She-Ra: Progressive of Power
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"A Christmas Special" - Holiday Traditions
The only way the season could end! Guests JB Anderton, Dean Neilly, and Rachel Pitt join Lauren and Eric to discuss a wide swath of holiday traditions and their media representation against the backdrop of one of the most infamous entries in the He-Man/She-Ra canon. Skeletor has his Grinch moment, Horde helicopters take dubious shapes (we'll talk about it!), and Prince Adam denies the War on Christmas. This was a nice time. Recorded live at the Cards Against Humanity Theater, and we also...
"The Unicorn King" - Animal Rights
This week, we're finally talking about an issue that is (mostly) bipartisan - animal rights! We've got special guest zoo professional Jon Meisenbach to share his thoughts on the Horde's attempted conquering of Unicorn Island, and Lauren and Eric gush about their dogs a lot. Special shout-out to Sit Stay Read, one of Eric's very favorite Chicago nonprofits. You should definitely read about the amazing work they do.
"The Peril of Whispering Woods" - Healthcare
The Whispering Woods is broken and so is the way we think about caring for people. This week, Dr. Adam Del Conte joins Lauren and Eric to talk about access to healthcare, how environmentalism relates to well-being, and meeting the real She-Ra (almost definitely). In this episode we shout out to the Patient Advocate Foundation, an excellent group that can help those struggling with medical access and debt.
"My Friend, My Enemy" - Empathy
Skeletor drops in on Etheria with the most dastardly plan of all: EVIL PIE. Someone has to cry for Hordak, and we discuss the social and political value of empathy. Featuring special guest elementary school psychologist Aaron Hosek. Shoutout this week to 826 Chi, a great local organization helping foster empathy by giving kids the tools to share their stories.
"Just Like Me" - Heroism & Responsibility
This week, we look at an under-the-radar gem of the She-Ra series that teaches kids everywhere how important it is to play to their own strengths, even if they can't lift tanks over their head like our favorite Princess of Power. Lauren and Eric learn something, too, as we talk about trying to develop our own strengths that don't relate to trashing robot troopers.
"Huntara" - Race
This week, we tackle a beloved episode and She-Ra's biggest issue -- representation of anybody who isn't white. And hey, thanks to Hordak's evil plot, Fake News is also on the docket! With special guest Dawn Xiana Moon.
"The Rock People" - Assimilation
What happens when a group of spacefaring rocks that transform into pacifist humanoids try to immigrate to Etheria? What a hot topic! Plus we welcome guest Christina Bailey, who speaks on her own experiences as part-Latino, part-white in the US, and we finally dive (a little bit) into the really poor gendered marketing of the Princess of Power and Masters of the Universe toys.
"Play It Again, Bow" & "Treasure of the First Ones" - Art
This week: Hordak treasures guns, Madame Razz runs into an ex, and, in an episode about the power of art to resist, we once again confront Confederate monuments. Plus, we welcome special guest Marcus Warren, a gallery preparator and shop coordinator at the University of Chicago, who certainly knows a thing or two about preserving art.
"The Price of Freedom" = Privilege
This week, we look at the most beloved of all She-Ra episodes, and Eric lays out his idea that the relationship between He-Man and She-Ra perfectly displays male privilege. Also, Loo-Kee really misses the mark on the moral, and Mantenna doesn't own enough shoes. Poor guy.
"Crystal Castle" & "Troll's Dream" - The Other
This week, it's crystals galore as the Rebels find the Crystal Castle and then battle the Crystal Spider. But they're also battling their own bias towards Etheria's poor Trolls. Quoth episode writer Larry DiTillio, "Twiggets are bigots"... at least sometimes. Reminds me of a song from Avenue Q...
"The Sword of She-Ra" - Introduction
The premiere episode of She-Ra: Progressive of Power! Longtime fan Eric introduces his cohost Lauren to this wonderful, silly, weirdly relevant 1985 cartoon and the two explore the character of She-Ra, her world, and how that relates surprisingly well to what many of us are feeling in 2017. Covers the five-episode pilot of She-Ra: Princess of Power: "Into Etheria," "Beast Island," "She-Ra Unchained," "Reunions," and "Battle for Bright Moon."