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We knew it was only a matter of time before Lauren Boebert came for us! Lesbian dance theory experts Maya and Rebecca do a grand jete right into the right wing temper tantrum over Biden’s student loan forgiveness.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
After 30 years of attempts, Neil Gaiman’s legendary comic series The Sandman finally makes it onto the screen as a new series on Netflix. Longtime fans Maya and Rebecca have a LOT to say about how the adaptation hits, breaking down Gen X ideas of about magic, theories of everything, the male genius, and art.…
 
Biden. A frail ineffectual elderly centrist? OR A WILY SLAYER OF DRAGONS? A meme born from NASCAR and the dirtbag left’s contempt is turning into the maybe only way we can truly appreciate Biden’s recent political successes. Rebecca and Maya dig into the Dark Brandon meme, and parse this past insane week of The Former Guy’s Big Legal Troubles. ALL …
 
Sometimes an F-14 is just a giant flying dick. Rebecca and Maya return to San Diego, their hometown, to watch TOP GUN: MAVERICK and ponder Tom Cruise, masculinity, mortality, middle-aged sex, military industrial propaganda, and how all those things go together.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
When we put out the call for Problematic Faves, *multiple* listeners asked us to break down John Carpenter’s 1980s cult fave. Can the history of American Chinatowns help us unpack the ongoing appeal of this dated flick? Why does this movie inspire so much DENIAL about how it traffics in the worst Yellow Peril stereotypes?…
 
Maya and Rebecca are detoxing from insane travel, weddings, COVID, and the past two weeks of political nightmarishness, and we had to go LIVE to do it! Here’s our convo from Tuesday, as we sort through the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe, gun laws, EPA regulations–and the January 6th hearings. Can Dems even DO spectacle? Did the Conservatives win t…
 
As the January 6 Committee continues to unpeel the collusions and braided illegalities of TrumpWorld in the face of insurrection, we want to share this episode from 2018, in which we discuss not only the ways that TrumpWorld behaves like the mob, but how mafia narratives actually lay the groundwork for a widespread American acceptance of those tact…
 
Could the “N-word”—not the actual epithet, but the euphemism itself—be problematic? A longtime listener brought up this question on the Sauce Speakeasy, our Discord channel (for Patrons only!), posing the question; what does the use of the euphemism achieve when used in a culture built on structural racism? So we went to an expert to hash it out: D…
 
In the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, Laguna Woods, and Uvalde—and the imminent demise of abortion rights in this country—we repost this episode on Terrorism, how it exists in the our cultural imaginary, and how violence intended to terrorize actually performs itself in America.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
Yeah, Elon Musk will wreck Twitter—but what if it’s already a mess? Rebecca and Maya ruin our favorite social media addiction and offer our predictions for what a post-Musk Twitter will look like.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
We were in a great mood! Mixing cocktails! About to start recording! When the bombshell Politico piece dropped leaking Alito’s draft opinion overturning Roe v Wade. So we switched course. Here we are reacting in the moment to the defining role abortion rights has had in our political lives; and the shifting tactics, racist roots … Continue reading …
 
Maya went to England where she was—ahem—exposed to the hit TV dating show Naked Attraction. She forces Rebecca to watch it and they try to understand: can this godawful trainwreck help explain what’s behind British TERFs and their purportedly “feminist” fear of trans bodies? Drinks recommended!โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
Last year we asked for all your problematic faves to ruin. Rebecca and Maya finally kick off the series by taking on our own problematic fave: Gone With The Wind. Is it a) a sweeping romantic epic starring some of the greatest actors of its day which set the standards for historical drama? b) racist … Continue reading "Problematic Faves: GONE WITH …
 
We have nothing to say about the Slap. We had a LOT to say about King Richard as a hack sports movie that avoids real stakes in favor of cheap sentimentality. Join us as we drink our way through the Will Smithness of it all!โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
Oscar weekend! The great Guy Branum returns to talk about the twisted history of straight actors playing gay to try and win Academy Awards–the length of the list may shock you! Does Jane Campion’s Oscar-bait Power of the Dog herald the return of the ’60s-style Gay Monster? Is it even a gay movie? More importantly, … Continue reading "Gay Oscar Bait…
 
