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WAER's Joe Lee is joined be a rotating array of expert guests to discuss significant, work, events and milestones in popular culture.

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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 its final season.  So what happened?  Pop Life host Joe Lee is joined by Hall of Justice podcast host, Seth Everett to make sense of it all.

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. 

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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 some reflection on the best moments of the epic series.

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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 evolution of The Mother of Dragons and key developments in the story arc.

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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 loyalty, Jaime and Brienne’s “friends with benefits” relationship, and the latest fan theories for how it will all end.


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.


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. 

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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.

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 Development for Lions Gate, and Dr. Charisse L’Pree, Assistant Professor of Communications at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

  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 of the wildly popular podcast, Hall of Justice, on this episode of Pop Life.