33 episodes

"Pop, the Question" is a spirited dialogue about popular culture, produced by Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Hosted by Dr. Melinda Lewis, the series engages in conversations with guests about the ways in which popular culture intersects with their interests, research, and fields of study.

Pop, the Question Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

"Pop, the Question" is a spirited dialogue about popular culture, produced by Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. Hosted by Dr. Melinda Lewis, the series engages in conversations with guests about the ways in which popular culture intersects with their interests, research, and fields of study.

    Pandemic Fashion (S4-E33, Lindsay Alshouse and Gabrielle Bak)

    Pandemic Fashion (S4-E33, Lindsay Alshouse and Gabrielle Bak)

    The COVID-19 pandemic turned the fashion world on its head, prompting independent designers to step up as larger, more established brands had to either pivot their business model or fold. Prudent designers followed the call to design comfy clothes like sweats, supportive footwear like Crocs, masks for both function and fashion, and creative collaborations with independent designers and craftspeople representing diverse clientele and wide-ranging needs. Drexel fashion design major Lindsay Alshouse and fashion design graduate Gabrielle Bak join Host Dr. Melinda Lewis for a big reveal of fashion trends from the pandemic, as well as industry shifts and their impact on popular culture.

    "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

    Recorded April 10, 2021 through virtual conferencing in collaboration with Enrollment Management & Student Success (EMSS) (Philadelphia, PA, USA).

    Featured Guests: Lindsay Alshouse (Undergraduate Student, Fashion Design, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University) and Gabrielle Bak (Alumna, Fashion Design)

    Host and Producer: Melinda Lewis, PhD (Associate Director, Marketing & Media)

    Dean: Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD (Dean, Pennoni Honors College)

    Executive Producer: Erica Levi Zelinger (Director, Marketing & Media)

    Producer: Brian Kantorek (Assistant Director, Marketing & Media)

    Research and Script: Melinda Lewis, PhD

    Audio Engineering and Editing: Brian Kantorek

    Original Theme Music: Brian Kantorek

    Production Assistance: Noah Levine

    Graphic Design: Alex Hotchkiss

    Logo Design: Michal Anderson

    Additional Voiceover: Malia Lewis

    Copyright © 2021 Drexel University

    • 19 min
    Dystopian Science Fiction’s Past, Present, and Futures (S4-E32, Raja Schaar)

    Dystopian Science Fiction’s Past, Present, and Futures (S4-E32, Raja Schaar)

    Part of the allure of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian fiction, whether in print or on screen, is the ability to conjure up possible worlds and concepts that don't yet exist in reality. Novelists have done this for centuries, inspiring television and film adaptations to give rise to scientifically-based visions of what lies ahead. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis explores this genre of popular media with Drexel University product design professor, lifelong sci-fi and fantasy fiction enthusiast, and self-proclaimed "Doomsday optimist" Raja Schaar, unearthing the power of imagined stories to help make sense of (and potentially heal) a fractured society.

    "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

    Recorded November 9, 2020 through virtual conferencing (Philadelphia, PA, USA).

    Featured Guest: Raja Schaar (Assistant Professor and Program Director, Product Design, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University)

    Host and Producer: Melinda Lewis, PhD (Associate Director, Marketing & Media)

    Dean: Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD (Dean, Pennoni Honors College)

    Executive Producer: Erica Levi Zelinger (Director, Marketing & Media)

    Producer: Brian Kantorek (Assistant Director, Marketing & Media)

    Research and Script: Melinda Lewis, PhD

    Audio Engineering and Editing: Brian Kantorek

    Original Theme Music: Brian Kantorek

    Production Assistance: Noah Levine

    Graphic Design: Alex Hotchkiss

    Logo Design: Michal Anderson

    Additional Voiceover: Malia Lewis

    Copyright © 2021 Drexel University

    • 19 min
    Poop, the Question (S4-E31, Alaina and Jake)

    Poop, the Question (S4-E31, Alaina and Jake)

    As unpopular as it may seem, poop is omnipresent. We all do it, we all think about it, and we all have established practices and product preferences. Companies make big bucks from human bowel movements, while social infrastructure determines how we “go” about our daily lives. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis lets loose alongside self-proclaimed poop advocates and Drexel University undergraduate students Alaina and Jake to tackle this typically taboo topic with humor and pragmatism.

    "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

    Recorded September 17, 2020 through virtual conferencing (Philadelphia, PA, USA).

    Featured Guest: Alaina and Jake (Undergraduate Students, Drexel University)

    Host and Producer: Melinda Lewis, PhD (Associate Director, Marketing & Media)

    Dean: Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD (Dean, Pennoni Honors College)

    Executive Producer: Erica Levi Zelinger (Director, Marketing & Media)

    Producer: Brian Kantorek (Assistant Director, Marketing & Media)

    Research and Script: Melinda Lewis, PhD

    Audio Engineering and Editing: Brian Kantorek

    Original Theme Music: Brian Kantorek

    Production Assistance: Noah Levine

    Graphic Design: Nina Pagano

    Logo Design: Michal Anderson

    Additional Voiceover: Malia Lewis

    Copyright © 2021 Drexel University

    • 19 min
    Musicals! (S4-E30, Gail D. Rosen)

    Musicals! (S4-E30, Gail D. Rosen)

    Everybody loves a good musical! They’re full of life, movement, poetry, social commentary, and, of course, plenty of song. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis joins the chorus line with Drexel University Associate Teaching Professor Gail D. Rosen, a life-long devotee of musicals, to discuss the best (and worst) in stage production and screen adaptation, as well as the power, memory, and future of the great musical.

