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Decipher SciFi explores the how and why in science fiction with conversations about technology, humanity, and the future. This is not a review show, nor will you see much criticism or snark. It is a rationally optimistic look, through film, at where society and technology are and where they are headed. Also, butts.

Decipher SciFi explores the how and why in science fiction with conversations about technology, humanity, and the future. This is not a review show, nor will you see much criticism or snark. It is a rationally optimistic look, through film, at where society and technology are and where they are headed. Also, butts.
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Princeton, NJ

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Decipher SciFi explores the how and why in science fiction with conversations about technology, humanity, and the future. This is not a review show, nor will you see much criticism or snark. It is a rationally optimistic look, through film, at where society and technology are and where they are headed. Also, butts.

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English


Episodes

Universal Soldier : face-kicking cyborg technologies and micro drone insects

6/19/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Universal Soldier The government turns sometimes-naked Jean-Claude into a cyborg sorta. And hijinx ensue! Recommended and Related Media Universal Soldier alternate ending Show Notes Cyborgification Remote-controlled cockroaches. Engineering cyborg cats with tape and servos. Search and rescue rats. What counts as a cyborg? Insects with eyebrows. Non-cyborgification Whirring servos […] The post Universal Soldier : face-kicking cyborg technologies and micro...

Duration:00:42:50

Enemy Mine : Episode 146

6/12/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Enemy Mine What: A human and an alien struggle to get past their differences. Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen Starring: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James Show Notes Old-school space dogfighting Stealth and the economics of close-distance space combat. Ship designs for different combat settings. Space vs atmosphere travel. […] The post Enemy Mine : Episode 146 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:41:06

Tron : Episode 145

6/5/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Tron What: People but with lasers and in a computer. And light bikes! Directed by: Steven Lisberger Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner Recommended and Related Media Mainframes and the Unix Revolution – Computerphile Show Notes Production Early 80s VFX. So much rotoscoping. The dawn of computer generated […] The post Tron : Episode 145 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:44:00

Superman (1978) : Episode 144

5/29/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Superman (1978) What: Superman! Directed by: Richard Donner Starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman Recommended and Related Media “Does Light Experience Time?” Show Notes Krypton Where did the Superman “S” as family symbol come from? Kryptonian Planetary OSHA. Retroreflective materials. Planet-‘sploding backstories. Shifting orbits. Tidal forces. Planetary superstructures. […] The post Superman (1978) : Episode 144 appeared first on...

Duration:00:57:47

Annihilation : Episode 143

5/22/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Annihilation What: Natalie Portman in the shimmer Directed by: Alex Garland! Starring: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson Recommended and Related Media The Girl With All the Gifts – Decipher SciFi A callback to cordyceps parasitic fungus. Listen Decipher SciFi Episode 96 Ex Machina – Decipher SciFi Ooooooooold […] The post Annihilation : Episode 143 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:44:01

Avengers Infinity War : Episode 142

5/14/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Avengers Infinity War What: Thanos goes glove-shopping Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo Recommended and Related Media Megastructures 1.1: Dyson Spheres by Isaac Arthur Show Notes Thanos Josh Brolan was so good! And the character itself too! Coin purse chin. […] The post Avengers Infinity War : Episode 142 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:46:00

Zathura : Episode 141

5/8/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Zathura What: Jumanji in space. Directed by: Jon Favreau Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart Recommended and Related Media If Earth had Rings… Show Notes Science words Jumanji in space. Card-by-card science words. Light pollution The night sky “never looked that close before.” The majority of […] The post Zathura : Episode 141 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:48:22

Lost in Space [2018] (feat. Adrian Falcone, nerd) : Episode 140

5/1/2018
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Stream the thing: Netflix Lost in Space [2018] What: We cover the first two episode of Netflix’ rehash of the classic Lost in Space Directed by: Neil Marshall Starring: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Parker Posey Featuring guest co-host Adrian Falcone, nerd Recommended and Related Media “Video” from the comet 67p ahhhhh it’s so […] The post Lost in Space [2018] (feat. Adrian Falcone, nerd) : Episode 140 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:50:10

Westworld : Episode 139

4/24/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Westworld [1973] What: Robots! And six shooters! you get the idea. Directed by: Michael Crichton Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin Recommended and Related Media The Lighthill Debate on Artificial Intelligence [1973] Westworld (the series) Hey it’s really good. It goes where you really wish this movie could […] The post Westworld : Episode 139 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:42:21

Men in Black (feat. Liam Ginty, nerd) : Episode 138

4/17/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Men in Black What: Will Smith punches aliens. Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino Featuring guest co-host Liam Ginty of Sandy Pug Games Recommended and Related Media A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage A great book about humans […] The post Men in Black (feat. Liam Ginty, nerd) : Episode 138 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:43:16

