Episode 43: Olympics Nostalgiafest

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Just in time for the Closing Ceremonies, we were joined by Anna’s sister (@semisponge) to discuss Olympics past and present, uniform fashion, rooting hierarchies, and more!

Links
Katarina Witt
Kristi Yamaguchi
Beach Volleyball
@shotdiva
Fiji wins first Olympic gold
Singapore wins first Olympic gold
Puerto Rico wins first Olympic gold
No Olympics GIFs

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Oksana Chusovitina
Rowdy Gaines
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Rugby Sevens
By the Sword: A History of Gladiators, Musketeers, Samurai, Swashbucklers, and Olympic Champions by Richard Cohen
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John Williams

Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Olympic Fanfare” by John Williams
Anna: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
Kristina: “The World Ender” by Lord Huron

TBR Challenge
Kristina for Anna The Thousand Names by Django Wexler
Alene for anyone Neverhome by Laird Hunt

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Obsessions
Alene: Vacation
Kristina: Dota 2 International
Anna: A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson (October 2016)

Anna was on Worst Bestsellers talking about Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys!

Kristina’s RPG posts their sessions at kilobops.ladderface.net

 

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Episode 42: Firefly, Deadpool, and Arcade Games with Amy!

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For this episode, we took advantage of a visit from Amy Diegelman (aka @amydieg aka half of #jointhegirlgang aka WTF is America aka Panels contributor) to watch Firefly and Deadpool, plus spend a morning at the local arcade. Firefly fans be warned: Anna doesn’t like it much. She looks forward to hearing from you on the topic.

Links

Firefly (note belt placement)
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Serenity
Gilmore Girls la la las
Deadpool
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Ms. Pac-Man
X-Men
Simpsons
Q*bert
Tetris
Arkanoid
Space Invaders

TBR Challenge
Anna for Alene: Vicky Bliss series by Elizabeth Peters
Street of the Five Moons
Amy for Alene and Anna: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
My Favorite Bride by Christina Dodd
Kieran Kramer‘s Impossible Bachelors and The House of Brady series

Musical Obsessions
Anna: “Infinity” by Mariah Carey
Amy: “White Flag” by Joseph
Alene: Firefly theme song; Ms. Pac-Man theme song

Obsessions
Amy: The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (Summer 2017)
Alene: The Victorian language of flowers, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Anna: We are on Tumblr! And, being on vacation.
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Episode 38: X-Men X-Stravaganza!

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For this episode we brought in outside X-Perts Kait and Renata of the podcast Worst Bestellers. There might be some spoilers for the plot of the new movie X-Men: Apocalypse, but it will be hard to find them in our peripatetic conversation about all things X. We promise you might not come out of it feeling more confused about the franchise!

Links
X-Men (2000)
X-Men 2 (2003)
X-Men 3: The Last Stand* (2006)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men Podcast
Gambit and his cats!
Worst Bestsellers Readers’ Advisory: Episode 49: X-Cutioner’s Song
Worst Bestsellers Readers’ Advisory: Episode 50: X-Men 3: The Last Stand

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Fanfic Recommendations
Wolverine/The Rock Coffee Shop AU (podfic)
kids who go to school (the drop the dime remix) by littledust
The Wonderment of Air (The Laughing Times Remix) by littledust
First Breath After Coma by Signe
Prayers for the Living by Fahye and littledust
How to Tie A Knot by pearl_o
The Righteousness of Our Cause by heyjupiter
Try, Try Again by and_backagain
Celestial Navation by kaydeefalls
The Pit and the Crystal Pendulum by garrideb
You’re My Only Home (The Letting Go Remix) by listerinezero
the only dream i ever have by skylights
ripples come and ripples go by metonymy
For Answers in the Pages by littledust
The O(l)dd Couple by winterhill
How Deep the Bullet Lies by littledust
Trigger Discipline by kaydeefalls
Still Standing by heyjupiter
The Chosen Ones series by metonymy
Case X1743: Unresolved XFilesXMen Movie (X-Files crossover) by Minisinoo

Musical Obsessions
Kait: “Sonya Alone” from Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Renata: “Holy Roller” by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Anna: “If You Love Someone” by the Veronicas
Alene: “We Found Love” by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
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Obsessions
Kait: Hamilton
Renata: Lady Dynamite
Anna: KITTENS
Alene: #chuckstravaganza
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*Spoiler: Not the last stand.

Episode 37: Phryne Fisher and the Mystery of the Girl Gang

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This week, we were joined by both members of the #girlgang to discuss a shared passion: the character of Phryne Fisher and all the mysteries she solves, people she helps, and young men she…er, becomes acquainted with. Featuring an in-depth discussion of the season two episode “Blood at the Wheel” and also: Mac.

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Links
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood
Audiobooks narrated by Stephanie Daniel (RIP)
The Toast
Smart Bitches
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Readalikes and Watchalikes
Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear
Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Agency Series by Y.S. Lee
Iris Cooper series by K. K. Beck
Pistols and Petticoats by Erika Janik
Girl Waits With Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble (forthcoming) by Amy Stewart
Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson series by Stephanie Burgis
Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters
Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers
Cold Comfort Farm (book and movie)
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Musical Obsessions
Ally and Amy: “Lemonade” by Beyoncé and thinkpieces
Anna: “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan
Alene: “Guantanamera

Obsessions
Ally: Hellcat, Goldie VanceTwo Dope Queens
Amy: Check Please, Farscape
Alene: Buzzfeed
Anna: Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

Episode 36: Fantasy and Book Covers with Robin Bradford

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In this episode, we wax nostalgic about fantasy series of yore with Robin Bradford (aka @Tuphlos). Well, Anna and Robin wax while Alene wonders what she’s gotten herself into. Then we talk about what makes a good book cover and what makes a bad one, with a few examples. Feel free to send us your favorite/least favorite book covers on Twitter or Facebook!

