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Political ideas meet pop culture. Hosted by Landry Ayres and Natalie Dowzicky.
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    Just Mercy

    Just Mercy

    Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer from Harvard when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a non‐profit law firm in Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned. One of Stevenson’s first clients was Walter McMillian, a Black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of a young white woman that he didn’t commit. With Michael B. Jordan portraying Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian, our movie in focus today, Just Mercy, tells a heartbreaking story of how the US justice system carries out the death penalty.
    How has society changed its' views on the death penalty? How has the work of the Equal Justice Initiative helped inmates on death row? How does our criminal justice system treat death penalty cases?

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    • 44 min
    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    In a post‐​apocalyptic wasteland, Furiosa rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her lost homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max. This movie has been hailed as the ultimate feminist action movie, but does it deserve that accreditation? Kat Murti & Lester Romero help us unpack all of the action we witnessed on the Fury Road.
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    • 45 min
    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an epic adventure based on the novels written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Set in Middle‐​earth, the story follows the young Hobbit, Frodo Baggins, as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, to ensure the destruction of the Dark Lord Sauron. What is the Lord of the Rings story actually about? And, why is it so popular?
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    • 54 min
    Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    After months of delay, Wonder Woman 1984 was finally released on HBO Max in addition to select theaters. There was plenty of anticipation for the sequel, but ultimately it was less than impressive. With a wishing stone, the introduction of the villain Cheetah, and the return of Steve Trevor the movie jumped around leaving the audience confused. With a third movie already approved, we hope director Patty Jenkins can learn from some of her mistakes.
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    • 43 min
    The Mandalorian

    The Mandalorian

    Michael Cannon, Stephen Kent, Pat Eddington, and Nick Armstrong join the show to discuss how The Mandalorian focused on character development. The show has let us discover much more of the galaxy and introduces even more opportunities for story-telling. Ultimately the show is about the travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.
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    • 57 min
    M*A*S*H

    M*A*S*H

    There was one TV show that was able to show the horrors of war, incisively critique it, but still inspire compassion for those affected by it. M*A*S*H creators understood the power of comedy to hit just the right laughable notes between moment of introspection. Throughout this special episode of Pop & Locke we ask Mike Farrell, who plays BJ Hunnicutt on the show, about his time with the cast and how he was inspired to create his character.


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    • 55 min

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