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An award-winning podcast about pop culture. Jason Snell talks with a rotating panel of regular guests. For new episodes, visit

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#210: You Ain't No Nice Guy

September 5, 2014 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Take your flu medication, head west out of the abandoned cities, and join us for our discussion of Stephen King's classic novel "The Stand." We discuss why we enjoy (literary) apocalypses, question King's setting of the revised edition in 1990, and join forces with an impossibly wise Yoda figure to plan the ultimate battle between the forces of good and the forces of Vegas. Baby, can you dig your man?

Post-show: Our own personal apocalypse plans, revisited.

With panelists John Siracusa, Lisa Schmeiser, Erika Ensign, and Monty Ashley.

#209: One Gorn Limit

August 30, 2014 at 9:15AM • 1 hour 47 minutes

Set your phasers to stun and join us for a celebration of everything we love... and hate... about Star Trek. Our panel of Star Trek fans picks their favorite episodes and characters! But we balance out the niceness by also picking the worst episodes and characters "Star Trek" has brought us over the years across five different TV series.

With panelists Scott McNulty, Brianna Wu, Tony Sindelar, and David J. Loehr.

Want more Star Trek? Then don't forget to listen to our very own Random Trek podcast, hosted by Scott McNulty.

#208: The Good People Are Dead Already

August 23, 2014 at 2:00PM • 2 hours 13 minutes

Sharpen your shivs and barbecue some rats, because it's time for us to talk about the apocalyptic video game "The Last of Us." We talk about the story and the characters in this relentlessly bleak story of a man and a girl trying to survive both zombies and people. If you want even more, stay tuned after the music for an entire bonus episode about gameplay and technical aspects of the game.

With panelists Brianna Wu, Tiffany Arment, John Siracusa, and Steve Lutz.

#207: I Am Groot

August 15, 2014 at 4:45PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

Put in your mix tape and get ready for a climactic dance-off! We're talking "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel's latest hit movie and a real departure in so many ways. What makes the movie work? What are its flaws? We break it all down.

With panelists Serenity Caldwell, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, and Tony Sindelar.

#206: It's All BBC to Me

August 9, 2014 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 33 minutes

Oi, guv'nor! In this episode five people from North America spend a lot of time talking about British TV we love. If you are not from the UK, you'll find a lot of fantastic "programmes" from the telly that are worth your attention. And if you are from jolly old Blighty, please laugh along as ignorant Americans assume that every TV show from England is produced by the BBC. Grab a cuppa and a curry and join us, won't you?

With panelists Erika Ensign, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, and David J. Loehr.

#205: Love Machine

August 2, 2014 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

In the long tradition of big, giant robots came 1999's "The Iron Giant," the film Brad Bird made before he made "The Incredibles." It was kind of a flop in its initial release, but this animated feature has become rightfully recognized as a classic. We debate the Giant's original purpose, break down a surprisingly large succession of poop jokes, and ponder the Giant's ultimate destiny to be the benevolent robot-king of Iceland.

Featuring panelists Merlin Mann, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Tony Sindelar, and David J. Loehr.

#204: Where Cynicism Meets Optimism

July 27, 2014 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 16 minutes

On Comic-Con weekend, we convene to discuss the latest rash of re-casting comic book heroes. Thor is now a woman! Captain America is black! We're all for increasing diversity in a medium whose classic characters are dominated by white men, but what are the right ways to do it? And are there wrong ways, or does every little bit help?

With panelists Brianna Wu, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, and David J. Loehr.

#203: Get to the Farting Aliens

July 19, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 56 minutes

"Doctor Who" will be returning shortly, with Peter Capaldi stepping into the role. But what if you're "Doctor Who"-curious, but intimidated about where to jump in? Our panel of extraordinary "Doctor Who" fans has lots of recommendations for you. Then we survey the highs and lows of the show's revival era, which featured Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant in the role of The Doctor.

With panelists Glenn Fleishman, Chip Sudderth, and Erika Ensign.

#202: The Partial Monty

July 11, 2014 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 49 minutes

Bury your dead in a Zeppelin and call your interplanetary accountant--it's time for our annual read of the Hugo Award nominees. We cover this year's award nominees, plus the "retro Hugos" from 1939, both of which will be awarded in August in London. Also, someone defends Mira Grant.

Panelists Monty Ashley, Scott McNulty, David J. Loehr, and our very own Hugo nominee, Erika Ensign.

#201: Democracy is Awful

July 4, 2014 at 12:15AM • 1 hour 47 minutes

Break out the stars and stripes, put on your tap shoes, crawl into your shame hole, and join us for a very patriotic edition of Old Movie Club. We discuss the musical "1776," which stars KITT from "Knight Rider" and the guy from "The White Shadow," and the biopic musical "Yankee Doodle Dandy," which stars James Cagney.

Featuring panelists Philip Michaels, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz, Glenn Fleishman, and David J. Loehr.