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EP 84: Jacob’s Last Waltz & Persona 5

 

Image result for persona 5Today’s episode is bittersweet as it marks Jacob’s last as co-host. To give him a proper send off, we’re diving into a topic he’s been eager to talk about- using mind control to make people stop doing bad things, in particular in the video game, Persona 5.  Is altering, or even completely changing, someone’s brain, a morally appropriate way to stop people from hurting others? If so, what acts justify it, and who decides? What does mind reprogramming look like as punishment in Babylon 5 and for Prof. X?

Jacob is stepping down as co-host, but he will remain a supporter and occasional guest of the show. He’s had a great run and brought so much to podcast that I’ll forever be grateful for.  Please join me in paying tribute to Jacob by sharing a favorite memory of his time, or just thanking him for being a part of this.

More info on the episode of Babylon 5 we discussed can be found here.

 

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Also, we have some big news to announce-

First, we are adding ads to the podcasts. This is part of a larger program we’ve been invited to by our podcast host, that will help us significantly increase listener-ship, and bring more people into our conversations, as well as make it a lot easier for me, Matthew, to keep bringing you all this content. Going forward, while we record we will designate an ‘ad break’ in our dialogue. Adding commercials to some of the older episodes will sometimes make for wonky breaks, as in this one, but we’re doing our best to find appropriate times to ad them.

Second, we’re moving the podcast over to a new account! This is part of the new program, and will make things easier in the long run, but it means some of the links on old Facebook pages need to be updated. I’m going to be going through and changing those but for the moment, if you want to find a specific episode, just go directly to that podcast’s page.

Want to continue the discussion from this episode with us? Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? We’ve got options for you!

 

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Ep 67- Car Talk, Balance of Powered

super carsHow do you honor the rights of all in a society where some people have great powers, and others do not? What responsibility is it fair to put on those with great power, if any? And can Jacob and Matthew record a podcast, and a caraoke song, while zooming down a highway?

 

We took advantage of another long car trip to bring you a car talk episode, recorded on a phone in a car. We’ll be back in the studio and with an actual outline, soon, but we got into some great questions this time we think you will enjoy.  Whether you enjoy, skip or suffer through, the caraoke at the end, is a question between you and your maker.

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Logan on Logan

LoganShould heroes be clean cut and re-assuring, like Cap’, or messy and troubling, like Wolverine?  Returning guest Logan joins Matthew for a discussion of the movie Logan. They talk about the movie’s portrayal of violence, the power of pride in overcoming stigma, the death and renewal of hope, the danger of putting heroes on pedestals, and the lessons we can take from Logan to our own world, especially in this current political moment.

 

 

 

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Is Magneto Right?

DoesMagnetoIs Magneto a villain, or a hero? Can we agree with his goals, even if not his methods? How does the fight for mutant justice echo similar discussions in our own world? Paul and Matthew talk about Magento and the X-men movies, up to and including the recent, Logan.

 

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What do you think? Should Magneto be the hero, not the villain? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Logan: The Realities of Superheros.

Logan(Contains Spoilers for Logan)

I tend to get strange looks when I tell people I wish superhero movies were more realistic. I don’t mean I need the powers to be more realistic- striving for scientific plausibility in the chemical concoctions and alien tech that makes our heroes so powerful always seems like a fool’s errand.  The realism I long for is in the characters themselves. My favorite stories are about people with incredible powers dealing with the same emotions and realities of any of the rest of us, navigating how those superpowers do, and don’t, change the experiences of love, hate, fear, anger, violence and conflict that we all deal with.

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The Ethics of Mind-Reading: New Podcast Episode with guest Dr. Greg Haley

prof-xDo you want Professor X poking around in your head? Did the Jedi overuse their “not the droids you’re looking for” hand wave trick? This week, Dr. Greg Haley joins us for a discussion of the ethics of mind-reading, and a discussion of how it relates to discussions of surveillance and civil liberties in our own world.

Spoilers for the X-Men franchise and the TV show Babylon 5.

Dr. Greg Haley holds a doctorate in rhetoric and writing with a research focus in hermeneutics and identity construction.  He writes professionally on a wide range of topics from politics to mental health and philosophy.  His new website, www.theyrejustwords.com will launch Oct 1st.

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Can we watch the movie before we discuss it?

wolpert-gawron-using-film-analytical-skills-01My twitter feed this morning told me that new revelations about Star Wars VIII explain Rey’s origins and connections to the Jedi. I was also invited to take part in discussion and debate about these revelations, and what they mean about Rey’s character, Luke, the Jedi, and anything else you can think of.

All of this for a movie that won’t hit theaters for another 17th months.

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Do Black Lives Only Matter if they are Wakandan? That and Other Thoughts Inspired by Wiscon, the Feminist Sci-Fi Convention

I spent Friday and Saturday at the awesome Wiscon, and have had a bunch of thoughts bouncing around in my head ever since. Some of them may develop into full posts of their own, but for now I’m going to do a bit of a brain dump, highlighting some of the great things I heard and the thoughts they inspired.

 I’m going to try attribute as many of the ideas as I can, but I wasn’t able to catch the names of all the great people I met or heard present, and I don’t want to quote people by name without their specific consent.  Anything in italics came from someone else, and anything I’m claiming as my own was likely more inspired by others than I’m giving credit for. Similarly, most of the italics are paraphrases from memory, so any mistakes or misquotes are my own fault.

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