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A scholarly podcast about pop culture hosted by Hannah McGregor and Marcelle Kosman, produced by Witch, Please Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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The Gayly Planet is a humorous, yet ruthless, podcast where two queer nerds talk about Star Trek: The Next Generation, one episode at a time. Hosted by Lark Malakai Grey and Jessie Blount of Hashtag Ruthless Productions. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Material Girls is on Spring Break! But don't fret! We unlocked an episode of Making Worlds, our Patreon-exclusive video podcast hosted by Hannah McGregor. Making Worlds is dedicated to the liberatory possibilities of other worlds! In each episode Hannah speaks with a guest (or two) about a sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction, or magical realism te…
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Like the serious academics they are, Hannah and Marcelle not only researched Disney in academic journals, they also went to the happiest place on earth! They made custom Theodor Adorno t-shirts, scooped Marcelle's eight-year-old and Gender Playground co-host, Raimi Marx, and wen on their way! In this bonus episode, they answer your questions about …
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The Gayly Planet is now officially a Star Trek: The Next Generation podcast! In honor of the new subject matter, we made you a little introduction episode— listen now to meet the queer nerds behind the hot takes. Find Jessie on instagram Find Lark on instagram or on his website The Patreon version of this episode contains bonus content about ~gende…
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What drove Hannah and Marcelle to go to Disneyland? And what is with all the rainbow Mickey ears? And where does pinkwashing end and real change begin? Tune into this episode about the happiest place on earth to find out! In this episode, Marcelle leads Hannah through a history of the term pinkwashing. She then draws on an article by Karine Duplan …
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Today we are discussing season one, episode 4 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Code of Honor.” Find the image roundup for this episode here! Join us on Patreon for tons of fun stuff, including extended versions of all our episodes. The Patreon version of this episode contains a bonus conversation about Jessie encountering the trials of having to…
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We're thrilled to be joined by Anne Helen Petersen for this episode about the popularity of athleisure! If you don't already know, Anne Helen Petersen (she/her) is the incredible writer, journalist and recovering academic behind the beloved newsletter Culture Study. She is the host of a brand new podcast of the same name and the author of four book…
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For this episode, we're joined by the incredible Karen Tongson, Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, English, and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Why Karen Carpenter Matters and Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries. Her newest book, normporn: Queer Viewers and the TV That Soothes Us…
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Today we are discussing season 1, episode 3 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Naked Now.” Find the image roundup for this episode here! Join us on Patreon for tons of fun stuff, including extended versions of all our episodes. The Patreon version of this episode contains bonus conversations about Futurama and our strongly differing opinions a…
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Remember about fifteen years ago when we all went a little nuts for sweet potato fries? What was going on there? Well it turns out, that beloved appetizer was more than a tasty treat circa 2007. In this episode, Marcelle leads Hannah through research about the “orange-flesh sweetpotato” and its relationship to GMOs, cash crops, fat phobia and food …
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Today we have a Valentine’s Day bonus episode for you, in which we discuss the Star Trek TNG episode “Deja Q” (season 3, episode 13)! This episode originally came out as a bonus ep for our other podcast, EsGAYpe From Reality, back in January of 2023. Right now, Lark is offering cute portraits of people and/or pets in order to raise money to cover R…
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Do you play D&D? Do you have a friend who does, but you don't totally *get* what it is? Did you see the recent film Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and think "wow, that role playing game went MAINSTREAM!?" Then this episode is sure to satisfy your curiosity about this zeitgeisty game! Hannah, who herself plays D&D, leads Marcelle through …
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There was so much more to say about Wonka and Twilight. In Part I of this bonus episode (aka a 'Material Concern' episode), we talk about fatphobia in children's literature, the "representation" of indigeneity in Stephanie Meyer's the Twilight Saga, and so much more. If you enjoy this episode, head over to Patreon.com/ohwitchplease for Part II! The…
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Welcome to the second of two episodes that we have for you today, in which we dig into the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot episode, Encounter at Farpoint parts 1 and 2! If you missed the first of today’s eps, in which we discuss the possibility of us becoming a Star Trek podcast, why we would do so, what we love about the show, and what we wil…
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Welcome to the first of two episodes that we have for you today! This episode is a discussion about why we might be switching to a Star Trek: The Next Generation podcast, what we love about the show, and what we have to add to the conversation! Don’t miss the other episode, in which we talk all about the pilot episode of TNG, Encounter at Farpoint!…
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Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob or some secret third option?** Marcelle asks this question only at the very end of the episode, and you know why? Because there is so much more to discuss when it comes to Stephanie Meyer's Twilight. And who better to dig into this novel's plot and place in pop culture than Jackson Bird (he/him) who, over fifteen y…
