Episode 72: Our Anarcho-Atheism Phase

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

  • 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

This Week in Links 72

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Paul Rudd's hotness peak is still clearly a ways off in the future. (Becca's email said, "Our readers deserve to see this photo.")
  • The women of Hamilton perform famous feminist quotes for Women's History Month. This video is giving me life.
  • The Hamilton crew were at the White House this week, and Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyled about government in the Rose Garden while Obama held the cue cards and a drummer from the Marine Band provided the beat. Did you ever in your life imagine anything like this? Goddamn I'm gonna miss this president.
  • Speaking of the White House and Women's History Month (but not of Hamilton), they'd like our help finding the original Declaration of Sentiments.
  • There is a huge plagiarism scandal happening in the crossword puzzle world: "The animating impulse of crosswords is, 'How can I do something new in this medium?'"
  • Jennifer Garner is killing her post-divorce media tour, just killing it.
  • This gorgeous NPR story about a schoolboy coining a new word -- "petaloso," meaning full of petals -- is just lovely. (It also bears surprisingly similarities to the kids' book Frindle.)
  • Entertainment Weekly takes a deep dive into the Captain America 3: Civil War trailer. Our bodies are not ready.
  • Acting in a Terrence Malick movie sounds bananas: "We're all standing there and Malick hands out these pieces of paper to all of us," Lennon said. "And the one he gave me said, 'There's no such thing as a fireproof wall.' And I ask, 'Is this something I'm supposed to say in the scene?' and he said, 'I don't know.'"
  • JJ Abrams on why Leia hugged Rey, and not Chewie. Force-powerful ladies hugging!
  • We're big fans of the Special Olympics around here, and we're both big babies about winter, so Lady Gaga doing a polar plunge in Chicago to raise money for them: well, damn, woman, good work.
  • I'm not crying, I'm just reading this story about a penguin and the guy who saved him and it's raining on my face: 'I have never seen anything like this before. I think the penguin believes Joao is part of his family and probably a penguin as well.

    'When he sees him he wags his tail like a dog and honks with delight

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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This Week in Links 71

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Disappointed to find sexism in even the Oxford Dictionary, that most sacred of texts.
  • In better reference news, I just wanna roll around in this thesaurus of colors.
  • Two great Harry Potter links: Venn diagrams (you know we love charts), and the adventures of Hogwarts' new IT guyPlease. If you need something fixed send me a text, not a bird.
  • What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood* (*If you’re not a straight white man.) is a damning piece from the New York Times where actors, writers, directors -- famous people you've heard of -- talk in their own words about their experiences.
  • Two great stories about famous people reaching out to kids: Kendrick Lamar took some kids from Compton (his old neighborhood) to the Grammys, and John Lewis attended a meeting of the Free Minds Book Club, a book club for incarcerated youth in Washington, DC.
  • Stephanie Toti is a badass we should be paying attention to -- she's representing Texans' right to choose at the Supreme Court right now, and as a young Latina lawyer, her opponents consistently, infuriatingly, underestimate her: As the case wound its way through the lower courts, Toti repeatedly had to remind the Texas attorneys that she is the lead counsel on the case. But they consistently directed communications to her co-counsel -- a taller, slightly older man from the international law firm Morrison & Foerster. "They would always reach out to him and not even 'cc' me," she said. "I would get back to the lawyers and say, 'Here is our position,' and the next time they would go back to him anyway." 
  • TIME looks at some of TV's greatest female friendships.
  • Talk about a real Sophie's choice: Who's Worse, Ross Gellar or Ted Mosby?
  • This video of how Oscar statuettes get engraved is pretty interesting (and features Leonardo DiCaprio doing a remarkable imitation of a chill, friendly guy).
  • Playbill has a neat piece on what's involved in some of the theatre jobs behind the scenes, like the company manager (who coordinates with the Secret Service so Obama can see Hamilton).
  • Virginia McLaurin meets the Obamas

Episode 70: And the Oscar Goes To...

