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The Sauce Podcast
39 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
Sauce Classics: Mob Boss Trump
As the January 6 Committee continues to unpeel the collusions and braided illegalities of TrumpWorld in the face of insurrection, we want to share this episode from 2018, in which we discuss not only the ways that TrumpWorld behaves like the mob, but how mafia narratives actually lay the groundwork for a widespread American acceptance … Continue reading "Sauce Classics: Mob Boss Trump"
55 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
The N-Word (with Special Guest Dr. Neal Lester!)
Could the “N-word”—not the actual epithet, but the euphemism itself—be problematic? A longtime listener brought up this question on the Sauce Speakeasy, our Discord channel (for Patrons only!), posing the question; what does the use of the euphemism achieve when used in a culture built on structural racism? So we went to an expert to … Continue reading "The N-Word (with Special Guest Dr. Neal Lester!)"
51 minutes | May 26, 2022
Sauce Classics: Terrorism
In the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Uvalde—and the imminent demise of abortion rights in this country—we repost this episode on Terrorism, how it exists in the our cultural imaginary, and how violence intended to terrorize actually performs itself in America.
76 minutes | May 18, 2022
Yeah, Elon Musk will wreck Twitter—but what if it’s already a mess? Rebecca and Maya ruin our favorite social media addiction and offer our predictions for what a post-Musk Twitter will look like.
66 minutes | May 6, 2022
The End of Roe
We were in a great mood! Mixing cocktails! About to start recording! When the bombshell Politico piece dropped leaking Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v Wade. So we switched course. Here we are reacting in the moment to the defining role abortion rights has had in our political lives; and the shifting tactics, racist roots … Continue reading "The End of Roe"
66 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Naked Attraction and British TERFs
Maya went to England where she was—ahem—exposed to the hit TV dating show Naked Attraction. She forces Rebecca to watch it and they try to understand: can this godawful trainwreck help explain what’s behind British TERFs and their purportedly “feminist” fear of trans bodies? Drinks recommended!
80 minutes | Apr 13, 2022
Problematic Faves: GONE WITH THE WIND
Last year we asked for all your problematic faves to ruin. Rebecca and Maya finally kick off the series by taking on our own problematic fave: Gone With The Wind. Is it a) a sweeping romantic epic starring some of the greatest actors of its day which set the standards for historical drama? b) racist … Continue reading "Problematic Faves: GONE WITH THE WIND"
65 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
We have nothing to say about the Slap. We had a LOT to say about King Richard as a hack sports movie that avoids real stakes in favor of cheap sentimentality. Join us as we drink our way through the Will Smithness of it all!
70 minutes | Mar 25, 2022
Gay Oscar Bait and The Power of the Dog
Oscar weekend! The great Guy Branum returns to talk about the twisted history of straight actors playing gay to try and win Academy Awards–the length of the list may shock you! Does Jane Campion’s Oscar-bait Power of the Dog herald the return of the ’60s-style Gay Monster? Is it even a gay movie? More importantly, … Continue reading "Gay Oscar Bait and The Power of the Dog"
61 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
Ukraine and War Propaganda
Rebecca and Maya won’t pretend to be in any way qualified to parse the geopolitics of Russian’s horrifying invasion of Ukraine. Instead we break out the booze and break down how the propaganda around this war reveals unresolved Trump trauma, racism, historical amnesia and stupid fantasies of European exceptionalism.
89 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
Wordle and Whoopi
Maya and Rebecca manage to break free from their Wordle obsession long enough to ruin the strangely popular game and, while they’re at it, finally delve into Whoopi Goldberg’s remarks about Jews and whiteness from like a month ago.
73 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
Omicron and Trump Trauma–with Guy Branum!
A year after Biden took office, we’re finally crashing from the traumatic impact of Trump on our burnt-out adrenaline receptors. How do we tell jokes? Or do podcasts? Or, like, get out of bed at all? Rebecca and Maya get personal in this episode, with help from Very Special Guest and genius, comedian Guy Branum.
55 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
‘Tis The Season
Ah, the Holiday SeasonTM. A time for peace on earth, good will towards men — OR IS IT? Listeners sent Maya and Rebecca on a quest to ruin the very notion of “the Season”, but will they end up discovering the true magic of Christmas instead? Not without uncovering connections between Joe Manchin, Kat Von D, Saturnalia, the … Continue reading "‘Tis The Season"
40 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
While we manage some technical difficulties, Rebecca and Maya do a quick speed round on recent events in news and culture!
68 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Sauce Classics: Abortion and Popular Culture
In light of the Supreme Court signaling the imminent collapse of abortion rights across the country, we wanted to share an early episode about abortion in popular culture. We interview two brilliant experts, Dr. Gretchen Sisson, who researches abortion portrayals in media at UCSF, and Jessica Mason Pieklo, journalist, lawyer, and Senior Vice President and … Continue reading "Sauce Classics: Abortion and Popular Culture"
63 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
UATX and Academic Free Speech
Welcome to Anti-Woke University! Rebecca and Maya break down The University of Austin Texas, a new school founded by a cadre of the Self-Identified Cancelled, & their attendant bullshit rhetorical moves around ideas of academic freedom and open discourse.
70 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
Rebecca and Maya get into Succession, HBO’s dramedy about rich people being horrible. We break down the tension between its prestige glossiness and cringey dark comedy, discuss American fascination with TV shows about the aristocracy, and disagree over whether it’s possible to be a fan of this show without ultimately sympathizing for these monsters.
65 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Sauce Classics: Gun Crazy
Introducing Sauce Classics! Secret tapes were just released of how the NRA were strategizing their future after the Columbine shooting. So we’re returning to our episode about gun culture: exploring how the gun industry created a culture of fascination and romance around their products, and how the gun lobby in turn used that to inform … Continue reading "Sauce Classics: Gun Crazy"
54 minutes | Nov 4, 2021
Cheap Old Houses
The tile! The woodwork! The acreage! Sure, you’ll move to upper Michigan! You can like, farm, right? Rebecca and Maya look the wildly popular Instagram account (and new HGTV show) Cheap Old Houses and break apart the economic and historical factors underneath this specific fantasy of home ownership in small rural towns.
53 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Graphic novelist (& long-time listener!) Nick Anderson comes on to get real about autism. We break down popular misconceptions of autism, assess pop cultural characters who are “on the spectrum” in ways both coded and explicit, what the metaphor of “the spectrum” misses about neurodiversity anyway, and what media does “click” with autists and why.
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