Protagonist Podcast #218 The ensemble cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV 2013) “Everyone here needs some instruction on interacting with grown-ups.”

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Producer Andrew joins Joe to discuss the ensemble cast of the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We’re focusing on S1E16, “The Party,” and S3E5, “Halloween III.” Topics of discussion include the talent of the creators and cast, the range of characteristics on display, and the blending of genres on the show.

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Protagonist Podcast #217 Takeo Goda in My Love Story!! (Manga 2011) “I fell for a girl who likes me back.”

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Returning guest John Darowski joins Joe to discuss Takeo Goda from the manga My Love Story!! by Kazune Kawahara. Topics of discussion include the storytelling conventions of manga, the tropes of romantic comedy, and what makes Takeo’s friendship with Suna and romance with Rinko so endearing.

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Protagonist Podcast #216 Phil Connors in Groundhog Day (film 1993) “Okay campers, rise and shine…”

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Returning guest Nik English joins Joe to talk about Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) from the classic comedy Groundhog Day (directed by Harold Ramis). Topics of discussion include the cultural impact of the story, the entertainment factor of this morality tale, and why this is Joe’s favorite film.

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Protagonist Podcast #215: Don Quixote in El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (novel 1605) “Truly I was born to be an example of misfortune…”

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He’s back! Todd Mack is here to tilt at windmills, as we finally try to say everything there is to say about one of his favorite characters and novels! We’re talking about Don Quixote from the classic novel by Miguel Cervantes. Topics include the modernity of this very old text, the different interpretations of the themes, and the complexity of the characters.

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Protagonist Podcast 214: Diane Chambers in Cheers (TV 1982) “Hello. Welcome to Cheers. My name is Diane.”

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Returning guest Kate Darowski joins Joe to discuss Diane Chambers from Cheers. They talk about the brilliance of the writing in the pilot, Shelley Long’s underrated comedic acting, and the quality of the set design.

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Protagonist Podcast #213: Fantasy Box Office 2019! “I’ve never hated movies more.”

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First up, Todd is back to wrap up our Fantasy Box Office 2018. The winner is revealed, and we chat about what movies we’ve seen this year. Then, Joseph and Producer Andrew make their picks for Fantasy Box Office 2019! Reminder: they get the box office total multiplied by the Rotten Tomatoes score of every film they pick. At the end of the year, the one with the highest total wins. What new films are there to look forward to? Listen to find out.

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Protagonist Podcast #212: Rapunzel in Rapunzel’s Revenge (comic 2008) “WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE: RAPUNZEL”

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Producer Andrew joins Joe to discuss Rapunzel’s Revenge, a graphic novel written by Shannon and Dean Hale with art by Nathan Hale. They talk what makes this adaptation stand out, the strengths of the graphic novel form that are on display, and how narrative expectations are subverted.

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Protagonist Podcast #211: Kanji Watanabe in Ikiru (film 2951) “I can’t afford to hate anyone. I don’t have that kind of time.”

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Henry Darowski is back to join Joe in talking about Kanji Watanabe from the film Ikiru. This classic film directed by Akira Kurosawa tells the story of a man who searches for meaning in his life when he learns he is dying from cancer. Henry and Joe discuss Kurosawa’s brilliant directing, Takashi Shimura’s great performance as Kanji, and the truths about human nature explored in the film.

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Protagonist Podcast #210: Santa Claus in A Visit from St. Nicholas (Poem 1823) “‘Twas the night before Christmas…”


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Todd Mack is back with Joe to discuss the classic Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by C. Clement Moore. In this shorter, special Christmas episode, Todd and Joe talk about the cultural significance of the piece, the poetic skill of Moore, and dive into an authorship controversy.

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Protagonist Podcast #209: Christmas Special 2018


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Todd Mack is back for our Christmas Special 2018. Producer Andrew selected seven titles of Christmas movies that neither Todd nor Joe have ever seen, and they both wrote a summary. After Andrew tells them what the real plot was, he selects what he’d most want to watch. The scoring gets heated right around A Gingerbread Romance.

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