Once upon a time, saucy independent women roamed freely on network television. That was before the dark time, before #MeToo perpetrator Les Moonves took over CBS. Maya and Rebecca look back at TV’s feminist icons of the 80s and 90s – Murphy Brown, Julia Sugarbaker, the Golden Girls – and examine how they shaped & … Continue reading "Episode 51: Saucy 80s Ladies and White Feminism"
We’re being asked to forgive and forget Louis CK’s transgressions, and it seems inevitable that more harassers and abusers outed by #metoo will soon seek a return to public life. Maya and Rebecca examine whether forgiveness and redemption are possible for men who do shitty things, and if so, what does it look like?
It’s time for the LIGHTNING ROUND! After an INSANE news week with way too much to talk about, Maya and Rebecca try to cover as many topics as possible in one episode. From the criminal convictions of key Trump associates to women getting accused of sexual misconduct to action movies to summer jams and MORE…. … Continue reading "Episode 48: Manafort & Cohen, Asia Argento, Summer Pop Culture & More"
With Alex Jones and QAnon in the news, Maya and Rebecca take a good look at radical right-wing conspiracy theories – going all the way back to Illuminati and Freemasons, then following the thread through the John Birch Society, 9/11 Truthers, Pizzagate and beyond. Why are ultra-conservatives so attracted to conspiracy theories? And what do … Continue reading "Episode 47: Right-wing Conspiracy Theories"
Special guest Guy Branum (of “Talk Show The Game Show” and Pop Rocket podcast) joins Maya and Rebecca to break down Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special “Nanette.” Stop asking already, we’ll tell you what we thought about it!
Maya and Rebecca dig into comedian/prankster Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show, “Who is America?” Looking across the history of gotcha style comedy and Baron Cohen’s past work (Ali G, Borat and Bruno), they examine how this new iteration works in today’s social and political climate. Is this form of satire still relevant, and what – … Continue reading "Episode 45: Sacha Baron Cohen"
In this episode, Maya and Rebecca have the great pleasure of talking to not one but TWO amazing experts: Dr. Gretchen Sisson, who researches abortion portrayals in media at UCSF, and Jessica Mason Pieklo, journalist and lawyer and cohost of Boom! Lawyered podcast. These amazing women bring their knowledge and insights to the topic of … Continue reading "Episode 44: More Abortion! Now With Actual Experts!"
As the 2018 midterms approach, the left needs to unify. But… can they? Maya and Rebecca look at some of the ways folks are trying to pull the Democratic party and the nation further left, and examine what these various performances of ideological purity can (or can’t) really accomplish.
Maya and Rebecca talk about what we talk about when we talk about abortion. Have abortion rights advocates lost control of this conversation? Do media and pop culture depictions help or hurt? And how should we frame the debate going into the 2018 midterms?
The Trump administration is pursuing a deliberate strategy of pissing off liberals. But… why? Is it effective? Maya and Rebecca examine why right wingers love trolling the libs, and how that tactic fits into the larger picture of conservative grievance culture, revealing a pretty scary state of affairs in American politics (and at our own … Continue reading "Episode 41: All-American Fascism"
Maya and Rebecca ruin something THEY love. Special guest and intrepid investigative journalist Ken Bensinger joins the saucy ladies to discuss soccer, scandal and his new book “Red Card,” which details the US investigation into soccer’s massive international corruption.
Think there’s something Maya and Rebecca can’t ruin? Well they don’t shy away from a challenge. In this episode they set their critical (and dark, flashing) eyes on the daredevil raccoon who captivated America last week when it scaled a Minnesota skyscraper.
How are YOU using pop culture as a form of escape? The Sauce listeners have a lot of answers to that question, from the West Wing to Lord of the Rings to true crime podcasts and much, much more. Maya and Rebecca sort through all the responses, noticing some trends and patterns in the movies, … Continue reading "Episode 38: Escapism, Part 2: The Listeners Strike Back"
The news, obviously, sucks. How are Americans using popular culture to escape the stress and anxiety? Maya and Rebecca look at the movies and TV shows which seem to have struck a chord recently, then dive into their own personal favorites, discovering they have very different approaches to culture as self-care.
What is terrorism in the American cultural imagination? Is misogyny terrorism? Maya and Rebecca look at different types of violence intended to terrorize, and ask how we might expand and complicate the way our culture defines the concept of terrorism. Fun times!
Where in popular culture can we find the roots of the “incel” phenomenon? And are incels something new, or just a violent manifestation of our culture’s age-old misogyny? Maya and Rebecca delve into the world of online male supremacy to discuss these questions and more, and you bet your ass they’re drinking tequila for this … Continue reading "Episode 35: Incels and Male Supremacy"
In part 2 of Maya and Rebecca’s discussion about Trump and mafia narratives, they examine how the character types of the “fixer” and the shady business mogul shed light on the public’s perceptions of Michael Cohen and Donald Trump — as well as their apparent perceptions of themselves.
Maya and Rebecca look at what their growing celebrity could mean for the Parkland shooting survivors, as well as what the Laura Ingraham boycott and hiring/firing of Kevin Williamson might mean for conservative voices in mainstream media.