#076: "If you don't run, you can't win." Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire (Film 1981)
This week, in a break from the usual format, we discuss favorite comic books and graphic novels. Joined by Todd Petersen and with Producer Andrew taking a larger role than usual, we recommend comic books ranging from superheroes to all-ages fantasy to non-fiction theoretical texts.
The Protagonist Podcast #074: "I feel like someone is trying to teach me something." Jeff Winger in Community (TV 2010-11)
The Protagonist Podcast #073: "Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves." Celia Bowen in The Night Circus (Novel 2011) Part 2
In Part 2 of our Night Circus discussion we don't have a plot summary, so it's all discussion about Celia Bowen, Erin Morgenstern's writing, and the magic of the Night Circus. If you haven't already done so, go back and listen to Episode 71 for Part 1 of our Night Circus discussion with special guest, Kjerste Christensen.
This week, it's a special episode all about mothers. Producer Andrew chose several iconic orphans from popular culture, and Todd and Joe try to match them with iconic mothers from books, film, and television! Who keeps picking dead moms? Who is the better maternal matchmaker? Give a listen to find out.
The Protagonist Podcast #071: "The circus arrives without warning." Celia Bowen in The Night Circus (Novel 2011) Part 1
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if the Marvel superheroes had been alive in 1602? Join us this week, we talk about the Marvel comic book 1602 by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert. Topics include the fun of "What if" stories, the power of narrative, and seeing familiar characters in unfamiliar settings.
The Protagonist Podcast #068: “Actually, I’m doing research on a rather grisly murder …” Jessica Fletcher in “The Corpse Flew First Class,” Season 03 Episode 12 of Murder, She Wrote (TV 1987)
The Protagonist Podcast #066: "My practices aren't designed for your enjoyment." Norman Dale in Hoosiers (Film 1986)
In celebration of March Madness we viewed the classic basketball film, Hoosiers (1986). Listen as we discuss Coach Norman Dale, leadership, and the difficulties of dealing with disgruntled rural townsfolk. Then join us in a friendly game of Deus Ex Machina versus Chekhov's Gun.
The Protagonist Podcast #065: "Whoever saves one person, it is as if he has saved all of mankind." Kamala Kahn in Ms. Marvel (Comic 2014)
This week we discuss a recent addition to Marvel Comics pantheon of superheroes (in our opinion one of the best), Kamala Kahn, who goes by the code name Ms. Marvel. Listen as we talk about issues of identity, the trauma of superpowers, and the general awesomeness of Kamala.
The Protagonist Podcast #064: "Sorry sir. That's the last straw." Niles Crane in "Are you being served?" (S04E22) and "Murder Most Maris" (S11E08) of Frasier (TV 1997, 2003)
This week we are joined by special guest Jim Mock as we tackle one of Joe's favorite characters of all time: Niles Crane from the sitcom Frasier. Listen as we discuss different types of comedy, what makes a healthy relationship, and long-form character evolution on one of the most decorated TV shows ever.
The Protagonist Podcast #063: "Stop believing you can never beat me, and start learning how you can." Sammy in Psion Beta (Novel 2010)
This week we talk about Sammy from Psion Beta with special guest Jacob Gowans, the author of Psion Beta! Join us for a discussion of what makes a good character, teenage romance (including some serious interdigitating), and what the writing process is like for a new author.
The Protagonist Podcast #062: "Hey nonny, nonny!" Beatrice and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing (Film 1993)
This week we are joined by returning guest Kjerste Christensen to discuss Beatrice and Benedick from the Shakespeare classic, Much Ado About Nothing. Join us as we discuss Emma Thompson and Kenneth Brannagh's performances, the use of deception, and our favorite Shakespeare plays.
The Protagonist Podcast #061: "We're best friends!" Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu in Magic Knight Rayearth (Comic 1993)
It's our first Manga! Join us for a discussion of Magic Knight Rayearth as we tackle topics such as relationships, what makes a good villainous plan, and how little we know about Manga (Japanese comic books).
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The Protagonist Podcast #060: "That wraps up this controversial episode." Valentine's Day Special 2016
It's our second annual special Valentine's Day episode! Joe and Todd sent each other lists of fictional characters and each tried to find the perfect match. What obscure Argentine comic strip character makes an appearance? What perfect match for Wreck-It Ralph goes unappreciated by the judges? Listen to find out.
The Protagonist Podcast #059: "Underneath that angry young woman shell, there's a slightly less angry young woman." Veronica Mars in the pilot episode of Veronica Mars (TV 2004)
The Protagonist Podcast #058: "Sometimes I even think he might be ... a god." Haviland Tuf in Tuf Voyaging (Novel 1986)
This week, we talk about an overweight, bald, verbose spacefarer. That's right, we're talking about Havilund Tuf, from Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin (don't worry if you've never heard of him, we hadn't either until listener Tommy requested that we talk about this book). We talk about dinosaurs on spaceships, the value of struggle, and delusions of godhood.