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CEREBRO

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CEREBRO is a podcast about Marvel's Merry Mutants, the Uncanny X-Men, hosted by Connor Goldsmith. Each episode highlights one character. Tune in for a deep exploration of the 59-year history of this enduring, revolutionary franchise! www.cerebrocast.com www.patreon.com/cerebrocast
 
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In Episode 83 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Anthony Oliveira (Young Avengers: Paradox Lost) camp it up with St. John Allerdyce, the poetic Pyro! Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne as an implied gay character, in the 90s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants henchman St. John became the tragic face of the Legacy Virus. Resurrected in the Age o…
 
In Episode 82 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Alex Abad-Santos try to fix Amara Aquilla, the mediocre Magma! The most aggressively mid of the classic New Mutants, Selene's flop granddaughter has a great, iconic design... and that's about it. We promise the episode is funny. The CEREBRO character file on Magma begins at 1:15:53. (Content Advi…
 
In Episode 81 of CEREBRO, Connor and fantasy scholar Rebecca Gault howl at the moon with Rahne Sinclair, the wailing Wolfsbane! Introduced as the ingénue of the classic New Mutants, repressed religious Rahne would go on to become one of the X-Men franchise's absolute messiest characters. The CEREBRO character file on Wolfsbane begins at 1:14:18. (C…
 
In Episode 80 of CEREBRO, Connor and science writer Jordan Blok spin with Spiral, Mistress of the Wildways! Best known as Betsy Braddock's nemesis and Longshot's biggest hater, the wicked time-dancing sorceress was eventually revealed via retcon to be the tortured future self of a decidedly sympathetic character: Longshot's first love, the plucky h…
 
In Episode 79 of CEREBRO, Connor and contemporary comics legend Al Ewing (X-Men Red, S.W.O.R.D., Immortal Hulk) survey the schemes of Abigail Brand! The mysterious director of S.W.O.R.D., charged with protecting Earth from extraterrestrial threats, half-alien and half-mutant Brand has always been a prickly ally to the X-Men at best. Now she has sec…
 
In Episode 78 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Steph Williams (Nubia and the Amazons) scrub in for surgery with Dr. Cecilia Reyes! Created by Scott Lobdell and Carlos Pacheco, Cecilia is a young Afro-Puerto Rican resident hiding her mutant power, with no interest in being a superhero. After a brief tenure with the X-Men she's mostly been rele…
 
Happy Pride, Zalagang! As a special treat for the season, I'm publicly releasing last year's most popular CEREBRO Secret File — a deep dive with CEREBRO's Official Lesbian Correspondent Sara Century on Marvel's first lesbian hero, Dr. Vicki Montesi of the Darkhold Redeemers. Hope you love! Created by writer Chris Cooper and introduced in 1992 as th…
 
In Episode 77 of CEREBRO, All Elite Wrestling star and former Women's World Champion pro wrestler Nyla Rose joins returning guest Steve Orlando (Marauders) to rejoice in the resurrection of John Proudstar, the thorny Thunderbird! Memorialized by his teammates and his younger brother Warpath, fallen X-Man Thunderbird became more iconic to the franch…
 
In Episode 76 of CEREBRO, the SEASON 3 PREMIERE, Connor and contemporary comics legend Kieron Gillen map the machinations of Nathaniel Essex, Mr. Sinister! Created by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, but reimagined almost entirely in the 21st century by Gillen, this amoral geneticist became one of the most iconic X-Men villains. The CEREBRO char…
 
To celebrate the launch of Knights of X this coming Wednesday, I've decided to share this Patreon bonus episode with the world! This was originally published on April 1st for the House of Zaladane tier ($5/month) at patreon.com/cerebrocast In this CEREBRO Secret File, Tini Howard chats with me about the end of Excalibur, the upcoming sequel Knights…
 
In Episode 75 of CEREBRO, the SEASON 2 FINALE, Connor and Marvel writer Zeb Wells are sung to sleep by Eleanor Murch, the nefarious Nanny! Created by Louise and Walt Simonson, Nanny and her special Lost Boy, Peter the Orphan-Maker, have been peculiar thorns in the X-Men's side for decades. Now, after Zeb's critically-acclaimed series Hellions, they…
 
