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.

Pop Life- Race and Representation in Entertainment: A Conversation with Dana Gills

With the recent positive representation of black actors, producers, and filmmakers at the 2019 Academy Awards, there were several headlines questioning whether #OscarsSoWhite movement is still relevant. On this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee discusses why the movement is still necessary despite the appearance of positive gains. Is it a movement or just a moment? Is Hollywood ready to take more risks with black creatives? Joe is joined by studio executive Dana Gills, Director of Production and

Pop Life- Race and Representation in Entertainment: A Conversation with Dana Gills

Pop Life: Batman Remains an Enduring Figure at 80

Bruce Wayne is looking pretty darn good for an 80 year old. Batman has been Gotham's protector for decades, having made his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 back in May, 1939. Today, Batman has been featured in comics, television series, video games, and blockbuster movies and has been portrayed by a number of actors. Why has this tights-wearing caped crusader endured for so long in American popular culture? Joe Lee explores this and more with Seth Everett, broadcast journalist and host

Pop Life- The Matrix Turns 20

In 1999 the film The Matrix was released and changed the way we thought about science fiction. This year is the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking film and to celebrate WAER has a special episode of Pop Life . Joe Lee is joined by Charisse L'Pree , Assistant Professor of Communications at The Newhouse School at Syracuse University, to discuss the film. L'Pree is especially qualified on the subject as she is the host of The Critical and The Curious , which in it's 2nd season is focusing on

Pop Life- Unpacking Leaving Neverland

The documentary Leaving Neverland debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January and premiered on HBO in March. The 4 hour 2 part film, produced and directed by British film maker Dan Reed, details the stories of Wade Robson and James Safechuck who allege that they were sexually abused by pop icon Michael Jackson when they were 7 and 10 year old boys. Joining Joe on this episode of Pop Life is Dr. Charisse L'Pree, Assistant Professor of Communications at Syracuse University's Newhouse School.

Pop Life- When Good Actors Do Bad Things: Smollett Edition

On January 29 th , actor Jussie Smollett, known for his role on the FOX show Empire, reported that he was assaulted by two masked men who beat him while using racial and homophobic slurs in Chicago. After weeks of investigation, the Chicago Police Department has now issued Smollett a felony disorderly conduct charge. Joining Joe on this episode of Pop Life is Bob Thompson, Director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, and Leslie Streeter, entertainment

Pop Life: First Time the Charm at The Oscars?

Not too long ago The Oscars was frowned upon for it's lack of diversity. With that in mind this years nominees look to reflect the response from Hollywood. WAER's Joe Lee is joined by graduate student Alazia Williams and Lisa Respers France from CNN to discuss some of the "firsts" represented at this years award show. "Black Panther", Spike Lee, and more, they'll discuss it all on this special Oscars preview episode of Pop Life.

Pop Life- Dissecting R Kelly

2018 was a year filled with high profile celebrities getting themselves into hot water. From Bill Cosby and Kevin Spacey to Roseanne Barr and Kevin Hart, we certainly had a lot to talk about. And, even though 2019 is still young, it looks like we are in for more of the same. This week on Pop Life, Joe Lee is joined by Leslie Gray Streeter from the Palm Beach Post to discuss the power of documentary storytelling. The explosive documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" demonstrates how the genre can

Pop Life- Is AI Poised to Play A Role In Emerging Content?

If we've learned anything from films such as Terminator or Star Trek, it's that artificial intelligence is going be a part of our future. But even with exposure to those science fiction films, I'm not sure we've thought too much about how AI might work its way into the actual content we consume. This week on Pop Life , Joe Lee is joined by Doug Clark- Global Watson and Cloud Platform Soluntions leader for IBM. They'll chat about artificial intelligence's ability to write movie scripts and how it

Pop Life Christmas Classics

Whatever it may be, most of us have a holiday classic or two we count on every year to get us in the holiday spirit. Joe Lee and Bob Thompson from Pop Life are no exception. This week they sit down to discuss holiday favorites such as Rudolph and A Charlie Brown Christmas , that are being considered differently in today's culture. They'll also share their favorite rendition of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

Pop Life #15- The Legacy of Stan Lee

The iconic Stan Lee passed away earlier this month after a lifetime of creating classially well known characters. His work ranges from the likes of Iron Man and Professor X to The Fantastic Four and Luke Cage. This week kicks off Season 2 of Pop Life as Joe Lee welcomes Bob Thompson to discuss the body of work that Stan Lee created and how it's become a staple of entertainment. Plus the guys recommend their picks for shows to binge watch in this week's edition of 'Invitation to Binge'.