Episode 100: Our Namesake! Connie Willis’s BELLWETHER with @papersquared, @twobossydames, and @aswatki1

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Can you believe there have been a hundred episodes of Bellwether Friends? Well, there haven’t. THIS is the one hundredth episode! Carolyn, Margaret, Sophie, and Ally joined us to discuss our inspiration and beloved novel Bellwether, by our beloved and inspiring Connie Willis, complete with all the digressions you’ve come to love over our past 99 episodes, readalikes, and other suggestions!

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Connie Willis
bellwether
Bellwether
Audiobook (read by Kate Reading)
YouTube: Technique Critique by Wired
Charles Entertainment Cheese
L.O.L. Surprise! dolls
Owlcrate Jr
Connie Willis on library weeding
Jo Walton on Bellwether
Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold
To Say Nothing of the Dog on Episode 31
Cory Doctorow on Bellwether

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Exhibit A: Alene’s Bellwether tattoo

Read-/Listen-/Watchalikes
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
The Office
Level Up by Cathy Yardley
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Desk Set
Intermediate Thermodynamics by Susannah Nix
His Girl Friday
Working Girl
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

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Each chapter begins with the description of a fad, such as the HULA HOOP

Musical Obsessions
Carolyn: A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships (album) by The 1975, “Love Somebody Like You” by Joan
Ally: “Free Man in Paris” by Joni Mitchell
Margaret: “The Heartache Can Wait” by Brandi Carlile
Sophie: “Precious Lord Take My Hand/You’ve Got A Friend” by Aretha Franklin [mention: “Wonder Woman” by Kacey Musgraves]
Anna: “Somebody to Love” by Queen (or George Michael) [or Glee]
Alene: “When Can I See You Again” by Owl City from Wreck-It Ralph

Obsessions
Carolyn: family karaoke night
Ally: Amelia Bloomer Project committee reading
Margaret: NPR and Boston Globe Best Books coverage: The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding, Odd One Out by Nic Stone, Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang [mention: Fence by C. S. Pacat]
Sophie: Bodyguard (more in Two Bossy Dames)
Anna: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (there’s no sex in space!)
Alene: Not Your Sidekick and Not Your Villain by C. B. Lee

@aswatki1, @papersquared, @mrsfridaynext, @twobossydames, @atvpodcast, @sophiebiblio

Pop Culture Happy Hour on The Favourite

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Episode 99: Best of 2018

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In this episode, we look back over a year of movies, television, music, experiences, and books. We did the same for 2017 in Episode 77, 2016 in Episode 53, and 2015 in Episode 27.

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Movies
wakandaforever
Black Panther
Crazy Rich Asians
Ocean’s 8
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Love, Simon
Insidious: The Last Key
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A Simple Favor
The Meg (Episode 94)
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Looking forward to: Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Autostraddle review), The Favourite, The Wife, Mary Queen of Scots, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Mary Poppins Returns

Television
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Killing Eve
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
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One Day at at Time (Season 2)
The Good Place (Episode 85)
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FBI
Black Lightning
A Very English Scandal
Doctor Who
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Jesus Christ Superstar Live
Nanette
Looking forward to: Pose, Insecure, Vida, Howards End, Killing Eve, The Good Place, One Day at at Time, Trinkets

Music
Party for One” by Carly Rae Jepsen
Thank U, Next” by Ariana Grande
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Pynk” by Janelle Monae
The Hamilton Polka” by Weird Al Yankovic
Crazy Rich Asians motion picture soundtrack
Looking forward to: “Fake Love” by BTS, “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monae, “Curious” by Hayley Kiyoko, “I Like It” by Cardi B, “Love It If We Made It” by The 1975, Golden Hour (album) by Kacey Musgraves, MitskiChristine and the QueensboygeniusCarly Rae Jepsen

Experiences
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Hamilton (and other live performances)
Royal Weddings
Seattle
Walker’s Shortbread

Books
#libfaves18
Broken Ice by Matt Goldman
Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken? by Kelly Jones
My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum
Looking forward to: The Shallows by Matt Goldman
Thundercluck by Paul Tillery IV and Meg Wittwer
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The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
The Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao
Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis
The Girl with the Dragon Heart by Stephanie Burgis
The Neighbor by Gerri Hill
Intercepted by Alexa Martin
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
Rosewater by Tade Thompson
Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Treason of Hawks by Lila Bowen
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Looking forward to: The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory, The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole, The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee, Jade War by Fonda Lee, The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker, A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian, The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty, The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey, Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
Book Riot: 51 New Romance Novels Scheduled for 2019

Musical Obsessions
Anna: Spotify 2018 playlist, “Whistle” by Flo Rida
Alene: “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John

Obsessions
Anna: Lies Sleeping by Ben Aaronovitch, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Alene: Inclusivity

Episode 59: Clonesplaining with @renatasnacks

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Wolverine expert Renata returns to recap the first two (confusingly named) Wolverine movies featuring Hugh Jackman as an appetizer for our spoiler-filled discussion of the new movie Logan. You might not want to watch the movies when we’re through, but you’ll definitely want to watch movies with Renata. Apologies in advance for some sound quality issues during the episode.

Also: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was the winner of our episode 57 Bellwether Friends What to Watch Next Bracket Challenge! Thanks to everyone who voted. We will be recording an episode about the show in the near future!

Links
One Day at a Time
The Boyfriend of the Week
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Wolverine
Logan
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Sabretooth
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Deadpool
FAA Flight Planning Information
Buzzfeed: “Logan” Will Change The Way You Think About Violence In Superhero Movies
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Final moment
X-Men video game
Deadpool 2 teaser
The Worst Best Sellers (discussing All-New Wolverine!)

Obsessions
Renata: Laura Kinney! X-23: The Complete Collection, Volume 2All New Wolverine Vol. 1: The Four Sisters
Alene: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer)
Anna: Rivers of London series (Midnight Riot) by Ben Aaronovitch read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith on audio (get the first three on Hoopla!)

Musical Obsessions
Renata: “Move Your Feet / D.A.N.C.E. / It’s A Sunshine Day” from the Trolls soundtrack
Anna: “Die Young” by Ke$ha
Alene: “The Sound” by The 1975

 

 

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
Lumberjanes
1989 by Taylor Swift
Spotify
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

Obsessions

Carolyn
The Flash
Arrow

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