In Episode 74 of CEREBRO, Connor and writer/musician Thom Dunn scream to the skies with Sean Cassidy, the belting Banshee! First appearing in the 60s as an unwilling supervillain, Irish spy Sean was recruited to the iconic Giant-Size X-Men team in 1975, fell in love with Moira MacTaggert, and eventually became mentor to Generation X. The CEREBRO ch…
 
In Episode 73 of CEREBRO, Connor and cosplayer Caroline Bird (CarolineCosplay) choose mercy with Kwannon, the stoic Psylocke! Once trapped in Betsy Braddock's body, top assassin Kwannon joined the X-Men as Revanche before her tragic death from the Legacy Virus. Decades later she has returned from the grave, herself once more, and become a major pla…
 
In Episode 72 of CEREBRO, Connor and writer Charles Pulliam-Moore merge their minds with Sophie, Phoebe, Irma, Celeste, and Esme: the startling Stepford Cuckoos! Created by Grant Morrison, the crème de la crème of Emma Frost's telepathy class is a psychic gestalt of five identical girls with a terrible secret. The CEREBRO character file on the Five…
 
In Episode 71 of CEREBRO, Connor and two-time Eisner Award-winning editor Kat Overland (Women Write About Comics) get all wrapped up with Jono Starsmore, the churlish Chamber! Introduced as part of Generation X, British goth Jono has spent a lot of time sulking because his mutant power made his face explode. Understandable, honestly! The CEREBRO ch…
 
In Episode 70 of CEREBRO, Connor and celebrated author Victor LaValle catalogue the crimes of Victor Creed, the sickening Sabretooth! As Wolverine's longest-running arch-nemesis, serial killer Sabretooth has been a major part of the X-Men franchise. But with no place for him in the new mutant society of Krakoa, he's been absent from the current era…
 
In Episode 69 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Josh Cornillon slither about with Miranda Leevald, the serpentine Stacy X! Created by Joe Casey and Tom Raney, Stacy employs her pheromonal power over the endocrine system in her career as a sex worker at the X-Ranch, a mutant brothel in Nevada. Rescued by the X-Men from a vicious attack, she bec…
 
In Episode 68 of CEREBRO, Connor and game developer Justin Park recount the rise of Shiro Yoshida, the scathing Sunfire! Empowered by the horrors of Hiroshima, Shiro became Japan's controversial national hero. While he was briefly one of the earliest members of the X-Men, his devotion to his country above all else has historically held him back fro…
 
In Episode 67 of CEREBRO, Connor and two-time Eisner Award-winning editor Nola Pfau (EIC of Women Writing About Comics) assess the auguries with Irene Adler, the divinatory Destiny! A wise mutant oracle, the precognitive Destiny was Mystique's lover and partner in crime until her tragic death in 1989. She has finally returned, triumphant (for now!)…
 
In Episode 66 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Spencer Ackerman (Reign of Terror) sharpen their knives with the cunning Callisto! Leader of the Morlocks, a society of non-passing mutants living in poverty in the maintenance tunnels beneath Manhattan, Callisto debuts as an eager rival to Storm. In time she becomes one of the X-Men's staunchest…
 
In Episode 65 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Zoe Tunnell (Blade Maidens) deploy their foot claws with Laura Kinney, the All-New Wolverine! Introduced as X-23, a female clone of Wolverine (it's complicated), Laura debuted in the popular cartoon X-Men: Evolution before becoming a vital part of the comics universe. After Logan's death (he got …
 
In Episode 64 of CEREBRO, Connor and X-Office writer Ben Percy (X-Force, Wolverine) synthesize carbonadium with Arkady Rossovich, the ruthless Omega Red! Plus: X Lives and X Deaths of Wolverine! Beast versus Sage! The crimes of Colossus! All this and more as Ben discusses his work in the Age of Krakoa. The CEREBRO character file on Omega Red begins…
 
