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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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#170: Let Zygons Be Zygons

November 23, 2013 at 7:30PM • 44 minutes

In this special unedited flashcast edition, we talk about the 50th Anniversary episode of Doctor Who, "The Day of the Doctor," immediately after viewing it! It just about made our heads explode and we want to watch it again immediately. Join us for our post-episode breakdown of what we saw and what we liked.

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

#169: A Man with a Long Scarf

November 21, 2013 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 31 minutes

50 years ago some very clever people invented "Doctor Who." 50 years later we still love it. On the occasion of the show's golden anniversary, here's our unabashed lovefest for the BBC's most clever invention. Four American fans discuss how we discovered the show, our favorite Doctors and stories, and the unique and welcoming culture of sci-fi fandom.

Special guests Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman, and Chip Sudderth.

#168: A Different Kind of Sleeper Agent

November 16, 2013 at 2:15PM • 1 hour 24 minutes

Pick up the clicker and join us for our conversation about the new TV season. We talk ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.", "Sleepy Hollow," "The Blacklist," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Crazy Ones," "The Michael J. Fox Show," "Masters of Sex," and also NBC's "Dracula"--which we haven't actually seen. Plus returning shows of note like "Parks and Recreation," "Bob's Burgers," "How I Met Your Mother," and "The Big Bang Theory." We also talk about how exciting corporate synergy can be, Scott endorses a show you should watch if you have the channel it's on, and we provide our pitch for "CSI: Dracula."

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, and Scott McNulty.

#167: Space Wizard Musical

November 9, 2013 at 10:45AM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Old Movie Club returns! We look at three films from 1952: "Singin' in the Rain," "High Noon," and Best Picture winner (!) "The Greatest Show on Earth." One of these movies is not like the others. Plus: The haunting repetition of Tex Ritter! Charlton Heston's commitment to the circus! And Phil asks Jason what it feels like to have no soul! Travel back 61 years in time and join us, won't you?

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

#166: I Assume Everyone is Awful

November 2, 2013 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Awful people can make great art. Nice people can write bad books. Can you separate the creator from the art? We struggle with Orson Scott Card and his (rightfully) classic novel "Ender's Game" and go on to list other writers and series who we've had to break up with. To make things not entirely disappointing, we also talk about authors and series that have never let us down.

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Lisa Schmeiser, and Scott McNulty.

#165: Grieving for My Left Thumb

October 26, 2013 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 51 minutes

In this double-length episode we talk about two video games even non-gamers like Jason can enjoy, "Gone Home" and "Brothers." We ponder what makes a game challenging, and if a game must be challenging to be good. John likes both games, but has a list of grievances. All disagreements will be settled with a duel of '80s mixtapes at dawn! Plus: What other games are we playing?

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.

#164: Put In the Zom and Out Comes Com

October 19, 2013 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Grab a pint and marinate your brain as we discuss the "Cornetto Trilogy," three films by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright that are linked in theme if not in characters: "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and recent release "The World's End." Why aren't there more smart genre comedies? How do Pegg and Wright so deftly handle different genres? How are these movies like the Commedia dell'arte? Why do Jason and Jeff want to punch Nick Frost, then hug him? Plus, we give even more Incomparable love to "Spaced."

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Serenity Caldwell, and Jeff Carlson.

#163: What If Galactus Was Made of Jello?

October 11, 2013 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

The winner of our iTunes review contest had us read John Birmingham's "Weapons of Choice," which our Book Club used as a jumping-off point to talk about alt-history novels, time travel, military SF, and a whole lot more. You don't need to read the book to appreciate the episode! Plus: What are we reading?

Special guests David J. Loehr & Scott McNulty.

#162: Disintermediated Peep Shows

October 4, 2013 at 10:15AM • 52 minutes

Live! From a (somewhat echoey, sorry) room in Portland Oregon, we talk about the exciting new world of Internet-aided content creation. How have sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo and even Amazon changed how people create and consume books, movies, TV shows, and music? And what's the missing piece of this content revolution?

Special guests Glenn Fleishman, Greg Knauss, and Jeff Carlson.

#161: Southern Skeleton (D&D part 4)

October 1, 2013 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

Bonus episode! Here's an edited fourth installment of our Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Our heroes have made it inside a strange desert temple and have mostly not died... yet. But the night is young and the basins in this temple are full of an unknown magical fluid, so anything could happen!

Special guests Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.