A collection of pop culture podcasts full of smart, funny people who love talking about TV, movies, books, comics, games, and much more. This feed contains episodes from all the podcasts produced by The Incomparable.
It’s time for a new version of Low Definition, the likes of which have never been seen before! (Unless you tuned in to Relay FM’s annual fundraiser, anyway.) Jason Snell takes the reins of the show and forces usual host Steve Lutz and several other players to identify the meaning of tech terms or supply their own! It’s a high-scoring shootout only a screenager could love. Host Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Glenn Fleishman, Shelly Brisbin, Brian Hamilton, Chip Sudderth and Monty Ashley.
Really the title says it all. No quippy title, just facts. Sam and Moze take it to the streets with a look at some of the past two weeks of content for your senses. Some of it stacked up pretty strong. Some of it was drenched in weak sauce. These are just the facts as we saw it. Host Sam Adams and Philip Mozolak.
It’s a time loop with killer robots with stupid names! We give our quick reactions to this year’s festive “Doctor Who” special, which features time loops and Daleks and comic relief and a little bit of set-up for the remainder of the Chibnall era. Happy New Year, everyone! Host Jason Snell with Antony Johnston, James Thomson and Chip Sudderth.
Last month, Kathy was lucky enough to interview Hammed Animashaun, the actor that plays Loial so perfectly in The Wheel of Time. Listen in on this conversation and learn the very important question that you should ask himwhen you’re lucky enough to meet him! Host Kathy Campbell, Rajiv Moté and Maureen Carr with Hammed Animashaun.
New Year’s is a time for optimism, but instead Christy Admiraal discusses Sylvia Plath’s 1963 roman à clef, the Bell Jar. Also, John totally gets the dates wrong for this book’s complicated publishing history. Host John McCoy with Christy Admiraal.
Hot dog! It’s time for our annual look back at the year gone by. And it was certainly a year! Some of us caught up on stuff, while others who usually abandon their lists as winter turns to spring decided not to bother making lists at all! As is traditional, our panelists and listeners pick favorite Incomparable episodes and moments in this episode. Did the best moment of the year happen in last year’s clip show? Are there multiple clip loops running now? Has The Incomparable finally ground Jason down into mush? The answers are within! Host Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Erika Ensign, Jean MacDonald, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley and Moisés Chiullan.
Katie, Leah and Kathy talk about minorities, writing, parenting, and of course, podcasting in this very special episode of Friends In Your Ears. Theme Music by Christopher and Adelaide Breen Edited by Dear Podcast Incomparable Memberships!: Sign up, help support this show, and get some fun bonus material. Host Kathy Campbell with Katie Hafner and Leah Lemm.
This might be the smoochiest of Agents of S.M.O.O.C.H. episodes and likely overdue. We are holding a favourite kiss draft just in time for the New Year. We have all kinds of kisses for you from movies and television, classics and new shows. They all get our Agents’ motors going and our hearts humming. So get out your chapstick and lip gloss. It’s time to SMOOCH. See our extensive show notes for all our picks and related links if you want to watch along. Host Annette Wierstra with Jean MacDonald, Shelly Brisbin, Moisés Chiullan and KatyBeth Schmid.
Vulcan Hello’s midseason finale features mad scientists, sentient computers, and also some “character clean-up.” This was perhaps the most Star Trekky episode of the season, by our judgment. And it’s all you’ll have of “Star Trek: Discovery” until the far off time of… February! See you in six weeks. Host Scott McNulty and Jason Snell.
It’s all over but the arrow shooting. As we cover the finale of Hawkeye, we discuss important matters, like elevator fights, incredible shrinking trucks, and what exactly happened to the Big Guy. Plus, a long-awaited impression returns. To get your question discussed on the show, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Twitter. Host Dan Moren, John Moltz and Guy English.
The galaxy’s most feared bounty hunter is making a career change and we’ve assembled a crack panel of experts to break it down. We discuss whether Boba Fett really wants to be a manger, whether he’s any good at being a crime lord, and if he’s actually cool. Plus, the Jawa-centric show we never got. Host Dan Moren with Tony Sindelar and K Benesh.
