|"Enter the amazing world of Avatar through the official companion podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements from Nickelodeon. Join hosts Janet Varney (the voice of 'Korra') and Dante Basco (the voice of 'Prince Zuko') each week as they re-watch every episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender then break down key themes, notable battles, and behind-the-scenes trivia you can't get anywhere else. Special guests from cast members to producers join them to explore elements of the Avatarverse, including the origins of the story and how Avatar was brought to life."|
|— Official description of the podcast.|
Avatar: Braving the Elements is an online podcast hosted by Janet Varney and Dante Basco, the voice actors of Korra and Zuko, respectively, that premiered on June 22, 2021. The podcast features Varney and Basco as they rewatch every episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, breaking down key moments, fights, and other points of interest from each episode. Joining them are numerous guest appearances from other cast members and staff involved in the show, including series co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. The hosts also plan to recap every episode of The Legend of Korra once their rewatch of the first series is completed.
|Title||Original release date||Episode #||Episode length|
|"The Boy in the Iceberg"||June 22, 2021||1||63 minutes|
|In our first-ever episode: get to know Janet and Dante, and find out what to expect in our first season, and dive into "The Boy in the Iceberg!"|
|"Origin Stories with Mike DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko Pt. 1"||June 25, 2021||2||53 minutes|
|Jump into a multilayered conversation with Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the creative minds behind "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "The Legend of Korra!"|
|"Origin Stories with Mike DiMartino & Bryan Konietzko Pt. 2"||June 29, 2021||3||49 minutes|
|It's the second part of our two-episode illuminating chat with "Avatar" creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko!|
|"The Avatar Returns"||July 6, 2021||4||57 minutes|
|Janet and Dante recap some great listener interactions and then dig into Episode Two of ATLA: The Avatar Returns, which leads to some big revelations ... Is Appa's new nickname "the lazy canoe?" Did Zuko get bested by his own bed? Does Janet cry during EVERY episode of ATLA? Is Dante doing a British accent? And on a more serious note, Dante and Janet discuss how a shift in perspective can change the way you see your own life and choices!|
|"Origin Stories with Eric Coleman"||July 13, 2021||5||42 minutes|
|Janet and Dante are joined by former Nickelodeon exec Eric Coleman, who delves further into the development of ATLA and the stories behind some of the key moments and decisions that made the show work so beautifully.
Listen in on this candid discussion with "The Godfather of Zuko" and learn more about Mike and Bryan's early ideas, what it was like to work with them, and how to get ahead in a tough industry, all the way to getting a show made ... while staying true to your vision!
|"The Southern Air Temple"||July 20, 2021||6||55 minutes|
|Appa takes us to The Southern Air Temple (and Ep. 3 of ATLA), where Aang must face some tough truths while Zuko faces a formidable enemy ... all with Janet and Dante along for the ride!
From peaches (Momo!) to barbecue (Agni Kai!), from root-breaking to gooey-caking, from the families we lose to the families we choose, there is a lot of adventure to explore and unpack.
|"Meet the Cast: Jack De Sena ("Sokka")"||July 27, 2021||7||66 minutes|
|Janet and Dante are joined by voice actor Jack de Sena ("Sokka") for a hilarious episode full of great conversation!
Find out about Jack's beginnings as a child actor to his busy college years trying to balance school with his ATLA voice-acting duties. Discover Jack's thoughts on Sokka's insatiable appetite (do not eat the hybrid animals!), his favorite Sokka ship, and much more. It is a cannot-miss episode guaranteed to make you laugh.
|""The Warriors of Kyoshi" with Jennie Kwan"||August 3, 2021||8||40 minutes|
|The delightful Jennie Kwan breaks down Episode Four of ATLA with Janet and Dante, bringing her fabulous insight and wit!
Listen in as this trio discusses their love of Suki and Kyoshi Warrior cosplay; something that suspiciously seems like Zuko's breakdancing moves; the concept of gender fluidity in the Avatar legacy; and how to empower a person who has a lot to learn (Sokka!) by using toughness and a little patience.
|"Suki Speaks: More with Jennie Kwan!"||August 3, 2021||9||40 minutes|
|A conversation with Jennie Kwan that was so inspiring, layered, and downright fun, it deserved its own episode!
