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Aack! Cathy, the iconic and much-maligned comic strip by Cathy Guisewite, chronicled the day-to-day tribulations of its titular working woman for 35 years, met with equal praise and derision. In this podcast, Jamie Loftus (Lolita Podcast, My Year in Mensa) weaves between reporting and fiction, putting a cruelly treated cartoon everywoman in context.
 
Who is Lolita? The Nabokov literary classic has sparked infinite discussion in the 65 years since its release, but the cultural memory the book has left behind lives more in romance and fashion aesthetics than a cautionary tale about a deceptive predator and his young prey. Jamie Loftus wants to know how we got here, and this series traces Lolita -- the person, Dolores Haze -- from her literary origin to current status as a doomed icon.
 
Two Packs is the trading card comedy podcast! Join host Geoffrey Golden and a special guest as they crack open packs of bizarre, retro trading cards from The A-Team to Xena: Dangerous Liaisons. While they discover what’s inside, they discuss forgotten pop culture, geeky childhood memories, and a thoughtful exploration of the human condition through a post-post-modern lens. (Or, y'know, Garbage Pail Kids.)
 
On February 6, 2014, late night talk show host Jay Leno disappeared. He stopped doing his regular late night show on NBC, fired all of his employees, and removed himself from the public eye after decades of coming out every night and shaking the audience’s hands. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. “Comedian” and Overall Fame seeker Jude Tedmori has taken it upon himself to track down and find Jay. Every week Jude and a guest will go to Burbank to find the now Missing J ...
 
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Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello discover what topics listeners would discuss on their hypothetical podcasts; comedian Jamie Loftus unpacks her Lolita Podcast, which reexamines the controversial literary classic through a feminist lens; comedian and television writer Demi Adejuyigbe (The Good Place, The Amber Ruffin Show) explains w…
 
We begin our new trilogy set with 1999’s The Matrix! Oh boy oh boy, let’s go down this rabbit hole, baby! Bridgett and Sarah discuss the legacy, themes, and gender critique of the Wachowski Sisters’ smash hit.A lot of what we reference was specifically in regards to gender, and how the Wachowskis' coming out recontextualized this film for many, man…
 
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello chat about household rules we struggle to enforce; actor and humorist Nick Offerman discusses his newest book Where the Deer and the Antelope Play and how he squares his life in Los Angeles with his agrarian sensibilities; comedian and "Dope Queen" Phoebe Robinson explains why no one is allowed to si…
 
Oh this episode, Caitlin, Jamie, and special vampire slayer guest Jasmine Johnson kill vampires and discuss the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. (This episode contains spoilers) For Bechdel bonuses, sign up for our Patreon at patreon.com/bechdelcast. Follow @jazzfacekilla on Twitter. While you're there, you should also follow @BechdelCast, @caitlind…
 
Abe walks us through his theory about how the horror flick Don’t Breathe (2016) creates a sequence in the first 20-25 minutes that basically walks through the movie right in front of your eyes and you barely notice. Is this a good technique? Does it make the film more enjoyable? You know, write some stuff in the comments. Let’s get an algorithm goi…
 
This week, Jamie, Caitlin, and special guest sink their teeth into a cannibalistic discussion about Raw. (This episode contains spoilers) For Bechdel bonuses, sign up for our Patreon at patreon.com/bechdelcast. Follow @nessguerrero on Twitter. While you're there, you should also follow @BechdelCast, @caitlindurante and @jamieloftusHELP Learn more a…
 
The first episode of our new deep-dive podcast that chronicles the films of Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson. We start with the star-studded feature debut of PTA: the tale of an older scam artist who takes a young gambler who’s down on his luck under his wing, only to find that there’s always a cost. The hosts return to their patented format o…
 
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello share listener advice to their teenage selves; actor Marlee Matlin discusses her critically-acclaimed new film CODA and why she's advocating for Deaf actors to play Deaf roles; writer Melissa Febos opens up about her new collection of essays, Girlhood, which looks at the forces that shape the lives o…
 
On this episode, Caitlin, Jamie, and special guest Jess Murwin discuss Matilda while enjoying some chocolate cake. This episode contains spoilers) For Bechdel bonuses, sign up for our Patreon at patreon.com/bechdelcast. Follow on @_rad_babe_ on Instagram. You should also follow @BechdelCast, @caitlindurante and @jamieloftusHELP on Twitter. Learn mo…
 
