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Indoorswomen - Episode 46 - Braaaaaaaaaaaains! A Very Zombie Halloween

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In this episode, we kick off with our annual tradition: some spoooooky scenarios for your Halloween pleasure. Then, we talk zombies: both speedsters and shamblers, both lacking and retaining humanity, both hilarious and scary. The discussion features (relatively) spoiler-free discussion of 28 Days Later, Zombieland, The Walking Dead, iZombie, and others. Bonus: some history of the zombie concept! Never say we didn’t teach you anything.

Tweet your favorite zombie culture to @Indoorswomen to join the conversation!

For those interested in zombie math, here is a link to that article (pdf download link):When zombies attack!: Mathematical modelling of an outbreak of zombie infection

Lastly, we wrap up with random recommendations: This week they are:

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy

The HBO documentary “Spielberg” - a must see for fans of the movies or the man.

For more Halloween fun, follow our hashtag #octoberflix and share your favorite movies, TV, and other Halloween pop culture!

Our lovely intro/outro music is, as always, “Highscore” by Krackatoa

Indoorswomen - Episode 45 - Space: The Fungal Frontier

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Join us for Trek Talk! We boldly go into the world of CBS’s new series Star Trek: Discovery. Talking points include: Is Klingon romance logistically possible? What’s up with those gross unwrapped fortune cookies? Could there be more lens flare?! We also share our thoughts on the other Star franchise, like the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer and From a Certain Point of View. Oh, and Blade Runner 2049! As always, our lovely intro/outro music is “We Are Highscore” by Krackatoa.

Indoorswomen - Episode 44 - We’ve Made Such a Wonderful Episode; This Wasn’t It (Parodies)

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(Tweet at us if you understand why this is our episode title! Bonus nerd points!)

It’s our parody episode! Spoofs and references abound as we discuss our favorite franchises, our favorite franchise parodies, and our favorite parody franchises. Whew. I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue! Highlights include Airplane! and other Leslie Nielsen vehicles, Bill Murray extravaganzas, and, of course, Spaceballs and Galaxy Quest. 

Bonus: The game this week is fictional five and the category is creature feature! 

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

Indoorswomen Rerun + Bonus! - Episode 38 - Robots, Droids, and Cyborgs, Oh My!

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Hi, all! It’s rerun time again, but with a BRAND-NEW BONUS INTRO! Tune in to hear Meg’s mini fall TV preview. Enjoy and keep an ear out for new episodes coming your way soon.

Original Show Notes:

We <3 Robots. OK, was going for an “I, Robot” thing there, but you know what, never mind… So robots! We love ‘em. In real life and especially in pop culture. Join us as we talk all things robot, droid, cyborg, and AI, from lovable WALL-E to the not-so-lovable T-800. Beep boop.

Share your robo-thoughts with us on Twitter (@indoorswomen)!

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

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 40 - Listener Questions Part I

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You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! The Indoorswomen open up the mailbag and tackle those hard-hitting questions. Like, what’s so great about pop culture anyway? How did we meet? And, are we a Hamilton or a Burr? We’ll get to even more questions in the upcoming Part II. Marry, Sex, Kill is also back by popular demand. Spoilers: One of us beds Gollum. As always, our lovely intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa.

Indoorswomen - Episode 38 - Robots, Droids, and Cyborgs, Oh My!

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We love Robots. OK, was going for an “I, Robot” thing there, but you know what, never mind… So robots! We love ‘em. In real life and especially in pop culture. Join us as we talk all things robot, droid, cyborg, and AI, from lovable WALL-E to the not-so-lovable T-800. Beep boop. Share your robo-thoughts with us on Twitter (@indoorswomen)! As always, our lovely intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa.

Women of Unusual Colors: A Guardians Vol 2 Episode

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Hey guys! Today we marvel (heh) at Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2, sharing our positive vibes and nitpicking a few tired tropes. We also play Gender Swap, casting a gender-swapped version of Guardians as well as swapping Sherlock and the Avengers!

Share what you think about the movie on twitter (@indoorswomen)!

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

Indoorswomen - Episode 35 - Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Bottle Episodes

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People still get the “Yo, Dawg” meme, right? Right?!

This episode kicks off our Women Who Stare at Tropes series. We’re talking bottle episodes this time around: Buffy, Doctor Who, Angel, Homicide: Life on the Street, Friends, and Sealab 2021, for starters.

Plus, we play a game of TV Tropes Roulette. It’s trope-tacular!

