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Episode 39: Reality TV

Friend of the podcast Lizzie is back to dig into reality tv - we made Pete watch the season finale of The Bachelorette, and we have no regrets. Homework was ostensibly The Bachelorette, Great British Bake Off, and The Great Food Truck Race, but we talk about a TON of stuff. Also: an announcement about the next couple of episodes!


Episode 38: Summer Blockbusters

In this one, we talk about summer blockbusters, what makes a movie a blockbuster, and how unfair it is that people tend to think poorly of big budget action movies that come out in the summer. We both have a lot of feelings about superheroes and Steven Spielberg.


Extra Credit: Summer Media

It's summertime, and homework is honestly the last thing on our minds - we thought you guys deserved a break! Pete and I go guestless to brief you all on what we've been enjoying this summer in the realms of pop culture. Easy breezy.


Episode 36: Zombies as Metaphor

Zombies are EVERYWHERE and now they're on our podcast, too. Join us and guest Austin to talk Warm Bodies, The Girl With All the Gifts, and the Newsflesh trilogy as we dive into what zombies stand for and why they're so pervasive in our pop cultural landscape.


Episode 35: Remixing the Bard

We get down with Shakespeare in our newest episode! Reoccurring friend of the show Maren Hagman joins us to discuss interpretations of Shakespeare's work, including the seminal Ran by Akira Kurosawa; 10 Things I Hate About You starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger; and As I Descended by Robin Talley. Martha stans for Taming of the Shrew and everyone else is all in on Macbeth - check out this group of book nerds as we all get geeky over Billy Shakes.


Episode 34: PTSD

We get personal with a discussion on PTSD in pop culture: different portrayals, how it effects character motivation, and how we can use pop culture to help work through our own trauma. Joel Kenyon from 40 Going on 14, The Coffin Joe Cast, and The Joel Happy Kpants Hour joins us to discuss Macbeth, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Jessica Jones.


Episode 33: Virtue

Part two of Vice and Virtue! We're joined by guest Sara Shaw to talk about the ways in which virtue is portrayed, exploited, utilized and embodied by a variety of different characters. Homework for the episode: The Crucible by Arthur Miller; Dogma, 1999 film directed by Kevin Smith; Peace Like a River, 2001 novel by Leif Enger.


Episode 32: Vice

We continue our cross-pollination with the 40 Going on 14 crowd today with special guest Pat Whaley! Pat brings some real life experience to our discussion on Vice (don't miss our next episode all about the flipside, Virtue). Our homework for the episode: Repo! The Genetic Opera; the 1998 gambling parable Rounders; and the cyberpunk classic Neuromancer.


Episode 31: Anti Heroes

We have a very special guest this episode - the oft referred to husband of host Martha, Bill! We discuss anti heroes, including some rousing disagreement on whether our characters of choice actually count. Our homework for the episode: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, the 2012 action movie opus DREDD, and the genesis of the film noir genre, The Maltese Falcon.


Episode 30: Toxic Masculinity

We're extra topical (and extra long) today as we're joined by friend of the show Caitlin Hofert to discuss toxic masculinity. Our homework includes two TED talks, the pilot of The Sopranos, and a YA novel titles Devils Within by S.F. Henson.


Episode 28: Awards Shows

We're joined by returning guest Lizzie Buehler to dissect the 2018 Academy Awards, just like every other pop culture podcast in existence! But seriously, we all have feelings and you're entitled to 'em as we talk about the relevancy of the Oscars and award shows in general.


Bonus Episode! Academy Awards Chatter

Enjoy this bonus episode! Pete and Martha have a quick, unstructured chat about some of the contenders for the Academy Awards. Martha had just seen "Phantom Thread" and "Three Billboards," so the discussion focuses on those two movies.


Episode 27: Fairy Tales

Today Martha's friend and coworker Lauren Maxwell joins us to talk about the wide and wonderful world of fairy tales! We look at the old, the new, and the remixed - Neil Gaiman's modern take on Sleeping Beauty, The Sleeper and the Spindle; Mike Mignola's supernatural investigator Hellboy in his third collection, The Corpse and the Iron Shoes; and Guillermo del Toro's masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth. We talk about their cultural pervasiveness, their impact on our media landscape, and it's only...


Episode 26: Body Image

This episode gets a little sensitive (hence the content warnings) as we delve into different portrayals of body image, eating disorders, and other self-image topics. We are joined by returning guest Maren Hagman to discuss Hairspray, Zoolander, and The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller.


Episode 24: Better Together: Teamups

Calee's back for our one year anniversary episode, which is all about Teamups ! With the insane popularity of comic-based film right now, pop culture is pretty saturated with teamups. For our homework today we looked at the Big Two from the Big Two, and Pete threw us all a welcome curve ball by introducing a real-life teamup in the form of the pop supergroup The New Pornographers.


Episode 23: Top 10 of 2017

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Episode 22: Moments of Character Transcendence

What exactly do we mean when we say "moments of character transcendence"? It's a lofty phrase, but what are we talking about? The characters we're examining - a witch-in-training, a lost and damaged super genius (and her various protectors), and a pair of feisty demon hunters - all have a moment that crystallizes who they are, what they stand for, and what their stories are trying to say.


Extra Credit 20.5: Holiday Faves

Hello and welcome to our holiday break episode! Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we're all super busy making pies or eating turkey or watching football, so we have a nice light episode full of our favorite holiday media for you. No homework required!


Episode 20: Masks

We're talking about MASKS, both literally and figuratively, with guest star Mark Rhomberg! We examine plot and character elements, and there may or may not be a round of patting each other on the back for not assigning any straight forward superhero stories (although we still manage to talk about Batman, because, well, duh). Remember, we are who we pretend to be, so fake it till you make it and listen to our episode.


Episode 19: Sound & Music

We get technical this week as we examine the ways that sound, music, and silence are used in various forms of visual media. Our guest for the episode is Dan Karlin, of SOOL Radio fame, who joins our discussion as we get into, amongst the other things, diegetic music, creating tone with sound, and how Martha gets anxious when a movie doesn't have any score at all. It's no accident that we're talking about yet another Ryan Murphy joint, or that all of our media happens to be surreal in...