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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.

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.  Her work focuses on how media affects the way we think about ourselves and our perceptions of others.  She is also a self-proclaimed Michael Jackson “fangirl”.  The two discuss the documentary, unpack how it impacts our culture, and what it all means for Michael Jackson’s legacy.

If your favorite show has ever been canceled perhaps you long for the day when it will get a reboot.  Well long no more Twin Peaks fans, after more than 25 years the David Lynch crime drama has returned.

This week Joe Lee and Bob Thompson recall the first two seasons of Twin Peaks as well as look forward to more of the reboot. That along with your weekly invitation to binge, introducing you to binge worthy television. 

Veteran broadcaster Marty Glickman, Syracuse University class of 1939, is the subject of a new documentary produced by HBO.