What’s your favorite bottle episode? Holler at us on Twitter @indoorswomen (or, you know, compose a polite tweet).

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

Indoorswomen - Episode 33 - The Sisterhood of the Giant T-shirt

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Last episode, we assigned each other pop culture homework. Now it’s time for our pop culture report cards!

We discuss what we thought about Battlestar Galactica and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Especially the important bits of both shows. You know, Avatar’s adorable hybrid animals, the Cylons’ limited-edition models, and how this all relates to zombie movies somehow.

Bonus: Geek Out! makes another appearance, and we leave you with our random recommendations. Something we don’t recommend: naming a drink “Pocari Sweat.” Mmmm.

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

Indoorswomen - Episode 28 - Decemburton

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What’s this? What’s this? It’s our ode to some of our favorite Tim Burton movies, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Edward Scissorhands, and the unusual blending of creepiness, humor, and Christmastime. Plus, our new adventures this year and a few good recommendations for you guys!

As always, our amazing intro/outro music is We Are Highscore, by Krackatoa.

Episode 27 - Tune in Next Week for the Rap Battles

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Ok, we won’t have rap battles, but we do appreciate them. This week’s podcast is about musicals! Musicals, if you don’t know, are plays in which, to quote Mack from the movie Sabrina,“the actors periodically dance about and burst into song”. We discuss our favorites, live shows we have attended, movie and television musicals, and we devote some serious time to the musical phenomenon, Hamilton. We tried not to sing too much. But there is a little singing.

We ask the big questions: Listen to the soundtrack beforehand or wait? Live performances or Movie adaptations? Just what makes musicals so enjoyable anyway?

Big mentions include Hamilton, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Disney Musicals, Once More With Feeling (the Buffy Musical), Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Smash, and Book of Mormon. Special feature: reminiscences about our high school’s performances of The Music Man, Oklahoma!, and Grease.

If you are a musical theater lover or novice, you might find something in here for you!

Extras: Geek news about amazing new trailers and collaborations plus our random recs: Yuri!!! on ICE and Crash Course on Youtube.

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

Indoorswomen - Episode 26 -  A Strange, Fantastic November

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We decided to release this early so you can listen in airports or while making pies.

We start off by inducting Lucille Bluth and CJ Cregg into our little Hall of Fame in the segment “Strength of Character”.

The Main Event: We have experienced (or will experience) so much amazing culture this November! We take a deep dive into Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Arrival, as well as chat about Gilmore Girls, The Grand Tour, and The Crown.

Plus, we continue our Pop Culture Traditions from last year and mention more seasonal entertainment including episodes of The West Wing and New Girl, and the seasonal podcast Til Death Do Us Blart.

As always, our 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

This is (our) Halloween (Spooktacular)!

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Halloween: we love it! Explore Halloween pop culture with us. First up, Spooky Scenarios, in which we take each other on Halloween pop culture themed “choose your own adventures” that may or may not end in doom. Spoiler: some do

Next up, our favorite Halloween movies, TV episodes, tropes, and adventures! Plus, candy! Our tribute to horror movies, psychological thrillers, Tim Burton classics, zombies, horror comedies, childhood favorites, and more! Plus our ode to Halloween episodes of The Office, Brooklyn 99, Community, Parks and Recreation, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Share your favorite Halloween pop culture traditions with us on twitter @indoorswomen and make sure to mention your favorite candy!

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

Thanks for listening!

Indoorswomen - Episode 23 - TV Shows That Ended Too Soon (That Aren’t Firefly)

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In a perfect world, the tenure of a television show would solely depend on how much we love it and its potential for greatness. Unfortunately network bigwigs, scheduling gaffes, actors’ whims, and crappy pilots often get in the way. In honor of shows underappreciated in their time, our topic today is TV shows that ended too soon (that aren’t Firefly). Since we talk about firefly a lot, we thought we would exclude it from this discussion. 

Today, we lament the cancellation of Better Off Ted, Almost Human, Selfie, and Freaks and Geeks, and explain why they had so much potential and their cancellation was a travesty. 

Plus, the return of Marry, Sex, Kill!

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

It’s Our First Podcastiversary!!

 Hi everyone! Thanks for listening! In honor of our first anniversary, below are links to each episode of our show plus some easy subscription links. See our early attempts! The topics are always super fun and mega-geeky, and we try to keep them as evergreen as possible, so you can start listening at any time.

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Pilot Episode - Women Who Stare at Tropes - Featuring Lee Pace’s eyebrows

Fanfiction Short - Fanfic!

