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Welcome to Anti-Woke University! The University of Austin at Texas, a new school founded by the Self-Identified Cancelled. Rebecca and Maya break down the website and, more importantly, the bullshit rhetorical moves around ideas of academic freedom and open discourse promoted by this cadre of mostly white male conservative public intellectuals who …
 
Rebecca and Maya get into Succession, HBO’s dramedy about rich people being horrible. We break down the tension between its prestige glossiness and cringey dark comedy, discuss American fascination with TV shows about the aristocracy, and disagree over whether it’s possible to be a fan of this show without ultimately sympathizing for these monsters…
 
Introducing Sauce Classics! Secret tapes were just released of how the NRA were strategizing their future after the Columbine shooting. So we’re returning to our episode about gun culture: exploring how the gun industry created a culture of fascination and romance around their products, and how the gun lobby in turn used that to inform pro-gun prop…
 
Graphic novelist (& long-time listener!) Nick Anderson comes on to get real about autism. We break down popular misconceptions of autism, assess pop cultural characters who are “on the spectrum” in ways both coded and explicit, what the metaphor of “the spectrum” misses about neurodiversity anyway, and what media does “click” with autists and why.…
 
We all feel some kind of way about Bennifer & John Mulaney & Steve from Blues Clues & Michael K Williams & and there’s a word for that: the Parasocial, a concept that is suddenly EVERYWHERE. What is it about our intimate emotional connections to famous people who will never know our names? Is it bad for us? How does parasociality connect with #MeTo…
 
Britney Spears! How did this multi-million dollar generating superstar quietly lose her legal rights as an adult? Why did it take the public so long to recognize this was a problem? Maya and Rebecca dive into Britney’s past and present to shed light on her bizarre legal situation, the #freebritney movement, and what happens when a teenager grows up…
 
Rebecca has decided Maya needs to watch all the Marvel movies–in a specific order of her choosing! This will be an ongoing series of mini-sodes for our $5 and up patrons, but we thought we’d share the first one–about Iron Man–with everyone. We also catch up on COVID and Ivermectin, and recent developments in anti-CRT laws.…
 
Julia Sweeney ruins the Catholic Church for Maya and Rebecca! The legendary comedian, writer and longtime Sauce patron talks some inside baseball about Pope Francis, Opus Dei, the Knights of Malta, why there are so many damn Catholics on the Supreme Court, and the specifically Catholic reasons Ross Douthat is an idiot.…
 
From Proud Boys staging violent rallies to alternative medicine peddlers spreading disinformation to neocons undermining faith in public health and terrified parents “protecting” their children, anti-vaxxers are everywhere–and they’re driving the current COVID surge. Where have we seen this before? What do we do with these people? Grab a drink, you…
 
Can you name an elite professional athlete that seems…happy? Does toxic masculinity actually improve sports performance–or is it a costly inefficiency? In this episode, we share more fascinating stuff from our conversation with sports writer and former soccer pro Bobby Warshaw–and uncover the connections between Ted Lasso, the Olympics, Andrew Cuom…
 
We continue our deep dive into Critical Race Theory by speaking with an ACTUAL high school ethnic studies teacher! She takes us thru the political minefields (and undeniable benefits) of teaching teens how power works; and the pedagogical nitty gritty of centering marginalized voices while emphasizing critical hope and collective action.…
 
This week, @mayagurantz and @gynostar achieve the impossible: we ruin the almost excruciatingly likable soccer/mental health fairy tale Ted Lasso with help from writer, sports commentator, and ACTUAL FORMER SOCCER PRO Bobby Warshaw. We ask: is it possible to even imagine professional sports without toxic masculinity and sociopathic athletes?…
 
You know about last year’s smash movie, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on August Wilson’s classic play. But what about the real Ma Rainey, the actual mother of the Blues, of whom there are only 7 remaining photos? For this Very Special Episode, we are joined by guitar wizard and jazz historian Charlie Apicella, Grammy … Continue reading "Ma Rainey…
 
Trump is gone, so everything is better now, right?! Our favorite star political commentator Kaitlin Byrd (@gothamgirlblue) returns to review Biden’s first 100 days, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Is Biden really “boring but radical”, per Ted Cruz? Is he copying all of HRC’s moves? We break down what the entire political spectrum … Continue readin…
 
Artist (and longtime Sauce listener!) Marcus Kwame Anderson and writer David F. Walker join us to discuss their gorgeous new book The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History, and get into ways we imagine Blackness, activism, community care, mutual aid, violence, militancy, Panther aesthetics and how shifting cultural portrayals impact how we r…
 
The release of Allen v Farrow made us realize–somehow we’ve never ruined Woody Allen! Two drunk Jewish girls weren’t enough for this one, so we invited legendary comedy writer Allison Silverman (The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Portlandia, The Office, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Russian Doll) to help us break down Woody’s legacy, how … Co…
 
