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Turning 50 – If I’m Calm, It’s the Jedi’s Fault! – Episode 138

Dara has just turned 50, and in this episode he lets his mind hover over the moment in an attempted stocktake. Even as he argues for gratitude, he acknowledges how challenging the world is right now. This leads him to consider whether enough weight is attached to softer impulses and emotions. In these times of fracture and isolation and estrangement, should we attach greater significance and worthiness to love and positivity and connection?

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May the Nerd be With You!, or Is That a Literal Lightsaber? – Episode 102

It’s been 40 years since Star Wars was the most important thing in Dara’s universe. He recalls his relationship with the original Star Wars trilogy and says why he thinks it was so successful – clean storytelling and clear characters. He argues that those two things got lost in the subsequent movies.

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Stepping into the Breach, or The Quandary of Heroes – Episode 51

In this episode Dara is thrust back to his childhood by a concert of John Williams music, and specifically the music of the Star Wars films. That event, and his recent watching of Matt Reeves’s The Batman, gets him thinking about fictional heroes and what role they fulfil in our lives, and why in his late forties he is still happy to consume these heroic tales.

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