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REmediaL STUDIES is a podcast by two nerdy ladies who just want to make the world listen to our academic opinions on the most nonacademic subjects. No media form is off limits! Books people call trash? Absolutely! Albums from artists you never heard of (or heard too much of)? You betcha! Movies that never got their box office due for being "too niche?" Where would we be without them! Television that you stayed up way too late to watch? We're right they're with you! Games that would have gotten you made fun of as a kid that are kind of cool now? We're your one stop shop! Join us, Hannah and Rachel, as we work through all the pop culture we can get our hands on and do our best to stay on topic along the way. New episodes every other Tuesday.

REmediaL STUDIES is a podcast by two nerdy ladies who just want to make the world listen to our academic opinions on the most nonacademic subjects. No media form is off limits! Books people call trash? Absolutely! Albums from artists you never heard of (or heard too much of)? You betcha! Movies that never got their box office due for being "too niche?" Where would we be without them! Television that you stayed up way too late to watch? We're right they're with you! Games that would have gotten you made fun of as a kid that are kind of cool now? We're your one stop shop! Join us, Hannah and Rachel, as we work through all the pop culture we can get our hands on and do our best to stay on topic along the way. New episodes every other Tuesday.
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REmediaL STUDIES is a podcast by two nerdy ladies who just want to make the world listen to our academic opinions on the most nonacademic subjects. No media form is off limits! Books people call trash? Absolutely! Albums from artists you never heard of (or heard too much of)? You betcha! Movies that never got their box office due for being "too niche?" Where would we be without them! Television that you stayed up way too late to watch? We're right they're with you! Games that would have gotten you made fun of as a kid that are kind of cool now? We're your one stop shop! Join us, Hannah and Rachel, as we work through all the pop culture we can get our hands on and do our best to stay on topic along the way. New episodes every other Tuesday.

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Episodes

Episode 28: The McElroys' "The Adventure Zone: Balance"

12/11/2018
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It's time to discuss our first podcast of this show and who better to kick it off with then three kids and their dad rolling some dice to save the multiverse? Strap on your fantasy seat belts, because spoilers will abound in...The Adventure Zone! Talking points: I'm gonna be 100% real with y'all we do a lot of crying about Dungeons & Dragons in this episode; the magic of collaborative story telling; what happens when you let go of full narrative control; how podcasts can attach themselves to...

Duration:01:06:17

Episode 27: The CW's "Riverdale"

11/27/2018
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This week we zoom in on a seemingly perfect American small town rocked by murder, teen drama, and the aftershocks of Christopher Nolan. Join us as we discuss season one of Riverdale. Talking points: this show is obviously the heir apparent to MTV's Teen Wolf; the anatomy of a gritty reboot; distrust of perfection in literature; if a show about normal people doing normal things viable in our time; trashy teens and the twenty-somethings that love to laugh at them; how the orignal comics were...

Duration:00:50:00

Episode 26: Terry Pratchett's "Jingo"

11/13/2018
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In the fourth installment of our Remedial Readalong series, we return to the the world of the Disc, caught in the middle of a fight over a spit of land in the middle of the ocean. What follows is a tale of patriotism gone mad, where seemingly harmless talk about some leads to war and ruin for all. But it's also a story about what can happen when good people choose to stand up and do something about it. Talking points: nationalism in fantasy setting; American involvement in the Middle East vs...

Duration:00:48:09

Episode 25: Guillermo del Toro's "Crimson Peak"

10/31/2018
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The most magical and spooky of days is upon us, listeners, and with it we bring you a long promised tale of love and horror, set amidst a house that has become a living thing unto itself. Prepare to indulge in some prime gothic heroine problems, and have a Happy Halloween! Talking points: setting as protagonist; Real Life Byronic Hero Tom Hiddleston; color in costumes and lighting; GDT continuing to know what we need; sex and the horror genre; what makes a ghost; supernatural versus mundane...

