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Remember what it was like to be an awkward teenager? And remember how some things haven't really changed that much for you since then? Join proud dork Janet Varney as she explores the highs and lows of the bygone years with some of her favorite women as they talk their way through the terrible teens into adult-lescence. Warning: This Podcast Contains Sincerity.
 
Enter the amazing world of Avatar through the official companion podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements from Nickelodeon. Join hosts Janet Varney (the voice of “Korra”) and Dante Basco (the voice of “Prince Zuko”) each week as they re-watch every episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender then break down key themes, notable battles, and behind-the-scenes trivia you can’t get anywhere else. Special guests from cast members to producers join them to explore elements of the Avatarverse, including the ...
 
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Voyage to the Stars

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Voyage to the Stars

Earwolf & Colton Dunn, Felicia Day, Janet Varney, & Steve Berg

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Space: It’s big. Like, really big. These are the misadventures of a group of misfits that accidentally found themselves on the wrong side of a wormhole, trying not to blow up the galaxy in their attempts to make the long journey home. Join us on a voyage to the stars with the wholly unqualified Captain Tucker Lentz (Colton Dunn), scatterbrained scientist Elsa Rankfort (Felicia Day), apathetic technician Stew Merkel (Steve Berg) and the misanthropic A.I. Sorry (Janet Varney). The universe wil ...
 
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Bandtastic

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Bandtastic

Drennon Davis and Mike Phirman

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Bandtastic is a sci-fi musical adventure about the most popular band in the universe. Assembled by a super intelligent spaceship, D.E.B.R.A. and not so intelligent robot sidekick R.A.N.D.Y., the intergalactic musicians travel to new worlds with one goal - to solve all of their problems through their incredible songs (byah byah byah!). The band consists of Seabass, a twelve-year-old boy from Earth who has the ability to make anything an instrument, Synthia, a synthetic singer with a glitch gi ...
 
Chuck Bryant of Stuff You Should Know sits down with your favorite people to talk about their favorite movies. Simple enough, but what we get is much more than that. It’s a look at what makes a favorite thing, and why someone’s favorite movie says so much about who they are. More conversation than interview, Movie Crush, at its heart, is about the love affair we all have with the silver screen.
 
Sean Conroy Gets Happier is a curious exploration of the art and science of happiness. As a comedian, Sean Conroy has spent his entire career trying to make other people happier. He's experienced everything from crackerjack, blockbuster, mega-hit success to incredible, amazing, life- changing success. In fact, the only person he hasn't managed to make happier is himself! Now he's trying to figure out how to turn his own frown upside down. Meditation, sugar, exercise, money, social media, com ...
 
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The Supergroup

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The Supergroup

Earwolf & Tawny Newsome, Alex Kliner

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HI! Tawny Newsome and Alex Kliner have long straddled the worlds of comedy and music, but now they’re combining their two passions, and bringing their talented friends along for the ride! On each episode of The Supergroup, Tawny & Alex invite a comedian and musician to write and record an original song with them over the course of a week. You’ll hear every step of the process, from writing and re-writing to recording and mixing. The podcast is funny but the songs are legit. Get ready for...t ...
 
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It’s a family affair for this special midseason game of Avatarverse superfans! Our Season One player Abby Abebefe is back to once again test her ATLA knowledge, but this time she’s brought two of her sisters with her! Janet and Dante welcome Abisola and Ayosola Abebefe to Braving the Elements for the first time, challenging all three sisters to dis…
 
“Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source.” It’s an episode full of Uncle Iroh wisdom! Janet and Dante delve into ATLA’s “Bitter Work” this week, following the progress (or lack thereof) of a certain Avatar and his certain Earthbending Master, as well as training of a different sort between Iroh and Zuko. Along the way, we discover a conn…
 
One of our favorite things about the Avatarverse is when people from fandoms we love happen to love "The Last Airbender!” This week Janet and Dante are joined by Major Curda (“KPOP" The Broadway Musical) and Lex Mayson (“Joe vs. Carole") for a roundtable discussion about what makes ATLA so beloved, including the ways it helps propel us forward to f…
 
We’re back at San Diego Comic Con for another LIVE podcast recording! This time, Braving the Elements is joined by not one but TWO beloved voice actors: Jack DeSena (Sokka) and Phil LaMarr (Kuei the Earth King). Join us for an exclusive listen to our panel from this past July. Expect from thrilling conversations with our Avatar VOs, breaking Avatar…
 
This week brings us the exciting ATLA episode “The Chase”— and Erika Ishii is along for the ride! Janet and Dante welcome the marvelous actor/performer/cosplayer Erika Ishii, who brings her love of the Avatarverse into the frame as the trio breaks down the many aspects of “The Chase.” Find out whose “fault” it is that Azula, Mai and Ty Lee keep suc…
 
Get a gorgeous mountain range in view and savor that green chile omelette with Migizi Pensoneau (“Reservation Dogs”), who takes us from Minnesota to New Mexico to Connecticut to… well, just get ready to travel. And bring your love of 80’s/90’s absurdist comedies with you! Plus: more love for "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and the scrumptiously watcha…
 
What happens when the Avatarverse makes friends with the amazing Dark Horse Comics world? Brilliance on the page! This week Janet and Dante spend time with friend of the show Tim Hedrick, who talks with them about the expansion of the ATLA television series into the Dark Horse realm, resulting in phenomenal graphic novels, delightful comic books, a…
 
It has often been said that skydiving is a special kind of magic. Don't ask who says that, just accept the premise! Anyway, Ken gets the chance to talk with actress Kayla Adams about her new movie Hex, which is about skydiving! and curses! Take a listen and find out about a really fun person in the movie making community and what it is like walking…
 
