Episodes

Episode 66 - The Handmaid's Tale

In episode 66, we're discussing The Handmaid's Tale, both Margaret Atwood's novel and the recent Hulu adaptation. How does it function as an adaptation? How do the changes affect the message? And how can both of them do better?

Warning: Due to the nature of the book and show, some conversations may be triggering to listeners. We don't discuss sexual assault in detail, but we do touch on it during the course of the conversation. We also don't censor swearing.

Mistakes: The costume designer for The Handmaid's Tale is named Ane Crabtree, not Anne Crabtree. It turns out that reading a name from a URL and not the link itself is difficult. Also, Missy's point regarding how reproductive rights are important for everybody was clumsily worded—reproductive rights are important to people of all genders and sexualities, but some identities (essentially, anybody who is not a heterosexual cis white man) are more policed than others.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:

2 Dope Queens

Reading:

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Spell on Wheels by Kate Leth, Megan Levans, Marissa Louise

Playing:

Monument Valley 2

What Merri's Been Up To>:

Watching:

The OC
The Bachelorette

Listening To:
S-Town
Rose Buddies

Playing:

Monument Valley 2

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Race, Intersectionality, and the End of the World: The Problem with The Handmaid’s Tale by Shannon Gibney and Lori Askeland
Get Out of Gilead: Anti-Blackness in the Handmaid’s Tale by Priya Nair
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: A White Feminist’s Dystopia by Ana Cottle
What We Mean When We Talk about Infertility by Robin Ganev
I Grew Up In A Fundamentalist Cult — ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Was My Reality by Hanna Hettinger
there are secret feminist messages sewn into 'the handmaid’s tale’ costumes by Alice Newell-Hanson
Toronto and Gilead: The Handmaid’s Tale’s Unseen Spaces Between by Angel Cruz

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Episode 64 - Comedy as a Tool

Welcome to episode 64, in which we fundamentally destroy all humor by examining it and explaining every joke. Except Jim Carrey's teeth, which remain an enigma and a horror to all.

Mistakes: Missy didn't revisit A Modest Proposal before recording, and mistakenly said it's about solving world hunger. It's actually about classism—Jonathon Swift (satirically) suggests that poor Irish parents sell their children to wealthy people as food.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Reading:

You Should've Asked by Emma (the comic about housework and emotional/mental labor)
Sweaty Palms, edited by Liz Enright & Sage Coffey

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

The Handmaid's Tale
Harlots

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Why Do Puns Make People Groan? by Julie Beck
da share z0ne, if we haven't explained this to the point where it's no longer funny
Everything Wrong With "Everything Wrong With"
Movies With Mikey on Monster Factory
THE FINAL PAM
Shocking New Study Says Men Don't Play Video Games by Melissa Brinks
Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? (specifically the joke we spoiled)

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Episode 63 - 13 Reasons Why and Teen Dramas

Vacation is over, which means we're back with episode 63 on teen dramas, and specifically 13 Reasons Why. We're talking about responsible discussion of heavy issues, how dramas target a specific audience, and who gets caught in the crossfire, as well as our favorite things about rich kids--nothing.

Warning: This episode has serious trigger warnings for suicidal ideation, self harm, sexual assault, and eating disorders. It's a heavy episode, folks, so please take care before listening or feel free to skip it if those topics might be upsetting for you. It's also NSFW because we didn't censor swearing.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Secrets of the Goat People #1: Voice
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Small Town Witch: Love and Wonder by Alex “Muun” Singer, Jayd “Chira” Air-Kaci, Jen Doyle, and Ariana Maher

Watching:

Don't Breathe
La La Land

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Battlestar Galactica
The Handmaid's Tale
Harlots

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
13ReasonsWhy.info
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The Single Reason Everyone Should Watch The OC
"'13 Reasons Why' Makes a Smarmy Spectacle of Suicide" by Jia Tolentino
"‘13 Reasons Why’ Scared The Shit Out Of Me — And It Should Scare You Too" by Ijeoma Oluo
"Schools warned about Netflix show '13 Reasons Why'" by Rachael D'Amore

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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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