Rebecca and Maya won’t pretend to be in any way qualified to parse the geopolitics of Russian’s horrifying invasion of Ukraine. Instead we break out the booze and break down how the propaganda around this war reveals unresolved Trump trauma, racism, historical amnesia and stupid fantasies of European exceptionalism.…
 
Maya and Rebecca manage to break free from their Wordle obsession long enough to ruin the strangely popular game and, while they’re at it, finally delve into Whoopi Goldberg’s remarks about Jews and whiteness from like a month ago.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
A year after Biden took office, we’re finally crashing from the traumatic impact of Trump on our burnt-out adrenaline receptors. How do we tell jokes? Or do podcasts? Or, like, get out of bed at all? Rebecca and Maya get personal in this episode, with help from Very Special Guest and genius, comedian Guy Branum.…
 
Ah, the Holiday SeasonTM. A time for peace on earth, good will towards men — OR IS IT? Listeners sent Maya and Rebecca on a quest to ruin the very notion of “the Season”, but will they end up discovering the true magic of Christmas instead? Not without uncovering connections between Joe Manchin, Kat Von D, Saturnalia, the … Continue reading "‘Tis T…
 
In light of the Supreme Court signaling the imminent collapse of abortion rights across the country, we wanted to share an early episode about abortion in popular culture. We interview two brilliant experts, Dr. Gretchen Sisson, who researches abortion portrayals in media at UCSF, and Jessica Mason Pieklo, journalist, lawyer, and Senior Vice Presid…
 
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 bullshit rhetorical moves around ideas of academic freedom and open discourse.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
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…
 
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 … Continue r…
 
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 … Continue reading "Parasocial Relationships"…
 
What else is missing in the public conversation about #GabbyPetito? @GynoStar and @mayagurantz reveal a strange confluence between histories of imperiled white women, the recent rise of true crime media, and vigilante ambitions of online amateur sleuths.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
Britney Spears! How did this multi-million dollar generating superstar quietly lose her legal rights as an adult? Why did it take the public so long to recognize this was a problem? Maya and Rebecca dive into Britney’s past and present to shed light on her bizarre legal situation, the #freebritney movement, and what happens when … Continue reading …
 
Rebecca has decided Maya needs to watch all the Marvel movies–in a specific order of her choosing! This will be an ongoing series of mini-sodes for our $5 and up patrons, but we thought we’d share the first one–about Iron Man–with everyone. We also catch up on COVID and Ivermectin, and recent developments in anti-CRT … Continue reading "Maya Watche…
 
Julia Sweeney ruins the Catholic Church for Maya and Rebecca! The legendary comedian, writer and longtime Sauce patron talks some inside baseball about Pope Francis, Opus Dei, the Knights of Malta, why there are so many damn Catholics on the Supreme Court, and the specifically Catholic reasons Ross Douthat is an idiot.…
 
From Proud Boys staging violent rallies to alternative medicine peddlers spreading disinformation to neocons undermining faith in public health and terrified parents “protecting” their children, anti-vaxxers are everywhere–and they’re driving the current COVID surge. Where have we seen this before? What do we do with these people? Grab a drink, you…
 
Can you name an elite professional athlete that seems…happy? Does toxic masculinity actually improve sports performance–or is it a costly inefficiency? In this episode, we share more fascinating stuff from our conversation with sports writer and former soccer pro Bobby Warshaw–and uncover the connections between Ted Lasso, the Olympics, Andrew Cuom…
 
We continue our deep dive into Critical Race Theory by speaking with an ACTUAL high school ethnic studies teacher! She takes us thru the political minefields (and undeniable benefits) of teaching teens how power works; and the pedagogical nitty gritty of centering marginalized voices while emphasizing critical hope and collective action.…
 
This week, @mayagurantz and @gynostar achieve the impossible: we ruin the almost excruciatingly likable soccer/mental health fairy tale Ted Lasso with help from writer, sports commentator, and ACTUAL FORMER SOCCER PRO Bobby Warshaw. We ask: is it possible to even imagine professional sports without toxic masculinity and sociopathic athletes?…
 
