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Answering Man of Steel Questions, Criticisms, & Controversies to gain Insight into the DC Cinematic Universe

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Answering Man of Steel Questions, Criticisms, & Controversies to gain Insight into the DC Cinematic Universe

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As someone who absolutely loved Batman V Superman and Man of Steel, this podcast validated my unpopular opinion.

When you compare, there’s no comparison

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This podcast is probably one of the most thought-provoking podcasts out there.

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I love this podcast!

By Gabe0624 - May 23 2020
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As someone who absolutely loved Batman V Superman and Man of Steel, this podcast validated my unpopular opinion.

When you compare, there’s no comparison

By TKA25 - Sep 20 2019
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This podcast is probably one of the most thought-provoking podcasts out there.
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74 – Grail Quest

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[Recorded May 16 & 26, 2020]  Decoding MOS and BvS with the story of the Grail. Parallels between the first grail knight, Percival, and the first superhero, Superman.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Previously with Percival (00:01:05)
  • The Forest Adventure (00:04:00)
      • New Path Personally Chosen
      • Individualism Impacts Civilization
    • Individualism Not Anarchy (00:07:10)
    • Where It Was Darkest (00:09:30)
      • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
      • Good Does Not Mean Harmless
  • Percival Done With God (00:14:25)
    • Desert of the Soul
    • Crisis of Faith
    • Herders and Pilgrims
  • The Hermit (00:20:00)
    • Uncle As Father Figure (00:21:23)
    • Solitude and The Hermit Within (00:24:00)
      • Solitude as Path Back to Others (00:26:45)
    • The Just World Problem (00:28:22)
      • Suffering Is A Part Of Life
      • Choose The Focus Of Your Attention
      • Is This Helpful?
      • You Have To Try
    • That Which We Already Know (00:35:10)
      • Percival Inspired Hero’s Journey (00:36:30)
      • GI Joe Fallacy (00:40:00)
  • Temptation of Percival (00:41:45)
    • Weapons & Signs (00:46:25)
    • Sight Beyond Sight (00:49:55)
    • Temptation of Superman (00:51:00)
    • Function of Faith (00:52:07)
      • Question of Facts or of Worth
  • Gawain’s Wedding (00:57:01)
    • More Gawain and Batman Parallels
    • Gawain v. Percival (00:59:43)
    • The Pagan Knight v. Percival (01:03:05)
      • Their Fathers Have The Same Name (01:05:00)
  • The Grail Messenger Returns (01:06:16)
    • Things Are Not As They Appear
    • Greening of The Wasteland
    • Servant Kings – Power Can Be Innocent
    • Personal Conviction Not Peer Pressure (01:10:17)
    • Percival’s Conviction & Compassion (01:11:49)
  • Return To The Grail Castle (01:14:06)
    • Heal Another Heal Yourself (01:17:40)
    • Superman’s Next Stage (01:19:03)
  • Grail Quest (01:20:35)
    • Hope To Achieve The Impossible
  • Extras [Recorded June 6] (01:22:05)
    • Ask Questions
      • Beyond Appearance
      • Beyond Literal Analysis
      • Beyond Established Stories
    • The Beginner’s Mind
      • Possibility vs. Obstacles
      • Valuable But Brittle
    • Never Ending Battle
      • Repetition and Experience
      • This Man Is Not My Enemy
    • The Inner Fool
      • The Grail Was Always With You
    • Prester John
      • Art Creating Change
  • And much more

Reference Images:

Via VERO on December 18, 2019

Via VERO on December 4, 2019

To learn more:
The Temptation of Sir Percival | Arthur Hacker
Le Mort D’Arthur | Thomas Mallory (Armstrong)
Owning Your Own Shadow | Robert A. Johnson
Living An Examined Life | James Hollis
Myths to Live By | Joseph Campbell
Eternal Chalice | Monica Potkay
G.I. Joe Fallacy | Laurie Santos
Just World Hypothesis / Fallacy | Myles Dyer
Just World Hypothesis / Fallacy | Thunk
Social Media Empty Calorie Connection | Laurie Santos
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised | Gil Scott-Heron
Man’s Search For Meaning | Viktor Frankl
Attacking Backfires | Melissa Dell
This Video Will Make You Angry | CGP Grey
Mindfulness Tool: RAIN | Life Kit
When Someone Doesn’t Like You | Daryl Davis
Superman Smashes the Klan | Gene Luen Yang
The Science of Well-Being | Yale
Official BvS Watch Party | VERO
Official MOS Watch Party | VERO
Fix You | Coldplay | Hearts & Colors cover
Orpheus | Sara Bareilles

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“The most rewarding mythological experience you can have is to see how it lives in your own psychological structure.”