Big Bean Jason Pargin, award-winning writer and professional podcaster, drops a deuce! By that we of course mean that he joins us for a second episode in a row! This time around the beans tackle the 8th installment of the Resident Evil franchise. They discuss the scares, the development of the series over time, and why don’t they allow you to kill …
 
We did it! We reached our 420th podcast (not including exclusives)! Join us in what will be forever remembered as “that movie you watch probably because you’re high!” David Bell sits down and discusses the legacy, the meaning, and the methodical production of undeniably the most influential space movie of all time. We also spend some time telling o…
 
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello share some favorite words submitted by listeners; grammar expert Mary Norris recounts her early days as a copy editor at The New Yorker and her foray into all things Greek; actor and television writer Ryan O’Connell explains how keeping his cerebral palsy a secret inspired his book and Netflix series…
 
Space pirates Jamie, Caitlin, and special guest Gracie Gillam board a spaceship full of aliens and discuss Alien: Resurrection. (This episode contains spoilers) For Bechdel bonuses, sign up for our Patreon at patreon.com/bechdelcast. Follow @grace_phippson Twitter. While you're there, you should also follow @BechdelCast, @caitlindurante and @jamiel…
 
Adam walks us through the directorial playbook of the film Full Frontal (2002) and how it’s message, the techniques Soderbergh uses, and it’s annoyingly elusive ending all point to how Steven Soderbergh was never comfortable making Hollywood blockbusters. Features:Adam Ganser: https://twitter.com/therealganzAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheM…
 
Today’s discussion covers the “breakup album” as in the album you would play during a breakup for whatever reason. The reasons and albums our hosts choose could not be more distant which is fascinating in its own right. Adam picked an album that is just as old as Maggie! Also, Maggie drops the knowledge that her dad is a big fan of Michael Swaim, s…
 
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello share some special skills that listeners dream of having; filmmakers Mark Duplass & Natalie Morales open up about forming a friendship while making the film Language Lessons, which they shot entirely on webcams; ballet dancer James Whiteside chats about his new memoir Center Center and the need for m…
 
This week, Caitlin, Jamie, and special guest Michael-Michelle Pratt come together to plan a heist and discuss Widows. (This episode contains spoilers) For Bechdel bonuses, sign up for our Patreon at patreon.com/bechdelcast. Follow @femmesnfilms on Twitter. While you're there, you should also follow @BechdelCast, @caitlindurante and @jamieloftusHELP…
 
That’s right! It’s the KOK COC episode! So let’s talk about some murderous kids! Abe and Mike discuss King’s relationship with religious tales, the cult-y love for this film, the numerous sequels it birthed, and it’s rank along other King tales.Features:Michael Swaim: https://twitter.com/SWAIM_CORPAbe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightySuppo…
 
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello consider the misconceptions our families have about us; comedian and actress Maria Bamford convinces us that anybody can create their own comedy special; stand-up comic Shain Brenden compares his former "single dad" status to a foreclosed home; and Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter Brandy Cl…
 
On this episode to remember, Jamie, Caitlin, and special guest Sam Varela examine A Walk to Remember. This episode contains spoilers) For Bechdel bonuses, sign up for our Patreon at patreon.com/bechdelcast. Follow @Naked_Comedy on Twitter. While you're there, you should also follow @BechdelCast, @caitlindurante and @jamieloftusHELP Learn more about…
 
Big Bean Jason Pargin drops by to discuss the PS5 platformer Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, the new PS5 installment in the series by Insomniac Games. The gang discusses the game’s ability to immerse you, the mechanical flaws of the game, and if the chaotic action of the game distracts from the narrative. Everything you’d expect from three men discuss…
 
We wrap up our first trilogy with the third installment of the 50 shades films. Listen as Sarah and Bridgett discuss how these movies are not actually stories but just series of things that happen, how communication would solve all of the protagonists’ problems in their relationship, and how Christian’s numerous red flags seem to be buried by Ana’s…
 
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello celebrate the songs lyrics that reflect our lives; writer Nichole Perkins discusses her memoir Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be and makes the case for why Niles Crane is sexy; Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Lucy Walker (Waste Land) unpacks her epic new documentary Bring You Own Brigade, w…
 
Ivette Ale (@dignityandpowernow, @justicelanow) and Dahlia Ferlito (@wp4bl) talk with Chanelle Gallant (@ChanelleGallant) about decriminalization and sex work. This is a collaboration between Small Beans and Showing Up for Racial Justice, produced by White People 4 Black Lives. You can find full show notes, including useful links and recommended re…
 
