037. TBQH

The girls are back - this time talking about the usage of "genius" in popular culture, the mainstreaming of misogyny that has occured in response to #metoo, and what causes people to fear change. They also reveal the true pronunciation of "TBQH," which will be useful for parties.

Recorded May 25, 2018.

Intro/Outro: Wild Cub - "Wild Light"

Links from the Episode:

Your Fave is Problematic: Donald Glover
Jezebel: Mary Karr Reminds the World that David Foster Wallace Abused and Stalked Her, and Nobody Cared 
The Atlantic: David Foster Wallace and the Dangerous Romance of Male Genius
Kanye West and Why the Myth of "Genius" Must Die

Whit's Recommendations
Last Podcast on the Left: Jonestown, Parts I-V
Arturo Perez Reverte - The Club Dumas

Beth's Recommendations
Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer (title track) (Emotion Picture)
Mackenzi Lee - A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Líl̓wat Language

 

036. Rabbit Holes - REMASTERED (Now 98% more listenable!)

Beth and Whit are back, with opinions on the Super Bowl and football, Stephen King, the State of the Union, and the state of satire. Beth also stops listening to Whit at one point because the content on Twitter was too good to ignore.

Recorded 2/5/18

Intro/Outro: Arms and Sleepers - "Hurry Slowly"

Beth's Recommendations
Beyonce's Superbowl performance (2013)
Switched on Pop (podcast)

Whit's Recommendations
I, Tonya (2017) (trailer)
Coke Zero with Vanilla and Strawberry from your local Sonic

035. The New Normal

The gals are back after a long hiatus. They talk the new normal, the messiness of the Aziz Ansari case and hook-up culture in general, and the government shutdown and what it means for the future. (Apologies for the background noise - the gals kept getting too excited and hitting the table.)

Recorded January 22, 2018.

Intro/Outro: Miami Horror, ft. Cleopold - "Colours in the Sky"

Links from the Episode
Babe.net - "I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life"
Slate - "There Is No Rampaging #MeToo Mob"
Jezebel - "Babe, what are you doing?"
 

Whit's Recommendations
Shape of Water (2017)
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
The Good Place

Beth's Recommendations
Crooked Media Podcast Network
Thirst Aid Kit (podcast)

034. More Like Patri-MALARKY

034. More Like Patri-MALARKY

The gals are back with their longest episode yet. The sexual assault extravaganza that claims all of your heroes, how politics is still a different game, the variety of ways women are responding, and what exactly comes next. Plus tax bill (pre-December 1 vote) and your yearly update on the newest Starbucks Christmas cup controversy. 

Recorded November 20, 2017.

Intro/Outro: Sufjan Stevens - "Chicago"

033. Solid Anthrax Scare ( + Podcastiversary!)

The gals celebrate their one-year podcastiversary by gettin' talkative: tax plans; arguing with Gold Star families; psychiatrists diagnosing celebrities; cowardice of GOP senators speaking against the president; interminable Democratic leadership woes; the "Love, Little Rock" campaign; and Gorsuch, Most-Hated of the High Court.

Recorded October 25, 2017.

Intro/Outro: Rockwell, ft. Michael Jackson - "Somebody's Watching Me"

Links from the Episode
"Love, Little Rock" Campaign

Beth's Recommendations
Erin Morgenstern - "The Night Circus"

Whit's Recommendations
Mindhunter (Netflix)
1922?????? (Netflix)

032. Impromptu Book Club

The gals talk books... and eventually Graham-Cassidy, the Alabama Senate race, NFL protests, and Puerto Rico.

Recorded September 27, 2017.

Intro/Outro: Tegan & Sara, ft. The Lonely Island - "Everything is Awesome"

Beth's Recommendations
The American President (1995) (trailer)

Whit's Recommendations
The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson
Rick and Morty Season 3: "Pickle Rick" and "The Ricklantis Mixup" (links to sneak peaks)

031. Annnnnd We're Back!

The gals talk about everything* they missed by not podcasting over the last six weeks.

*Not even close. Are you kidding? You realized how much happened, right?

Recorded September 15, 2017.