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

  • This Week in Comics
    Sex Criminals #14, Huck #4, Silk #4, Lumberjanes #23, Giant Days #11, Jem and the Holograms Valentine Special, Insexts #3, Bitch Planet #7, All-New, All-Different Avengers #5, Ms. Marvel #4, Welcome Back #5 and Mockingbird | Sex Criminals breaks the fourth wall, The Vision breaks bad (maybe?), and in Giant Days, a couple breaks up.
  • Real Ladies: Oscar Winners
    Two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson retired from acting to pursue her second career as a member of Britain's Parliament. Like you do. Here's the Entertainment Weekly article that first brought her to Becca's attention. We also spend some time talking about how the Oscars are, like a lot of things, pretty heavily stacked against women and people of color. For some fascinating, if depressing, insight into that, please read "What Does the Academy Value in a Black Performance" from The New York Times and "The Oscars' Giant Gender Gap Isn't Closing" from Women and Hollywood. Of course, no conversation about ladies and the Oscars is complete without a mention of Meryl Streep, whose recent comments about diversity in film were, it turns out, taken out of context. Need a little palate cleanser after all that serious business? Here's an aesthetically pleasing infographic depicting the dresses of all the Best Actress winners from 1929-2014.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    webseries Titus and Dronicus
    B: The Muppets, episode 12, "A Tale of Two Piggies" (read the A.V. Club review here)

This Week in Links 70

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Welp, to the surprise of no one, Hamilton at the Grammys (#Gram4Ham) was pretty great, and Lin's acceptance speech was electric.
  • Awesome Tumblr: Women Fighters in Reasonable Armor. Also, their tagline, "ladies that actually dress for dealing damage," is pretty badass too.
  • This New Yorker article about gravitational waves really helped me understand why the hell that was such a big deal, last week.
  • In more space news, the best job title in the world -- seriously, the best -- belongs to Lindley Johnson, NASA's new Planetary Defense Officer.
  • The quail of West Texas respond to Justice Antonin Scalia's death: "Sure, Scalia conveniently discarded his entire jurisprudential philosophy in Columbia v. Heller, when he mangled the Second Amendment to allow pretty much anyone with four fingers and a thumb to carry around a gun. On the other hand, that's all we quail have EVER known. So, you know, welcome to our world, assholes."
  • Slate talks about what happened to Shiba Inus -- a once-rare breed in the US -- once they became a popular meme.
  • This video of a service dog in training meeting Pluto at Disneyland will make your heart grow three size.
  • Y'all is a Feminist Pronoun
  • The New York Times has a fascinating article about a con man who is (probably) named Jeremy Wilson, and all the scams he's pulled: He once maintained an Irish accent so well and for so long that his cellmate in an Indiana jail was convinced that he was an Irish mobster.

    "You have to give him some grudging respect," said Brian A. Clark, his cousin and also a victim, having had his identity stolen by Mr. Wilson in the early 1990s. "He's a proper villain. He's just got flair."

Episode 69: Hail to the Chief

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

  • This Week in Comics
    Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4, Captain Marvel #2, Saga #33, All-New, All-Different Avengers #4, Spider-Man #1, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3, Faith #1, Paper Girls #5, A-Force #2, and Jem and the Holograms #11 | This week, Squirrel Girl visits the Doombrary; Thor plants a big, wet one on Captain America; and Jerrica wears a fierce shark bathing suit that we'd do just about anything for. Except turn evil, which is apparently what she did.
  • Hail to the Chief! Fictional American Presidents
    This week, we're all about fictional American presidents, some of whom weren't created by Aaron Sorkin (although, let's face it--his are among the best). From comedies like Dave and My Fellow Americans to serious explorations of American politics like The West Wing, we cover it all. We get emotional about great fictional presidential speeches (Bill Pullman, duh) and express our discontent that we can't even get a fictional lady into office in this country. Tune in for all this and to find out what novel about an American president we both read at an inappropriate age. Want to know more about fictional presidents? Wikipedia is, unsurprisingly, a good place to start. Check out this list of fictional Black presidents.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    Columbine by Dave Cullen
    B: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Thanks for listening!

This Week in Links 69

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

Episode 68: Don't Get Took, Read a Book

Hello and Welcome to This Week in Ladies! Our title this week comes from the wonderful The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore.

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

  • This Week in Comics
    Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! #2, Ms. Marvel #3, All-New, All-Different Avengers #3, Huck #3, Scarlet Witch #2, Captain Marvel #1 and Astonishing Ant-Man #4 | This week in comics, we talk #squadgoals, image management, extra-inappropriate and fairly inexplicable blackmail, embarrassing governors, woo-woo mysticism, six-pack abs, and the return of an old, new favorite.
  • ALA's Youth Media Awards
    Before we delve too deeply into this year's Youth Media Awards (I do mean deep!), we digress, briefly, to talk about what it means for young readers that the Newbery Honors have now included a graphic novel two years running (El Deafo last year, Roller Girl this year). Glen Weldon, sums it up pretty well on NPR's Monkey See blog in his piece about Gene Luen Yang's appointment as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. This year's YMA winners were all over the map in content, format, audience, and genre, and the winning creators are a hell of lot more diverse a group than the Oscar nominees. When that happens, we all win.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    "Take it to the Limit," performed by Cher and Life on Mars (UK)
    B: Seth Meyers' trailer for Boston Accent

Thanks for listening!

