Anya and Alan welcome Poetry to talk about the influential Animorphs series by Katherine Applegate. We discuss the whole series but focus on “The Departure” Book 19. When is a kids series not just a kids series? When the real monster is war! T
Dr. Paul Moffett joins Anya and Alan to discuss Sir Thomas Mallory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur.” We compare the Roundtable Knights to Super Heroes, discuss 500 year-old dirty jokes, and learn how this story has shaped Paul’s life. If you haven’t taken
Anya and Alan talk about the Hanna Gatsby comedy special “Nanette”! We rant a lot in this episode about the nature of Art. Society. And Joss Wedon. It’s the nice ranting though. Unless you like systemic oppression, then you shouldn’t listen bec
Anya and Alan talk about the 2019 podcast ‘Nice Try! Utopia’ hosted by Avery Trufelman and produced by Curbed. We talk about eating crickets, lesbian enclaves, and the sexual revolution…. of the 1840’s in New England. Come visit Utopia with us!
Anya and Alan talk about a mutual favorite book, “Tiny Beautiful Things” by Cheryl Strayed. CONTENT WARNING We talk about physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in this episode. We discuss heartbreak, homelessness, and the religion of radical em
Anya and Alan talk about the movie that taught Anya that movies could be Art instead of just entertainment- Monsoon Wedding! We talk about the surprising storyline of abuse, and how it resonates so many years later. The pull between Old India a
Anya and Alan talk about the 2001 Gore Verbinsky movie “The Mexican”. This is a story about stories which are themselves about stories. It helped Alan learn about stories and how a story should tell a story within itself so that the story makes
Anya and Alan talk about the award-winning German-language thriller “The Lives of Others”. We loved this tightly plotted story about Art and Fascism in the 1980s. It resonated with the politics of our time, the fights over the importance of sto
We have a new podcast! Come listen to us talk about “His Dark Materials” with our friend Caitlin. For all the details visit the Measures of Truth homepage, then subscribe to the podcast in your favorite player!
Anya and Alan discuss the hilarious, but very dark, best-selling novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. We discuss suicide, loneliness, and depression- so please take care to listen only if you are ready for those themes.
Alan tries to explain why he owes $400 to Blockbuster video, what William and Jocelyn are fighting about, and what Nietzsche would have thought about “A Knight’s Tale”. Yeah. Buckle in for some weirdness.What is Blockbuster Video?Netflix had DV
Just in time for the Women’s World Cup 2019, Anya and Alan discuss “Bend It Like Beckaham”. Anya’s favorite sleepover movie from high-school is all about third-culture kids, choice feminism, and wearing comfortable clothes. We talk about the bi
Anya and Alan talk about the 1990’s animated MTV show Aeon Flux created by Peter Chung. This is one of Alan’s favorite cult 90’s shows. We talk about four episodes, including one about a wall that divides two nations- which has nothing to do wi
Anya and Alan talk about the Oscar Award winning Kung Fu film by Ang Lee, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. Alan’s favorite Kung Fu movie is actually a musical and Jen Yu is actually a Disney Princess. That’s right. We said it. Du Lu Wang’s “C
Anya and Alan talk about “Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back” by Frank Schaeffer. Anya read this memoir in College and is now sharing it with the
Anya and Alan tackle the very serious issues of Abortion, White Beauty Standards, and farting in your messy panties. We talk about the best Abortion Rom-Com ever made- Obvious Child. Anya made this movie the first date with the man she is curre
An announcement about the long break that we took on the podcast this year. And good news! Thank you to everyone for your patience.ENTITLEMENT ISSUES... by Neil GaimanOur theme song is Background Blues Guitar by Blowball Music.Please visit our
Anya and Alan welcome Jordan Magill for a special mini-sode about sexuality, identity, and pop-culture crushes. Anya's Crushes:Kate Moennig- Young AmericansMichelle Rodrigez- AvatarLizzy Caplan- Party DownHonorable mention- Christina Hendricks
Anya and Alan welcome Joshua Unruh to talk about one his favorite Hard Boiled Detective movies- Brick from Writer and Director Rian Johnson. We talk about the difference between Noir vs Hard Boiled, low-budget camera tricks, and A Prairie Home
Anya and Alan welcome Mandi Kaye Ottaway to talk about the book that changed her life, Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell. Mandi tells us all about how this book inspired her to become the podcastin
Anya and Alan welcome Sarah (aka Other_Girl) to talk about the book that is required reading to understand her soul, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. We discuss race in Southern Literature, cycles of abuse, and swiss cheese vs cheddar st
Jan Moffett visits Anya and Alan to talk about her favorite children's book- The Paper Bag Princess, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. She reveals the story behind her tattoo, helps us preform a dramatic reading of
Lani Diane Rich visits Anya and Alan to talk about Moonlighting. She tells us all about what this show means to her, drops her latest narrative theory, and admits how much she hates- no loves- urgh, is just a sucker for those Han Solo and David
Anya and Alan talk about Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. This is Alan's favorite book, and he has read it every year for decades. We talk about Prequels, misprinted paperback covers, and getting over trauma. Sad PuppiesHow Story WorksThe #MeToo
Anya and Alan discuss the book and movie 'And the Band Played On'. Anya reveals why this movie is so important to her, what a retro-virus is, and why Trump is AIDS. Alan Alda's science education organization.Why Do Viruses Cause Cancer? By Pat
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