This time, Mike, Sam, and Simon discuss: Brexit; pornographer's license, curator's power, and the Apple ecosystem; Pope Francis' latest firestorm; the depths of nerdery and the speed of plot; the gun-control debate; Popes Urbans II and VIII, PR genii; trans-age-ism; and the depressing lack of courage among those who should be challenging Trump.
This time, Mike, Sam, & Simon discus: Captain America Civil War; Simon wants intermissions back in movies; Mike wonders about "peak Marvel"; possibilities for a new Firefly movie; Rogue One; everyone is horrified and depressed about Trump; Gary Johnson and the state of the race; Coburn/Bayh and Trump/Sanders tickets; tribes and arguments; the troubled future of the union; regionalisms; and the House contingency.
[Simon actual: Yes, I know that I forgot about the top three provision. I'm embarrassed, let's move on.]
This time, Mike, Sam & Simon discuss: The state of the race; Portlandia’s take on Battlestar Galactica; the confederate flag; Pope Francis on social media; Jacob Rees-Mogg on estrangement; the necessity of a purging fire to get rid of the Trumpkins; failing and the art of getting back up; Firefly, creator’s intent, and creative separation; Apple, encryption, brains, Caprica, and CGP Grey; Sam walks around in a Jayne hat, Mike has fun making Simon blush, and Simon visits the spiritual home of the podcast, the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, Kentucky.
This time on the podcast, Mike, Sam, & Simon discuss:The end of Lent, the state of the race; the "Team America" theory of Trump; the myth of the golden age; Catholic commercialism; Bernie Sanders and socialism; what government will and won't subsidize; the dangers of trivialization and the rise of the new god of the gaps argument; which other reality TV stars may get into politics; the gas-giant candidate redux; the end of parties, redux; the ethics of independents and primaries; the establishment's ultimate problem; the twitter primary and #NoneOfTheAbove; under protest from Simon, follow-up on robot sex (from "No surge protector tonight," S1.3); and Richard M. Nixon's head in a glass case.
And we're back! This time on the podcast, Mike, Sam, & Simon discuss: Justice Scalia's passing; the utility of voter apathy; the future (or lack thereof) of parties; the art and purpose of compromise; the arc of Trump's campaign and how we called it wrong; the Trump post-presidency; and the state of the race after the New Hampshire primary.
In the last episode of the season, Mike, Sam, and Simon discuss: The Donald Trump show; what to do at the end of the world; the corruption of language; giving ISIS what it wants, Trump's proposal to exclude and register Muslims, and other unthinkable thoughts; the uniqueness (or otherwise) of the Incarnation; faith, nation, and the political order; and ideas versus practice as the core of religions. See http://www.simondodd.org/podcast for shownotes.
This week—the penultimate episode of the season—Mike, Sam, & Simon discuss: Jenna Coleman departing and The Expanse arriving; MCU happenings; fear and loathing in advertising; fanfic mousetraps; conservatism in Europe versus conservatism in America; cultural appropriation and microaggression; Kat Timpf being attractive and liking things that are cool; and the importance of not being too cool. As always, shownotes at http://www.simondodd.org/podcast.
This week, Mike, Sam & Simon discuss: Incoming sci-fi adaptations and deviations from the books; the illiberal madness consuming American campuses; Pope Francis' Synod on the Family; and Simon's recent essay on three strands of postconciliar Catholicism. (We apologize for the poor audio quality in the first fifteen minutes of the show; it does get better!) See http://www.simondodd.org for shownotes.
This time, Mike, Sam, and Simon take a different tack and follow up on a variety of items from previous episodes: Tinder and the new shape of relationships; female robots, gender politics, and the ethics of social stratification among AIs of varying sophistication; the mirage-y-ness (vel non) of the singularity; ethics and liability of self-driving cars; prosecuting "straw purchases" of firearms; Jeb on deathwatch; the shocking, Oliver Stone-grade ineptitude of CNBC's debate team as hit-men; why people remain Anglicans and why they convert; trigger-warnings in academia; and a hypothetical: What if Catholics had proposed affirmative consent as a "blue law"? See http://www.simondodd.org/podcast for shownotes.