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A weekly show about geeky cultural topics in numerous media, including books, comics, movies, and TV. Host Jason Snell talks with with regular guests like Glenn Fleishman, Dan Moren, Serenity Caldwell, Jason Brightman, Lisa Schmeiser, Scott McNulty, John Siracusa.

A weekly show about geeky cultural topics in numerous media, including books, comics, movies, and TV. Host Jason Snell talks with with regular guests like Glenn Fleishman, Dan Moren, Serenity Caldwell, Jason Brightman, Lisa Schmeiser, Scott McNulty, John Siracusa.
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Austin, TX

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A weekly show about geeky cultural topics in numerous media, including books, comics, movies, and TV. Host Jason Snell talks with with regular guests like Glenn Fleishman, Dan Moren, Serenity Caldwell, Jason Brightman, Lisa Schmeiser, Scott McNulty, John Siracusa.

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English

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5by5 Broadcasting 5114 Balcones Woods Drive Suite 307-292 Austin, TX 78759-5273


Episodes

411: In the Pay of Big Ultravox

6/17/2018
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1980s album draft - Put on your leg warmers, insert your shoulder pads, and warm up your synthesizers. It’s time for us to take a time machine back to the 1980s, where our panelists will participate in a draft of their favorite musical albums from that decade. This is one episode that is guaranteed to be totally awesome. Host Jason Snell with Kelly Guimont, Antony Johnston, Steve Lutz, Monty Ashley and James Thomson.

Duration:01:53:50

410: I Am Not a Crackpot

6/9/2018
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"The Simpsons" quote draft - Inflammable means flammable? What a country! It’s a perfectly cromulent thing to do, to pick quotes from “The Simpsons” in draft form. So we have assembled a learned panel of people who haven’t seen the show in years, bribed them with plenty of Malk (with Vitamin R!), and set them to choose their favorite lines from the most quotable TV show of all time. We hope you find this episode excellent. If you don’t, don’t blame us—we voted for Kodos. Host Jason Snell...

Duration:01:32:16

409: Marshmallow Traitors

6/2/2018
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"Casablanca" - Endlessly quoted, residing on every list of the best films of all time, you might think that “Casablanca”—released 75 years ago—is overrated and played out. Nope! It’s a fun film with romance, snappy ironic dialogue, and a stunning cast. And it’s also a fascinating historical document, given that it was written before Pearl Harbor and produced in the early days of America’s involvement in World War II, when the end of the war was anything but a foregone conclusion. We...

Duration:01:36:21

408: Sometimes You Need a Wookiee

5/27/2018
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"Solo: A Star Wars Story" - Fresh from the movie theaters, here’s our flash review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” In a world where there’s a new “Star Wars” movie every year, sometimes it’s a relief not to have the fate of the galaxy at stake. What are the rules of Sabacc? Are references the lowest form of fan service? Will casual fans be more enthusiastic than hard-core ones? Why watch droids fighting for entertainment when you have holograms? From train heists to floating space yachts to...

Duration:01:38:42

407: Robot Lovin'

5/19/2018
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Nebula Novels 2018 - Our Book Club has reconvened to take you on a tour of the seven novels nominated for this year’s Nebula Awards, honoring the best in Science Fiction and Fantasy. After you listen your summer book list will be replenished! We liked almost all of these books, so there’s a lot to choose from—and only one of the six is a later book in a series, so you won’t have to do homework to get reading. Read them all and Jason will give you a gold star and a pizza party, but he’s...

Duration:01:22:13

406: A Really Kinky Bunny

5/13/2018
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"The Magicians" season 3 - Climb aboard your sentient sailing ship, put on a high-fashion eye patch, and prepare for the big musical number—it’s time to talk about Season 3 of “The Magicians.” This is a series that just keeps getting better, and for our money, this was one of the best and most unexpected seasons of television we’ve seen in a long time. Along the way we mention Buffy, Star Trek: TNG’s “Darmok” and “The Inner Light”, and how the journey can be appreciated even when the story...

Duration:01:20:24

405: That's Definitely You

5/6/2018
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Childhood canon, part 2 - It’s time for the second episode in our series on “childhood canon”—the works we encountered as children that set us on the pop-cultural path we walk to this day. For the purposes of this discussion, “works” may also include furniture. Host Dan Moren with Quinn Rose, Kathy Campbell, Lisa Schmeiser, Shannon Sudderth, Chip Sudderth, David J. Loehr and Brian Hamilton.

Duration:01:31:05

404: Thoughts About Thanos

4/30/2018
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"Avengers: Infinity War" - After seeing opening-weekend showings of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” our panelists got together for a quick discussion of our first impressions, favorite moments, key complaints, and thoughts about where the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes from here. (If you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t listen!) Host Jason Snell with Lisa Schmeiser, Alyssa Franke, Tony Sindelar, Dan Moren and Chip Sudderth.

Duration:01:13:46

403: Computers Are Educational

4/21/2018
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Childhood canon, part 1 - What were the works we encountered as children that set us on the pop-cultural path we walk to this day? We begin a two-episode series on our individual childhood canon. Also, John McCoy would really like you to find a movie he remembers seeing as a kid. Host Jason Snell with Liz Myles, Jean MacDonald, Tony Sindelar, John McCoy and Joe Rosensteel.

