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Indoorswomen - Episode 81 - Justice for Cats!

Cats: unfairly maligned by pop culture or true villains of the animal kingdom? In this episode, we explore how our furry feline friends are represented in media and wonder why they get a bad rap. Topics include cat tropes, witches’ familiars, cat shapeshifters, cartoon kitties, cat-like aliens, and much more. Listen meow!

Plus, we play a rousing game of Wed, Bed, Behead, and we wrap up with our Random Recommendations: Alias and Fever Dream by Of Monsters and Men.

Our intro/outro music is "We Are Highscore" by Krackatoa.

Shout-outs:

Kate from Pups n PopCulture: pupsnpopculture.com

Justine from The Cutaways Podcast: thecutaways.com

Toonces the Driving Cat: youtu.be/5fvsItXYgzk

Indoorswomen Rerun! - Episode 25 - Never Judge a Book by Its Movie

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Jen and Meg are on summer vacation (jk we’re both up to our eyeballs in work), so it’s rerun time! We bring you: Never Judge a Book by Its Movie (Or a Graphic Novel by Its Adapted TV Series?) In this episode, we ask ourselves the age-old question: which to consume first, the book or the movie? The answer may surprise you! In our discussion, we relate our experiences with various forms of adapted media including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, superhero movies and comics, Game of Thrones, Gone Girl, Harry Potter, and more! We also play the hit card game “Geek Out” and try to stump each other with trivia! Stay tuned for our random recs: The “My Dad Wrote a Porno” podcast and Westworld. Spoiler: They are awesome. As always, our amazing intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa.

Indoorswomen - Episode 41 - Listener Questions Part II: The Search for More Questions

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The thrilling conclusion to listener questions! (For now…We had too much fun to not do this again sometime.) Which adaptations deserve do-overs? Which TV shows could we have totally written better? What are our Enneagram types? Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out. Plus, we’ve got random recommendations re: railroads and romance. As always, our lovely intro/outro music is “We Are Highscore” by Krackatoa.

Indoorswomen - Episode 36 - Treat. Yo. Self. [With Pop Culture]


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Today we are talking Pop Culture Comfort Food and Pop Culture Self Care. This is the pop culture that makes us feel good, it feeds the soul - the old favorites we turn to in times of stress or sickness. In other words, Treat. Yo. Self.

We delve into Disney (and Buffy) singalongs, books with creased covers and broken spines, period dramas like Downton Abbey, podcasts (of course), and other favorites.

Plus, random recs of recent HBO programming (Big Little Lies, anyone?) and the pocket cast app.

Special shoutouts to our awesome new friends in the podcast community including:

The One With Podcast (@JoshSolbach)

Sipping Sisters (@3SippingSisters)

High Expectations (@Highexpodcast)

Shipping Room (@ShippingRoomPod)

Give them a listen as well!

And, as always, our amazing intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa.

Indoorswomen - Episode 32 - Meta Throw Pillows

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Today’s topic is:  What pop culture makes us cry? Whether it is joy, sadness, or excitement, what makes us a little misty? Spoiler: we have never cried. Ever. Ok, that’s a lie.

We list sad themes, specific moments, crying triggers, and Meg does extensive psychological research to justify being a giant crybaby. From the emotional manipulation of sad music and tense storylines, it basically all makes us blubber. Especially Tom Hanks. Damn that Tom Hanks. It’s the least sad podcast about crying ever! Plus, memes of the past!

Bonus: a discussion of that really long episode of Jimmy Kimmel: the Oscars! We chat about our excitement about Moonlight’s win, our horror over the mix-up, and our ambivalence about Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting.

Tune in next week for a discussion of the pop culture homework we gleefully assign each other at the end of this episode. It’s fun to make people do things.

As always, our wonderful intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa

Indoorswomen Episode 25 - Never Judge a Book by its Movie (Or a Graphic Novel by its Adapted TV series?)

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Today we ask ourselves the age old question: which to consume first, the book or the movie? The answer may surprise you! In our discussion, we relate our experiences with various forms of adapted media including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Superhero movies and comics, Game of Thrones, Gone Girl, Harry Potter, and more!

We also play the hit card game “Geek Out” and try to stump each other with trivia!

Stay tuned for our random recs: The “My Dad Wrote a Porno” podcast and Westworld. Spoiler: they are awesome

As always, our amazing intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa

Pandas are Dumb (aka Sorting in Fiction)

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Today we explore sorting and choosing factions in pop culture. When does it work? When is it problematic? Primarily, we talk about the sorting processes in Harry Potter and the Divergent series. Note: if you have not read the 3rd Divergent book, Allegiant, there are some spoilers, but we warn you ahead of time.

After that, we assign each other pop culture homework! Meg and Jen each choose a TV show for the other to watch for the first time. Watch along with us, if you like! We will be discussing these in the next episode.

As always, our intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa.

Thanks for listening!

Indoorswomen Episode 14 - Smut Shaming: For Love of Fanfic and Romance Novels


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In this episode, you get the real “old days of radio” experience listening to Jen pick up her glass and drink from it and set it back down repeatedly. Ice clinking! It’s like we are on Mad Men! Metal Desk + Podcast = Clink Amplification

Correction: in Outlander, Claire is a nurse in WW2 - it has been a few years since I read it! - Jen

We start out playing a new game we dub “Scenarios” - Essentially we each make up a series of geeky/pop cultural scenarios for the other to navigate. It involves Harry Potter and Star Trek! (also this: https://www.pinterest.com/NerdifiedJen/wesley-crusher-sweaters-dont-worry-about-it/)

For the main event, we have Smut Shaming or de-stigmatizing guilty pleasures. We have discussed before that we are adamantly against the concept of “guilty pleasures” - just like what you like and you should not be ashamed of it or made to feel shame because of it. In this segment, we express our love of fanfic and romance novels, defend them from shamers, and explain why they appeal. And, as promised, here are all the books we recommended during the show as well as some extras!

Fanfic book: Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins

Jen’s Romance Recs:

YA sports themed romance: Miranda Kenneally & Simone Elkeles

Urban Fantasy, no explicit sex (fade to black) - Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

Urban Fantasy with sex - Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (LOTS OF SEX - Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series)

Urban Fantasy with some sex and lots of jokes - Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson

Steampunk Werewolf romance - Soulless by Gail Carriger

Contemporary amusing romance with a relatable heroine - Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Contemporary romance with my kind of guy - Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Historical romance, light - Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James, Nine rules to break when romancing a rake by Sarah Maclean

Historical romance, epic - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon,

Epic Fantasy Romance - Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

M/M romance - Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

YA romance, fairy tales - Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

YA romance, angels and demons - The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

YA romance, contemporary - Stephanie Perkins trilogy - Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the boy next door, Isla and the Happily Ever After

Romance, contemporary, but with interesting structure - anything by Rainbow Rowell

YA comic book, historical elements - The Dreamer

As always, our amazing Intro/Outro music is “We Are Highscore” by Krackatoa

Episode 5 - Kids Stuff, Not Just For Kids


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Today’s podcast has nothing to do with Star Wars. Look for your spoilers elsewhere.

It is about pop culture we enjoyed as kids and “kid stuff” we enjoy as adults. They include My Little Pony, Ducktales, Harry Potter, and our favorite Disney flicks.

As usual, our amazing intro/outro theme is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa.

Find us on twitter @indoorswomen

Editor’s note from Jen: Sorry for the phantom clicking. I got a new microphone and it picks up weird noises that my chair makes.