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was Dostoevsky and Dickens who taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who ever had been alive. Only if we face these open wounds in ourselves can we understand them in other people.”

Jul 03 2020

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73 – Grail King

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[Recorded April 29 & May 6, 2020]  Decoding MOS and BvS with the story of the Grail. Parallels between the first grail knight, Percival, and the first superhero, Superman.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Previously with Percival (00:01:20)
  • The Grail King & Grail Castle (00:03:10)
    • Magical Other World
  • The Fisher King Wound Origins & Meaning (00:04:05)
    • The Tasting The Burning Fish – “What was I supposed to do?” (00:04:55)
    • Jousting The Pagan Knight – “Krypton lost something precious” (00:10:25)
    • As Divine Punishment – “I don’t know if it’s possible” (00:13:55)
  • Stages of Evolution (00:15:20)
    • Unconscious youth, conscious middle, enlightened elder
    • The Midlife Crisis (00:19:50)
  • The Wasteland (00:23:55)
    • Inauthentic Lives (00:26:10)
    • Campbell’s Start – From Critic To Champion (00:27:30)
    • In Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman (00:30:20)
      • Fertility, ecology, decline, Knightmare
    • The King and the Knight are One… (00:36:30)
  • The Grail Castle (00:37:40)
    • The Grail Procession – Grail and Lance (00:38:20)
    • Failing to Ask Questions – “A knight does not ask questions” (00:39:30)
    • The Law of Enchantment – Spontaneous Gifts (00:40:50)
    • The Duty to Ask (00:43:00)
  • The Weeping Damsels (00:46:50)
    • The Pain of Consciousness
    • The Costs & Collateral of Past Successes
    • Father’s Unbreakable Sword (00:48:20)
    • The Lady of the Tent (00:50:00)
  • Society vs. Spontaneity (00:51:50)
    • Advice – Right or Wrong? (00:56:10)
    • The Old Knight’s Character (00:57:30)
    • Jonathan’s Character (00:58:40)
    • Advice Context – Stage of Life (00:59:50)
    • Jonathan’s Advice (01:02:40)
    • The Old Knight’s Advice (1:04:10)
      • Authenticity…
      • …without Boundaries is Careless (01:06:50)
      • …without Empathy is Selfish (01:09:00)
      • …without Trust is Risky (01:11:20)
    • Bring Your Best Self (01:12:50)
    • Uncertain Dry Years (01:13:30)
  • Joining The Round Table (01:14:40)
    • Love Trance (01:15:40)
    • The Grail Messenger – Humiliated Before Camelot (01:17:10)
  • Sir Gawain (01:19:10)
    • Percival : Superman :: Gawain : Batman
    • Nature of Foils (01:21:30)
    • Dual Identities (01:24:00)
    • Batman Mythos : Gawain Mythos (01:26:05)
      • The Sun Knight – Batman ’66 : The Light Knight (01:27:40)
      • Descent & Rehabilitation (01:29:10)
    • The Useless Knight (01:32:50)
    • The Trial of the Perilous Bed
  • The Bleeding Lance / Kryptonite Spear (01:35:40)
    • Religious Artifact (01:37:00)
      • Collective Consciousness
      • Remixing Mythology (01:38:50)
      • DC Heroes & World War II (01:42:20)
    • Symbol & Commentary (01:43:55)
      • Kryptonite Spear vs. Bullets
      • Critique of Violence (01:45:50)
  • And much more

