Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 218, “The Martian: Part 4 – Live Another Sol (feat. Kenn Edwards, Hallie Prime, and Ensley F. Guffey)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 218, “The Martian: Part 4 – Live Another Sol (feat. Kenn Edwards, Hallie Prime, and Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Mars: it ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids, and it ain’t the kind of place where Mark Watney wants to die. We track our astronaut’s final attempts to leave the Red Planet in the last six chapters of The Martian by Andy Weir, as Paul and AJ are joined by all of this year’s Gobbledy-Book Club readers: So Let’s Get to the Point host and Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-host Kenn Edwards, Wanna Cook? co-author Ensley F. Guffey, and the Internet’s own Hallie Prime. The verdict on the book is perhaps a touch contentious, but that just makes the whole thing more fun, right? Plus, the gang discusses Mars One’s very real proposal to send folks to Mars for life.

Next: AJ and Paul have been tasked with an interesting Geek Challenge by Mr. Edwards. Paul must challenege AJ to a movie that’s not from the ’80s, while AJ must challenge Paul to a movie from the ’80s that’s also not foreign or black-and-white. After much head-scratching, Paul must endure Dead Ringers and AJ will subject himself to Logan’s Run.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 4 – Live Another Sol.”)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 30

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 30 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

During season 6 of Mad Men, the gang at Sterling Cooper & Partners found themselves with much to lose. What, then, do they stand to gain? AJ, Kenn, and Joe are on hand to discuss just that as they take a look at the sixth season finale, “In Care Of.” Pete’s absurd new highs (or lows, depending on how you look at it) are detailed at length, Don’s affection for Hershey bars is expounded upon, and the boys analyze the finale’s great final scene. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 30.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 217, “The Martian: Part 3 – The Rise and Fall of Ensley Guffey and the Spider-Men from Mars (feat. Ensley F. Guffey)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 217, “The Martian: Part 3 – The Rise and Fall of Ensley Guffey and the Spider-Men from Mars (feat. Ensley F. Guffey),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

What do cannibalism, Elton John, and pirate-ninjas have in common? They all figure into chapters 13-19 of The Martian by Andy Weir, here discussed by Paul, AJ, and Wanna Cook? co-author Ensley F. Guffey. As Gobbledy-Book Club 2015 nears its end, the gang talks about the book’s stylistic and emotional weaknesses, as well as the ways in which Weir effectively builds tension. How will it all end? Ensley knows! But Paul and AJ can only make their terrible, terrible predictions. Plus, the gang gets into that whole Spider-Man business, laments Jon Stewart’s decision to leave The Daily Show, and takes a guess at what Neill Blomkamp has in store for his Alien movie.

Next: an all-star jam band reunion of our Martian readers, featuring Ensley, Kenn Edwards, and Hallie Prime.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 3 – The Rise and Fall of Ensley Guffey and the Spider-Men from Mars.”)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 29

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 29 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

For the penultimate episode discussing Mad Men season 6 (and the final episode discussing three hours of the series), AJ, Kenn, and Joe get serious about Sunkist. Well, among other things. The episodes under discussion are “A Tale of Two Cities,” in which Don takes a dive; “Favors,” wherein Sally discovers model UN is just the worst; and “The Quality of Mercy,” in which Ken Cosgrove becomes an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 29.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 216, “The Martian: Part 2 – Signal Acquired (feat. Hallie Prime)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 216, “The Martian: Part 2 – Signal Acquired (feat. Hallie Prime),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

For the second week of Gobbledy-Book Club 2015, Paul and AJ are joined by longtime friend (but first-time guest) Hallie Prime to discuss chapters 7-12 of The Martian by Andy Weir. As stranded astronaut Mark Watney becomes more and more desperate for human contact, Weir begins to tap into the emotional weight of his premise. The gang debates how effective this is…and continues to have issues with a little thing called “dialogue.” Plus, AJ prepares to Better Call Saul, while the gang straps on their gravity boots for the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending.

Next: Wanna Cook? author Ensley F. Guffey stops by to talk chapters 13-19 of The Martian.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 2 – Signal Acquired.”)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 28

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast episode 28 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Things get startlingly revelatory on Smoke Gets in Your Ears this week, as AJ, Kenn, and Joe make a major discovery about a very important character. As they continue their way through Mad Men season 6, they take a look at “Man with a Plan,” in which Don and Ted are in for a bumpy ride; “The Crash,” wherein the gang gets their shots; and “The Better Half,” in which Peggy makes a kebab. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 28.)

Listen to ‘Gobbledygeek’ Episode 215, “The Martian: Part 1 – Martian, Martian, Martian! (feat. Kenn Edwards)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 215, “The Martian: Part 1 – Martian, Martian, Martian! (feat. Kenn Edwards),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

After tackling the layers hidden beneath the puzzle-filled surface of J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s S last year, the Gobbledy-Book Club returns to discuss The Martian by Andy Weir…and it’s a much simpler read, for better or worse. AJ and Paul are joined by So Let’s Get to the Point host (and Smoke Gets in Your Ears co-host) Kenn Edwards to talk the first six chapters of The Martian. The pros: the story of astronaut Mark Watney stranded on Mars is immediately engaging, it’s pretty damn funny, and it’s filled with tons of cool science. The cons: there’s a lot of science that might fly over heads, the tone is weirdly lighthearted, and Weir struggles a little with the switch from Mark’s POV to folks back home on Earth. Will this premise sustain a whole book? We’ll find out!

Next: Hallie Prime joins us to discuss chapters 7-12 of The Martian.

(Show notes for “The Martian: Part 1 – Martian, Martian, Martian!”)