Episode 76: So, You Like Cats

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    In our last episode, mistakes were made. Allison stated that Fargo was unavailable to stream online, when in fact it is available though paid Hulu accounts and via your cable provider on the FX website. Becca incorrectly named Mary Doria Russell as the author of the Typhoid Mary novel Fever, which was actually written by Mary Beth Keane.
  • This Week in Comics
    A-Force #5, Black Panther #2, Black Widow #3, The Amazing Spider-Man and Silk #3, Poe Dameron #2, Rat Queens #16, the Free Comic Book Day Serenity story and Thunderbolts #1 | We're still a little behind on our Free Comic Book Day haul, but we had lots of other stuff to discuss this week, including bad jokes, bloody cliffhangers and the sheer awesomeness of Dazzler Thor.
  • Captain America: Civil War
    First things first, Linda Holmes really speaks to us in this piece in which she compares Iron Man vs. Cap to Hamilton vs. Burr. We go ALL IN on the latest (and definitely great, if not greatest) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, covering everything from international politics to T'Challa fan art to 90s rom-com Only You, though we somehow managed to leave out our assessment of Scarlett Johansson's wig. #teamcantwealljustgetalong
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales
    B: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

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Episode 74: Boss of the Applesauce

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    Becca corrects her pronunciation, or lack thereof, in her recommendation from our last episode.
  • This Week in Comics
    Mockingbird #2, Black Widow #2, Amazing Spider-Man and Silk #2, A-Force #4, Giant Days #13, Faith #2 & 3, New Romancer #1, C-3PO, Poe Dameron #1, Spider-Women Alpha #1 and Black Panther #1 | Mockingbird introduces a new character (or an old one, if you've been keeping up with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) in a way that only writer Chelsea Cain could and we approve; Becca's dream team of Charles Soule (She-Hulk) and Phil Noto (Black Widow) do not disappoint with Poe Dameron, a Star Wars: The Force Awakens prequel in which Poe charmingly says "buddy" a lot; and, duh, Ta-Nehisi Coates delivers a beautifully written first issue of Black Panther, managing to drop us into the middle of a story about a character we're unfamiliar with while neither over-explaining nor losing us. THIS is how you attract new readers to an old character.
  • Ann starring Holland Taylor
    We had the privilege and pleasure of seeing Ann, a one-woman show written and starring Holland Taylor as former Texas governor Ann Richards. We came away from it totally in awe and admiration of both women. For a little taste of the experience you don't have to travel to Austin for, check out Richards' Alamo Drafthouse pre-show warning and her 1988 speech at the Democratic National Convention. Your sense of civic pride will be stirred.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: Frog Prince from Lipstick Queen
    B: Marvel's Agent Carter, season 2

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Episode 72: Our Anarcho-Atheism Phase

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  • Bitch, Please
    In Episode 71, "Play Like a Girl," Becca mistakenly conflated two female members of the original Mighty Ducks, Tammy and Connie. Thanks to cousin/listener Chelle for pointing it out!
  • This Week in Comics
    Insexts #4, Welcome Back #6, Silk #6, Astonishing Ant-Man #6, Ms. Marvel #5, Captain Marvel #3, Rat Queens #15, The 13th Artifact #1 and Mockingbird #1 | All of our comics this week had ladies at the forefront (yes, event Ant-Man) and it's amazing how nuanced and interesting storytelling can be when women in comics can be fully-realized characters instead of representative everywomen.
  • Zootopia
    In our main segment this week, we discuss the Disney animated hit Zootopia. It's the best children's movie about institutionalized racism you'll see this year. It's also a surprisingly solid buddy cop comedy with an mixed gender friendship at its core.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
    B: Bring it On: All or Nothing