This Week in Links 68

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • This has been a tough week, y'all. We've lost a lot of the greats.
  • It's Hamilton week over at Vulture. How to even choose what gift to highlight? 
  • This Guardian story on a Syrian refugee's stay with a single English woman -- told from both their perspectives -- is charming and funny and provides much needed humanity: Another thing that was unusual was the cookery books Helen has in her kitchen. In Syria your mum tells you how to cook, not a book. I also noticed people here wear their outdoor outfits even when they’re home. Why would anyone want to be in jeans when they don’t have to? The first couple of weeks were a bit strange for both of us, I think. Like the first few minutes in a football match, where both teams are a bit cautious of each other.
  • This Twitter feud between Emo Kylo Ren and Very Lonely Luke is bringing me a lot, like a lot, of joy.
  • Please watch Adele do carpool karaoke with James Corden. And then please let us know how to get in touch with Adele. Please. (This link also has an interesting interview with the James Corden producer who set it all up.)
  • President Obama just gave his last State of the Union speech last week. Mic has an interesting article on what's involved in being the "designated survivor" -- the member of the President's cabinet who doesn't attend the speech in case of a massive attack. And New York has an interesting article from Jon Favreau (no, not that one) on being Obama's speechwriter during the early days of the 2008 campaignSo I was in my apartment with everyone over, I've had a beer or two, but immediately I kick everyone out, I change over to Red Bull and coffee, and I walked down to the campaign at midnight and stayed up all night until about 10 or 11 a.m. the next day, and I wrote the JJ speech. And I finished the draft and for the first time, you know, Obama sees it and he's like, "I actually don't have that many edits. I think it's a pretty good speech."
  • Reading the ABCs from space -- man, science is cool.
  • Have You Seen My Helmet?
  • Sulagna Misra is so, so, so smart on the idea of the "Internet Boyfriend"If #banmen is a negative expression (what we don’t want), then the internet boyfriend is the positive version (what we do). They're not necessarily realistic examples. Instead, they’re examples of our shared fantasies — fantasies that no rom-com is able to give us.
  • As we've done on past MLK Days, we'll close out with Dr. King's Letter From Birmingham Jail. This year, we're adding a piece from Rachel Held Evans on the context of the letter, and this video of #MLKNOW, an event held in New York today. You need to hear these great artists reading his words aloud.

Episode 67: The Third Annual Twillie Awards

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

  • This Week in Comics
    Bitch Planet #6, Rat Queens #14, Welcome Back #4, and A-Force #1 | We recorded early this week, so we missed Paper Girls #4. We promise to report back next episode. This week's comics were dominated by indies about badass ladies in bad situations. We welcomed back Bitch Planet after a long hiatus with open arms and brand-new boxes of tissues. Less tragically, we also welcomed back the women of A-Force, who have, thankfully, been freed from Doomworld or Secret Wars-Land or Battlebot-topia or wherever it was they were during the last Marvel event.
  • The Third Annual Twillies
    We talked about the best, boldest, and blondest of the media we consumed this year. Among this years honorees are some big names you've read in a lot of "best of" lists--Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spy and Hamilton, to name a few--as well as some lesser known gems we urge you to check out--What We Do in the Shadows, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Take a listen and let us know what you loved in 2015.
  • Resolutions: Looking Back and Planning Ahead
    In keeping with a tradition observed 'round the world, we broke most of our 2015 pop culture resolutions, though we did each achieve one of the goals on our lists. Tune in to find out what resolutions we're going to break in 2016!
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    "7 & 7" by the Turnpike Troubadours
    B: Dope

Thanks for listening!

