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Behind The Mic: Dr. Henry Jenkins

In this week’s Galactic Watercooler podcast we aired an interview that Audra and I did with Dr. Henry Jenkins. He’s an incredibly interesting guy, both to academics and fans. In fact, he calls himself an “AcaFan”–a hybrid of the two. From the “about” page of his website, henryjenkins.org: Textual Poachers and much of my subsequent […]

      
 
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GWC #266: What If?

We dive into some of the great late-night, had-a-few-beers “what if” questions of sci-fi. And we run down the week in geek, including a Star Trek porn update (including casting specifics), failed Trek series pitched by cast members, new Tron 3 news, Top Gun (the movie)’s return to theaters this month, a new Pixar “Disney […]

      
 
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GWC #265: Non-Interference Part II, Chris Hardwick

We’re joined by comedian, author, and all-round awesome guy Chris Hardwick — the Nerdist! We take a look at the prime directive in action via an episode from each Trek TV series. And we run down the week in geek, including a new (heartening) Green Lantern trailer, a rundown of this year’s online April Fools […]

      
 
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GWC #264: Non-Interference, Part I

We dive into the sci-fi principle of non-interference with a run down of Star Trek’s prime directive and how it differs from other sci-fi series’ takes on the concept. And we run down the week in geek, including Sean’s first-hand (non-spoiler) review of Sucker Punch, more Captain America goodness (in the form of a 9-minute […]

      
 
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GWC #263: 2011 Community Meetup Live Audience Podcast

This week we’re joined by the best guest ever: a room full of the GWC community! We introduce our next arc, the idea non-interference (known to Trek fans as the prime directive). And we run down the week in geek with lots and lots of heckling — and maybe a little too much 12-year-old Irish […]

      
 
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GWC #260: Time Travel, Part II

We continue our time travel arc with a discussion of our favorite time machines and modes of time travel. And we run down the week in geek, including the world’s first robot-run marathon, a custom fan-built Megatron tank, details about the inside of the Star Wars AT-AT, sad news about Star Trek IV cinematographer Don […]

      
 
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GWC #259: Time Travel, Part I, Dr. Ron Mallett

We kick off our time travel arc with guest Dr. Ron Mallett, physics professor and author of Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality (soon to be a Spike Lee movie). And we run down the week in geek, including Felicia Day’s new Dragon Age: Redemption web series, Olivia Wilde’s […]

      
 
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GWC #253: Animation Arc, Part I

We kick off our animation arc with Ratatouille. We take some great listener calls. And we run down the week in geek, including new Fable III DLC, a bunch of awesome new shows coming to TV this year, a discussion of the top downloaded shows of 2010, quantitative analysis of the #LessAmbitionsMovies Twitter meme, new […]

      
 
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GWC #195, Batman, Lost

This week: We tackle the difficult question of who’s the best movie Batman. Audra talks nipple armor. We discuss our second impressions of this year’s Trek movie after watching it in the comfort of the GWC lair’s home theater. And we run down the week in geek, including a newly-released premiere date for Lost, a […]

      
 
 

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