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Animal Crossing podcast breaks down a new critter every episode

Give Blathers a break and stop forcing him to talk about insects

Blathers talks about bugs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

If you play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you know the joy of dutifully listening to Blathers the curatorial owl explain a little bit about each new insect, fish, and fossil. (There is the option to skip the speech, but we’re not heartless here, right?)

As knowledgeable and insightful as Blathers is, there is only so much information to be gleaned from his relatively short spiel. Maybe you want to know more about the Sea Bass (it’s at least a C+!) or something about those spooky tarantulas has intrigued you. That’s where Beyond Blathers comes in — a podcast where each episode is dedicated to one of the many insects, fish, and fossils you can find on your Animal Crossing island,

Hosted and produced by Olivia deBourcier and Sofia Osborne, Beyond Blathers offers a deeper dive into the creatures than Blathers has time from. Not that we’re blaming Blathers — hey, the fellow is running a whole dang museum by himself, who can blame him? The latest episode dives into giant isopods, with previous ones covering all manner of creatures great and small, like the Great White Shark and the Tiger Beetle.

You can find new episodes of Beyond Blathers on Spotify, Apple, Stitcher, and other podcast hosting sites.

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