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Vox Populorum is a blog and podcast devoted to pop culture criticism. We believe that the best way to understand culture is to discuss it. But we also believe that it's a lot more fun to have these conversations throwing back a couple beers at the bar rather than in a classroom. Please join our weekly round table of media critics, academics, creators, artists, professors, students and fans for an engaging discussion about movies, novels, comic books, television, video games, music or whatever else we happen to think of!



Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.

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Vox Populorum is a blog and podcast devoted to pop culture criticism. We believe that the best way to understand culture is to discuss it. But we also believe that it's a lot more fun to have these conversations throwing back a couple beers at the bar rather than in a classroom. Please join our weekly round table of media critics, academics, creators, artists, professors, students and fans for an engaging discussion about movies, novels, comic books, television, video games, music or whatever else we happen to think of!



Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit.

    Unpacking Bridgerton Season 3: Penelope, Queerness, and Fandom Reactions

    Unpacking Bridgerton Season 3: Penelope, Queerness, and Fandom Reactions

    It’s that time again… we’ve had another year of Bridgerton and of course we had to analyze it. Think about it, it’s a show about British regency society. In some ways this might be the most cultured and sophisticated thing we ever do. Also, there’s a lot of sex. On this week’s episode of VoxPopcast, Mav, Hannah, and Monica are joined by Corinne Matthews of the Sex, Love and Literature podcast to offer an in-depth review of Bridgerton Season 3, encompassing its characters, plot developments, and cultural impact. We touch on everything from racial and queer representation on the show to the questions of overweight/fat/size discourse that were a big part of this season. Listen and then let us know your thoughts in the comments.







    Citations and Links:









    * Adapting Bridgerton: Essays on the Netflix Show in Context











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    The Complex Legacy of Barbie: Gender, Fashion & Identity

    The Complex Legacy of Barbie: Gender, Fashion & Identity

    So how about that Barbie? No, not THAT Barbie… we did a show on the movie last year. No, what we want to talk about is enduring legacy of the concept of Barbie. Starting with the doll and going through to the movie, Barbie is just… always there. Or at least she has been for the last 65 years, ever since entrepreneur Ruth Handler saw a novelty sex doll on a shelf in Germany and said “that’s the perfect toy for little girls!” On this week’s episode we want to talk about WHY Barbie has had such an enduring legacy. So, Monica, Hannah and Mav invited returning guests and doll and toy historians Jehnie Burns and Jonathan Alexandratos to talk all things Barbie from her evolution, to her impact on gender perceptions, collector nostalgia, and queer representation. We also talk about… The X-men and Happy Meals… and more sex toys… it’s a wide ranging conversation. Listen and let us know your thoughts.







    Citations and Links:









    * This episode’s Call for Comments







    * Mattel’s official Barbie timeline







    * Jehnie’s blog, Barbies All the Way Down







    * Jonathan’s book, Articulating the Action Figure: Essays on the Toys and Their Messages







    * also check out Jehnie’s book Mixtape Nostalgia 











    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme







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    * Follow Jehnie on Instagram: @mixtapehistory







    * Follow Hannah on Twitter: @hannahleerogers







    * Follow Mav on Twitter: @chrismaverick







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    4 Killer Out-of-the-Box X-men Movie Pitches for the MCU

    4 Killer Out-of-the-Box X-men Movie Pitches for the MCU

    It’s somehow been five years since Disney’s acquisition of Fox and the impending promise therein of having the X-men added into the MCU. While we have … let’s just say feelings… about the idea of a single global megacorportation essentially owning the movie landscape in the US, that is perhaps a show for another day. Today we want to talk about that promise of the X-men. Ever since Kevin Feige announced that the X-men would be folded into the MCU fans have wondered “how” and … we’ve learned very little honestly. There’s been a sprinkle of vague references to mutant content into the MCU here and there, and of course later this summer Deadpool & Wolverine will have… at the very least.. well, Deadpool and Wolverine. But for the most part, five years later, we still don’t know when we really will see the X-men, or who those X-men will be.







    In this episode Mav is joined by guests Stephanie Siler and Andrew and Kestra Dorowski to brainstorm their ideal casts and storylines for integrating the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Join us as we each pitch a fill idea for an X-men movie, complete with casts and … let’s say varyingly traditional plot synopses… The discussion covers a range of creative concepts, from courtroom dramas to psychological thrillers, while also delving into the dynamics and relationship conflicts among key characters as well as suggesting actors who could portray the parts. Will you agree? Listen and let us know in the comments below.







    Citations and Links:









    * Hear Mav & Steph discuss a classic X-men comic: The New Mutants Demon Bear Saga on the X-Wife Podcast







    * Hear Andrew challenge Mav and Joe Darowski to draft varying X-men teams on The Protagonist Podcast







    * Listen to Andrew and Kestra’s show, Disney Animation Minute Essentials and follow them on Twitter: @disminute







    * Listen to Andrew’s other show The Protagonist Podcast







    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme







    * Follow Mav on Twitter: @chrismaverick







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    The All-Time Best All-Time Best Albums List of All Time

    The All-Time Best All-Time Best Albums List of All Time

    A couple weeks ago, Apple Music released their list of the 100 Best Albums of all time. This isn’t really new. People do it all the time. In fact, Rolling Stone publishes a top 500 Albums of all time list fairly regularly. More than anything, these lists serve to create arguments amongst the readers about who got snubbed or who was on it that didn’t deserve to be or the order of the rankings or who knows what other random opinions. Mostly, it seems to serve to create conversation about itself. Well, we’re going to be a part of that. In this week’s episode Mav and Wayne are joined by returning guest Stephanie Siler and new guest, music journalist Quentin Harrison to talk all about how”delve into the craft of creating ‘”Greatest Albums lists” are created and why they are important (or not) and how we would do it differently. Then we’ll even give you our own picks. Do you have differences of opinions? Let us know in the comments.