Snowpiercer : Episode 137

4/10/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Snowpiercer What: Social commentary on a train with dreamy Chris Evans. Snowpiercer science. Directed by: Joon-ho Bong Starring: Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton Recommended and Related Media Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet by Daniella Martin […] The post Snowpiercer : Episode 137 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:42:05

Stargate (feat Dominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast) : Episode 136

4/3/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Stargate What: Stargate science in the movie that spawned the sprawling franchise. Yay ancient Egypt! Directed by: Roland Emmerich Starring: Kurt Russell, James Spader, French Stewart Featuring guest co-host Dominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast Recommended and Related Media The History of Egypt Podcast A really well-written and […] The post Stargate (feat Dominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast) : Episode 136 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:01:00:25

Timecop : Episode 135

3/27/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Timecop What: Jean Claude kicks faces. Directed by: Peter Hyams Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver Recommended and Related Media Bloodsport Because Van Damme is awesome Get the thing iTunes | Amazon JCVD green screen videos Can we actually touch anything? Bloodsport Mentos [youube url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw-tceWOL8c] Show Notes […] The post Timecop : Episode 135 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:41:57

Pacific Rim (ft. Stephen Granade, scientist) : Episode 134

3/20/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Pacific Rim What: Robots! And Aliens! Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi Featuring guest co-host Stephen Granade, scientist Recommended and Related Media Stephen Granade All about Stephen and what he’s up to: writing, speaking, Tweeting, corgies, etc. Website | Twitter Pacific Rim Uprising […] The post Pacific Rim (ft. Stephen Granade, scientist) : Episode 134 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:01:00:35

Johnny Mnemonic : Episode 133

3/12/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Johnny Mnemonic What: Keanu hacks the Gibson and cyberjesus Dolph Lundgren goes super-sayan. And Yakuza. Directed by: Robert Longo Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Dina Meyer, Ice-T Recommended and Related Media Science Fiction Film Podcast #247: Johnny Mnemonic Featuring me! These guys are fun. They carried me okay, and […] The post Johnny Mnemonic : Episode 133 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:40:42

Zardoz : Episode 132

3/6/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Zardoz What: Bodybuilding Einstein kills things. And weird stuff happens. Directed by: John Boorman Starring: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman Recommended and Related Media Facts about Human Evolution by SciShow Rick & Morty – Raising Gazorpazorp The episode of R&M that was partially a send-up of Zardoz. But […] The post Zardoz : Episode 132 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:38:59

The Cloverfield Paradox (feat. Adrian Falcone, physics nerd) : Episode 131

2/27/2018
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Stream the movie: Netflix The Cloverfield Paradox What: Event Horizon, Hanna-Barbera Edition. And then monsters. Directed by: Julius Onah Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl Featuring guest co-host Adrian Falcone, general-purpose smarty pants Recommended and Related Media 10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman is so good. Watch it iTunes | Amazon Burning Astronaut Pee – […] The post The Cloverfield Paradox (feat. Adrian Falcone, physics nerd) : Episode 131 appeared first on...

Duration:00:53:07

Mad Max Fury Road (feat. Brandon Rollins, Game Designer) : Episode 130

2/20/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Mad Max Fury Road What: Vroom vrooom *screeee* *crash* My name is Max. Directed by: George Miller Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult Featuring guest co-host Brandon Rollins, Game Dev Recommended and Related Media Highways and Byways a game from Brandon Rollins Highways & Byways is Brandon’s new […] The post Mad Max Fury Road (feat. Brandon Rollins, Game Designer) : Episode 130 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:40:49

Transformers The Last Knight (feat. Jolene Creighton from Futurism) : Episode 129

2/13/2018
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Stream the movie: iTunes | Amazon Transformers The Last Knight What: Robots fighting, and then a robot planet fighting earth which may also be a robot planet somehow, it’s hard to tell. Directed by: Michael Bay Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel Featuring guest co-host Jolene Creighton, managing editor at Futurism.com Recommended and Related […] The post Transformers The Last Knight (feat. Jolene Creighton from Futurism) : Episode 129 appeared first on Decipher SciFi.

Duration:00:48:37

Altered Carbon (feat. Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist) : Episode 128

2/6/2018
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Stream the movie: Netflix Altered Carbon What: A great scifi vehicle for questions of consciousness and identity and transhumanism and Joel Kinnaman’s abs. Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik, Nick Hurran, Uta Briesewitz, Andy Goddard, Peter Hoar Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Martha Higareda, James Purefoy Featuring guest co-host Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist Political Candidate Recommended and Related Media Zoltan […] The post Altered Carbon (feat. Zoltan Istvan, Transhumanist) : Episode 128...

Duration:00:42:06