Farscape has seemed to hit what can only be described as a “Sophomore Slump” with the first part of season two. But Jason and Eric power through these next episodes as we know better things are to come. First up, “Taking the Stone”, where Chiana is having a rough time and goes to a nearby cemetery planet (yes, you read that right) to clear her head. We learn that Crichton really wants her to come back to Moya, even if he has to do things way out of character to make that happen. And Rygel “borrows” some nice shiny objects from one of the graves on the cemetery planet. Nothing bad ever happens to grave robbers, right? Finally, we review “Crackers Don’t Matter”, where an alien has offered to make Moya undetectable by scans. Which will surely come in handy since Scorpius has left lots of wanted beacons on the planet they just came from where they only had time to buy food crackers… lots and lots of crackers. However, the crew starts acting abnormally when going to the alien’s planet… to the point of insulting, assaulting and even attempting to kill each other. What’s going on? Can they figure it out before it’s too late? And what about all those crackers? Oh right, they don’t matter. Host Eric Scott and Jason Johnson.
“Marco, a narcissist says what?” After unexpectedly invoking the reappearance of two old characters, your hosts engage in a second Cavalcade of Cameos, explore the bro-nemies relationship between Amos and Bobbie, examine Chekhov’s Vegetable, and evaluate whether the season’s heading for a properly impactful conclusion to the series. Host Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt.
We’re in a jam about jelly. What Americans think of as jelly is rarely eaten outside North America, while other folks worried we were putting a gelatin-brand product on our peanut-butter sandwiches. It’s all about the pectin! We compute the compote and cut our way through the fruit thicket, including having our way with curd. Stay tuned to the exciting post-show discussion about tiny hotel spreads. Host Glenn Fleishman with Antony Johnston, Dan Moren, Jean MacDonald, Jenny Phin and Sarah Hendrica Bickerton.
This isn’t the ending, but it is an ending of the first season! Mixed feelings abound between Kathy, Rajiv, and Maureen and we can’t wait to hear what you think. Host Kathy Campbell, Rajiv Moté and Maureen Carr.
As David prepares for Christmas Eve on the Incomparable Zeppelin, Travis performs a short piece about the wise men, we learn that chestnuts are overrated, and who’s that up on the roof after the milk and cookies? Happy holidays from the Radio Theater! Host David J. Loehr with Travis Bedard.
Over six seasons of protomolecular weirdness, intrasystem politics, and character conflict, it’s possible that The Expanse’s bread and butter has remained “pew pew pew” space combat. “Azure Dragon” returns to the show’s roots. Your hosts think about privateers, piracy, and whether the newest member of the Roci crew is Peaches or Poochie. Host Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt.
Merry Kilmas to all who celebrate the works of Val Kilmer! This year, our Kilmas selection is “The Saint,” a very 90s spy movie featuring surprise sweater reveals, tension-free water pipe escapes, and a wide collection of accents, wigs, and pseudonyms—all from Val Kilmer, of course. Host Jason Snell with Aleen Simms, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Jean MacDonald and Moisés Chiullan.
This week “Star Trek: Discovery” is about as Star Trek as it gets, with the ship trapped in a mysterious void. Dying robots scream, the ship’s singing A.I. has focus issues (and yet nobody bats an eye?), Book gets yelled at by a relative only he can see, and there are intriguing clues to the source of the DMA that manage to reassure us. Host Scott McNulty and Jason Snell.
Tiff and Stephen start a band called “Scotch & Splenda”. Their first song is a melodic discussion of “Pam’s Replacement”. This episode of “The Office” originally aired on November 10, 2011. Host Tiff Arment and Stephen Hackett.
This is Shelly’s current favorite classic holiday movie. It begins just before Christmas and runs New Years, and that totally counts! It’s sweet, it’s a romance and it’s well-acted. It stars Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten and a teenaged and bratty Shirley Temple. Host Shelly Brisbin with Annette Wierstra and Erika Ensign.
Mele Kalikimaka! It’s our holiday special, in which we watch two episodes of “The Rockford Files” that allow us to discuss the creation and formation of “Magnum, p.i.” The episodes in question are “White on White and Nearly Perfect” (S5E4) and “Nice Guys Finish Dead” (S6e7) featuring Tom Selleck as the luckiest private eye in L.A., Lance White. Consider this a big Christmas stocking stuffed full of new segments. The segments are your presents. Host Jason Snell, Philip Michaels and David J. Loehr.
We watched all eight hours of the Disney+ documentary “The Beatles: Get Back” and now we’re going to talk about it. Toast, vests, London Bobbies sucking on their chin straps, Debbie the receptionist, Paul as “second boss”, Yoko’s knitting, George Harrison’s pinstripes, and most importantly, the amazing view of a bunch of musical geniuses having a very difficult time creating anything at all. Host Jason Snell with Steven Schapansky, Monty Ashley, Guy English and Amy Gruber.