To learn more:
Le Mort D’Arthur | Thomas Mallory (Armstrong)
Owning Your Own Shadow | Robert A. Johnson
Living An Examined Life | James Hollis
Myths to Live By | Joseph Campbell
Eternal Chalice | Monica Potkay
Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature | Frank Brandsma
King Arthur: History & Legend | Dorsey Armstrong
The Crusades: A History | Jonathan Riley-Smith
Fantastic Creatures | Juliette Wood
Joseph Campbell: A Fire In The Mind | Larsen & Larsen
Carl Jung: Wounded Healer | Claire Dunne
The Waste Land | T.S. Eliot
2001: A Filmmaking Odyssey | Imaginary Worlds
The Science of Well-Being | Yale
Define Your Fears Instead of Goals | Tim Ferris
Authenticity Is A Double-Edged Sword | Adam Grant
Official BvS Watch Party | VERO
Official MOS Watch Party | VERO
$5.27 Launch Fundraiser | AFSP
Limited Time Offer $12/yr | HBO Max
Hurt | Johnny Cash

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“The most rewarding mythological experience you can have is to see how it lives in your own psychological structure.”

“We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the heroes of all times have gone before us. . . . And where we had thought to be alone we shall be with all the world.”

May 26 2020

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72 – Grail Knight

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[Recorded April 22, 2020]  Decoding MOS and BvS with the story of the Grail. Parallels between the first grail knight, Percival, and the first superhero, Superman.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Arthurian influence on Snyder and Terrio
  • Joseph Campbell’s love of Parzival
  • Arthur, The Grail, and Percival
  • Chrétien de Troyes adds the Grail
  • Percival, Perceval, Percifull, Parsifal, Parzival, Percivel…
  • Faire Unknown motif
  • Contemporary Story for Contemporary Audience
  • Siege Perilous: Destiny & Free Will
  • Becoming The Red Knight
  • Percival and Superman Kill Only Once
  • Cultures of Acceptable Violence
  • Carl Jung’s concept of the Shadow
  • Batman & Superman’s Shadow
  • Shadow Consciousness Or Else
  • Societal Expectations: Silencing Of Natural Self
  • Marriage For Love: Western Spirit
  • Silent Champion From Afar
  • Chrétien’s Unfinished Romance
  • And much more!

To learn more:
Le Mort D’Arthur | Thomas Mallory (Armstrong)
Owning Your Own Shadow | Robert A. Johnson
Living An Examined Life | James Hollis
Myths to Live By | Joseph Campbell
Eternal Chalice | Monica Potkay
Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature | Frank Brandsma
King Arthur: History & Legend | Dorsey Armstrong
The Crusades: A History | Jonathan Riley-Smith
Fantastic Creatures | Juliette Wood
Joseph Campbell: A Fire In The Mind | Larsen & Larsen
Carl Jung: Wounded Healer | Claire Dunne

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“The most rewarding mythological experience you can have is to see how it lives in your own psychological structure.”

“We have not even to risk the adventure alone for the heroes of all times have gone before us. . . . And where we had thought to be alone we shall be with all the world.”

May 01 2020

1hr 47mins

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71 – Doomsday Pt.4

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[Recorded February 2017, August 2017, October 2019, December 7, 2019]  Defeating Doomsday.

BTS: This pre-recorded episode was assembled shortly after Part 3, but was never happy with it.  While waiting on inspiration, it was decided to stop trying to resuscitate recordings from 2017.   Forewarning, the concluding Part 5 is probably never coming and this Doomsday series is abandoned for now.  Nonetheless as this episode was already completed it’s finally being published.  However, a NEW mini-series is already in production, the first episode will be published Friday.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Why didn’t Batman bring the spear to Doomsday instead?
  • Why didn’t Batman immediately go for the spear?
  • Why didn’t Superman defer to Wonder Woman?
  • And more poor questions…

To learn more:
New York Night Sky Turns Bright Blue | NYT

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#recycled

Apr 30 2020

36mins

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70 – Doomsday Pt.3

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[Recorded February 2017, August 2017, October 2019, December 7, 2019]  Defeating Doomsday.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Why did Batman leave the spear with Lois?
  • Hindsight Bias
  • Batman’s crashed vehicles
  • Lois Competence, Spear In Water, Falling, and Recover Spear
  • If Onlys, Regrets, Time Travel, & Sisyphus
  • Actual Facts versus Abstraction
  • Critics Who Review Films They Didn’t Finish
  • Edit Bay of the Brain / Nostalgia
  • Literature as Ethical Simulators
  • Eucatastrophe
  • Monsters versus Positive Thinking
  • Demonizing and Redemption
  • Hot-Cold Empathy Gap
  • And much more!