This week asks the hard-hitting question: why? WHY can’t Janet stop saying “Shaker” when she means “Quaker?” Her dreamy Boy of Summer Abe Forman-Greenwald (Netflix’s "Big Mouth”) endeavors to figure it out, while also sharing tales of small-town Pennsylvania youth and the gift of sitting in silence, even when someone’s making you do it!…
 
This week, Zuko is anything BUT alone, since Dante and Janet are joined by ATLA superfan Adal Rifai for “Zuko Alone!” It’s the episode (and episode title) that would end up launching future iconic storylines (“Suki Alone,” “Korra Alone”) and Adal Rifai (Hello From the Magic Tavern, Hey Riddle Riddle podcasts) is here for the deep dive! Find out mor…
 
Does it feel like this episode just snuck up on you out of nowhere? Well that makes sense because your intrepid hosts were testing their camouflage while they take on the review of the new movie Prey! How does this newest prequel in the Predator series stack up against its predecessors? Listen and find out! Intro music composed by Ken, Outro music …
 
Stop the presses! Remember when we said we’d collected the entire Hey Riddle Riddle crew? NOT SO FAST! This week brings you delightful Boy of Summer, Arne Parrott, the talent behind the truly delicious various and sundry themes/songs/la-la-las to one of JV’s favorite podcasts. So put on your Ren Faire best and a wad of crabcake… it’s ON!…
 
Continuing our celebration of all things Toph Beifong, Janet and Dante welcome Michaela Jill Murphy (aka Jessie Flower), the original voice of Toph! Find out more about the real-life personality behind one of the biggest personalities in the Avatarverse as we sit down with Michaela to hear more about her life before and after joining the cast of Av…
 
Grab your lobster roll and your trash juice for this week’s Boy of Summer, the wonderful Desmin Borges (You’re The Worst, Utopia)! JV and Dez talk contemporary adventures: losing your sense of taste and smell and finding it again through the wonder of an avocado; they talk past adventures: sports! Theatre! Da Bears!; and of course, they talk about …
 
Janet and Dante reconnect with their “two dads” to hear more about Toph’s origin story! A character as iconic as Toph deserves a whole episode about how she came to be! Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko reminisce about their original concept designs for Toph and how they evolved during the collaborative process with writers and animators, as well …
 
This week brings you novelist, podcaster and Boy of Summer Toby Ball (Crimewriters On, Strange Arrivals), whose addition to The JV Club completes the Crimewriters On collection! In this episode you’ll not only learn about Toby’s teens and twenties, you’ll also hear him rescue JV from her own politics-and-media existential quagmire! So grab your fav…
 
To usher in the first truly Toph-centric ATLA episode, Janet and Dante welcome “The Blind Bandit” director Ethan Spaulding! Ethan’s debut appearance on Braving the Elements includes great insights about the powerhouse that is Toph Beifong, as well as some fantastic behind-the-scenes trivia about the making of this seminal episode. With Ethan’s insi…
 
The Hey Riddle Riddle Collector’s Set is complete! JV is delighted to welcome the ridiculously fast and funny JPC as this week’s Boy of Summer, along with a conversation about Catholic school Religion classes, early-onset improv magic syndrome (a term we just now made up), and what we can confidently say is one of The JV Club’s all-time-greatest “B…
 
Delight in this conversation with the incredibly warm and energetic Cricket Leigh, whom you also know as the voice of the significantly less warm and energetic Mai! Janet and Cricket sit down for a chat about the Avatarverse and its emotional depth, digging into how Cricket became a part of the show-- even as she wrestled with doubts about her own …
 
Dive into this conversation with Boy of Summer - Boy of Star Wars - Boy of San Diego, Hector Navarro, who describes the delicate balance of being a well-behaved hooligan in those important teen formative years, how honest parental communication has its pros and cons, and how to jump into fandoms when you can’t celebrate your birthday! Plus: Oh M.J.…
 
Finally! Janet and Dante are overjoyed to welcome the wonderful person who voiced the beloved words… “MY CABBAGES!” Prolific voice-over actor and novelist James Sie (The Cabbage Merchant!) joins Janet and Dante for this trip back in time for ATLA Book Two episode 5, “Avatar Day.” Why does a whole town of people hate the Avatar? Can Aang and the gan…
 
Venture into the magical world of Piff The Magic Dragon, who rose to fame from high school hijinx to local magic shows to Edinburgh to Penn & Teller to America’s Got Talent to his own show in Vegas! It’s enough to inspire any fledgling dragon! Or magician! This Boy of Summer reminds us that there are so many different ways and roads to take to beco…
 
This week we bring you a special episode from our Braving the Elements LIVE appearance at San Diego Comic Con, winter of 2021! Janet and Dante are joined by an amazing audience of fans and friends at the show, featuring live performances by members of the audience playing all of your favorite characters in a myriad of different beloved scenes from …
 
This episode features an interview with an actor who has a scintillating personality and plenty of charisma that comes straight through the screen when seeing him in productions like The Vampire Diaries or Luke Cage! Jaiden Kaine graces us with his presence and shares some fantastic stories from his life as an accomplished actor! Intro music compos…
 
Delight in this week’s Boy of Summer, Manolo Moreno! Whom you might already know and love from Max Fun’s own Dr. Gameshow! Hear about Manolo’s teenage humanoid adventures, and what to do when you might be the Edward Scissorhands of… emotions. Then get your creative brain ready to write to the soothing sounds of water, and lasagna up!…
 
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