The Pop Culture Lens: Episode 5 – Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Pop Culture Lens is a scholarly podcast hosted by myself and Dr. CarrieLynn Reinhard of Dominican University. In each episode, we seek to offer fresh perspectives on past media as we attempt to determine whether or not it holds any relevance to the contemporary sociocultural experience. We structure the podcast so the format loosely resembles an academic paper, but we present the information in a way that everyone can understand.

In the fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, CarrieLynn and I discuss one of our all time favorite pop culture texts: the original Planet of the Apes (1968). We begin with a consideration of the first movie and how it handles issues of feminism, racism, war, animal rights, and religion. In exploring these issues in the first film, we naturally discuss how these themes reoccur throughout the franchise, including in today’s most recent films, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). Overall, we conclude that each film functions as an allegory that allows them to comment on a variety of sociocultural issues across historical contexts, and this adaptability helps the franchise as a whole remain relevant for contemporary audiences still struggling with those same issues.

You can listen to the full episode below, or you can download it by visiting our Podbean site. If you like what you hear, you should consider following The Pop Culture Lens Podcast on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook so you never miss an episode.

We’re always looking for ideas for new episodes, and for guests who can come on and chat about the media with us. Therefore, if you have any ideas for future topics and/or guests, or would even like to talk about some aspect of popular culture with us, please let us know! Anyway, we hope you enjoy this episode of The Pop Culture Lens, and, as always, thanks for reading (or listening, in this case).


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