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Game of Thrones: The Portrayal of LGBTQ Characters was farcical

Game of Thrones: The Portrayal of LGBTQ Characters was farcical

November 11, 2019

Game of Thrones turned several gay side characters from the books into caricatures of contemporary gay people, weak gay men and butchy gay women, while the gender fluidity in the books of characters like Cersei and Daenerys was left in the editing room. Gortibutor John Taggart, with a BA Film and Television Studies and currently working on his Masters, joins Gil Kidron for a pleasant conversation that devolves into frustrated rants.


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In Defense of Severus Snape: Fought The Nazis. Eventually

In Defense of Severus Snape: Fought The Nazis. Eventually

November 4, 2019

Is Severus Snape a horrible person who abused a traumatized child or a fighter against the dark forces? Is he a cynical person who only saw the light when the darkness consumed his loved one, or is he a victim of his upbringing? Anke Bosma, a long time patron of Got Academy with a Masters in Literary Studies and an ardent Potterhead, is coming to defend Snape against the evil forces who want to disparage him, aka Gil Kidron and his arguments about child care.


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The Expanse Belter vs Creole | Oppression, Nationalism and History

The Expanse Belter vs Creole | Oppression, Nationalism and History

October 28, 2019

One of the best things about The Expanse is the language spoken by the Belters, who live in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Saturn. Belters are made up of Americans, Chinese, Russians, South Africans and more, and the society that they have created, under the oppression of Earth and Mars, is very much represented in their common language, that unifies people who live millions of kms (or miles) apart. Mallory Aler, linguist extraordinaire, comes back to the podcast and joins Gil Kidron to talk about the history of creole languages, the role of languages in forming new nation states and what we can learn from the history of our own world and project into The Expanse.

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History in Movies: Finance | From Mary Poppins to the Wolf of Wall Street

History in Movies: Finance | From Mary Poppins to the Wolf of Wall Street

October 21, 2019

Wall Street and its flaws are a common theme in movies, which emphasize the excesses, the risk-taking, and the societal fallout. But once upon a time, banking and finance were boring, steady occupations - and even before that, they were the domain of Florentine family businesses and Venetian Jews. What changed, and why?

In this History in Movies podcast Gil Kidron welcomes again Dr. Rutger Vos, an evolutionary biologist from Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, both in The Netherlands - this time to talk about how Hollywood portrays the world of finance capitalism.

From a prologue in the Renaissance, with the Medici and the Merchant of Venice, we jump off in Edwardian England, where banking runs the British Empire, although Mary Poppins portrays this as a serious and somewhat noble business. Fast forward a century, and capitalism seems to take place inside a blizzard of cocaine and hookers - and all the grownups have left the room. Where did the morality go? Was there ever any? Where are we going, in the aftermath of 2008?


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Joker Review: Hegel’s Master and Slave Theory and Social Change (No Major Spoilers)

Joker Review: Hegel’s Master and Slave Theory and Social Change (No Major Spoilers)

October 14, 2019

What is the underlining ideology of the the movie Joker, and what's its stance regarding the ability of different populations to work together for the common good? In our first podcast review of Todd Phillips' Joker, starring Joaquin Pheonix, therapist Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron on the podcast to psychoanalyze the way the movie portrays the masses and their relationship with the 1%, through Sigmund Freud, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Donald Winnicott and Jessica Benjamin.


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In Defense of Dumbledore: He’s Not a God and Knows to Prepare Students For Life

In Defense of Dumbledore: He’s Not a God and Knows to Prepare Students For Life

October 7, 2019

Is Dumbledore really to blame for the flaws in the wizarding world? Should he have done better? After last week's podcast with writer Ariella Yashar, airing out her beef with the great Albus Dumbledore, huge Potterhead and patron Lireza Elezaj comes to his defense with very compelling arguments. He is a powerful wizard, but not a deity, so he doesn't know everything that is going on in Hogwarts; his hiring practices are inclusive, look at the big picture and are oftentimes restricted by reality, and he knows that young wizards need to go through trials and tribulations to be prepared for the wizarding world, knowing and controlling their powers. Gil Kidron waves a white flag, apologizes to the great Dumbledore and tries to repent.


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Harry Potter: Why Dumbledore is BAD At His Job

Harry Potter: Why Dumbledore is BAD At His Job

September 30, 2019

Hogwarts principle Dumbledore is a revered wizard and beloved character in the Harry Potter series, but is he any good? Harry Potter is a timeless story that has captivated millions and millions of people, with its world-building, loveable characters, steady narrative through the years and holistic feel. Even though we admire it and its writer, JK Rowling, we need to talk about Albus. Writer Ariella Yashar has a beef with Dumbledore and she wants to set things straight - he's very bad at his job. Gil Kidron tries to rush to the legendary headmaster's defense

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Science in Movies: Epidemics | Hollywood Disease Movies And How They Change Over Time

Science in Movies: Epidemics | Hollywood Disease Movies And How They Change Over Time

September 23, 2019

In this Science in Movies podcast Gil Kidron welcomes again Dr. Rutger Vos, an evolutionary biologist from Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, both in The Netherlands - this time to talk about how global epidemics (known as pandemics) have been portrayed in movies. We talk about Outbreak (1993), starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland and Patrick Dempsey; Contagion (2011) directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winsle; Philadelphia (1993), starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; and Black Death (2010), starring Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, and Carice van Houten.

 We discuss the scientific aspects of this epidemics, fact-check their movie versions, how they have affected society in the past or will affect us in the future, and how the depiction of pandemics has evolved in the past few decades.


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Israeli Elections Review: Bibi Lost! We Won!! (Sort of)

Israeli Elections Review: Bibi Lost! We Won!! (Sort of)

September 22, 2019

For the second time in 2019 - Israelis went to the polls, to elections that were unlike any previous elections. Thankfully, we evaded the worst and acting prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to get the majority he needed to evade corruption charges. And not for lack of trying: he tried to postpone the elections by initiating a war, broke election laws several times and incited against the Israeli Arabs population. 

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2019 Israeli Re-elections on Sept 17: Fire, Blood and Chaos Are Coming

2019 Israeli Re-elections on Sept 17: Fire, Blood and Chaos Are Coming

September 16, 2019

For the second time in 2019 - Israelis are headed to the polls, but these elections are unlike any previous elections, because if current prime minister Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu gets his way - he'll be able to form a ruling coalition with the most racist, vile and violent parts of Israeli society in a coordinated effort to avoid standing trial on corruption charges, while dismantling what is left of Israel's democratic identity, replacing it with a strongman state, backed by factions who seek violence and apartheid. There are several better scenarios too - Gil Kidron elaborates on some of them in this shortened version and on all of them in the complete podcast, exclusively for patrons on https://www.patreon.com/posts/29981054

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