asian Giant Hornet.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Pop Life: Tribute to Cicely Tyson and Black Television Greats
Legendary American Actress, Cicely Tyson passed away on January 28, 2021 leaving behind a body of work that represents a significant part of groundbreaking productions important to Black television history. On this Black History episode of Pop Life, television historian Bob Thompson of Syracuse University, joins host Joe Lee in exploring Ms. Tyson’s career and the two discuss other notable Black television shows that have made important contributions to the growth and development of Black images on the small screen.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Pop Life: A Tribute to Cloris Leachman
Media historian Bob Thompson says of the late Cloris Leachman’s role as Phyllis on the Mary Tyler Moore show, “She was the best 3 rd banana in all of American comedy.” Bob joins host Joe Lee on the latest episode of Pop Life to pay tribute to one of America’s favorite comedic actors.
17 minutes | 3 months ago
Pop Life: Dirty Sexy Money Unauthorized Biography of Kris Jenner
Few American families have skyrocketed from relative obscurity to the highest levels of fame and fortune the way the Jenner-Kardashian clan has. Arguably, the person most responsible for the family’s success is matriarch Kris Jenner. In a new book, Dirty Sexy Money: The Unauthorized Biography of Kris Jenner, Authors Cathy Griffin and Dylan Howard take an unflinching look at Kris’s triumphs and losses, her crises and celebrations, famous friendships and family conflicts, and how her blind ambition drove the family’s fame and financial success. Dylan Howard joins Joe Lee on the latest episode of Pop Life to discuss it all.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Pop Life- Supernatural Fandom
Supernatural, the WB network television series about two brothers who follow in their father’s footsteps as hunters fighting evil supernatural beings, has developed one of the most devoted fanbases of any popular American TV show. For 15 seasons, Supernatural offered its fans compelling storylines, riveting characters, and an abundance of demon hunting.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Pop Life- Cancel Culture in Entertainment
There is little doubt about social media’s influence on American popular culture. It influences our culture and our language including how we advocate, call to act, and use language to influence the behavior of others or silence them altogether. This behavior has come to be known as cancel and callout culture. On this episode of Pop Life, host Joe Lee visits with Charisse L’Pree, Syracuse University Associate Professor of Communications and author of 20 th Century Media and the American Psyche: A Strange Love , to talk about cancel culture’s impact on pop culture entertainment.
41 minutes | 4 months ago
Pop Life- Not Your Grandma’s Christmas TV Entertainment
Gone are the days when you had to wait for Christmas movies and specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas or A Christmas Carol to get scheduled for a one-and-done airing by the big three networks. Today, outlets like the Hallmark Channel and streaming services like Netflix combined have more content than you can watch in an entire year. Does the proliferation of this content make it less special? Who are the major players? What are the new classics? Pop Life host Joe Lee is joined by Syracuse University Newhouse professor and popular TV expert, Bob Thompson, to discuss this and more.
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Pop Life: America’s Favorite Quiz Show
The recent passing of Alex Trebek, host of America’s favorite quiz show, represents the loss of a major pop culture icon. The Jeopardy! host most known for his genial style and passion for trivia was a mainstay on television and a 7-time Daytime Emmy award-winner. On this episode of Pop Life, host Joe Lee speaks with Claire McNear, staff writer at The Ringer and author of the new book Answers In The Form Of Questions: A Definitive History And Insider’s Guide To Jeopardy! The two speak about Trebek’s success as show host and the impact that Jeopardy! has on American Popular culture.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
Pop Life- Reflecting on Sean Connery
Noted actor Sir Thomas Sean Connery passed on October 31, 2020 at the age of 90. The actor, best known for is role as James Bond, left behind a legacy of work expanding 70 years. On this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee is joined by media scholar Bob Thompson of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University to discuss Connery’s body of work and the problematic nature of the James Bond character.
40 minutes | 5 months ago
Pop Life: The Mark of Cain
The season finale of HBO’s Lovecraft Country left fans shocked and confused. In this episode of Pop Life, host Joe Lee welcomes Lovecraft County author Matt Ruff back to the show to discuss the divergence of the television series and his novel in an effort to make sense of the series's shocking ending. The two compare and contrast the final chapter of the book, The Mark of Cain, to the final two episodes of the HBO series and discuss where the show might go from here.
23 minutes | 6 months ago
Pop Life: Celebrating Spooky Season
Planning to limit your public engagement this Halloween? If you need ideas for at-home entertainment, this episode of Pop Life promises to help you make it spooky and safe. Joe Lee is joined by Kendal R Phillips, professor of Communications & Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University and author of the book Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture, to discuss a few movies and shows to explore for a haunting good time during the global pandemic.
40 minutes | 7 months ago
Pop Life: Lovecraft Country's Matt Ruff
By now you have likely heard about Lovecraft Country, the dark, horror, fantasy series airing on HBO, but how much do you know about the source material? On the latest episode of Pop Life, host Joe Lee speaks with Lovecraft Country author, Matt Ruff, about his book, its adaptation for television, and his thoughts on HBO’s vision for his acclaimed work. The two discuss at length the intersection of racism and the science fiction genre and H.P. Lovecraft’s problematic inspiration for this story.
32 minutes | 8 months ago
Pop Life – Lovecraft Country
Lovecraft Country, a dark fantasy horror show adapted from the Matt Ruff novel of the same title, premiered on HBO this past Sunday. It explores the conjunction between the horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft and racism in the United States during the Jim Crow era as experienced by black science-fiction fan Atticus Turner and his family. Pop Life host Joe Lee and guest Kendall R. Phillips, Syracuse University professor of Communications and Rhetorical Studies, explore the mythological universe and the connected themes of H.P. Lovecraft, the Lovecraft Country novel by Matt Ruff, and the new HBO series Lovecraft Country, and what we can expect from the series this season.
23 minutes | 8 months ago
Pop Life – The Rise of True Crime
The rise in popularity of the true crime genre has given us some memorable and moving content focusing on bizarre crime cases ripped straight from the headlines. These shows and documentaries often introduce new theories, new evidence, and fresh perspectives on cases from the little known to those that gripped the nation. What is driving this obsession? Why do we love to consume stories about the dark side of human behavior?
25 minutes | 8 months ago
Pop Life: Sports as Popular Culture in a Covid World
Sports is a deeply rooted part of popular culture in countries all around the world. From big games like the Super Bowl to tournaments like the NCAA Final Four, sports have a way of bringing us together and creating new tribes like few things do in our society. From post-game pizza outings in little league baseball to grabbing a brew with your friends at a neighborhood sports bar, sports serve as a popular backdrop for human connection, bonding, and community. That’s all changing in the face of the Covid-19 global pandemic. In this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee chats with veteran sports broadcaster Ian Eagle about the return of sports, the impact the pandemic is having on the business of sports, and what the future of the fan experience might be like in a post pandemic world.
20 minutes | 10 months ago
Pop Life: Is Gone With The Wind Gone With The Wind?
In response to great social change happening in our society, Warner Media decided to temporarily remove the 1939 motion picture classic Gone With The Wind from its HBO Max streaming platform until it could be properly contextualized. The move has been hotly debated among historians and the entertainment industry, among others.
20 minutes | 10 months ago
Pop Life: Launching Into Space Force
Boots on the moon. That is the ambitious goal of the fictitious Netflix comedy series, Space Force, starring Steve Carrell. The workplace comedy series centers on a group of people led by General Mark Naird (Steve Carrell) who is tasked with establishing the United States Space Force, the 6 th branch of the United States Armed Forces.
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