Janet and Dante talk with Jennie about her background and multifaceted work in the arts and the entertainment industry, including her positive approach to her work. And Dante and Jennie share their experiences as Asian Americans working in Hollywood, with thoughts on how things have evolved and where they're headed.
|""The King of Omashu" with André Sogliuzzo"||August 10, 2021||10||55 minutes|
|This week we're headed to the fast-moving, earthbendingly-impressive city of Omashu, so hold on to your cabbages!
Who better to join Dante and Janet for this rollercoaster recap than the strange, spirited leader of Omashu himself, King Bumi? Meet prolific voice actor André Sogliuzzo ("Bumi"), hear the origin story of the king's distinctive voice, and celebrate the introduction of a different beloved character whose love of a certain leafy vegetable is famous!
|"Meet the Writer with John O'Bryan"||August 17, 2021||11||36 minutes|
|Get the inside scoop on the early days of writing Avatar: The Last Airbender from one of its original and long-standing writers, John O'Bryan!
Meet the person who turned in the first draft of the script laying out the city of Omashu and introducing us to King Bumi! But we know what you're all thinking ... is this the mind that created one of the most iconic characters in the entire series? Is this the imagination responsible for ... THE CABBAGE MERCHANT??
|""Imprisoned" with Kevin Michael Richardson"||August 24, 2021||12||75 minutes|
|Janet and Dante explore the many layers of "Imprisoned," and then settle in for a great chat with the voice of Tyro, Kevin Michael Richardson!
We delve into the intensity of the Fire Nation prison island and the oppression of a people, laugh about some truly inspired comic moments in the episode, and celebrate the amazing acting in this episode (including a turn by George Takei!). The icing on the cake is hearing from Kevin about his own hard work and success, and his thoughts on how race factors into the world of voice acting.
|"Martial Arts Deep Dive with Sifu Kisu and Bryan Konietzko"||August 31, 2021||13||67 minutes|
|This week we dig into the careful design and detailed mechanics of animated martial arts with Sifu Kisu and Bryan Konietzko!
What would a podcast about Avatar be without at least one episode showcasing the phenomenal artistry of the fighting styles in The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra? Bryan and Kisu share the history of meeting, collaborating, and ultimately how they worked with the whole ATLA team to develop the incredible bending and combat styles of the Avatarverse.
|"The Winter Solstice Part One: The Spirit World"||September 7, 2021||14||51 minutes|
|It's a very important first half of a two-part story arc in which Janet and Dante start to get acquainted with The Spirit World!
In this key episode of Book One, we meet the understandably grumpy Hei Bai, spend some time with an intimidatingly cool spirit dragon and his "nose hairs," and see a whole lot of Uncle Iroh's hot bath-loving bare skin. Plus: Dante compares Prince Zuko to a couple of beloved vintage detectives, leading to a surprising impression.
|"Meet the Cast with Zach Tyler Eisen"||September 14, 2021||15||44 minutes|
|That's right! It's the voice of The Avatar himself, Zach Tyler Eisen! Join us for this rare appearance by the wonderful former actor who gave us Aang.
Janet and Dante revisit Zach's experience of recording ATLA, which he did when he was about the same age as the character he portrayed (while still enjoying the childhood Aang may have missed). Zach also weighs in on some of Aang's tougher choices, and illuminates us about his current career passions!
|"The Winter Solstice Part Two: Avatar Roku with James Garrett ("Avatar Roku")"||September 21, 2021||16||71 minutes|
|Somehow we got lucky enough to welcome two back-to back Avatars! We go from Avatar Aang last week (Zach Tyler Eisen) to this week's guest, James Garrett— otherwise known as Avatar Roku!
Janet and Dante recap and discuss Part Two of "The Winter Solstice," unpacking "hot stinkers," Appa's flying style, and so many other details big and small! Then they're joined by the great James Garrett, who drops some pretty cool info about the Royal Shakespeare Company, his inspiration for his portrayal of Roku, and issues a special request to the fans!
|"Meet the Voice Director with Andrea Romano"||September 28, 2021||17||49 minutes|
|Get ready for an amazing look inside the world of voice acting and directing with the legendary Andrea Romano!
