50. The White Tiger

Jennifer and Kaylia discuss the chilling genius of The White Tiger. We talk about how the patriarchy hurts everyone, whether or not the grandmother was a pariah, the tragedy of corruption, and if this novel turned Netflix movie does more good than harm to the people and reputation of India by being written by an “outsider.” Enjoy!

15. Ghosts of California’s Chinese Labor Force

In this episode, Matt explores the relationship between ghost stories and historic injustice as it relates to the experience of Chinese migrants to 19th century California. The episode involves a weird book in a Death Valley Cabin, bloody rainstorms, and a bunch of smart-aleck pre-teens, all trying to come to terms with history.

49. Moxie

Jennifer and Kaylia resist the urge to sing Rebel Girl while discussing this new Netflix movie. Mostly. Join us for a conversation about white feminism, intersectionality, the frustration with sexist dress codes, and of course how all this affects the boys. Does this very earnest film go far enough to radicalize the next generation of feminists? Does Vivian actually learn anything? What exactly is going to happen to Mitchell and the scholarship money? Get out your sharpies, your bathrobes, and your dancing shoes… Moxie Girls Fight Back.

48. The Dressmaker

Kaylia and Jennifer talk about this Australian “gothic” novel turned Australian melodrama movie. We ask the burning questions: How many characters is too many characters? Does it count as LGBTQ representation when it’s a secret? Where is the church? How much tragedy can one dressmaker take? How do you fix this novel? Yes, we have answers to all of these and more. Happy listening!

13. Gef The Talking Mongoose

This episode’s story is a bit of an oddity. It’s not quite a ghost story…but also not quite something else. The entity – commonly known as Gef the Talking Mongoose is said to have claimed to be a variety of things, ranging from an extra-clever mongoose from India to a spirit to…something else strange, but not completely defined. Matt and, special guest, Dave talk about Gef, what he probably was, and why it matters… or does it?

47. Like Water For Chocolate

Kaylia and, special guest Claudya, discuss the book and movie: Like Water For Chocolate. Join us for a conversation about magical realism, the true tragic characters, the trouble with translations, the subversive feminist qualities, and the disappointment of Pedro. Plus, Kaylia continues her trend of not being able to pronounce anything properly. She’s working on it, and she’s sorry. All that plus a reminder that there is no hierarchy for what lights your fire, errr, matches. You do you!