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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.
 
Queers, Questions and Cocktails is a news, trivia and cocktail recipe LGBT podcast that is informative, interactive and instructional. Every episode we mix up a creative cocktail that becomes the game's theme. SHOTS: Five questions that relate to alcohol, cocktails or our drink of the episode; NEWS: Three questions in Queer, Canadian and Cosmopolitan news; WHERE IN THE WORLD: Players guess which country we're looking for from facts and tidbits; PECKER ORDER: Placing five items in correct seq ...
 
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Magic has a way of (abracadabra!) appearing ubiquitously throughout popular culture. Integrated with mysticism and illusion is the core element of performance, transcending the carnival atmosphere and stage into other arenas of human life and interaction. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis talks with magician, improv comedian, Drexel University English writing…
 
This special episode highlights a previously recorded discussion in partnership with the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Presented as an installment of the Pennoni Panels series–and later produced as a pair of episodes for the PBS-broadcast TV series "The Civil Discourse," hosted by Drexel University Pennoni Honors College Dean Paula Marantz Coh…
 
The image and stories of working-class people have been central to an understanding of "America" and the "American Dream.” Their stories are omnipresent in popular literature, film, television, music, and everyday life. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis takes a tour with Drexel University sociologist Dr. Amanda McMillan Lequieu to explore a deindustrialized U…
 
Fandom often gets a bad rap, with communities surrounding popular texts like "Star Trek," "Lord of the Rings," and professional wrestling framed as toxic, desperate, or some combination of both. But fan communities are also the source of vibrancy and community-building with fans who make and share art, fan fiction, fanzines, clubs/message boards, c…
 
"Euphoria" is a highly bingeable HBO series that has made an indelible impact on pop culture of the early 2020s. It has drugs, sex, cutting-edge fashion, constant conflict, and plenty of references to past TV teen dramas like "My So-Called Life" and "Beverly Hills, 90210." It also places lead star Zendaya and writer/director Sam Levinson in the spo…
 
Professional wrestling encapsulates so much of what’s popular in the greater culture: dynamic characters; athleticism; narrative conflict; and riveting performance. For decades in the media spotlight, wrestling has maintained a stronghold on audiences with the likes of Hulk Hogan, André the Giant, Rick Flair, Dusty Rhodes, The Rock, Stone Cold Stev…
 
Beauty pageants have a prominent history in American culture, where they evolved from baby contests at state fairs to full-blown Miss America extravaganzas for millions of viewers to enjoy. With its evolution, pageantry in all its splendor has found a home in popular culture and inspired TV shows like "The Bachelor" and "Toddlers & Tiaras," movies …
 
This holiday, cleanse your pallet of candy cane aftertaste and credit card charges with this consumerism episode of QQC where we put a down payment on the Gold Rush cocktail. Join Bradley, Sarah, and Karl as we tell children the Pope moonlights as Santa Claus, drop beavers from the sky, and look into buying ourselves personal trains. Plus a late gu…
 
The popularity of true crime indicates a fascination with crime. Whether that interest is rooted in the perpetrators, the horror of the crimes themselves, or the pleasure in detective work, audiences continually gravitate toward narratives like "The Staircase" and "Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer" or podcasts like "My Favorite Murder" a…
 
Philadelphia’s punk rock legacy, much like Rocky Balboa, is one embodying a fight to the finish and unsung achievements. Such is the story of author, educator, and lifelong rabble-rouser Nancy Barile, whose autobiography, "I’m Not Holding Your Coat: My Bruises-and-All Memoir of Punk Rock Rebellion," revisits her beloved Philly and a revolutionary p…
 
What is the meaning of life? It’s a question that many (including Monty Python) have asked themselves through the annals of history and, most recently, during a global pandemic. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis evokes a discussion on the topic with Drexel University adjunct professor of philosophy Dr. Josh Peskin, exploring representations in popular film, t…
 
