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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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#140: The Sublime Magicks of Exposition

May 12, 2013 at 1:00AM • 1 hour 25 minutes

No more mutants! We discuss the 2005 Marvel Comics miniseries "House of M," in which writer Brian Michael Bendis gets to show off his love of meetings, Doctor Strange, and meetings chaired by Doctor Strange! Also, there's a crazy "What If?" style parallel universe, approximately a billion spin-offs, and in the cruelest twist, Peter Parker is briefly allowed to be happy. And finally there's a shocking finale that set the tone for mutant storylines up to the present day. Listen before the Scarlet Witch wishes this podcast out of existence!

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Lisa Schmeiser, Merlin Mann, and Moisés Chiullan.

#139: Flying Horse Angel People

May 4, 2013 at 8:45AM • 1 hour 13 minutes

We delve into the children's literary classic "A Wrinkle In Time," by Madeline L'Engle, as well as its recent graphic-novel adaptation by Hope Larson. Why is there a brain on that table? What are the pros and cons of cooking dinner on a Bunsen burner for the average Super-Cool Science Family? Come for the Cold War allegories about communism, stay to talk religion with a bunch of nerds!

Special guests Lisa Schmeiser, Serenity Caldwell, and David J. Loehr.

#138: All Hail the Lion! (D&D part 2)

April 30, 2013 at 11:00PM • 3 hours 28 minutes

Bonus episode! Here's the (warning: UNEDITED) result of our second Dungeons and Dragons session. After some dithering in the local vicinity, we venture out into the desert to meet glass spiders and some really unpleasant green guys.

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

#137: Go Wash a Droid

April 28, 2013 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

We conclude our discussion of "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." We discuss the merits of podracing, debate who the Jedi's version of Fonzie is, and grapple with tricky euphemisms. Plus, is the final lightsaber duel cool or just over-choreographed? And why is there a hall full of forcefields, next to a room with no guard rails? Party on, Darth! (Part 2 of 2.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, and Monty Ashley.

#136: We Waited 16 Years For This?

April 20, 2013 at 4:15PM • 1 hour 6 minutes

They said it couldn't be done! They said it shouldn't be done! But here we are, talking about "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace." Why are the Jedi such jerks? A little Jedi goes a long way. Also, the biggest letdown of John Siracusa's life to date, stupid droids, good actors being boring, text versus subtext, the merits of prequels in general, and why this is a movie that makes us dream... of a better movie. Exqueeze me? (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Dan Moren, Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.

#135: Total Party Kill (D&D part 1)

April 14, 2013 at 12:30AM • 1 hour 36 minutes

Get out your 20-sided dice and join us in a game of Dungeons and Dragons. Scott McNulty is our DM. Jason, Ren, Dan, Steve, and Tony are our party. Things don't go well.

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

#134: Obligatory Cannibalism

April 7, 2013 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Load your shotgun and gather your platonic apocalypse friends around you! It's time for us to discuss two books about the end of the world, Peter Heller's "The Dog Stars" and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road." Do names matter when the world has ended? We also revisit John Siracusa's doomsday plans (a moat is involved), Lex offers a depressing death plan, Jason extolls the virtue of dirty apocalypses, and Scott laughs it up from his apartment full of canned food.

Special guests John Siracusa, Lex Friedman, and Scott McNulty.

#133: Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air

March 31, 2013 at 11:00PM • 47 minutes

How much do we love old-time radio dramas and full-cast audioplays? This much.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Ben Boychuk, Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Lex Friedman, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, and David J. Loehr.

#132: Kind of Like a Dinosaur

March 23, 2013 at 1:45PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Don't make us angry... you wouldn't like us when we're angry. Our Comic Book Club talks all things Hulk. We begin with a discussion of two She-Hulk series, by John Byrne and Dan Slott, and then move to talk about Proper Hulk, Gray Hulk, Red Hulk, Planet Hulk, Ruffalo Hulk, and more! Plus: What are we reading? (Jason gets really excited about "Hawkeye," who is not a Hulk.) And, other than being green, how is the Hulk like parsley? Channel your inner rage and listen to this episode.

Special guests Lisa Schmeiser & Jason Brightman.

#131: Professor Siracusa's Anime 101

March 16, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes

John Siracusa assigns us two animated films from director Satoshi Kon, "Perfect Blue" and "Millennium Actress." Then we watch them! Featuring: What to look for in Anime tropes, blurring of reality and fantasy, when animation is better than live action, and the lovingly rendered start-up sequence of a Macintosh Performa.

Special guests John Siracusa, Lisa Schmeiser, and Tony Sindelar.