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A podcast covering all things geeky and nerdy, all from the female perspective. Some of fandoms include (but are not limited to): Disney, Marvel, Doctor Who, Once Upon A Time, Sailor Moon, The Librarians, and more! So come join us for reviews, news, tangents and even a bit of squee.
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The Bad Batch is back for its final season, and with it, your Star Wars pals Dan, Kat, and Tony. We discuss time jumps, video game jumping puzzles, and literal ticking clocks in this three-episode season premiere. Lucasfilm Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar and K Benesh Sponsors Purrgil & Squigs Shirts: The only Star Wars lawyer-themed shirt you need. Refer…
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In this penultimate episode of this season of Sorkin’ In It, Lex and Brian cover what is possibly the least-beloved work of Aaron Sorkin’s career; and we’ll come right out and say that it earns every bit of that terrible reputation. Will is in jail, Maggie and Jim are in Russia, and Charlie’s getting worked up trying to hold it all together. Spoile…
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Great Scott! No time to be a slacker, McFly, because we’ve gotta go back in time to 1985 so we can go back to 1955 so we can perfectly time a lightning strike. That’s right, it’s time to talk about “Back to the Future.” "Back to the Future" Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, John Siracusa, Shelly Brisbin, Chip Sudderth and Lex Friedman Sponsors Porkbun:…
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Celebrate a literary milestone with us as we mark our 450th episode by diving into a lively discussion about our recent favorite reads. From page-turning novels to hidden gems, join us for a bookish rendezvous as we share our top picks and the stories that captured our hearts and minds. Plus we have fandom news and your feedback! Our Linktree: http…
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Jason’s favorite movie of 2023 was the gray flipside to “Barbie,” Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.” And while none of us would exactly call ourselves Nolan fans, this one manages to grapple with a deep subject with great care. It’s got some spectacular scenes that will blow your mind—and a whole lot more scene of men in suits and hats standing aro…
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We are back with a classic Romance in Action from 1986: The Big Easy. We have Dennis Quaid practicing the art of seduction with Ellen Barkin amid a murder investigation. With a seedy 80s vibe, they follow a trail of clues that lead them deeper into a corrupt mess in New Orleans. The investigation keeps pulling them apart making us wonder: Will they…
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Subpoenas. Rushed (but beautiful) weddings. Courtrooms. Handcuffs. It’s an overstuffed Newsroom, and boy does Jim disappoint us. Almost as much as he disappoints Hallie. Meanwhile, Mackenzie and The Source get soaked, and ACN gets acquired. Brian and Lex get… kind of frustrated. Lex Friedman and Brian Warren Referenced Works The Newsroom Show Notes…
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This episode is bigger on the inside as Heather and Stacy talk the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the 2023 Doctor Who Specials, Ncuti Gatwa as the Flirty Doctor (you heard it here first, people!), anticipating Free The Squee’s first appearance at the Gallifrey One Convention, and Heather’s Ode to Verity Podcast. But first, it’s time …
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Join us as we dive into the multiverse with a discussion on the second season of Marvel's animated series, "What If." From alternate realities to mind-bending twists, we dissect the fascinating scenarios that explore the endless possibilities within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus we have quite a bit of news and your feedback! Our Linktree: htt…
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It’s another episode of Random Pursuit! In this episode: a brand new contestant, an epic run, and which version of Trivial Pursuit will be Erika’s least favorite this time? Random Pursuit XXXII Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky with Helen Zaltzman, Glenn Fleishman, Katrina Griffiths, Deborah Stanish and Dan Moren Show Notes & Links Helen Zaltzman …
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Before the superhero ball got rolling the mutants were there to give it a push. This week we visit the X-Men in the original movie from the year 2000. It’s not perfect. There are plenty of flaws. But, wow, what a movie. It may not be so much of a template as Iron Man (or The Incredible Hulk) but it is inarguably in the vanguard of what would become…
