High School is Hell. Our discussion of Buffy's Pop DNA explores the roots of vampire legends and literature, the show's psychology and social commentary, and connections to our literary BFF, William Shakespeare. I officially have no more words. I slay all day. Listen on Spotify, iTunes, and Google, and check out the links below: The … Continue reading Episode 6: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
On Wednesdays we wear pink! This month we break down Mean Girls' Pop DNA, from the literary tradition of social satire in the work of Swift and Thackeray, to the roles of women in comedy and STEM fields, to the film's place as a link in a long chain of teen comedies. So fetch! Listen … Continue reading Episode 5: Mean Girls
This one had to be a two-parter. We just had SOOOO many feelings to discuss! Part 1: Part 2: Links: Buy the books (We receive a small portion of the proceeds from sales through this link) The Hunger Games' 10th anniversary New York Times article Team Peeta or Team Gale? Why Katniss is a Feminist … Continue reading Episode 4: The Hunger Games
This month Erin and Rhonda take on one of the biggest pop culture phenomena of our time: Star Wars. We discuss the saga's connections to both the past and the future, through its ties to folklore and mythology, its profound influence on effects and technology in filmmaking, and the Shakespearean threads woven throughout the series, … Continue reading Episode 3: Star Wars
We're heading to Stars Hollow, Connecticut for episode 2 of Pop DNA. Erin and Rhonda talk about everyone's favorite mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, discussing Gilmore Girls' ties to Tolstoy, Austen, and the history of the American Revolution, and also how we're both unapologetically Team Jess. "Where you lead... I will follow..." Listen to … Continue reading Episode 2: Gilmore Girls
Now Remastered and Expanded! Our brand new podcast, Pop DNA, explores the literary and historical roots of your favorite movies and TV shows. In our first episode, your hosts Erin and Rhonda discuss how The Little Mermaid, Aristotle, and the early 20th Century women's suffrage movement are all related to the 2017 film Wonder Woman, … Continue reading Episode 1: Wonder Woman
My introductory episode to Pop DNA, recorded about a year before the first official episode, and before my friend Erin agreed to join me as cohost. This is my original concept for the podcast. Thanks for joining us!