Join Janet and Dante as ATLA and TLOK's Voice Director Andrea Romano treats them to a fascinating, in-depth and delightful conversation about her work on the other side of the microphone, and the road that led her to becoming one of the most beloved voice directors of all time. Not only will you hear wonderful behind-the-scenes tales from the Avatarverse, but stories from across the world of animation!
|""The Waterbending Scroll" with Ify Nwadiwe"||October 5, 2021||18||59 minutes|
|This week Janet and Dante are joined by writer, gamer, comedian and podcaster Ify Nwadiwe, who jumps into the investigation of "The Waterbending Scroll!"
The trio is quick to acknowledge that there is just a LOT going on in this Book One episode, and the discussion goes from honest explorations about envy and competitiveness, to admiring Avatarverse fans for creating a real-life Pai Sho game, to Appa's pedicure, to our friend the Cabbage Merchant, and much more. Plus! Ify brings what we think is a BRAND NEW Zuko "ship" to the table!
|"Spotlight on Music with Jeremy Zuckerman and Hrishikesh Hirway"||October 12, 2021||19||55 minutes|
|In this very special episode, ATLA & TLOK Composer Jeremy Zuckerman sits down with Janet, Dante, and Song Exploder's Hrishikesh Hirway!
The focus is all about the music in this lively discussion about the challenges and delights of scoring television and film. Listen to tales of the very early days of Avatar to the finale of Korra! Find out what instruments make the best "cold climate" soundtracks. And learn what ATLA reprise may have snuck into Hrishi's own music!
|""Jet" with Crawford Wilson"||October 19, 2021||20||64 minutes|
|Team Avatar encounters a controversial character in the ATLA episode "Jet"— and Janet and Dante encounter the delightful Crawford Wilson, the voice behind Jet!
Take a visit to the treetops and find out the inspiration behind the Freedom Fighters' woodsy hideout as Janet and Dante explore Episode 10 of Book One, celebrating all the terrifically-named characters in Jet's gang (Smellerbee! Pipsqueak! Sneers! Longshot! The Duke!) and discussing the parallels between Jet and characters like Katara and Zuko. Then hear from Jet himself, the charming Crawford Wilson!
|"Animal Roll Call with Dee Bradley Baker"||October 26, 2021||21||72 minutes|
|This week brings you an unusual and exciting listen: an episode that was recorded live on Twitch, featuring the legendary Dee Bradley Baker!
Janet and Dante spend a marvelous hour with the voice actor behind all of the animals (and several featured human characters) you hear on both ATLA and TLOK. Dee even graciously tries to teach Janet and Dante how to make some of these iconic animal sounds themselves (emphasis on "try")! Hear more about Dee's unique and fascinating work, and find out more about how our career paths can take wonderful and unexpected turns, if we're willing to let them.
|"Midseason Superfan Quiz Show!"||November 2, 2021||22||57 minutes|
|To celebrate our halfway mark in Season One of the podcast, we're bringing in some new friends to test their ATLA knowledge!
Janet and Dante welcome four incredibly awesome Avatar fans for a game show-style quiz on some of the finer details of Book One (and some foreshadow report-ish topics, too)! Who will win the most points in this friendly competition? Will it be Abiodun "Abby" Abebefe? Dominique Gayle? Phillip Hughes? Or Jordan Wolfe? Test your own knowledge along with our contestants as they puzzle through our questions— some of which were written by other superfans!
|"The Great Divide"||November 9, 2021||23||43 minutes|
|Janet and Dante tackle one of the most debated-about episodes in Avatar: The Last Airbender as they plunge into "The Great Divide!"
Listen in as our hosts discuss the creepy canyon crawlers and the fate of the Canyon Guide, the backstories of the bickering tribes and Aang's surprising solution, and more of what makes this episode such a heated topic of conversation in the ATLA fandom. Will Janet and Dante be able to come to their own conclusions about it? And... what do you think about all this?
|"The Great Divide Debate!"||November 16, 2021||24||60 minutes|
|This week's special guests, Hector Navarro and Danielle Radford, jump in to help Janet and Dante further unpack the merits of "The Great Divide!"
