Pop Life WAER's Joe Lee along with Bob Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture at Syracuse University's New House School, discuss television and streaming content as well as significant events and milestones in the television industry.
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WAER's Joe Lee along with Bob Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture at Syracuse University's New House School, discuss television and streaming content as well as significant events and milestones in the television industry.

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Pop Life: Things That Disturb Me

The vampire horror genre is making a comeback and the science fiction anthology show Black Mirror has a few new episodes available on Netflix. Those are the topics on this week's Pop Life podcast. Host Joe Lee is joined by Dr Kendall R. Phillips, Professor of Communications and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University and author of Projected Fears: Horror Films and American Culture , to discuss Joe's long-held fear of blood-sucking vampires and the recent slate of vampire themed shows appearing

Pop Life: Hope Rides Again

Imagine former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama on an action-packed ride across Chicago where they encounter a range of enigmatic characters from burlesque dancers to Russian masseurs to Oprah Winfrey. It is the focus and plot of a new book by New York Times Best Selling author, Andrew Shaffer. Hope Rides Again is the second book in a series of fictional stories about Joe Biden and Barack Obama as a dynamic crime-fighting duo. In Hope Rides Again, the two team up to

Pop Life: Fondly Remembering Marvel Originals on Netflix

About 4 years ago, at a time when streaming service Netflix was in need of original content, Marvel fans were pretty excited when it was announced that the comic legend was entering a partnership with the streaming giant to produce a series of Marvel superhero shows starting with the premier of Daredevil. Subsequent shows followed including Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, and Luke Cage. One by one, most of those shows fell off with Jessica Jones as the lone survivor. That show is now in

Pop Life- So Many Sequels, So Little Time

This week on Pop Life Joe Lee is joined by Kendall R Phillips, Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University as the two discuss a number of big budget movie sequels coming to the big screen. They'll also dip their toe into the genre of horror and discuss what makes some of those films so appealing for many viewers. Also, what has actor and director Jordan Peele done to put a unique twist on the genre.

Pop Life: Game of Thrones – The Iron Throne

After 8 seasons of epic storytelling, Game of Thrones, the HBO television show based on author George R.R. Martin's series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has come to an end. 19.3 million US viewers tuned in to see who would capture the Iron Throne and offered mixed reviews. This week on the Pop Life podcast, Joe Lee is joined by fellow Game of Thrones geeks Kevin Kloss and Frank D'Agostino. The trio discuss the reactions of a divided fan base, the high and low points of the series finale, and offer

Pop Life: Game of Thrones S8, E5 The Bells

Warning Spoilers: As the story goes, "When a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin and the world holds its breath". The gods tossed the coin when Daenerys Targaryen was born and it landed on crazy. Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 5 gets fans closer to the end to mixed reviews. Pop Life host Joe Lee discusses the thrilling and horrifying destruction unleased in "The Bells". He is joined this week by fellow Game of Thrones geek Anish Shroff, sports broadcaster at ESPN. They discuss the

Pop Life: Game of Thrones- The Last of the Starks

WARNING THIS EPISODE CONTAINS SPOILERS: While the action might have settled down after the Long Night episode of HBO's Game of Thrones, the plotting and scheming did not. Season 8, Episode 4 The Last of the Starks focuses on the reaction and revelation that Jon Stark is really Aegon Targaryen, rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Joe Lee is joined by super-fans Adam Alter and WAER's Kevin Kloss on this episode of Pop Life. The three discuss Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen's tug-of-war for Jon's

Pop Life: Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3- The Long Night

It's taken 7 and a half seasons of Wight Walker threats of invading Westeros to get to this point. HBO's Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 chronicles the Battle of Winterfell in epic fashion. The battle scene was the longest battle sequence in film or TV history. Joe Lee breaks down all of the action and dives into fan theories with fellow Game of Thrones geek Matt Lincoln, host of CBS12 This Morning out of West Palm Beach, FL. This episode contains spoilers.

Pop Life- Game of Thrones, Season 8 Episode 2

Game of Thrones continues it's historic 8th season with additional plot twists, startling revelations and immense intrigue. As Pop Life continues to follow along with the final season, Joe Lee is joined by Leslie Gray Streeter of The Palm Beach Post to look back at episode two.

Pop Life- Winterfell: Game of Thrones Ep 1, Season 8

HBO's Game of Thrones is finally back. Sansa and Daenerys square up, Samwell Tarly gets devastating news, and Jon Snow finds his truth. There is lots to get caught up on as the series finale gets underway and Joe Lee recaps the episode with the help of super fan Dan Cohen, reporter and anchor for WREX TV in Rockford, IL. This episode contains spoilers.

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