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Links

David and Leigh Eddings
Recalling the Late David Eddings, Lord of Creation
Dragonlance Chronicles
Susan Cooper
Lloyd Alexander
Daniel Jose Older
Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

All-Covers

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Hardcover to Paperback Makeovers: 6+ Changes to Consider” from Stacked
Why Do So Many of This Year’s Book Covers Have the Same Design Style?” from Slate
Christina Dodd and the Infamous Three-Armed Cover
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Musical Obsessions
Robin: Prince! XM, Hoopla, your local library
Alene: “There is Power in a Union” by Billy Bragg
Anna: “Boyfriend” by Tegan and Sara

Obsessions
Robin: Baseball! White Sox, Mariners
Alene: Crosstalk by Connie Willis
Anna: Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis

Episode 34: Girl Groups Galore with @MrsFridayNext

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In this episode, we had Margaret aka @MrsFridayNext back to talk girl groups (both classic and more modern) in a belated companion piece to our boy band episode. This included not one but two quizzes created by Quizmaster Helgagrace. We hope you enjoy listening along!

Links:
Dreamgirls
The Real Dreamgirls: How Girl Groups Changed American Music
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Jennifer Hudson
Lake Street Dive
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Honey Cone
The Shirelles
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Top 40 Biggest Girl Group Songs of All Time on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart
Jacob’s Ladder
Grace of My Heart
Sparkle
The Pipettes
The Andrews Sisters
Wilson Phillips
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Musical Obsessions
Margaret: Lucius, “What We Have (To Change)“and Basia Bulat, “Fool
Alene: Shakira, “Try Everything“Anna: Gwen Stefani, “Make Me Like You

Obessions
Margaret: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Alene: Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein
Anna: Dark Days Club, by Alison Goodman

Episode 33: Electric Dreams and Artificial Intelligence

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In this episode, we took a deep dive into the 80s with the movie Electric Dreams (1984), segueing into a broader discussion of artificial intelligence in pop culture with our special guest, Josie (@papertronica)! There was some singing.
Links
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NPR Fresh Air interview with Joaquin Phoenix, on his playing opposite two actresses in the same role for Her.
Minority Report
How to Build an Android, by David K. Dufty
Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, by Daniel H. Wilson
Galatea 2.2, by Richard Powers

The Three Laws of Robotics
Elon Musk’s Billion-Dollar AI Plan is About Far More Than Saving the World

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Holly from Red Dwarf

Musical Obsessions
Josie: Dessa “Fighting Fish,” “The Crow,” “The Beekeeper,” “Dixon’s Girl
Anna: Duran Duran “Ordinary World
Alene: One Direction “What A Feeling
Obsessions
Josie: Another Round with Heben and Tracy podcast
Anna: Erotic romances by Christina Lauren

Episode 32: Podcast Meta and Slash (the Game)

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For this episode, we brought in Podcast Expert (according to Bellwether Friends) Amy to give us some tips, tricks, and recommendations for other podcasts. Yes! There are other podcasts–we were also surprised. Then we played a rousing round of Slash for your entertainment.

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Links

Extra Hot Great
Valentin & The Widow
Call Your Girlfriend
Judge John Hodgman
TBTL
99% Invisible
The Archers
Appointment Television!
All The Books!
Secret Stacks
The Worst Bestsellers
Withdrawn
Where’s That Sound Coming From
Super Secret Base

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Slash

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Musical Obsessions
Amy: “Let ‘Em Say” by Lizzo and Caroline Smith
Anna: “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
Alene: “Your Love is My Drug” by Kesha

Obsessions
Amy: Morning Yoga
Anna: Hellcat, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Faith
Alene: Looking stuff up on Archive of Our Own (Law and Order fic, for example)

Episode 30: Epistolary Novels with Ally Watkins

 

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Dear Listeners,

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a librarian in want of a new book will pounce upon any that promise to be epistolary in nature. Join us for a discussion of epistolary novels with #jointhegirlgang‘s Ally. We promise a very charming discussion!

Yours in admiration,

BF

Links
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede
Carrie by Stephen King
Chat/Connect/Crash by Nan McCarthy (NOT Lauren Myracle who wrote ttyl etc!)
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
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Freedom & Necessity by Stephen Brust and Emma Bull
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Allan Ahlbert
Griffin & Sabine/Sabine’s Notebook/The Golden Mean  by Nick Bantock
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
@brainpicker/@brainpickings
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (movie)
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom
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Pamela
or Virtue Rewarded
by Samuel Richardson
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher
The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger
LibraryReads
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
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You’ve Got Mail
/The Shop Around the Corner/In the Good Old Summertime

Musical Obsessions
Ally: Stonewallin’ by Jane Decker (Spotify Discover)
Anna: Formation by Beyonce (lyrics)
Alene: Perfect by One Direction

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Obsessions

Ally: Phryne Fisher audiobooks read by Kathleen Wilhoite
Anna: Murder on the Orient Express
Alene: warm socks

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Amy, the other half of #jointhegirlgang, was on Episode 22!

Episode 28: The X-Files and Fandoms

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In this episode, Anna and Non-Librarian Angie discuss their decades-old obsession with The X-Files, plus a few other tidbits, including the many faces of Stony. Also, Anna got the name of Gillian Anderson’s second book wrong. SORRY!

Links
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A Vision of Fire and A Dream of Ice by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008)
Steve Rogers/Tony Stark aka Stony
Angie’s cookie creations on Fanfectionary

Musical Obsessions
ABBA, “Money, Money, Money”

Florence + the Machine, “Long & Lost”

Obsessions
Anna: White Christmas (1954)
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Angie: Iron Man and Captain America comics
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