Animation, Television

Avatar: The Last Airbender with Harry Mackin

Ali and special guest, Harry Mackin, discuss the masterpiece series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. You want to hear our thoughts on the show’s themes of valuing mentors, embracing the dichotomy of ourselves, finding your destiny and looking inside yourself for the answers? What about the reasons Toph is the ultimate earthbender, hot takes on Kataang vs. Zutara, why Iroh is the absolute best, Katara’s subtle yet powerful growth throughout the series, Zuko’s redemption arc and how it parallels Aang’s journey, the tragic toxicity of Azula, not to mention the comedic awesomeness that is Sokka? You’ll get all of that and more with this episode so sit back and enjoy. Yip yip!

Be sure to follow Harry on Twitter and listen to the Stoop Kidz! Podcast.

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Books, Interview, Television, Writing

Laws and Fan Culture with Betsy Rosenblatt

Ali interviews Betsy Rosenblatt, Professor of Law and volunteer Legal Committee Chair of the nonprofit Organization for Transformative Works. It’s an informative conversation about the value of writing fanfiction and contributing to fandom communities, how gender identity plays into fan culture and marketing, fair use law of what you can and can’t copyright, the joy of attending fan conventions and much more!

Betsy’s links:

Animation, Movie

Hey Arnold!: The Movie

Ali taps into her 11-year-old self’s hatred of Hey Arnold!: The Movie (2002), reflecting on why it was such a huge disappointment to her at the time between the misleading marketing, the lackluster plot and The Big Scene (you know the one).

Previous Hey Arnold! episodes to check out:

Hey Arnold! The Movie