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WARNING: This episode contains frank talk about some of the gross sexual stuff from the book. It’s nothing makes us think we need to mark this episode as “adult” or anything, but it may not be the best one to listen to with your kids in the car.

Anyhow, trouble was a-brewin’ on last week’s episode, as some of our heroes like Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and some of them did not. Today they are putting it on trial. Nathan is judge. Brandon is the prosecutor, and he is out for blood. And Jake “Atticus” Mentzel is the defense. If you listen really hard, you can hear some parts where our heroes are actually a little annoyed with each other, but it’s okay. They’re all still friends.

Table of Contents:

00:00 Preliminary Matter and Donor Shout Outs
03:34 The Trial Begins
04:07 Opening Statement of the Prosecution
09:44 Opening Statement of the Defense
14:16 Character matters?
16:35 Scenes that Tolstoy doesn’t have
21:52 Approach the bench
27:12 A Perfect Validation Fest
29:54 A waste of time?
34:00 What makes a book worthwhile?
36:13 Jake the Lawyer
39:45 Popcorn that aspires to be steak
43:16 Poor Brandon
45:01 “This is actually getting real now”
47:25 Good trash
48:30 She got all my references
51:11 A great sandbox
55:21 What’s at stake is stupid
57:00 Impartiality goes bye-bye
1:01:00 Closing Arguments – Jake
1:04:01 Closing Arguments – Brandon
1:10:00 The Verdict

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