Episode 71: Play Like a Girl

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    Our apologies to friend of the show Matthew Jackson, who wrote this great Mental Floss piece about The American President, which we definitely should have mentioned in our discussion of the movie in Episode 69.
  • This Week in Comics
    Silk #5, A-Force #3, Unbeatable Squirrel Girls #5, Astonishing Ant-Man #5, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! #3, The Amazing Spider-Man and Silk #1, Black Widow #1, Cry Havoc #1, Saga #34, Jem and the Holograms #12 and Giant Days #12 | When it rains comics, it pours, y'all. Plus, some news you can use: Free Comic Book Day 2016 is two months away, but you can preview the books on their website now. Check 'em out! Finally, we'd like to shout out our local comic shop, Austin Books and Comics, for hosting another great Ladies Night last week!
  • Play Like a Girl: Sports Movies with Lady Athletes
    There may be no crying in baseball, but there was crying when we rewatched A League of Their Own for the first time since we were kids (PS its IMDB trivia page will be the most interesting thing you read this week). We talk about our Rockford Peach feels; non-romantic male-female relationships; the mysterious third Wilson brother; Julie "the Cat" Gaffney from Bangor, Maine; cheerocracies; and so much more in our sadly comprehensive discussion of sports movies featuring lady athletes. Why aren't there more of these?! We would watch one hundred figure skating or gymnastics movies. Get on it, Hollywood.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    "The Women Take Over" by Dahlia Lithwick for Slate
    B: The Librarians on TNT

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Episode 66: Lookin' for Love in Alderaan Places

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  • Bitch, Please
    Last week, we mistakenly said that the same artist did Mystery Girl and Huck. Thanks to one of our listeners for pointing out that Alberto Albuquerque is the artist on the former while Rafael Albuquerque is the artist on the latter.
  • This Week in Comics
    Saga #32, We Stand on Guard #6, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3, Astonishing Ant-Man #3, Silk #2, Lumberjanes #21, Ms. Marvel #2, Jem Holiday Special, Giant Days, Huck #2, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2, and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #1 | Apparently, it's a good time of year to be a comic book reader.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    So, spoiler alert: we loved it. You'll have to listen to find out all the reasons why, but among other things, we enjoyed heartthrob-but-not-love-interest [yet?] Poe Dameron; heartthrob-and-thoughtful-discusser-of-gender Oscar Isaac; and basically everything Hello, Tailor writes about here. Oh. And the ladies. Did we mention this movie is chock full of ladies? Potential Jedi, stormtroopers, awesomely named captains of evil, generals, X-Wing pilots... ladies are all of these things in The Force Awakens. But we did think it could use more C-3PO
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: 
    Beautiful Birds by Jean Roussen and Emmanuelle Walker
    B: Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Jordie Bellaire

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Episode 61: Are We Going to Make a Momentous Decision?

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    Listeners Stephan and John wrote in to comment on episodes #57 and #60, respectively. Tune in to find out who we omitted in our episode on lady directors and why the current Queen of England is Elizabeth II when her mother was also an Elizabeth, but not Elizabeth I.
  • This Week in Comics
    I Hate Fairyland #1, New Avengers #1, Paper Girls #1, Lumberjanes: Beyond Bay Leaf, We Stand on Guard #4, Sex Criminals #13, Ms. Marvel #19 | Very mixed bag this week, including new number ones from Becca's favorite comics artist (I Hate Fairyland, Skottie Young) and her favorite comics writer (Paper Girls, Brian K. Vaughan), which were her least and most favorite comics of the week, respectively. Lumberjane Ripley encounters The Last Unicorn/Ghost Pony; Sex Criminals introduces a new character and an old standard of sexual attractiveness; and Ms. Marvel's pre-Secret Wars-run goes out on a high note including smart parents, confessions of love, and dance parties. What's not to love?
  • The Martian
    Like millions of other people we read (and Allison saw) and loved The Martian by Andy Weir. And boy do we have a lot to say about it. If you're not already sick of The Martian, check out our discussion of space cowboys, disco, Dear Kitten, math in space, and more. Also, if you like stories about astronauts lost in space, do check out '80s classic Space Camp, starring Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix back when he still went by his first name, "Leaf."
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: Real Murder by Charlaine Harris
    B: Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale

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Episode 57: Searching for Meaning in a Pauly Shore Movie