The Queen’s Gambit is the most-watched Netflix series OF ALL TIME, and received almost uniformly, wildly positive reviews. Rebecca and Maya watched it and think it totally sucks, and once we explain why, you’ll never be able to enjoy it ever again. You’re welcome!โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
Critical Race Theory is the right wing’s new bogeyman and we feel personally attacked! As certified members of the Jewish Intellectual Cabal, Rebecca and Maya explain it all for you, dropping into the conservative temper tantrum over the 1619 Project along the way.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
You know about last year’s smash movie, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on August Wilson’s classic play. But what about the real Ma Rainey, the actual mother of the Blues, of whom there are only 7 remaining photos? For this Very Special Episode, we are joined by guitar wizard and jazz historian Charlie Apicella, Grammy … Continue reading "Ma Rainey…
 
PLAGUE! We get drunk and talk about The Plague Archives, Maya’s quarantine project on the history of epidemics and outbreaks. We break down what it can help us understand about about the cultural and political performances of the COVID-19 pandemic.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
Trump is gone, so everything is better now, right?! Our favorite star political commentator Kaitlin Byrd (@gothamgirlblue) returns to review Biden’s first 100 days, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Is Biden really “boring but radical”, per Ted Cruz? Is he copying all of HRC’s moves? We break down what the entire political spectrum … Continue readin…
 
Artist (and longtime Sauce listener!) Marcus Kwame Anderson and writer David F. Walker join us to discuss their gorgeous new book The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History, and get into ways we imagine Blackness, activism, community care, mutual aid, violence, militancy, Panther aesthetics and how shifting cultural portrayals impact how we r…
 
Rebecca and Maya try to make sense of the fabulously bizarre Netflix smash show Cobra Kai. Is it a middle aged nostalgia fest? A dreamy teen soap opera? Ironic? Sincere? Melodrama? We descend into the Miyagi-verse and our childhood memories to figure it out.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
The release of Allen v Farrow made us realize–somehow we’ve never ruined Woody Allen! Two drunk Jewish girls weren’t enough for this one, so we invited legendary comedy writer Allison Silverman (The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Portlandia, The Office, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Russian Doll) to help us break down Woody’s legacy, how … Co…
 
After decades of mainlining cigars, cheeseburgers, hillbilly heroin and uncut evil, Rush Limbaugh finally died. Rebecca and Maya, your favorite unrepentant feminazis, toast his passing and break down how his 40 year career impacted our culture, American politics, and us.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
How does Emerald Fennell’s brutal new film Promising Young Woman fulfill–and disrupt–our expectations of a rape revenge story? What itches get scratched by that genre anyway? Are those stories even the right way to understand why this movie is getting so many viewers’ panties in a twist?โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
WW84. Was it a terrible movie? Yes. But was it totally worthless? And why do people think the first one was so great anyway? Is it even possible to get the Wonder Woman movie we deserve? Rebecca and Maya are here to get trashed and parse the Talmudic intricacies of these questions for you!โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
How do we explain the explosion of Bernie memes that poured out of Inauguration week? Is it relief? Despair? And why are they so fucking funny? In our first episode of the post-Trump era, Maya and Rebecca figure out what these tell us about the long road of recovery from our national nightmare.โดย Maya Gurantz & Rebecca Cohen
 
CULTS! PART 2! Rebecca and Maya take an even deeper dive into recent hit NXIVM documentaries, consider cult expert Steven Hassan’s BITE Model of High Control Groups, and what both can teach us about the MAGA CULT. Can Trump’s spell be broken? Was the attack on the Capitol the Trump cult’s Helter Skelter? Or do … Continue reading "Cults, Part 2: The…
 
Rebecca and Maya celebrate the waning hours of 45 by finally talking about CULTS, natch. In this first of a two-parter, we discuss the recent spate of hit cult documentaries (“The Vow” & “Seduced” about NXIVM, “Wild Wild Country”, “Inside Scientology,” etc), how they fulfill all our expectations of cult stories, and dig into how … Continue reading …
 
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