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Musicians, singers, and dancers will once again fill the stage at the civic center this weekend for Symphoria’s Holiday Pops concerts. The symphony’s principal pops conductor described what’s new and how the program comes together. 

Sean O’Loughlin says he spent a week back in September crafting an arrangement that won’t be heard anywhere else.

 “Symphoria is playing music literally, this holiday season, that it’s the only place that you’ll hear it, including a new opening overture that I wrote called Holiday Wonder which captures the theme of our concerts.”

Alice Cooper. Madonna. And Miles Davis. What do these three musicians all have in common? They are all members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Voting is underway for the 2018 inductees and we're here to discuss it with you.

Who did Joe Lee and Geoff Herbert vote to send to the Hall of Fame? Find out this week on Pop Life.

Songwriter and musician Jimmy Webb had a decades-long friendship and musical partnership with Glen Campbell.  The Campbell hits Wichita Lineman, By the Time I get to Phoenix, and Galveston all came from Webb. 

(Jimmy Webb, Kim Campbell & Ashley Campbell spoke with Live Space's Entertainment's Tom Honan and WAER's Chris Bolt: Listen below to full interview and music.)

Pop Life continues this week as Joe Lee and Geoff Herbert discuss the current state of singing competition shows. What makes The Voice, a different kind of show than American Idol? And what's our reaction to Fox's new singing show The Four? 

Also this week the guys dive into Season 2 of Stranger Things, but no spoilers on this show! If you like what you hear make sure to subscribe in ITunes for automatic delivery of new episodes.

When Nora McInerny's dad died, she lost his stories. The ones she's not sure she's remembering correctly, and the ones she never knew – like those from his time as a Recon Marine in Vietnam. Nora meets some of the men with whom her dad served, and discovers how a single day in 1968 shaped a group of boys into the mercurial, complicated men they would become.

Recently the press has been having a field day with all the scandals emerging from big time actors and directors to prominent members of the media.It's all coming at such a blinding pace, it's enough to make your head spin.

Fear not, Pop Life has you covered. WAER's Joe Lee and's Geoff Herbert fill you in on what happens when Good Actors Do Bad Things.

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This year’s Syracuse International Film Festival is chock full of thematic, independent work, from short films to local and international ones that aren’t typically seen at local cinemas.

Now in its 14th season, the film festival is a viewer’s ticket to a plethora of ideas, locations and perspectives.

This Saturday, the Palace Theater in Eastwood hosts a film festival for horror movie fans. 

Freddy Fest is an all-day tribute to Freddy Krueger … and will feature the screening of all seven of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” films in their original 35 mm format.   Director Jack Sholder, who crafted Nightmare on Elm Street Two, will be there for a Q-and-A session, along with actors and vendors .

This Saturday at Noon WAER will debut a new weekly show from NPR, It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders.  Sanders joined NPR in 2009 as a Kroc Fellow, and since then has worn many hats within the organization, including field producer and breaking news reporter. He's spent time at three Member stations as well: WUNC in North Carolina, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and WBUR in Boston, as an intern for On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

In anticipation of his show coming to WAER, Kevin Kloss had a chance to chat with Sam and talk about what he hopes to accomplish.

Jazz and art fans might be interested in heading to Utica for a concert at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Saturday.  The Hot Sardines will bring their up-to-date renditions of jazz tunes from decades past.  The concert supports the current exhibition, Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35, which includes paintings, fashion, jewelry and other artifacts.