Episode 41 - AI

We're back with episode 42, discussing AI, specifically of the female or female-coded variety. Topics include the films Her and Ex Machina, and the comic Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn, how those stories are in conversation with one another, what gender has to do with robots, and whether artificial intelligence is even that great of an idea, anyway. Special thanks to our friend Stephani for the donuts. Oh, and her intelligent conversation.

Warning: While the episode doesn't contain any swears, it does contain some adult conversation. We don't get explicit but there is some discussion that is almost certainly not safe for work, hence the explicit tag. Listen at your discretion!

What Missy's Been Up To:


  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Yes, Roya by C. Spike Trotman and Emilee Denich
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, Erik Donovan, Riley Rosso, Kelly Fitzpatrick and Tom Napolitano

    What Merri's Been Up To:


  • Silk by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee
  • Radioactive Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi


  • Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Orphan Black

    What Stephani's Been Up To:


  • The Wicked + The Divine #20 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
  • Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini
  • Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour
  • Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • View From the Gutters Episode 161 - Alex + Ada
  • Ex Machina: A White Feminist Parable for Our Time by J. A. Micheline
  • Goddess From the Machine: A Look at Ex Machina’s Gender Politics by Katherine Cross
  • The Tech Industry Wants to Use Women’s Voices -- they just won’t listen to them by Leigh Alexander

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  • Episode 18 - Film Noir

    We’re back, and this time we’re venturing into the dark and gritty world of film noir, the only type of dark and gritty world Missy can stand. We’re looking at the classic roots of film noir in 1944’s Double Indemnity and the evolution of neo-noir in 1982’s Blade Runner, discussing the tropes and characteristics that characterize one of the most parodied film genres.

    What Missy’s Been Up To:


    • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
    • Sandman by Neil Gaiman
    • Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples
    • Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, and Riley Rossmo
    • The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie


    • Her Story

    What Merri’s Been Up To:


    • Dark Disciple by Christie Golden


    • Steven Universe
    • Orange is the New Black

    Some Links You May Find Interesting:

    Her Story: A Compelling Murder Mystery Game With a Tragic Flaw by Laura Hudson

    James Naremore quoted from “More Than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts”