A podcast exploring the role of women and gender in film, television and fiction. Looking at the tales we tell and why we tell them.
Jessica, the Reluctant Superhero
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by podcaster and author Duncan Barrett to explore Marvel's Jessica Jones. We discuss how the show portrays toxic masculinity, female anger and uses the superhero universe to explore coercive and controlling relationships. We ask if Jessica Jones is aimed at a female audience or if can be enjoyed by both men and women.
Having Tea with Admiral Janeway
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by bestselling author Una McCormack to explore the character of Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek Voyager. We discuss Una's new book charting Janeway's life and career, diversity in past and future Star Trek series and the importance of including female characters in science fiction.
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Miriam to explore the Netflix show Unorthodox. We discuss how accurate the tv series in its portrayal of an Orthodox community and examine the role of women in Hasidic Judaism. Miriam bravely tells her own story of leaving the Orthodox community and the challenges she faced.
I've got The Power!
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by returning guest Annie Flowers to explore Naomi Alderman's novel The Power. We ask if this book is a cautionary tale on gender inequality or a feminist revenge fantasy and if we had 'The Power' what we would do with it ourselves.
Tales in Lockdown
In this special episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Ashley Bouchard to discuss the stories about women and by women that we are hoping to read, watch and listen to while we are living under lockdown during the current pandemic. We discuss the importance of maintaining good mental health, how stories can help and make a list of recommendations for our listeners. A list of stories to listen, read and watch can be found here: http://tiny.cc/dku1oz
Not a Girlfriend and Not So Crazy
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by California native Annie Flowers to discuss the musical comedy show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We examine the many varied themes in the show including sexual health, friendship, mental health and female ambition. We ask if this award winning comedy could have been written by a man or if it exhibits a uniquely female perspective of the pursuit for happiness and self-fulfilment.