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Pete and Connor are exploring the universe of science fiction together. We hope you'll join them! Check us out on Patreon.com/PodsidePicnic for premium content.

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    • Oct 21, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Censor Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 5:23

    The most dangerous woman in speculative fiction, Raquel S. Benedict, returns to talk about Censor (2021). Join us as we talk about the Video Nasties period this film is set in, the ongoing debate on protecting people from "harmful" media, and how sometimes you just don't get a happy ending no matter how much you try.

    Horror Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 95:32

    Trevor Strunk drops by Graveside to talk about horror games. Find out why games are able to elicit more visceral scares and why you should always bet on Valentine. . . Jill Valentine. Check out Story Mode: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CG9M9WN/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

    All Pumpkinheads Are Bastards: Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 5:22

    Graveside Picnic's graced by Tai Black and Karella who discuss the underrated 1988 classic, Pumpkinhead. Warning: if your backwoods holler magic gives you a Pumpkinhead that lasts more than 4 hours, please consult your local bog witch.

    Episode 138: Dark Harvest

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 67:02

    Tai Black visits the Graveside to pay his respects, and chats about Norman Partridge's Stoker-winning novella Dark Harvest. It's Halloween, 1963, somewhere in the American Midwest and if you can beat ol' Sawtooth Jack you can pull your family out of debt, no strings attached. . . or are there? Read Dark Harvest: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765319111

    Jacob's Ladder Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 4:55

    Kurt and Chris drop by the Graveside to take about the 1990 cult classic Jacob's Ladder. What is going on with Jacob Singer? Listen along as we try to find an answer to this very question.

    Repairer Of Reputations

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 57:05

    Graveside Picnic welcomes Chris Burke, who discusses Robert W. Chambers' classic story, The Repairer of Reputations. Can a work of art be contagious? How exactly is our hero, Hildred Castaigne to the royal lineage of the far-off Hyades? And lastly - just how luxurious are the interiors of the Lethal Chambers?

    The Thing Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 5:28

    Welcome to our first Graveside Picnic episode, where sometimes our guests. . . come back. This time, Emma Berquist returns to talk about John Carpenter's absolute classic, The Thing. Come for the isolation, deadly cold, and paranoia - stay for the body horror!

    Beer Run Of Argon

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 80:22

    Kurt returns to talk about the alleged "worst story ever written", The Eye of Argon. We read some of it and discuss the history as it's known of the story and its author. Read The Eye of Argon: https://ansible.uk/misc/eyeargon.html Watch Korgoth of Barbaria (playlist): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJi9zZqbJoY&list=PL_l6nUy0fLNaXn00Q8Gxf0TJceULBfO1a

    Street Fighter Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 6:18

    Aaron and Carlee of Hit Factory podcast return to talk about Street Fighter (1994). What's up with the World Warriors? Why is it so important to have a food court that will bring all the best franchises? How is M. Bison's HR Team so damn good at hiring such a diverse collection of minions, lackeys and henchmen? Listen to Hit Factory: Patreon.com/hitfactorypod

    Cup And Table

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 63:20

    Kurt and Chris return to discuss the short fiction story, Cup and Table by Tim Pratt. Read the story first, since we spoil it! Read Cup and Table: https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/cup-and-table/ Check out Parents Just Don't Understand: https://soundcloud.com/parentspodcast Read Blood Knife: https://bloodknife.com/

    Podside Radio Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 7:36

    Welcome to Podside Radio. You spoke, and we listened! Kurt and Chris from Parents Just Don't Understand podcast return to talk about some of the Science Fiction and Fantasy concept albums suggested to us. Enjoy! Listen to Podside Radio's Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4sTYzc8S6IRlpab6gay7As

    How Juan Bobo Got To Los Nueba Yores

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 52:47

    Narration of "How Juan Bobo Got to los Nueba Yores", part of the Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: A Latinx Anthology from Ohio State University Press. Order Speculative Fiction for Dreamers: https://ohiostatepress.org/books/titles/9780814257982.html

    Highlander Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 6:42

    Pete drops in to talk about cult classic, Highlander (1986). We talk about The Quickening, and how it works is mainly the Rule of Cool, and how Sean Connery prepared for his Spanish accent.

    Anarchy In The Yiwei

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 42:44

    Tiffany Meuret returns to discuss one of the most awards-nominated stories of 2012, The Cartographer Wasps and Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu. We chat about how this rather short story manages to have a lot to say about colonization and imperialism, and whether wasps who sing sea shanties are sci-fi or not. Read the story: https://clarkesworldmagazine.com/yu_04_11/ Check out Tiffany's work: https://tiffanymeuret.com/

    Ladyhawke Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 5:20

    Kurt and Chris of Parents Just Don't Understand podcast return to talk about the 1985 fantasy film, Ladyhawke. We chat a bit about the romance elements in the film, how Phillipe the Mouse's struggles with his faith make the film, and agree that the Bishop is a bad, bad man. Check out PJDU podcast: https://soundcloud.com/parentspodcast Read Blood Knife: https://bloodknife.com/

