Feminist know-it-alls Maya Gurantz and Rebecca Cohen get sauced and deconstruct culture, politics and anything else they can drunkenly over-analyze.
UATX and Academic Free Speech
Welcome to Anti-Woke University! Rebecca and Maya break down The University of Austin Texas, a new school founded by a cadre of the Self-Identified Cancelled, & their attendant b******t rhetorical moves around ideas of academic freedom and open discourse.
Rebecca and Maya get into Succession, HBO’s dramedy about rich people being horrible. We break down the tension between its prestige glossiness and cringey dark comedy, discuss American fascination with TV shows about the aristocracy, and disagree over whether it’s possible to be a fan of this show without ultimately sympathizing for these monsters.
Sauce Classics: Gun Crazy
Introducing Sauce Classics!
Secret tapes were just released of how the NRA were strategizing their future after the Columbine shooting. So we’re returning to our episode about gun culture: exploring how the gun industry created a culture of fascination and romance around their products, and how the gun lobby in turn used that to inform pro-gun propaganda.
Cheap Old Houses
The tile! The woodwork! The acreage! Sure, you’ll move to upper Michigan! You can like, farm, right? Rebecca and Maya look the wildly popular Instagram account (and new HGTV show) Cheap Old Houses and break apart the economic and historical factors underneath this specific fantasy of home ownership in small rural towns.
Graphic novelist (& long-time listener!) Nick Anderson comes on to get real about autism. We break down popular misconceptions of autism, assess pop cultural characters who are “on the spectrum” in ways both coded and explicit, what the metaphor of “the spectrum” misses about neurodiversity anyway, and what media does “click” with autists and why.
We all feel some kind of way about Bennifer & John Mulaney & Steve from Blues Clues & Michael K Williams & and there’s a word for that: the Parasocial, a concept that is suddenly EVERYWHERE. What is it about our intimate emotional connections to famous people who will never know our names? Is it bad for us? How does parasociality connect with #MeToo? In a world of clicks, are celebs the only people who get to be fully realized?
100% binging episodes rn
So glad I began listening to the Sauce and happy to be binging to catch up. Hearing these insightful women dismantle current culture and news of the day with critical and historical knowledge, good drinks and humor has been cleansing. Get your double feminism over ice with a dash of f*cks and plenty of warmth. The rapport between these women is super smooth and moves you through the issues so well.
Cannot get enough...
Only a couple of weeks ago did I find this podcast, completely by accident, and it might be my favorite piece of media I’ve encountered this year. The hosts tear into their subjects with such clarity and depth, you may need a cigarette afterwards. So satisfying. Thank you, thank you, Rebecca and Maya!
I could listen to these two talk about anything. They bring knowledge, historical context and nuance. They go two or three layers deeper than so many other podcasts talking about pop culture.