Hello from Elsewhere

Hello from Elsewhere

In this biweekly podcast, entertainment lovers Valerie and Casey explore every nook, cranny, and secret portal within your favorite movies and books.... Show More

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Super-powered protagonists often reach a point in the story where they shed their self doubt and achieve their full potential. In this episode, Casey and Valerie discuss 4 such cases of "full power mode": Captain Marvel, Miles Morales, Thor, and Luke Skywalker. Plus, we discuss what weird or ridiculous superpowers our listeners wish they had. Twitter and Instagram: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofromelsewhere.media

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June 21, 2019 43 min

We searched our archives to bring you audio from Docking Bay 9¾, our first podcast! In this episode, Casey and Valerie dive headfirst into ring structure in Harry Potter, a literary theory positing that Rowling's novels mirror one another on opposite ends--Books 1 and 7, 2 and 6, and 3 and 5, with book 4 acting as the all-important center point. (This episode was recorded on 9/14/18.)

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June 7, 2019 52 min

Moviegoers have often said the films of Steven Spielberg symbolize the director's "daddy issues," a phrase which may call to mind only the worst of fatherhood. However, in this episode Valerie and Casey discuss 5 Spielberg films--one from every decade--which include a wide range of fathers and father figures, from good to bad to everything in between. Plus, Valerie invents a jingle for Chief Brody and Casey confuses Thunderbirds wi... Read more

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A movie theater experience can influence how you feel about that particular movie. In this episode, Valerie and Casey share their most memorable theater experiences, from Valerie's hot-Cheetos-and-gummy-bears fiasco to that time Casey sprinted out of the theater before a Star Wars film. Plus, Valerie rudely besmirches the name of Willow. Twitter and Instagram: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofromelsewhere.media

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May 10, 2019 39 min

In pop culture discourse, we often discuss "father figures." However, mother figures can also have a major impact on our favorite fictional characters. Valerie and Casey discuss the influence of many mother figures, from Professor McGonagall to Mary Poppins, and more! Also, Valerie argues for Mother's Day cards written by apes, and Casey sings the Genovian National Anthem. Twitter and Instagram: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofr... Read more

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As humans, we have a tendency to avoid failure, but failure is the greatest teacher. The beauty of failure is a major focus of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and Unicorn Store (2017), two important films that are seemingly at odds but may be thematically connected. In addition to discussing failure as theme and metaphor in both of these stories, Casey and Valerie also argue about Chewbacca's diet and wax poetic about Virgil. P. ... Read more

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April 12, 2019 45 min

Literary maps have a long and storied history: before Tolkien created fantasy's most recognizable map, Robert Louis Stevenson drew Treasure Island and the pirate iconography we know today, and both were preceded by an artistic survey of Dante's infernal Hell. Valerie and Casey detail this fascinating history and dive deep into the maps of their favorite fictional worlds. Twitter and Instagram: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofro... Read more

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March 29, 2019 40 min

The Mirror of Erised reflects a character's greatest desire, but why let Harry Potter have all the fun? In this episode, Valerie and Casey discuss 15 fictional characters from movies, books, and TV and consider what they would see in the mirror--from Frankenstein's monster to Ron Swanson to Mary Poppins. Twitter and Instagram: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofromelsewhere.media

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March 15, 2019 59 min

In this episode, Valerie and Casey analyze character rebirth, from literal resurrections in fantasy books (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings) to symbolic/visual rebirth in science fiction films (10 Cloverfield Lane, Gravity). Plus, Valerie dreams of interstellar beasts and Casey sneaks General Antoc Merrick into the conversation (again). Twitter and Instagram: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofromelsewhere.media

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March 1, 2019 45 min

Casey and Valerie discuss masks in the Dark Knight trilogy, Star Wars, and more; characters like Bruce Wayne and Ben Solo don masks to hide their identity, yet these masks become their identity in the process. Also in this episode, Valerie mentions Friends again and Casey shares the greatest Lord of the Rings trivia of all time. Instagram and Twitter: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofromelsewhere.media

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February 15, 2019 23 min

Celebrate a unique take on Valentine's Day: Villaintine's Day! In this episode, Casey and Valerie discuss what gifts the greatest fictional villains would get for each other on February 14th. Does Gollum need a hairless cat? Who would most appreciate a live dinosaur from Dennis Nedry? And is General Hux a re-gifter? Instagram and Twitter: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofromelsewhere.media

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Linguist Beth Jackson joins us to discuss language and communication within the sci-fi mindbender Arrival (2016). How does language shape the way we think? Why do humans communicate so poorly? And has Beth ever been approached by a government agency to translate an alien language? Twitter and Instagram: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofromelsewhere.media

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January 18, 2019 49 min

Hello from Elsewhere: a real podcast about fiction! In this episode, we discuss our favorite fiction from 2018 and look forward to all the exciting movies coming in 2019. Also, Valerie retells her Star Wars dream, and Casey shares what happened to Captain America's beard. Instagram: @elsewhere_pod Twitter: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofromelsewhere.media

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January 4, 2019 40 min

Hello from Elsewhere: a real podcast about fiction! In this episode, we discuss the volatile relationship between fictional characters and their places of origin. Perhaps their homes are destroyed (Luke and Leia), perhaps their homes are transformed (Bilbo Baggins), or perhaps their homes are refused altogether (Harry Potter). Also, Casey and Valerie recount the return of the haunted balloon, and the wonderful Kylo Ren comes up in ... Read more

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December 24, 2018 36 min

Hello from Elsewhere: a real podcast about fiction! At the heart of the greatest Christmas stories are tales of powerful redemption. In this episode, we discuss 3 types of redemptive holiday characters, from the Grinch to Kris Kringle to George Bailey. Also, what non-holiday movies would be improved by adding Santa Claus as a character? And why would Casey and Valerie's children rather watch Buster Keaton than Elf? Instagram: @els... Read more

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December 14, 2018 35 min

Hello from Elsewhere: a real podcast about fiction! In this episode, we discuss the most iconic mentors in popular culture, defining them as weak, fallible, and human: Obi-Wan Kenobi lies, Albus Dumbledore uses people, and Leslie Knope is "a massive, runaway steamroller with no brakes and a cement brick on the gas pedal." (We also discuss a haunted birthday balloon and debate the geography of coonskin hats.) Instagram: @elsewhere_... Read more

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November 30, 2018 38 min

Hello from Elsewhere: a real podcast about fiction! In this episode, hosts Valerie and Casey discuss the greatest introductions in movies and books, debate about dinosaur-sized porgs, and wonder which Marvel character would be most at home in Middle-earth. Also, Casey's patronus has a mustache and Valerie blushes about Bill Pullman. Instagram: @elsewhere_pod Twitter: @elsewhere_pod Website: www.hellofromelsewhere.media

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