To learn more:
Talking to Strangers | Malcolm Gladwell
Choiceology: Knew It All Along | Katy Milkman
Hidden Brain: Looking Back | NPR
Empire Podcast| Empire
Imaginary Worlds | Eric Molinsky
Public Health Ethics | James Wilson

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“Whether you call someone a hero or a monster is all relative to where the focus of your consciousness may be.” – Joseph Cambpell

Dec 14 2019

1hr 13mins

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69 – Wonder Woman ’84 Trailer 1

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[Recorded December 8, 2019]  Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer reaction.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Almost nothing!  No time!
  • Blue Monday “How does it feel?” – Emphasis on emotion again
  • Trash can scene indicates a reprise of Fish-Out-Of-Water

To learn more:

Wonder Woman 1984 Official Trailer | WB
Blue Monday Cover | BBC

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#HowDoesItFeel?

Dec 09 2019

16mins

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#ReleaseTheSnyderCut

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#releasethesnydercut

Adapted from my Introduction to the ForSnyderCut.org site, drafted December 2017 and published January 2018.

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ForSnyderCut.org

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#ReleaseTheSnyderCut #AFSP

Nov 17 2019

5mins

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68 – Doomsday Pt.2

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[Recorded February 2017, August 2017, October 2019]  Defeating Doomsday.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Temporal Frame of Reference
  • Superman’s Decision-Making
    • Danger to Self / Selflessness
    • Learning and Rational Choices
  • Stakes: Threat to Superman’s Life
  • Doomsday’s Intelligence
    • The Primal Zombie
  • Super-Jumping “Flight” Physics
  • Doomsday’s Genitals
    • Triploids / Lex’s Genetic Contribution
  • Size Strength Bias
  • Bioluminescence
  • Solar Flare Substitute For Evolutionary Power
  • Why Take Doomsday to Space?
    • Why Not Keep Going?
    • Lack of Astronomical / Cosmic Intuitions
  • Why Didn’t Superman Fly Faster?
  • Fantasy User Interfaces (FUI) Canonicity
  • Is Tracking Superman a Plot Hole?
    • Novel Tech
    • Mutual Regard, Competing Interests
    • Consent / Stealth Powers
      • Plasma Stealth
      • Force Field Absorption
  • Time to Thermonuclear Launch
  • Why Didn’t Superman:
    • Dodge The Nuke?
    • Let Go of Doomsday?
    • Return Doomsday to Space After The Nuke?
    • Take Doomsday to the Ocean?
  • Nuclear Strike Reveals Nature of Superman’s Powers
    • Invulnerability – Force Field not Composition
    • Muscle Mass – Biological Default not Built By Exercise
      • Myostatin
    • Regeneration – Two Types
      • “Undead” Genes
  • And much more!

To learn more:

Threat of Ancient Mesopotamian Zombies | STBYM
Boeing AH-64 Apache | Wikipedia
Projectile Use By Non-Human Organisms | Wikipedia
Light On Earth | David Attenborough
Spontaneous Photon Emissions From Humans | Kobayashi
Electric Life Forms Live On Pure Energy | New Scientist
Draper Point | Wikipedia
Cut Travel Time To ISS From 2 Days To 6 Hours | Engadget
Superman Space Suplex | Superman: Doomsday
Man of Steel Spoiler Special | Empire
BvS Fantasy User Interfaces | Perception
Designing Fantasy User Interfaces | PixelHub
Plasma Stealth | Wikipedia
To Launch A Nuclear Strike | Bloomberg
Muscular Baby | New York Times
Thantomicrobiome | Peter Noble
Undead Genes Come Alive Days After Death | Science AAAS

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#StrangerThanFiction

Nov 10 2019

1hr 13mins

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67 – Doomsday Pt.1

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[Recorded February 2017, August 2017, October 2019]  Defeating Doomsday.

