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.


This episode gets its name from the 1965 film adaptation of the passion story “The Greatest Story Ever Told

N.K. Jemisin is an award-winning best-selling author of Fantasy stories, and everyone should check out her Broken Earth Trilogy.

Bastet was the protector of Ra, healer of the sick, and patron goddess of house-cats in ancient Egyptian mythology.

Reparations for slavery is hotly debated to this day, and is an issue that goes back to the Civil War.

Xie Comm Headquarters is a clear visual reference to Apple Park in Cupertino, CA.

A Raisin in the Sun” is a play by Lorainne Hansberry and is a reference from the Langston Hughes poem “Harlem”.

Maya Angelou was an award-winning best-selling writer and poet.

Song Exploder’s episode about the theme-song for Reply All, written by Breakmaster Cylinder.

Rage Against the Machine is a best-selling award-winning 1990’s Alternative Rock Band.

George Gershwin wrote “Rhapsody in Blue” in 1924

Baron Edward Benjamin Britten was the composer of “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” and “Simple Symphony

Niccolo Paganini wrote Caprice No 24, which is a favorite of Anya’s.

The St Louis Federal Reserve is called the FRED because the American Government loves acronyms.

The debate about Who is the Unknown God in American Gods (novel)

JJ Abrams developed the idea of The Mystery Box as relates to storytelling and drama.

William Sanderson and Ian McShane co-stared in HBO’s Deadwood TV series.

Evan Narcisse wrote “Neil Gaiman and the Cast of American Gods talk about Belief, Happy Endings, and Going to War” for Io9.

Veve Jaffa wrote “Exposed: Film’s Legacy of Racist Technical Development Lives on in the Digital Age” for about the subject of systemic racism in cinematography.

The Race Bechdel Test is a modified version of The Bechdel Test, which helps to think about race in storytelling.

Ruby Bridges was the first African-American student to de-segregate a school in Louisiana.

Our Theme song is "Unstoppable Force" by  FortyTwoMusic with other musical contributions by Rich Holmes.

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Alan Allstrom