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Jem #5, A-Babies vs. X-Babies #3, Giant Days Year One, We Stand on Guard #2, Infinity Gauntlet #3, Sex Criminals #11, Ms. Marvel #17 and DC Bombshells #1-3 | Sex Criminals is back with an amazing, Nintendo-themed, Bryan Lee O'Malley XXX variant cover; Ms. Marvel leaves us hanging; and DC Bombshells transports some of DC's greatest lady heroes back in time to the 1940s. The stories involving All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Kate Kane (Batwoman) and Night Witch Kara Starikov (Supergirl) have been the best so far and we can't wait to see what they do with fellow librarian (though in this iteration, I believe she's a pilot) Barbara Gordon and Atlantean Mera.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    Book Deal-Breakers | Turn-offs include novels in verse, fourth-wall breaking, bad dialog, and men who know what's best for you.
  • Real Ladies: Filmmakers
    We address the state of women behind the camera in Hollywood. Spoiler alert: It's not looking good. While some of our favorite movies were directed by women (Clueless, Bend it Like Beckham, When Harry Met Sally, and A League of Their Own among them), the sad fact is that even among movies targeted specifically at women, including romantic comedies and dance movies, the overwhelming majority of directors are men (83 percent, to be exact). While women directors are working (and receiving critical acclaim) in independent and foreign film, the big-budget blockbuster is still a man's world. And, sure, recognition is great, and better late than never, but it isn't enough. We didn't get to this in the show, but Fortune and Geena Davis have some practical suggestions for improving the numbers.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends, with a cameo by Becca's cat Eliot
    A: Leverage and This American Life episode 562, "The Problem We All Live With"
    B: Pop Culture Happy Hour's recent episode on musicals

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Episode 49: Brain, Heart, Pants

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please.
    We (well, Allison) issue an on-air apology to Allison's mom, who disputes our description of her reading habits in Episode 47. Sorry, Mom!
  • This Week in Comics
    Spider-Woman #5 & #6, Silk #2, Lumberjanes #13, Ms. Marvel #14, Ant-Man #4 | (Also Rat Queens #10, Hawkeye #2, Captain Marvel #14, Saga #27 mentioned in passing) In an attempt to make this episode a short one (haha, guess how well that went), we just mention the hits of the past two weeks. Becca gives Silk another try, the Lumberjanes get a flashback, Ant-Man leans into its Miami roots, and Ms. Marvel looks at culture clashes. We also talk about the new Marvel TV show Daredevil, which we're mixed on (but they are making the show available to blind viewers--good for you, Marvel and Netflix). And Becca gives us a preview of what to look forward to on Free Comic Book Day (May 2!).
  • Media Made Just for Us
    In our main segment this week, we talk about the media that felt like it was made just for us, like the creators sat around talking about target demographic: US. This is the media that makes us feel like someone is in our minds and they are taking notes. In addition to sharing some of our examples--Hamilton, the musical by Lin-Manuel Mirandasuperheroes in seersucker suits--we examine what makes a piece of media "just for us." It must either feature a collection of things you always enjoy in media or really resonate with you to the point that it feels like it's about you. The age at which you encounter this media certainly makes a difference, as does how you encounter it. Lastly, your love of this kind of media can't come as a surprise. It will always leave you feeling like, "well, yeah. Of course I loved it. It was made for me."
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: "Milk Milk Lemonade" by Amy Schumer
    B: Road House starring Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott

Episode 42: The Answer

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please.
    Our first ever correction segment! We incorrectly described Turkish delight as a chocolate candy, when, in fact, it's more like a gumdrop. Thanks to listener Lizzie, who not only corrected us, but sent us some Turkish delight to taste test on air. Reviews are mixed.
  • This Week in Comics
    Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #4, Angela: Asgard's Assassin #2, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, Ant-Man #1 and Lady Killer #1 | Lots of debuts this week! Ant-Man gets his own series in the lead up to the movie starring Paul Rudd at his hotness peak (I mean, we think...if it goes up from here, I'm not sure I can take it); Ryan North brings his alt text gag to Unbeatable Squirrel Girl; and homemaker Josie Schuller tries to balance work and family in Lady Killer.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    This week, we talk about books you "should" read. Basically, we call bullshit on the whole idea. But, if you're into it, here's a definitive list of "1000 Novels Everyone Must Read." An alternative we recommend is the Book Riot Read Harder challenge.
  • All in the Family Ties
    In our main segment this week, we talk about the fictional families we wouldn't mind fighting with at the holidays, including the Belchers, Taylors, Mars and Gilmores.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends

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