His Dark Materials

We have a new podcast! Come listen to us talk about “His Dark Materials” with our friend Caitlin. For all the details visit the Measures of Truth homepage, then subscribe to the podcast in your favorite player!

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Alan Allstrom
Disc Review of American Gods S2 and S1

Alan reviews the physical media releases of American Gods Season 2 and Season 1. Alan rounds up all the extras and complains about the features that aren’t available. There isn’t very much here for collector’s, but its always nice to have the discs on hand if you can’t stream.

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Alan Allstrom
Deadwood

Sarah pulled a stool up at The Gem to talk Deadwood with Alan. HBO released a movie to wrap-up Deadwood, and that gave us an excuse to fan-out about the whole show. We talk about Sarah’s ships, Alan’s politics, and the vulgar poetry that is Deadwood’s dialogue.

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Alan Allstrom
Moon Shadow

Anya and Alan talk about Fake News, Metronomes, Retcons, and the meaning of snails. Can you use boot-contaminated blood in a potion? Anya lays out why this finale is just like a Buffy finale. We wrap up Season 2, thank all of you for listening, and speculate about what comes next.

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Alan Allstrom
Mail Bag

Anya and Alan run down Season 2 of American Gods by going through all the feedback that has come in. We talk about what we got right, what we got wrong, and how impossible Gaelic is for Alan.

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Alan Allstrom
The Treasure of the Sun

Anya and Alan talk Three Beats that are Five Beats, Adaptation, and Chekhov’s shotgun. “The Treasure of the Sun” is a rich multi-layered episode that we dive into. Learn about Banshees, the origin of The Eye of Sauron, and how things went down in the book.

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Alan Allstrom
Donar the Great

Anya and Alan talk about “Donar the Great” and how it is more than it seems. Anya loves how Mr. Wednesday’s backstory is a commentary on the inefficiencies of Capitalism, Alan loves how this episode adapts the book, and no one quite understands Lou Reed. But we all worship him.

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Alan Allstrom
The Ways of the Dead

Anya and Alan talk about Racism, Voodoo, and how Tolkien ripped off Thor in this week’s episode “The Ways of the Dead”. We take a deep dive on Alan’s opinions on Religious Theory, and Anya’s take on how this episode successfully marries historical violence to modern day problems. And the sex was weird!

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Alan Allstrom
The Greatest Story Ever Told

Anya and Alan discuss classical music and spirituality thanks to The Greatest Story Ever Told. What is the best music to write code to? Why does the god of Money live in St Louis? Why does Technical Boy fail to sway his worshiper? We don’t have answers, but we sure do talk about it all.

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Alan Allstrom
Muninn

Anya and Alan dissect “Muninn” but not the raven- just the episode. We are excited about New Media, Sam Black Crow, and Christian Rock. Less excited about tentacle porn and a fake corn palace. Learn about “Two Spirit” and how Iktomi became a trickster, while we ride down to Cairo in our dirty truck.

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Alan Allstrom
The Beguiling Man

Anya and Alan talk about Shadow’s inner light, flashbacks, and Loki being the first mpreg. Listen to us try to decide who is “The Beguiling Man” and what does all of it mean?

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Alan Allstrom
The House on the Rock

Anya and Alan talk about the second season premier “The House on the Rock”. Alan will tell you why you should go to jail. Anya comes out as a rabbit racist. Everyone agrees that Leprechauns should not be allowed on carousels.

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Alan Allstrom
Gun Syndrome

Anya and Alan talk about guns with Jonita Davis, from Black Girl Nerds. We discussed Episode 6 "A Murder of Gods" in light of recent school shootings. We talk about social bias against black students, the marketing syndrome of the NRA, and the feeling of power that comes from a gun.

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Alan Allstrom
Disbelief to Belief

Anya and Alan wrap up the first season of American Gods. We debate who the protagonist of this season is, talk about Native representation on the show, and read your feedback! We loved the first season, but there were a lot of problems and surprises.

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Alan Allstrom
Fleshing Out Laura

Anya and Alan discuss the adaptation of Laura Moon in the first season of American Gods. We look at her white privilege, the intentions of the show-runners, and how she measures up to the character in the novel.

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Alan Allstrom
The Joy of Editing

Anya and Alan talk to Stephen Philipson, the editor of "Lemon Scented You" and "A Murder of Gods". He tells us his editing secrets, all about singin' in the rain, and what it takes to be a successful professional editor.

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Alan Allstrom
Come to Jesus

Anya and Alan debate the role of race in Shadow's characterization, the proper name for a group of Jesuses, and if this finale did its job. Open a bag of jellybeans and listen to us discuss 'Come to Jesus'.

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Alan Allstrom
A Prayer for Mad Sweeney

Anya and Alan discuss Episode 7 of American Gods. We ship Ibis and Jaquel, miss Salim's prayer rug, and gush about the music. The many-layered stories don't stop in 'A Prayer for Mad Sweeney', our favorite episode yet!  

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Alan Allstrom
When Can I Have Bryan's Brain?

We introduce Amy Duddelston, the editor of 'Head Full of Snow' and interview her about how she was hired on American Gods, action figure sex, and the climate of Hollywood for women filmmakers. We also answer your questions and comments, and feature some great articles!

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Alan Allstrom
A Murder of Gods

Anya and Alan discuss 'A Murder of Gods'. We talk about warm safe feelings, laying traps, and the sound of a thousand falling bullets. Come pee in the lava with us as we investigate episode 6 of American Gods.

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Alan Allstrom