In Episode 63 of CEREBRO — a slightly belated X-Mas spectacular — Connor and Battle of the Atom co-host Zack Jenkins illuminate Nate Grey, the eccentric X-Man! The rough equivalent of Cable in the dystopian Age of Apocalypse reality, Nate survived that event and somehow led a solo title for 75 issues. Good for him! More recently, he served as a maj…
 
In Episode 62 of CEREBRO, Connor and X of Words host Ash Alleyne expand their minds with David Alleyne (no relation), the perceptive Prodigy! One of the rare Academy X students to transcend his cohort, David was the most prominent depowered character after the Decimation, especially after a memorable turn in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's Young…
 
In Episode 61 of CEREBRO, Connor and returning guest Anthony Oliveira hark the Acolytes' herald angel, the elusive Exodus! A striking new villain of the 90s, 12th century crusader Bennet du Paris was changed forever by an encounter with the immortal mutant Apocalypse. Revived in modern times, he became Magneto's most zealous disciple. Now he sits o…
 
In Episode 60 of CEREBRO, Connor and artist Patrick Sullivan debate policy with mutantkind's ultimate frenemy, Dr. Valerie Cooper! Introduced in the Claremont era as an antagonist, government bureaucrat Val developed over time into the X-Men's most powerful human ally... most of the time. The CEREBRO character file on Val Cooper begins at 1:38:58. …
 
In Episode 59 of CEREBRO, a special Thanksgiving celebration, Connor and his dad James Goldsmith soar above the Savage Land with the sinister Sauron! One of the rare Silver Age X-Men villains to stick around, Karl Lykos was originally presented as a tragic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde type figure, but evolved over time into a reliable comic relief antag…
 
In Episode 58 of CEREBRO, Connor and Harvard Professor of English Stephanie Burt twist into new shapes with the whimsical Warlock! An iconic element of the Claremont/Sienkiewicz New Mutants, techno-organic alien Warlock became the ultimate fish out of water, learning humanity through his bond with Doug Ramsey, his selfsoulfriend. The CEREBRO charac…
 
In Episode 57 of CEREBRO, Connor and Middle East researcher Dr. Khaliden Nas celebrate Sooraya Qadir, the devoted Dust! Introduced in Grant Morrison's New X-Men, Afghan refugee Sooraya became a fan favorite, a breakout of the Academy X student class, and recently played a memorable role in Si Spurrier and Bob Quinn's Way of X. The CEREBRO character…
 
In Episode 56 of CEREBRO, concluding the three-part HALLOWE'EN SPOOKTACULAR, Connor and Marvel's Leah Williams (X-Factor, X-Men: The Trial of Magneto) seize the throne of Limbo with Illyana Rasputina, the magnificent Magik! Introduced as Colossus's kid sister, Illyana became a star of the original New Mutants in the 80s when she fell into a Hell di…
 
In Episode 55 of CEREBRO, the second in a three-part HALLOWE'EN SPOOKTACULAR, Connor and returning guest Alex Abad-Santos serve up their souls to the seductive Selene! The platonic ideal of a Chris Claremont villain, the immortal Selene was born before human civilization, and is the oldest mutant known to have survived to the present day. Formerly …
 
In Episode 54 of CEREBRO, the first in a three-part HALLOWE'EN SPOOKTACULAR, Connor and artist Valentine M. Smith shriek it out with Theresa Rourke Cassidy, the spirited Siryn! The long-lost daughter of X-Man Banshee, Terry was raised by his wicked cousin Black Tom. After some time as a supporting character in the Claremont period, she became a sta…
 
In Episode 53 of CEREBRO, Connor and Marvel writer Terry Blas (Reptil) stretch themselves with Angelo Espinosa, the cynical Skin! A regular cast member in the 90s title Generation X, moody Los Angeles teen Angelo fled the world of street crime to become one of the students at the Massachusetts Academy. The least-developed of the core Gen X team, he…
 
In the PHALANX-SIZE Episode 52 of CEREBRO, Connor and Sara Century make a case for Candy Southern! One of the X-Men franchise's most tragic characters, Candy was introduced in 1967 as a love interest for Warren Worthington III. She was a reliable supporting character for decades, eventually becoming a hero in her own right as the leader of the Defe…
 
