Avatar: Braving the Elements

Avatar: Braving the Elements

Enter the amazing world of Avatar through the official companion podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements from Nickelodeon. Join hosts Janet Varney (the voice of “Korra”) and Dante Basco (the voice of “Prince Zuko”) each week as they re-watch every episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender then break down key themes, notable battles, and behind-the-scenes trivia you can’t get anywhere else. Special guests from cast members to producers join them to explore elements of the Avatarverse, including the origins of the story and how Avatar was brought to life.

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June 21, 2022 54 min

Our old friend The Profector returns to settle into “The Swamp” with Janet! Hector and Janet try to do credit to an ATLA episode of mysteries… and visions… and some of that profound wisdom that makes us all love the Avatarverse so much. Plus: you’ll get to hear some very fine accent work by the two friends as they talk about those irrepressible swampbenders. This episode of BTE is at least as much fun as a screaming bird with a hum...

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Meet the voice behind the ever-cheerful and ever-dangerous Ty Lee, Olivia Hack! Janet and Olivia sit down to discuss her experience of voicing the first character we see in the Avatarverse who can seriously affect someone’s bending power! They talk about Ty Lee’s origin story as well as Olivia’s own origin story and how she came to the series for Book Two. And never fear— even an actor who voiced a chi blocker has thoughts about wh...

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It’s a return to the second-largest city of the Earth Kingdom (Omashu!) AND the return of our beloved Jennie Kwan to take us there! Janet and Jennie are thrilled to discuss this epic episode in which we meet two new fierce non-bending characters in the form of Mai (Cricket Leigh) and Ty Lee (Olivia Hack). Jennie (the voice of Suki) is ready to compare Suki’s formidability to these two new fighters, and there’s a lot to dissect abou...

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We said we’d do it and we did: diving further into "The Cave of Two Lovers,” this time with writer Josh Hamilton and composer Jeremy Zuckerman! This episode is truly a treasure trove of trivia you could only learn from Josh and Jeremy’s uniquely "inside" perspectives. From hearing about Josh and Tim Hedrick’s own renditions of the ATLA episode’s famous songs, to finding out more about the process of making a show like A...

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How could we cover this iconic episode without bringing back a buddy like Jack De Sena? Janet and Dante welcome Jack back to the podcast for this dive into the Secret Tunnels near Omashu, where music fills the air and love leads the way. Celebrate the fabulous voice work by the dynamic guest cast in Episode Two of Book Two of ATLA, including Dee Bradley Baker’s turn as troubadour Chong and his rendition of one of the most famous so...

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This week brings you a conversation with the amazing Grey DeLisle Griffin, who voiced Azula on ATLA!

It’s the long-awaited debut of the magnificent actor who brought Azula to life— in all her terrifying glory! Grey talks about her experience recording her part in the epic series, along with the process of discovering how beloved the show was after the fact. And that discovery came through the most perfect means possible— the fans t...

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May 10, 2022 36 min

Team Avatar has a rough time of it in this first episode of Book Two, and Janet and Dante are feeling it! While Aang, Katara and Sokka (and, of course, Appa and Momo!) try to navigate a relationship with a very zealous Earth Kingdom General, Dante has to emotionally process the reality that before Zuko gets to enjoy the demise of Zhao, he’s confronted with his fierce and intimidating sister, Azula! Can Dante and Janet reconcile the...

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May 3, 2022 56 min

We’re Back and we couldn’t be more excited! Janet and Dante catch up with each other and with their two Dads, Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! In anticipation of all the great things that happen in ATLA Book Two: Earth, we’ll share some teasers about what's coming up in this season of the podcast, chat about characters we can’t wait to meet (Toph lovers, rejoice!), and prepare for some of the big themes of Book Two we can...

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Ready to explore more of the amazing world of Avatar: The Last Airbender? Nickelodeon’s official companion podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements is back for a second season! Join hosts Janet Varney and Dante Basco every Tuesday as they rewatch and discuss every episode of Avatar. Plus, Janet and Dante are joined by special guests for more behind-the-scenes info you can’t get anywhere else. 

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April 19, 2022 37 min

Hear from The Avatar himself, Zach Tyler Eisen! Join Janet & Dante for an exclusive, rare appearance by the former actor who gave Aang life.

