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Go deeper inside the world of HBO's adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Join Slate's scholars of experimental theology, Laura Miller and Dan Kois, as they discuss Dust, daemons, the Magisterium, and more—and, of course, break down the events of each episode. New episodes air Mondays at 9 p.m. on HBO.

The Authority: Exploring the Worlds of His Dark Materials Slate Magazine

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    • 4.5 • 55 Ratings

Go deeper inside the world of HBO's adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. Join Slate's scholars of experimental theology, Laura Miller and Dan Kois, as they discuss Dust, daemons, the Magisterium, and more—and, of course, break down the events of each episode. New episodes air Mondays at 9 p.m. on HBO.

    The Cave

    The Cave

    Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they cover Episode 2 of Season 2, “The Cave,” in which Lyra meets Mary Malone, a theoretical physicist in our world. She, and we, make some major discoveries about Dust.
    Email: asktheauthority@slate.com

    Podcast production by Phil Surkis.

    Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois
    Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook

    • 49 min
    The City of Magpies

    The City of Magpies

    Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. It’s a new season, and Lyra and Will aren’t the only people who’ve traveled to entirely different worlds. We all have since the show’s first season ended in 2019. Can Season 2 recapture the magic? We explore the season premiere, “The City of Magpies,” and discuss the architecture of Citàgazze, the growing friendship between Lyra and Will, and the secret powers of witches.
    Email: asktheauthority@slate.com
    Podcast production by Phil Surkis.

    Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois
    Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook

    • 44 min
    Betrayal

    Betrayal

    Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing the season finale, “Betrayal.” Plus, a closer look at New Line’s 2007 attempt to film The Golden Compass with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Why did that movie fail so badly?
    Join the conversation:
    Email: asktheauthority@slate.com
    Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois
    Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook
    Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Melissa Kaplan and Asha Saluja.

    • 56 min
    The Fight to the Death

    The Fight to the Death

    Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing episode 7, “The Fight To The Death,” in which Lyra travels to Svalbard and meets lofur Raknison, the ruler of the panserbjørne.
    Join the conversation:
    Email: asktheauthority@slate.com
    Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois
    Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook

    Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Melissa Kaplan.

    • 50 min
    The Daemon-Cages

    The Daemon-Cages

    Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing episode 6, “The Daemon-Cages”, in which Lyra sees firsthand what they’re up to at Bolvanger. Plus: a closer look at intercision.

    Join the conversation:
    Email: asktheauthority@slate.com
    Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois
    Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook

    Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Rosemary Belson.

    • 48 min
    The Lost Boy

    The Lost Boy

    Welcome to The Authority, Slate’s deep dive into the world(s) of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Each week, Slate’s scholars of experimental theology Dan Kois and Laura Miller discuss the new HBO series and Philip Pullman’s original trilogy. This week, they’re discussing episode 5, “The Lost Boy,” which cuts back and forth between Lyra’s adventures with the Gyptians, and the introduction of the character of Will Parry. Plus: a closer look at the alethiometer.
    Recommended reading: His Dark Materials Illuminated
    You can also read Laura’s Slate piece on Francis Yates here.

    Join the conversation:
    Email: asktheauthority@slate.com
    Dan Kois on Twitter: @dankois
    Laura Miller on Twitter: @magiciansbook

    Podcast production by Phil Surkis, with engineering assistance from Rosemary Belson.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

rash2690 ,

Great discussions and interesting opinions

I read the book series as a teenager in the mid two thousands and frankly had forgotten most of it, except for the major plot points. I really enjoyed the HBO series, even though it had some failings. Listening to Laura and Dan discuss this series with so much love and attention to details was really fun! It brought back memories from the time I read the books. They also do a very interesting deep dive segment which definitely piqued my interest and is tempting me to buy the book series so that I can revisit them. I think fans of both the show and the books will enjoy this pod and love the intellect and passion behind Laura’s and Dan’s discussions.

Hessianboop ,

Laura Miller

I adore this podcast. Can we all acknowledge she is better than Dan Kois?

buppyk ,

Gilda, you’re being a baby!

I love the addition of the hosts’ daemons into the “Daemon Cages” episode! I already loved this podcast as a companion to the HBO series, but this recent addition really delighted me.
These books are my absolute favorite series, and, having very few friends who have read the books to talk to, this podcast serves as the active conversations that I crave when watching the series. Like, why the F would they not include the dried fish!? Arguably one of the most heart wrenching and disturbing scenes in all of literature.
I look forward to listening to The Authority following each new episode in the series.

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