Episodes

Stranger in a Strange Land

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To yesterday we are learning about the man from Mars brightly, brightly and with beauty. When the cusp appears, we must grok it and act rightly. The result is this week’s episode, featuring Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, the science fiction classic where everyone learns how to be happy; mostly by having sex with all of their closest friends all the time. Join us as we explore the colorful cast, “Madmen” style sexism, and the idea of free love. We hope this helps you understand a deeper grokking of the book.

This week’s music bump is the “Mars” movement from Gustav Holst’s Symphony of the Planets. Because what else could possibly be more appropriate?

03 – Stranger in a Strange Land – Go Grok Yourself

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Pride and Prejudice

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This week, we dispel the myth that Pride and Prejudice is chick lit and explain the humor behind it. Characters are judged based on their manners and on their actions. We pridefully assign labels to the cast, including, but not limited to: troll, twerp, idiot, buffoon, and shitbird. As far as you know, all of those words are taken directly from the text of the book. Could it be that you are being deceived on that last point? Listen to the podcast and find out.

This week’s music bump is Mozart’s Sonata No. 17 in B-flat, mvt III. It was chosen for period appropriateness (even if slightly less contemporary than Beethoven) and because every accomplished young lady is able to play the pianoforte.

02 – Pride and Prejudice – Idiots, Buffoons, and Catastrophic Proposals

The Hunger Games!

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Here it is, the long anticipated debut of the Novel Ideas Podcast, featuringThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In this episode, we cover Katniss and why she is a badass, Peeta’s lack of hunting skills, reality TV, feminism, and Thresh’s weird lack of verbal skills. Try not to be terrified by our bizarre and inaccurate renditions of regional accents as we break down this dystopian YA thriller. This book is not for the faint of heart, and neither is our recording; there may be some “explicit content.”

This week’s music bump is “Fanfares for the Jubilee of Rimsky-Korsakov” by Anatol Liadov. We thought a fanfare was appropriate to open the games, as it were.

Hunger Games – Practical Matters