Intro/Outro: Backstreet Boys - "Everybody"

Beth's Recommendations
Slate: Could Father Mychal Judge Be the First Gay Saint?
Drunk History
Key and Peele

Whit's Recommendations
IT (trailer)
Moana (trailer)
Bojack S4 (trailer)

030. This Platform... Needs More Planks

Jam-packed with a full gamut of topics: healthcare update (as of recording - before it temporarily resolved itself); unsung heroine of the Senate Elizabeth MacDonough; John McCain?!; the police shooting of Justine Dumond; and an extensive discussion of the recently released Democratic platform, which inspired the title of this episode.

This episode is the last one for two weeks while This is Why takes a brief hiatus before hopping back to it.

Recorded July 26, 2017.

Intro/Outro: Janet Jackson - "Escapade"

Links from the Episode
The Atlantic: Democrats Bet on a Populist Message to Win Back Congress
CommonDreams.org: "Resistance Not Enough: Progressive Groups Push Democrats to Back #PeoplesPlatform" 

Beth's Recommendations
Slate: Our Unfounded Medical Optimism
The Big Sick (Rotten Tomatoes)
Demi Lovato - "Sorry Not Sorry" (video)
Destiny's Child #1's (YouTube playlist)

Whit's Recommendations
The Unexpected (website)
Last Podcast: The Oklahoma City Bombing (pt. 1)
Guggenheim: Italian Futurism 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe
Gay of Thrones
Game of Thrones IMGUR recaps
 

029. "Speaking of things that are dumb and tragic..."

The gals run the gamut: healthcare update (pre-vote), RIP Riverfest, more flight options out of Little Rock, the newest Planet of the Apes movie, Beth's love of Jane Austen, and a briefing on the controversy around a new historical book and the libertarians who want to beat up historians in the parking lot over it. 

Recorded July 18, 2017.

Intro/Outro: Hello, Dolly! - "Out There" (Wall-E edit)

Links from the Episode
National Review: Jonah Goldberg - "The Benefit of the Doubt is Gone"
THV11: Goodbye, Riverfest: Event Canceled after 40 Years
FlyFrontier: Frontier Airlines Expands Low Fares to 90 Percent of the US Population
YouTube: Monty Python - The Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights
Amazon: Nancy Maclean - Democracy in Chains
Washington Post: Does 'Democracy in Chains' paint an accurate picture of James Buchanan?
S-USIH: Andy Seal - "The Controversy over Democracy in Chains"
Wikipedia: Jacques-Louis David - The Death of Marat

Whit's Recommendations
McMansion Hell
The F-Word (season one trailer)

Beth's Recommendations
Wrinkle in Time (trailer)
Wreck-It Ralph, Sense and Sensibility, The Incredibles, Wall-E
 

 

026. Deathrace 2017: Senate GOP Health Care Bill Edition

The gals talk the newest iteration of the ACA repeal (recorded pre-vote delay), the results of the UK election, the repeal of the Kansas tax cuts and what that means for current plans for national tax reform, and Wonder Woman. Also: we have a Drake moment.

Recorded June 12, 2018.

Intro/Outro: Cathy Dennis - "Touch Me"

Links from the Episode
(Check back Tuesday, July 4)

Whit's Recommendations
Medium: Alamo Drafthouse Apologizes for Starting Manpocalypse With Women-Only Screening
Podcast: Hidden Brain
Alexandra Petri @ Washington Post

Beth's Recommendations
Netflix: The Keepers (trailer)
Podcast: The Read

025. Gerrymanderingapalooza

Whit gives a primer on gerrymandering and current voter suppression cases before the Supreme Court, and the gals discuss an article accusing the Clintons of owning slaves, the prison industrial complex, and their opinions on the Hollywood Chrises. 

Recorded June 7, 2017.

