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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. Gotributor 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.

The Expanse: Oppression, Nationalism and History

The Expanse: 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.

The Boys on Amazon: Forget Everything You Know About Superheroes

The Boys on Amazon: Forget Everything You Know About Superheroes

August 26, 2019

Welcome to another conversation with novelist, Literature Prof. and Writing Professor Theo Gangi and Gil Kidron. In this podcast, we review The Amazon Prime show - The Boys. The Boys takes a subversive take on the superhero genre and injects realism into it - how would these kinds of people be like if they were real. How would their existence affect our society, politically, geopolitically and economically? What kind of people would these superheroes be? Would they be kind and smart or egomaniacal assholes? We debate those issues and how current this adaption to the 2006 comic book series actually is. 

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