Duration:00:59:30

Episode 24: Michelle Mcnamara's "I'll Be Gone In The Dark"

10/16/2018
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Just as a fair warning, this episode isn't very funny, because this book wasn't very funny. It's buckwild, really affective, and hits several nerves for us, though, so we think it's still important. Also...maybe don't listen to this one alone in the dark. Don't make our mistakes. Step into the light. Talking points: perpetual flapness; hopelessness in the face of overwhelming terror; series killer fandom; who we deem worthy of victim hood; are the real monsters human; why we keep telling...

Duration:00:49:20

Episode 23: Hozier's "Nina Cried Power - EP"

10/2/2018
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It's not the waking, it's the rising. Our favorite fae prince turned folk singer has returned to us at last, and in his wake comes a sound that fits with the moment we're in, and, oh boy, do we feel some kind of way about it. Talking points: the four genres of Hozier songs; a microcosm of a vibe; protest as process, not just an event; Andrew Hozier-Bryne is the only person allowed to at us about this show; apocalyptic love and the interplay of rage and hope; the space been initiation and...

Duration:01:02:09

Episode 22: Tomi Adeyemi's "Children of Blood and Bone"

9/18/2018
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We return to you after a brief hiatus to take you to the land of Orisha, and into the journey of a young woman seeking to bring magic back into a world that feels all too real. Talking Points: The limitations of empathy when it comes from places of privilege; is power only power when it's used as a weapon; the importance of stories other than our own; how Inan needed to be Zuko, but was too much of a Hamlet to pull it off; questions means nothing if you're not willing to answer them; how...

Duration:00:50:53

Episode 21: Terry Pratchett's "Feet of Clay"

8/21/2018
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Hail and well met, citizens of Ankh-Morpork! We've reached the third installment of our Remedial Readalong series, and if you thought our good buddy Terry had run out of punches to pull, well...if you've done the reading you know how wrong you were. Join us as we journey back to the city full of turmoil, intrigue, existential crisis, and buddy cop comedy! Talking points: We're so messed up about this book, you could make a drinking game out of it; Uncle Terry piling on the facets of cultural...

Duration:00:59:00

Episode 20: Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's "Monstress"

8/7/2018
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For our big 2-0, our teeth and claws are ready to shred as we bring you a story of women and the monsters who reside in them. Talking points: this comic left us Straight Up Messed Up; the nature and impact of time and betrayal; the old gods and the new wars; Plath's figs; the importance of seeing the Other in fiction; the job prospects of cats; why can't the world just be art deco; Kippa is the cutest moral compass; and, hey, we say this a lot but PLEASE read this comic immediately....

Duration:00:51:12

Episode 19: Norman Jewison's "Moonstruck"

7/24/2018
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Once upon a time in Brooklyn, where the moon lights up the sky with reckless romantic possibility, we bring you the story of love both as it is and as it could be, fueled by brutality, gentleness, and the raw, unstoppable power of 80s Cher and Nicky Cage. Talking points: the longest summary segment yet (but we promise it's all necessary); how a spread in character age lends legitimacy to romantic subplots; love as a gendered power struggle; bringing the operatic to the cinematic; heightened...

Duration:00:54:56

Episode 18: The Wachowskis' "Jupiter Ascending"

7/10/2018
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It was a dark and stormy night, when your loyal hosts sat down to discuss a film that...well. It was something. Through sparse and disjointed plot, effects galore and spectacular, and a love interest straight out of novels we would have written in middle school, we bring to you a story of media not objectively good nor groundbreaking, but worthwhile just the same. Talking points: Spectacle over story; how to know someone is a villain by their economic views; if bees are the most trustworthy...

Duration:00:59:57

Episode 17: Terry Pratchett's "Men at Arms"

6/26/2018
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The second installment of our Remedial Read-along series has arrived. Did you do your homework? The Anhk-Morpork Night Watch hope you have! Well, maybe just Corporal Carrot. Talking points: allegories of the inhuman and inhumane in fantasy; how to tell when a throne isn't real gold; when is a weapon more than a weapon; can triggers ever pull themselves; unequal treatment under local law enforcement; how are we supposed to handle it when Terry gets too real; and, hey, what the heck was that...

