First and foremost, a call from Iorek Byrnison (00:00:15)! In this exclusive first interview, we dig into his feelings about Lyra, diplomacy in Svalbard, and what it’s like to be the star of an upcoming TV show. After that, it’s time to dig into the upcoming BBC/HBO series and how we’re preparing (00:03:56). We have a new way of approaching spoilers with the TV show as well (00:07:30). We have an interview with His Dark Materials superfan and PotterCaster Frankie Franco, III on the show (00:09:10). Next, we ask Frankie to dig into the theme of authoritarianism as it relates to The Golden Compass (00:22:21). Frankie nominates a character for the Extra Hall of Fame and gives us an alethiometer reading (00:44:54). And finally, we have listener questions to dig into (00:46:47).
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