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Linguistic Thoughts on Chernobyl and Tarantino

Linguistic Thoughts on Chernobyl and Tarantino

August 19, 2019

There are so many ways to looks at stories, and in this podcast we're looking at a couple of them from a linguistic point of view, with Mallory Aler, who is doing her Masters in linguistics. We're talking about the hit HBO show Chernobyl, that takes place in Ukraine, with Russian-speaking people talking in British English, and about a couple of Tarantino movies that have several languages in them, mostly Inglorious Basterds and Kill Bill.

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Gotributor Avi K: Using Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Tank Warfare Strategies To Fight White Walkers

Gotributor Avi K: Using Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Tank Warfare Strategies To Fight White Walkers

August 15, 2019

Welcome Avi K. to the Got Academy Podcast to talk to Gil Kidron as part of Got Academy Gotributor special offer! Avi harnesses military philosophers such as Carl von Clausewitz and Sun Tsu, the ancient Greek terms of strategy and tactics, and concepts of offense and defense, as well as the power of religion - to think about the best way to fight the Others / White Walkers.


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American vs European Comic Books: History, Culture, Social Commentary

American vs European Comic Books: History, Culture, Social Commentary

August 12, 2019

What are the main differences between the American and the European comic book? Their history, their political context, topics they choose to focus on, the culture they represent, and social commentary. Gil Kidron talks with American novelist, Literature Professor and Writing Professor Theo Gangi and Dutch evolutionary biologist Dr. Rutger Vos about Asterix, Tintin, Superman, Marvel, Stan Lee, Herge, Thorgal, Manga and much more.

We discuss the context in which the art form first boomed. The role of the Second World War, during which time the medium became politically polarized and a tool for propaganda. The post-war recovery, when new identities and narratives were being constructed and colonialism was winding down. The technological development, going from cheap serials to hardcover graphic novels. The professionalization of comics, when series started to be taken over by studios rather than the original authors. And the big question: why is Belgium a comics superpower? What is that reason for success in the medium on the part of some but not others?


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History in Movies: Robin Hood | Trickle Up: How The Character Changes Over Time

History in Movies: Robin Hood | Trickle Up: How The Character Changes Over Time

August 5, 2019

In this History in Movies podcast, Gil Kidron and Dr. Rutger Vos are breaking down three Robin Hood movies, to learn how the image of Robin Hood has changed since its inception, throughout the centuries, and more specifically since its popular portrayal in the 1991 Kevin Costner Prince of Thieves, the 2010 Russel Crowe Robin Hood and the super political 2018 version. The presentation of a legendary character can tell us so much about the social and political values of the time, according to the changes and additions to it.


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Gotributor Mitchell Dale: Why Machine Learning Failed to Predict Game of Thrones

Gotributor Mitchell Dale: Why Machine Learning Failed to Predict Game of Thrones

August 1, 2019

Welcome Mitchell Dale to the Got Academy Podcast to talk to Gil Kidron as part of Got Academy Gotributor special offer! Mitchell is into machine learning, and he applies this knowledge to breakdown how computers tried to predict the conclusion of Game of Thrones, and why they failed.


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Stranger Things 3: Weaponized Nostalgia | Fukuyama, New Coke, & Broken Hearts

Stranger Things 3: Weaponized Nostalgia | Fukuyama, New Coke, & Broken Hearts

July 29, 2019

Are 1980s shopping 🛍 malls the best breeding grounds for capitalist monsters and zombies 🧟‍♂️? With divorce rates peaking, were the sickly sweet boy-gets-girl-in-the-end movies 🎥 of that time even believable for the kids living through it? Is there any ideology there or should we just crack open a (new!) Coke and enjoy the ride? Gil Kidron and Rutger Vos have a love fest over Stranger Things 3. Alert 🚨: spoilers. And another alert 🚨: there is some singing. Proceed with caution and at your own risk.


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The Expanse: Predicting the Year 2350 | Politics, Media, Culture, Language & Religion

The Expanse: Predicting the Year 2350 | Politics, Media, Culture, Language & Religion

July 22, 2019

In our Inaugural The Expanse podcast we take a look at the reality presented to us in The Expanse's year 2350 solar system. The evolution of human societies, cultures, languages, political establishments, media and religion. Dr Rutger Vos, evolutionary biologist from Leiden University and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, both in The Netherlands, joins Gil Kidron yet again, to dip our toes in everything The Expanse has to offer, with more yet to come. 


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Gotributor Francesca Lewis: Game of Thrones From An Existential Perspective | Albert Camus’ The Stranger

Gotributor Francesca Lewis: Game of Thrones From An Existential Perspective | Albert Camus’ The Stranger

July 18, 2019

Welcome Francesca Lewis to the Got Academy Podcast to talk to Gil Kidron as part of Got Academy Gotributor special offer! Francesca has studied creative writing, psychology and existentialism, and she applies the latter to the conclusion of Game of Thrones, being that the only reason Bran Stark becomes king is that the meaning we ascribe to his story are the most meaningful, at least according to Tyrion. Through existentialism, or absurdism, as Albert Camus' outlook on life is referred to, in his books The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus, we try to find if there is any meaning to Game of Thrones from our perspective, and from that of the characters.


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Reviewing The New Spider-Man | American And Outsider Perspectives

Reviewing The New Spider-Man | American And Outsider Perspectives

July 16, 2019

Welcome to another conversation with novelist, Literature Prof. and Writing Professor Theo Gangi and Gil Kidron. In this podcast we review Spider-Man Far From Home, the new spider-man installment, which has Peter Parker & Co travel to Europe and then fight Mysterio. Gil and Theo disagree, as Gil gives his non-American perspective of the depiction of Europe, with Dr. Rutger Vos, a Dutch man, coming in as a guest to lament the way The Netherlands was portrayed.

 


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Gotributor Teodor Zhelyazkov: Transferring Love from Tolkien to Martin, Immigrant Experience in Age of Brexit

Gotributor Teodor Zhelyazkov: Transferring Love from Tolkien to Martin, Immigrant Experience in Age of Brexit

July 10, 2019

Welcome Teodor Zhelyazkov to the Got Academy Podcast to talk to Gil Kidron as part of Got Academy Gotributor special offer! Teodor has been a diehard fan of JRR Tolkien's work, way beyond Lord of the Rings, and stayed away from Game of Thrones. Until he didn't. Then he binged five seasons in ONE WEEKEND (please consult your physicians before doing that) and never looked back, his appreciation for both stories only growing. We also dive into the immigrant experience of a young Bulgarian lad studying and working in Portsmouth, UK, in the age of Brexit, and similarities between South Eastern European psyche and the Mediterranean one.


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