    "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

    Recorded September 30, 2020 through virtual conferencing (Philadelphia, PA, USA).

    Featured Guest: Gail D. Rosen, JD (Associate Teaching Professor, Department of English & Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University)

    Host and Producer: Melinda Lewis, PhD (Associate Director, Marketing & Media)

    Dean: Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD (Dean, Pennoni Honors College)

    Executive Producer: Erica Levi Zelinger (Director, Marketing & Media)

    Producer: Brian Kantorek (Assistant Director, Marketing & Media)

    Research and Script: Melinda Lewis, PhD

    Audio Engineering and Editing: Brian Kantorek

    Original Theme Music: Brian Kantorek

    Production Assistance: Noah Levine

    Graphic Design: Nina Pagano

    Logo Design: Michal Anderson

    Additional Voiceover: Malia Lewis

    Copyright © 2021 Drexel University

    • 19 min
    Pennoni's Pandemic Picks (S4-E29, Various Guests)

    Pennoni's Pandemic Picks (S4-E29, Various Guests)

    Binging TV, movies, and social media during a pandemic is one way to cope with the daily uncertainty and inordinate amount of time spent at home. Fresh content abounds, giving viewers plenty of excuses to procrastinate from ongoing duties and the reality of the world outside. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis invites a cast of colleagues to chat about current TV series, horror flicks, and even some throwbacks that have been occupying their minds and capturing their hearts.

    "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

    Recorded September 16, 2020 through virtual conferencing as part of two sessions for Pennoni Honors College Honors Student Orientation (Philadelphia, PA, USA).

    Featured Guests: Brian Kantorek (Assistant Director, Marketing & Media, Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University); Jaya Mohan (Director, Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs; Martha Meiers (Program Manager, Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs); and Erica Levi Zelinger (Director, Marketing & Media)

    Host and Producer: Melinda Lewis, PhD (Associate Director, Marketing & Media)

    Dean: Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD (Dean, Pennoni Honors College)

    Executive Producer: Erica Levi Zelinger (Director, Marketing & Media)

    Producer: Brian Kantorek (Assistant Director, Marketing & Media)

    Research and Script: Melinda Lewis, PhD

    Audio Engineering and Editing: Brian Kantorek

    Original Theme Music: Brian Kantorek

    Production Assistance: Noah Levine

    Graphic Design: Nina Pagano

    Logo Design: Michal Anderson

    Additional Voiceover: Malia Lewis

    Copyright © 2021 Drexel University

    • 19 min
    Zombie Apocalypse (S4-E28, Various Guests)

    Zombie Apocalypse (S4-E28, Various Guests)

    Zombies emerge as one of popular culture’s great symbols of anxiety, unrest, and crisis in the face of public health. More than ever, in a pandemic, zombie films conjure up the power of human instinct, strength, logic, and empathy. For this special episode, Host Dr. Melinda Lewis welcomes returning guest Dr. Kevin Egan to lead a team of outstanding Drexel University faculty through a discussion on what it takes to survive a zombie apocalypse and whose expertise will best equip them to lead the cause.

    "Pop, the Question" is a production of Marketing & Media in Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University.

    Recorded October 20, 2020 through virtual conferencing in collaboration with Enrollment Management & Student Success (EMSS) (Philadelphia, PA, USA).

    Featured Guests: Kevin Egan, PhD (Director, Academic Programs, Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University); Dimitrios Papadopoulos, EdD (Assistant Teaching Professor, Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University); Josh Peskin, PhD (Adjunct Professor, Pennoni Honors College); Raja Schaar (Program Director and Assistant Professor, Product Design, Westphal College of Media Arts & Design); and Steven Weber, PhD (Department Head and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering)

    Host and Producer: Melinda Lewis, PhD (Associate Director, Marketing & Media)

    Dean: Paula Marantz Cohen, PhD (Dean, Pennoni Honors College)

    Executive Producer: Erica Levi Zelinger (Director, Marketing & Media)

    Producer: Brian Kantorek (Assistant Director, Marketing & Media)

    Research and Script: Kevin Egan, PhD and Melinda Lewis, PhD

    Audio Engineering and Editing: Brian Kantorek

    Original Theme Music: Brian Kantorek

    Production Assistance: Noah Levine

    Graphic Design: Nina Pagano

    Logo Design: Michal Anderson

    Additional Voiceover: Malia Lewis

    Copyright © 2020 Drexel University

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

richowen24 ,

Love this Podcast

Dr. Melinda Lewis is an absolute treasure

JFHartnett ,

So good.

This podcast needs to be twice as long. Each episode is so different, discussing pop culture in all its forms. It’s so fun and so hard to remind yourself it’s a podcast and not a conversation that you can actually join in while listening... but that’s a huge part of the fun of it! It’s really thought provoking and well done.

Lovenewray ,

Nice

Fun topic, great pacing, great banter and insight.

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