Pop, the Question (S1-E6)


Season 1 (2017-18)
Episode 6: "This Thing is Gonna Blow"

Pop, the Question (S1-E6)   Season 1 (2017-2018), Episode 6: “This Thing Is Gonna Blow”

Featured Guest  Nick Barber (Undergraduate, Geoscience Major, 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  Brian Kantorek

Original Theme Music  Brian Kantorek

Graphic Design  Isabella Akhtarshenas and Emily Anderson

Additional Vocals  Martha Meiers and Julia Wisniewski


Recorded March 6, 2018 in 3034 MacAlister Hall, Marketing & Media, Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University.

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

Copyright © 2018 Drexel University


Series Summary

Pop, the Question is a spirited dialogue about popular culture. 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.

Episode Summary

While archeologists have Indiana Jones, geologists have Harry Dalton, Pierce Brosnan’s character in the 1997 volcano extravaganza Dante’s Peak. The film laid the groundwork for scientific representation of volcanology in mainstream culture, and made an impact on how emergency agencies prepare the public for disaster. Host Dr. Melinda Lewis and aspiring volcanologist Nick Barber grapple with what Dante’s Peak gets right, what it gets wrong, and how popular culture shapes the way audiences interact with their natural environment.