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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!

    Romeo and Juliet (The Summer Theatre Program)

    Romeo and Juliet (The Summer Theatre Program)

    Good Morrow and welcome to the Summer Theatre Program! We’re coming in hot with a discussion of the world’s favorite romantic tragedy, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.



    We break down some popular adaptations and retellings of the play, from the modern take with Leo and Claire Danes, to West Side Story, to Gnomeo and Juliet, to the YA fantasy novel These Violent Delights. 



    Then we look at some of our favorite references to R&J in pop culture, like the episode of Gilmore Girls where Rory played Juliet, and the greatest song ever written, Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.”



    We also muse about which social media apps a modern Romeo and Juliet would use (Juliet = Tumblr; Romeo = Reddit).



    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and visit ThePopDNA.blog for reading lists and links to things we discuss!


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Good Place: Through the Last Door

    The Good Place: Through the Last Door

    Once again we are sad to say goodbye to a discussion topic, and this time it feels especially poignant.



    This week we look at how The Good Place explores our final state of existence in the context of religious, especially Catholic and Protestant Christian, ideas of the After Life. We also talk about one of our favorite books, A Wrinkle in Time, and the parallels we see between the book and the fantastical journey taken by the characters on The Good Place.



    Join us next week for the premiere of The Summer Theatre Program! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram and visit ThePopDNA.blog for links to everything we discuss!


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    • 43 min
    The Good Place: Toxic Americana and Cortana

    The Good Place: Toxic Americana and Cortana

    Why are AI assistants like Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Janet ("Not a girl, not a robot") from The Good Place, almost always coded as female? And what affect does this have on real gender biases? 



    How does The Good Place further explore and comment on the toxic aspects of American society and culture? 



    We attempt to answer these questions and more in part 3 of our discussion of The Good Place.



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    • 41 min
    The Good Place: Ethics 101

    The Good Place: Ethics 101

    The Good Place was incredibly deft at taking complex ethical and philosophical questions and making them accessible for a general audience, and it often did this through evoking that tried-and-true TV metaphor for when the characters are learning a life lesson: the college campus.



    This week we look at several other TV shows that used the college 101 course trope to explore deeper questions, like Community, Greek, and Boy Meets World. We also dig in to that mainstay of ethics discussions in pop culture: The Trolley Problem!



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    • 38 min
    The Good Place: Into the Schur-niverse

    The Good Place: Into the Schur-niverse

    We love Schur shows here at Pop DNA, and The Good Place is possibly the Schur-iest of all. 



    For part 1 of this discussion, we look at how The Good Place fits in with Michael Schur's other work, namely The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn 99, focusing on how these shows explore the elements of found family, learning to care (or caring too much), and unique character dynamics. 



    We attempt to match Parks and Rec characters with their The Good Place counterparts (Tahani is someone from Eagleton, obviously), speculate whether Ron Swanson is in The Good Place, and explore the idea of Leslie Knope and Eleanor Shellstrop as narrative foils (even though they're not in the same narrative).



    Find us on social media and visit ThePopDNA.blog for links to everything we discuss!


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    • 41 min
    BONUS! The British Monarchy Cinematic Universe

    BONUS! The British Monarchy Cinematic Universe

    It's Rhonda's Birthday Bonus so we're talking about one of her favorite media franchises, the BMCU! In the British Monarchy Cinematic Universe Tony Blair looks exactly like Michael Sheen.



    We're geeking out over movies and TV shows about British royals, from The Favourite, to The Crown, to the Lifetime original Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance. We also discuss the current state of the British Monarchy from our expert opinions (Oprah should be the Queen), and the various lights in which the BMCU has portrayed generations of the royal family. And because BuzzFeed has a quiz for everything, we also reveal which British monarchs we are. 



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    • 1 hr 28 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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