The Protagonist Podcast #139: Stanley Yelnats in Holes (Novel 1998) “It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig stealing-great-great-grandfather!”

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Joe and Todd discuss Stanley Yelnats and Hector Zeroni from the novel Holes. They talk about the structural perfection of the plot and the character arcs.

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The Protagonist Podcast #136: Chuck Bartowski in Chuck (TV 2007) “Chuck is the computer.”

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Joe and Todd talk about Chuck Bartowski from the TV show Chuck. They discuss the spy genre, issues of technology as explored in pop culture, and the overall charm of the show.

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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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#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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#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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#115: The cast of Corner Gas S01E01 “Ruby Reborn” and S06E06 “Good Tubbin'” (TV 2004-09) “Safety Pete can talk!” “Boy, can he ever.”

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Todd and Joe talk about a fantastic Canadian sitcom, Corner Gas. They discuss Davis as well as the rest of the crazy characters in Dog River, Saskatchewan. They touch on kinds of comedy, the pleasure of purely episodic television, and acknowledge a beautiful book ending of the pilot and finale.

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#110: Earl Sinclair from Dinosaurs (TV 1991-94) “Honey! I’m home! I’m hungry!”

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Todd and Joe discuss Earl Sinclair from the 1990s tv show Dinosaurs. They talk about Faustian bargains, striking the right tone between heavy themes and silly anthropomorphic animals, and the magic of of the Jim Henson Creature Shop.

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#101: The town of Cicely, Alaska in Northern Exposure (TV 1990-95) “There is no hidden agenda with this man.”

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In this episode Todd and Joe discuss the town of Cicely Alaska in the hit TV series Northern Exposure.

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#090: Shawn Spencer and Burton Gustor in Psych (TV 2006-14) ā€œIā€™m not 27 anymore. I can do whatever I want.ā€

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Todd and Joe talk about one of TV’s most entertaining set of best friends: Shawn and Gus from Psych. We discuss the the show’s goofball tone, how much these two need each other, and take some time to acknowledge how great Juliet is too.

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#074: Jeff Winger in Community (TV 2010-11) “I feel like someone is trying to teach me something.”

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Join us this week when we talk about Jeff Winger from the TV comedy Community. Listen as we discuss absurdity, how far is too far for running gags, and postmodern comedy.

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