With the House debating articles of impeachment, this episode from May 2018 feels remarkably relevant. Maya and Rebecca uncovered how mafia tropes prime the public to understand – and accept – Donald Trump’s flagrantly corrupt behavior.
Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese recently had a few things to say about Marvel movies, and Maya and Rebecca have a few things to say about Martin Scorsese. So many that they couldn’t fit into one episode. In this first part, they break down Scorsese’s own directorial oeuvre, then pull apart his critique of superhero movies … Continue reading "Episode 94: Ruining Scorsese, Part I"
Inspired by the (actually inspiring) Chicago teacher strike, experienced teachers Maya and Rebecca take an in-depth look at Hollywood’s version of education reform, how it compares to reality, and how it impacts public policy.
Could Tulsi Gabbard or Jill Stein actually be Russian assets, as Hillary Clinton implied last week? Maya and Rebecca are more interested in how you respond to that question than whether your answer is accurate. Because the ways Americans talk about Russia reveals more about Americans than it does about about Russia. In this episode, … Continue reading "Episode 92: Russia, Russia, Russia"
As Dubya pals around with Ellen, Sean Spicer dances the Paso Doble, and the Joker cries inside, Maya and Rebecca see a trend: the humanizing – or even normalizing – of people who do monstrous things. What are the cultural roots of this impulse, and is it a bad thing to remember that people who … Continue reading "Episode 91: The Joker & Humanizing Evildoers"
Things are happening fast, and Maya and Rebecca definitely need a drink. Luckily that’s the whole premise of the show, so join them as they down some booze and analyze the cultural implications of the Trump impeachment.
Maya and Rebecca have mixed feelings – and a few disagreements – about Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie. Is it a love letter to Hollywood movies or an old white man’s sad grasp at continued relevance? Hear the competing analyses and form your own opinion.
Why is American popular culture so fascinated with guns? In this episode, Maya and Rebecca examine how the gun industry created a culture of fascination and romance around their products, and how the gun lobby in turn used that culture to inform pro-gun propaganda.
Lately we’ve seen an encouraging increase in diverse representation on screen. Or have we? Could apparent diversity really just be tokenizing? How can we tell the difference? Maya and Rebecca are joined by writer, filmmaker, and podcaster Kieran Scarlett to tackle these and other thorny questions about Hollywood, streaming networks, inclusivity and tokenism.
Men taken down by #MeToo are trying to come back! Should we let them? Maya and Rebecca consider Aziz Ansari’s latest stand up special, Mark Halperin’s recent book, and Al Franken’s strange New Yorker redemption narrative. We also take apart people’s very telling reactions to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide and Nicole Hannah Jones’ #1619 project.
While marking the passing of Judith Krantz, Maya’s favorite trashy novelist of female sexual empowerment, we get into E. Jean Carroll’s explosive yet strangely ignored essay on Donald Trump and sexual assault, Mary Gaitskill’s recent New Yorker novella, and the emergent literature of #MeToo.
Rebecca and Maya talk about the recent mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, and Gilroy, in the context of the extremist right-wing online subcultures cultures that inspired them, using clips from previous deep dive episodes. We excerpt, in part, from the following episodes, in case our listeners want go back and listen to the full … Continue reading "Episode 84: Dayton: El Paso: Gilroy :: Misogyny: White Supremacy: Conspiracy"
Two nights. Twenty candidates. So much alcohol. Maya and Rebecca drink our way through the Democratic Debates, analyzing the star turns, the breakout moments, the also-rans, the douchebags, as we try to tell the white guys apart.
Migrant concentration camps are in the news, along with public debate about whether to call those camps what they actually are. So Maya and Rebecca tackle the question, not only of what to call concentration camps, but also how Americans perform Holocaust remembrance and what it really means to “never forget.”
Sex is great! Porn is great! But also, sometimes not. Maya and Rebecca dig deep into the longstanding feminist debates around sex work, porn, and sex positive feminism, uncovering how both sides are mostly right… and also frequently wrong.
Incels getting plastic surgery, Mueller speaking publicly, Trump tweeting… There’s a lot to catch up with this week. Plus, a new music video and recent film inspire Maya and Rebecca to delve into the question: Can men tell the story of a woman’s life?
It’s been a rough few weeks for reproductive Justice. Maya and Rebecca have some things to say about it, including how done they are with not only anti-abortion rhetoric but also some abortion rights language that needs to go away.