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The Sauce Podcast
68 minutes | 2 days ago
Episode 130: Cobra Kai
Rebecca and Maya try to make sense of the fabulously bizarre Netflix smash show Cobra Kai. Is it a middle aged nostalgia fest? A dreamy teen soap opera? Ironic? Sincere? Melodrama? We descend into the Miyagi-verse and our childhood memories to figure it out.
60 minutes | a month ago
Episode 129: Woody Allen (with Guest Allison Silverman!)
The release of Allen v Farrow made us realize–somehow we’ve never ruined Woody Allen! Two drunk Jewish girls weren’t enough for this one, so we invited legendary comedy writer Allison Silverman (The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Portlandia, The Office, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Russian Doll) to help us break down Woody’s legacy, how his ideas about the world shaped our own, and what we find ourselves doing with <gestures wildly> all this.
63 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 128: Rush Limbaugh’s Legacy
After decades of mainlining cigars, cheeseburgers, hillbilly heroin and uncut evil, Rush Limbaugh finally died. Rebecca and Maya, your favorite unrepentant feminazis, toast his passing and break down how his 40 year career impacted our culture, American politics, and us.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 127: Promising Young Woman and Rape Revenge Fantasies
How does Emerald Fennell’s brutal new film Promising Young Woman fulfill–and disrupt–our expectations of a rape revenge story? What itches get scratched by that genre anyway? Are those stories even the right way to understand why this movie is getting so many viewers’ panties in a twist?
61 minutes | 2 months ago
WW84. Was it a terrible movie? Yes. But was it totally worthless? And why do people think the first one was so great anyway? Is it even possible to get the Wonder Woman movie we deserve? Rebecca and Maya are here to get trashed and parse the Talmudic intricacies of these questions for you!
50 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 125: Bernie Memes!
How do we explain the explosion of Bernie memes that poured out of Inauguration week? Is it relief? Despair? And why are they so fucking funny? In our first episode of the post-Trump era, Maya and Rebecca figure out what these tell us about the long road of recovery from our national nightmare.
63 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 124: Cults, Part 2 (The Trump Cult)
CULTS! PART 2! Rebecca and Maya take an even deeper dive into recent hit NXIVM documentaries, consider cult expert Steven Hassan’s BITE Model of High Control Groups, and what both can teach us about the MAGA CULT. Can Trump’s spell be broken? Was the attack on the Capitol the Trump cult’s Helter Skelter? Or do we have more to fear?
72 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 123: Cults, Part 1 (NXIVM and Recent Docs)
Rebecca and Maya celebrate the waning hours of 45 by finally talking about CULTS, natch. In this first of a two-parter, we discuss the recent spate of hit cult documentaries (“The Vow” & “Seduced” about NXIVM, “Wild Wild Country”, “Inside Scientology,” etc), how they fulfill all our expectations of cult stories, and dig into how we were all brainwashed into those cliches in the first place. Stay tuned for part 2: the Trump cult!
60 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 122: Christmas Music
Ruining Rudolph? Don’t mind if we do! Rebecca and Maya hit the sauce and dive into the annual Yuletide Wall of Sound–racist histories, questionable subtexts, inherent biases, and how the Jewish people wrote all the best ones anyway. Caroling is a super-spreader activity! Stay safer at home and let us ruin it all for you!
55 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 121: Baby Yoda and Trump’s Strange Photo Angle
You’ve all been waiting for it. Maya and Rebecca finally ruin something you probably love a lot: Grogu, better known as Baby Yoda. We also do a deep dive into a strange photo angle that has been dogging our now-Lame Duck President. What do both things tell us about 2020, and what we need to believe in to keep going?
55 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 120: A New Hope
It’s almost over! With the presidential election finally called, Maya and Rebecca have plenty to celebrate – but also a lot to ponder, from the lessons Democrats can (and should) take away from these results, to the uncertain (but certainly scary) future of Trumpism.
71 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 119: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
How are we going to get through the next few days? Sorry, we can’t help you with that. Instead, Rebecca and Maya get trashed and ask: what has the past four years DONE TO US, culturally, psychologically, politically?
29 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 118: Emily Edwards and the Fuckbois of Literature
We have a girl crush. With her hilarious podcast Fuckbois of Lit, Emily Edwards does unto the history of Western Literature what the Sauce does to pop culture and politics. We talk about how our erotic fantasies have been shaped by the novels we read as girls, what it means to undo that damage, and compare notes on being members of the Coven of Destroying the Patriarchy.
50 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 117: Why We Drink
It’s the Trump Show Series Finale! At least we hope so! As we enter what should be the Final Act of the Trump era but may be the Final Act of American Democracy, Maya and Rebecca hunker down with some booze and figure out why our usual coping strategies have been falling apart and how we might possibly get through this next month, teeth intact.
76 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 116: Fantasies of European Socialism
If we just solved issues of class and capitalism, it would fix everything, right? That seems to be the word from the BernieBro / Jacobin / Chapo Trap House Left. For The Sauce’s First Ever panel discussion, we have geniuses Emily Edwards (host of Fuckbois of Lit), Akasemi Newsome (Assoc. Director of the Institute of European Studies and researcher of European labor, immigration, and racial policies), and Raphaelle Steinzig (historian of American cults and countercultures) to help us ruin the potent fantasy of European Socialism and the fuckbois who promote it.
63 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 115: Kamala Harris: Political Double Standards, Part A Million
In the 2020 hellscape, the historic pick of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s Vice Presidential selection really felt like the election kick-off. Rebecca and Maya get drunk and ruin any pleasure you might take in it by outlining the various ways Harris’ obvious excellence intimidates much of the media into replaying all the sexist hits, plus with added racism.
62 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 114: VEEPSTAKES! (With Kaitlin Byrd)
Who’s Biden going to choose as his VP? Who SHOULD he pick? Does it even matter as the world is ending? Our favorite political commentator Kaitlin Byrd returns to help us answer these questions, vet the nominees properly because Chris Dodd sure as shit can’t do it (you’re welcome, Joe), and figure out in advance what stupid sexist racist nonsense each potential candidate has already faced to get to this point.
55 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 113: Fury Road and the Wall of Moms
From federal agents kidnapping BLM protesters to white moms trying to protect them, how are current events in Portland like the movie Mad Max: Fury Road? Maya and Rebecca answer this riddle, delving into themes of government tyranny and (white) maternity to uncover the unexpected connections.
44 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 112: Free Speech Redux
100 episodes ago, Maya and Rebecca discussed the discourse around “free speech”–people expressing opinions about who gets to express opinions. A recent “open letter” in Harpers made us drink so much we figured we might as well return to the topic and how the debate has and hasn’t changed after 2.5 years of turbocharged political insanity. Here’s the original episode! Episode 12: Free Speech
72 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 111 – Disease Apocalypse
So when a mass pandemic brings about the end of the world (ahem), what will it look like? What *has* it looked like? Rebecca and Maya get trashed and do close readings of The Last Man on Earth (1964), Omega Man (1971), and the Will Smith vehicle I Am Legend (2007)–three adaptations of the same 1954 science fiction novel. We track how fantasies of post-apocalypse change and stay the same, and what it says about the limits of the popular imagination.
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