Following their lively recap last week, Janet and Dante bring in their two friends, Hector Navarro (Spongebob Bingepants podcast) and Danielle Radford (Honest Trailers), for a high-spirited-yet-extremely-friendly debate over whether this much-discussed episode of ATLA is in fact "thriller" or "filler!"
|""The Storm" with Jack De Sena"||November 23, 2021||25||66 minutes|
|The wonderful Jack De Sena ("Sokka") rejoins Janet and Dante as they sail together into ATLA's Episode 12: "The Storm!"
Jack comes back to bring us all a little more Sokka-- in this Book One episode that contains decidedly less Sokka than others! In addition to the gang's breakdown of the revelations from "The Storm" (Zuko's scar! Aang's toys! Iroh's lightning!), you'll also get to hear about fun facts, like the ordinary temp jobs Dante and Jack tackled as teenagers.
|"Life Lessons with Karama Horne and Ijeoma Njaka"||November 30, 2021||26||59 minutes|
|Get ready for a very cool "big picture" conversation about the Avatarverse this week as Janet and Dante sit down with Karama Horne and Ijeoma Njaka!
Hear from two extraordinarily awesome women who bring nuance, intellect, and humor to this very special round-table-style episode of BTE. Featuring discussions about big recurring themes in ATLA, find out about lessons we can all take into our own lives from Avatar. Karama is a culture journalist and content creator also known as @theblerdgurl, and Ijeoma is an arts educator, professor, writer and artist based in Washington, DC.
|""The Blue Spirit""||December 7, 2021||27||58 minutes|
|Janet and Dante discuss one of the most acclaimed episodes of ATLA Book One: "The Blue Spirit" — and things get emotional!
As Aang rushes to find a cure for what ails Katara and Sokka, Janet and Dante rush to lavish praise on the thirteenth episode of the series' first season. Find out what color Zuko's mask was originally supposed to be, and why they changed it! Learn more about real-life frogs and toads in a very unscientific way! And see if Janet can get through talking about Aang and Zuko's changing relationship without crying.
|"Sound Off! With Benjamin Wynn"||December 14, 2021||28||57 minutes|
|Janet and Dante joyfully welcome Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra Sound Designer Benjamin Wynn to the podcast!
Ben chats with Janet and Dante about his early experiences on ATLA, including what it's like to jump into the deep end on a job you have no idea how to do! Hear about Ben and previous BTE guest Jeremy Zuckerman's tandem approach to sound and music, learn about their creative manifesto, and find out what 99 Cent store purchase has become part of one of animation's most iconic scores!
|""The Fortuneteller" with Evanna Lynch"||December 21, 2021||29||67 minutes|
|For their interpretation and discussion of ATLA's "The Fortuneteller," Janet and Dante are joined by their pal, the talented and wonderful Evanna Lynch ("Luna Lovegood" from the Potterverse)!
Discussing Aunt Wu's approach to fortunetelling (Cloud-reading! Osteomancy!) leads to some personal anecdotes about seeing psychic advisors IRL; everyone celebrates the introduction of the brilliant Jessie Flower/Michaela Murphy to the Avatarverse (pre-dating her role as Toph, she plays Meng in this episode!), and Evanna proves herself to be just as compassionate, thoughtful, and delightful as you could ever hope she'd be. Go ahead and press "Play:" there's an hour of joy in your future!
|"Fan Favorite Holiday Special"||December 28, 2021||30||47 minutes|
|Happy Holidays from your pals at Braving the Elements! This week, Janet and Dante reminisce about some of their - and YOUR! - favorite moments from Season One of the podcast.
Featuring memorable conversational gems with ATLA creators and Avatar Studios' Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, Jack De Sena ("Sokka"), Zach Tyler Eisen ("Aang"), and Jennie Kwan ("Suki")! Whether you've been with us since the beginning, or are catching up on the podcast, this episode captures great moments with just a sampling of some of our many terrific guests!
|""Bato of the Water Tribe" with Migizi Pensoneau"||January 4, 2022||31||56 minutes|
|This week, Janet and Dante are joined by Avatar Studios' Consultant on Native Representation, Migizi Pensoneau!
