Pop, the Question is a spirited dialogue about popular culture. Hosted by Dr. Melinda Lewis, the series engages in conversations with guests about the ways in which popular culture intersects with their academic fields of study and research.
- Season 1-Episode 1: The Cult of the Superhero Movie
Superhero fans, actors, and production companies are chasing down the next big hit, but at the risk of over-saturating 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.
- Season 1-Episode 2: The Gift of Kick-Ass
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.
- Season 1-Episode 3: Serendipity in Science
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.
- Season 1-Episode 4: Celebrity Crushes
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.
Season 1-Episode 5: All How You Frame It
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.
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