By Better Worlds
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A podcast exploring geek culture across mediums: movies, TV, books, comics, video games, board games, and more. Episodes somewhat fortnightly.
||Clean31: Wakanda Forever||We did what we had to do… and kept talking about Black Panther for a second episode. Actually, we just kept talking, and then split it into two episodes later. This half of the conversation goes into characters, plot points, and overarching themes of||3/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean30: The Power of the Black Panther||Shuri enough, our discussion of the latest MCU movie went long. This episode covers the first half of our conversation on Black Panther, along with important information about crocodiles, middle names, and Nokia's product road map.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean29: Darkest Possible Timeline Adjacent||Are we living in the Darkest Possible Timeline? The signs are everywhere: Jumanji is a runaway box office success. Minions have almost completed their takeover of our dimension. Keurig has purchased Dr Pepper. But there are signs of hope.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean28: Frosty the Snowlem||Is Frosty who he says he is? Can Levar Burton read? What incredible risk did Matthew take as he rewatches the early MCU movies? In this episode we discuss mystical creatures such as golems, hevisaurs, Elcor, murder whales, camelcorns, and colonels, ..||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27: Dinosaurs of Finland||We present a discovery which may change your world: the first known dinosaurs native to Finland. Other topics include what A New Hope would sound like with an all-Elcor cast, some followup on The Last Jedi, murder whales, and Kingdom of Loathing.||1/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean26: It’s Time for This Episode to End (The Last Jedi, Part 2)||The conversation on Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues into deeper waters, sort of like that time R2-D2 fell off of Luke’s X-wing into a swamp. This episode explores the new age of space combat, the unchanging nature of the Force, and the theme of ki||12/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Anyone Can Cook (The Last Jedi, Part 1)||The Star Wars saga continues with Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. (We will never surrender our Roman numerals, whatever the Lucasfilm marketing department might say.) This episode of Better Worlds explores important questions like: What has JJ done? Wh ..||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: The Good, the Bad, and the Followup||In the conclusion to our Episodes With No Name Trilogy, we make an accidental return to main topics with our discussion of Justice League. Only two of us have seen the movie, but 66% is still better than the movie’s score on Rotten Tomatoes.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: For a Few Followup More||Main Topics are dead, and we have killed them. Last time we thought we were doing a followup show, but now it’s official: we’re going to talk about whatever we want to talk about. This time, that includes Nordic Facts (the future of Finland Facts?),||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: A Fistful of Followup||Our followup list got long, so we decided to do our first all-followup episode. Which turned into a small amount of followup surrounded by conversation ranging from game shows to board games, Lord of the Rings to Destiny 2, and weapons of mass destru ..||11/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Fallacious Arguments and Where to Find Them||A straw man, a Scotsman, and literally Hitler walk into a bar. Is it a joke (punchline: something something “unnatural”), or are they our top picks for the finest logical fallacies?||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Guardian Down (Bonus)||Dustin isn’t playing Destiny 2 (yet?), so he has questions for Matthew and Trevor. This is a shorter-than-usual bonus episode covering our initial thoughts on Destiny 2 as of September 10, the fifth day after the Cabal attacked.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Everything Is Quantum||In the second of this quantum pair of episodes, we talk about how we’ve seen quantum physics used in fiction. Dustin graciously continues to answer our questions. There’s also a bit of a history lesson on how quantum physics were preceded in science||9/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Quantum of Entanglement||Dustin fills us in on quantum mechanics and what he’s been doing with his life. Matthew struggles to understand the dangers of “eclipse madness.” Trevor struggles to think of good quantum questions.||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Ready Player Eleven||All the news from Comic-Con that’s fit to ramble on about.||8/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: A Marvelous Return||Spider-Man, Spider-Man We watched the sixth movie of Spider-Man He slings some webs In the ’burbs We all thought it was pretty gurb||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Wunderfrau||Wonder Woman is a significant milestone for superhero movies: a DC movie that all three of us were interested in talking about.||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Video Games for Days||E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is like Christmas for the world of video games. That is, if Christmas was a time for watching videos about presents that you might get someday, possibly months or years into the future. And if you like to spend Chri ..||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Time Enough at Last||It isn't fair. Books, books, everywhere, and all of them to read. Drowning in choices? We toss you a life preserver of sorts—our own recent reads.||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: MMORPGFPSP(odcast)||We have slain gods and plagues. Now it’s time for some patrolling and light banter. Bungie has started making announcements about the sequel to Destiny (coming out September 8), so we decided it was time for a retrospective on the game that birthed a||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: A Desire for More Heptapods||Hannah & the Heptapods are getting the band back together to revisit their 2016 smash hit, Arrival. Journey with us to mysterious Montana as we ask what makes great science fiction, what does it mean to choose something better than fear, and how many ..||5/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Firsts and Lasts||The first teaser trailers are out for Thor: Ragnarok and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and by Odin’s beard, they shall be discussed. We also cover a host of other topics including coffee math, ancient math, movie math, starfighter/airplane age math, and||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Free Comic Book Day||Every spring, birds begin to sing of Free Comic Book Day, and flowers bloom in anticipation of the wonders in store. Here’s our guide to this year’s event.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: The Ghost of Ratings Future||In the next step towards the Singularity, Netflix is growing thumbs. Meanwhile, the humans can’t agree on what stars mean, and some of them really don’t like Rotten Tomatoes. Stick around for our most educational aftershow yet, brought to you by Du||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Superhero Showdown, Part 2||A champion is crowned.||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Superhero Showdown, Part 1||As the saying goes: "If you love something, send it into gladiatorial combat." In Better Worlds' first superhero tournament (our first anything tournament, for that matter), we have ten Marvel and six DC heroes facing off for the biggest birthday bla ..||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Cultural Dinopology||If anthropology is the study of humans, and cultural anthropology is more specifically the study of human culture, then we're guessing that cultural dinopology is the study of dinosaurs in human culture. We are not linguistics experts; we just play t ..||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Old News||This week we discuss news stories about old things. That's right: dinosaur news. They're terrible lizards, Brent.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Some People Juggle Geese||This is about our very favorite show. We call her Firefly. Tell you what; you watch this show, treat her proper, she'll be with ya for the rest of your life. 00:00 - Intro & follow up 05:30 - Firefly, no spoilers 48:52 - Spoilers 90:01 - Aftershow ..||1/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: The Game's the Thing||Christmas provides perfect lab conditions for new board games. Here's a rundown of the games we tested on our families over the holiday break.||1/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: There Is No Rogue One||Do Wookiees care what constitutes a normal human greeting? Are the Mon Calamari bent on war? Why do some Imperial walkers have holes in them? Dustin, Matthew, and Trevor answer these questions and more while discussing Rogue One in the first full epi ..||12/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Zero||Dustin ponders which LEGO game to buy. Matthew assumes that podcasts have redeeming virtue, possibly as an archival resource. Trevor doesn't believe in dictionaries. Against all odds, they announce their new podcast: Better Worlds, a fortnightly fora ..||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Words for Worlds
For me, what makes this such an enjoyable podcast is that it makes me appreciate the subject matter being discussed more than I would have without it. The Rogue One episode fleshed out the movie in very specific ways and deepened my understanding of the subtleties. They know their stuff.
Also, the podcasters avoid falling into the trap of inside jokes within a group of familiar friends. They are aware of an outside audience and are cognizant of the need for explanation when it's warranted.
I look forward to their thoughts on other geek items and media.