Duration:01:26:08

402: His Planet Is Terrible

4/14/2018
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"Counterpart." - Check that your documents are in order and prepare to make an unusual border crossing. “Counterpart” is a spy thriller with a science fiction twist. Featuring a great lead performance from J.K. Simmons and an incredibly strong supporting cast, this is a show that features exciting spycraft mixed with some serious questions about identity, the sum of our experiences, and the road not taken. We discuss the first season, with a spoiler horn before we get to the most...

Duration:01:18:15

401: He Uses His Powers For Evil

4/8/2018
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Harlan Ellison short stories - His reputation precedes him. Harlan Ellison is probably one of the best writers of the last century, but he may be more famous (or infamous) for his irascibility, his lawsuits, and his reputed bad behavior. In this episode, six people (two of whom are Ellison novices) read six of his most lauded short stories and discuss the man and his words. Host Jason Snell with Erika Ensign, Rhias Hall, Lisa Schmeiser, Chip Sudderth and David J. Loehr.

Duration:01:28:09

400: Snellology

4/1/2018
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Four drafts - It’s our 400th episode. What better way to celebrate than with a draft featuring some of our most prolific panelists? We pick topics both impractical and practical, and works both unrealized and culturally vital. (Don’t ask questions.) Host Jason Snell with Dan Moren, John Siracusa, David J. Loehr, Steve Lutz, Monty Ashley, Erika Ensign, Glenn Fleishman and Lisa Schmeiser.

Duration:01:18:36

399: We Endured It, You Adored It

3/24/2018
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"The Prisoner" - Fifty years ago Patrick McGoohan fascinated and confused us with “The Prisoner”, a 17-episode TV series about a man stripped of his name, given a number, and held captive in an idyllic village that doubles as a bizarre surveillance state. It’s allegorical and metaphorical and downright mind-bending, with a baffling conclusion that we’re still scratching our heads about today. What makes this show so great? How does it hold up so well to this day? And have you ever really...

Duration:01:08:00

398: Apart From All the Skiing

3/18/2018
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Ursula K. Le Guin - Our Book Club returns to discuss two late 1960s works by the legendary Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away earlier this year. We tackle the fantasy novel “A Wizard of Earthsea” and the science fiction novel “The Left Hand of Darkness”, both deeply influential in different ways. The works were new to some of our panelists and old favorites for others, so we discuss both what they represented at the time and how we view them from the perspective of 2018. Host Jason Snell...

Duration:01:24:13

397: Mystical Herbologist

3/11/2018
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"Black Panther" - It’s already one of the most successful superhero films of all time, but it’s so much more than that. Our topic this episode is “Black Panther,” which dives into issues from feminism to the long-term effects of imperialism to the legitimacy of monarchies. Plus there’s spectacular production design, some amazing action scenes, and one of the most memorable (and sympathetic) villains in recent movie history. Wakanda Forever! Host Jason Snell with Cicero Holmes, Mikah...

Duration:01:16:26

396: A Lifeboat Made of Mom

3/5/2018
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"The Incredibles" - Put on your super suit, but be sure to take off the cape! We discuss Pixar’s “The Incredibles”, a spectacular story of superheroes, being your best self, family, mid-life crises, and the dangers of machine-learning AIs. Host Jason Snell with Quinn Rose, John Siracusa, Joe Rosensteel and Steve Lutz.

Duration:01:36:45

395: Joe DiMaggio of the Slide Rule

2/24/2018
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"The Cosmic Man" (1959) - We return to bad 1950s science fiction for our latest Rocket Surgery installment, which features 1959’s “The Cosmic Man.” There’s a UFO the likes of which we’ve never seen, in the form of a ping-pong ball in a canyon. Army men and a world-famous scientist that even little kids recognize joust over whether the UFO should be used as a weapon or to benefit all of humanity. And meanwhile, there’s John Carradine checking in to a mountain lodge in an outfit that is not...

Duration:01:07:18

394: High on Mushrooms

2/17/2018
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"Star Trek: Discovery" season one - Hop into your spore chamber and prepare for Black Alert — “Star Trek” has returned to television, and we’ve got our overview of the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery.” Did it meet our expectations? Was it more comfort food or modern TV drama? “Star Trek” shows live or die by their characters, so did Burnham, Saru, Tilly, Stamets, and company find their way into our hearts? Why were there so many plot twists? And what are we hoping for in season two?...

Duration:01:32:43

393: The Ol' Reverse Lucifer

2/10/2018
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"The Good Place" season 2 - “The Good Place” just finished its second season, and we still couldn’t love this show more. We discuss the moral growth of all the show’s characters in season two, break down the meaning of the final episode, and float a bunch of theories about where the show might be headed next. Host Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Glenn Fleishman, Kathy Campbell, Chip Sudderth and Brian Hamilton.

Duration:01:19:37

392: Quantum Computer for Violence

2/3/2018
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"Midnighter" - Step through a teleportation door and boot up your brain’s fight computer, because our Comic Book Club has returned to discuss DC’s “Midnighter.” He’s was once a Batman analogue but now he’s his own man, with no secret identity, a penchant for strategic violence, and an amazing dating profile. And thanks to three recent trade-paperback collections written by Steve Orlando, you can get to know this singular superhero as he journeys from Oakland to Boston to various made-up DC...

Duration:01:08:22