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Episode 45: Coca-Cola

January 15th, 2019

In a first, the forty-fifth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast finds Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard discussing the American appeal of Coca-Cola.

In this episode, the co-hosts address the history of Coca-Cola and how it has come to embody American ideals and ideologies around the world. Along the way, they consider how important the formation of corporations was to the creation of the United States as a global superpower. For those interested in marketing, they discuss how Coca-Cola successfully created a brand and helped usher in a new way of relating to consumer goods.

Primary editing on the episode was done by Jean-Michel Berthiaume.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website