Jan. 27, 2021

Citizen Ruth with Candace Jane Opper

Is it possible that sometimes folks get so carried away in representing their causes that they overlook the humanity of the peopl…

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Jan. 20, 2021

The Sawniverse w. Jamelle Bouie

A series about a broken, sad man who expects way way more from everyone around him? Who lives by a convoluted code? The Sawnivers…

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Jan. 13, 2021

Magnolia w. Emma Copley Eisenberg

We are joined by Emma Copley Eisenberg for a discussion about intersections of fate, Aimee Mann, the enduring beauty of Philip Se…

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Jan. 6, 2021

Teachable Moments, Trauma, and why "Bean Dad" struck a nerve

We meant to take this week off but then a thing happened. Musician, podcaster and public personality John Roderick struck a colle…

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Dec. 30, 2020

Moonstruck with Madame Clairevoyant

We are joined by Claire Comstock-Gay (AKA Madame Clairevoyant) for a discussion about the cuckoo-bananas masterpiece that is Moon…

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Dec. 23, 2020

Batman Returns

Attention-seeking, resentment, a healthy desire for retribution, and boundless parallels to the Trump debacle. Also, is Batman Re…

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Dec. 16, 2020

Abandonment Fears and Home Alone w. Anne Thériault

Join Sarah, Alex and guest Anne Thériault as they discuss abandonment issues and anxieties about the horror of the 'urban' being …

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Dec. 9, 2020

Oh, Fudge: A Christmas Story w. Mara Wilson

Join Sarah, Alex and guest Mara Wilson as they discuss "gleaming sex", deranged easter bunnies, and Jim Jones' connection to the …

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Dec. 2, 2020

Literal holiday madness and Christmas Vacation w. Sovereign Syre

It's a movie about a father who drives himself mad by holding himself to unrealistic holiday expectations, sure, but is it possib…

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Nov. 25, 2020

Heroic Dads and Clear and Present Danger w. Jamelle Bouie

Clear and Present Danger is a movie about a CIA agent that stands up to corruption, sure, but is it possible that this movie abou…

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Nov. 22, 2020

BONUS EPISODE: Saved by the Bell [Patreon episode]

This is the latest installment of our Patreon-only chats that we wanted to share with y'all because it's the Sunday before Covid …

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Nov. 18, 2020

Big Fish w. Louisa Smith

Tim Burton's Big Fish is about a man who hopes to get a better sense of who is yarn-spinning father is. Are there larger truths i…

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Nov. 11, 2020

The Royal Tenenbaums w. Rachel Varona Cote

We usually tease the episode with some pithy switcheroo about how the movie is about one thing, but is it possible that there are…

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Nov. 4, 2020

Invisibility AND masculinity in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is about a dad who shrinks his kids, sure, but is it possible there are some issues to unpack in a movie…

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Oct. 28, 2020

Robot Daddies and Terminator 2 [with Michael Hobbes!]

Terminator 2 is about a boy, his mom, and a killer robot, sure, but is it possible that a movie about a surrogate cyborg father h…

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Oct. 21, 2020

Plague, abandonment and Roy Cohn in Angels in America

Angels in America is about plague in the Reagan 80s but could it be possible that there are some daddy issues to dissect in a wor…

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Oct. 14, 2020

Absentee dads, legacy, Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein

Frankenstein [1931] and Young Frankenstein are about mad scientists who have to come to terms with their creations, sure, but is …

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Oct. 7, 2020

Self-Absorption, Dad and The Squid and the Whale

It’s a cult classic about 1980s Brooklyn intellectuals falling apart at the seams, sure, but Sarah and Alex sort through The Squi…

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Sept. 30, 2020

Manhood and Friday

It's a classic 90s stoner comedy, sure, but Sarah and Alex sort through Friday' s many dad themes and issues. What happens when, …

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Sept. 23, 2020

Top Gun w. Clementine Ford

It's about a handful of guys competing against each other at a top tier Navy flight school, sure, but Sarah, Alex and special gue…

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Sept. 16, 2020

Deescalation with Dad... and Kevin Costner

What if dads taught their kids to deescalate rather than to retaliate? To prioritize love over conflict? What if men learned from…

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Sept. 9, 2020

Surviving Dad and A Nightmare on Elm Street

It’s about a lascivious dream demon, sure, but Sarah and Alex unpack Nightmare on Elm Street’s Dad themes and there is plenty to …

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Sept. 2, 2020

Disappointing Dad and Dirty Dancing

It’s about dancing, sure, but Sarah and Alex unpack Dirty Dancing’s dad themes and there is plenty to sort through. What happens …

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Aug. 26, 2020

Emotional Intimacy and Jaws

It is about a shark, sure, but Sarah and Alex unpack Jaws' Big Dad Energy by looking at its larger themes in the context of their…

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