The trio discusses the many layers of "Bato of the Water Tribe," including Aang's actions in this episode (controversial amongst fans!), the introduction of the very memorable shirshu (multiple-animals-hybrid alert!) and bounty huter June, and the reinforcement of what it means to honor not just your literal family, but also your chosen one.
|"Meet the Cast: Jennifer Hale ("Avatar Kyoshi," "June")"||January 11, 2022||32||36 minutes|
|You know it's going to be an amazing conversation when you have Avatar Kyoshi and June the Bounty Hunter together in one person!
Janet and Dante are thrilled to welcome their friend, VA and musician Jennifer Hale to the podcast! What follows is a conversation spanning from her beloved roles in ATLA (shout out to Nyla the shirshu), to the snowy wilds of Labrador (Jen's heritage!). And-- fascinating, inspiring thoughts on honoring your gifts, spirituality, and the word that seems to come up so often when we talk about Avatar: Balance.
|""The Deserter" with Tim Hedrick"||January 18, 2022||33||60 minutes|
|What do you do when you really want to wrap your head around an ATLA episode? Go to the source!
This week, Janet and Dante break down "The Deserter" with ATLA, LOK, and Avatar Studios writer, Tim Hedrick! And yes, he IS credited with the writing of this acclaimed episode, in which we meet the mercurial Jeong Jeong, who has a lot of brilliant observations, but an equal amount of what you might call baggage. Plus! Dante draws our attention to the charms of a quaint Fire Nation village, including all the puppets and spicy snacks it has to offer.
|"Family Ties with Cheyenne Ewulu"||January 25, 2022||34||36 minutes|
|This week we take a closer look at the hugely important theme of "Family" with Cheyenne Ewulu!
For a deeper dive into all of the various and layered family dynamics in Book One of "Avatar: The Last Airbender," Janet and Dante welcome actress, Amazon Prime Video and Funimation host, and all-around entertainer, Cheyenne Ewulu! Cheyenne's love and understanding of the Avatarverse makes this is a great episode for fans who celebrate the depth and complexity of ATLA's given and chosen families.
|""The Northern Air Temple" with Jason Mantzoukas"||February 1, 2022||35||50 minutes|
|Hop onto your glider and come with us for this journey to "The Northern Air Temple" with special guest Jason Mantzoukas!
Jason joins Janet and Dante for a rousing conversation about not just this conflict-laden episode of ATLA, but also the joy of the Avatarverse at large! Marvel at Aang's willingness to forgive and move on; celebrate Sokka's discovery of a cerebral kindred spirit; watch Katara soar like an airbender, and much more!
|"The Science! with Adam Savage"||February 8, 2022||36||37 minutes|
|Janet and Dante are still abuzz over all the gadgetry in "The Northern Air Temple," so they decide to talk to fellow lover of gadgets, Adam Savage!
From the delivery systems of Omashu to Jet's hooked swords to the Fire Nation's reversible tanks, Adam geeks out with Janet and Dante about some of the very cool designs to come out of Book One of ATLA. But the trio also talks about the deep, abiding emotional calls to action that come from the series, and how we can foster our own imaginations and skills!
|""The Waterbending Master" with Johanna Braddy"||February 15, 2022||37||62 minutes|
|We've set our course heading North... and toward a great conversation with the voice of Princess Yue, Johanna Braddy!
Janet and Dante explore the wonders of the Northern Water Tribe as we near the end of Book One of ATLA with "The Siege of the North, Part One." After praising the amazing design of this episode's extraordinary landscape and discussing the complicated introduction to Master Pakku, Janet and Dante are joined by Johanna Braddy for a chat about her own experiences in the Avatarverse and beyond.
|"Meet the Director: Giancarlo Volpe"||February 22, 2022||38||38 minutes|
|Join Janet and Dante for a fun and informative conversation with longtime ATLA Director, Giancarlo Volpe!
Hear more about the early experience of working on ATLA from the Directing side, including very cool details about the animation process. Learn about Giancarlo's background and what art has inspired him. And find out what final shot of a particular episode Giancarlo felt was missing... and the satisfaction of seeing how it ended up being created by a fan afterwards! And yes, more talk about... you guessed it... The Great Divide!
|""The Siege of the North Part 1" with Christopher Sabat"||March 1, 2022||39||53 minutes|
|The penultimate episode of Book One features our guest, the voice of Vegeta (Dragonball Z) and All Might (My Hero Academia): Christopher Sabat!
