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#180: Locked-Shower Mystery

February 1, 2014 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Unlock the front door to your mind palace, fake your death in numerous ways, and draw on a fake mustache! Season 3 of "Sherlock" is on our agenda, and we discuss all three episodes in turn. How does the introduction of Mary improve the cast dynamic? Does the middle episode sag as in past seasons, or prove to be a highlight? The game is on, Watson.

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, John Siracusa, Moisés Chiullan, and Serenity Caldwell.

#179: Thief-Based Economy

January 25, 2014 at 11:45AM • 1 hour 16 minutes

Our book club returns with discussion of two books! First we talk Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora," a fantasy book about a gang of thieves that are even outlaws to other thieves (spoiler horn at 12:00). Then it's Ann Leckie's "Ancillary Justice," a space opera about AIs and ships and empires and corpse soldiers that brings Iain M. Banks to mind (starts at 28:48, spoilers at 33:22). Confusingly long prologues! Fun with gendered pronouns! Questionable burrito metaphors! Plus: What are we reading (starts at 68:13)?

Special guests Dan Moren, Monty Ashley, and Scott McNulty.

#178: A Smoother Yar

January 18, 2014 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

We continue selecting our favorite all-time console video games. John chooses the classics. Steve has a bad fur day. And Moisés continues his descent into madness. Boop beep beep boop! (Part 2 of 2)

Special guests Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Moisés Chiullan, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.

#177: Six-Pixel Sword

January 10, 2014 at 11:15PM • 58 minutes

It's time for us to select some of the very best console video games of all time. From Mario to Zelda, from sports to music, from Atari to Intellivision, we've got the entire history of the video-game industry covered. Are you a bad enough dude to listen? (Part 1 of 2)

Special guests Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Moisés Chiullan, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.

#176: Solo Adventures (Our 2013 Favorites)

January 1, 2014 at 3:15AM • 2 hours

We say goodbye to 2013 by listing our favorite stuff from the past year. We also recall our favorite podcast moments and read a whole bunch of listener comments. (This is a new episode, though it does contain a few classic Incomparable clips from 2013 and earlier.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Erika Ensign, Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, Tony Sindelar, Scott McNulty, and David J. Loehr.

#175: War on Christmas

December 26, 2013 at 12:30AM • 60 minutes

"Doctor Who" said farewell to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith on Christmas Day. In an Incomparable Christmas tradition, we convened almost immediately after the airing of the episode to discuss "The Time of the Doctor" in great detail in an unedited live flashcast. Cyberman-head companions! A turkey that takes 300 years to cook in the vortex! Lots of past plot boxes checked! A teary farewell and regeneration! Kidneys of a dubious color! We break it all down.

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Glenn Fleishman, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.

#174: The Incomparable Christmas Spectacular

December 22, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 24 minutes

The Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air wishes a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

#173: Santa-Based Christmas

December 14, 2013 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 25 minutes

'Tis the season for holiday music! Unfortunately, while we unabashedly love the holidays, only some holiday music strikes our fancy. Join us as we talk about what makes a good holiday song and then stick around (if you dare) as we complain about some of the worst the season has to offer. Happy holidays, folks!

Special guests David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley, Philip Michaels, and Steve Lutz.

#172: The Incomparable Holiday Vault 3

December 7, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Holiday TV: There's a lot of it, and some of it is good. A lot of it is bad. We talk about classics great and not-so-great and induct some very special shows into the Incomparable Holiday Vault. Also, Steve reveals a deep, dark secret.

Special guests David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.

#171: Pirate Politics: A Winter Reading List

November 29, 2013 at 10:30PM • 1 hour 37 minutes

Winter's here and it's time to light a fire, get under a blanket, and curl up with a good book. Our panelists are well read and of exquisite taste, so we've got a boatload of suggestions for you. From funny to serious, there's a book in our list that will hit the spot the next time you're looking for something to read.

Special guests David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman, Lisa Schmeiser, and Scott McNulty.