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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.

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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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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?? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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 (don’t eat the hybrid animals!), his favorite Sokka ship, and much more. It’s a can’t-miss episode guaranteed to make you laugh. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
The Southern Air Temple

The Southern Air Temple

2021-07-2053:462

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’s a lot of adventure to explore and unpack. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
The Avatar Returns

The Avatar Returns

2021-07-0654:386

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! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
It’s the second part of our two-episode illuminating chat with “Avatar” creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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!” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
The Boy in the Iceberg

The Boy in the Iceberg

2021-06-2201:06:3815

In our first-ever episode: get to know Janet and Dante, find out what to expect in our first season, and dive into "The Boy in the Iceberg!” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Starting June 22, jump into the amazing world of Avatar with Nickelodeon’s official companion podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements. Every Tuesday, join hosts Janet Varney and Dante Basco as they re-watch every episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Special guests from cast members to producers join them to explore elements of the Avatarverse, including how Avatar was brought to life and behind-the-scenes info you can’t get anywhere else.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Comments (9)

SHIN YUSKE

wow my favorite episode this far!!!

Sep 12th
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SplitSniper7

I loved every second of this and absolutely want more.

Aug 31st
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Sammy Hart

Really enjoying this, good dynamic between both of you and your guests.

Aug 10th
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Ashley Jenneman

I am so excited for this!!! I can't wait to see them get all the other actors and everyone on here and just talk about Avatar and Korra.

Jul 7th
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Dryad “X'Nedra” P

great first episode. I hope the discussion balances out, as in Dante talks more but great start.

Jun 23rd
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Ian Cummings

YES!

Jun 22nd
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Eddie L Gloria

fiiinally!!!

Jun 22nd
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Nana Gasimova

yaaay, finally🤩🤩

Jun 22nd
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Niall ナイル

hype !

Jun 22nd
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