It's the first half of the two-parter that marks the finale of Book One of ATLA: "The Siege of the North, Part One!" Janet and Dante are joined by their buddy Christopher Sabat to talk discovering podcasts, confusing friend zones, and the coolest way to impress someone you're crushing on (heads up, piano players!). And, of course, the trio has to spend some time talking about that wonderful moment with Iroh and Zuko... and whether Zuko can even handle it!
|"Recapaganza! with Hector Navarro"||March 8, 2022||40||63 minutes|
|As we approach the Season Finale of Book One: Water, Janet and Dante welcome back the awesome Hector Navarro!
It's a good time to take a close look at some of the big moments of Book One, and review the complex and very cool character arcs of many of our ATLA characters. And who better to join Janet and Dante than friend of the show, Hector Navarro, whose love of the Avatarverse and his passion for details has now earned him the official Avatarverse nickname: The Profector! Revisit how far Team Avatar has come in our story, relish the shifts we've seen in Iroh and Zuko, and much more!
|""The Siege of the North, Part 2" with Gene Luen Yang"||March 15, 2022||41||60 minutes|
|It's Book One's spectacular finale episode, and we're talking about it with the spectacular author of the first five ATLA graphic novels, Gene Luen Yang!
Janet and Dante wrap up the recap side of BTE in the second-to-last episode of the podcast's first season, and they're doing it in style, thanks to Gene's insight and perspective. Highlights include Gene's own background (in teaching, which we love!) and how he came to the Avatarverse, the creepy coolness of Koh (and all the faces he loves to show off), and of course, a lot of talk around Princess Yue and a pair of very important fish.
|"Season One Finale with Jack De Sena, Jennie Kwan, Antoine Bandele & Kendall Byrd"||March 22, 2022||42||46 minutes|
|It's the final episode of Braving the Elements' first season, and Janet and Dante are celebrating with friends new and old!
The game's afoot as Janet and Dante are joined by two amazing superfans and two delightful voice actors for a series of games that will show off just how much these four really know about Book One: Water! Antoine Bandele and Kendall Byrd bring their passion and encyclopedic knowledge of the Avatarverse! Jack De Sena ("Sokka") and Jennie Kwan ("Suki") pair up with our experts for this two-team showdown!
|"Live From New York Comic Con '21!"||March 29, 2022||43||56 minutes|
|Join Janet and Dante for their first-ever live Braving the Elements, which they did live at NYCC 2021!
They are joined by their friend and ATLA/TLOK staple Dee Bradley Baker for a spirited discussion about the Avatarverse... and a very special table read! They are also joined by hundreds of amazing audience members, who made the live experience so incredible and heart-warming. Would you have had the right answer to win an ATLA collectible at the show? Did Dante show off any Zuko fight moves? And did Janet get super emotional about how much fun they were having with everyone? Find out, with your ears!
|"Fan Favorite Special"||April 5, 2022||44||47 minutes|
|This week, Janet and Dante reminisce about some of their - and YOUR! - favorite moments from Season One of the podcast.
We'll hear memorable conversational gems with ATLA creators and Avatar Studios' Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, Jack De Sena ("Sokka"), Zach Tyler Eisen ("Aang"), and Jennie Kwan ("Suki")! Whether you've been with us since the beginning, or are catching up on the podcast, this episode captures great moments with just a sampling of some of our many terrific guests!
|"Live From New York Emerald Con '21!"||April 12, 2022||45||52 minutes|
|This exclusive release of the live Avatarverse panel at ECCC features Janet, Dante, and friend of the podcast (and talent extraordinaire) Dee Bradley Baker!
Recorded in the chilly December clouds of beautiful Seattle at Emerald City Comic Con, moderator Patrick Hawkins takes Janet, Dante and Dee through a thoughtful conversation before turning the questions over to the audience! And as usual, fans of the Avatarverse continue to prove how insightful, compassionate, and all-around awesome this fandom truly is. And don't worry - as always, Dante represents for the Fire Nation!
|"Zach Tyler Eisen on Aang & More!"||April 19, 2022||46||37 minutes|
|Hear from The Avatar himself, Zach Tyler Eisen! Join Janet & Dante for an exclusive, rare appearance by the former actor who gave Aang life.