Duration:00:50:43

Episode 16: Anaïs Mitchell's "Hadestown"

6/11/2018
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On the road to Hell there was a railroad line, and two ladies waiting for a train. Come with us way down under the ground as we dive into Anaïs Mitchell's musical vision of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and it's world of gods and men. Talking Points: the cycle of seasons, trains, and stories; call, response, and reprise; the interplay of the mythical, personal, and political; why is it human to look back; can love truly flourish without trust; and, hey, why do we sing it anyway?

Duration:00:51:28

REmediaL STUDIES, Episode 15: Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander"

5/28/2018
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In this episode, we break down Outlander: a sexy, action-packed historical romance classic. We'll discuss romance as a genre, pronounce Scottish names very badly, and take a long detour to talk about country music. Talking Points: the inversion of romance tropes, Brexit, violence on screen, villainy, the Female Gaze, our complicated relationships with country music, and the excellent, grounded writing of Diana Gabaldon. Content warning: physical and sexual assault

Duration:00:54:05

REmediaL STUDIES, Episode 14: Hannah Yells About Comics #1

5/14/2018
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Join Hannah for a spoiler-free review of the weird and orange Factory by Elgo. Hannah will discuss her own comics background, give you the DL on the comic's origin, and whether or not you might like Factory. Also up for grabs: the politics of dystopia, color theory, and Hannah's major beef with the comic Low.

Duration:00:25:08

REmediaL STUDIES, Episode 13: Terry Pratchett's "Guards! Guards!"

4/30/2018
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The first segment in our Remedial Read-Along commences with a tale of a city on a river, of fantasy police, an (almost) incompetent secret society, a Noble Dragon, and a masterclass in fury-fueled comedy. Talking Points: what the heck is a Discworld, descent into cynicism in reverse, alignment as it informs character interaction, yet ANOTHER D&D story, does being lawful mean you must be loyal to an unlawful authority, a thing doesn't depend on your belief to be real (until it does), the...

Duration:00:50:33

REmediaL STUDIES, Episode 12: Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement's "What We Do in the Shadows"

4/17/2018
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This week we're up to our elbows in vampires and existential angst. It turns out being immortal is kind of lame. But also funny. In addition to What We Do in the Shadows, there are also spoilers for Only Lovers Left Alive and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Talking Points: the subversion of vampire tropes, old age is brutal, why vampires are so self-centered, Only Lovers Left Alive, Hannah's personal vendetta against The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, optimistic and pessimistic nihilism, and the...

Duration:00:50:42

REmediaL STUDIES, Episode 11: Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time"

4/7/2018
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Time is weird. Sometimes things that are supposed to come out on Tuesdays actually come out early Saturday. Sometimes a trio of kids get pulled into an adventure about how love and compassion are the most powerful forces in the cosmos. These things are not as dissimilar as they appear. Talking Points: The fallibility of humans, how hollow intellectualism will fall before a heart full of love, Trademark Christian Overtones, the importance of letting children feel exactly what they feel, can...

Duration:00:53:30

REmediaL STUDIES, Episode 10: Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie's "The Wicked + The Divine"

3/20/2018
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With the help of some teenage angst-fueled divine intervention, we now return you to our regularly scheduled programming. Talking Points: the cult of celebrity, the price of fame, saying a lot of names wrong, writing and drawing the world in full color, deification only leads to the fall, plot twists so fresh you'll want to punch something, and, hey, let female characters be awful, you cowards!

Duration:00:45:08

REmediaL STUDIES, Episode 9: Alan Moore's "Watchmen"

2/21/2018
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On this episode of REmediaL STUDIES, the doomsday clock ticks closer to midnight. We enter an alternate history of super heroes and villains that turned the comic world on its head, and remains uncomfortably relevant. Talking points: the assignment of meaning to meaningless objects, time is weird, how we respond to media that isn't meant for us, the persistence of nuclear anxiety, how much Rachel hates Doctor Manhattan, what really matters if nothing ever ends, and, hey, who watches the...

Duration:00:51:47