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Pop Culture Convos - Taylor Swift: The music industry

Taylor Swift shattered records with the release of her tenth studio album, “Midnights.” In an era of music where even big names like Drake and Adele struggle to sell units, how does Swift manage to stay so far ahead of the game?  Today, host Sean Scott is joined by assistant entertainment editor Reece Hollowell and staff writer Chloe Southard as they talk about the present and future of Taylor Swift and the music industry.


‘Blonde’ and the internet discourse machine

In 2000, American author Joyce Carol Oates released her novel “Blonde,” a fictionalized account of the life and struggles of Norma Jeane Mortenson, a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe. The book was well-received in its time, viewed not as a biography of Monroe’s life but a manifestation of the way people saw her as both a personality and an object. 


Pop Culture Convos - Are runtimes too long?

Movies and television episodes these days seem to be getting longer and longer, with no end in sight. But what’s driving this trend, and what does it mean for consumers? Today, co-hosts Maggie Peña and Sean Scott answer these questions and more with assistant entertainment editor Reece Hollowell.


Pop Culture Convos - Is Disney stuck in the past?

Each year, Disney hosts D23, its own personal Comic Con to show off upcoming projects and announce new ones. This year, though, it was clear that the company has little room for original works in its future. Today, co-hosts Maggie Peña and Sean Scott are joined by Reece Hollowell and Abbey Elizondo to discuss what Disney’s focus on the past means for the company’s future.

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