Dorkness to Light
By Professor Alan & Emily
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Dedicated to wrestling with questions of faith, religion, and theology that arise in comic books and other pop culture media. Occasionally irreverent, rarely sacrilegious.
||CleanPodcast 17 - Audiofeed 2018||The Audiofeed Music & Arts Festival On this seventeenth episode, Em & Alan talk about their recent attendance at the 2018 Audiofeed Music & Arts Festival. They talk about the bands they saw play, the seminars they attended, and the merch they||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 16: The Prince of Egypt||"Commentary: The Prince of Egypt" On this sixteenth episode, Emily & Alan observe Passover by talking about one of their favorite animated films, "The Prince of Egypt," one of Dreamworks' earliest movies. Actually, they talk OVER the film. Grab some p||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 15: Thaumatrope||"Thaumatrope" On this fifteenth episode, Emily & Alan talk about one of their favorite albums, "Thaumatrope," by Marah in the Mainsail. Stealing (ummm, borrowing) the format from the podcast Long Play, they go through the album song by song, discussin||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #014 - Scooby-Doo Team-up #13||"Rengeance!" On this Halloweeny episode, Emily & Professor Alan talk about a nice light tale, from the delightful Scooby-Doo Team-Up title. Ghosts are disappearing all across the Earth, and the Phantom Stranger and Deadman seek out the expert ghost-fi||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #013 - Justice League Dark||"Constantine & His Amazing Friends!" On this lucky thirteenth episode, Emily & Professor Alan talk about the Justice League Dark. They focus on the recent animated movie, but also talk about the New 52 comic of the same name, and the "Constantine"||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #012 - Luther 500!||"Luther 500" On this super-sized episode, Emily & Professor Alan talk about the religious, spiritual, and cultural aspects of their recent family vacation. After a brief discussion of their time in London, they spend the majority of the episode talkin||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #011 - Religious Fandom & Spiritual Head Canon||"Religious Fandom & Spiritual Head Canon" On this super-sized episode, Emily & Professor Alan talk about some of the similarities between religion and pop culture fandom. Then they spend most of the episode talking about their own individual faith||2/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #010 - DC Rebirth Holiday Special||"Happy Holidays" On this Holiday-themed episode, Emily & Alan discuss the brand-new 2016 DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1. They talk about all of the stories in the special, which feature a wide range of DC Comics characters, including Batman, Superman,||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #009 - Over the Garden Wall||"Into the Unknown" On this Halloween-y Times episode, Emily & Alan discuss Emily's new favorite creepy, weird production, the 2014 Cartoon Network mini-series "Over the Garden Wall." In the course of the discussion, we talk about Halloween, American f||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #008 - The Grab Bag||"A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That" In this grab-bag of an episode, we explore the connections between the 4th century churchman Athanasius and new Broadway star Alexander Hamilton. And we ask the important question: whose severed limb was that||9/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #007 - Kingdom Come||"It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's A Podcast Crossover!" In this episode, we continue a conversation that began on episode 243 of Michael Bailey's Views From the Longbox podcast. Over there, we covered the basic comic-book stuff in Alex Ross and Mark Waid||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #006 - Talking "Spirit Blade"||"Exploring a World of Shadows." In this all-new sixth podcast episode, Emily & Alan talk about the Spirit Blade audio drama series, a gripping, futuristic sci-fi tale. The third part of the trilogy, "A World of Shadows," has just been released. We tal||7/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #005 - Ms Marvel (2014)||"From Jersey City, It's Ms. Marvel!" In this all-new, all-embiggened fifth episode, Alan and Emily talk about the Kamala Khan version of Ms Marvel, which debuted in 2014. We talk about the significance of her status as a young Muslim heroine. We talk et||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #004 - The Jedi Path||"You've Taken Your First Step Into a Larger World." In this all-new, super-special fourth podcast episode, Emily & Alan talk about some of the religious and theological topics that arise from Star Wars. We talk about the Force, dualism, and warrior mo||3/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #003: Holiday Special 2015||In this all-new, super-special third podcast episode, Emily & Alan talk about a terrific Hanukkah comic book story, one of the few they've ever read. It's from issue 188 of Justice League of America, from all the way back in 1981. Then they open up a||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #002: The Spectre's Wrath||In this all-new, super-special second podcast episode, Emily & Alan talk about the comic book character The Spectre, a superhero who is also the embodiment of God's wrath. They cover his 75+ years in comics,talking about stories from the Golden||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast #001: The Martyr of Hell's Kitchen||In this all-new, all-different first podcast episode, Emily & Alan talk about the Netflix Daredevil series, specifically the excellent episode 9, "Speak of the Devil." Their conversation includes a discussion of the symbolism of the fight scene, Matt||9/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDorkness to Light Podcast Promo||The first episode of the Dorkness to Light Podcast is coming soon. To help people get a feel for the podcast, and to help get the word out among podcast listeners, we have created a promo! Click on the player below to listen to the promo Right-click to||9/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Insightful & Well Presented
As someone who has done a lot of thinking about religion in my life, and a long time comic book geek, I was really happy when I heard that Professor Alan and Emily were going to be doing this show. Now that I've heard it, I am REALLY happy that they are doing this show. Very insightful and well thought out, they have made the topic of religious symbolism in comics less of a hot button topic, and more of a reasoned discussion. There's none of the "Our way is right for everyone!" stuff that you might expect from a religious podcast. Instead we get a much more nuanced approch. VERY well done.
Great Conversation however you come to it.
This is a great look at religious symbolism and storylines in pop culture. It's in depth, respectful and intelexual. If you enjoy philosophy you should try this show, even if you don't consider yourself either a "Dork" or "in The Light"
Excellent Discussions for the Religious Geek
Professor Alan and his daughter Emily of the excellent Relatively Geeky podcasts have another gem in this wonderful series about the religious aspects of all geeky things. The discussions are lively and insightful. Highly recommended listening.