This Week in Links 67

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Begin as you mean to go on: with ladies just fucking killing it. (Check out the rehearsal, too.)
  • In more ladies killing it news, the Pennsylvania Ballet takes no prisonersSo no, the Eagles have not played like they were wearing tutus. If they had, Chip Kelly would still be a head coach and we'd all be looking forward to the playoffs.
  • Set your alarms, pack an extra blanket, and fill your Thermos with coffee: here are the 101 best astronomical events of 2016. At least one of these is worth ruining your whole next day for.
  • Kate Beaton's traditional Home For Christmas comics are all up, and are, as ever, funny and warm and beautiful.
  • The best part of this tiger/goat friendship is that it was NOT instigated by the park employees, who seem baffled by the whole thing. You go, Timur and Amur.
  • Jia Tolentino has a powerful, thoughtful essay on offense and outrageBut at the end of 2015, it should be clear: offense doesn’t work that way. The offense model has failed, and dramatically. Women have a prominent voice in online media; feminism is a broad and verbally defended platform, and what has it all amounted to except a nightmarish discursive juxtaposition between what feminism says and what it is able to do? Pop stars preach female solidarity while reproductive rights roll back all over the country; we have politicized and vindicated every possible manifestation of female narcissism without getting any legislative movement towards mandatory paid parental leave. Feminism is proliferating essentially as merchandise; we can buy anything that suits us and nothing that we really need.
  • This video of Stormtroopers twerking was part of the Star Wars preshow when I saw it at the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas, and it is freaking delightful.
  • In more Star Wars news, some men's rights activists claim that their pushback against the "SJW agenda" of The Force Awakens cost the movie, by their (bad) reasoning, just over four million dollars. Which they touted as a victory. Over a movie that's made over a billion dollars already. Isn't that adorable?
  • Dream job alert: meme librarianWithout archiving, no one knows what the primary source document is. Once you start archiving, you can tell, "Oh, this photo originally appeared on this person’s blog in Japan, and then 4chan made doge. The importance of sitting down to find these sources gives the creator the credit he/she deserves. Sometimes it gets buried under all the we-heart-its and the rebloggys, but without sitting down and saying, "This is important," the creator loses his content – and that’s not fair.
  • Let's close it out with Aretha Franklin covering "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and causing Carole King to lose her mind. Aretha Franklin is 73 years old and wearing a floor-length fur coat. 

Episode 66: Lookin' for Love in Alderaan Places

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

  • 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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This Week in Links 66

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Rebecca Solnit has a delightful new essay, "Men Explain Lolita to Me"Saying this upset some men. Many among that curious gender are easy to upset, and when they are upset they don’t know it (see: privelobliviousness). They just think you’re wrong and sometimes also evil.
  • ESPN and Marvel teamed up to create superhero-esque art for the IMPACT25 honorees, and the results are gorgeous. We're particularly in love with Annie Wu's drawing of ballerina Misty Copeland, and Kate Niemczyk's illustration of Loretta Lynch -- whoa.
  • "Season's Greetings From Tom & Carlos": they have fun over on the Flash set, obviously. Weird fun, but fun.
  • Vulture has some depressing-ass charts to contrast the ages of three of our biggest female stars against the ages of the men they're romantically paired with on film.
  • We linked to a piece by Ta-Nehisi Coates last roundup on his work writing the Black Panther, but here's a roundup of his complete writing on it: When I first started writing, I was anxious that I would be pigeon-holed into the "race-beat." Eventually I realized that the "race beat" was actually the "humanity beat," and that questions about "racism" are really questions about the exercise of power. Perhaps more importantly I realized that "race" was an essential thread of American society, and questions about race were questions about the very nature of the Western world. I wasn’t pigeon-holed, I’d fallen into a gold-mine. America is the most powerful country in the world. You simply can’t understand how it got that way without understanding "race."
  • Hamilton Lyrics To Sing To Your Dog
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda was on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert where he and Stephen performed a rap about one of the Declaration of Independence's lesser known signers, Georgian Button Gwinnett. It's pretty great, and we don't name enough kids "Button" anymore.
  • Mumblemumble about the idea of "required reading" at all, but this roundup of "required reading for women" -- a collection of non-fiction writing from 2015 -- has a lot of really great stuff in it.
  • This Wall Street Journal piece about the Broadway Show Bowling League -- in which teams of Broadway performers and techs bowl on Thursday nights -- sounds like the best kind of fever dream. (I first learned about this hearing Joshua Malina give a talk while I was in college, and was, for years, not totally sure he wasn't making it up, but it's ALL TRUE): Few in the league are competitive, but Mr. Stanek has invoked the mock ire of several bowlers who have taken to yelling "Stanek" whenever they throw a gutter ball. The grudge against him: He was a key member of a team called The Flying Pigs until he booked "Fun Home," deserted the Pigs and created a team with his new cast members.
  • This is our last link roundup of 2015, so let's close the year out right: Pentatonix performs a medley of the Star Wars music, and so does the cast of The Force Awakens, plus Jimmy Fallon and the Roots.

