Episode 65: Fastest and Furiousest with @renatasnacks

We got our favorite movie explicator, Renata, on board to discuss the latest entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise: F8 of the Furious (which is what it should have been called). But first we watched all seven previous movies! Hashtag completist. On the way, we learned some very important lessons about ourselves and about FAMILY. Spoilers abound!


The Fast and the Furious
2 Fast 2 Furious
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Fast & Furious
Fast 5
Fast & Furious 6
Furious 7
Fate of the Furious
Vulture: How Does Fate of the Furious Stack Up Against the Rest of the Franchise?

The Blues Brothers
Silence of the Lambs
Cole Hauser v. Tom Berenger
Better Luck Tomorrow
Luke Evans
The Sound of Music
How Did This Get Made (Fate of the FuriousFurious 7, Fast & Furious 6Fast Five)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the show where they’re always in an airplane)

Musical Obsessions
Renata: “New Romantics” by Taylor Swift
Alene: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay
Anna: “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Renata: Trello (her nail polishes)
Alene: Facial exfoliants (Alba and Pixi), sheet masks from Daiso
Anna: Abhorsen books by Garth Nix


Episode 54: Song Covers with @AmandaStretch




In this episode, we talked about cover songs, because Hamilton Mixtape. We brought in @AmandaStretch, a librarian and musicologist, all the way from Japan to lend our conversation gravitas. Also, we made a playlist!

The Atlantic: The Hamilton Mixtape, a Love Letter to a Love Story
The Hollywood Reporter: Lin-Manuel Miranda Teases Songs From Second ‘Hamilton Mixtape’
Tom’s Diner
Nolo: When You Need Permission to Sample Others’ Music
Who Did It First?: Rhythm and Blues, Pop, Rock and Roll
Buzzfeed: 31 Cover Songs That Didn’t Pull A “No Homo” By Changing The Pronouns
Two Bossy Dames: Molly Weasley, Acoustic Guitar Crimes, and Additional Ephemera
Pitch Perfect (Pitch Perfect 2)
Weird Al
Vitamin String Quartet
Roar” by Maco (Katy Perry)
Band of Gold” by Belinda Carlisle (Freda Payne)
Across the Universe” by Rufus Wainwright, Moby, and Sean Lennon
The Voice
Love Lockdown” by Janina Gavankar (Kanye West)
Wrecking Ball” by Haim (Miley Cyrus)
…Baby One More Time” by Travis (Britney Spears)
Shake it Off” by Meghan Trainor (Taylor Swift)
The Baseballs
The Puppini Sisters
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift
Stairway to Heaven” by Dolly Parton (Led Zeppelin)
Who Sampled

Napster: The 100 Best Muddy Waters Covers
Napster: The 80s Cover the 60s
Rebeat: 10 Covers of ’60s Songs That Were More Successful in the ’80s
Rebeat: 10 Covers of ’60s Songs That Hit #1 in the ’70s
Paste: 50 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals
Diffuser: 17 Cover Songs Better Than the Originals
Buzzfeed: 21 Cover Songs That Make You Realize How Amazing The Originals Were

Musical Obsessions
Amanda: “Heaven is a Place On Earth” by Katie Thompson (Belinda Carlisle)
Anna: “Faint of Heart” by Tegan and Sara
Alene: “100x” by Tegan and Sara

Amanda: Japan (also: Japan), Habitica
Anna: Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
Alene: Crock-Pot

Amanda’s blog.
And do you know about Mango Languages? Use it free through your local library!

Episode 53: Movie Advisory and Best of 2016



In this episode, we talk about movies we’ve seen since our last movie advisory (episode 35), share our picks for best of 2016, and squeal over what we’re looking forward to in 2017.


Movie Advisory
Love and Friendship
Finding Dory
From The Washington Post: How Finding Dory and Finding Nemo Deal Beautifully With Disabilities
The Secret Life of Pets
Kubo and the Two Strings
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
From Slate: J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts Flirts With Gay Allegory. Its Sequels Should Go All the Way.
Witch, Please: Roaring Anachronisms and Where To Find Them
From Bustle: Moana Kicking The Love Interest Storyline To The Curb May Not Be Something To Celebrate
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Bridget Jones’s Baby
Queen of Katwe
Rogue One
From The Atlantic: Moonlight Is a Film of Uncommon Grace

Best of 2016

Deadpool, Finding Dory, Love and Friendship, Moana, Moonlight, Trolls, Ghostbusters

American Housewife by Helen Ellis
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Behind the Throne/After the Crown by KB Wagers
Hold Me by Courtney Milan
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Conviction, The Crown, Steven Universe, Supergirl Pending: Stranger Things, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Soundtracks: Moana, Trolls, Hamilton, Hamilton Mixtape
Love You To Death by Tegan and Sara
Musical Obsessions Playlist

