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The Incomparable 234: ‘The Only Way Out Is In’

This week on my pop-culture podcast The Incomparable, we’re introducing a new recurring segment that we call “Rocket Surgery,” in which we watch an unappreciated science fiction movie from the past and then talk about it.

The Core

For our first installment, we watched the 2003 film “The Core,” starring Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, Stanley Tucci, Delroy Lindo, and Bruce Greenwood. Yes, this is a movie about people riding a spaceship (of a sort) down into the core of the Earth in order to blow it up with nuclear bombs because reasons.

My guests this week are John Siracusa, Dan Moren, and Tony Sindelar. Our discussion topics include the science of birds, peaches as metaphors for the Earth, friendly whales, the destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the powers of computer hackers.