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Wuthering Heights 1: A Strange Choice of Favourites

September 9, 2021

In this episode, Rachel and Jackie revisit a book their teenage selves did not truly appreciate, having at the time no taste for the grotesque and cruel - Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Now that all that has changed, the gang has no trouble diving into chapters 1 through 9 for your listening pleasure, as well as discussing the brief but brilliant life of its author. Rachel makes a thinly-veiled request for the human centipede jokes to stop. Jackie avers that chests and breasts are somehow two different body parts. Theo hopes against hope for more cat/rabbit confusion. Topics include: Angria and Gondal, weak constitutions, 34-hour days, Helene and Barry, fiddle-crushin’ fools, ice cold little people, and applesauce revenge. Content warning: racism, death, substance use, child abuse, violence

Frauds, Plagues, and Terrible Art: a (Mostly) Medieval Chat with Dr. Lotte Reinbold

September 2, 2021

In this episode we talk to the delightful Dr. Lotte Reinbold, professor of Medieval Literature!  We ask her all our weirdest questions about chivalry, old manuscripts, and which historical figure she’d most want to date, and in return she grants us knowledge.  Topics include: Dungeons & Dragons, Sir Gawain & the Green Knight, Robert Cotton, Tide PODS, Lord of the Rings (as usual), The Canterbury Tales, forgery, Thomas Chatterton, female sexuality, Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, Christian mysticism, co-option of Medieval symbolism, The Princess Bride, Daniel Radcliffe, The Knight Before Christmas, young Stalin, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, and Joe Rogan.

Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House

August 26, 2021

We read the first ever installment of the Goosebumps series by none other than R.L. Stine himself. In Welcome to Dead House, we meet an ordinary 12-year old girl with normal looks and a normal nuclear family who experiences a sudden change in circumstances, then terror ensues. The same description could apply to literally any Goosebumps book, but somehow ol’ Stiney Boy keeps the scares coming! Topics include: monster blood, unlikely friendships, the Audubon Society, zombie dogs, THE Ohio State University, Ripoff L. Best, firstname-lastname combos, Spooktacular kids, and Bump of the Month.

Goodnight Moon: In the French Style

August 19, 2021

In this episode, we discuss the children’s bedtime classic Goodnight Moon, and the life of its author, Margaret Wise Brown.  Rachel puts her law degree to good use. Theo is the proud owner of a very old 2010 Toyota Corolla.  Jackie shares her opinion on Osama bin Laden (negative).  Topics include: antique cars, Jackie’s Opa, 9/11, cuneiform, Bartleby-ing, Long Island, beagles vs. other hounds, affluenza, landscape gardeners, child psychology, Pat the Bunny, Samwise Gamgee, erotic poetry, Susan Sarandon, Kendrick Lamar, dinosaur friends, Seinfeld, Human Centipede, Bicentennial Man, Chance the Rapper, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, and Lil Nas X. Most of the Margaret Wise Brown info was drawn from the autobiography, In the Great Green Room, by Amy Gary.  If you’re interested in learning more, we highly recommend it! Content warning: abusive relationships, homophobia, animal death.

Sir Gawain & the Green Knight Finale: Even When You’re Right, It Seems So, So Wrong

August 12, 2021

In this episode, we cover the final section of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as translated by Simon Aritage. He’s back! And by “he,” we mean both Sir Gawain and special guest Jacob, from the Underrated/Overhated podcast, so maybe we should have just said “they.” Turns out they’re both from the same neck of the woods. Sir Gawain finally comes face to face with his nemesis once more. Jackie has a “horrible” allergy voice. Rachel is accused of lacking charisma. Theo relates to a character. Topics include: Theo’s English accent, voluminous underwear, canals in Venice and Birmingham, the worst man in the world, time travel, the Young Writers Conference, rocks vs. nature, Danish axes, Samwise Gamgee, pole vaulting, himbology, locker room talk, the Fireys, and Adam Sandler. hony soyt qui mal pence Content warning: violence, sexism, sexuality