Fireside Friends

Fireside Friends

Welcome to Fireside Friends, a bi-weekly podcast that discusses various forms of media (movies, video games, short fiction, etc.) and how they reflect our lives. Hosted by Ryan Persaud, Allen Ibrahim, and Kaity Marie.

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    Persona Non Grata - Episode 2

    We talk about Madarame's dungeon, check in on our social links, and dunk on the game's official sad boy, Mishima.

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    Persona Non Grata - Episode 1

    Join Allen and Ryan as they make their way through Persona 5! This episode, we discuss our thoughts on the first dungeon, our favorite (and least favorite) characters, and the game's muddled politics.

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    Episode 29 - Gettin' Friendly

    Fireside Friends is finally back from hiatus! This episode, we discuss the film Four Lions and challenging various preconceptions about terrorism.

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    Episode 28 - This Is Feminism

    We discuss Paper Girls Vol. 1 & 2, the reductive taxonomy of media, and the problems with male writers being upheld as feminists in the comics industry.

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    Episode 27 - 24/7 Star Wars Chat

    Tzufit joins us as we discuss The Force Awakens, the absurdity of the prequel trilogy, and our predictions for the future of Star Wars.

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    Episode 26 - Pan Pan Pan

    Fireside Friends turns a year old this week! In celebration, the crew briefly talks about changes coming to the show before discussing Pan's Labyrinth.

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    Episode 25 - You Must Adapt

    Brenna joins us once again as we discuss "The Evaluators: To Trade With Aliens, You Must Adapt" by N.K. Jemisin.

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    Episode 24 - Goodbye, 2016

    We made it past the flaming hellscape that is 2016, and onto what is looking to be an even greater hellscape that is 2017. Despite all of the negativity in the world, the Fireside Friends crew found time to sit down and reflect positively on the media that they enjoyed in 2016.

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    Episode 23 - Merry Krampus

    We talk Overwatch's holiday event, Pokemon Sun and Moon, and discuss Krampus for our shared experience!

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    Episode 21 - It's Lit(ten)

    Shaun Lau joins us as we talk about queer relationships in Yuri On Ice, fight over Pokémon Sun/Moon starters, discuss lack of representation of marginalized groups in media, and more before we discuss Ghost In The Sell for our shared experience.

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    Episode 20 - Solving Racism

    Mike Moody joins us as we talk about the new Sims 4 expansion, Cowboy Bebop, Cardcaptor Sakura, the lack of skin color options in the new Animal Crossing: New Leaf update, and more before discussing Zootopia for our shared experience.

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    Episode 19 - Misunderstandings: The Movie

    Shannon Strucci stops by as we talk about transphobia in recent episodes of Atlanta; We also talk Hannibal, Yuri!!! On Ice, Law & Order: SVU, and more before discussing Tucker & Dale vs. Evil for our shared experience.

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    Episode 18 - A Hint of Gay

    Kortney Terry returns to chat with us about magical girls, Luke Cage (and people who think the show is "too black"), Atlanta, Hannibal, and more before discussing A Monster In Paris for our shared experience.

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    Episode 17 - A Leap of Faith

    Alex Zandra Van Chestein talks to us about being an independent game developer, developing her game One Last Cup, navigating gaming communities as a marginalized creator, and more before discussing Mirror's Edge for our shared experience.

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    Episode 16 - Amélie Lacroix

    Ryan swoons over Jem and the Holograms and gets mad at Nintendo (again), Kaity shares her appreciation of the otome game Mystic Messenger, and Allen gives us the latest on World of Warcraft and its newest expansion, Legion. The group then discusses the David Cronenberg film Cosmopolis for their shared experience.

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    Episode 15 - Paprikast

    The classic Fireside Friends crew returns to talk about Until Dawn, Black Swan, Sex Criminals, awful gender roles, and more before discussing Paprika for their shared experience.

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    Episode 14 - An Outraged Slime

    Shannon Strucci joins us to talk about The Lobster, David Lynch films, and more before discussing Undertale for our shared experience!

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    Episode 13 - The Spooky One

    Kortney Terry joins us as we talk about Rhythm Heaven Megamix, Star Trek Beyond, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, the Zero Escape series, and more before discussing Cibele for our shared experience.

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    Episode 11 - Channing The Tatum

    Kaity shares her complaints with Overwatch's new competitive mode, Allen talks all things Game of Thrones following the end of the show's 6th season, and Ryan reflects on their journey of watching every Wachowski film before the group discusses Jupiter Ascending for their shared experience.

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    Episode 10 - My Beautiful Bird Dog Partner

    We talk Pee-wee's Big Holiday, the trend of subversive anime like Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto, the rewarding fanservice of the Warcraft movie, and the disappointments of X-Men: Apocalypse before discussing Carol for our shared experience.

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    Episode Nine - Live at The Trash Fire

    We talk about the disappointments of Daredevil Season 2, the missed opportunities of the Priyanka Chopra lead television show Quantico, and the perplexing personality of That Poppy before diving into V for Vendetta for our shared experience.

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    Episode Eight - Anime Is Real

    Kaity returns for a discussion on anime of all sorts, fun versus intellectual merit, and Captain America: Civil War before we dive into our shared experience, Kyle Seeley's Emily Is Away.

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    Episode Seven - Nemo's Okay

    Jackson Tyler joins us to talk about sports anime, using games as relaxation devices, audience interpretations of political messages in movies, and more before discussing Attack the Block for our shared experience!

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    Episode Six - Cookies For Snoop Dogg

    We talk problematic JRPGs, the art of color palettes, cyberpunk stereotyping, and the show that absolutely no one has been talking about, Better Call Saul, before discussing Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle for our shared experience!

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    Episode Five - Just Be Nice

    We talk Nintendo’s failure to acknowledge internet harassment, the crippling weight of capitalism, and Miitomo’s weird obsession with our favorite bread before discussing George Batchelor’s Hot Date for our shared experience!

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    Episode Four - I Love Whom I Love

    Ryan, Allen, and Kaity discuss difficult relationships, relaxing racing games, finding solidarity in sad media, and more before talking about their shared experience, The Last Unicorn.

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    Episode Three - A Wild Podcast Appears

    Ryan and Allen are joined by Kaity Marie, the new co-host of Fireside Friends. They talk about Girls, sad anime, concert experiences, and more before discussing their shared experience, Pokémon!

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    Episode Two - Outside

    Tatiana Maria joins us as we talk about sinking into fictional worlds, as well as discuss Campo Santo's first-person exploration game, Firewatch!

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    Episode One - An Introduction

    Welcome to the first episode of Fireside Friends! This episode, Ryan and Allen discuss Tomodachi Life, Sense8, their favorite podcasts, and their shared experience, Starship Troopers!

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