Episode 39: Godzilla Part One (with Rafael Hernán Gamboa)

Winston and Emma are joined by filmmaker and writer Rafael Hernán Gamboa to discuss the King of the Monsters, Godzilla. We talk about Godzilla's evolution from monster to protector, and how the differences in his role represents the cultural divide between America and Japan. Plus: radical empathy, embodying social trauma, more sake, the king of wines, sound effects, and complex sentiments about a guy in a rubber suit. 

Rafael is the host of the YouTube channel The Long Take, make sure to check it out and subscribe! You can also watch his award-winning short film, Violet, on Amazon. 

Episode 38: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (with Amanda McLoughlin)

Amanda McLoughlin (Multitude, Spirits) returns to Pairing to talk about another great fantasy novel, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. We talk about how pivotal this book was not only for the series but for the fandom, and Amanda educates Emma on a different kind of "pairing." Plus: Luna Lovegood and Newt Scamander, Pinot Gri-Gri, media criticism, if Ginny were a Slytherin, and sexy Australian fanfics. 

Amanda is the co-host of Spirits and Join The Party, and the founder of Multitude Productions. Check out Multitude's website for podcasting resources, and to hire her as a podcasting consultant! Follow her on Twitter @shessomickey.

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Episode 37: Avengers: Endgame (with Lauren Shippen) SPOILERS!!

Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions, The AM Archives) returns to Pairing in the wake of Avengers: Endgame to talk about all our feelings. Winston joins for this one as we share all our thoughts on Captain America, Tony Stark, Thor, Black Widow, and the rest. We talk about how we felt about the film, why Lauren should write for Marvel, and what we're looking forward to in the future of the MCU. Plus: time paradox theories and wine paired with emotions. SPOILER WARNING for Avengers: Endgame DO NOT LISTEN if you haven't seen it yet!!!

Lauren is an exceptionally gifted writer, actor, and member of the podcasting community. Check out The AM Archives on Luminary, a new podcast platform, as well as ARCS, a DnD podcast. You can pre-order her novel, The Infinite Noise, now!

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Episode 36: Iron Man (with Mischa Stanton)

Endgame is upon us, and so Emma is joined by Mischa Stanton, Audio Sorcerer, to talk about the heart of the MCU itself thus far, Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Listen to hear how we think the Iron Man films stack up against the other Marvel films, and where we think Iron Man will go from here. Plus, wealth and its affect on accessibility, wines that overcompensate, and Mischa's Marvel OTP.

Mischa works on so many wonderful podcasts including LeVar Burton Reads, The Bright Sessions, The AM Archives (available now on Luminary), and all their shows from the Whisperforge: Ars Paradoxica, StarTripper!!, The Far Meridian, and Caravan. To see what they're up to, follow them on Twitter @mischaetc. 

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Episode 35: The Guardians of the Galaxy

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Winston returns as we prepare ourselves for the upcoming Endgame by talking about the pluckiest movies in the MCU, The Guardians of the Galaxy. Listen to hear why we love both Guardians movies and what wine each Guardian would drink. Plus: which actor we'd like to join our DnD campaign, why the soundtrack is so great, the upcoming Dune movie, the perennial Hemingway-Faulkner debate, the inimitable Vin Diesel, and true hero Selma Blair.

Episode 34: Cats and Wine (with John-Paul Cirelli)

Welcome to the most on-brand episode of Pairing yet, Cats and Wine! Emma is joined by film buff John-Paul Cirelli to discuss some of the most prominent and adorable examples of cats in movies, and the surprising prevalence of cats in wine culture. We talk about everything from Looney Tunes to Hocus Pocus to Harry Potter to Alien, and also why German winemakers are obsessed with black cats. Plus: wine puns, our un-ironic love for Keanu Reeves, Antonio Banderas in the role that he was born to play, and the great Marlon Brando Cat Conspiracy. Spoiler warning for Kiki's Delivery Service and the Alien series. 

John-Paul is the creator and writer for Mondo Vulgare, a Horror Page with Brains! Make sure to like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @MondoVulgare to learn more about horror, cult, and low-budget films. Check out his article on Batman Returns here!

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Episode 33: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (with Sarah Shachat, Gabriel Urbina, & Zach Valenti)

Emma is joined by the brilliant trio behind Wolf 359 and No Bad Ideas, Sarah Shachat, Gabriel Urbina, and Zach Valenti, to talk about the third book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and the wine region of South Africa. They all agree that this is one of the best books in the series, but have differing opinions on the movie. There are hot takes on the films, debates about Butterbeer, and wine with wolves on the label. Plus: tackling injustice, hippogriff tattoos, Cabo Tormentoso, the Great Muggle Clothes Controversy, the Seriously Sirius drinking game, explaining jokes, compassion and chocolate, Rupert Grint's Ice Cream Truck, wishing we had a Marauder's Map in College, expertly-executed segues, and a Groovy New Dumbledore. Follow these three on Twitter @sarahshachat @GabrielUrbinaTM and @zachvalenti. Make sure to check out their new collective Fear of Public Shame (@feartheshame) to follow No Bad Ideas and Time Bombs. Also make sure to check out Wolf 359.

Episode 32: Dungeons & Dragons (with Eric Silver)

Episode 32: Dungeons & Dragons (with Eric Silver)

We're keeping it fresh at Pairing with a brand new topic: games! Emma is joined by Eric Silver (Join the Party, HORSE) to talk about the original Role Playing Game, Dungeons and Dragons. Whether or not you play D&D, if you like storytelling, you'll love this episode! They talk about similarities between Nerd culture and Wine culture, gatekeeping v. inclusivity, and the importance of names. Plus: hot takes on Bards, The Kingkiller Chronicles, Dragon Wines, "sommelier-ing",  horror twins, Daddy Warlock, dope swords, a high constitution for Chardonnay, and Josh. Transcript Available!