Exiled to Earth from the utopian planet Exxor, super-powered teens Zan and Jayna must now juggle high school with their after-school internship with the heroic Justice League! But they must also grapple with strange new Earth concepts like crippling debt, shocking inequality and mass incarceration; and they begin wondering if beating up costumed criminals and throwing them in jail is really making the world a better place…
We start by sharing three facts about ourselves that you might not know, then we tackle your questions!
We talk about our musical obsessions, past political activism, strange retail job stories, how we met, our adventures with conspiracy theorists on public access television, our respective parenthood and non-parenthood, Al Pacino impressions, Mike’s cancer treatments, desert island selections, and how we first fell in love with our favorite pop culture fandoms. And so, so many digressions.
Included in this episode are questions by David Gutiérrez, Grant Richter, Wesley, Tim Batson, and Gem Newman.
We are thrilled to announce that Radio vs. the Martians! has endorsed Whole Washington‘s 2020 ballot initiative campaign to create a statewide single-payer Medicare for All healthcare system in our state.
We’ve never overtly endorsed a candidate or campaign before — though you can probably guess our leanings — so we wanted to make our first endorsement an important one. Thousands of people die every year because of a lack of healthcare and we should have joined the rest of the world on this issue decades ago.
As fans of science fiction and fantasy, we love good stories. What sort of story do we want to live in?
Do we want to live in a dystopia where people are chained to jobs they hate to keep their insurance? Where people are buried in debt because they or a loved one gets really sick?
We don’t have to wait for skittish politicians to give us permission to change our story. We endorse Whole Washington, because we can choose a not-for-profit single payer system that covers everyone. We can live up to the ideal that healthcare is a fundamental human right. We just have to want it.
In the first of two Fun Size discussions this month, we sit down with Rebecca Friedman and debate the merits and popularity of post-apocalyptic fiction and video games, and why absent panelist (and spouse) Sam Mulvey will probably never discuss it on the show.
Is the genre inevitably juvenile, and does its recent popularity speak ill of us as a society? Disagreement follows.