7 episodes

This podcast investigates the messages embedded in popular movies, tv shows, and video games from a sociological prospective, featuring in-depth discussion on themes of politics, race, and masculinity. Audio Files is an extension of the Pop Culture Detective video essay series on YouTube, also hosted by Jonathan McIntosh.

Pop Culture Detective: Audio Files Jonathan McIntosh

    • TV & Film
    • 5.0 • 77 Ratings

This podcast investigates the messages embedded in popular movies, tv shows, and video games from a sociological prospective, featuring in-depth discussion on themes of politics, race, and masculinity. Audio Files is an extension of the Pop Culture Detective video essay series on YouTube, also hosted by Jonathan McIntosh.

    The Multiversal Case of Everything Everywhere

    The Multiversal Case of Everything Everywhere

    In this episode, we investigate the mind-bending multiverse movie Everything Everywhere All At Once and discuss the messages and meaning embedded in the cinematic madness.

    • 57 min
    The Case of Boba Fett and the Hollywood Western

    The Case of Boba Fett and the Hollywood Western

    We investigate The Book of Boba Fett and discuss how this new Star Wars series pulls many of its themes and motifs directly from old Hollywood Westerns, including a few regressive tropes popular in that genre.

    • 53 min
    The Continuing Case of Ted Lasso

    The Continuing Case of Ted Lasso

    In this episode we investigate the second season of the hit Apple TV comedy series Ted Lasso. We see much more character development this time around as the writers attempt to complicate Ted’s happy-go-lucky wholesome persona but a few outstanding issues remain unaddressed.

    • 55 min
    Indiana Jones and The Case of The Ancient Aliens

    Indiana Jones and The Case of The Ancient Aliens

    In this episode we deconstruct what is probably the worst Steven Spielberg movie - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We discuss the film’s misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples and dig into the ways that media tropes about ancient aliens and alien uplift contribute to the problem. Professor of literature and culture Dr. Felicia Lopez lends her expertise to this conversation.

    • 50 min
    The Case of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

    The Case of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

    In this episode we investigate the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and discuss how the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents or misrepresents themes of racism, activist politics, masculinity, and male friendship. We also examine the show's depiction of men in therapy.

    • 55 min
    The Case of The Cursed Jungle Cruise

    The Case of The Cursed Jungle Cruise

    In this episode we investigate Disney's new adventure film Jungle Cruise, starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Hoping to copy the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Disney's latest attempt to turn a theme park attraction into a blockbuster movie tries to sidestep some of the ride’s more racist history but still leans on tropes of exoticism and colonial adventurism. We also discuss Disney's baffling choice to include a series of gay jokes in the movie.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

Montreal Student ,

Very excited for this show!

Have been a huge fan of the YouTube channel for years - extensively researched and well made points throughout.

J-Beart ,

Love Pop Culture Detective!

This audio files version lives up to the original YouTube channel. The experts bring a great perspective to the conversations. It has helped to provide language to many parts of pop culture that always bothered me as problematic.

theshecreature ,

Warms this film scholar’s heart

I’ve been watching the YouTube channel for quite some time and am always impressed, yet I admit I was a little apprehensive that the insights might be lowered in a real-time discussion. Boy, am I glad to be wrong! The discussions are so thoughtful and chock full of the kinds of insights of the YouTube channel, but with a thought-provoking depth that is usually difficult to attain in podcast form. I’ve been waiting for this for a very long time — thank you and I’m looking forward to more!

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