Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Remember when AMC was the place to go for black and white classic movies? Long gone are those days and AMC has emerged as a growing source of content creation. This week on Pop Life, Joe Lee and Bob Thompson look at the transformation of AMC and the creation of hits like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead.

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Season Three of Invisibilia starts July 7th at 7PM on WAER. Invisibilia Season 3 tackles emotions, probing a radically new way of looking at some fundamental questions: Where do emotions come from? Can racism be cured? How is it that two people can look out the window at the exact same thing and see something completely different?

In anticipation of  Season Three, WAER's Chris Bolt sat down with hosts Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel to highlight their latest episodes and get an inside look at their process.

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Music fans who go to see Bob Dylan Sunday at the Lakeview Amphitheater might very well hear songs written by Syracuse native Son Jimmy Van Heusen.  Dylan has been playing music from Van Heusen’s heyday, the Great American Songbook, on recent albums and in recent concerts. 

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Brook Babcock is Van Heusen’s great nephew and oversees the music catalog.  He says Dylan has recorded 10 Van Heusen songs n recent albums, 8 on the latest release called Triplicate, a three-record vinyl set.

This week on Pop Life, with Summer officially upon us Joe Lee and Bob Thompson discuss the evolution of Summer TV. Where is the best content being produced?  And what are the can't miss shows this summer?

Also, to our astonishment Joe doesn't watch House of Cards. Bob does his best to change that with this week's Invitation to Binge. 

Invisibilia is Latin for "the invisible things." The focus is to explore the invisible forces that shape human behavior — things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. The show is co-hosted by two of NPR's award-winning journalists — Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin — who have roots at This American Life and The Atlantic.

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Syracuse has a deep rooted Irish heritage and a long history of celebrating it. The Contemporary Irish Film Festival gives Syracuse natives new ways to explore their Irish background. Founder and Director, Micha Crook, says parades and cultural festivals are not the only avenues to embrace their culture.

This week on Pop Life, Joe Lee and Bob Thompson explore what happens when good actors make bad choices. From Bill Maher to Kathy Griffin to Bill Cosby, the guys discuss the severity of their actions and what it will take for them to recover.

On this weeks Invitation to Binge you'll be introduced to the USA thriller Mr Robot and NBC's The Carmichael Show.

***Due to the nature of this week's conversation, be advised this episode contains language that some listeners may find offensive.***

This week on Pop Life, Joe Lee and Bob Thompson discuss the art form that is late night television. Highlighting all the big names from the classic Johnny Carson to the emerging talents of Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.  They’ll also examine how politics is dominating the agenda of so many shows including SNL.

And Finally, you’ll get your weekly dose of binge worthy television with this week’s invitation to binge.

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Millions of dollars in renovations at Green Lakes State Park are moving ahead and are expected to pay economic and ecological benefits.  State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey reviewed what’s been done and what’s still ahead Wednesday. 

If your favorite show has ever been canceled perhaps you long for the day when it will get a reboot.  Well long no more Twin Peaks fans, after more than 25 years the David Lynch crime drama has returned.

This week Joe Lee and Bob Thompson recall the first two seasons of Twin Peaks as well as look forward to more of the reboot. That along with your weekly invitation to binge, introducing you to binge worthy television. 

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