Tater Tot Casserole (or this recipe)
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel
Styling/Volumizing Powder

In Memoriam

Looking Forward to in 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Ghost in the Shell, Murder on the Orient Express, Hidden Figures, Fate of the Furious, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Despicable Me 3, Pitch Perfect 3, Beauty and the Beast, It, Baywatch, Power Rangers, Wonder Woman, Fifty Shades Darker, Before I Fall, Annihilation, Star Wars Episode 8
From E!: Movie Preview 2017: 84 Films You Should Know About in the New Year

Spirit from Depeche Mode
Katy Perry, Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, Fergie, Icona Pop, Lorde, Taylor Swift
From Billboard: 2017 Music Preview: 40 Most Anticipated Albums

Illuminae Files #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
Buried Heart by Kate Elliott (Court of Fives #3)
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman
Avon romance authors: Sarah Maclean, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Tessa Dare
From The Millions: Most Anticipated: The Great 2017 Book Preview

Star Trek Discovery, Emerald City, American Gods, Twin Peaks, Riverdale
From A.V. Club: The A.V. Club Tells You What to Watch in 2017

Musical Obsessions
Alene: Club Tropicana by Wham! UK (La Isla Bonita by Madonna)
Anna: Careless Whisper by Wham!, Freedom! ’90 by George Michael

Alene: Pusheen
Anna: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo


Episode 13 Show Notes: LIVE SHOW starring @MrsFridayNext!

Episode here.

For lucky episode thirteen, we took advantage of actually being in the same time and place to have our very first LIVE show! Our special guest was Margaret Willison, aka @MrsFridayNext of Two Bossy Dames and Pop Culture Happy Hour fame. Between breaks in mutual admiration, we also answered some audience questions. Thanks to everyone who came to the taping, it was a lot of fun! (Also a big HELLO to our non-librarian listeners!)


Storify of the tweets from the LIVE show taping

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Two Bossy Dames (Twitter and Tumblr)
Subscribe to Two Bossy Dames
Pop Culture Happy Hour (FB)
Linda Holmes
Stephen Thompson
Ann Friedman Newsletter
Bachelor Pad
1989 by Taylor Swift
Pretty in Pink
Paper Moon



Episode 10 Show Notes: Best of the Year and What We’re Looking Forward To

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Introducing our best of 2014 lists, which are both arbitrary and silly (as you might have suspected)! New Year’s resolutions? We should go to more concerts. We should keep better track of things.

Carolyn’s List
Guardians of the Galaxy
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Chocolate” by 1975
How to Get Away with Murder
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Lego Movie
True Detective
Walk the Moon‘s album Talking is Hard

Anna’s List
Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Big Hero 6
Randoms from Willy Wonka Candy
1989 by Taylor Swift
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Looking Ahead to 2015
Prudence by Gail Carriger (Book One of the Custard Protocol)
Star Wars Episode VII Teaser Trailer
Inside Out
The Very Thought of You by Connie Willis
IMDB Watchlist feature


The Flash

Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson et. al


Episode 7 Show Notes: Our Childhood Favorites and Parenting Perspective

In this episode we field two questions from you (thanks, Cory and Amy!) about the pop culture we loved as kids–and how well it has aged–and how becoming parents has changed our perspective on things. We mention a million things in the show, most linked below.


G.I. Joe
Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
Duck Tales
Murphy Brown
WKRP in Cincinnati
Looney Tunes
The Cosby Show
Family Ties
Growing Pains
Who’s the Boss?
Murder, She Wrote
Sesame Street
3-2-1 Contact
Square One
Romper Room
The Electric Company
Gravity Falls

Labyrinth (and The Goblins of Labyrinth, by Brian Froud and Terry Jones)
The Princess Bride
Neverending Story
Star Wars
The Monster Squad
Shall We Dance
West Side Story
Shout-out to Marni Nixon!
Pretty in Pink
Sixteen Candles
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Wayne’s World

Dancing on the Ceiling” by Lionel Richie
AT40 with Casey Kasem
Thriller” by Michael Jackson
Chicago Greatest Hits 1982-1989
Like a Virgin” by Madonna
Take on Me” by A-Ha
Johnny Gill
The Bangles Different Light
B52s Cosmic Thing
Pretty in Pink soundtrack
The Beatles white album

Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew
Trixie Belden
Three Investigators
Encyclopedia Brown
Robin Hood
King Arthur
John Bellairs
Lloyd Alexander
Susan Cooper
Tamora Pierce
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Agatha Christie
Christopher Pike
Forever… by Judy Blume
Lurlene McDaniel
The Wizard of Oz series
Paranorman by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Carolyn: wants to find the perfect scary story. Hit her up with recommendations here or on Facebook or Twitter!
A Good and Perfect Child by Justin Evans

As You Wish
audiobook by Cary Elwes
Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift