pop culture http://wamc.org en Pop Culture Abounds At Albany Comic Con http://wamc.org/post/pop-culture-abounds-albany-comic-con <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On Sunday, November 10, comic book and pop culture fans from around the region will gather at Albany Comic Con, now in its 6<sup>th</sup> year. WAMC’s Jessica Bloustein Marshall recently spoke with the man behind the con, show-runner John Belskis, who also owns <a href="http://www.excellentadventurescomics.com/">Excellent Adventures Comics</a>&nbsp;in Ballston Spa.&nbsp;</p><p>For more information and tickets to Albany Comic Con, visit its <a href="http://www.albanycomicbookshow.com/">website</a>.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Jessica Bloustein Marshall 77271 at http://wamc.org Pop Culture Abounds At Albany Comic Con Dan Ornstein: Buying Two Stairways To Heaven http://wamc.org/post/dan-ornstein-buying-two-stairways-heaven <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A few months ago as we drove to an appointment, one of my daughters and I bonded around the British rock band, Led Zeppelin's 1971 classic, "Stairway To Heaven."&nbsp; With some uninterrupted time and the windows rolled up tightly in the car, we let loose.&nbsp; Every word, melody change, and voice inflection of lead singer Robert Plant's that we could remember, we imitated.&nbsp; We even tried to imitate those famous instrumentals that build the song up in a crescendo from a quiet renaissance style recorder solo to a battle of </span>angsting<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, angry guitars and screaming lyrics.&nbsp; Finally, we put our voices together to echo Plant's heartrending </span>acapella<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> solo: "And she's buying a stairway...to heaven."</span></p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:46:37 +0000 Dan Ornstein 69526 at http://wamc.org "The 80s: The Decade That Made Us" on the National Geographic Channel http://wamc.org/post/80s-decade-made-us-national-geographic-channel <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Tonight the <a href="http://www.channel.nationalgeographic.com">National Geographic Channel</a> will premiere their 6-part miniseries <em>The 80s: The Decade that Made Us</em>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The series is based, in part, on the book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345518780/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0345518780&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now--Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0345518780" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em> by David Sirota.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WAMC's Sarah LaDuke spoke with Sirota in advance of tonight's premiere.</span></p><p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 62129 at http://wamc.org "The 80s: The Decade That Made Us" on the National Geographic Channel