Body Disposition – Wanna Be A Tree When You Die?

We hate to break it to you, but you are going to die. What do you want people to do with your corpse?

The most popular options in the west, cremation and burial, are both terrible for the environment, so in this episode Katie talks about better methods for body disposal.

BTWs include voodoo dolls, capitalism and cannibalism.

In the moment of meta Alex talks about enthusiasm for… pigeons?

Steven Universe: Awesome Songs And Healing Spit

Katie brings you some more Hopepunk For Squishy Marshmallows. This adorable kids’ cartoon has superheroes, great songs, healing spit and tons of gags. It also subverts masculinity and promotes queer normativity.

BTWs include Florida’s “don’t say gay” law.

In the moment of meta Alex issues a new challenge.

Bioshock – Our Grossest Episode Yet

Bioshock is much more than a computer game, it’s also a cracking story, a philosophical exploration of free will and a devastating critique of libertarianism. It’s also gross, scary, intense and a buttload of fun to play. Alex would know, he’s played it for well over 200 hours.

BTWs include:

  • What is art and what is not
  • Exploding cans of… human droppings
  • The intense competition to be the dumbest US congress member (Watch out for the Gazpacho police!)
  • Each host’s favorite Cards Against Humanity card

In the Moment Of Meta, Katie celebrates how humans fixed the hole in the ozone layer and tries to get on board with the idea that the world is getting better and better in so many ways. Also, we talk about a horrible parasite that used to infect millions of people and has now been nearly eradicated.

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The Wayfarer Series: Hopeful Sci-Fi For Squishy Marshmallows

The Wayfarer Series is a trilogy of four(!) science fiction novels by Becky Chambers and Katie’s all-time favorites. They are a great example of Hope Punk, i.e. works that make you feel positive and optimistic about the world.

In the Moment Of Meta we introduce a new enthusiandment: You don’t have to be an expert in X to be enthusiastic about X. There’s also a corollary: But usually, diving into a topic only deepens your enthusiasm.

The Vorkosigan Saga: The EPIC Book Series by a Sci-Fi Grandma

In this episode Alex talks about his absolute favorite sci-fi book series, The Vorkosigan Saga by American writer Lois McMaster Bujold.

This series is thrilling and creative but so is a lot of other science fiction. What really sets it apart is how progressive and ultimately hopeful Bujold’s books are. That and the amazing characters.

BTWs include Hope-punk, vegan gravy and the world’s longest running sci-fi series which started in 1961 and is still going strong.

In the moment of meta we talk about sharing your enthusiasm fully with no shame.

Dune, The Novel: 1000 Times Better Than The Movie(s)

Now that Villeneuve’s Dune movie is finally coming out in America, it’s time for Alex to try to convince Katie to read a book that is notoriously long and complex… but ultimately worth it.

Dune is the best-selling science fiction novel of all time. It was written by American author Frank Herbert, and came out in 1965, over 50 years ago, but contains themes and ideas that make it relevant to this day.

This episode has NO SPOILERS for either the book or the movies.

BTWs include:

  • What Tolkien thought of Dune
  • Connections between Game of Thrones and Dune
  • What went wrong with David Lynch’s AWFUL 1984 Dune movie
  • Why it’s a good thing that Ridley Scott’s attempt to film Dune failed

In the moment of meta we talk about the concept of FLOW and how it relates to enthusiasm.

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