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TPK returns to the greater Varkenbluff area with another heisty challenge, in which Jaee, Levithia, Revelle, and K’ronng learn it’s better to rule in Hell than serve drinks at a casino. Keys from the Golden Vault - The Stygian Gambit, Part 1 Tony Sindelar with Annette Wierstra, Erika Ensign, Jason Snell and Monty Ashley Show Notes & Links Edited by…
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Richard/Toby sees no cause for optimism, but Brian and Lex do: They’re here covering season three, episode three of The Newsroom: Main Justice. We’re at the White House Correspondence dinner, and so is BJ Novak, who is so ridiculous. And we meet the source! Oh, and the steady downfall of Jim (and perhaps Jim and Hallie) continues. No matter what, t…
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Two nations, two sitcoms, one premise: What if one of us could see ghosts? Infusing genre complications into the world of TV situation comedies, “Ghosts” has become a hit in both the UK and the U.S.! We recommend both, compare the different versions, and try to explain why the whole idea works so well. "Ghosts" Jason Snell with Annette Wierstra, He…
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Embark on a literary and cinematic journey with us as we unravel the tale of "The Three Musketeers." Our nerdy discussion spans the pages of Alexandre Dumas' classic novel, exploring its origins and inspirations. With a spotlight on the 1993 Disney film adaptation, we also delve into the musketeer legacy in cinema, from the silent era to modern int…
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Our heroes reconvene, and the smackdown begins with spikes and teleporting and murderously rough terrain! Oh my! Candlekeep - A Deep and Creeping Darkness, Part 6 Tony Sindelar with Dan Moren, Jason Snell, Kathy Campbell, Mikah Sargent and Tiff Arment Show Notes & Links Edited by Warren Frey. Candlekeep Mysteries…
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Hello there fellow nerds, and welcome to our first episode of 2024. Stacy and Heather are joined by the fabulous and brilliant Mikayla, aka Younger Spawn, for some fangirling over Percy Jackson! But before we get there, we talk about Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Dolly Parton and her new album, Rockstar. We chat collabs, what it means to cov…
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KNEW THIS WAS ONE WAY TICKET BUT YOU KNOW I HAD TO COME At long last, it’s the episode Jason has waited 13 years to schedule. Up from the depths of the ocean comes a long-awaited 4K transfer! It’s time for all of you to join us in watching one of the great (and underrated) adventure films of all time, and perhaps James Cameron’s best film: “The Aby…
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In this week’s episode Brian briefly forgets the entire concept of the written word and how TV works. We forge ahead, undaunted by any single hosts unhinged intro, and cover Newsroom S3E2, called “Run.” We meet a few new characters and see familiar faces while the network is faces a takeover, Maggie scores a new lead, and Neal is definitely in trou…
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Our Director Annette Wierstra interviews playwright and writer Reina Hardy in advance of the release of her Hallmark movie Paging Mr. Darcy. They discuss Jane Austen, conferences, Regency dancing, and casting Austen heroes. They also dive into how one gets into writing a Hallmark movie, the logistics of writing a screenplay, and the experience of h…
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On this episode of the Game Show, we play You Think You Know Me, a card game by Amy Baio that has panelists figure out other people feel about things like romantic movies, second changes, villains, and time itself! Get your own copy of Amy’s game at Pink Tiger Games. You Think You Know Me Glenn Fleishman with Annette Wierstra, Brian Hamilton, Cicer…
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We’re off to Oklahoma to catch up with a stand out character from the Hawkeye show — Maya Lopez A.K.A. Echo. Taking refuge from the Fisk organization after having shot Kingpin in the face we find Maya returning to her roots, those she left behind after a tragic childhood accident, and coming to terms with her heritage and who she is. Dan Moren, Joh…
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It’s the premiere of the final (short) season of The Newsroom, and Brian and Lex are watching. Sadly, the Genoa storyline is STILL sticking around — this time affecting the team’s reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing. Plus Neal gets a Genoa of his own. (Where by “Genoa,” we mean, “storyline we wish would go away.”) With all that said, you might…
