Remedial Studies is a podcast by two nerdy ladies who just want to make the world listen to our academic opinions on the most nonacademic subjects. No media form is off limits! Books people call trash? Absolutely! Albums from artists you never heard of (or heard too much of)? You betcha! Movies that never got their box office due for being "too niche?" Where would we be without them! Television that you stayed up way too late to watch? We're right they're with you! Games that would have gotten you made fun of as a kid that are kind of cool now? We're your one stop shop! Join us, Hannah and Rachel, as we work through all the pop culture we can get our hands on and do our best to stay on topic along the way. New episodes every other Tuesday.
Episode 42: "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse"
Well, robots, we're back, and this time we bring you a long awaited discussion on Sony's formal apology for The Emoji Movie. Miles Morales and the denizens of the Spider-Verse enable us to discuss animation, fandom culture, and the evolution of Nerdom as a popular identity.
Talking points: We both forget that the Amazing Spider-Man movies happened; Donald Glover was robbed; polite racists; using animation to its fullest extent; the overshadowing of Jack Kirby; comic visual language; the age of superheroes; and, hey, stay safe robots.
Episode 41: 2019 Year in Review
We return to you, sweet robots, bearing memories of a year past, and a hopeful look towards our future.
Talking Points: A character development year; sweet tunes from the revolutionary bog; heavenly good television; Rachel's least surprising pick ever; they really just let a ten year old have to save the world; steel for humans, silver for monsters, coin for your Witcher; the blinding light of the fireside; that time Henry VIII's wives put on a pop concert; mortality on the riverbank; the impact of choice in an age of dragons; quality critical crafting; and, hey, we missed you.
Episode 40: Amy Stewart's "The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Accomplishments of Earthworms"
This episode, we dive deep into the bowels of the earth to explore the life of one of nature's most fascinating creatures. Told from the perspective of an author bursting at the seams to share her thoughts and findings, this book helps us explore the ins and outs of science writing, literacy, and how both influence and are affected by the public.
Talking Points: our individual experiences with science as a popular and academic pursuit; the aesthetic value of the natural; the trickle down economics of popular opinion; our inability to conceptualize the impact of something that seems so small; how differences of audience can impact the success of a work; the place of science writing in today's literacy struggles; and, hey, why aren't we funding more worm regeneration studies?
Episode 39: Amanda Lovelace's "the princess saves herself in this one"
Hello, robots! Today, we're bringing you something a little different, a book of poetry that has caused quite a stir from the social medias to the blogs of academics who are always giving a Ted Talk in their own minds. Join us as we discuss what we look for in our books of verse, as well as why we find ourselves jumping to the defense of someone who's work is, apparently, easy to hate.
Talking points: reliance on archetypal language to communicate power and self-understanding; coming of age in the time of evolving literary forms; the misconception that if one form is popular, then all others must be dead; the continued crusade against things young women enjoy; seeing ourselves in unapologetic and imperfect art; and, hey, is poetry like obscenity in that you only know it when you see it?;
Episode 38: Sarah J. Maas's "A Court of Thorns and Roses" & "A Court of Mist and Fury"
We return, robots! As we kick off our summer programming, join us as we journey into the depths of Prythian, a land of fae and magic and well-executed romance tropes, that Hannah has been begging Rachel to get into for over a year. Will the prophecies of Hannah the Oracle remain true? You'll have to listen to find out.
Talking Points: our longest and most giggly source recap thus far; what to do when there's only one bed; meaningful consequences even when that plot point has passed by; Phantom of the Opera understudies; dealing with trauma in a fantasy setting; the world building of a political, economic, and social state; how to pull off an actual love triangle, and, hey, sometimes the question isn't if you love someone, but how you love them.
Episode 38: Hannah Yells About Comics #2
Join Hannah for a spoiler-free review of Jim Henson's The StoryTeller: Sirens -- "The Mermaid and the Fisherman" written by Bartosz Sztybor and illustrated by Jakub Rebelka. This episode reviews other reviews, wonders what it means to be "indie", and gets mad about the captured mermaid motif.
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LOVE. THIS. PODCAST.
I raved about it on my own personal Twitter account and I’ll rave about it here:
This podcast somehow went into my head and found a bunch of stuff I liked and some stuff I didn’t know I’d like and then had conversations I really want to be a part of.
Rachel and Hannah are intelligent, witty, and deep dive into their subjects in a way that is interesting to me. They don’t get too in the weeds, but they look at the context of the media through its creators’ history, through a social lens, and more.
Find a subject you like and just listen to that episode. I really think you’ll like it.
Y’all’s enthusiasm is so good, and your topics of choice? Stellar. Can’t wait for more!
this was honestly such a good listen! i loved the first episode and all that you had to talk about. i love critical theory and discussing literature and other forms of media in the way that you do so hearing this was just delightful. im also an english major going on soon to study library sciences, so hearing your backgrounds was so cool!! i am very excited for the future of this show. i'll definitely be listening!