Episode 10: Beauty and the Beast – LIT(erature) Summer

It's our last LIT(erature) Summer episode and the end of Season One! We're looking at the original 18th Century French fairy tale Beauty and the Beast and trying (unsuccessfully) to not reference Disney. We delve into other Beast and Beauty tales and the lasting impact of the story on literature, film, and culture. Support the... Continue Reading →

Episode 9: Hamlet LIVE! – LIT(erature) Summer

For our very first live show and second installment of LIT(erature) Summer, we explore the lasting cultural influence of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, from The Lion King, to Star Wars, to Jordan Peele's Us, and more! We also delve a little into Shakespeare's life, Hamlet's major themes, and how much Erin loves the play and Rhonda hates it.... Continue Reading →

Episode 7: The Lord of the Rings

Hope you've had your elevenses because we are travelling through Middle Earth this month, with our friend Rebecca and the Fellowship of the Ring! ...and The Two Towers, and The Return of the King... We look at how Tolkien was influenced by his experience in WWI, his Catholic Faith, and mythology, as well as the... Continue Reading →

Episode 5: Mean Girls

On Wednesdays we wear pink! This month we break down Mean Girls' Pop DNA, from the literary tradition of social satire in the work of Swift and Thackeray, to the roles of women in comedy and STEM fields, to the film's place as a link in a long chain of teen comedies. So fetch! Listen... Continue Reading →

Episode 4: The Hunger Games

This one had to be a two-parter. We just had SOOOO many feelings to discuss! Part 1: Part 2:   Links: Buy the books (We receive a small portion of the proceeds from sales through this link) The Hunger Games' 10th anniversary New York Times article Team Peeta or Team Gale? Why Katniss is a Feminist... Continue Reading →

Episode 3: Star Wars

This month Erin and Rhonda take on one of the biggest pop culture phenomena of our time: Star Wars. We discuss the saga's connections to both the past and the future, through its ties to folklore and mythology, its profound influence on effects and technology in filmmaking, and the Shakespearean threads woven throughout the series,... Continue Reading →

Episode 2: Gilmore Girls

We're heading to Stars Hollow, Connecticut for episode 2 of Pop DNA. Erin and Rhonda talk about everyone's favorite mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, discussing Gilmore Girls' ties to Tolstoy, Austen, and the history of the American Revolution, and also how we're both unapologetically Team Jess. "Where you lead... I will follow..." Listen to... Continue Reading →

Episode 1: Wonder Woman

Now Remastered and Expanded! Our brand new podcast, Pop DNA, explores the literary and historical roots of your favorite movies and TV shows. In our first episode, your hosts Erin and Rhonda discuss how The Little Mermaid, Aristotle, and the early 20th Century women's suffrage movement are all related to the 2017 film Wonder Woman,... Continue Reading →

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