The podcast came back - but not the very next day. After a claw-fully long break, QQC returns to purr over trivia and paw at cocktails on this cat-themed episode. Join Bradley, Sarah, Karl, and Lydia as we buy Nyan Cat NFTs, revisit the animated musical phenomenon that was MC Skat Cat, and ponder how the mega rich will survive in their underground …
 
Remember when you were 14 and there was that one album that changed the way you see and hear the world? Taking its lead from The Adolescentia Project, a digital archive that honors the music of our past, this special episode delves deep into the 14 year-old selves of three Drexel University faculty members to understand how The Police, Carpenters, …
 
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the fashion world on its head, prompting independent designers to step up as larger, more established brands had to either pivot their business model or fold. Prudent designers followed the call to design comfy clothes like sweats, supportive footwear like Crocs, masks for both function and fashion, and creative collabo…
 
Part of the allure of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian fiction, whether in print or on screen, is the ability to conjure up possible worlds and concepts that don't yet exist in reality. Novelists have done this for centuries, inspiring television and film adaptations to give rise to scientifically-based visions of what lies ahead. Host Dr. M…
 
As unpopular as it may seem, poop is omnipresent. We all do it, we all think about it, and we all have established practices and product preferences. Companies make big bucks from human bowel movements, while social infrastructure determines how we “go” about our daily lives. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis lets loose alongside self-proclaimed poop advocate…
 
If the pandemmy blues have got you down join our group therapy session on this mental health themed QQC episode. Gather around the trust circle with Bradley, Sarah, Karl, and the newly admitted Lydia, to spill about our emotional support cats, commit a gay sin as we criticize Madonna, and down a drink that definitely has problems. Messy Brain You'l…
 
Everybody loves a good musical! They’re full of life, movement, poetry, social commentary, and, of course, plenty of song. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis joins the chorus line with Drexel University Associate Teaching Professor Gail D. Rosen, a life-long devotee of musicals, to discuss the best (and worst) in stage production and screen adaptation, as well…
 
Binging TV, movies, and social media during a pandemic is one way to cope with the daily uncertainty and inordinate amount of time spent at home. Fresh content abounds, giving viewers plenty of excuses to procrastinate from ongoing duties and the reality of the world outside. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis invites a cast of colleagues to chat about current…
 
2020 is over yet the symptoms remain. The unholy trivia trinity of Bradley, Sarah, and Karl look back at the year that never was on our latest Trainwreck of an episode. Listen as we advocate for plague doctor masks, go over Sarah's vast stock portfolio, and come up short trying to find cheery pandemic segues. Trainwreck You'll need 1 & ½ oz rum, 2 …
 
Zombies emerge as one of popular culture’s great symbols of anxiety, unrest, and crisis in the face of public health. More than ever, in a pandemic, zombie films conjure up the power of human instinct, strength, logic, and empathy. For this special episode, Host Dr. Melinda Lewis welcomes returning guest Dr. Kevin Egan to lead a team of outstanding…
 
If your tattered 2020 Christmas stocking isn't brimming with coal and COVID, fill it with cocktail recipes by our special guest on this bite sized QQC episode. Mixologist Carla joins Bradley and Sarah to dish on her annual Kwanboozemas project. Snuggle up and be terrified of Alberta for multiple reasons, talk weird holiday gifts, and guess answers …
 
Punk rock roots run decades deep in underground and mainstream culture. The music and aesthetics exist in opposition to convention and in reaction to the sociopolitical climate of the times. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis riffs with Drexel University political scientist Dr. Kevin Egan and historian Dr. Scott Gabriel Knowles about punk in popular culture, t…
 
QQC is back via our magical cloning hammock for an extra spooky edition of Simpsons trivia. Join Bradley, Karl, Shaun, and Adam in the Treehouse of Horror as we tell tales of live Simpsons read throughs, revisit our favourite guest stars, revive ghosts of Halloween past, and discuss the hot button issue of medium term convertible debentures. Thurgo…
 