Episode 2 - Why not Sting? - Featuring Dune and Tom Hiddleston’s butt

Episode 3 - Tom Sawyer-Mison & Cradley Booper - Featuring last Fall’s TV and TV to fold laundry to 

Thanksgiving Special - Featuring Thanksgiving TV Classics

Episode 4 - Great Adaptations - Featuring modern adaptations of Shakespeare and Austen

Episode 5 - Kids Stuff, not Just for Kids - Featuring awesome kids culture we loved as kids and today!

Christmas Spectacular! (Donald Duck is Not Your Friend) - Featuring our favorite Christmas culture (and also Star Wars because why not?)

Episode 6 - Just Kidding, Felicia! (Video Games) - Featuring our favorite video games and why we love them

Episode 7 - On Beyond Monopoly! (Tabletop games) - Featuring our favorite table top games and recommendations for different people/situations

Episode 8 - Being Wes Anderson - Featuring our favorite writer/directors and their amazing movies

Episode 9 - Sorry Dad! (A Very Sexy Podcast) - Featuring Marry/Sex/Kill and adult graphic novels

Episode 10 - Forest Spirits and Sky Pirates (aka Miyazaki movies!) - Featuring nerd conventions and amazing Miyazaki fare!

Episode 11 - Call Yourself a Writer: Because, why not? - On writing and tips from the greats!

Episode 12 - Superhero fatigue? - In which we are not particularly superhero fatigued

Episode 13 - Never Star Peace, Always Star Wars! - ALL THINGS STAR WARS!!!!!!!

Episode 14 - Smut Shaming: For Love of Fanfic and Romance Novels - Don’t be embarrassed, we aren’t!

Episode 15 - The Law of Diminishing Bennet Returns - BOYS! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! THERE ARE MEN ON THE PODCAST! 

Episode 16 - I Can Show You the Wooooooorld! - THEY ARE STILL HERE! THE BOYS WON’T LEAVE (and our very first BLOOPERS!)

Episode 17 - You are the Sidekick Now! - Our favorite sidekicks including ones you can’t understand and those who deserve a better label (HERMIONE!)

Episode 18 - San Diego Comic Con Rundown - Our comic con recap - it’s almost nothing like being there, but you can get a taste of what it’s like!

Episode 19 - Remember When? Our Take on Nostalgia Culture - Featuring reboots, remakes, and callbacks

Episode 20 - Pandas are Dumb (aka Sorting in Fiction) - Featuring sorting and stupid, stupid pandas

Episode 21 - Your Show’s so Dated, Paris Hilton has a Cameo - We assign each other pop culture homework and report back! Plus: Fall TV!

Episode 22 - Welcome to the World of Tomorrow! - Retrofuturism: robots, flying cars, space travel, and cold war paranoia!

Thanks for listening!

Indoorswomen - Episode 22 - Welcome to the World of Tomorrow!

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Hi everyone! Today we have some new excitingness for you! We introduce a segment called “Strength of Character” where we discuss our favorite characters from any medium or genre and explain why we love them. Our definition of “strength” is not “most kickass” nor even “most likeable”. Instead, we want to identify those characters that keep us coming back to the same shows, films, and books over and over and what makes them so intriguing.  First nominees: Capt. John Yossarian and Lorelai Gilmore. How’s that for variety?

Next up, we discuss retrofuturism! Flying cars, floating homes, robot butlers, and nuclear powered everything. Why were these tropes so popular? What are our favorite pop culture representations? We wrestle with the complicated concepts of viewing the future from the past, viewing the past from the future, and viewing both simultaneously from the present. We also discover we both experience nostalgia for a future that never came to pass with our discussion of Tomorrowland. Plus, discussions of classic and modern science fiction and visits to the World’s Fair and colonies on Mars.

Last, we have our random recommendations, wherein Meg chats about her long-term love of Project Runway and Jen discusses her newly minted passion for Bob’s Burgers.

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

Thanks for listening!

Audio note: Jen is going to try and find a less clicky mouse!

Indoorswomen - Episode 21 - Your Show’s so Dated, Paris Hilton has a Cameo

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Today we report on our pop culture homework! How did Meg respond to Veronica Mars? What did Jen think of Dark Matter? Then, we move on to Fall television of the current year: The Good Place, The Exorcist, Frequency, and Riverdale: what are our predictions? What will we be watching this year?

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

Thanks for listening!

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!