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Gone are the days when you had to wait for Christmas movies and specials like A Charlie Brown Christmas or A Christmas Carol to get scheduled for a one-and-done airing by the big three networks.  Today, outlets like the Hallmark Channel and streaming services like Netflix combined have more content than you can watch in an entire year.  Does the proliferation of this content make it less special?  Who are the major players?  What are the new classics?  Pop Life host Joe Lee is joined by Syracuse University Newhouse professor and popular TV expert, Bob Thompson, to discuss this and more.  


Boots on the moon.  That is the ambitious goal of the fictitious Netflix comedy series, Space Force, starring Steve Carrell.  The workplace comedy series centers on a group of people led by General Mark Naird (Steve Carrell) who is tasked with establishing the United States Space Force, the 6th branch of the United States Armed Forces.


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In the fall of 1997, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls allowed a film crew to follow them as they went for their 6th NBA title in eight seasons.  The collected footage resulted in a dazzling depiction of one of sport’s most iconic athletes and celebrated teams.  The Last Danceproduced by ESPN, follows the Bulls’ 1997-98 season from start to finish, while also covering the rest of the chapters in Michael Jordan’s career.  

The 10-part documentary has been immensely popular with nearly 24 million people viewing it.  Pop Life host Joe Lee was not one of them.  On this episode of the podcast, Joe welcomes Seth Everett, veteran sports broadcaster and host of the popular podcast Sports With Friends, back to the show and invites Seth to convince him to watch The Last Dance.  


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The coronavirus known as COVID-19 is now a pandemic and causing major disruption to our lives in ways we haven’t experienced before.  With many of us being encouraged to practice social distancing, major events and cultural gatherings are being postponed and cancelled.  Concerts, movies, sporting events and more, have been cancelled.  It's requiring many of us to find other ways to entertain ourselves amid self-quarantine efforts. 

On this episode of Pop Life Joe Lee is joined Dr Kendall R. Phillips, Professor of Communications and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University to reccomend some worthwhile pop culture items to help pass the time.

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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.


Not too long ago The Oscars was frowned upon for it's lack of diversity. With that in mind this years nominees look to reflect the response from Hollywood. WAER's Joe Lee is joined by  graduate student Alazia Williams and Lisa Respers France from CNN to discuss some of the "firsts" represented at this years award show.

"Black Panther", Spike Lee, and more, they'll discuss it all on this special Oscars preview episode of Pop Life.


The entertainment community has been buzzing recently with the return of the beloved TV show Roseanne.  This week on Pop Life Joe Lee is joined by Bob Thompson to discuss the return and how it's being received with the political angle the show now features.

They'll also chat about the upcoming Netflix reboot of Lost in Space. What's different this time around? And what staples of the original show remain intact? 

Each Wednesday this August WAER will bring you Masters of Scale hosted by Reid Hoffman. This program from PRI  picks the brain of some of the most recent successful entrepreneurs. 

This week on Pop Life, with Summer officially upon us Joe Lee and Bob Thompson discuss the evolution of Summer TV. Where is the best content being produced?  And what are the can't miss shows this summer?

Also, to our astonishment Joe doesn't watch House of Cards. Bob does his best to change that with this week's Invitation to Binge. 

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.