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I, Podius

I, Podius is a twelve episode weekly series in which hosts John Hodgman and Elliott Kalan recap the BBC miniseries I, Claudius, an adaptation of Robert Graves’ I, Claudius and Claudius the God. John's watched the show before. Elliott's watching for the first time. The miniseries features an obscenely talented ensemble cast, and is – chock full of sex, backstabbing and murder. This ain't your daddy's I, Claudius. Well, actually it is as the series premiered in 1976. But this ain't your daddy's I, Claudius-based podcast! Parental discretion advised.

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Episode 5 "Some Justice"

We assemble the Claud Squad for Episode 5 of I, Podius! On this episode, hosts John Hodgman and Elliott Kalan recap episode five of I, Claudius, “Some Justice.”  We meet problem child "Lil' Caligula," John and Elliott introduce the back-door pilot "Piso and Plancina,"  we learn the results of listener Michelle's  I, Claudius Personality Quiz and more!Watch along at home and make sure to follow John and Elliott on Twitter for all of their hot takes that couldn’t make it to air.Do you have a an awkward memory of watching I, Claudius as a kid? Share it with us on Reddit!

1hr 32mins

16 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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Episode 4 "Poison is Queen"

We celebrate the outstanding performance of Sir Brian Blessed in Episode 4 of I, Podius.  On this episode, hosts John Hodgman and Elliott Kalan recap episode four of I, Claudius, “Poison is Queen.” We say goodbye to a few of our favorite characters and we’re introduced to the cunning and ambitious Sejanus played by a young Sir Patrick Stewart! Plus, more dispatches from the empire from listeners like you, producer Jordan Kauwling gets her mom Avis' reaction to the smoke show that is Patrick Stewart with hair and more! Watch along at home and make sure to follow John and Elliott on Twitter for all of their hot takes that couldn’t make it to air.

1hr 34mins

9 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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Episode Three: "What Shall We Do About Claudius?"

We travel back to Ancient Rome on episode 3 of I, Podius. On this episode, hosts John Hodgman and Elliott Kalan recap episode three of I, Claudius, "What Shall We Do About Claudius." We're introduced to a young adult Claudius played by the great Sir Derek Jacobi who is learning that pragmatism may keep him safe in a world of poisonous figs and deadly grandmothers. Plus, more dispatches from the empire from listeners like you and more! Watch along at home and make sure to follow John and Elliott on Twitter for all of their hot takes that couldn't make it to air.

1hr 14mins

2 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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Episode 6 "Queen of Heaven"

Sejanus gonna Sejanus on Episode 6 of I, Podius! On this episode, hosts John Hodgman and Elliott Kalan recap episode six of I, Claudius, “Queen of Heaven.” A young adult Caligula, played by the talented late John Hurt brings Tiberius a gift of perverted scrolls and super producer Jordan Kauwling joins hosts John Hodgman and Elliott Kalan to discuss the proper way to pronounce the word "goddess." PLUS, we welcome a very special Starfleet guest and ask him about his time on the show.Watch along at home and make sure to follow John and Elliott on Twitter for all of their hot takes that couldn’t make it to air.Do you have a an awkward memory of watching I, Claudius as a kid? Share it with us on Reddit!

1hr 40mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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Episode 8 "Zeus, by Jove!"

For the first and last time in history a world leader goes 100% bazonks! On this episode, hosts John Hodgman and Elliott Kalan recap episode eight of I, Claudius, “Zeus, by Jove!” Newly dubbed Emperor Caligula has begun his peculiar reign while the Claud Squad loses another member. PLUS, we welcome very special friend to the show and I, Podius theme song crooner Paul F. Tompkins to talk about his favorite episode of the season.Watch along at home and make sure to follow John and Elliott on Twitter for all of their hot takes that couldn’t make it to air.Do you have a an awkward memory of watching I, Claudius as a kid? Share it with us on Reddit!

1hr 32mins

6 Apr 2020

Rank #5