Hello, friends, and welcome to a brand new podcast experience here on The Verge. Every other week Verge science editor Liz Lopatto and I will dig into entertainment, science, and the always fascinating intersection between the two. Think of it as a chill, unpredictable, totally unaccredited online Academy of Arts and Sciences (yeah, we tried to call it that, but it didn't get by legal) — this week we talk about the unhinged beauty of Mad Max: Fury Road; the consequences of our very real, very present-day dependence on oil; and drinking beer with brain-controlled prosthetics.
In the coming weeks we are also looking forward to bringing a wide variety of guests from various corners of art and science. Our inaugural guests are Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, the creators of the AMC drama Halt and Catch Fire, which begins its second season this Sunday, May 31st. We chat about the challenges of their first-ever TV series, bringing the show's female coders and engineers to the forefront, and how they ended up casting Artie, the Strongest Man in the World, as an old-school Texas businessman.