Pop Life Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University, Kendall Phillips is joined by a collection of expert guests to discuss significant, work, events and milestones in popular culture.
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Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University, Kendall Phillips is joined by a collection of expert guests to discuss significant, work, events and milestones in popular culture.

Most Recent Episodes

Pop Life: Christmas Movies with Will Scheibel

On this episode of Pop Life, Kendall Phillips gets into the holiday spirit with Will Scheibel. Will is an associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University.Kendall and Will dig into the genre of Christmas movies by discussing songs made popular by debuting in the films, stars created from Christmas movies, and of course... is Die Hard a Christmas movie?

Pop Life: Afrofuturism Meets Pop Culture

Kendall Phillips chats with Tiffany Bender Abdallah about the recent rise in Afrofuturistic content in Popular Culture. Tiffany is a Supervising Producer at Conde Nast, with a hunger for storytelling. Over the past few years she's gained a diverse skill set for producing entertainment, beauty/fashion, conflict, and human interest.They open the show by discussing their reaction to the recent Marvel film, Black Panther. From there they explore examples of Afrofuturism in Pop Culture prior to the Black Panthers films, and how the future of Afrofuturism will continue to evolve in Pop Culture.

Pop Life: The Intersection of Sports and Social Advocacy

Kendall Phillips chats with Abraham Khan about the long standing relationship between sports and popular culture, some of the earliest athletes to use their platform for activism, and whether increased salaries have increased or decreased the likely of athletes speaking awardable regarding social advocacy.

Pop Life: Fondly Remembering the VHS

Kendall Phillips is joined by Dr. Johnny Walker to discuss the history of the VHS. Johnny Walker is Associate Professor in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University in the UK. Kendall and Johnny discuss how VHS first entered the home media market, how it became the dominant global media option, and the rise of amateur film makers in the 1990s.

Pop Life- Spooky Season with Paul Tremblay

Kendall Phillips chats with author Paul Tremblay about his work in the horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction genres. They discuss how Paul weaves music into his novels, writing characters that resemble his friends and family, and the simple, yet complicated task of finding time to write. Have a questions or an idea for a future episode? Connect with on Twitter and Instagram to let your voice be heard.Want more Pop Life? Subscribe in Apple Podcasts or Stitcher for automatic delivery of new episodes.

Pop Life: Welcome to the Stage, Goon!

On this week's episode of Pop Life, we continue our theme of 'Rocktober' as host Kendall Phillips chats with Goon, one of the hottest bands in Los Angeles. Goon is made up of four members, Kenny Becker, Andy Polito, Dillon Peralta and Tamara Simons. Off the heals of their 2022 release Hour of Green Evening, the band joined Pop Life to discuss their early influences, how they've grown as a group, and where they see the state of rock heading down the line.

Pop Life: The Return of CREEM(And Maybe Rock'n' Roll)

Kendall Phillips chats with John Martin and Jaan Uhelszki from the Rock 'n' Roll magazine CREEM.

Pop Life: Rock and Roll, Not Quite Dead

Kendall Phillips chats with Nwaka Onwusa, Vice President and Chief Curator at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Pop Life: Expanding the Scope of Storytelling

Kendall Phillips chats with Adam Piron about the emphasis on indigenous storytelling at the Sundance Institute.

Pop Life: Beyond the Festival; A Look at the Sundance Institute

Kendall Phillips chats with Michelle Satter about the working being done at the Sundance Institute.