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WandaVision S1

What is grief, if not love persevering? Lani and Joshua come out of hiatus to talk about feminine grief, awesome aesthetics and how it wasn't actually Agatha all along.

Hiatus Announcement

We don’t feel so good, Mr. Stark… Listen Up A-Holes is going on hiatus! So this episode, Lani and Joshua spend a little time explaining why LUA is going on hiatus, they look back on what made the experience thus far so worthwhile for each of them, and then look forward to how they’ll be spending their time in the future.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S7.1-13)

We always bounce back. For our final season of Agents of SHIELD, Joshua takes us on a spy-fi retrospective through the decades. Then he and Lani take a step back and just appreciate the magic that is Agents season 7.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S6.1-13)

We are a cautionary tale to steer children away from crime and excess. For the sixth season of Agents of SHIELD, Joshua explains the 616 antecedent to the Chronicoms and then Lani enjoys Joshua's less than enthusiastic reaction to the sixth season.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S5.11-22)

There's nothing you can do to get us to join your Evil League of Evil. It's a rough ride as Lani and Joshua close out this season. But before they hit the trail of narrative chicanery, Joshua tells Lani all about superheroes and their annoying offspring from the future.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S5.1-10)

We Don't Half-Hit People. For an introduction to the Lighthouse, Joshua talks about what agency looks to space in the 616 and then Lani discusses all the time, and story, out of joint.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S4.16-22)

Rain or shine, the man with the umbrella’s always ready. Joshua tells Lani about Villain Worlds and how they're different from Bizarro Worlds and makes some recommendations of Villain Worlds to read and others to avoid. Then they dive hard into the Framework to discuss returns of favorite and less favorite characters, ships that were a bad idea, and, just because they have time, they kick around the very nature of reality.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S4.9-15)

We are freakin' robots. For the LMD arc, Joshua points out two knock-off Captains America as well as the shell game that is LMDs and Doombots in the 616. Then Lani leads the conversation about identity, bad girl shenanigans, ill conceived ships, and the missed opportunities in LMD.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S4.1-8)

We know what a good light source is. A guy with a flaming head. It's a vengeance fueled story arc on Agents of SHIELD as they introduce GHOST RIDER! Joshua and Lani dive into the more mystical end of the Marvel comics before freaking out about how cool a flaming skull in a Dodge Charger is.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S3.11-22)

We're running. Very Fast. Away. Just like real life, it is a cavalcade of difficult topics for Joshua and Lani discuss. Slavery, both fictional and otherwise, the misuse of police powers, and more are mixed into the usual, and enjoyable, spy and relationship shenanigans.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (S3.1-10)

We'll discuss the consequences of your little science fair later. As we pick back up with the Agents, Joshua discusses the thematic overlap between Inhumans and the X-Men. Then Lani and Joshua kick around the various couples and how their relationships impact the arc.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

We're leaving because of witches. Welcome to the new Dark Ages. Joshua discusses the many and deadly foes of Spider-Man while defending secret identities. Then, Lani and Joshua discuss how this could have been two great Spidey movies instead of one good one.

Avengers: Endgame

Until this exact moment, we thought you were Build-A-Bear At last! The ending of one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time! Lani and Joshua talk about the end to the Thanos Saga as well as the mixed bag of endings some of our original Avengers received. Joshua also goes back to the DC Universe of the mid 1990s to try and explain the time travel in this movie. (Spoiler: it isn't really time travel.)

Captain Marvel

We go higher, further, faster, baby! LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE as Joshua and Lani have a bit of a disagreement over CAPTAIN MARVEL. Lani hates it, Joshua loves it, but who will win? YOU DECIDE!

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Look at the hairdo. We're all business. For an adventure this size, Joshua and Lani discuss the Winsome Wasp, the power of charm, and quantum sized Ulta.

Avengers: Infinity War

We're not looking for forgiveness and we're way past asking permission. For INFINITY WAR,  Lani and Joshua discuss what happens when you think of Thanos as being METAL and then proceed to get real philosophical about this allegedly big dumb superhero story.