At the intersection of material culture and critical theory is an ever-changing music industry. Just as popular media formats have evolved over the last century, so have marketing strategies and power dynamics to get those media into the hands of audiences around the world. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis spins tales and unpacks theory with Dr. Joe Steinhar…
 
This holiday weekend QQC feasts on white meat and looks back at the history of terrible white people on our first Thanksgiving episode. Listen as Bradley, Sarah, Mikey, and Melanie acknowledge the injustice of colonization, complain about our mother's stuffing, brush our teeth with whale milk, and make Autumn's Poison Apple cocktails for a gander o…
 
As the cancelled summer of 2020 comes to a close, we pine for days of concerts and crowd surfing with a music festival-themed episode. Top billing goes to soft rock trio Bradley, Sarah, and Melanie due to our drummer's sound check issues. We tune into a sweet-as-bubblegum-pop cocktail on our season five premiere. Jam out as we rave with gators at U…
 
Celebrating a 25th episode special, "Pop, the Question" turns the tables on Host Dr. Melinda Lewis to play a little game of celebrity Love and Hate Island. Pop culture expert, Drexel University colleague, and longtime friend Dr. Katie Barak quizzes Dr. Lewis about the worthiness of various celebrities and cultural icons. Some earn an appointment to…
 
Fashion always remains ahead of the curve and the vintage economy is no exception. Thrift stores and vintage specialty retailers offer an opportunity for consumers to find affordable glamour, to buy back their memories, and to even contribute to a global economy of product upcycling. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis sifts through the racks with fashion and t…
 
Recorded remotely, deep in Bigfoot country, the QQC team delves into the enigmatic pseudo-science of cryptozoology on our latest episode which definitely exists. Grab your ghillie suit and join Bradley, Mikey, Melanie, and Sarah as we recount the birth of the Jersey Devil, get bitten by snakes at the Burlington Coat Factory, gaze at kappa monsters …
 
We're being lonely together on this isolation themed episode featuring a tearfully tasty QQC original cocktail. Stave off cabin fever with Bradley, Sarah, Mikey, and Melanie as we Zoom through trivia questions about camels and emus waging war, give advice on the best lighting set up for webcam porn, and commiserate as we soldier through the "weird"…
 
We're back like Armin Tanzarian! On this special sequel edition of Queers, Questions and Cocktails, Bradley, Karl, Adam and Shaun serve up more classic Simpsons trivia. Play along as we make anagrams with Jeremy Irons, discuss our favourite "primo lesbian spokesperson of the universe" and drop multiple F-bombs reminiscing about LGBTQ portrayals in …
 
On this perfectly cromulent, special edition of Queers, Questions and Cocktails, we are parting with our regular format the way Hank Scorpio says goodbye to moccasins for a pub style Simpsons trivia episode. Little Bradley, and the rest (specifically Shaun, Adam and Karl) each present ten questions about the long running series. Join us as we discu…
 
Break quarantine with Queers, Questions and Cocktails. Take a vacation from your living room to tropical islands for Pina Coladas and abundant geography trivia. On this episode, Bradley welcomes QQC neophyte Karl, Taylor, and Canqueer's Luke to speculate about Tiger King Joe's sex life, play the coronavirus island Animal Crossing DLC and plan our p…
 
Young adult (YA) and children’s literature has defined contemporary pop culture. While Robert Cormier and Judy Blume set the stage in the 1970s for exploring adolescence, recent decades have ushered in a growing depth and diversity in the youth stories we read and write. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis curls up with a good conversation alongside Drexel Univ…
 
On this over the web, Frankenstein episode of Queers, Questions and Cocktails, Bradley and Sarah are joined by Melanie and Mikey to binge eat communion wafers, ask Dr. Dustin Hoffman for a vaccine and talk about our pandemic pass times. We're working on improving our sound and overall web recording prowess for the next episode. Mix up a Coronarita …
 