As the Inferno burns, CEREBRO returns! In Episode 51, the SEASON TWO PREMIERE, Connor and critic Vishal Gullapalli fight for the future with Nathan Christopher Summers, the commanding Cable! Created by Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson and introduced as a proactive new leader for the New Mutants (later X-Force), Cable was later revealed via retcon to…
 
After over 60,000 downloads in over 100 countries, we are so glad to have brought an entire cycle of Torah study to our listeners. Rabbi Adam and Raviv look back at a year filled with inspiring conversation, insight, and wisdom. Thanks for joining. The Study is produced by Evan Scott Nicholas and Raviv Ullman. Artwork by Julia Pott.…
 
Robert Alter, Professor in the Graduate School and Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, and award winning translator of the Torah joins Rabbi Adam and Raviv to discuss why the Torah ends in a poem. We’ll discuss what clues this poem gives us about the ways in which people communicated …
 
James Darrah, stage and film director, and newly appointed artistic director of Long Beach Opera sits down with Rabbi Adam and Raviv to discuss a pivotal turning point in the Torah narrative- when Moses passes the torch to the next leader of the Israelites. What does it mean to carry a tradition for the next generation, and how does a young interpr…
 
In Episode 50 of CEREBRO, the SEASON 1 FINALE, Connor and returning guest Spencer Ackerman survey the schemes of Charles Xavier, the persuasive Professor X! Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the X-Men's wise teacher and mentor slowly became a much darker and more foreboding character, a father figure gone wrong. The CEREBRO character file on Prof…
 
In Episode 49 of CEREBRO, Connor and former Marvel editor Chris Robinson play the hand they're dealt with the gregarious Gambit! Introduced as Chris Claremont's last addition to the X-Men in his sixteen-year run, Remy would become an iconic part of the X-Men franchise as a breakout star of the 90s, the focus of several solo titles. In recent years …
 
In Episode 48 of CEREBRO, Connor and critic and cartoonist Karen Charm get more than skin deep with Paige Guthrie, the heroic Husk! Younger sister to classic character Cannonball, Paige was a protagonist of the 90s book Generation X. Later stories would write the character into some odd positions, and she's struggled to find a stable place in the f…
 
Jake Cohen, author of NYT Bestselling JEW-ISH Reinvented Recipes from a Modern Mensch, joins Raviv and Jess to talk about all things Jewish food, our connection to how we prepare our meals and where those ingredients come from, the incredibly long journeys that dishes take to get to our tables, and Jake’s journey as he’s learned it all.…
 
In Episode 47 of CEREBRO, Connor and critic Elana Levin fall to pieces with Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man! A longtime X-Men supporting character, Madrox rose to prominence in the 21st century as the protagonist of the long-running X-Factor, written by Peter David. After a number of astoundingly complicated stories, he is now part of Krakoa's X-Cor…
 
Natalia Abrams, executive director of Student Debt Crisis, a non-profit organization dedicated to fundamentally reforming student debt and higher education loan policies, joins Raviv and special guest Molly Wernick to discuss what got us into a nearly two trillion dollar crisis in the first place, what kind of preventive measures can be taken to av…
 
Jess and Raviv have a one-on-one conversation to discuss parshat Re'eh and uncover what they "see" as part of the larger Jewish narrative. Jess discusses her relationship with asking "what" vs "why" when working to understand Torah passages, how one can abstract laws and apply them to our own lives, and what about studying makes her feel inspired.…
 
In Episode 45 of CEREBRO, Connor and writer Zoe Tunnell are nigh-invulnerable when they're castin' with Sam Guthrie, the caring Cannonball! An original New Mutant, Kentucky coal country kid Sam went on to lead X-Force ⁠before graduating to the big leagues. After some time as an official member of the X-Men, he eventually joined the Avengers under w…
 
Connor Goldsmith from the Cerebro podcast joins Rabbi Jess and Raviv to discuss the commonalities between studying the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Torah, what "retcons" are and their role in storytelling, and the ways in which the Mishna is like fan fiction from days of yore. Rabbi Jess discusses what the Jewish world can learn from the Marvel Ci…
 
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