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Today we have such a special treat for you! We were joined by Alex Steed for a discussion about Can’t Stop the Music—a movie you probably haven’t heard of, but don’t let that stop you from listening. As requested, there is an extremely thorough summary of the movie (almost 10 minutes long! I did my best!) at the beginning, so even if you don’t plan…
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We're so excited to announce that our new show, Making Worlds, begins January 25th! This video podcast, hosted by Hannah McGregor (maybe you know them?!?), will be released monthly via our Patreon. In each 30ish-minute episode, a guest will bring Hannah a text that has helped them imagine the liberatory possibilities of another world. We’re talking…
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In this week's episode, we're joined by the incredible Leena Norms (she/her) to talk about Timothée Chalamet's latest venture: Wonka. This holiday blockbuster from director Paul King (Paddington, Paddington 2) made many people on the internet cringe even before it's release in mid December. It was notably in the *discourse* through memes and tweets…
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Witch, Please Productions is on break for the holidays! Of course we still wanted to put some fun content out while we’re away from our computers, so we recorded a holiday bonus that features Gaby, Zoe, Hannah, Marcelle and Coach mostly speaking over one another while they attempt to play Material Pursuit — a game of trivia that Marcelle created by…
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Today we are discussing Barbie (2023)! Support us on Patreon to help keep this podcast (and all our pods!) on the air! The Patreon version of this episode contains bonus content about working from home, Lake Superior, Lark’s barbies, and The Velveteen Rabbit! Images of the things we discussed can be found on the episode webpage! Here’s a very detai…
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One of Marcelle's favorite books is The Night Circus, so she decided to be brave and do an entire episode about the best-selling fantasy novel by Erin Morgenstern. Why brave? Well because sometimes it's hard to think critically about something you love! We all know that. ;) This episode, Marcelle leads us through a quick chat about how the book was…
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We hit our fundraising goal for Palestine Children’s Relief Fund in October and this is the bonus episode we promised as a thank you for your support. As of today, you, our listening community, have raised $8900 — and our goal was $5000! That’s incredible and we’re so grateful for your resource sharing and messages of solidarity. This bonus episode…
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Today we are talking about Subspace Rhapsody, the Star Trek Strange New Worlds musical episode!!! Support us on Patreon to help keep this podcast (and all our pods!) on the air! We need to hit $3,500 by December 31st, and when we do, patrons will unlock Lark Trek—a bimonthly newsletter where Lark talks about his feelings about an episode of Star Tr…
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At Material Girls, we’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of using social media for social change and what those calls imply about the role of social media in our collective imaginations. And so, in the spirit of always historicizing, we recorded this episode to look back on the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 and, specifically, to an online …
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We had to talk about Taylor Swift more — especially as so many of you had great comments, feedback and specific inquiries! We structured this bonus like our usual Patreon-only Q&A episodes, except this time we only answered questions you submitted about Ms. Taylor Allison Swift. We talk Gay-lore, billionaires, private jets, the Jets and holding man…
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Today we are discussing the first 13 chapters of The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman! Help keep Hashtag Ruthless pods on the air by joining our Patreon or Sticker Club (or both!), buying some cute merch, or leaving a donation! 5 star written reviews are also super helpful, and so is telling all your friends about our shows!! Listen to Jessie’s gue…
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We're so lucky to be joined this episode by Erin Keif (she/her) of the beloved Headgum podcasts Hey Riddle Riddle and Sitcom DnD. If you're a fan of Les Mis, or any musical, you'll appreciate this really special episode that covers Stuart Hall's theory of encoding/decoding, while also getting into the lyrics and musicality of the megamusical: Les M…
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Happy Halloween! Today we are discussing the Doctor Who two-parter, Silence in the Library and Forest of the Dead! Want to support our work? Here are all the ways you can do that! Find us online at hashtagruthless.com and instagram.com/hashtagruthlesspods Music from https://filmmusic.io "Industrial Music Box" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.c…
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Given last week's release of 1989 (Taylor's Version), we just had to have Swiftie and Tay-lore expert Margaret H. Willison (she/her) on the show to talk about one of the (if not THE) most influential pop stars of the last decade. We start with a conversation about Taylor as an artist and Margaret provides context to help us understand how and why T…
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Welcome to our Camp Damascus double feature! Part one is our discussion about Chuck Tingle's “Camp Damascus,” and part two is our interview with Chuck Tingle about the book, writing autistic characters, queer representation, stepping away from Harry Potter, timelines, science fiction, and so much more! You can listen to the extended versions of bot…
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Why is Star Wars so popular? What were the material conditions that set the first film, A New Hope, up for success in 1977? What can a Marxist critique help us understand about the film? In this episode, Marcelle leads Hannah through a conversation about one of her favorite franchises by first taking a close look at George Lucas's politics and the …
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