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Red Son Zenith

Is Superman a product of nature or nurture? This episode delves into the Red Son storyline, which reimagines an alternate reality where Kal-El lands in the USSR and is raised to champion Truth, Justice, and the Communist Way. We explore how Superman’s character is influenced by a different cultural upbringing and what that reveals about his fundamental ideals—and by extension, ours.

This episode also features a special guest, Jess Dunks. Jess is a former USAF Korean Linguist and a professional-level judge for Magic: The Gathering events. He has been enamored with superhero stories since discovering a comic book shop within walking distance at age 12. His favorite hero? Boo, the unique Miniature Giant Space Hamster of the Realm.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.
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