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.
Solarpunk and How We Escape Dystopia
In this episode we explore a relatively new subgenre of science fiction called Solarpunk, which aims to imagine better ecologically harmonious futures. In many ways Solarpunk is a reaction to both the real-world climate crisis and to the many apocalyptic visions of collapse that fill our screens. Andrew Sage from the YouTube channel Andrewism joins us for this conversation.
Demystifying Fair Use, Copyright, and Content ID
In this episode, we discuss the fair use doctrine and why it's so important for everyone on the internet. We also dig into how fair use interacts with YouTube’s Content ID system. Two legal experts in fair use join the conversation: Art Neill and Erika Lee from New Media Rights.
A Conversation with Artist Simon Stålenhag
An in-depth conversation with award-winning Swedish artist and storyteller Simon Stålenhag. Simon is the creator of narrative art books like Tales From the Loop, Things From the Flood, and The Electric State. We discuss what it’s like for a small artist to be courted by the Hollywood machine. We dig into the meaning and messages in dystopia science fiction. And we talk about the negative implications of AI art generators.
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.
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.
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.
A breath of fresh air
I love having a new podcast to listen to that gives educated perspectives on these topics. Very insightful and engaging episodes! Keep up the great work I’ll be supporting the Patreon
Very excited for this show!
Have been a huge fan of the YouTube channel for years - extensively researched and well made points throughout.
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.