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Is That the Time?
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August 14, 2017 02:19 AM PDT

After a brief winter hiatus, Anna and Maiy are back! This episode we discuss the tv adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, what we thought of the show, and how it compares to the book.

And then, in the second segment, we discuss dystopian fiction more generally, ponder whether writers of dystopian fiction would be in despair or happy they 'called it', and take aim at #calledit culture.

July 09, 2017 05:28 PM PDT

In this episode, Anna and Maiy are joined by friend of the internet, and pop-culture expert CJ Josh to discuss the netflix series 13 Reasons Why. [Trigger warning: suicide, rape]

And then, in the second segment, we discuss our own teenage experiences, including Anna's A+ beauty advice of not microwaving your head.

June 19, 2017 04:53 AM PDT

In this week's episode, Anna and Maiy discuss the whirlwind 24 hours in global politics where James Comey, FBI Director until his recent firing by President Trump, gave his Senate inquiry testimony into Russian hacking, while Jeremy Corbyn took the UK election by storm becoming the biggest winner of the UK election -- without actually winning it.

Then in our second segment, reflecting on our enjoyment of Comey/Corbyn, we discuss politics as entertainment.

June 03, 2017 07:37 PM PDT

In this week's episode, Anna and Maiy discuss the changing fortunes of Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert's respective late-night shows. Once the new King of Late Night, since the change in US President, Stephen Colbert has taken the mantle as #1.

And then, in our second segment, we discuss what 'apolitical' even means, and how the term 'political' is often mistaken for the 'partisan'.

May 20, 2017 04:52 PM PDT

In this episode, Anna and Maiy discuss Snatched, a buddy comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn about a mother and daughter trying to escape their kidnappers while on holiday in Ecuador.

And then in the second segment, we talk about female-led comedy more generally, discussing our favourite movies from Bad Teacher to Bad Neighbours 2, to romantic comedy classics like When Harry Met Sally and My Best Friend's Wedding, to why we think Julia Louis-Drefyus is an absolute boss.

May 13, 2017 05:37 PM PDT

In this episode, Anna and Maiy discuss the Royal Announcement That Wasn't: how Buckingham Palace calling a staff meeting lead to rampant speculation of royal deaths and the rather anticlimactic announcement that Prince Philip was retiring from public duty.

And then in the second segment, we talk about the British Royal Family more generally. Anna discusses her hopes for Prince Harry to be the one who is 'winning at Prince-ing', and they both discuss why neither want Prince Charles to abdicate to let Prince William be King.

May 06, 2017 01:42 AM PDT

In this episode, Anna and Maiy are joined by Eleri Harris to discuss the latest podcast from the folks who made This American Life and Serial: S-Town. (Be warned though: if you haven't listened to S-Town yet, give this episode a miss as we discuss the podcast in its entirety and spoil everything.)

Then, in our second segment, we're supposedly talking about ethics in journalism. Instead, Anna rips in to the Missing Richard Simmons podcast, while Maiy and Eleri rescue the segment and actually discuss ethics in journalism.

Disclosure statement: The Missing Richard Simmons podcast was part-financed by First Look Media. First Look Media also own The Nib, Eleri Harris' employer. The Nib and Eleri Harris had no involvement in the production of the Missing Richard Simmons podcast.

April 28, 2017 06:41 PM PDT

In this episode, Anna and Maiy discuss the 20th anniversary of the best year of 90s music: 1997. From terrible/excellent 90s pop, to Britpop, the rise of Radiohead and the fall of Oasis, join us for a trip down memory lane.

And then in our second segment, we discuss nostalgia more generally, reminisce about some of our favourite 90s pop culture moments and make some predictions.

BONUS: check out our respective 1997 spotify playlists -
The Year was 1997 (Anna) - https://open.spotify.com/user/anaphase27/playlist/4aWPXLKnsuVbJ9vYIhTfs8
The Secret Life of a 1997 tween (Maiy) - https://open.spotify.com/user/maiy-au/playlist/4ms6o9Zf80eBhZhG7P6WLa

April 20, 2017 09:20 PM PDT

In this episode, Anna and Maiy are joined by Ebony Bennett to talk about the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, the Fate of the Furious. We do spoil the movie, but if you're spoiler sensitive about the Fast and the Furious then maybe painfully obvious storylines aren’t your thing.

And then in our second segment, Maiy and Ebony discuss the halcyon days of 80s and 90s action movies while Anna goes and makes a cup of tea.

For all you Die Hard fans, check out the Die Hard song on YouTube (Ebony promises it will be life changing) > https://youtu.be/OTyw6cq86kY

April 13, 2017 09:01 PM PDT

In this episode, Anna and Maiy talk about Riverdale, the CW show loosely based on the Archie and Jughead comic book characters, what we liked and disliked, and why is Luke Perry playing the father of teenage children?

And then in our second segment, inspired by the very different financial circumstances each of the Riverdale gang find themselves in, we reflect on times in our lives where we've been in different income brackets to our own friendship groups.

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