Listen Up, Hand-Holes: The Muppet Movie

One honey cone for the bear, one dragonfly ripple for the frog. Don’t get ‘em mixed up. For their first look at a feature length project, Joshua and Lani dig into THE MUPPET MOVIE. How do the Muppets’ particular brand of chaos transfer from skits and gags to the big screen? Pretty well, honestly, but not without some bumps in the road.

Black Panther

WAKANDA FOREVER! For BLACK PANTHER, Joshua and Lani discuss the joy of stories so full of amazing women and people of color, the history of Wakanda, both fictional and metatextual, and even dip their toes into afrofuturism and the Parliament Funkadelic. Are you hip to Easter Island?

Thor: Ragnarok

We know him! He's a friend from work! In this episode, Joshua and Lani talk about post-colonialism, the humor of indigenous people, and feminine rage. Oh, and Lani decides she loves Thor. It's a Ragnarok miracle!

Spider-Man: Homecoming

We do whatever a spider can! For Homecoming, Lani and Joshua talk about the angry origins of Spider-Man, their appreciation for superheroes that don't murder, and why the Vulture is one of the MCU's great villains.

Guardians of the Galaxy v. 2

We were told you people were conceited douchebags, but that isn’t true at all. For Guardians of the Galaxy v. 2, Joshua and Lani are joined by Rob Heiret of STAR WARS podcast Metaphors Be With You to discuss, as Lani puts it, "space stuff." And thank goodness he's here to help bear the load because this movie is...not great. But the Four Color Facts and the rants are a bit more enjoyable than the film...we hope.

Doctor Strange

We once stood in your place. We, too, were disrespectful. For DOCTOR STRANGE, Joshua and Lani are joined by their other favorite doctor, Kelly Jones! They discuss origins, Stark biting Strange's style, the joys of magical pedagogy, and Kelly flips out over libraries.

Captain America: Civil War

We want to punch you in your perfect teeth. For Civil War, Joshua and Lani figure out whether you should read the source material, hash out a philosophy of superpowers, and discuss mind control and culpability.

Luke Cage (S1.12-13)

What are we? Pimp Stormtroopers? For the big Luke Cage season one wrap up, Joshua and Lani discuss the cultural impact and massive significance of Luke Cage while also dissecting the many, many parts of its narrative that just didn't work.

Luke Cage (S1.9-11)

We drive all the way to Savannah to remember something you could have remembered without driving all the way to Savannah. Joshua and Lani have a few more Takes to Astonish and try to make sense of what is going on in this story now that Diamondback has arrived. At least Misty and Claire are bad ass.

Luke Cage (S1.6-8)

We're about sick of always having to buy new clothes. For these episodes, Joshua and Lani talk about problematically named African American characters and how antagonists work. Hint: Luke Cage's first season is a little confused about how antagonists work.

Luke Cage (S1.3-5)

We, like Wu Tang, ain't nuttin' to fuck wit. For their second look at Luke Cage, Joshua and Lani dive more into the character's comic book origins, lament some choices, but celebrate the appearance of Reva, Misty, and Claire!

Luke Cage (S1.1-2)

Jesus saves. We don't For the inaugural episodes of Luke Cage, Joshua and Lani discuss the origins of Luke Cage the character and the narrative stumbles from the origins of Luke Cage the show.

Agent Carter (S2.8-10)

WE DO AS PEGGY SAYS! For the big Agent Carter wrap-up, Joshua and Lani take listener questions in their new segment Takes to Astonish and then lament the sad state of romance in the show. Well, except for Manfredi and Whitney. They're a love for the ages.

Agent Carter (S2.4-7)

We are presently engaged in a frenzied search for her while talking into our glasses like madmen. It's some of the best stuff the second season of Agent Carter has to offer in this episode! Joshua and Lani get some Four Color Facts about Oklahoma, both real and fictional, as well as superhero team-ups with villains. Then it's a discussion of useless flashbacks, romance off the rails, and the good and bad of Agent Carter's diversity.

Listen Up A-Holes is a joint Chipperish Media and Pulp Diction production by Lani Diane Rich and Joshua Unruh, and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike license.