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Join nerd power couple Alex and Elayne as we take a spoiler-free chapter-by-chapter dive into the classic sci-fi Dune series by Frank Herbert. Elayne is a prolific sci-fi/fantasy reader who has somehow let this classic series pass her by, while Alex is on his second read and will be our resident “expert”. In each episode, released on Mondays, we'll recap and discuss up to three chapters, and talk about plot points, characters, and the Dune universe at large, all in a manner that's spoiler-fr ...
 
JUMP IN ON ANY STORYLINE. A city on the brink. Techno-cults. Roving street gangs. Anything's possible with that crook Nixon in the White House. Only one crew can stand up to The Man... The Jive Action Nerds. JAN is an actual play podcast for the wet and wild RPG Spirit of 77. Filmmakers, comedians, and veteran dorks TV's Kevin Lanigan (Doomed To You), Jacob Kelleher (KelleHerald), and Justin Germeroth (Puffin Publishing Podcast) bring you a weekly show of tumbling dice and makin' nice. Bite ...
 
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In this episode, we take a look at chapters twenty-two and twenty-three of God Emperor of Dune, in which Hwi Noree takes up her role as the new Ixian ambassador to Leto's court, the Tleilaxu ambassador is accused of spreading scandalous rumors and is aggressively punished, Duncan and Leto debate the wisdom of this approach, and Leto becomes quite t…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters nineteen through twenty-one of God Emperor of Dune, in which Sister Chenoeh receives insights and unsettling news from the God Emperor, the Tleilaxu launch a bold attack against Leto during the peregrination, we learn about the unusual design of the Festival City, and Duncan responds to Face Dancer subter…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters sixteen through eighteen of God Emperor of Dune, in which Leto and his attendants begin the decennial peregrination to Onn, Duncan and Leto reminisce about the old environment of Arrakis when it was still a desert known as Dune, the Bene Gesserit debate how to react to an unsettling move by the Tleilaxu, …
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters thirteen through fifteen of God Emperor of Dune, in which Nayla is called before her god to strengthen her faith in the face of her difficult mission, the new Duncan has his first meeting with the God Emperor amidst his adjustment to the strange new world he's been thrown into, Moneo meets with this Dunca…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters eleven through thirteen of God Emperor of Dune, in which Moneo desperately needs some sleep, Leto insists that Siona must be "tested" despite her father's concerns, Leto warns a Bene Gesserit sister that he knows what her order has been up to, and several Reverend Mothers describe the current state of the…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters eight through ten of God Emperor of Dune, in which the new Duncan Idaho ghola arrives on Arrakis and tries to make sense of his situation, Leto sends a subtle challenge to Siona and her rebels, a new ambassador is selected to represent Ix in the God-Emperor's court, and one double agent is rooted out of t…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters five through seven of God Emperor of Dune, in which Leto learns that boredom can be a real hazard to one's health as the latest in a long line of Duncan Idahos confronts his master, Moneo tries to balance his responsibilities and loyalty to the God Emperor with his concerns for his rebellious daughter, Le…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters one through four of God Emperor of Dune, in which a far-future humanity makes a revelatory discovery, Leto turns out to have a fondness for old-fashioned security with a dramatic flair, a young woman and her companions make great sacrifices to take on the God-Emperor, and we begin to learn about what Leto…
 
In this episode, we take a look at the 2003 Sci-Fi miniseries adaptation of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, discussing changes to the roles of Wensicia and Irulan, varying degrees of CGI quality, questionable sandtrout transformations, and the laughable lack of discretion observed by people having a theoretically illicit affair. (Really, you're …
 