Ultrarunning is an introspective sport and way of life for those who commit to the long haul. It conjures up the unrelenting pace of running-themed movies and inspirational music, but also encourages contemplation of human joy and suffering. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis runs through the topic with ultrarunner and Drexel University information science pro…
 
Tedium isn’t such a bad thing, when you work for the stars. Such is the case for artist Grace Kim, whose fastidious craftwork has taken her all over the world to perfect what she was born to do as a precision tailor. Kim has worked with the likes of Rihanna, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Lucy Liu, Mahershala Ali, and sew on and sew forth. Host Dr. M…
 
On the latest episode of Queers, Questions and Cocktails we examine the screwed over and screwed up millennial generation. Join Bradley, Sarah, Jess and Canqueer’s Luke and Sebsatien as we swap fabric softener cocktail recipes, debate consent in Rocky Horror, and remember tossing beavers at Burning Man all while cleansing our disillusioned palettes…
 
Comfort television is nostalgia, kinship, family, convenience, escapism, and so much more. It includes favorites from the past, the syndicated usual suspects of "Law & Order" and "Star Trek" franchises, classic sitcoms, reality television, and other contemporary streaming hits. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis tunes in with former Drexel University colleague…
 
Swipe right on Queers, Questions and Cocktails: the pop culture trivia LGBT podcast with this episode where we delve into the woeful world of dating and hook up apps. Listen as Taylor, Amanda, Sarah and Bradley get all "fish jesus" as we audition for 90 Day Fiancé, tap on guys with scrawny beards, and submerge our inhibitions in the gelatinous and …
 
The field of computer science was once a playground for aspiring basement developers and classified government initiatives. Now, with the omnipresence of computer technology, video games, and a big push from Hollywood in recent decades, computer science permeates the greater economy, cultural landscape, and mostly everything humans do. Host Dr. Mel…
 
Game shows are a decades-long American television tradition, and "Wheel of Fortune" has one of the strongest legacies. Take a spin with Zaarah Abdul-Aziz, a Drexel University undergraduate who was a contestant and prize winner on "Wheel of Fortune" (engaging in plenty of wordplay with Pat Sajak and Vanna White). Host Dr. Melinda Lewis quizzes Abdul…
 
The indoor queers of QQC ventured out to the Ottawa Podcast Festival to record a Pride-themed live show! In honour of Capital Pride and the coming out of Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, we thirstily downed The Watson cocktail. Join our audience as Sarah, Mikey, Luke and Bradley try out solar powered fleshlights, wonder if nuns can masturbate and search ou…
 
QQC is delving into unfamiliar territory with this episode themed around the testo-esto love affair (and general sexuality, which we are very familiar with) as a sort of anti-Pride. Join Vesna, Amanda, Sarah and Bradley as we match with each other on Tinder, make the connection between tzatziki sauce and pederasty and sign up for foot fetishist res…
 
The Beatles made an unprecedented impact on music and pop culture when they first arrived on the scene over a half-century ago. To this day, their influence continues to reverberate for new generations of listeners worldwide, including a curious and critical group of Drexel University staff members who dove head first into The Beatles' back catalog…
 
A terrifying tale of parasitic beasts from beyond, the original Alien film turns 40 this month. To celebrate the sci-fi classic we’re being wounded by Ripley’s Splatter Shot. Listen as Bradley, Melanie, Mikey, and Sarah, who watched an completely unrelated movie in preparation, review the recent high school stage adaptation, talk the Simpsons’ visi…
 
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 l…
 
"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 tr…
 
To combat North America's severely bitter winter weather Queers, Questions and Cocktails is prescribing the Polar Vortex Antidote test tube shot on this cold and virus-themed episode. Bradley welcomes back show veterans Sarah and Mikey as they join Canqueer's Luke and QQC virgin-as-fresh-snow Melanie to search icy forests for psychotic beavers, rag…
 
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