How does Emerald Fennell’s brutal new film Promising Young Woman fulfill–and disrupt–our expectations of a rape revenge story? What itches get scratched by that genre anyway? Are those stories even the right way to understand why this movie is getting so many viewers’ panties in a twist?By Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
CULTS! PART 2! Rebecca and Maya take an even deeper dive into recent hit NXIVM documentaries, consider cult expert Steven Hassan’s BITE Model of High Control Groups, and what both can teach us about the MAGA CULT. Can Trump’s spell be broken? Was the attack on the Capitol the Trump cult’s Helter Skelter? Or do … Continue reading "Cults, Part 2: The…
 
Rebecca and Maya celebrate the waning hours of 45 by finally talking about CULTS, natch. In this first of a two-parter, we discuss the recent spate of hit cult documentaries (“The Vow” & “Seduced” about NXIVM, “Wild Wild Country”, “Inside Scientology,” etc), how they fulfill all our expectations of cult stories, and dig into how … Continue reading …
 
Ruining Rudolph? Don’t mind if we do! Rebecca and Maya hit the sauce and dive into the annual Yuletide Wall of Sound–racist histories, questionable subtexts, inherent biases, and how the Jewish people wrote all the best ones anyway. Caroling is a super-spreader activity! Stay safer at home and let us ruin it all for you!…
 
You’ve all been waiting for it. Maya and Rebecca finally ruin something you probably love a lot: Grogu, better known as Baby Yoda. We also do a deep dive into a strange photo angle that has been dogging our now-Lame Duck President. What do both things tell us about 2020, and what we need to … Continue reading "Baby Yoda; Trump’s Strange Photo Angle…
 
We have a girl crush. With her hilarious podcast Fuckbois of Lit, Emily Edwards does unto the history of Western Literature what the Sauce does to pop culture and politics. We talk about how our erotic fantasies have been shaped by the novels we read as girls, what it means to undo that damage, and … Continue reading "The Fuckbois of Literature, wi…
 
If we just solved issues of class and capitalism, it would fix everything, right? That seems to be the word from the BernieBro / Jacobin / Chapo Trap House Left. For The Sauce’s First Ever panel discussion, we have geniuses Emily Edwards (host of Fuckbois of Lit), Akasemi Newsome (Assoc. Director of the Institute of … Continue reading "Fantasies of…
 
In the 2020 hellscape, the historic pick of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential selection really felt like the election kick-off. Rebecca and Maya get drunk and ruin any pleasure you might take in it by outlining the various ways Harris’ obvious excellence intimidates much of the media into replaying all the sexist hits, … Continue readi…
 
Who’s Biden going to choose as his VP? Who SHOULD he pick? Does it even matter as the world is ending? Our favorite political commentator Kaitlin Byrd returns to help us answer these questions, vet the nominees properly because Chris Dodd sure as shit can’t do it (you’re welcome, Joe), and figure out in advance … Continue reading "VEEPSTAKES! (with…
 
From federal agents kidnapping BLM protesters to white moms trying to protect them, how are current events in Portland like the movie Mad Max: Fury Road? Maya and Rebecca answer this riddle, delving into themes of government tyranny and (white) maternity to uncover the unexpected connections.By Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
100 episodes ago, Maya and Rebecca discussed the discourse around “free speech”–people expressing opinions about who gets to express opinions. A recent “open letter” in Harpers made us drink so much we figured we might as well return to the topic and how the debate has and hasn’t changed after 2.5 years of turbocharged political … Continue reading …
 
So when a mass pandemic brings about the end of the world (ahem), what will it look like? What *has* it looked like? Rebecca and Maya get trashed and do close readings of The Last Man on Earth (1964), Omega Man (1971), and the Will Smith vehicle I Am Legend (2007)–three adaptations of the same … Continue reading "The Disease Apocalypse"…
 
Masks: cheap, easy, enormously effective in preventing coronavirus transmission. So what the hell is up with people who don’t want to wear them? Rebecca and Maya find answers, not surprisingly, in toxic masculinity, the Trump and Fox News Death Cults, and of course, many, many drinks.By Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
Maya and Rebecca talk about the Black Lives Matters protests sweeping the country. How is our current understanding informed and inflected by historical memory? What media and culture has prepared us for this moment–in the past decade? 20 years? 100 years? What makes this moment different? Or is it?By Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
Maya and Rebecca continue their deep dive into movies about contagious disease, breaking down infection horror movies and what they tell us about disease in the cultural imagination. This episode doesn’t address the news around BLM protests and police violence, but remember: It’s okay to give yourself a breather from the stress of current events. ……
 
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