This time on the podcast, Mike, Sam, and Simon discuss: The mooted "Portal" movie, Netflix's new Marvel series "Luke Cage" and ABC's ongoing "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and its potential reintegration into the wider MCU; the first debate and the state of the race; follow-up on the balanced rebellion and Gary Johnson; "Trek v. Trump" and the dystopian nightmare that is Star Trek; the dystopian nightmare that is the postconciliar Catholic Church; the dystopian nightmare that is the current state of the current political discourse; the "cognitive bias codex"; unarmed shootings and evidence; and Elon Musk's stunning Mars plans.
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This time on the podcast, there's a bit of a GLoP feel to it as Mike, Sam, and Simon discuss: Tolkien, Le Carre, CGI, and breaking the illusion; The Magnificent Seven, Westworld, and finding the right vehicle for stories ("Ringworld"; "Divergent"; "Star Trek"); Gary Johnson and the Balance Rebellion; Hillary's inability to close the deal, the "charisma gap," and Sarah Palin; the alt-right; Russia and the Ukraine; changes to the Democratic Party's nomination process; Evan McMullin; "Leverage," "Personal Space," and the new planet discovered around Proxima Centauri; and the 9/11 anniversary and the world economic order. Bonus: We recorded on 9/11 and got realtime reaction to Hillary Clinton fainting and thoughts on the relevance of candidates' health.
This time on the podcast, Mike visits Switzerland, Simon tries to set Sam up with Mayim Biyalik, and we talk about: Cathedrals turning into museums; the Father Hamel killing; "Central Intelligence" and Dwayne Johnson; the incredibly obvious groundwork for "Michelle 2020" and the rise of dynasticism; the state of the race—is Hillary Clinton somehow now the small-c conservative choice in the race?; the Trump brand, the GOP, and the post-Trump hinterland; what happens if nothing happens? What happens, period?; Trump as Jed Bartlett; Kaine as Hillary's Veep choice; Gary Johnson's play; Pokemon Go; and "Brexit."
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.