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We reconvene Miyazaki Club to discuss the master animator’s latest final movie, “The Boy and the Heron.” We went in wondering, will this be lyrical and nostalgic magical realism, or will it be a barrage of super-weird fantastical imagery? The voluminous bird poop and the suit of frogs point the way. "The Boy and the Heron" Jason Snell with John Sir…
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Join us as we dive into the electrifying world of Queen's album "Jazz." In this musical journey, we dissect each track, exploring the band's eclectic sound and Freddie Mercury's dynamic vocals. From the iconic "Don't Stop Me Now" to the experimental "Bicycle Race," we share our nerdy insights on Queen's 7th studio album. Plus some fandom news and y…
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From empty(?) town to damp caves, our exhausted adventurers just can’t catch a break as they delve deep into the meenlock mystery. Candlekeep - A Deep and Creeping Darkness, Part 4 Tony Sindelar with Dan Moren, Jason Snell, Kathy Campbell, Mikah Sargent and Tiff Arment Show Notes & Links Edited by Warren Frey. Candlekeep Mysteries…
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I want to run, I want to hide, I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside. Sometimes the streets have no name, but other times they are named roads, or avenues, or boulevards, or drives. What does it all mean? Does Jason live on a road or a drive? When we go there, we go there with you. It’s all we can do. John Siracusa and Jason Snell…
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Brian and Lex agree that this season finale feels like it was potentially a series finale, maybe written before Sorkin knew he had one more season of The Newsroom to go. Mac and Will walk off the set, Jim worries about a mistake he made, and Maggie remains alive. Oh, and spoiler alert: Obama wins. Add to that love is in the air with MANY of our cha…
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In 2023’s “Godzilla Minus One,” the classic monster doesn’t just represent nuclear disaster, but crushing guilt on personal and societal levels. What if someone built a deeply emotional human drama that was also a movie where Godzilla destroys a whole lot of stuff? We’ve got the answer! "Godzilla Minus One" Jason Snell with Monty Ashley and Moisés …
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Join us as we take a regal trip down memory lane for our episode dedicated to "The Crown." From the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II to the tumultuous events of recent history, we reflect on the entire series. Dive into our nerdy discussion as we dissect royal drama, standout performances, and the historical accuracy that captivated audiences. Plu…
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With season 4 of “For All Mankind” in the books, we got a chance to spend a little time asking co-creators and showrunners Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert about the show in general, season four in particular, where the show might go if it’s renewed for future seasons, and (of course) why there are so many vending machines. Dan Moren and Jason Snell wit…
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New year, new Random Pursuit! Join us the 31st edition to learn how Roman numerals work, a deep dive into one specific day in the history of one of rock and roll’s greatest bands, and an end result you will have to hear to believe! Random Pursuit XXXI Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky with Kathy Campbell, Alex Cox, Jay Miller, Antony Johnston and …
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Our (mostly) exhausted heroes explore the easily mispronounced town of Vermeillon to untangle the mystery of an abandoned domicile and the strange creatures within. Candlekeep - A Deep and Creeping Darkness, Part 3 Tony Sindelar with Dan Moren, Jason Snell, Kathy Campbell, Mikah Sargent and Tiff Arment Show Notes & Links Edited by Warren Frey. Cand…
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Crack open your psychohistory textbooks and ready a new batch of imperial clones, because it’s time to discuss the Apple TV+ series “Foundation,” extremely loosely based on the classic works of Isaac Asimov. Before the spoiler horn, we talk about why this is a show worth catching up on—and also debate the merits of psychohistory. Then we discuss th…
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We say goodbye to season four by detailing the exciting and eventful finale, in which the counter-countermeasures are foiled by counter-counter-countermeasures… or are they? The tension between the crew and the authorities on Mars reaches a breaking point! Frantic typing occurs—but without typos! And Jason gets some strong “Babylon 5” vibes—in the …
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