508: Superpowers 2013

508: Superpowers 2013

Oct 18, 2013
This is an updated version of a classic episode, featuring a new story from Snap Judgment.

We answer the following questions about superpowers: Can superheroes be real people? (No.) Can real people become superheroes? (Maybe.) And which is better: flight or invisibility? (Depends who you ask.)

Chris ware's comic mentioned in the episode is here.
  • Kelly McEvers with the story of Zora, a self-made superhero. From the time she was five, Zora had recurring dreams in which she was a 6'5" warrior queen who could fly and shoot lightning from her hands. She made a list of all the skills she would need to master if she wanted to actually become the superhero she dreamed of being. Sample items: Martial arts, evasive driving and bomb defusion. She actually checked off most things on the list...and then had a run-in with the CIA. (17 minutes)
    Song:
    • "Goldfinger", David Sedaris

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