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"Pop, the Question" is a spirited dialogue about popular culture, produced by Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Hosted by Dr. Melinda Lewis, the series engages in conversations with guests about the ways in which popular culture intersects with their interests, research, and fields of study.

"Pop, the Question" is a spirited dialogue about popular culture, produced by Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Hosted by Dr. Melinda Lewis, the series engages in conversations with guests about the ways in which popular culture intersects with their interests, research, and fields of study.
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"Pop, the Question" is a spirited dialogue about popular culture, produced by Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Hosted by Dr. Melinda Lewis, the series engages in conversations with guests about the ways in which popular culture intersects with their interests, research, and fields of study.

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215-895-6201


Episodes

Holy Shirts! (S2-E16, Perry Shall)

4/8/2019
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Once relegated to undergarment necessity, the T-shirt has evolved over the last half century to fashion trend, art form, political statement, and now collectable item. For artist and musician Perry Shall—a self-identified T-shirt archivist of over 1,400 shirts (among other artifacts)—his unique hobby is an unprecedented labor of love mixed with a lifelong thrill of the thrift store hunt. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis and Shall dive deep into the stories and cultural trends sewn into the very fabric...

Duration:01:25:47

The Schrute Factor (S2-E15, Dimitrios Papadopoulos)

2/26/2019
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"The Office," an American mockumentary sitcom, ran on NBC for nine seasons through 2013 and continues to resonate with fans for its satirical humor and sometimes brutally absurd depiction of everyday work life. Central to business operations at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc. are the personal relationships among the characters, as well as the transformation many undergo over the course of their employment together. Most notable is lead character Dwight Schrute, who embodies the hero’s...

Duration:01:22:05

No Representation Is Bad Representation (S2-E14, Byshera Williams)

1/17/2019
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Following growing discussion around identity politics, Hollywood rolled out the red carpet in 2018 for diverse film offerings like "Black Panther," "Sorry to Bother You," "Blindspotting," "BlacKkKlansman," "Crazy Rich Asians," and "Eighth Grade." While the industry hasn’t turned over its equitable leaf quite yet, these titles represent an exciting moment and promise for historically underrepresented filmmakers and narratives. They represent greater specificity and character development to...

Duration:01:25:25

An Apple Conspiracy (S2-E13, Doug Gerichten)

12/12/2018
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Apples are nature’s candy, as well as a popular motif and metaphor. At their core, they represent original sin, despite the adage that one a day keeps the doctor away; still there’s relatively little consumer information available in the cybersphere about this handy fruit. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis gets to the root of the matter—and even holds a taste test—with apple aficionado and Drexel University Computer Engineering undergraduate Doug Gerichten. Recorded January 29, 2018 in 3034 MacAlister...

Duration:01:29:03

The Western Hero (S2-E12, Dave "D.B.” Jones)

11/16/2018
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Once upon a time in America, Westerns ruled the film landscape. While the Western genre no longer commands the front line of popular culture, the legacy endures through space epics, heist films, and anthology TV. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis discusses the complex and inspirational nature of the great Westerns with late filmmaker, writer, and Drexel University cinema studies professor Dave “D.B.” Jones. "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel...

Duration:01:25:14

Demons Don’t Buy Kitty Litter (S2-E11, Johnpaul Golaski)

10/22/2018
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Horror punk godfather and musician Glenn Danzig birthed the Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig with iconography and inspiration from the likes of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and B-list horror and sci-fi flicks from his formative years. His love/hate relationship with the pop culture of his youth helped Danzig establish preeminence within the music subculture, which later lent itself back to more mainstream audiences through branding, merchandising, and appearances on cable comedy series like...

Duration:01:42:05

Glitz, Glamour, and Shoulder Pads (S2-E10, Maren Larsen)

9/20/2018
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"Working Girl" and its protagonist Tess McGill set sail on the Staten Island Ferry for a piece of the capitalist pie, challenging gender and class stereotypes. For three decades now, the 1988 film’s influence has docked in the hearts of moviegoers and feminists alike. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis and Drexel University alumnus Maren Larsen reflect on the greater cultural appeal and impact of "Working Girl." "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel...

