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Episode 1: The Internet’s First Main Character? | The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks

How to Be a Better Human


Self-improvement, Education

4.21.1K Ratings

🗓️ 7 August 2023

⏱️ 37 minutes

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The Redemption of Jar Jar Binks is a new show from the TED Audio Collective, hosted by Dylan Marron.

It’s 1999, and sixteen years after its original release, a new Star Wars is finally coming. Fans have been camping out in front of theaters across the country just to be the first to see it. The beloved intergalactic saga is set to debut a slew of brand new characters, one of whom is a revolutionary CGI creation named Jar Jar Binks. Whispers begin to spread about big changes coming to the galaxy far, far away – and not everyone’s happy about it.

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Hey everyone, Chris here.


We're still on summer break, but we've got something really special for you here today.


It's an episode we think you're going to love from


one of my favorite people. Dylan Marion hosts The Redemption of Jar Jar Jar-Binks. Yeah, that Jar-G-Binks.


But trust me, you don't need to love Star Wars to get hooked on this show. It's a captivating


six episode series about the creation of one of cinema's most controversial characters, the


intense backlash against him, and how that reaction nearly destroyed the actor who played


him. It's both a show about the very first internet hate campaign and about how we can avoid making the same online mistakes


over and over. And if you love how to be a better human, then I think you're going to


really love listening to Dylan tell this story. This is the first episode of the show, but you can find the rest of the


redemption of Jar Jar-Barbinks wherever you're listening to this. Enjoy.


I do want to tell you I am you know I initially had some cold feet about talking to you


your cold feet are not only seen acknowledged but welcome here.


Okay, perfect.


I'm talking to Kurt Volk.


He's a graphic designer, he's a dad, he's a husband,


and Kurt is also a Star Wars fan, who camped out on the streets of Hollywood all so that he could be one of the very first people to see Star Wars episode one, the Phantom Menace.


It's a very silly, silly thing.


The whole thing is very silly.


If you can believe it, my producer found Kurt through archival photos, which means that this is actually kind of like the opening of Titanic when they discover the portrait of young Rose and then we, the audience, meet older rose who narrates what it was like in


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