Pop and Schlock LIVE on KPFT – Episode IX – Mute


This week on Pop and Schlock LIVE, Jake and Meredith sit down to discuss Duncan Jones’ MUTE now streaming on Netflix. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd and Not Luke Wilson.

The film is not perfect, which makes for some good discussion. We hope you enjoy the episode!

We would also like to remind our listeners about the KPFT Spring Fund Drive. We here at Pop and Schlock would like to thank KPFT for their support and encourage anyone who can donate to do so at the link below.

The station’s staff, volunteers, and contributors are all getting ready for a spectacular 48th year at KPFT — and we appreciate all the help we can get! Our Spring Fund Drive begins today, and our beautiful phone banking team is ready to take your donations. It’s been a wild time here. The entire country has gone through some huge changes and faces many challenges ahead, and KPFT is no exception. Our strategy in the face of change is simple:

  • Adapt while holding true to our mission
  • Welcome our community’s voices, thoughts, and feedback

And even in the face of these changes, life at KPFT is buzzing. Musicians swing by the station with their keyboards and guitars to play live, in-studio sets. Underdog political candidates visit the station for the chance to communicate their messages on the people’s stage. And the hosts of your favorite shows put in the research and prep time to bring you content you might not find anywhere else. They do it all for the chance to speak to you, our loyal listener.

Thank you for your attention and support over these many years!

— Your friends and family at KPFT



Pop and Schlock LIVE on KPFT – Episode VI – Science Fiction Friction


Jake likes sci-fi. Meredith likes sci-fi. They don’t like it when people try to dismiss things that are sci-fi for being sci-fi. A discussion on the versatility of the genre, fan entitlement, conventions, tropes, and why Speed Racer is the pinnacle of cinematic achievement ensue.

Pop and Schlock LIVE on KPFT – Episode V – The Cloverfield Paradox


Sci-fi is like orange juice; some people like a little pulp. The recent surprise release of Julius Onah’s The Cloverfield Paradox became a major talking point on the web this week and we sat down to talk about why the backlash seemed so severe. We get into the nature of science fiction and also the way distribution models for film are wildly evolving and what we can expect to see in the coming years when it comes to streaming.

Pop and Schlock LIVE on KPFT – Episode III – The Polka King


Greetings and salutations! This week we sat down to talk about Jack Black’s The Polka King, now streaming on Netflix. Is it better to judge a film based on its merit or how well it serves the history it is adapting? Should Jake have just given up on credibility and done morning radio instead of whatever nonsense this is? Why did ska go away?

Listen to find out!

Season 2 Episode 11 – Kung Fury


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Every so often we watch a film that hits all the right notes and we can’t fully articulate why. This is one of those films. Kickstarted into production and streaming on Netflix, Kung Fury is only thirty minutes long and somehow that leads to an hour+ episode where we discuss everything from why the eighties really were the best decade in recorded history to why Hitler should be the end-game antagonist in every film ever. Enjoy.

Season 2 Episode 4 – Jessica Jones


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The gang is all back together to talk about something in their usual wheelhouse; gender politics and Marvel adaptations. Using Netflix’s Jessica Jones as a focal point Jake, Alva, and Meredith discuss how the Marvel brand has cultivated itself into a unified juggernaut that seemingly understands the power they wield and how they might use that power in the future.

Episode 033 – Daredevil (2015)


Marvel must have some raging Catholic guilt over the cinematic sin that was 2003’s Daredevil so they’ve made their penance with a new Netflix series featuring the “Man without Fear.” How did it turn out? Annie Bulloch of 8th Dimension Comics and Isaiah Broussard of Transyltown join Jake, Alva, and Meredith to talk about the show at length! As always, spoilers abound.