Intro/Outro: Washed Out - "Hard to Say Goodbye"

Links from the Episode
Oyez (search SCOTUS cases and opinions)

Wikipedia: "Printed in March 1812, this political cartoon was drawn in reaction to the newly drawn state senate election district of South Essex created by the Massachusetts legislature to favor the Democratic-Republican Party candidates of Governor Elbridge Gerry over the Federalists. The caricature satirizes the bizarre shape of a district in Essex County, Massachusetts, as a dragon-like "monster". Federalist newspaper editors and others at the time likened the district shape to a salamander, and the word gerrymander was a blend of that word and Governor Gerry's last name."

Wikipedia: "Printed in March 1812, this political cartoon was drawn in reaction to the newly drawn state senate election district of South Essex created by the Massachusetts legislature to favor the Democratic-Republican Party candidates of Governor Elbridge Gerry over the Federalists. The caricature satirizes the bizarre shape of a district in Essex County, Massachusetts, as a dragon-like "monster". Federalist newspaper editors and others at the time likened the district shape to a salamander, and the word gerrymander was a blend of that word and Governor Gerry's last name."

All About Redistricting (Justin Levitt, Loyola University)
North Carolina v. Covington (.pdf)
ThinkProgress: "The Supreme Court just made it easier to get away with gerrymandering"
NYT: "Supreme Court Returns Virginia Voting Case to Lower Court"
Current Affairs: "'The Clintons Had Slaves"
Thirteenth (2016) (trailer
The Atlantic:

Jezebel: Report: Jezebel Endorses Chris Pine for Top Chris of the Famous Chrises

Whit's Recommendations
Tarkovsky's "Stalker" (1979)
Politically Re-Active (seconding Beth's recommendation from months ago)

Beth's Recommendations
Mating Ritual ft. Lizzy Land - "Cold"
Mating Ritual ft. Lizzy Land - "Night Lies"
WONDER WOMAN (2017) (trailer

023. SCOTUS with the Mostest

The gals chat about Alien: Covenant, three major SCOTUS cases heard in the last term, and Alex Tizon's divisive essay "My Family's Slave." Also Ally McBeal, apparently. 

Recorded May 22, 2017.

Intro/Outro: Wye Oak - "If You Should See"

Links from the Episode

The Atlantic: Alex Tizon - "My Family's Slave"
Slate: M. Evelina Galang - "What the Conversation around Alex Tizon's Atlantic Essay is Missing"

A few more responses to Alex Tizon's essay that were not read before the episode:
The Nib: Sukjong Hong - "The Slavemaster's Son"
Rappler: Lian Buan - "Eudocia Pulido had hopes, dreams, and fears too"

Beth's Recommendations
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Popular Music: The Podcast

Whit's Recommendations
Generation Why podcast
HBO: Mommy Dead and Dearest

022. Macaroons for Macron!

Birthday parties! The result of the French election! "ZombieCare" update! Whit makes coincidentally makes some cookies that are kind of thematically relevant!

Recorded May 8, 2017. 

Intro/Outro: Chvrches - "Gun"

Links from the Episode

Snopes: Is Sexual Assault a Precondition under "Trumpcare?" 
NYT: Justices Alarmed by Government’s Hard-Line Stance in Citizenship Case
Slate's Amicus Podcast

Beth's Recommendation

Resist Bot
Go Fug Yourself
Misterwives
Whit's cookies (awwww)

Whit's Recommendations

Daily Budget 
Turmoil
Go outside, dagnabbit. 

021. Just a Couple of Dumpster Fire Curators

The gals talk AHCA (pre-House passing the bill), failing to stay away from Trump news, the situation with North Korea, how we've become the petulant brats of the first world, the 7-trillion-dollar-deficit tax plan, the corporate takeover of government, the French elections on May 7, and the logic and ends of anti-immigrant sentiment.

Recorded April 26, 2017.

Intro/Outro: Billy Ocean - "Caribbean Queen"

Beth's Recommendations

NPR: TINY DESK CONCERT - Tank and the Bangas
New Republic: United States of Work
New Republic: Life in Africa's Last Colony
Get thee to a masseuse

Whit's Recommendations

Emma Cline - The Girls (2016)
Last Podcast on the Left
  Episodes 261-264: L. Ron Hubbard
  Episodes 189-191: 9/11 
  Episodes 178-179: Columbine