Episodes

Episode 75 - The Legend of Korra S. 3 and 4

It's time to put our Avatar miniseries to rest as we tackle seasons three and four of The Legend of Korra. What's up with gender roles? Why are we so het up about modernity? Where does the show succeed, and where does it fail?

To get right to the Korra talk, skip to 00:17:30.

Mistakes: Our audio got slightly out of sync and is sadly unfixable. The result is that it sounds like we're recording in a cave. You can, if you like, imagine us podcasting from an isolated cavern.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Can I Pet Your Werewolf, edited by Kel McDonald

Watching:

Thor: Ragnarok

Listening To:

36 Questions

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:

Tanis
Reputation by Taylor Swift

Watching:

The Great British Bake-Off

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Sleeps With Monsters: The Legend of Korra Saved My Sanity by Liz Bourke
The Legend of Korra Upgrades Avatar‘s Mythic Bending Epic by Scott Thill
The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Korra by Dr. Janina Scarlet
Zaheer: Why Kill the Avatar by Hello Future Me
‘The Legend Of Korra’ Book Four: Kuvira And The Rise Of Fascism by Juliet Kahn
Eschatology in The Legend of Korra by Taylor Ramage
Legend of Korra‘s Finale and the Problem With “Fan Service” by Emily Asher-Perrin
“Legend of Korra”‘s Final Scene Wasn’t Enough and Why We Must Demand More by Mey Rude

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Episode 74 - The Legend of Korra S. 1 and 2

Missy and Merri are back with episode 74, and we're talking about seasons one and two of The Legend of Korra! What's up with pro bending? Is the Avatar inherently good? Does Amon have a point? Find out our thoughts within!

Mistakes: During our conversation about non-benders, benders, and privilege and power, we mistakenly say that Asami is the only prominent non-bender. We forgot about Bumi! Oops.

To get right to the Korra talk, skip to 00:27:00.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Delicious in Dungeon v. 2 by Ryoku Kui
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Playing:

Life is Strange: Before the Storm episode two (Review)

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Stranger Things
Bojack Horseman

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

The Legend of Korra Recap: A New Spiritual Age by Matt Patches
Politics and Privilege in The Legend of Korra by Kevin Wong
Use and Abuse of Power in Avatar: The Last Airbender by John Goodman

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Episode 73 - Avatar: The Last Airbender S. 3

It's time for episode 73! We're talking about Avatar: The Last Airbender season three, including the evolution of the themes of seasons one and two, two of the comics, and the question of cultural appropriation.

To get right to the Avatar talk, skip to 00:19:00.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Delicious in Dungeon v. 1 by Ryoku Kui
The State of Play, edited by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson

Watching:

Neo Yokio

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Neo Yokio
Bojack Horseman

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Maybe Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Is The Game Of The Decade?! by Tim Rogers
Avatar: the Last Airbender - The Delicacy of Character
sapphicreynas' tweet
Nationalism For Children: How 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Explores Violence And National Identity by suraj lakshminarasimhan
Use and Abuse of Power in Avatar: The Last Airbender by John Goodman
A Guide To Cultural Appropriation Vs. Appreciation by Hota Katebi
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Bending Boundaries between Appreciation, Appropriation, and Adaptation by Alex Custodio


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Episode 72 - Avatar: The Last Airbender S. 1 & 2

Welcome to episode 72, in which we discuss seasons one and two of Avatar: The Last Airbender! Who's our favorite character? What themes capture our attention? What is it about Avatar that makes it such an enduring show? Also, what we were up to at GeekGirlCon!

To get right to the Avatar talk, skip to 00:25:00.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Orwell

Reading:

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
My Monster Boyfriend, edited by C. Spike Trotman


What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Neo Yokio

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

The Women of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ by Myrna Waldron
Everybody Loves Chakras: Musings of an Indian ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ fan by Ishita Basu Mallik

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Episode 3 - Friendship

Missy and Merri discuss My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the theme of friendship. Other discussions include struggling to pronounce ‘patriarchal,’ the difference in depictions of same-gender and different-gender friendships, and how threesomes are immensely preferable to love triangles. 

Just a quick note: we lost a good chunk of the beginning of this episode to Audacity’s fragile project file structure—sorry for the occasional choppy editing as we tried to trim it around the dropped sections to make some kind of sense. There may also be issues with the audio switching from left to right—we recommend not listening to this episode with only one headphone in as you may experience large sections of silence. We’re sorry, we think it's fixed now, but we've also thought that at least two other times.

Also: How did we do an entire episode on friendship and forget to discuss the paragon example of female friendship—Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins? We apologize for this grievous oversight.

Links:

Friday Afternoon Tea: Delicious geeky-themed tea. Bard’s Blend has SUGAR CRYSTALS in it. Sparkly tea, how can you go wrong?

Social Justice Class Buttons: These are not currently available, but this link to Chip's blog tells you a bit more about them and contains a link to the newsletter, which WILL tell you when they're available. Check them out, they're precious!

Brianna Wu: The Mary Sue has a couple of video interviews with Brianna Wu, a third woman from the video games industry to leave her home after threats. She’s one of the hosts of the awesome Isometric podcast, creator of Revolution 60, and an awesome advocate for women in tech.

Anita Sarkeesian/USU: It's worth checking out this Forbes article on the shooting threat at USU and GamerGate. 

Games Press Addressing GamerGate: EuroGamer, GameSpot, Rock Paper Shotgun, Polygon