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March 29

If Books Could Kill: Who's Afraid of Naomi Wolf? [TEASER]

We’re finally discussing a good book! Naomi Klein’s "Doppelgänger" chronicles the long, steady descent of another Naomi — Wolf (buddy oof) — from feminist icon to crank conspiracist. To hear the rest of the episode, support us on Patreon: [more inside]
posted by bq at 1:39 PM - 11 comments

March 17

99% Invisible: The Power Broker #03: David Sims

"This is the third official episode, breaking down the 1974 Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Power Broker by our hero Robert Caro. Blank Check podcast co-host and The Atlantic movie critic David Sims is our book club guest.On today's show, Elliott Kalan, Roman Mars, and David Sims will cover the first section of Part 4 of the book (Chapters 11 through the end of Chapter 15), discussing the major story beats and themes."
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:57 PM - 3 comments

February 16

99% Invisible: The Power Broker #2: Jamelle Bouie

This is the second official episode, breaking down the 1974 Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Power Broker by our hero Robert Caro. New York Times political columnist Jamelle Bouie is our book club guest.On today's show, Elliott Kalan and Roman Mars will cover Part 3 of the book (Chapters 6 through the end of Chapter 10), discussing the major story beats and themes, with occasional asides from Jamelle Bouie guiding us through the politics of the era. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:19 AM - 2 comments

January 19

99% Invisible: Power Broker #01: Robert Caro

My goodness, that's certainly a special guest: Robert Caro! Let's discuss the book and the podcast, through the end of chapter five.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:15 AM - 8 comments

The Adventure Zone: The Adventure Zone Versus Dracula - Episode 2

The Dracula Hunters head into the town of Lumineax to gather information from some familiar faces. Brother Phileaux makes a confession. Lady Godwin tests her strength. Mutt confronts a frenemy.  [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:28 AM - 2 comments

January 12

The Adventure Zone: The Adventure Zone Versus Dracula - Episode 1

Dracula has spread chaos in the realm of Angrave for too long, casting a dark shadow over the city of Lumineaux. Can a semi-retired monster hunter, a man of the cloth, and a muscled high-society woman team up to take him down?  [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:24 AM - 8 comments

December 23, 2023

Serial: The Retrievals - Ep. 1: The Patients (full season)

Patients at a fertility clinic experience excruciating, unexpected pain. For months the reason for that pain remains hidden. Then they get a letter from the clinic. [more inside]
posted by bq at 10:26 PM - 2 comments

December 14, 2023

99% Invisible: 562- Breaking Down The Power Broker (with Conan O'Brien)

The podcast 99% Invisible is reading The Power Broker next year. Let's do a readalong / listenalong! I know I've done this under the podcast and not the book, but the book weights three point five freaking pounds and I like the idea of discussing it in chunks. We could talk about the book and the podcast here.
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:25 PM - 14 comments

November 24, 2023

Til Death Do Us Blart: Til Death Do Us Blart 2023

Can't stop, won't stop, #Deathblart The Blart quintet are back for a ninth year. Nothing will stop them from their annual watch and review of BP:MC2, not an industry-wide strike, not a lack of enthusiasm for the film. [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:36 AM - 7 comments

July 31, 2023

Breaker Whiskey: Shouting Into the Void at the End of the World

In 1968, two women find themselves in rural Pennsylvania during what turns out to be some kind of apocalyptic event. By the time they discover that everyone else is gone, it’s too late to figure out what happened. Despite not liking each other at all, the women work together to survive, until six years later one of them sets out on her own, driving around the country to find other survivors. This is her, calling out to anyone who might listen. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan at 12:00 PM - 0 comments

February 10, 2023

The Besties: Hi-Fi Rush Surprise Drops its Way Into Our Hearts

Nothing's better than when you don't know that a game exists, and then POOF! It's just right there on the homepage of whatever digital games distributor you use to get new games. Even better? When it's super fun, like Tango Gameworks' rhythm-based beat-em-up, Hi-Fi Rush! Also discussed: Forward: Escape the Fold, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Physical: 100, Rock Band, Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Season, Letterkenny, 20 Minutes Until Dawn [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 2:48 AM - 0 comments