On this episode, Caitlin, Jamie, and special guest Shereen Lani Younes accelerate the podcast to 50 miles per hour and never slow down! And also they talk about Speed! This episode contains spoilers) For Bechdel bonuses, sign up for our Patreon at patreon.com/bechdelcast. Follow @sheerohero666 on Twitter. While you're there, you should also follow …
 
Big Bean Bridgett Greenberg sits in to discuss Tom Ford’s 2016 psychological thriller/noir Nocturnal Animals. With quick pacing and two simultaneous stories, this film is not a casual viewing experience, but is it a rewarding one? The group discusses the obvious metaphor surrounding the film, the scenes that made them tense, and how the outside lif…
 
This time around Abe tells us about the paint-by-numbers approach of the direction of Jurassic Park 3. It’s not the franchise’s most memorable film by a mile, but the story of Joe Johnston’s artistic involvement in the project makes its production a very unique story. Features:Abe Epperson: https://twitter.com/AbeTheMightyAdam Ganser: https://twitt…
 
Host Luke Burbank and guest announcer Hari Kondabolu admit to being undecided on matters of personal hygiene and bed-making; science journalist Sarah Scoles encounters some true believers at the International UFO Congress; and singer-songwriter Angelica Garcia performs "I Don't Believe in Death" from her album Cha Cha Palace.…
 
This week, Jamie, Caitlin, and special guest Siouxsie Q head to a New York strip club to chat about Hustlers! (This episode contains spoilers) For Bechdel bonuses, sign up for our Patreon at patreon.com/bechdelcast. Follow @SiouxsieQMedia on Twitter. While you're there, you should also follow @BechdelCast, @caitlindurante and @jamieloftusHELP Here'…
 
A unique game by many accounts: released as the first PS5 only major release during a pandemic and with few PS5s actually around. The boys discuss it’s repetitiveness and the uniqueness of a roguelike FPS Triple-A psychological horror game. Is this a new genre? Is this just Risk of Rain 2? Is the story anything? Adam says Adam things. Michael says …
 
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello defy expectations this week; comedian Cecily Strong delves into her memoir This Will All Be Over Soon, which weaves themes of grief with moments of absurdity, like filming SNL with her phone during lockdown; Toronto rapper Shad chats about interviewing his heroes for the Emmy Award-winning Netflix se…
 
Usually a patreon-only release, we decided to bring the Professor Scott Bug podcast to you for free this week! Enjoy!For today’s lecture, Professor Scott Bug explains the sneaky nature of stars, constellations, and the creatures that make them. Abe and Scott are joined by Dr. Uvula Tardonis I who helps us put into perspective the unique lives and p…
 
In our penultimate (!) episode, Jamie speaks with twelve artists who work in semi-autobiographical comics in the spirit of Cathy today, and how autobio comics have changed with the times since Cathy-mania. Here's where you can find more work from and support today's artists: Marissa Moss : https://www.marissamoss.com/last-things.php Malaka Gharib: …
 
After the events of “Bean Town, A 23 Minute Radio Play,” Trish and Barb float in the void that once was time and space. However, there seems to be remnants of the universe seeping into the void. So, in order to prevent boredom, they manifest a TV to watch their favorite program, Ads. What will become of Trish and Barb? What eerie presence seems to …
 
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello talk "do-overs" this week and hear from listeners about their finicky unfinished projects; New Yorker staff writer Casey Cep discusses her debut book Furious Hours, which follows a mysterious Alabama murder case that captivated beloved author Harper Lee; comedian Matteo Lane questions the job descrip…
 
On this episode, scientists Caitlin, Jamie, and special guest Kelly McCormack make contact with aliens and have a discussion with them about the movie Contact. (This episode contains spoilers) For Bechdel bonuses, sign up for our Patreon at patreon.com/bechdelcast. Follow @kelmccormack on Twitter. While you're there, you should also follow @Bechdel…
 
2006. Tom Skerritt, Ron Perlman, Steven Weber. A god-like earth spirit destroys a town and local motorists. Seems pretty straight forward. So why do Abe and Michael take an hour to discuss King’s fascination with the “outsider” trope in moral tales, the nature of faith in storytelling, and centrism in Hollywood? Because it’s Kings of King, baby!Fea…
 
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