Episodes

Episode 48 - Witches

Welcome to episode 48, in which we discuss the role of the witch in pop culture and our own lives. What is it about magic-using women and the association with darkness and evil that gets us--and so many others--all fired up? We're doing our best to figure it out. Also, Merri's going to be on a panel at GeekGirlCon! Check it out here—it's the one on magical girls at 1:30 pm Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Mistakes: Missy keeps saying that Dave Eggers wrote The VVitch. It was actually Robert Eggers. But hey, Dave Eggers, if you want to come talk to us about Missy's problems with the film, you're welcome as well. Also, the comic Missy refers to in the end of the episode is Cry Havoc, not Cry Wolf. Someday she'll stop making these kinds of mistakes.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:

Nerds of Prey

Playing:

The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car (Check out Missy's full review here)

Reading:

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.

Watching:

Carmilla

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Silk by Robbie Thompson, Dave Johnson
Spider-Gwen by Jason LaTour and Robbi Rodriguez

Watching:

Deadwood
Star Wars Rebels

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Last year's horror episode
Our 'Female Villains' episode
Scared Yet Podcast
BibleHub explanation of Exodus 7:11
Witch trials of the early modern period Wiki entry
They Burn Witches Here by Kent Russell
The Season of the Witch by Sady Doyle
Brooklyn Witches Are Doing Their Part to Defeat Donald Trump By Casting Hexes on Him by Marie Lodi

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Episode 42 - Dystopias

We're back with episode 42, discussing Merri's favorite topic: dystopias! We're looking at a few popular dystopias, including the new, the old, and the real, chatting about how they tie into societal fears, why they're popular now, and how we can prevent these bleak futures from becoming a reality.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:
  • She Wolf #1 by Rich Tomasso (Read Missy's review!)
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Watching:
  • Finding Dory
  • Magic Mike XXL

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Watching:
  • The Scorch Trials
  • Between

    Reading:
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
  • Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams
  • Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
  • Mad Max: Fury Road and the Glaring Whiteness of Post-Apocalyptic Films by Nasha Khan (one of the articles Missy referred to regarding people of color in post-apocalyptic settings)
  • A Brief History of the Dystopian Novel by Andrew Lipton
  • Understanding the Appeal of Dystopian Young Adult Fiction by Justin Scholes and Jon Ostenson
  • What Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Books Say About Us by Todd Mitchell
  • The Importance of Dystopian Literature by Mallory Dobry
  • Why Young Adults 'Hunger' for The Hunger Games and Other Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Fiction by Debra Donstan-Miller
  • It's On Us, Too: An Easy Guide To Contacting Your Elected Representatives About Gun Control by Nicole Silverberg
  • Advice For White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person by Justin C. Cohen
  • Campaign Zero - see where your representatives stand on police violence
  • How to contact your local police chief about police violence

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  • 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:

    Reading:

  • 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:

    Reading:

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

    Watching:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Orphan Black

    What Stephani's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • 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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