We revisit Zach’s experience of recording ATLA, which he did when he was about the same age as the character he portrayed (while still enjoying the childhood Aang may have missed). Zach also weighs in on some of Aang’s tougher choices, and illuminates us about his current career passions!
Note: This is a rerun of episode 15.
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|"Book Two: Earth!"||May 3, 2022||47||57 minutes|
|We're back and we couldn't be more excited! Janet and Dante catch up with each other and with their two Dads, Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko!
In anticipation of all the great things that happen in ATLA Book Two: Earth, we'll share some teasers about what's coming up in this season of the podcast, chat about characters we can't wait to meet (Toph lovers, rejoice!), and prepare for some of the big themes of Book Two we can't wait to dig into. Then Janet and Dante talk to Mike and Bryan to get their recollections of Book Two's beginnings. They might even get an Avatar Studios morsel or two!!
|""The Avatar State""||May 10, 2022||48||36 minutes|
|Team Avatar has a rough time of it in this first episode of Book Two, and Janet and Dante are feeling it!
While Aang, Katara and Sokka (and, of course, Appa and Momo!) try to navigate a relationship with a very zealous Earth Kingdom General, Dante has to emotionally process the reality that before Zuko gets to enjoy the demise of Zhao, he’s confronted with his fierce and intimidating sister, Azula! Can Dante and Janet reconcile their fear of Azula with their total love of Grey DeLisle? Will she ever appear on Braving the Elements? And will Aang agree to forgo the rest of his training to face Ozai?
|"Meet the Cast: Grey DeLisle Griffin"||May 17, 2022||49||33 minutes|
|This week brings you a conversation with the amazing Grey DeLisle Griffin, who voiced Azula on ATLA!
It’s the long-awaited debut of the magnificent actor who brought Azula to life— in all her terrifying glory! Grey talks about her experience recording her part in the epic series, along with the process of discovering how beloved the show was after the fact. And that discovery came through the most perfect means possible— the fans themselves! Janet and Grey also talk about some of the other fantastic projects Grey has been working on the last couple of years, and Azula even pops in to deliver a message to Zuzu!
|""The Cave of Two Lovers" with Jack DeSena""||May 24, 2022||50||42 minutes|
|How could we cover this iconic episode without bringing back a buddy like Jack De Sena?
Janet and Dante welcome Jack back to the podcast for this dive into the Secret Tunnels near Omashu, where music fills the air and love leads the way. Celebrate the fabulous voice work by the dynamic guest cast in Episode Two of Book Two of ATLA, including Dee Bradley Baker’s turn as troubadour Chong and his rendition of one of the most famous songs ever to hit animation! Will Jack, Dante and Janet be able to meet the standard? Can they carry a tune? Or even stay in sync? It’s a good thing Team Avatar isn’t depending on them doing so in order to get to Omashu!
- All The Feels: In this segment, the hosts discuss moments that are full of emotion.
- Animal Crossing: In this segment, the hosts enumerate the animals seen in that episode and discuss them.
- Foreshadow Report: In this segment, the hosts discuss the foreshadowing of specific moments in relation to future storylines in the show.
- MVB Moment: In this segment, the hosts discuss the best bending moment in an episode.
- MVNB Moment: In this segment, the hosts discuss the best nonbending moment in an episode.
- Rewatch Rewatch: In this segment, the hosts discuss moments than even on a rewatch, they will still rewatch again.
- You Had One Job: In this segment, the hosts discuss moments when a character had only one job to do, and failed at it.
- As part of her preparation for the podcast, Varney "spent a lot of time on the Avatar [...] wiki".
- Avatar: Braving the Elements. iHeartRadio. Retrieved on June 29, 2021.
- Yang, Rachel (June 15, 2021). Watch actors Dante Basco, Janet Varney tease Braving the Elements podcast in trailer. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on June 17, 2021.
- Second season announcement by Janet Varney. Janet Varney on Twitter (March 24, 2022). Retrieved on March 25, 2022.