    2Beast2Beauteous

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 62:59


    Karlo and The Podhand's Mattie Lewis discuss two of Angela Carter's retellings of Beauty and the Beast, "The Courtship of Mr. Lyon" and the much darker and sexier, "The Tiger's Bride" Check Out Mattie's writing: https://www.fairytalemagazine.com/2019/04/wolfskin-by-matilda-lewis.html#.YSRKXIhKjZQ Check Out The Podhand: https://thepodhand.podbean.com/e/01-the-prototype/


    Perfect Blue Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 6:00

    Abby and Emma return to talk about Satoshi Kon's 1997 thriller Perfect Blue. Come for the anime, stay for the parasocial relationship gone horribly wrong! Check out Emma's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hyenasandgin

    The Body Scout

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 55:03

    Karlo chats with Lincoln Michel about his upcoming novel, The Body Scout. We talk a bit about cyberpunk and punk-punk as an influence on this future noir as well as the challenges of writing a science fiction novel. Pre-order The Body Scout (if not at your local indie bookstore): https://bookshop.org/books/the-body-scout/9780316628723

    Ancillary Sword Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 5:58

    Pete and Karlo revisit Book 2 in the Imperial Radch series, Ancillary Sword. Why the second book and not the first? Hint: it rhymes with "shrimperialism"

    The Quiet Boy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 50:02

    Pete chats with Ben H. Winters about his newest novel, The Quiet Boy in a wide-ranging discussion.

    Green Knight Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 7:18

    JT Greathouse returns to chat with Karlo about the quest of ye olde King Arthur's fail-nephew, Garwin. Spoiler alert: plot is overrated; only vibes are allowed Check out Jeremy's book: https://www.amazon.com/Hand-Sun-King-Book-Pattern-ebook/dp/B08KSX6T1P Jeremy's website: https://jtgreathouse.wordpress.com/

    Conan The Barbarian - 1982 (Ft. Emma Bowers)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 56:11

    What's best in life? Can we squeeze "listening to Pete, Karlo and Emma Bowers talk Conan" between "Crush your enemies" and "hear the lamentations of their women?" Watch Emma's great video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFn7yKbylNY

    The Lathe Of Heaven Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 4:52

    Karlo and Pete try to talk about Le Guin's book about dreaming reality into being, but learn the hard way that the Dao that can be told isn't the true Dao, and instead end up talking about ten thousand (other) things.

    LOTRO (Ft. Trevor Strunk and Kurt)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 67:19

    Trevor and Kurt come back to talk up the charm of Lord of the Rings Online. Leave it to Podside to imitate Tolkien with extra Lord of the Rings material. . .

    Return Of The King Book Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 6:56

    It's the Return of the Connor as he joins Karlo to discuss the final book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. We hope you enjoy how much dumb jock energy Eomer brings to the book as much as we do!

    Return Of The King Film

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 107:59

    Karlo's joined by Aaron and Carlee of Hit Factory Podcast to talk about Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. We discuss when the film was released in theaters, and if in reshoots it resorts to the dreary allegory Tolkien himself disliked.

    Two Towers Book Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 7:22

    Karlo, Kurt and Connor discuss their re-read of The Two Towers. They concentrate on many of the characters and parts of the story that weren't adapted into the films (hint: it's time for some wizard shit at Isengard!)

    The Two Towers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 105:45

    Karlo is joined by Aaron from The Hit Factory to talk about the second Lord of the Rings films. We discuss the many moving parts of the film and Peter Jackson's weird fixations regarding orcs, but sadly never figure out which two towers the movie's talking about.

    Fellowship of the Ring with Kurt, Karlo and Connoir

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2021 5:22

    Karlo, Kurt and Connor discuss their re-read of The Two Towers. They concentrate on many of the characters and parts of the story that weren't adapted into the films (hint: it's time for some wizard shit at Isengard!)

    Episde 125: Fellowship of the Ring w/HitFactoryPod

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 99:07

    Pete and Karlo are joined by Aaron and Carlee of The Hit Factory Podcast to talk about Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. We discuss the staying power of the film, but stay tuned for which other directors would be the best (or worst) for these films!

    Baru Finale Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 4:29


    Podside interrupts our previously programmed Lord of the Rings Month to wrap up Seth Dickinson's decidedly NOT Tolkienesque, The Traitor Baru Cormorant.


    The Hobbit Book

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 84:12

    Kurt and Chris from Parents Just Don't Understand Podcast return to talk about the parts of The Hobbit that didn't make it into the Rankin Bass animated film. Enjoy going there and back again with us!

    The Hobbit Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 6:07

    What's it gots in its pocketses? Pete and Karlo are joined by Kurt and Chris of Parents Just Don't Understand Podcast to try to answer this very question. We risk it all and go down, down, to Goblin Town to get to the bottom of this mystery!

    Episode 123 Ex Machina (Ft. MK Anderson)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 57:50

    Karlo's joined by M.K. Anderson to talk about the 2014 film Ex Machina. We discuss Turing Tests, the ethics of creating possibly sentient robots, and why casting charismatic and sexy Oscar Isaac as the Bad Guy almost doesn't work.

