Episode 93: Basketball! Basketball!! Basketball!!! with @skeskali and @DebTorres54

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In this episode, we talk basketball with Cecily of The Riverdale Rag and Deb, sharing our personal basketball histories and favorite teams, coaches, and players. When we recorded the episode, the winner of this year’s WNBA championship was still in doubt, but since then the STORM have claimed the title, to the delight of many.

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Links

Atlanta 1996 Olympics
Iowa girls’ basketball
Title IX
Utah Starzz
WNBA history
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Seattle Storm
Phoenix Mercury
Minnesota Lynx
Los Angeles Sparks
Detroit Shock

Song:
Basketball” by Kurtis Blow

Movies:
Love and Basketball
Hoop Dreams
Hoosiers
LeBron James Trainwreck scene
Teen Wolf
Space Jam
Semi-Pro

Books:
Loose Balls by Terry Pluto
Romancing the Zone by Kenna White
Slamdunked by Love by Jamie Wesley
Sum It Up by Pat Summitt
In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais
Counting Coup by Larry Colton
Standing Tall by C. Vivian Stringer

Coaches:
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Pat Summit
Elaine Elliott
Cheryl Reeve
Dawn Staley
Geno Auriemma
Sue Guevara
Curt Miller

Players:
Elena Delle Donne
Nneka Ogwumike
Breanna Stewart
Sue Bird
Candace Parker
Brittney Griner
Liz Cambage
Chelsea Gray
Janel McCarville
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Diana Taurasi (kisses Seimone Augustus)
Cynthia Cooper
Teresa Weatherspoon
Jennifer Azzi
Cheryl Miller
Nancy Lieberman
Ann Meyers
Yolanda Griffith
Tina Thompson
Sheryl Swoopes
Swin Cash
Rebecca Lobo
Lindsay Whalen
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Seimone Augustus
Maya Moore
Natalie Williams
Rebekkah Brunson
Asjha Jones
Can you believe Diana Taurasi is married to Penny Taylor?
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Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe

Musical Obsessions
Deb: “Drive Slow” by Chastity Brown
Cecily: “Style” by Prince
Anna: “Sweet Georgia Brown” as used by the Harlem Globetrotters
Alene: “Michael Jordan” by Kendrick Lamar

Obsessions
Cecily: Kdramas on Netflix–Mr. Sunshine
Deb: fish tacos
Anna: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Alene: The Romantic Comedy–The Real Deal by Lauren Blakely and Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

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Episode 92: We Need Inclusive Romance!

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In this episode, jumping off our presentation at the Massachusetts Library Association conference in May, we discuss inclusive romance novels we’ve read and are looking forward to reading. The official genre of Bellwether Friends is Historical Romance. This episode is brought to you by Fake Dating with a side of Getting It Out Of Our System.

Links
LA Review of Books: Romance, Compassion, and Inclusivity (Or: How Romance Will Save the World)
Why We Need Asexual Romances
Reading romance as an asexual & aromantic person

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Courtney Milan Cyclone series
Sherry Thomas
Jeannie Lin
Alyssa Cole An Extraordinary Union, A Princess in Theory, A Duke by Default
Jasmine Guillory The Wedding Date, The Proposal
the bride test
Helen Hoang The Kiss Quotient, The Bride Test
Jackie Lau Grumpy Fake Boyfriend (May 2018), Mr. Hotshot CEO
Alisha Rai Forbidden Hearts series
Camille Perri When Katie Met Cassidy (June 2018)

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[LESBIAN ROMANCE SIDEBAR]
Bold Strokes Books, Bella Books

BookRiot: Native American Romance Novels by Native Authors
V. S. Nelson
Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
Laura Brown Signs of Attraction
Margaret Locke The Demon Duke
Amanda Quick Deception
Julia Quinn To Sir Phillip, With Love
Karin Kallmaker
Claire O’Dell A Study in Honor
love and basketball
Jamie Wesley Slamdunked by Love
Cathy Yardley Level UpOne True Pairing
Sonali Dev
A Bollywood Affair, The Bollywood Bride, A Change of Heart
Alexis Hall How to Bang a Billionaire, How to Blow it With a Billionaire, Glitterland, Looking for Group
Mia Sosa Acting on Impulse
Ruby Lang Acute Reactions
The Ripped Bodice: The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report
Jeevani Charika A Royal Wedding
Alexis Daria Take the Lead
Pema Donyo Revolutionary Hearts
Talia Hibbert A Girl Like Her
Priscilla Oliveras His Perfect Partner
Cat Sebastian
KJ Charles
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E. E. Ottoman
J. K. Pendragon
Damon Suede
Yolanda Wallace Tailor Made
Rebekah Weatherspoon So Sweet
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K. M. Jackson Insert Groom Here
Beverly Jenkins (we totally forgot to talk about her but she should be on this list)

WOC in Romance
Read Harder: Romance Novels By or About a Person of Color
Romance Novels in Color
A List of the Best Contemporary Romance Books Featuring Women of Color
Diverse Romance
The New York Times: In Love With Romance Novels, But Not Their Lack of Diversity
The New York Times: The Changing Face of Romance Novels

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Obsessions
Alene and Anna: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before; Crazy Rich Asians

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Musical Obsessions
Alene: “Money (That’s What I Want)” by Cheryl K feat. Awkwafina from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack
Material Girl (200 du)” by Sally Yeh from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack
Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Kina Grannis from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack
(Bustle article)
Anna: “Yellow” by Katherine Ho from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack (LA Times story)