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • Real World Ethics vs. Thought Experiments
  • Why Trinity Didn’t Use Lex to Stop Doomsday?
  • Criminal Liability For Conversion of Extraterrestrial Specimens
  • Thad Roberts and “Sex On The Moon”
  • Valuation of Moon Rocks
  • Liability For Power Grid Disruption
  • And much more!

To learn more:

Theory of Mind Deficiencies | Wikipedia
Sex On The Moon | Ben Mezrich
Where Does NASA Keep Moon Rocks? | Smarter Every Day
Projectile Use By Non-Human Organisms | Wikipedia
Spontaneous Photon Emissions From Humans | Kobayashi

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#FlyMeToTheMoon

Nov 10 2019

51mins

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66 – East

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[Recorded August 8, 2019] Learning from Eastern thought. Seeing much more detail and connection. Comparing high and low context communication. How Superman’s silence can be seen as sophisticated. The Problem of Evil in the East. Harmonizing Batman and Superman.

Based on the research of Dr. Richard E. Nisbett and his book, “The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently

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Answers, insights, and commentary on:

  • East Asians less inclined towards Fundamental Attribution Error (00:04:40)
    • Dr. Richard E. Nisbett (00:07:40)
  • Objects vs. Context (00:17:45)
    • Nouns vs. Verbs (00:18:30)
    • Facial Expression (00:25:11)
    • Michigan Fish Test (00:32:44)
    • High & Low Context (00:36:17)
    • Superman’s Silence (00:48:37)
      • Thinking and Speaking (00:51:03)
      • Counter-Intuitive Wisdom (00:58:02)
      • Modesty and Bragging (01:06:35)
  • Analysis vs. Holism (01:08:49)
    • Comparison (01:09:30)
    • Logic & Paradox (01:15:00)
    • Dialectical Reasoning (01:25:03)
    • Retcons / BvS Critique (01:25:55)
    • Existentialism (01:28:45)
    • Embodied Knowledge & Wisdom (01:43:40)
    • The Problem of Evil (01:57:24)
  • Applied to Batman v. Superman (02:03:24)
    • Lex’s Bad Faith Dilemma (02:07:00)
    • Dialectical Synthesis of Batman & Superman (02:10:55)
  • And much more!

To learn more:

Press
Placing the Face in Context: Cultural Differences in Facial Emotion | Takahiko Masuda
The Michigan Fish Test and the Middle East | Sheena Iyengar
What Does The Michigan Fish Test Say About You? | io9
Eastern and Western Cultures See Emotions Very Differently | University of Alberta
Japanese More Sensitive Than Westerners To The Big Picture | Wired
This Mistake We All Make | Richard Nisbett | The Guardian
Are You A Holistic or Specific Thinker? | Erin Meyer | Harvard Business Review
East & West Part Ways in Test of Facial Expressions | NYT
Zack Snyder’s Superhero Life | Bloomberg
East Versus West | Forbes

Books
Geography of Thought | Richard Nisbett
The Culture Map | Erin Meyer
You May Also Like | Tom Vanderbilt
Hit Makers | Derek Thompson
The Misinformation Age | Cailin O’Connor
Heaven & Earth Are Not Humane | Franklin Perkins

Media
West and East Cultural Differences | EBS
EAST or WEST: Which mindset do you have? | Off the Great Wall
Eastern Philosophers vs Western Philosophers | Epic Rap Battles
Logic & Reasoning | VSauce2
Batman v. Superman: By The Minute
DC Cinematic Minute
Reality | Invisibilia | NPR

Images
Population Perspective | Our World In Data
Population Density | Our World In Data
Interpersonal Trust Attitudes | Our World In Data

Population Perspective Population Density Trust Attitudes

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#YouHaveTheRightToRemainSilent #BeStill #BestOfBoth

Aug 24 2019

2hr 35mins

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