    Podside Book Club 21 - 25 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 5:22


    Podside's first book club! Listen in to our Discord community's discussions of Seth Dickinson's 2015 novel, The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Chapters 21 - 25).


    Love Death + Robots (Ft. Connor Wroe Southard)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 46:11

    Pete and Karlo are joined by none other than Connor to chat about season 2 of Netflix's anthology show, Love Death + Robots. Go watch it -- it's pretty good!

    Christine Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 5:29

    Pete and Karlo are joined by Trev and Ted from We Need to Talk About Kevin Podcast for John Carpenter's Christine (1983). If you ever fall into unrequited love with a car that was made evil, we have all sorts of advice for you.

    Porco Rosso

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 65:19

    It's time for a little anti-Italian discrimination as Rite Gud's own Sid Oozeley and I answer the age-old question: can a sad antifa pig-man fly? Check out Rite Gud: Patreon.com/RiteGud

    Podside Book Club 16 - 20 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 5:31


    Podside's first book club! Listen in to our Discord community's discussions of Seth Dickinson's 2015 novel, The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Podside Book Club will take a brief hiatus and return in September to discuss Walter John Williams' Metropolitan. Join us then!


    The Empty Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 58:57

    Pete and Karlo are joined by Emma Berquist to talk about the 2020 horror film, The Empty Man. Listen as we talk about tulpas, the self-help tips of the Pontifex Institute and Emma's dog offers her own (grumbling and adorable) opinions.

    Preview: Excalibur

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 4:50

    Pete and Karlo are joined by Kurt Schiller and Chris Woodward of Parents Just Don't Understand Podcast to talk about Excalibur (1981). We discuss how this film feels like a new adaptation of the source material, which may be a dream to some. . . a nightmare to others!

    Long-Expected Beer Run

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 49:21

    A new month, a brand new beer run where Pete and Karlo talk about Brood X as a potential buffet for dogs of all sizes, the merits of small beer in the medieval ages and how we'll be covering The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in July, nbd

    Robocop Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 6:24

    Pete and Karlo are joined by the most dangerous woman in speculative fiction, Raquel S. Benedict to talk about RoboCop. Spoiler alert: we all love this movie, so it's with a heavy heart we must say ACAB includes RoboCop.

    Castle In The Sky

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 53:34

    Pete, Karlo and Rite Gud's own Sid Oozeley (@MagusDeluxe) talk Castle in the Sky. Listen in to find out why Miyazaki loves flying in his films, and at least one other less-than-pleasant insight.

    Halt! Hugos There Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 5:33

    Sad Puppies! Rabid Puppies! Join Pete and Karlo for the recent history of the Hugo Awards, and what's going on today.

    Dragonsbane

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 62:08

    Did you know Pete has a Doctorate in Barbara Hambly Studies? Well, he does, and he brings all his knowledge to bear in this discussion of the author's 1985 novel, Dragonsbane. Get the book: https://www.amazon.com/Dragonsbane-Winterlands-Book-Barbara-Hambly-ebook/dp/B004TC149G/ref=sr_1_1?

    Podside Book Club 11 - 15 Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 4:36


    Podside's first book club! Listen in to our Discord community's discussions of Seth Dickinson's 2015 novel, The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Join us for our next discussions: Chapters 21-25 for discussion/recording 5/22/21 Chapters 26-30 (+ epilogues) for discussion/recording 6/8/21 We'll be starting discussions on the listed dates at 9 PM EST so read along and join us next time! Get the book: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765380739 We'll be starting discussions on the listed dates at 8 PM EST so read along and join us next time! Get the book: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780765380739


    Running Man

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 70:44

    Pete and Karlo are joined by Paul Walker-Emig of Utopian Horizons podcast to talk about 1987's The Running Man. Learn the differences between the book (one of the Bachman Books). Welcome to the 80s, baby and most important -- get ready to run! Back Paul's new book, Object Oriented: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/objectoriented/object-oriented Check out Utopian Horizons: https://www.patreon.com/utopianhorizons

    Preview: Donnie Darko

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 5:40

    Pete and Karlo are joined by Tiffany Meuret (@TMeuretBooks) to discuss the 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko. Is Donnie a superhero? Why doesn't he fire his therapist? Listen in and find out!

    Episode 115: Little Goddess (Ft. PJDU)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 80:43


    Pete and Karlo are joined by Kurt Schiller and Chris Woodward of Parents Just Don't Understand podcast to talk about the Hugo Award-winning novella, The Little Goddess by Ian McDonald. Spoiler alert: we all loved it despite some of its flaws and had a fruitful discussion about some of its themes, its prose and of course how best to cancel poor Ian today (not really).


    First Black President (Ft. Michel Lichand)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 67:26

    We sat down with Michael Lichand of @fmanalists and @that2ep fame to discuss a Sci-Fi classic by Montiero Lobato, a celebrated children's author in Brazil. It's....its safe to say that it did NOT go as expected, but it was a lively and interesting discussion.

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