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Episode 17: Thor Ragnarok

Maya and Rebecca return to the podcast’s geeky roots, really getting into it over the most recent Thor movie. Maya is uniquely positioned to analyze this latest Marvel offering – as, it turns out, she knows absolutely nothing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is Thor: Ragnarok the worst possible place to start? Is it inaccessible … Continue reading "Episode 17: Thor Ragnarok"

Duration: 00:53:05

Episode 16: Narrative Pleasure and the Mueller Investigation

Happy Indictment Day, to one and all! Rebecca and Maya are loving the way the FBI’s Trump/Russia investigation is playing out, so they analyze what makes this ongoing story so damn compelling and what it means to watch a high stakes procedural drama unfold in real life.

Duration: 00:52:45

Episode 15: Mother!, Male Genius and Muses

Maya and Rebecca jump back in to last week’s topics, responding to listener feedback: How do fictional social problem films differ from documentaries? Are feminist social problem films all disguised as comedies? Then they explore a new but related question: What the heck is going on with Gen X white male film directors? The sauced-up … Continue reading "Episode 15: Mother!, Male Genius and Muses"

Duration: 01:04:08

Episode 14: Much Ado About #MeToo

If we ever needed reasons to drink, this week delivered an abundance. Adult beverages at the ready, Maya and Rebecca consider the #MeToo hashtag and social media’s reaction to the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Is this part of a larger pattern – not just on social media but in American culture generally? What does this sort … Continue reading "Episode 14: Much Ado About #MeToo"

Duration: 01:00:46

Episode 13: Madeline Kahn Makes Things OK

What with everything in the world being total crap recently, Maya and Rebecca comfort themselves by talking about stuff that’s distinctly not crap, like the underappreciated progressiveness of Dirty Dancing and the unparalleled awesomeness of Madeline Kahn. Yes, there’s also a Weak Sauce Award because of course there is. But then again there’s also booze. … Continue reading "Episode 13: Madeline Kahn Makes Things OK"

Duration: 00:55:18

Episode 12.5: Political Correctness and Comedy

What do you get when two mouthy Jewesses with liquor and microphones get together? Enough material for bonus content! Here’s some of the stuff that wound up on the cutting room floor last week, as Maya and Rebecca had too much to say about free speech, Blazing Saddles and whether political correctness is really ruining … Continue reading "Episode 12.5: Political Correctness and Comedy"

Duration: 00:10:09

Episode 12: Free Speech

It’s been a hell of a week for free expression, with everyone from NFL players to alt-right trolls expressing opinions about who gets to express opinions. Of course Maya and Rebecca have opinions about it too, and after a few drinks they’re more than ready to express them. They explore how media discourse and narratives … Continue reading "Episode 12: Free Speech"

Duration: 00:53:36

Episode 11: REBOOT / Oprah Would’ve Won

THE SAUCE IS BACK! New co-host Maya Gurantz jumps right in with a deep dive into the strange world of ASMR videos. Then Maya and Rebecca talk about how we talk about Hillary Clinton and the lessons we can draw about being a powerful woman on the public stage. They also give out a well-deserved … Continue reading "Episode 11: REBOOT / Oprah Would’ve Won"

Duration: 00:50:55

Episode 10: Game of Thorns

This week Rosie and Rebecca delve into the world of HBO’s Game of Thrones, a top problematic fave. So much to love, so much to problematize! And can the showrunners responsible for it possibly deliver a not-offensive Confederacy drama?

Duration: 00:48:12

Episode 9: Stockholm Syndrome

Rosie is back from San Diego Comic-Con and Rebecca is back from vacation, and boy did they bring back lots of opinions with them. The saucy ladies share their thoughts on the movie trailers which debuted at Comic-Con and reflect on the weirdness of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast. They also introduce a … Continue reading "Episode 9: Stockholm Syndrome"

Duration: 00:51:40

Episode 7: Teachable Moments

So many topics to discuss this week and guess what? Rebecca and Rosie have a lot to say about them, including a few words for people defending offensive comic book covers and some thoughts about changes to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. They also cover the (somewhat) diverse new Academy class and the shamefully … Continue reading "Episode 7: Teachable Moments"

Duration: 00:54:02

Episode 6: Some Crap About Masculinity

Despite some audio issues, Rosie and Rebecca get their points across regarding new Ken dolls, drama on the Han Solo movie set, and one of your favorite films which is, sorry, very problematic. Day drinking breeds even stronger opinions than usual in this very special episode.

Duration: 00:43:22

Episode 5: Alert! People May Be Wrong on the Internet

Well it had to happen sooner or later… Rebecca and Rosie disagree! Specifically, on the leaked Joss Whedon Wonder Woman script. Is it horribly sexist, or just horribly formulaic? After hashing it out and downing a few drinks, they manage to find common ground in other topics, like Hollywood yet again casting a cis man … Continue reading "Episode 5: Alert! People May Be Wrong on the Internet"

Duration: 00:42:08

Episode 4: Et Tu, Image Comics?

So much foolishness to cover this week, but Rosie and Rebecca both have their Bloody Marys and at the ready. They take on conservatives riled up over Shakespeare in the park and scoff at Image Comics’ terrible idea of how to celebrate Pride Month. It’s not all negativity, though, as they wistfully remember Adam West … Continue reading "Episode 4: Et Tu, Image Comics?"

Duration: 00:42:12

Episode 3: Box Wine and Mouthiness

The booze and opinions flow as Rosie and Rebecca take on the public shaming of Bill Maher and Kathy Griffin, then drink their way through some bad Wonder Woman reactions and award the first ever Hot Sauce Award.

Duration: 00:41:48

Episode 2: Wonder Whiners

It’s a Wonder Woman themed episode! Rosie and Rebecca discuss all-woman screenings and the men who hate them, ponder why women aren’t allowed to fail in Hollywood, share their favorite big screen super-ladies, and bestow another Weak Sauce Award.

Duration: 00:52:32

Episode 1: The Phantom Mary

It’s our VERY FIRST EPISODE and Rosie has already failed to come prepared with a Bloody Mary. Not to worry, she has a nice craft beer and plenty of opinions. Rosie and Rebecca discuss The Handmaid’s Tale, Star Trek Discovery, Captain America’s heel turn and which late night star deserves the first ever Weak Sauce Award. … Continue reading "Episode 1: The Phantom Mary"

Duration: 00:47:42