The penultimate episode brings some resolutions to a few questions, but enough to leave the options open for the finale! Join Kathy, Rajiv, and Maureen on our journey through The Ways and beyond! Host Kathy Campbell, Rajiv Moté and Maureen Carr.
We’re back, and Warren’s in rare form: “[Marco’s] totally that guy who works for a startup in crypto.” Hear your cohosts come to terms with the shortness of the series, unpack the new Roci team structure, and contemplate the Belters’ monstrous new status quo. Host Chip Sudderth, Warren Frey, Kayti Burt and Jen Burt.
Join some of our Agents for a cozy in-person recording. They are cozied up in Christmas sweaters and Santa hats (really) and surrounded by snacks (or the remains of them). They have paused in the middle of a Christmas movie marathon to tell you about their favourite Christmas movies and try to answer all your holiday movie questions: Why are there SO MANY Christmas movies? What makes a good one? What makes them angry? What would they like to see improved? Why are we eating so many snacks? Come listen in and then go on your own festive mission with the Official Agents of S.M.O.O.C.H. Holiday Movie Bingo Cards. Host Annette Wierstra with Kirsten Goruk and Erika Ensign.
This week’s episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” has a classic Star Trek character, the arrogant guest-star mad scientist! Stamets looks in the mirror and thinks maybe the new guy is a little too familiar. Culber gets a pep talk from our favorite mysterious man, Kovich! And Michael Burnham gets to tell off a functionary about his stupid society, in classic Kirk style—but only after making a difficult decision about the fate of a prisoner. Host Scott McNulty and Jason Snell.
We’re back to cover the latest episode of Hawkeye and discuss all manner of things, from an epic Yelena-Kate dinner to Jack’s cheerful arrest to the reveal of “the big guy.” Plenty of threads to wrap up, and only a week in which to do it. To get your question discussed on the show, email us at email@example.com or find us on Twitter. Host Dan Moren, John Moltz and Guy English.
Stephen and Tiff enjoy a slice of cabbage pie before hitting the squash box for a rousing match. After a few skinned knees, the two discuss “Doomsday”. This episode of “The Office” originally aired on November 3, 2011. Host Tiff Arment and Stephen Hackett.
Swamp Kitten Kindle, how are ya noww? Don, Lisa, and Kelly (finally) return to talk about the first two episodes of HawKate and Some Dude! This season of the podcast includes a “What If…!?” style twist, the usual number of “recast as MCU” pitches, and Lisa inspires Kelly to write (another) MCU parody. Send your theories for Kelly, your questions for the Professor, and your murder lizard content to firstname.lastname@example.org. Host Kelly Guimont, Lisa Schmeiser and Don Melton.
Time for the guys to intervene and dam the stream for a moment. They take aim at that Marvel arrow show, people missing in space, and spectral exterminations. Moze also continues to hamper Sam’s train of thought with the magic soundboard. Host Sam Adams and Philip Mozolak.
Grab your Tamagotchi Baby Monitor, because it’s time to discuss “Doctor Who: Flux,” a six-episode season that had a lot of plot, a lot of characters, and a lot of questions, many of them unanswered! We discuss what worked this season and what didn’t, anticipate the 2022 run of specials to end Jodie Whitaker’s era, and ponder what Modern Doctor Who looks like when Russell T Davies takes over the show (again) in 2023. Host Jason Snell with Steven Schapansky, Erika Ensign, James Thomson and Antony Johnston.
Joe Rosensteel joins us to discuss Burnham and Saru’s diplomatic trip to Ni’Var, Book and Culber’s sand-sculpting therapy, and Tilly’s adventure with a bunch of unruly cadets from Starfleet Academy. Where is this season going? We have no idea. Host Scott McNulty and Jason Snell with Joe Rosensteel.
Don your ugly sweaters and throw on your favorite holiday movie as we cover the latest episode of Hawkeye. We discuss the important question: Whose watch is that? What’s the story with Laura Barton? Jack? And does anybody even talk to each other? Then, in our Superhero Sweep segment, we discuss a brand new animated Christmas special ripped from another of our favorite superhero shows. To get your question discussed on the show, email us at email@example.com or find us on Twitter. Host Dan Moren, John Moltz and Guy English.