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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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#160: Super-secret Sony MiniDiscs

September 27, 2013 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

Take the red pill and enter "The Matrix," 1999's influential sci-fi/action classic. Why does Morpheus talk like a fortune cookie? Is Keanu's woodenness an asset or detriment? Was skeuomorphism the fall of man? And if we accept that living things can be used as batteries, why wouldn't the machines just use cows? Grad students, we are about to blow your minds. Whoa.

Special guests David J. Loehr, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, and Erika Ensign.

#159: Full Shatner

September 19, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 16 minutes

We conclude the second Incomparable Film Festival with 21 more films we think are worth seeing, in fantasy draft format. Don't miss the exciting Lightning Round, and stay tuned when it's all over for our expert post-draft analysis! (Part 2 of 2.)

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz, Andy Ihnatko, John Siracusa, and Philip Michaels.

#158: Peak Clooney

September 14, 2013 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 9 minutes

It's time for the second Incomparable Film Festival! We pick 35 films that we think are worth seeing, in fantasy draft format. From horror to comedy to drama to sci-fi to kung-fu, we've got just about every genre covered. (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.

#157: Bros and Arrows

September 7, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

An entire comic book about Hawkeye, the lesser Marvel superhero with a bow and arrow? Okay... this looks bad. But seriously, bro, this is one of the very best comics being published today. We cover the first two trade-paperback editions of Fraction and Aja's series, including Lucky the Pizza Dog, 50 Shades of Purple, and how hooking up a laserdisc player is similar to defusing a bomb. Hop on board and join us--we're great at boats.

Special guests Dan Moren, Lisa Schmeiser, Merlin Mann, and Tony Sindelar.

#156: Airline of Snitches

August 31, 2013 at 7:45AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Special guest star Philip Michaels gives us an old-movie education with two caper movies from the 1950s, "The Lavender Hill Mob" and "The Killing." One's funny, one's not, but both teach us that crime doesn't pay! Plus young Stanley Kubrick, funnyman Alec Guinness, the second-greatest fight scene Steve has ever seen, and a guest appearance by General Eisenhower.

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Steve Lutz, and Philip Michaels.

#155: The Cat Who Listened to Podcasts

August 24, 2013 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 4 minutes

A boy with no name travels to the end of the lane and discovers how a pond can be an ocean in Neil Gaiman's brief and wonderful novel "The Ocean at the End of the Lane." Also Dan explains Jason's perfect vacation, there's lots of talk about cats, why David has issues with Old Yeller, and we talk about other Neil Gaiman works that we like.

Special guests Dan Moren & David J. Loehr.

#154: Seahorse on Line One

August 17, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

Do you like stories, love, and life? Then even if you're not a regular comic book reader, you should read "Saga," by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. (Unless naked robot sex disturbs you, in which case you shouldn't.) We cover the horns and the wings, bad connections on the interstellar cellphone network, seahorse agents, super space high school, a frog with a banjo, the wisdom of hiring a ghost as your babysitter, and much more.

Special guests Dan Moren, Merlin Mann, and Tony Sindelar.

#153: Monkey with a Tinfoil Sandwich

August 10, 2013 at 4:00PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

Load your shotgun, put on your clear plastic suit, and climb into that suspiciously humming box! We're here to talk about three very different time-travel movies: "12 Monkeys," "Looper," and "Primer." Is "Crazy Brad Pitt" a thing? If you met a younger version of yourself, would you fight or cuddle? Why is the apocalypse like Philadelphia? Also something about a Weeble in a time machine, we didn't really understand that part.

Special guests John Siracusa, Lex Friedman, Monty Ashley, David J. Loehr, and Tony Sindelar.

#152: The Comic-Con Episode

August 3, 2013 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 6 minutes

Live! From San Diego County! It's a podcast where Jason Snell, Steve Lutz, and Greg Knauss drink beer and talk about Comic-Con, a glut of too much good media, the pros and cons of wearing costumes, Adventure Time, Glenn's health scare, and much more. It's slightly tipsy and more than slightly rambling, but we hope you'll crack a beverage of your own and join us for this cocktail party.

Special guests Greg Knauss & Steve Lutz.

#151: Not Technically Incest

July 27, 2013 at 12:45PM • 1 hour 26 minutes

Put on your red shirt, renew your blogging license, and swallow some alien bacteria! It's time for our annual read of the five Hugo Award nominees for best novel. We liked some of them, we hated some of them, but we talked about all of them! But beware: The diabolical eyes of the Centers for Disease Control are watching us all.

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