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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Episode 1: The Hunger Games

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular kicks off when the now-titular Glenn Butler welcomes his brother Scott to the land of podcasts and welcomes listeners to a deep dive into The Hunger Games series. They discuss the hugely successful film franchise along the following criteria: 1. Did Glenn understand the story despite never reading any of the books, or did the movies leave out too many details in favor of flash and explosions? 2. Was Scott satisfied that the books and the movies are telling the same story, or was it garbled beyond recognition in the transition from novel to screenplay? Other topics covered include the construction of competing mythologies, the mechanisms of soft vs. hard population control, Capitol Couture, personal agency, a Love Triangle of Doom, depictions of trauma, whether it’s possible to depict war without ennobling it, and pairs of actors that Glenn can’t tell apart.

A BLANKET SPOILER WARNING for the new movie applies to the last section. Each section has spoilers for the movie & book being covered as well as the previous entries.


  • 0:00:23 – Intro
  • 0:08:30 – The Hunger Games
  • 1:14:26 – Catching Fire
  • 2:11:56 – Mockingjay Part 1
  • 2:56:03 – Mockingjay Part 2

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Musical selections:

  • “Horn of Plenty” by Arcade Fire, from The Hunger Games
  • “I Need You” by James Newton Howard, from Catching Fire
  • “The Hanging Tree” by Jeremiah Fraites, Wesley Schultz, Suzanne Collins, and James Newton Howard, performed by Jennifer Lawrence, from Mockingjay Part 1
  • “Air Raid Drill” by James Newton Howard, from Mockingjay Part 1
  • “Returning Home” by James Newton Howard, from The Hunger Games

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