Episode 65: I Hate Sand

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This Week in Links 65

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Texas Monthly has a great, heartwarming story about the Rotan Yellowhammers, Texas' smallest high school marching band (24 strong).
  • Wendy Davis wrote an essay for Lena Dunham's newsletter called "I Fucking Hate to Lose," and in reading it, you will once again remember that the alternate universe where she is the governor of Texas is probably a better, gentler world than the one we currently inhabit: That journey has taught me that, while it's easy to see the value of success in winning something that you've tried for, tremendous benefits also come from the work involved in losing. Because there is value in fighting for something important to you, even when the outcome is not what you hoped it would be.
  • Jennifer Weiner gives us the term "Goldfinching" to describe the phenomenon of critics disparaging literary novels after they become popular with women.
  • Check out this great sneak peek into Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther: One thing I did not count on was the extent to which the art would shape the story. Brian’s thoughts on T’Challa, and his supporting cast, have been invaluable. You can see the fruits of collaboration ... But this idea (and others) really came out of Brian’s thoughts—not just on the suit—but on the properties of Vibranium itself.
  • Why women's pockets are useless: A history
  • This New York Times story about Rojava -- an unrecognized state in Syria and Turkey that's explicitly feminist and environmentalist -- is amazing.
  • There's a $24 dress on Amazon that's become a favorite among America's female meteorologists, which actually says a lot about what it's like to be a female meteorologist.
  • Dave Grohl competes in a drum off with Animal from the Muppets. So that's pretty great.
  • Rolling Stone brings us the oral history of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" scene from Wayne's WorldI just love the song. It's ballsy that it's that long. It's ballsy that it's two songs in one, that's it's opera. Then when it kicks in, it's just such a fantastic release. I didn't think of another possibility.
  • The Associated Press has released their top 100 news images of the year. This is always a bracing look at what the big issues of a year really were.
  • In less serious photography news, the 2015 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are out. Get on that.

Episode 64: I Hope They Have Free Express Shipping in Heaven

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

  • This Week in Comics
    Rat Queens #13, Lumberjanes #20, Astonishing Ant-Man #2, Saga #31, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2, Huck #1, Silk #1, Spider-Woman #1, Ms. Marvel #1, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 | Lots of new stuff this week including a response to comic book violence from Mark Millar; pregnant Spider-Woman; and a giant, red T-Rex from the past. Or another planet? Something.
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix
    Like just about everyone else with Netflix and a passing interest in women, superheroes, Marvel, or noir fiction, we watched Jessica Jones this week, sometimes from behind our hands. We also read the comic it's based on, but for more on that, check out this article from Fast Company. Frankly, we found the show to be significantly more compelling. For more info on Jessica Jones, read this great interview with show runner Melissa Rosenberg.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: "XXXs and OOOs (An American Girl)" by Trisha Yearwood (bonus rec: this Trisha Yearwood music video starring baby Matthew McConaughey)
    B: The Comeback Kid, the John Mulaney comedy special on Netflix (read about it at A.V. Club)

Thanks for listening!

This Week in Links 64

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Exciting new updates about the anthology we're a part of (Wendy Davis!!!).
  • Being asked to participate in a photoshoot like this is pretty much the ideal level of fame.
  • Here's a lovely story on a project to photograph and interview older trans folks, including a lot of the photos and snippets of the interviews. What a great idea, what a necessary thing: "I think because there's this aging component and because there is this element about deciding how much something is worth to you with your own mortality in mind or deciding who you want to be, how you want to live, and realizing at some point the risks you've been so afraid of are worth taking," Dugan said.
  • Vox has a great profile of Sana Amanat. I really want to be her when I grow up.
  • Every Frame a Painting has a wonderful video explaining the genius of Buster Keaton, and how the film and humor techniques he invented are still used today (your favorite sight gag: Keaton was probably the first).
  • The New Yorker has a fantastic story about Megan Phelps-Roper -- yes, from the Westboro Baptist Church Phelps -- and how Twitter inspired her to leave her family's church. I read it days ago and I'm still thinking about it.
  • Tom and Lorenzo provide what is functionally a thesis paper on the fashions of Clueless. Get yourself to class: With these plaid looks (a motif Cher practically owns throughout the film, in at least a dozen costumes), it’s also a way of establishing the influence Cher and Dionne have over many of the other girls in the school. When you scan background characters in large scenes, you’ll see knockoff versions of these and other noticeable Cher and Dionne costumes.
  • Let's pair that wine with the cheese that is Paul Rudd dancing in his Ant-Man costume (yes that is a horrible forced joke, no I am not sorry).
  • NASA launched Voyager in 1977, and they included with it a "Golden Record," with sounds and images chosen by by a committee led by Carl Sagan, that would explain life on Earth to anyone who found Voyager. That record, which is traveling further from Earth than anything else we've ever created, will likely outlast all life on this planet. Fucking haunting, right?
  • We're both big fans of Richard Scarry over here at TWiL HQ, so here's a neat piece about the way his most classic book, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, was updated to be less gender normativeWomen who are bears can have jobs that were traditionally reserved for men. And men who are bears can wear ribbons in their hair.