    Citations and Links:









    * This episode’s Call For Comments







    * 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery







    * “Music 100 Best Albums” by Apple Music







    * “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” by Rolling Stone











    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme







    * Follow Quentin on Instagram: @retromodernfly







    * Follow Mav on Twitter: @chrismaverick







    * Follow Wayne on Instagram: @tetroc2017







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    The VoxPopcast Best 100 Albums (at least for today as we wrote them but would probably change if you ask us tomorrow)







    As you get to the end of the episode you’ll hear the four of us decide to try and give this a try ourselves. We each decided (more or less) to each create a list of 25 so that we would have a total of 100 once they were all added together. Each individual list (and all four as a whole) are actually unranked for reasons we discussed on the show, but they are still our recommendations.







    Quentin’s List







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    Adrenaline and Affection: Exploring the Action Romance Genre

    Adrenaline and Affection: Exploring the Action Romance Genre

    What do you do if you’re in couple that was designed on an 80s sitcom so you have extremely traditional gender roles of a feminine partner who loves lovey dovey chick flicks and a masculine partner violent ‘splosiony dude movies. You go to an action romance of course! So it turns out that we don’t really subscribe very much to traditional gender roles (have you heard the show before?) but even still we have thoughts about the emergent genre. So, on this special double date episode, Hannah and Mav invite their partners Josh Stroud and Stephanie Siler to go to the movies! Well, or at least to come to podcast and spend the morning breaking down and dissecting the intricacies of the action romance genre.







    On this episode we discuss everything from recent films like The Fall Guy, Ghosted, Jungle Cruise, and the Lost City to classics like Titanic, Baby Driver, Romancing the Stone and The Mummy to debate what qualifies as an action romance and examinine the impact of gender dynamics, societal norms, and commercial influences on genre classification. Listen then let us know your thoughts and what films we missed.







    Citations and Links:









    * Netflix-Codes.com







    * “Netflix Secret Codes 2024: Every Movie & Series Category on Netflix” by Kasey Moore







    * “Netflix Built Its Microgenres By Staring Into The American Soul” by Alexis Madrigal







    * “Everything and Less: The Novel in the Age of Amazon” by Mark McGurl







    * Legal Services Corporation







    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme







    * Follow Hannah on Twitter: @hannahleerogers







    * Follow Mav on Twitter: @chrismaverick







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    X-men '97 Revisited: Superheroes, Sacrifices, & Saturday Mornings

    X-men '97 Revisited: Superheroes, Sacrifices, & Saturday Mornings

    There’s an argument that the current wave of superhero dominated content that pervades popular media doesn’t begin with the MCU but with X-men the Animated Series, a cartoon that ran from 1992-1997 and is a formative touchstone for many millennial viewers who have come of age today. This argument may be somewhat backed up by the existence of X-men ’97, a cartoon revival of the series that picks up right where the original show left off, but replacing the kid-friendly fare of the 90s with complex, gritty, and frankly rather adult (in more ways than one) storytelling fit for the streaming content era. So, as it appears most pop culture podcasts and shows did… we watched it all! Only we’re not going to just talk about it, we’re going to deconstruct it with academic and cultural lenses… you know… like we do on this show.







    So, on this episode Mav, Hannah and Wayne welcome returning guest — and new Eisner nominated author of the best selling book, The Claremont Run — Andrew Deman as well as first time guest and editor of an upcoming academic volume on X-men the Animated series, Jeremy Carnes. Literally, as perfect a cast of academic scholars devoted to X-men the animated series as you are likely to find anywhere. So, listen as we break down our takes on racial, gender, sexual, religious and geopolitical themes that pervade the new series… and also we’ll connect it to the TV show Bridgerton. Because that’s what we do here! Then let us know your thoughts in the comments below.







    Citations and Links:









    * order Eisner award nominated, The Claremont Run by J. Andrew Deman







    * order Unstable Masks featuring the essay “‘The Original Enchantment’: Whiteness, Indigeneity, and Representational Logics in The New Mutants” by Jeremy M. Carnes











    * Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme







    * Follow Hannah on Twitter: @hannahleerogers







    * Follow Mav on Twitter: @chrismaverick







    * Follow Wayne on Instagram: @tetroc2017







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Customer Reviews

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40 Ratings

40 Ratings

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I’m All In!

A show that combines three of my favorite things: pop culture, drinking and swearing!?!? Yes, please! This pseudo-academic podcast is way too much fun for its own good and anyone can find something to connect with. Love it!

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Great show

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Super smart look at pop culture!

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