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Miner Recs

A roundtable review and discussion of recommended media from the Des Plaines Public Library.

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Episode 62: Fandoms

On this episode, Dave, Tony, Jami and Joel engage in a spirited conversation on what it means to be a fan, the pros and cons of engaging with a fan community, the disappointment of underwhelming sequels and much more.

36mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 60: Spider-Man

On this episode, Dave, Jami, Tony and Joel discuss Spider-Man and recommend various forms of Spider-Man media, including the films Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the comic book series The Superior Spider-Man, the Playstation game Spider-Man and much more!

35mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 58: Kindred

On this episode, Dave, Jami, Tony and Joel discuss Octavia E. Butler's 1979 novel Kindred, as well as the 2017 graphic novel adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings.

27mins

5 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 57: Science Books

On this episode, Dave, Jami, Joel and Tony celebrate our space-themed summer reading program by reading books about science, including The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan, The Cosmic Cocktail by Katherine Freese, Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking, and Undeniable by Bill Nye.

28mins

8 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 56: The Man In The High Castle

On this episode, Dave, Tony and Joel discuss The Man In The High Castle, a television series which adapts Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name, a dystopian alternate history depicting a world in which the Allies had lost World War II.

21mins

17 May 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 52: Venom

On this episode, Dave, Tony and Joel talk about the new Marvel film Venom.

18mins

11 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 50: 50th Episode Lookback

To celebrate the 50th episode of the Pint & Click Podcast, Dave, Tony, Joel and Charlie look back on their experience recording the podcast, how the program has evolved, and reflect on the future of the show.

30mins

10 Dec 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 48: I'll Be Gone In The Dark

On this episode, Dave, Tony, Joel and Charlie discuss I'll Be Gone In The Dark, a true crime book written by Michelle McNamara.

28mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #8

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Episode 46: The Beatles (The White Album)

On this episode, Dave, Charlie, Jo and special guest Gregory Alexander (aka Professor Moptop) celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' self-titled 1968 double-album (more commonly referred to as The White Album).

45mins

31 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 44: Avengers: Infinity War

On this episode, Dave, Alonso, Tony and Joel discuss Avengers: Infinity War, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

22mins

15 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Episode 43: Ready Player One

On this episode, Dave, Jami, Tony and Stephanie discuss Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of the Ernest Cline novel Ready Player One.

21mins

4 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Episode 41: A Wrinkle In Time

On this episode, Dave, Tony, Joel and Jami talk about Ava DuVernay's new film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time.

22mins

7 May 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 40: MoviePass & cinematic experiences

On this episode, Dave, Tony, Joel and Jami discuss MoviePass, a subscription service that allows unlimited movie tickets for a flat rate. After talking about the pros and cons of the service, they embark on a broader discussion of their experiences seeing films in a cinema.

32mins

13 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 39: Black Panther, Black Panther & the Crew: We Are the Streets

On this episode, Dave, Tony, Joel and Jami discuss the latest Marvel character to hit the big screen, Black Panther. First, they discuss this year's blockbuster film adaptation, directed by Ryan Coogler, and then they discuss Black Panther & the Crew: We Are the Streets, a graphic novel collecting Ta-Nehisi Coates' entries to the comic book series.

20mins

20 Mar 2018

Rank #14

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Episode 28: Hoopla (The Addiction, Moana soundtrack, Green Lanterns, Pan's Labyrinth, Ghost In The Shell)

On this episode, Dave, Tony, Kristyn and Joel take a look at some of the media available to stream for free (with a DPPL library card) from hoopladigital.com. Their recommendations include the 1995 Abel Ferrara film The Addiction, the soundtrack to the recent Disney motion picture Moana, the DC comic Green Lanterns Vol. 1: Rage Planet, written by Geoff Johns, the 2006 Guillermo del Toro film Pan's Labyrinth, and Ghost In The Shell, the original 1995 anime film directed by Mamoru Oshii.

36mins

25 Apr 2017

Rank #15

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Episode 22: Strange (HarmonQuest, As She Climbed Across The Table, The Manhattan Projects, Dr. Strange)

Dave, Jami and Tony talk about some of their favorite odd, quirky or offbeat media, including the animated/live-action television series HarmonQuest, the Jonathan Lethem novel As She Climbed Across The Table, the comic book series The Manhattan Projects by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra, and the film adaptation of Dr. Strange.

30mins

12 Dec 2016

Rank #16

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Episode 16: Kingdom Come, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Batman: The Killing Joke, Suicide Squad

Dave, Tony and Jami talk about the DC graphic novels Kingdom Come; Injustice: Gods Among Us; Batman: The Killing Joke and the new film adaptation of Suicide Squad.

30mins

12 Sep 2016

Rank #17

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Episode 6: The Walking Dead (season 6), 2666, Cliq and Fast & Furious

Dave, Jami and Tony talk about the sixth season of The Walking Dead, the book 2666 by Roberto Bolaño and the play adaptation at The Goodman Theater, the social app Cliq, and the film franchise The Fast & The Furious.

30mins

25 Apr 2016

Rank #18

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Episode 3: Rocket League, Mr. Splitfoot, The Revenant & The Martian

Dave, Jami and Tony discuss the game Rocket League, the book Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt, the movie The Revenant, and the book and film adaptation of The Martian.

26mins

22 Mar 2016

Rank #19

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Episode 1: Neko Atsume, Superbetter, Darth Vader & The Force Awakens

In our inaugural episode, Dave, Jami and Tony discuss the game Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector, the book SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient--Powered by the Science of Games by Jane McGonigal, the comic book series Darth Vader, and the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

30mins

15 Feb 2016

Rank #20