Duration:01:26:07

Guilty Pleasure Songs (S1-E9, Various Guests)

7/19/2018
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Music is instrumental to self-exploration, identity, and socialization. This includes songs filed under the category of "guilty pleasure," where earnest tastes somehow prove misaligned with what's considered cool. In a special live episode of "Pop, the Question" (recorded for the 6th Annual Philadelphia Podcast Festival), Dr. Melinda Lewis digs deep in the crates with pop music fans Ann Alexander, Dr. Katie Barak, and Jenny Carolina-Bell to unearth some of their greatest hits of all time....

Duration:03:22:22

Sweatpants and Stilettos (S1-E8, Jenny Carolina-Bell)

6/22/2018
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"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" has pivoted reality television and social media to reinvent how audiences gain access to celebrity lives. With Kim at the center of it all, the Kardashians and Jenners work relentlessly to enhance their image, the public's consumption practices, and even the indelible impact on culture and society. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis and superfan Jenny Carolina-Bell explore this influence and the evolution of pop culture’s first family. "Pop, the Question" is a...

Duration:01:47:29

Indie, Eclectic, Undefinable (S1-E7, Darren Walters)

5/17/2018
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When the music industry emerged from the shadows of AM radio and found itself in the hardcore punk music mosh pit of the late 20th Century, fans followed suit and got involved on their own terms. Music industry professor and Jade Tree Records co-founder Darren Walters went from listener to active participant, supporting the work of artists on the ground level for the past three decades. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis spins tales with Walters about the evolution of the music industry, the place of an...

Duration:01:55:48

This Thing Is Gonna Blow (S1-E6, Nick Barber)

4/23/2018
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While archeologists have Indiana Jones, geologists have Harry Dalton, Pierce Brosnan’s character in the 1997 volcano extravaganza "Dante’s Peak." The film laid the groundwork for scientific representation of volcanology in mainstream culture, and made an impact on how emergency agencies prepare the public for disaster. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis and aspiring volcanologist Nick Barber grapple with what "Dante’s Peak" gets right, what it gets wrong, and how popular culture shapes the way audiences...

Duration:01:28:04

All How You Frame It (S1-E5, Jamar Nicholas)

3/22/2018
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A cartoonist draws inspiration from a spectrum of influences. For graphic novelist and educator Jamar Nicholas, city life, popular comic strips, and reality TV all inform his creations. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis and the artist discuss his graphic novels, social themes at play, and his affinity for "The Real Housewives" and Stone Cold Steve Austin. "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Recorded February 20, 2018 in 0054...

Duration:01:21:23

Celebrity Crushes (S1-E4, Various Guests)

2/15/2018
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A celebrity crush is a rite of passage for people all over the world. The emotions are real, while the relationships typically are not. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis flirts with this cultural phenomenon alongside six guests, revealing myriad ways in which fans crush on those in the spotlight. "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Recorded December 19, 2017 through January 23, 2018 in 3034 MacAlister Hall, Marketing & Media, Pennoni...

Duration:01:09:45

Serendipity in Science (S1-E3, Lloyd Ackert)

1/19/2018
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In the 19th Century, the pursuit of truth and holistic understanding of science were hot new trends. Little known Russian scientist Sergei Vinogradskii was one of the hippest cats, with his microbe work paving the way for the emerging fields of microbiology and ecology. Dr. Lloyd Ackert joins Dr. Melinda Lewis to till fertile ground related to the role of serendipity in scientific discovery, theories of mutual aid and Darwinism, and how microbes have impacted life and culture. "Pop, the...

Duration:01:59:29

The Gift of Kick-Ass (S1-E2, Kevin Egan)

12/13/2017
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The 1988 Oscar-nominated film "Die Hard" challenged preconceptions of the action film genre and what constitutes a Christmas film. It delivers a powerful (holiday) punch, while also unpacking the institutionalization of the Christmas spirit. Drs. Melinda Lewis and Kevin Egan embark on an analysis of this Christmas classic, and even discover a few stocking stuffers in the process. "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Recorded...

Duration:01:22:52

The Cult of the Superhero Movie (S1-E1, Ann Alexander)

11/13/2017
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Superhero fans, actors, and production companies are chasing down the next big hit, but at the risk of oversaturating the market for comic book screen adaptations. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis and guest Ann Alexander discuss the increasing popularity and financial ramifications of superheroes and their universes. "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Recorded October 4, 2017 in 5016 MacAlister Hall, Office of the Dean, Pennoni...

Duration:01:53:16