Episode 24: Big Girl Big Time Stuff

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It’s the first episode of 2017 and we’re not big into spoilers so you’re just gonna have to listen to the show to find out what shenanigans we’re up to! [hint: it’s awards season]

Katherine Johnson*, a black physicist and mathematician critical to NASA for over three decades, is our BAWOTE (Badass Woman of the Episode) . You may have heard of her because she is one of the subjects of the award-winning and box-office-busting movie Hidden Figures.

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*Note: Kathryn accidently called BAWOTE Katherine Jacobsen (instead of Johnson) on the show. Katherine Jacobsen is the name of a woman she went to college with – we apologize for the mistake.

Links from the episode:

Intro Song: Strange Overtones by David Byrne & Brian Eno
Outro Song: Freedom! ’90 by George Michael 
Main image credit: By NASA; restored by Adam Cuerden [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Episode 23: How Dated Can a Vampire Really Be?

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We’re baaaccckkkk!!! After a crazy fall Miró and Kath are back behind the mic and we’ve got a lot to catch up on.  The BAWOTE (Badass Woman of the Episode) is Solange Knowles with some guest badassery courtesy of her mother, Tina Knowles. Too much fabulousness to explain here, just go listen.

Kath discusses why Buffy the Vampire Slayer may be the balm for our post-election wounds (and yes, it’s still relevant!) and we escape further into the fantasy world with reviews of YA novels Seraphina and Carry On.

Taking it back to reality, Kath finally names her “watch a movie by a creepy person, give back to something good,” mission: Filmanthropy.

Side note: For the record, the actual Elizabeth Cady Stanton quote we reference is, “In a word, I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.”

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Intro Song: Strange Overtones by David Byrne & Brian Eno
Interlude: Tina Taught Me from Solange’s album A Seat at the Table
Outro Song: Rise from Solange’s album A Seat at the Table
Main image credit: Beyoncé

Episode 22: Miró Forgot the Title

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In episode 22 Miró and Kath discuss Fashion Week, rant about Yeezy (yes, again), give you some updates on what grandma TV you should be watching, and discuss this topic: “what are we doing with our lives?” (Please don’t answer that).

Bonus points to the person who can figure out the two reasons the outro music was chosen!

This episode our BAWOTE (Badass Woman of the Episode) is Emma Rowena Gatewood (aka Grandma Gatewood) who, at 67, was the first woman to complete a solo hike through the Appalachian Trail. Enough said, go learn more in this episode! 

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Intro Song: Strange Overtones by David Byrne & Brian Eno
Outro Song: Somewhere from West Side Story, composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Main image credit: appalachiantrials.com

Episode 20: Filthy.Stinkin.Rich.

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In which we accidentally spend the entire episode talking about rich people. Rich people killing each other, rich people during debutante season, rich women saying “fuck it I’m happier without a man,” rich women saying “fuck it, I’d rather hang out with my gay bestie than my husband,” rich people at boarding school. But we PROMISE it’s fascinating. Just trust us.

There’s enough book recommendations to fill the next four months, Kath compares An American in Paris the-sexist-movie-version to An American in Paris the-modernized-musical, and our BAWOTE (Badass Woman of the Episode) is Wendy Davis, former Texas senator and founder of Deeds Not Words.

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*Note from Miró: OK so I was wrong about Teddy Wharton’s room being far from Edith’s. BUT his room is noticeably smaller than Henry James’. I knew there was something hilarious about that house!

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Kath at The Mount, Edith Wharton's home in Lenox, Massachusetts

Kath at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, Massachusetts

 

Me and Alexis at The Mount. Unfortunately I had to be that bastard Teddy.

Me and Alexis at The Mount. Unfortunately I had to pose as that bastard, Teddy.

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Intro Song: Strange Overtones by David Byrne & Brian Eno
Outro Song: Rich Girls by The Virgins
Main Image credit: Illustration by Pierre Le Tan, based on his theatrical poster for Metropolitan

Episode 19: Maybe Too Much Fun

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*Note: this episode was recorded before the tragedy at Pulse in Orlando. All our love is with the victims, survivors, and the LGBTQ community.
In Episode 19 Kath guilt trips Miró for not listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, Miró guilt trips Kath for not watching Transparent. We introduce BAWOTE (Badass Woman of the Episode) Loretta Lynch and discuss her speech against the “bathroom bill.” The remake of Roots is now on TV and everyone seems to have an opinion. When is a reboot good and when is it time to move on? And finally, your summer reading essentials, why Chick Lit book covers may ruin your next great discovery, and how murderous monks may be the perfect calming escape from your cray boss.
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Episode 16: The Epitome of Strength and Badassery

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It’s March (Method to the) Madness and that means experiencing Women’s History Month like you’ve NEVER known before! From 19th century mavericks knocking down the fortress of patriarchy to modern women not putting up with any $h!t, we talk about it all. So strap yourself into your bras, it’s time for a wild ride!

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Intro Song: Strange Overtones by David Byrne & Brian Eno
Outro Song: Put Yourself First from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
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Episode 13: Hey There Little Sunshine

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In Episode 13 Miró and Kath play a guessing game of, “Hipster, Homeless, or Halloween?” They review The Martian (both the book and the movie), “workshop” Kath’s addiction to The Challenge (a reality show to trump all reality shows), and talk about when it’s appropriate for one colleague to say to the other, “Hey there little sunshine.” SPOILER ALERT: Never! So here’s where the audience participation comes in:

Have you ever encountered sexism and didn’t realize it until later? When someone says something sexist to you do you explode in anger, ignore it, or calmly point it out? Have you ever had a badass comeback? We want to hear from you! Tweet us at #MttMPod

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The Martian – book
The Martian – movie
The Challenge

Intro song: Strange Overtones by David Byrne & Brian Eno
Outro song: Show Me A Little Shame by Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Image credit: @kathryndennett 

Episode 11: T is for Twitter Tiff

Kath takes to fisticuffs on Twitter. Miró continues her quest for grandma-hood with Sue Grafton’s alphabetic murder mystery series. Miró and Kath potentially make a lot of feminists mad by talking about when a woman’s story does or doesn’t need to be told. They potentially make a lot of xenophobes mad by disparaging films with bad foreign accents instead of subtitles. Will more Twitter fights ensue?

Episode 9: 5 Summer Movies You Should Have Seen By Now

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5 summer blockbusters* that you should have seen by now… all expertly critiqued, torn apart, gushed over, and over-anticipated by Miró and Kathryn.**


*according to us
**We recorded this episode over two weeks ago, but between two chaotic schedules and multiple technology problems we weren’t able to post until now. So get your butt to the movie theater!


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Episode 6: Own the Brassy

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On this week’s episode of Method to the Madness Miró and Kathryn revisit the cult classic Waiting for Guffman and their unapologetic admiration for Iris Apfel, the Terry Gross/Marc Maron interview, andBad Feminist by Roxane Gay.

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