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Game of Thrones and History: The Interbellum Period

Game of Thrones and History: The Interbellum Period

August 10, 2020

The story of A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones begins in an interbellum period, meaning: a period between two great wars. Looking back, there are interesting parallels between the first part of the story and the view towards the White Walkers and the views that some politicians in Europe espoused to avoid another conflict at all cost. Rutger and Gil discuss the similarities as well as the historical lessons.


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The Evolution of Male Friendships in Movies

The Evolution of Male Friendships in Movies

August 3, 2020

Compared to movies about male-female romantic relationships and movies about female friendships, there's a dearth of movies about male friendships. We highlighted three of those movies to explore what they teach us about male relationships throughout life, from childhood friends (Good Will Hunting, 1997), through their early 30s (I Love You, Man, 2009) and then into full-blown adulthood (The Nice Guys, 2015). Therapist Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron again to break it all down.


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How The Wire Teaches Us Linguistics

How The Wire Teaches Us Linguistics

July 27, 2020

The Wire (2002-2008) is one of the most widely acclaimed and highly-rated series of all time, with its impact on TV storytelling, and on local and global politics far outstripping most other scripted shows. In this podcast episode, linguist Mallory Aler joins Gil Kidron to break down the different languages that are prominent in The Wire, from "street" slang to the police language, followed by a deep dive to find what this teaches us about... well, everything.

 

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Revolutions in Movies 2:  Russian & Chinese Revolutions (ft. Footnoting History)

Revolutions in Movies 2: Russian & Chinese Revolutions (ft. Footnoting History)

July 20, 2020

In our second installment of Revolutions in Movies, we look at two of the most earth-shattering societal overturns history has ever seen, the Russian Revolution and the Chinese Communist Revolution.

We analyze the Russian Revolution via the classic Doctor Zhivago (1965), and the turmoil in China that led the nation from imperial rule to Maoism via The Last Emperor (1987). Joining Gil and Rutger yet again are Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge and Christine Caccipuoti from the wonderful history podcast Footnoting History. Check them out at https://www.footnotinghistory.com.


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Revolutions in Movies 1: American & French Revolutions (ft. Footnoting History)

Revolutions in Movies 1: American & French Revolutions (ft. Footnoting History)

July 13, 2020

Revolutions are some of history's most dramatic events and have entered our collective psyche, and mostly - the story each collective is trying to tell about itself. These stories are also told through movies, and in this first installment of Revolutions in Movies we are going to focus on the American Revolution (via The Patriot, 2000) and the French Revolution (via Les Miserables, 2012, which depicts a failed revolution that came after the original one).

Gil and Rutger are happy to have on the show the two wonderfully smart and engaging Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge and Christine Caccipuoti from the wonderful history podcast Footnoting History. Check them out here https://www.footnotinghistory.com


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Name Change to POD ACADEMY! New Website! Listen in!

Name Change to POD ACADEMY! New Website! Listen in!

July 9, 2020

We're changing our name to POD ACADEMY! We have a new website! And a new logo! Woohoo! Rutger and Gil are officially tying the knot in their partnership (well, our partnership), as the two halves of this podcast - Pod Academy. We're keeping the Academy brand name, and leaving the GoT to the YouTube channel. We also have a new website where we'll post all our new episodes, and in the future add a blog and some other cool stuff. We want to thank our patrons for supporting our work!

 


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Fauda: A Conversation with the Arab Translator of the Show

Fauda: A Conversation with the Arab Translator of the Show

July 6, 2020

Fauda is a hit Israeli television series about an Israeli undercover unit fighting Palestinian terrorism. It has been picked up by Netflix and turned into an international success, with season 4 being in the works. Abed El Rahman Natour is the Arabic translator for the show, taking the parts of the scripts that need to be translated into Arabic, either for the Arab-speaking characters, or the Jewish characters working undercover as Palestinians.


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Talking To A Beautiful Mind:  Conversation w/ A Schizophrenic

Talking To A Beautiful Mind: Conversation w/ A Schizophrenic

June 29, 2020

What do we know about schizophrenia? What do we know about the lived experience of those who suffer from it? Should we treat them as sick weak people, or as people with their own abilities and ways of viewing the world? We have a very special guest on this episode, David Israel Cohen, a schizophrenic who break down with Gil Kidron the movie A Beautiful Mind (2001) with Russel Crowe, depicting the life of schizophrenic math legend, Nobel Laureate John Nash, the Father of Game Theory.


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Exit Strategy: Coming Out of Lockdown in Disney Movies

Exit Strategy: Coming Out of Lockdown in Disney Movies

June 22, 2020

Disney movies have a surprising number of characters who are coming out of some sort of lockdown, after going through voluntary or, more often, involuntary social isolation. In this episode, therapist Noga Ariel Galor and Gil Kidron explore the different kinds of exit strategies and challenges, as depicted in movies such as Frozen, Tangled, Moana, The Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Up, The Little Mermaid, Mulan and more. What are the difficulties, the pitfalls, the opportunities, and straight-up dangers?


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The Evolution of Paris in Movies

The Evolution of Paris in Movies

June 15, 2020

We re-tell the story of 20th century Paris through four movies from different time periods that represent the evolution of the French capital in the 20th century.

Moulin Rouge (1998) takes us back to the bohemian wave of 1900 (La Belle Epoque); Midnight in Paris (2012) hearkens back to the Roaring Twenties (Les Annes Folles) when post-WWI Paris was a Mecca for artists from around the world; we then leap over WWII and the fall from grace as the US ascended to dominance, to get to Amelie (1997), a French fascist movie masquerading as a rom-com; and we end with the hit drama La Haine (1995) and its intense portrayal of the downtrodden minorities that live around The City of Light but were never part of its story. Does Paris live up to its hype? Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos disagree. 


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