For our new listeners, here’s are some of our top episodes, entirely unscientifically compiled from our own faves, fan faves, and most-listened to episodes.
Culture in the Politics
Mob Boss Trump: A two-part episode where we attempt to understand Trump’s success by breaking down mafia narratives, including figures of the mob boss and the “fixer”.
Escapism in the Trump Era: Our listeners share what media brings them relief during the Trump era and we explain why it works.
Narrative Pleasure and the Mueller Investigation: how the Mueller investigation operates culturally as a real-life TV procedural.
Incels and Male Supremacy: we dive into online male supremacy and find the roots of the “incel” phenomenon in pop culture.
Conspiracy Theories: from Alex Jones and QAnon all the way back through the Illuminati and John Birch Society, what conspiracy theories reveal about the right-wing mindset.
All-American Fascism: How trolling the libs fits into the larger picture of conservative grievance culture.
Politics in the Culture
Surviving Surviving R. Kelly: In this epic three-episode arc, we explain why Surviving R. Kelly hit audiences in a way that 20 years of journalism could not. In Episode 2, we’re joined by critical race and feminist media studies theorist Rebecca Wanzo, who illuminates a larger historical context and analysis; in Episode 3, political theorist (and former R. Kelly fan) Ainsley LeSure parses the larger moral responsibilities of the moment.
Is #MeToo feminism’s “Red Pill” moment? Men taken down by #MeToo are trying to come back–should we let them? What can “sex and shopping” novels of early feminist empowerment reveal to us about the emergent literature of #MeToo? How do we feel about the “Trauma Porn” documentaries turning abuse into prestige television?
We’ve ruined Adam Driver, our favorite 80s sex comedies, Watchmen, The Voice, Outlander, Queer Eye, Quentin Tarantino, The World Cup, South Park, the Great British Bake Off, sex positivity, Murphy Brown and white sitcom feminism, Top Gun, and of course, Christmas.
Our Origin Story–How Rebecca and Maya met over high school horniness and romance novels.