#125: Jin Wang in American Born Chinese (Comic 2006) “It’s easy to become anything you wish . . . so long as you’re willing to forfeit your soul.”

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Join Todd and Joe as they tackle the wonderful graphic novel American Born Chinese by McArthur Genius Gene Luen Yang and discuss myth, stereotypes, and the difficulty of navigating identity in adolescence.

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#124: Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman (TV 1977) “It’s not the same Diana, I mean, you’re not a man.” “I’ve always been very happy about that.”

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Joe and Todd are joined by special guest Andy Mangels to talk about Wonder Woman from the classic television series. Topics of discussion include the way generations are portrayed in these episodes, what makes Wonder Woman different from other superheroes, and what guests would Andy Mangels invite to the greatest dinner party of all time.

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#123: The Doctor’s Wife in Blindness (Novel 1995) “Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are.”

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Joe and Todd discuss the doctor’s wife from the novel Blindness. They talk about Jose Saramago’s writing, the depths to which humans can sink (and the heights to which they can rise), and the believability of a societal collapse.

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#122: Monty Brewster in Brewster’s Millions (Film 1985) “None of the above!”

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Todd and Joe talk about Monty Brewster, played by Richard Pryor in the 1985 film Brewster’s Millions. They talk about the art of adaptation, the highlights of the film, and how they’d spend millions of dollars.

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#121: John Lewis in March: Book 1 (Comic 2013) “Can you swim?” “No.” “Neither can I, but we may have to.”

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Todd and Joe talk about March, a graphic novel chronicling the real-life story of John Lewis, who was a leader in the Civil Rights movement. They discuss choosing events to include in a memoir, how to train for a peaceful protest, and using comic books to retell real-life stories.

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#120: Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson in Parks and Rec (TV 2009-15) “You had me at meat tornado.”

120: Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson in Parks and Rec (TV 2009-15) “You had me at meat tornado.”

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Todd and Joe talk about Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson from the sitcom Parks and Rec. They discuss the evolution of the series and each character’s unique kind of humor.

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#119: Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (Novel 1960) “Oh, hey Boo.”

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Todd and Joe tackle an American classic and discuss Scout Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird. They talk about her transformation, the vivid side characters, and also acknowledge how great Atticus Finch is.

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#118: Special: Great Quotes from Great Movies “May the force be with you.”

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Todd and Joe are joined by Nik English from The Fandom Podcast to talk about movie quotes. Why do we use them, what are the most quotable films, and is there really a Princess Bride quote for every occasion?

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#117: Sam Gerard and Richard Kimble in The Fugitive (Film 1993) “I didn’t kill my wife!” “I don’t care!”

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All-Star guest Kjerste Christensen joins Todd and Joe once again to discuss the classic 1993 thriller The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones.

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#116: Sinestro and Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro (Comic 2008) “In brightest day, in blackest night …”

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This week, Todd and Joe are joined by Norman Mitchell from The Lord of the Rings Minute Podcast to talk about Green Lantern: Sinestro. Topics of discussion include the glorious absurdity of some superhero comics and a deep dive into the concept of redemption.

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