In this episode, we take a look back at all of Children of Dune, discussing the overall plot, characters, comparison to the earlier books, and how we felt about all of those things as we conclude our readthrough of the first trilogy of the Dune saga. If you enjoy listening to us, we’d love a rating or review, and be sure to let any Dune-interested …
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters sixty-three and sixty-four of Children of Dune, in which Ghanima explains the price that Leto is paying for his Golden Path, Stilgar and Tyekanik bond over their skepticism regarding the futures of their respective groups, the Fremen swear their loyalty to their terrifying new god-figure, and Farad'n lear…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters sixty through sixty-two of Children of Dune, in which Alia makes a successful play against the fugitive Fremen, Leto asks for his father's aid, The Preacher gives his final sermon, and Leto returns to confront his aunt and give her one last opportunity to control her own fate while the Atreides bear witne…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters fifty-six through fifty-nine of Children of Dune, in which an increasingly unstable Alia appoints a new lieutenant, a fugitive Ghanima fumes as a lighthearted Stilgar ignores her warnings, Gurney is reunited with both Leto and Paul, and Leto begins to reveal his Desert Demon identity to the Fremen while t…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters fifty-three through fifty-five of Children of Dune, in which Alia tries to make sense of the chaos on Arrakis while dealing with the Baron's manipulations, The Preacher finally meets his son as they debate the horrors of Leto's plans for the future of humanity, Assan Tariq learns the dangers of going up a…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters fifty through fifty-two of Children of Dune, in which Sabiha reveals the price she is paying for Leto's escape, Muriz continues to be terrible, Gurney finds out he's been played, and we discover the truth behind Leto's ominous musings about gloves and skin. Now introducing…the amazing Sandtrout Boy! If yo…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters forty-six through forty-nine of Children of Dune, in which Duncan returns to Arrakis and is immediately almost assassinated, Leto must survive a sandstorm while escaping from Jacurutu, Farad'n graduates from Bene Gesserit training, and Leto has a tense standoff with the leader of the water-thieving band o…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters forty-three through forty-five of Children of Dune, in which Leto has a key revelation regarding the future of Arrakis, Ghanima has a tense conversation with an emotional Irulan, Leto manages to escape from his "education" at Jacurutu, and Gurney fears for Leto's fate in the desert as a sandstorm approach…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters forty through forty-two of Children of Dune, in which Ghanima chafes at being treated like a child by Alia and Irulan, Alia comes to an unexpected and bloodthirsty agreement with her niece, Leto makes a plan to feign cooperation with Jessica's testing so that he can survive to enact his own plans, and Far…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters thirty-seven through thirty-nine of Children of Dune, in which Leto has a harsh (and creepy!) awakening into a high-stakes game of riddles, Jessica begins Farad'n's Bene Gesserit training, Leto is forced to undergo the spice trance he and his sister have been steadfastly avoiding in hopes of staving off A…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters thirty-four through thirty-six of Children of Dune, in which Duncan and Jessica have a tense confrontation under the watchful eyes of House Corrino, the ghola formally withdraws from the service of the Atreides family, Alia tries to exert better control over her forces of guards when it comes to handling …
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters thirty-one through thirty-three of Children of Dune, in which Leto searches for the lost sietch of Jacurutu in the deserts of Arrakis, Farad'n tries to figure out Duncan's strange behavior, the Preacher returns to Arrakeen in the wake of Leto's alleged death, and Alia observes him up close to try to figur…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters twenty-eight through thirty of Children of Dune, in which the Corrino faction weighs a surprising offer from Duncan Idaho, Ghanima proves quite capable of handling herself even as she grieves for her brother, Jessica works to convince Farad'n to give her asylum and accept her as his teacher, and the disco…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters twenty-five through twenty-seven of Children of Dune, in which Duncan pleads his trustworthiness to Jessica and the Fedaykin, Farad'n is deeply unimpressed with his mother and her methods, Ghanima incurs some injuries while fighting off tigers, and the twins must separate for the first time in their lives…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters twenty-two through twenty-four of Children of Dune, in which Javid fails to solicit Jessica's help in discrediting The Preacher, Jessica evades a brazen and very public attempt on her life, the full horror of Alia's possession is revealed to her mother, and the Atreides twins take a trip into the desert t…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters twenty and twenty-one of Children of Dune, in which Stilgar tries to understand the twins' experiences, Ghanima explains her brother's behavior to Jessica, Alia sees conspiracies around every corner as she descends further into possession, and Duncan uncannily ferrets out key aspects of the plot against t…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters seventeen through nineteen of Children of Dune, in which Leto brings Stilgar out into the desert for a chat, Stilgar questions his beliefs and traditions, Alia tries to convince Duncan to aid her in abducting the Lady Jessica, and Duncan becomes concerned at her decidedly un-Atreides-like behavior - setti…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters fifteen and sixteen of Children of Dune, in which Leto and Jessica have a tense first meeting, we learn of Alia's plot to eliminate the twin dangers of her mother and the Corrinos, Alia spies on the Preacher as he rolls into Arrakeen, and he gives warnings to members of Alia's household and ruling council…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters thirteen and fourteen of Children of Dune, in which Leto and Ghanima take a significant risk while seeking information, Leto succeeds in convincing his sister to support his so-called "Golden Path" for the future, we meet the young Corrino heir Farad'n in exile on Salusa Secundus, and the Preacher unexpec…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters ten through twelve of Children of Dune, in which Jessica and Ghanima discuss the current state of affairs, we witness Alia's initial corruption as her mental defenses crumble, the late Baron Harkonnen makes an unwelcome and characteristically bloodthirsty appearance, and The Preacher's guide Assan turns o…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters seven through nine of Children of Dune, in which the mystery of Jacurutu continues, Javid is revealed to be a double agent, the Preacher introduces himself to the citizens of Arrakeen in dramatic fashion, and we are introduced to our Corrino conspirators - whom, intriguingly, do not include the would-be E…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters four through six of Children of Dune, in which tigers are involved in a plot to restore the Corrino family to power, a tactically questionable sting is carried out, Jessica and Alia have an uncomfortable reunion, and Leto reveals that he has been having prescient dreams like his father. And also speaking …
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters one through three of Children of Dune, in which Stilgar contemplates murder, the nine-year-old Atreides heirs muse about the risks of Abomination, everyone prepares for the return of the long-absent Lady Jessica to Arrakis, and Alia displays some alarming tendencies - alongside some pretty complex emotion…
 
