The Protagonist Podcast #166: Derice, Sanka, Yul Brenner, Junior, and Irving in Cool Runnings (Film 1993) “Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme!”

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In the spirit of the Winter Olympics, Joe and Todd are joined by special guest Chris Maverick to discuss the film Cool Runnings. They talk about family film expectations, current attitudes toward this film, and what character arcs the film presents.

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The Protagonist Podcast #165: Valentine’s day Special 2018 “Kenneth Branagh to Kenneth Branagh in Harry Potter.”

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Todd, Joe, and Producer Andrew play a new Valentine’s Day game. They try to build the longest chain of actors they can by saying “Actor A dated Actress B in Movie X, and Actress B dated Actor C in Movie Y…” Their most impressive chain starts with Will Smith and ends with … well, we’ll let you listen to find out.

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The Protagonist Podcast #164: Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane (Comic 2007) “What would you say to going out some time?”

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Todd and Joe talk about Mary Jane from the comic book Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. They discuss the significance of high school emotions, the blending of superheroes and adolescent drama, and one of a Todd’s favorite artistic portrayals in comic books.

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The Protagonist Podcast #163: Granny, Nanny, and Magrat in Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pritchett (Novel 1999) “Things that try to look like things often do look more like things than things.”

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We’re joined by special guest Karissa Evensen to discuss the novel Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. We talk about his Discworld series, the three witches, and the relationship between truth and story.

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The Protagonist Podcast #162: Special Episode on Fan Fiction “Ron’s Ron shirt was just as bad as Ron himself.”

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This week, inspired by a patron request, Todd and Joe dip a toe into the world of fan fiction. They talk about what it is, it’s gray areas, and Producer Andrew points out some iconic works of fan fiction.

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The Protagonist Podcast #161: Kubo in Kubo and the Two Strings (Film 2016) “If you must blink, do it now.”

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This week, Todd and Joe are joined by returning guest Branden Ushio to discuss Kubo and the Two Strings. They talk about the Hero’s Journey, the beautiful stop motion, and issues of representation on the film.

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The Protagonist Podcast #160: Fantasy Box Office 2018 “So many bad films to choose from.”

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It’s time to look back at the 2017 Fantasy Box Office and look ahead to 2018. Find out who won last year’s event, then listen to Todd and Joe make their picks for their unique spin on a Guess the Box Office game.

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The Protagonist Podcast #159: The Entire Cast in The Importance of Being Earnest (Theater 1895) “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

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This week, Joe and Todd are going old school, as they discuss The Importance of Being Earnest. They talk about silly seriousness, the importance of the era to understanding some of the critiques, and Wilde’s tightly controlled farce.

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The Protagonist Podcast #158: Elise and Nick in The Mistletoe Promise (Film 2016) “Christmas rarely goes well for me.”

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Joe and Todd are talking about the movie The Mistletoe Promise. They’ve had enough fun with the formula that it was time to talk about an actual Hallmark Christmas movie. They talk about what characters they like, what doesn’t fully connect in the plot, and why these movies are so popular.

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The Protagonist Podcast #157: Jo March in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Novel 1869) “Women work a great many miracles”

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Todd and Joe are discussing a classic novel, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. They discuss parenting, realistic character, and audience expectations.

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