CEREBRO is a podcast about Marvel's Merry Mutants, the Uncanny X-Men, hosted by Connor Goldsmith. Each episode highlights one character. Tune in for a deep exploration of the 58-year history of this enduring, revolutionary franchise!
Episode 050: Charles Xavier (feat. Spencer Ackerman)
In Episode 50 of CEREBRO, the SEASON 1 FINALE, Connor and returning guest Spencer Ackerman survey the schemes of Charles Xavier, the persuasive Professor X! Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the X-Men's wise teacher and mentor slowly became a much darker and more foreboding character, a father figure gone wrong.
The CEREBRO character file on Professor X begins at 50:12.
(Content Advisory: Charles's story includes ableism, child abuse, stillbirth, genocide including the Holocaust, brainwashing, and an inappropriate romantic relationship between a doctor and a patient.)
Episode 049: Remy LeBeau (feat. Chris Robinson)
In Episode 49 of CEREBRO, Connor and former Marvel editor Chris Robinson play the hand they're dealt with the gregarious Gambit! Introduced as Chris Claremont's last addition to the X-Men in his sixteen-year run, Remy would become an iconic part of the X-Men franchise as a breakout star of the 90s, the focus of several solo titles. In recent years his star has somewhat dimmed, with most of his stories revolving around his relationship with longtime love interest Rogue.
The CEREBRO character file on Gambit begins at 23:13.
(Content Advisory: Remy's story includes genocide, brainwashing, and the Black Womb storyline, which involves miscarriages and infanticide.)
Episode 048: Paige Guthrie (feat. Karen Charm)
In Episode 48 of CEREBRO, Connor and critic and cartoonist Karen Charm get more than skin deep with Paige Guthrie, the heroic Husk! Younger sister to classic character Cannonball, Paige was a protagonist of the 90s book Generation X. Later stories would write the character into some odd positions, and she's struggled to find a stable place in the franchise since.
The CEREBRO character file on Husk begins at 59:42.
(Content Advisory: Paige's story includes classism and ableism. This episode also discusses self-harm, gender dysphoria, disordered eating, and fatphobia.)
Episode 047: Jamie Madrox (feat. Elana Levin)
In Episode 47 of CEREBRO, Connor and critic Elana Levin fall to pieces with Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man! A longtime X-Men supporting character, Madrox rose to prominence in the 21st century as the protagonist of the long-running X-Factor, written by Peter David. After a number of astoundingly complicated stories, he is now part of Krakoa's X-Corp.
The CEREBRO character file on Multiple Man begins at 1:14:11.
(Content Advisory: Jamie's story includes suicide, genocide, the loss of a child, and, uh... grooming? I'm honestly not sure what to call the Layla Miller thing, but she's a kid when they meet and then she grows up via time travel. It's a lot. It's bad vibes. You've been warned! This episode also discusses an incident of antiziganist racism.)
Episode 046: Everett Thomas (feat. Kendra James)
In Episode 46 of CEREBRO, Connor and writer Kendra James rise from the grave with Everett Thomas, the supportive Synch! Marked for leadership early in the run of the 90s title Generation X, likable power-copier Everett was tragically killed in the final arc of the book. 18 years later, he was resurrected in the Age of Krakoa by writer Jonathan Hickman, and now stars in Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz's relaunch of the X-Men flagship title.
The CEREBRO character file on Synch begins at 1:01:20.
(Content Advisory: Everett's story includes brainwashing. This episode also discusses racism, racial profiling, and police violence against Black men.)
Episode 045: Sam Guthrie (feat. Zoe Tunnell)
In Episode 45 of CEREBRO, Connor and writer Zoe Tunnell are nigh-invulnerable when they're castin' with Sam Guthrie, the caring Cannonball! An original New Mutant, Kentucky coal country kid Sam went on to lead X-Force before graduating to the big leagues. After some time as an official member of the X-Men, he eventually joined the Avengers under writer Jonathan Hickman.
The CEREBRO character file on Cannonball begins at 49:29.
(Content Advisory: Sam's story includes sexual violence.)
This podcast fulfills the void in my hear that craves X-men discussion.
Have probably listened to the Betsy, Ororo, Bobby and the Ladies Mastermind each at least a Zaladane.
Savage land dinosaur magic! Zaladane supremacy!
Way too long review with a question
This is already one of my all time favorite comics podcasts. I learn so much from this show, and I just like having you and your guests over (through the pod). You’ve somehow captured the moment at the house party where you meet the person who is secretly as nerdy as you and you just never get back to the main room. It’s just all comics and life talk from there on out. As a cishet 40 something Black dad, I love hearing you and your guests perspectives. Each one brings something new to the table. I don’t know where I’d put it, so… I do have a question. The original giant size was in the era of old Star Trek when there were great efforts to represent the world’s continents and well known countries. There *may* have been tokenization but efforts were made to be global. Mutants can be born anywhere. However, in the current era of a global and galactic Mutant nations, there’s a striking lack of representation among the protagonists from continents other than North America or Europe. This is especially the case among the leaders. For example, the best and fairest process of choosing the X-men led to… the current roster. It’s as if the meritocracy myth was validated. And while I love the characters and the Arakki additions; I’m a bit troubled when there are more characters who are Blue than Black, or more to the point, more NEW or lead Blue and Green characters than African, South Asian, East Asian, South American and so on. At the same time, a lot of people who buy X-men are from the places that are represented. Do you see this as something that the authors of Mutant culture are aware of and are looking to address. Will this hegemony burn in the Inferno? Thanks for bringing Zaladane back into the lexicon! And for being you!