Ariel is a former Latin teacher and author of a number of books on her classroom research with twice exceptional kids (gifted requiring special services), foreign language education, and curriculum for the gifted in several subject areas. She is a nerd to the tune of everything, who still wishes she could have quadruple-majored in college (linguistics, theatre, psychology, AND Latin). Her usual obsessions are film and theatre, the classical world, how it unraveled, and the threads that still reach through time.
A discussion of the acclaimed Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma  with its creators, director Jeff Orlowski and producer Larissa Rhodes. Their documentary addresses the toxicity of social media platforms, and how they are changing information ecosystems around the world. They stop by to discuss how they were able to refine their ideas and address the many effects of social media platforms in such a clear, concise, and compelling way. This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (
Ariel sits down with Dr. Ceres Artico to discuss mental health concerns in the pandemic, and how through self-care and careful consumption of media, people can improve upon their individual quality of life.This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (
For this episode, Ariel joins forces with Mick Manhattan of to host a panel on the problematic, with Allyson Holland, Shannon Hollander, Katy Watson, and Kris PHZ-SICKS Williams. These six voices in podcasting and the film industry come together to talk about the representation of women, BIPOC individuals, people with disabilities, members of queer and trans communities, and other groups within horror. What is it about the film industry that marginalizes these large groups of people both in front of and behind the camera? Why do we still love the films we love, and how do we justify these favorites to ourselves? This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (
A conversation with Myriam and Michael, a pair of educators and writers, who share their passion for Drácula (1931) with us. Not the one starring Bela Lugosi, but the one that shot on the same sets at night. Myriam's work as a researcher into Latin American literature and history, and her identity as a puertorriqueña (she is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico) give her special insight into other layers at work within the film, from choices of symbolic imagery, to language and pronunciation, to the nationalities of the actors cast in roles.This episode was edited by William Dass.Support the show (
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
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3 days, 7 hours
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