The Protagonist Podcast #156: Kris Kringle and Susan in Miracle on 34th Street (Film 1947) “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.”

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Joe and Todd are tackling a Christmas classic as they discuss a Miracle on 34th Street. They discuss the weird history behind it’s release date, talk about faith and belief, and dig into Todd’s unexpected (for Joe) response to the film.

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The Protagonist Podcast #155: Christmas Special 2017 “That is like bringing a bazooka to a knife fight.”

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It’s The Protagonist Podcast Christmas Special 2017! Producer Andrew sent Joe and Todd the titles to 8 holiday specials they’ve never seen, and they each made up a plot summary (though Joe went overboard and shot well past a simple summary on one). Listen and let us know if you’d watch any of these made up movies.

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The Protagonist Podcast #154: Dave in “Dave Cooks the Turkey” and “Turkeys are Terrific” from The Vinyl Cafe (Radio 1994-2015) “Sir, are you looking for trouble?”

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Todd and Joe talk about Dave from “The Dave and Morley Stories” on the Canadian radio show Vinyl Cafe. They talk about the holidays, the creation of traditions, and tweaking what could be cliched character roles in just the right way.

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The Protagonist Podcast #153: The Gilmore Family in Friday Nights Alright for Fighting: S06 E13 of Gilmore Girls (TV 2006) “Dinner with Rory! How delightful! Well, spit-spot. Alert the corgis’.”

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Joe and Todd are joined by guest Kate Darowski to discuss Gilmore Girls. We talk about the charms of the show, the intergenerational family dynamics, and debate the merits of various boyfriends.

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The Protagonist Podcast #152: Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban (Novel 1999) “I solemnly swear I am up to no good.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by special guest Amy Champion to discuss Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Topics of discussion include character growth, the logic of the Time Turner and the Marauder’s Map, and the ethics of rule breaking at Hogwarts

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The Protagonist Podcast #151: The Vision Family in The Vision (Comic 2015) “They seemed nice.”

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Joe and Todd are joined by returning guest Todd Petersen to discuss the Marvel comic book series The Vision. They touch on an awful lot of topics, because this is one of the most thought-provoking texts they’ve covered. Topics include the comic book form, issues of identity and prejudice, and just how many great ideas this series explores.

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The Protagonist Podcast #150: Halloween Special 2017 “Whatever you were thinking, throw it out the window.”

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For our special 150th episode we’re joined by returning guest Todd Petersen! First, we reveal our ten most downloaded episodes, then with some prompts from producer Andrew we work together to make up some Halloween themed stories.

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The Protagonist Podcast #149: The Entire Cast in Hocus Pocus (Film 1993) “I’ll put a spell on you!”

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Todd and Joe are tackling a Halloween classic as they discuss the characters from a Hocus Pocus. They talk about the importance of tone for a children’s scary movie, the villains motivations, and where the film feels a bit off but also where it really hits the mark.

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The Protagonist Podcast #148: Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (TV 2015) “Magic is not ended in England.”

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Todd and Joe rare discussing Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange from the television mini-series Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. We talk about what drives each character, the different styles of magic on display, and how everything about this adaptation is pretty darn amazing.

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The Protagonist Podcast #147: Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Novel 1934) “The impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”

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Joe and Todd tackle a true classic, discussing Hercule Poirot from Agatha Christie’s novel, Murder on the Orient Express (just in time for the upcoming film). They talk about Christie’s reputation, mystery genre conventions, and what sets Poirot apart from other detectives.

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