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#120: A Horse with a Hat

December 23, 2012 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

Showing remarkable optimism, we gathered on the eve of the Mayan apocalypse to discuss movies we might see in 2013. In this episode, we discuss the trailers for much-anticipated films "Star Trek Into Darkness", "Man of Steel", "Pacific Rim", "Oblivion", "After Earth", "The Lone Ranger", and "Upstream Color." Also: Robot Thursdays, the merits of Star Trek punctuation, a Bolivian, Ethan Hunt versus the Fresh Prince, and traditional Kryptonian formalwear.

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, and Steve Lutz.

#119: The Guilt-Trip Superhero

December 15, 2012 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 41 minutes

With great power comes the responsibility to book great guests. And so when it came time to discuss "The Amazing Spider-Man" and Spidey in general, Jason turned to reknowned spider-fans Andy Ihnatko and Dan Benjamin. We discuss how the Spidey in the new movie is a different sort of guilt-trip superhero. Dan explains why you can't actually kill a spider. Andy previews his new comic book, The Indigestible Spider-Man. We touch on the changes in Ultimate Spider-Man and speculate about the soon-to-arrive Amazing Spider-Man #700. Jason sings two different Spidey theme songs and does his J. Jonah Jameson impression. This giant-sized episode is more Spidey than you can shake a web at.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko & Dan Benjamin.

#118: The Incomparable Holiday Vault 2

December 8, 2012 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

Trim the tree, wrap the presents, and watch out for the killer in your attic! It's time for us to place five new gems into the Incomparable Holiday Vault! We discuss some beloved holiday classics and offer a few surprise choices. This is a darker installment, as we uncover the racism in some holiday staples, and then Steve inducts a horror movie. And can a talk show really be a holiday special? You're gonna shoot your eye out with that thing!

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Lisa Schmeiser, and Steve Lutz.

#117: Intergalactic FedEx

December 2, 2012 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

We follow up on our previous episode to ask Serenity Caldwell how she uses her iPhone to read books (and discover her shocking method of scanning pages). Then there's a discussion of Lois McMaster Bujold's latest Vorkosigan novel, "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance." Finally (at 65 minutes in if you're skipping ahead), Jason asks Scott to recommend which unread book on his Kindle he should dive into next.

Special guests Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.

#116: Very Well-Read Hobos

November 24, 2012 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

We talk a lot about what we read, but how do we read? Join our Book Club as we talk about ebooks, paper books, and libraries, and how we like to read today. Plus, we tell you some of the books we're reading right now.

Special guests Dan Moren, Lex Friedman, and Scott McNulty.

#115: For Dunces, By Dunces, To Dunces

November 19, 2012 at 12:30PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Turn on your electrical generators, fire your nuclear missiles, and notch your bow and arrow--it's time for our review of the fall TV season, including both new and returning shows. We discuss "Revolution," the since-cancelled "Last Resort," "Arrow," "Elementary," and returning shows "Fringe," "The Walking Dead," "Boardwalk Empire," and many others!

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Scott McNulty.

#114: When You Wish Upon a "Star Wars"

October 30, 2012 at 11:30PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

Were we pranked, or did Disney really just buy Lucasfilm and announce a new Star Wars trilogy? We decided to just assume it's happening and record a live flash podcast about this unexpected turn of events.

Special guests Ben Boychuk, Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Serenity Caldwell.

#113: Indiana Jones is Immortal Now!

October 26, 2012 at 4:30PM • 50 minutes

We discuss the Indiana Jones movie series, including a brief revisitation of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," the good parts of "Temple of Doom," Dan's childhood love for "Last Crusade," and utter denial about "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Also, Lex hasn't seen it. Recorded live at Cingleton Symposium, Montreal, October 2012.

Special guests Dan Moren, Lex Friedman, and Serenity Caldwell.

#112: Schrodinger's Cat Box

October 19, 2012 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Our very own Glenn Fleishman's was on "Jeopardy!" We debriefed him about his adventures immediately on his return. In this episode, Jason and Glenn are also joined by Andy Ihnatko and Steve Lutz, and we talk about game shows and their modern reality-competition show equivalents, as well as harken back to the heyday of the panel show, where drunk celebrities engaged in witty repartee. It's an episode so comfy you'll feel like you were back in the womb at Bill Cullen's house.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Glenn Fleishman, and Steve Lutz.

#111: These Go to Eleven

October 15, 2012 at 5:15PM • 1 hour 23 minutes

Rob Reiner's legendary heavy-metal mockumentary "This is Spinal Tap" is in our sights. This is one of our very favorite films, and so Jason, Andy Ihnatko, and Ben Boychuk talk about why they love it while regaling one another with favorite lines from this amazingly quotable movie.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko & Ben Boychuk.