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Pop DNA traces the roots of your favorite pop culture works.



We're Erin and Rhonda, and we are big old nerds. We love dissecting our favorite movies, TV shows, and more, and we're really into how literature, history, and culture have influenced the works we consume. We explore connections across mediums, like the Greek myths and early 20th century feminism echoed in Wonder Woman, or the dystopian fiction and real-life revolutions that informed The Hunger Games, or the diversity of cultural influences in Star Wars, and more!



There are also bad jokes. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

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Pop DNA traces the roots of your favorite pop culture works.



We're Erin and Rhonda, and we are big old nerds. We love dissecting our favorite movies, TV shows, and more, and we're really into how literature, history, and culture have influenced the works we consume. We explore connections across mediums, like the Greek myths and early 20th century feminism echoed in Wonder Woman, or the dystopian fiction and real-life revolutions that informed The Hunger Games, or the diversity of cultural influences in Star Wars, and more!



There are also bad jokes. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

    Shadow and Bone: Saints and Dyads

    Shadow and Bone: Saints and Dyads

    This week we look at the Ravkan religion, or Worship of the Saints, in Shadow and Bone, and how this belief system and Leigh Bardugo’s own Jewish background inform the world of the Grishaverse. 



    We also draw comparisons from Alina’s relationships with both Mal and the Darkling to similar character pairings in other media works--and Rhonda finally states once and for all where she stands on Reylo.



    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter and visit ThePopDNA.blog for links to everything we talk about!




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    • 35 min
    Shadow and Bone: Ravka at War

    Shadow and Bone: Ravka at War

    What do you call a fantasy country that is inspired by 19th century Russia, but is NOT 19th century Russia?



    In part 2 of our Shadow and Bone discussion we look at how Leigh Bardugo drew from Russian culture and history to create the world of Ravka, the folklore and fairytales we see woven throughout the Grishaverse, and how these influences helped shape the TV series.



    We also explore Alina and Mal’s experiences as children of war through parallels with works with similar character archetypes and themes, such as Attack on Titan, The Hunger Games, and the novel She Who Became the Sun.



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    • 45 min
    Shadow and Bone: Mapping Magic

    Shadow and Bone: Mapping Magic

    Join us as we enter the Shadow Fold and dive into the Netflix series, and book series it’s based on, Shadow and Bone!



    Part one of our discussion looks at the world Leigh Bardugo has created with the Grishaverse, from her approach to world building (and how it compares to other fantasy authors’ approaches), to her inspirations, to the fascinating magic system of The Small Science. 



    Rhonda misquotes Arthur C. Clarke and Erin admirably restrains herself from getting nerdy about the Grishaverse monsters known as the Volcra, so we’re very on-brand here.



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    • 55 min
    Downton Abbey: We’re Talking About Parasite Now?

    Downton Abbey: We’re Talking About Parasite Now?

    We’re wrapping up our Downton Abbey series with a look at how the show has influenced and interacted with other popular media and pop culture!



    Our discussion meanders around Downton’s contribution to the surge in popularity of historical drama TV shows, to its place in the lexicon of class commentary media such as films like Parasite and Us, to the many references, spoofs, and comedy sketches the show has inspired. Listen closely and you might hear a familiar voice in one of those sketches…



    We also, as is our tradition, took a “Which Character Are You?” quiz to put a cap on this series, and you’ll never guess who we got!



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    • 44 min
    Downton Abbey: Upstairs Women, Downstairs Women

    Downton Abbey: Upstairs Women, Downstairs Women

    This week in our Downton Abbey series we are getting on our gender and class soap boxes, so buckle up!



    We see Mary, Anna, Sybil, Daisy, and the other women of Downton navigating the changing roles of women in English society, but what would these roles have looked like for real women of the time?



    We also look at one the largest media influences on Downton Abbey--the 1970s ITV series Upstairs, Downstairs--and how these two shows’ handling of social class reflects the respective times in which they were made.



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    • 39 min
    Downton Abbey: The Sun Never Sets...

    Downton Abbey: The Sun Never Sets...

    Downton Abbey takes place in the 1910s and 1920s, a time of great societal and cultural changes that had been in the making for decades. 



    This week we are having some real fun and talking about the decline of the British Empire! From the Industrial Revolution, to changes in class structure, to political upheaval such as the Irish Independence movement, and eventually the loss of colonial power during and as a direct effect of the First World War, these were some super cool times for everyone!



    We look at how the Irish Rebellion directly impacts the story and characters on Downton Abbey, and how the show has a tendency to gloss over economic and class issues that would have had a direct impact on the Crawleys and their servants. It is possibly the most historical we’ve ever gotten on the podcast.



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    • 36 min

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Lovely_Nikki ,

I am obsessed!

Pop DNA is such a treat! I look forward to their episodes. Erin and Rhonda are such gems! They are hilarious, intelligent, and whimsical. I laugh and I actually learn something. Shakespeare is better than Disney for sure! I wish they had a live show in California!

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