Since the days of the conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about an ancient White City of immense wealth hidden in the Honduran interior. But it was not until 1940 that hundreds of artifacts surfaced and tantalizing stories of the crumbling walls of this lost city were confirmed. In his new book, The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story, bestselling author Douglas Preston ventures deep into the Honduran jungle in a riveting, non-fiction narrative about the unearthing of an ancient lost civilization, while he provides a rich tapestry of historical, economic, social, political, and environmental context for the discovery.

This lecture took place at the Museum on January 18, 2017.

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This month on the podcast, @kayth1 and @becauseanders bring on the wonderful @therealmnemo to talk about SHIPS (see what we did there). Not an entirely salt-free episode, as that is probably not a real thing, but we do yet spend most of the time begging the question: Did they curl your toes? Dwarf your beard? Arl your Eamon? Shank your Jory? Praise your Maker? Grope your grinder? Establish your canon? Kaddis your Katie? Dampen your Divine? Pamper your Paragon? Grey your Warden? Pudding your peach? Float your frigate? Explore your Deep Roads?

Mass Effect Double Feature!

Hey, maybe you noticed (or not) we didn’t put an episode out this week!

So sorry for that! But, in order to make it up for you all, we have a Mass Effect Double Feature planned for this next Thursday! We’ll be reading stuff by Rae D Magdon (but not the awkward to be read aloud stuff) AND an Alternate Universe fic involving shepard as a sex worker on Omega.

So join us next Thursday for hilarity and poor critiques of fanfiction.

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EPISODE #27: INVADER ZIM CAST FT. RICHARD HORVITZ, RIKKI SIMONS AND MELISSA FAHN

Let’s kick off the insanely unpredictable world of 2017 with the most insanely unpredictable cartoon cast of all time! Yes, INVADER ZIM!  Richard Horvitz (Zim), Rikki Simons (Gir), and Melissa Fahn (Gaz) reminisce, talk shop, and break into musical numbers while discussing the iconic series. What was it like working for the legendary Jhonen Vasquez? What is Zim’s favorite episode? And, why was there bacon in the soap, Gir?! SILENCE! Zim’s empire of podcast doom begins NOW!

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Tremendous thanks to the cast of Invader Zim for joining us! Follow along with Richard, Rikki, and Melissa on Twitter!

Keep up with our intrepid host Hector on his own Twitter and Instagram pages. And stay tuned to NickAnimation25 for next week’s episode featuring Rob Renzetti!

been thinking a lot about how the adventure zone handles representation and why it’s so satisfying and well done… i think a lot of it is because the mcelboys understand that diversity is realistic, natural, and frankly just more interesting.

that’s why it usually doesn’t feel forced or tokenistic. there’s an understanding that as the real world is diverse, so should fantasy be. they’ve also taken the time to listen to criticism levelled at them; justin’s hesitance over making taako’s sexuality explicit once griffin pointed out the possible negative connotations of his character voice, their decision to rework the designs of the characters in the official graphic novel once people complained about the whole main cast being white. it’s not pandering, it’s a genuine commitment to creating an interesting and believeable world that their diverse listenership can relate to.

it’s natural and non-sensationalised - queer characters in particular don’t have a big shock reveal, it’s just a part of who they are. take roswell as an example - they’re agender/nb because of course they are. if you think about it for more than four seconds it’s pretty obvious that arbitrarily assigning a gender to a powerful earth construct would be a much weirder decision.

taking away that automatic assumption that all characters should be cisgender & heterosexual as their default setting makes inclusivity easy - when griffin asks clint about merle’s marriage, he doesn’t automatically ask about his wife, he says ‘husband or wife’. little things like that make so much difference.

i’m not saying it’s always perfect, but jesus, they’re really trying. and usually succeeding. as white (i’m assuming) cishet guys they would not have been dragged for neglecting diversity, but they did it anyway. we need more content creators like them, who treat representation as something natural and normal and interesting rather than an annoying obligation.

tl;dr i love taz & the mcelboys a lot and i think about it all the time

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EPISODE #32: Danny Phantom Cast

We’re GOING GHOST!  Get ready to enter the Phantom fan dimension as Danny Phantom cast members David Kaufman (Danny), Grey Griffin (Sam), Rickey D’Shon Collins (Tucker), and Colleen O’Shaughnessey (Jazz) join Hector in the ghost portal.  The cast talks about their favorite Phantom fan theories, the chemistry between Danny and Sam, and recently reuniting to record the “The Fairly Odd Phantom" an animated short that combines all of the iconic Nick characters from the world of Butch Hartman. So prepare to start singing, “Gonna catch ‘em all, 'cause he’s Danny Phantom!”

Listen on:

Many thanks to David, Grey, Rickey and Colleen for joining us! “Catch ‘em all” and follow David, Grey and Colleen on Twitter and David, Grey and Colleen on Instagram! 

Keep up with our intrepid host Hector on his own Twitter and Instagram pages. And stay tuned to NickAnimation25 next week for our interview with Pixar pioneer Pete Docter!

You remember when Oprah would have one of those shows where everyone in the audience would get a gift and Oprah would shout “A VOLKSWAGEN BEEEEEEE-TLLLLLE!” or “UGG BOOOOOTS!” Cut to the audience who were all jumping and screaming. I always imagined Oprah saying “IM-MOR-TAL-I-TYYYYYYY!” and then cut to the audience who would all be jumping and screaming, but the camera would zoom closer and we would see that there were tears and that they were screaming in terror.
—  Jeffrey Cranor
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EPISODE #30: JEREMY ZUCKERMAN & BRYAN KONIETZKO

The music for Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra are two of the most daringly brilliant TV soundtracks ever. Composer Jeremy Zuckerman and series co-creator Bryan Konietzko visit the studio to discuss their decade-long musical collaboration. Hector guides the duo song by song through a selection of inspired and memorable tracks, discovering how and why they created musical magic worthy of the epic Avatar universe.

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Many thanks to Jeremy and Bryan for joining! Don’t miss a beat and follow Jeremy on Twitter and Bryan on Tumblr

Keep up with our intrepid host Hector on his own Twitter and Instagram pages. And stay tuned to NickAnimation25 for next week’s episode featuring the legendary EG Daily, voice of Nick’s bravest baby, the one and only Tommy Pickles (Rugrats), as well as Buttercup (The PowerPuff Girls), Rudy Tabootie (Chalkzone), and many more.