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The Churn is SYFY WIRE's episode by episode breakdown of Amazon Prime's The Expanse featuring the talents of Ana Marie Cox and Dan Drezner who dissect the intricate plots of the show and analyze them through the lens of political science.

The Churn: A Podcast About The Expanse SYFY WIRE

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    • 4.3, 274 Ratings

The Churn is SYFY WIRE's episode by episode breakdown of Amazon Prime's The Expanse featuring the talents of Ana Marie Cox and Dan Drezner who dissect the intricate plots of the show and analyze them through the lens of political science.

    Max Brooks' "World War Z"

    Max Brooks' "World War Z"

    Ana Marie Cox and Dan Drezner are joined by author of World War Z, Max Brooks, to discuss politics, the current pandemic and, of course, zombies.

    • 48 min
    Chuck Wendig's "Wanderers"

    Chuck Wendig's "Wanderers"

    Hosts Ana Marie Cox and Dan Drezner discuss the pressing question, "what if a pandemic didn't mean being forced to wear a mask, but growing a mask-like sheet of fungus out of your nose?". To get to the bottom of this, they sit down with author Chuck Wendig to discuss his novel, Wanderers, and its prescient parallels to today.

    • 1 hr
    Hope is a Thing with Zombies

    Hope is a Thing with Zombies

    The Churn is back for part 2 of its revived edition with hosts Ana Marie Cox and Dan Drezner where they discuss the similarities and differences between the zombie apocalypses we know and love in books and movies, and how the international community is handling the current pandemic.

    • 44 min
    Zombies and Policies

    Zombies and Policies

    The Churn is back with a revived edition with hosts Ana Marie Cox and Dan Drezner discussing the similarities and differences between how zombie pandemics play out in our favorite fictions and how the international community is handling a very real global pandemic.

    • 44 min
    The Churn is Returning: Pandemic Edition

    The Churn is Returning: Pandemic Edition

    Hosts Ana Marie Cox and Dan Drezner are back for a special bonus season of the Churn to talk about how pandemics are portrayed in movies and books and what we can learn from those depictions.

    • 30 sec
    Season 4 recap pt. 2 (with Dan Drezner)

    Season 4 recap pt. 2 (with Dan Drezner)

    Host Ana Marie Cox is joined by political scientist Dan Drezner to recap the entirety of the fourth season of Amazon's The Expanse. After recapping each episode of the season individually, Ana and Dan spend some time discussing the season as a whole in the second of this special, two-part episode. So tune in to hear our hosts talk through intergalactic cultural issues, main character arcs over Season 4's ten episodes and some parallels between space politics and our own.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
274 Ratings

274 Ratings

Staroufim ,

Wasn’t going to write a review

So I wasn’t going to write a review, BUT I looked at some of the reviews here and saw a few negative that COULDN’T be about this podcast... then I realized that I hopped in AFTER the hosts changed. Aside from the two people I read that decided long ago to keep their ostrich heads buried underground, people are seeing what this podcast offers: intellectual discussion about the political landscape in the expanse (tv show, though one host has read the books) and what that is reflective of in our history and in our present. This isn’t just a popcorn talk back, and you’ll need a few brain cells free to care about what they are saying, but I recommend listening to the latest season and giving it a shot. I hope it’s for you too.

z5oliM ,

Great retooling (again!) of this terrific show

The Expanse, both the show and the books, offers very shrewd analysis of geopolitics in space (orbital politics?), and this revived podcast, from Ana Marie Cox and Dan Drezner, examines The Expanse from that perspective, and what the show can teach us about foreign affairs and history, both strategically and on a tactical level. The podcast was retooled recently from just a recap of the show’s episodes, into a deeper geopolitical analysis, and now it’s been somewhat retooled again to examine what it can teach us about international responses to pandemics. Very relevant to scholars and practitioners of foreign policy.

EverFar ,

Season 4 hosts!

Loving the season 4 hosts and their expert nerding on both science fiction and politics.

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