Episode 63: All My Exes Live in Texas

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

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

  • This Week in Comics
    We Stand on Guard #5, Paper Girls #2, All-New Hawkeye #1, The Ultimates #1, All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 | We're glad we get to enjoy the creative output of Brian K. Vaughan's brain, but given how disturbing We Stand on Guard and aper Girls were this week, we're glad we don't live in there. The All-New Marvel is here and our reviews are mixed, but Avengers was a home run. The team dynamics are going to make for some great storytelling.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    Allison reviews Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik and finds it worthy of its subject. Thanks to the generous folks at HarperCollins for the copy we received for review!
  • Pop Culture Break-Ups
    This week, we're all about famous couples, on-screen and off, and their infamous breakups. We talk music to smash car windows by; television and movie break-ups that left a lasting impression;  what exactly it means to be on a break; and how terrible Amy March is. The worst.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    First off, we both recommend that you recommend us for NPR's cool new podcast project, earbud.fm!
    A:
    Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor
    B: The #Ham4Ham performance of "A Whole New World." Don't you dare close your eyes.

Thanks for listening!

This Week in Links 63

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Hamilton link: Lin-Manuel Miranda was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and they had a "wheel of freestyle," which is just as glorious as it sounds.
  • Politico has a truly wonderful story about Rep. John Lewis' third act -- from civil rights activist to congressional representative to comic book hero: "Most superheroes are fictional. The exception is with us today," says Tom Heintjes, introducing Lewis and Aydin to a conference room packed with Dragon Con goers.
  • Supposedly, Disney is retiring the Princess Leia "slave outfit" from all Star Wars merchandise. Good! Her iconic look is the white dress and crazy buns anyway.
  • Best headline of the week: Death metal music attracts sharks, documentary crew finds out
  • Vulture has an ode to Daria (and Daria's black friend Jodie): That's right, the mandate was not to have a bombshell character, or a sexy villain, or a buzzkill character who appeared only to ruin the guys' good time. McGrath wanted something different. Something that was not only more true to real life, but representative of an underfed audience: smart teenage girls.
  • The New York Times rounds up some fierce young women serving as drum majors in college bands across the country.
  • Spoonflower -- a website that prints fabric with users' designs -- had a contest to design a post-apocalyptic toile. Hello, we're listening.
  • The Nation has a great piece on the power of black Mizzou football players striking (and it's been updated to reflect that they've gotten the president of the unversity to resign): There is no football team without black labor. That means there aren’t million-dollar coaching salaries without black labor. There isn’t a nucleus of campus social life without black labor. There isn’t the weekly economic boon to Columbia, Missouri, bringing in millions in revenue to hotels, restaurants, and other assorted businesses without black labor.
  • Two interesting library stories: Ask a Manager did an interview with a prison librarian, and NPR has a great story about introducing "Libromats," or combination libraries/laundromats, to impoverished areas of South Africa.
  • Jezebel has a great essay about Devon Sawa in Casper, aptly tagged "Casper the Friendly Sexual Awakening": Only then do we see his face, just as we remark Kat’s expression upon seeing it too. She looks like we looked, watching her: compelled, full of vague recognition and bewilderment. This moment is a lonely girl’s fantasy, and Kat, scuttled from town to town by her father, is a lonely girl. I knew the type well: no one was ever looking for us, until suddenly, someone did. 
  • This charming profile of a culinary librarian, who collects recipes and cookbooks, is adorable.
  • This comic about the difference between being Latino and Hispanic is really informative!
  • Stop what you are doing and read the dedication of Gloria Steinem's book. I'm not asking.