February 3, 2023

The Besties: It's Necromorphin' Time with Dead Space

Join us as we revisit the USG Ishimura, the pride of Earth's planet-cracking operations and, also, the extremely monster-infested setting of EA's remake of their classic survival horror title Dead Space. Does it still hold up some 15 years after its initial release? (Spoiler alert: Yes. Yes it does.) Also discussed: Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Mario 64, Half-Life, Fable, Burnout 3: Takedown, Metal Gear Solid, Metroid Prime, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Freelancer, Time's Ours, You Pod to Win the Game, My Perfect Console, Teardown, Vampire Survivors, Paul T. Goldman, The Traitors, Yakuza: Like a Dragon [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:43 AM - 0 comments

January 30, 2023

The Besties: Putting a Ring On It With Fire Emblem Engage

Intelligent Systems' long-running series of strategy-RPGs gets even longer this week with the release of Fire Emblem Engage! Join us as we discuss the evolved tactics in this new installment, as well as the ethics of trapping ghost soldiers in Cracker Jack prize rings.Also discussed: IGF Award Nominees, Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On, Futureport 82, &Juliet [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:49 AM - 0 comments

January 28, 2023

The Pod F. Tompkast: All Episodes

Welcome to the Pod F. Tompkast! When night descends on the internet, Paul F. Tompkins keeps watch over all their is, fueled by the music of Eban Schletter's pianoforte. Together, these two sentries ail unseen towards the shores of day, passing the time with comedy type ramblings and bitlets. [more inside]
posted by mark k at 8:10 AM - 8 comments

January 20, 2023

The Besties: Revisiting Metal Gear Solid

To kind-of-celebrate the almost-25th anniversary of Metal Gear Solid, we went back and played a couple different versions of the game to see how well Hideo Kojima's super spy thriller holds up. And hey, how's the pilot episode of HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us? Also discussed: Sea of Thieves, Traitors, Neon White, Industry, The Shout [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 4:40 AM - 0 comments

January 13, 2023

The Besties: The Hundred Million Jokes of High on Life

This week, we're joined by GameSpot's Lucy James as we discuss Squanch Games' joke-packed first-person shooter High on Life. How many full-belly chuckles did we experience during our time alien bounty hunting? Also, can J.B. Smoove do voices in every game? Also discussed: Disco Elysium, 100 Ft. Robot Golf, Towerfall, Overcooked, Portal 2, The Stanley Parable, Prey, Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, The Past Within, Outpath: First Journey, Dragon Quest IX [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 3:42 AM - 1 comment

January 9, 2023

The Besties: What Are We Looking Forward To in 2023?

With last year's best games played and adjudicated, we look forward to some of our most anticipated releases of 2023. Sure, you got your Zeldas and your Starfields, but there's way more coming down the pipeline — some of which are out pretty soon! Games discussed: Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Starfield, Final Fantasy XVI, Diablo 4, Star Wars: Jedi Survivor, Hollow Knight: Silksong, Atomic Heart, Judas, Suicide Squad, Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, Pragmata, STALKER 2, Fire Emblem Engage, Armored Core 6, Redfall, Alan Wake 2, The Wolf Among Us 2, Playdead's New Game. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 5:57 AM - 0 comments

January 2, 2023

The Besties: Besties 2022 GOTY Extravaganza - Part Two

We continue the ritual of making the ritual slightly different every year, when we bring the final eight down to the final four, and then introduce another contender before we rank the final five. And at last we'll have the answer to the burning question: what's the second-best game of 2022? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 2:36 AM - 3 comments

December 16, 2022

The Besties: Besties 2022 GOTY Extravaganza - Part One

IT BEGINS. Well, it ends. Okay, actually, both. This week, we're taking our top 16 games of the year and pitting them against one another in arbitrary combat until only eight remain. Next week, we'll get things sorted down to a nice, tidy ranking of the five best games of the year. Join us! But like, get comfortable, because this is going to take a while. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 4:23 AM - 0 comments

December 9, 2022

The Besties: Smashing the Gooey Guys of Warhammer 40K: Darktide with Ron Funches

This week, we're joined by beloved Besties guest host Ron Funches as we discuss the gory extravaganza called Warhammer 40K: Darktide. Is Left 4 Dead still fun when it's in space and there's religion and cyberskulls and stuff? Let's find out! Also discussed: Elden Ring, OlliOlli World, Astronite, Need for Speed Unbound, Marvel Snap, Evil West, WCW Matches from 1991-1992. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 3:00 AM - 0 comments

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