We revisit Zach’s experience of recording ATLA, which he did when he was about the same age as the character he portrayed (while still enjoying the childhood Aang may have missed). Zach also weighs in on some of Aang’s tougher choices, and illuminates us about his current career passions!

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This exclusive release of the live Avatarverse panel at ECCC features Janet, Dante, and friend of the podcast (and talent extraordinaire) Dee Bradley Baker!

Recorded in the chilly December clouds of beautiful Seattle at Emerald City Comic Con, moderator Patrick Hawkins takes Janet, Dante and Dee through a thoughtful conversation before turning the questions over to the audience! And as usual, fans of the Avatarverse continue to pro...

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April 5, 2022 42 min

This week, Janet and Dante reminisce about some of their - and YOUR! - favorite moments from Season One of the podcast.

We'll hear memorable conversational gems with ATLA creators and Avatar Studios’ Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, Jack De Sena (“Sokka”), Zach Tyler Eisen (“Aang”), and Jennie Kwan (“Suki”)! Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning, or are catching up on the podcast, this episode captures grea...

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March 29, 2022 51 min

Join Janet and Dante for their first-ever live Braving the Elements, which they did live at NYCC 2021!

They are joined by their friend and ATLA/TLOK staple Dee Bradley Baker for a spirited discussion about the Avatarverse… and a very special table read! They are also joined by hundreds of amazing audience members, who made the live experience so incredible and heart-warming. Would you have had the right answer to win an ATLA collect...

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It’s the final episode of Braving the Elements’ first season, and Janet and Dante are celebrating with friends new and old!

The game’s afoot as Janet and Dante are joined by two amazing superfans and two delightful voice actors for a series of games that will show off just how much these four really know about Book One: Water! Antoine Bandele and Kendall Byrd bring their passion and encyclopedic knowledge of the Avatarverse! Jack De...

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It’s Book One’s spectacular finale episode, and we’re talking about it with the spectacular author of the first five ATLA graphic novels, Gene Luen Yang!

Janet and Dante wrap up the recap side of BTE in the second-to-last episode of the podcast’s first season, and they’re doing it in style, thanks to Gene’s insight and perspective. Highlights include Gene’s own background (in teaching, which we love!) and how he came to the Avatarve...

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March 8, 2022 57 min

As we approach the Season Finale of Book One: Water, Janet and Dante welcome back the awesome Hector Navarro!

It’s a good time to take a close look at some of the big moments of Book One, and review the complex and very cool character arcs of many of our ATLA characters. And who better to join Janet and Dante than friend of the show, Hector Navarro, whose love of the Avatarverse and his passion for details has now earned him the off...

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The penultimate episode of Book One features our guest, the voice of Vegeta (Dragonball Z) and All Might (My Hero Academia): Christopher Sabat!

It’s the first half of the two-parter that marks the finale of Book One of ATLA: “The Siege of the North, Part One!” Janet and Dante are joined by their buddy Christopher Sabat to talk discovering podcasts, confusing friend zones, and the coolest way to impress someone you’re crushing on (he...

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February 22, 2022 32 min

Join Janet and Dante for a fun and informative conversation with longtime ATLA Director, Giancarlo Volpe!

Hear more about the early experience of working on ATLA from the Directing side, including very cool details about the animation process. Learn about Giancarlo’s background and what art has inspired him. And find out what final shot of a particular episode Giancarlo felt was missing… and the satisfaction of seeing how it ended u...

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We’ve set our course heading North… and toward a great conversation with the voice of Princess Yue, Johanna Braddy!

Janet and Dante explore the wonders of the Northern Water Tribe as we near the end of Book One of ATLA with “The Siege of the North, Part One.” After praising the amazing design of this episode’s extraordinary landscape and discussing the complicated introduction to Master Pakku, Janet and Dante are joined by Johanna B...

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February 8, 2022 31 min

Janet and Dante are still abuzz over all the gadgetry in “The Northern Air Temple,” so they decide to talk to fellow lover of gadgets, Adam Savage!

From the delivery systems of Omashu to Jet’s hooked swords to the Fire Nation’s reversible tanks, Adam geeks out with Janet and Dante about some of the very cool designs to come out of Book One of ATLA. But the trio also talks about the deep, abiding emotional calls to action that come f...

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