In this episode, we take a look back at the entirety of Dune Messiah, discussing plotlines, characters, tropes, worldbuilding, and more, now that we've made it through the first two-thirds of the initial Dune trilogy. If you enjoy listening to us, we’d love a rating or review, and be sure to let any Dune-interested friends know about us! We'd also …
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters twenty-three through twenty-four of Dune Messiah, in which Chani's fate comes to pass, Hayt restores the memories of Duncan Idaho, we learn that the Atreides heirs are "abominations" like Alia, and Paul thwarts the conspiracy but makes some extremely questionable naming choices before walking off into the…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters twenty through twenty-two of Dune Messiah, in which Hayt has an unsettling encounter with Bijaz, we learn more about the Tleilaxu plot, Alia goes on a massive drug trip, and Chani goes into labor…which might be the last time we see her. If you enjoy listening to us, we’d love a rating or review, and be su…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters eighteen and nineteen of Dune Messiah, in which Paul has a run-in with a dangerous weapon, we learn that Chani is having twins, we get an ominous hint about Stilgar's path, and everyone's *favorite* panegyrist gets put on trial. Couldn't have happened to a better guy. If you enjoy listening to us, we’d lo…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters fifteen through seventeen of Dune Messiah, in which the conspirators' plot begins to take shape, Paul hesitates but ultimately commits to a path forward, we witness Alia leading a ritual before her worshippers, and Paul gets a healthy dose of guilt when he meets with his old friend and Fedaykin Otheym. Le…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapter twelve through fourteen of Dune Messiah, in which we learn about the Emperor's very petty architectural style, Paul extends an offer to the Bene Gesserit, Scytale insists that Edric prod Hayt into acting faster, and it turns out Chani is having a horror-movie pregnancy due to years of secret contraceptives…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapter ten to eleven of Dune Messiah, in which a familiar corpse appears in the desert, Alia and Hayt verbally spar about the Atreides empire, Paul has a disturbing vision, and Hayt tries to counsel him - even if Paul is being rather an ungrateful jerk about it. If you enjoy listening to us, we’d love a rating or…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters seven through nine of Dune Messiah, in which Reverend Mother Mohiam makes ruthless demands of Irulan, Alia makes some weird choices leading to quite possibly the most awkward encounter of her many lives, Edric debates the politics of the Empire with Paul, and we learn the true and genuinely shocking exten…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters four through six of Dune Messiah, in which Scytale meets with a regressive conspirator, verbal sparring occurs at a contentious council meeting, everybody hates Korba, and Paul accepts the ghola Hayt even though he knows it's a trap. He's a chip right off the old Leto block. If you enjoy listening to us, …
 
In this episode, we take a look at the prologue and chapters one through three of Dune Messiah, in which an alleged heretic tells his story, a conspiracy comes together, a new faction of shapeshifters joins the party, and we catch up with our eponymous Messiah Paul - who, having attained ultimate power, does not seem altogether happy with it. If yo…
 
In this episode, we take a look at the 2000 Sci-Fi miniseries adaptation of Dune, discussing angsty not-teens, Irulan's greater role in the plot, odd costuming choices, and floating Barons. Seriously, did we miss a key point about how suspensors work? If you enjoy listening to us, we’d love a rating or review, and be sure to let any Dune-interested…
 
In this episode, we take a look at the 1984 David Lynch film adaptation of Dune, discussing the odd aesthetic demands of the various factions, the very boxy appearance of shields, the choice to use "weirding modules", and what the hell chest plugs are for. And, inexplicably, cat-milking. If you enjoy listening to us, we’d love a rating or review, a…
 
In this episode, we take a look at first full trailer for the 2020 Denis Villeneuve adaptation of Dune, discussing scenes we recognize from the book, character looks, casting, and the effects and aesthetics evident from the trailer. In short, we're hyped. We also spend some time answering a few listener questions - to get in on this the next time w…
 
In this episode, we take a (long) look back at the entirety of Dune, discussing plotlines, characters, tropes, worldbuilding, and more, now that Elayne can finally join Alex in the "has read Dune" club. If you enjoy listening to us, we’d love a rating or review, and be sure to let any Dune-interested friends know about us! We'd also love to hear fr…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapter forty-eight of Dune, in which Shaddam and Mohiam are confronted with their failures, Feyd gets his comeuppance, Irulan gets a raw deal, and Paul comes to terms with his limitations - even amidst his complete and unquestionable victory. If you enjoy listening to us, we’d love a rating or review, and be sure…
 
In this episode, we take a look at chapters forty-six through forty-seven of Dune, in which Paul awakens from a lengthy nap with a plan, the Fremen launch an all-out assault against the Imperial encampment, Paul receives some unexpected tragic news, and Alia delights in unsettling and exacting revenge against those who have wronged her family. You …
 
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