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Them!: nuclear optimism, amateur myrmecology, and Wilhelm-screaming w/ Joe Ruppel

Featuring guest co-host
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Joe Ruppel, history nerd

Rise of the nuclear monsters

The era of nuclear nervousness and the nuclear monsters in cinema. “Take an object, and biggify it.” Nuclear power in the 1950s. The possibility of “unmetered” energy. White Sands, gypsum, and the Trinity test.

Nuclear optimism

The nuclear success hit list and the optimism of the early 50s. Recognizing downsides. Converting hydrogen into helium, but like really violently. Eclipses, occlusion, and we didn’t realize it at the time but Joe was right to use “occultation.” Las Vegas atomic bomb parties.

Nuclear fallout

The fallout from southern Nevada testing traveling directly as far as northeast Utah. The bitter, metallic taste of nuclear fallout. When Kodak accidentally discovered a-bomb testing.

A sense of scale

The scale of nuclear weapons since the first atom bombs. Considering the time when “duck and cover” made sense. Using NUKEMAP for a sense of scale.

Ants

Issues with upscaling. Myrmecology. Antennae and wayfinding. Evolutoniary history and their waspy ancestors. Ants as superorganism. Formic acid attack spray.

Links:

Them!: iTunes | Amazon Prime Video | YouTube
NUKEMAP: NuclearSecrecy.com
Decipher SciFi nuclear hot takes: WarGames | Superman IV

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Enemy Mine : Episode 146

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Enemy Mine

What: A human and an alien struggle to get past their differences.
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., Brion James

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Zathura : Episode 141

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Zathura

What: Jumanji in space.
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart

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Men in Black (feat. Liam Ginty, nerd) : Episode 138

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Men in Black

What: Will Smith punches aliens.
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino

Featuring guest co-host
Liam Ginty PhotoLiam Ginty of Sandy Pug Games

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Pacific Rim (ft. Stephen Granade, scientist) : Episode 134

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Pacific Rim

What: Robots! And Aliens!
Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro
Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi

Featuring guest co-host
Stephen Granade scientist headshotStephen Granade, scientist

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The Cloverfield Paradox (feat. Adrian Falcone, physics nerd) : Episode 131

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The Cloverfield Paradox

What: Event Horizon, Hanna-Barbera Edition. And then monsters.
Directed by: Julius Onah
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl

Featuring guest co-host
adrian falcone headshotAdrian Falcone, general-purpose smarty pants

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The Osiris Child : Episode 121

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The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One

What: A space adventure throwback with a very presumptive title where a dad rescues a daughter. And there are monsters!
Directed by: Shane Abbess
Starring: Kellan Lutz, Daniel MacPherson, Isabel Lucas

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The Fly [1986] : Episode 114

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The Fly [1986]

What: A mad project manager accidentally fuses himself with a fly. Whoops.
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz

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Daybreakers : Episode 112

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Daybreakers

What: Vampires have taken over the world, but face a resource crisis as the human population dwindles to near-extinction. This is actually a really good movie idea, btw.
Directed by: The Spierig Brothers
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill

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Power Rangers : Episode 102

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Power Rangers [2017]

What: The breakfast club bands together to save the wold with crystals and robots.
Directed by: Dean Israelite
Starring: Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston

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