Episode 41: The Golden Compass

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The Golden Compass

On Episode 41 of The SSR Podcast, we’re diving into the fascinating world of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. And it is fascinating — and complicated! Tune in to hear discussions about politics, a child’s loyalty, the Garden of Eden, the pros and cons of seeing the future, the nature of souls, puberty, loneliness, ruling religious bodies, failed movie adaptations, and so much more.

Thanks to Refinery29 entertainment writer Elena Nicolaou for joining Alli for this episode! Follow Elena on bookstagram @booksandelena and on Twitter @elenawonders.


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The Golden Compass” (Publisher’s Weekly, 1996)

The Golden Compass Turns 20 (Its Daemon Has Probably Settled)” (NPR, 2015)

“His Dark Materials is ripe for an onscreen do-over. Enter the BBC.” (Vox, 2018)

“A Conversation With Philip Pullman” (Slate, 2015)

The Golden Compass: atheist manifesto for kids, or theological masterpiece?” (Denver Post, 2007)

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