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36 minutes | a day ago
Episode 83: Summer Preview! What We're Pumped to Watch and Read This Season
Summer is here—and that means a glorious new flood of movies, TV shows and books. We may actually get to go inside a movie theater again! Here's everything we're looking forward to this season, plus some thoughts about how entertainment has changed after a year in lockdown. Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes
46 minutes | 15 days ago
Episode 82: The resistance is not dead
We’re talking about resistance in real life and science fiction. First we do a deep dive into the history of New York City’s African Burial Ground, used by enslaved people during the 18th century. Michael Blakey, who headed the excavation, tells us how these people resisted their enslavement. How do stories of resistance shape our history -- and change the way we conceive of possible futures? Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes
20 minutes | 23 days ago
Deep Futures: Democracy of Tomorrow
We're sharing the first episode of Annalee's podcast miniseries, Deep Futures, which spotlights six people who are trying to change the world for the better. Here, Annalee talks to science fiction author Malka Older about the future of democracy. Listen to the whole season here: https://mailchimp.com/presents/podcast/deep-futures/
37 minutes | a month ago
Episode 81: Space Fantasy is a Thing. Deal With It!
Ever since Star Wars introduced space wizards with laser swords, we've been in love with space fantasy. Most space opera contains a certain amount of magical hand-waving, but there's something truly wondrous about an epic that embraces the potential of magic among the stars. Plus Charlie Jane talks about her brand new young-adult novel, Victories Greater Than Death!
19 minutes | a month ago
An Exclusive Sneak Peek at Victories Greater Than Death!
Just for our amazing subscribers, here's an exclusive sneak peek at the audiobook of Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders, read by Hynden Walch. Coming on April 13, 2021, available wherever audiobooks are sold!
38 minutes | a month ago
Episode 80: How to write a fight scene
What makes a good fight scene work? Is it the pacing, the characters, or where it happens in the story? We talk about our favorite fight scenes, and why they are oddly similar to dance numbers. Plus, we're joined by battle mastermind Fonda Lee, author of the Green Bone Saga, who explains why a fight scene has to change everything. Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes
42 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 79: The War on Viruses
We've been waging a desperate battle against deadly viruses, in both reality and fiction. In this episode, we talk to Sarah Zhang, a staff writer with the Atlantic, about what we've learned from the fight against COVID-19. And we talk about the scariest and weirdest viruses in science fiction.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 78: Godzilla vs. Kong vs. America
It's time to talk about the politics of kaiju. With the new Godzilla vs. Kong movie stomping our way soon, we're discussing the long history of giant monsters in pop culture, and the truly strange cinematic backstory of the original King Kong vs. Godzilla flick. What do kaiju represent, and why are they connected to nationalism? And when does a kaiju get to be a protagonist rather than a monster? Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 77: The Stories That Are Helping Us With Our Collective Trauma
We're all super-traumatized by everything we've been through lately—so what kind of storytelling can we use to cope with our shared PTSD? And how will our collective trauma be reflected in pop culture? To get some answers, we talk to Sarah Gailey, author of The Echo Wife.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 76: The Truth About Lost Cities
We keep telling stories about lost cities. Pop culture is full of tales about great metropolises that disappeared, only to be rediscovered by adventurers. But the reality of ancient abandoned cities is way more complicated and weird. To celebrate the release of Annalee's book Four Lost Cities, we delve into the fantasies and correct the misconceptions about urban places that were lost to time.
40 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 75: Has JK Rowling destroyed Harry Potter fandom?
JK Rowling has become an anti-trans activist on social media. This news has sent Harry Potter fandom -- always full of queers and trans people -- into mourning. We talk to author/publisher (and longtime Slytherin) Cecilia Tan about how to ignore Rowling and take back Harry Potter. Shownotes here: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes
53 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 74: Disobedient Bodies
Science fiction and fantasy are full of bodies that just won't behave. Either they're overpowered, or they're trying to consume everything in the world. We talk about why some bodies are so problematic in science fiction. Plus we talk to Meg Elison, author of the new novel Find Layla, about fatphobia and fat-fetishism.
42 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 73: The rise of the cute ~aesthetic~
Suddenly, everything is cute again. Animation, pop music, and the internet are packed with adorable sparklefest feelings. What is behind the new wave of cute aesthetics? We talk about why hard times drive us to comfort content -- and whether the cuteocracy is a protest against dystopia. Plus, can things get TOO cute? Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes
46 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 72: Birth Control of the Future
How will people make babies and prevent unwanted pregnancies in the future? We look at everything from artificial wombs to birth control for people with sperm. And we imagine how new technologies and changes in social attitudes could radically transform the way we think about human reproduction.
44 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 71: Books That Will Get You Through the Winter
It's been a long year, and it's going to be a rough winter. But the good news is, there are so many amazing books to lose yourself in! In this episode, we talk about our favorite books that were published in 2020, and we recommend some perennial favorites. And we talk about what makes something a great winter read.
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 70: The nightmare of history
What happens when you bring real history into fantastical stories about monsters and magic? We talk about movies, books, and TV where the result is a more compelling, emotional -- and even truthful -- representation than literal history can provide. Plus, we talk to author and historian P. Djèlí Clark about his teaching and writing, especially his latest historical horror novella, Ring Shout. Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes
43 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 69: Let's Obsess Over the Politics of Dune!
Dune, Frank Herbert's sprawling masterpiece, remains one of the most influential works of science fiction. And with a new movie on the way, we are once again debating the meaning of this story. White savior narrative? Subversive eco-parable? To help us untangle the mystery, we turn to Haris Durrani, the author of an influential new Dune essay.
48 minutes | 7 months ago
Everything is literally on fire
Fires. Floods. Heat waves. Zoonotic disease. The climate is changing. But are we going to change with it and survive? And how can storytelling help us understand our impact on the planet? We're talking about the disaster movie that is our lives with environmental journalist Maddie Stone. Shownotes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes
46 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 67: King Arthur Must Die
Arthurian legends are everywhere lately, from Netflix's Cursed to a host of new books. We talk to Tracy Deonn, author of the brand new young-adult novel Legendborn, about why we're all still obsessed with Camelot—and how Arthurian lore is really just the original fanfic.
44 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 66: Portal Fantasies Are So Gay
In a portal fantasy, your protagonist goes through a magical door, down a rabbit hole, or into a wardrobe ... and comes out in an enchanted world. We talk to Na'amen Tilahun, author of The Wrath & Athenaeum trilogy, about portal fantasy tropes and what makes these stories such powerful allegories for the queer experience. This episode was recorded live (online) at the OutWrite 2020 LBGT lit festival. Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes
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