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Episode 34: PTSD

The homework for the episode:
Martha: Netflix show Jessica Jones, 1.01 (“AKA Ladies Night”) and 1.02 (“AKA Crush Syndrome”)
Pete: Macbeth, 2015 film directed by Justin Kurzel
Joel: Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012 film directed by Stephen Chbosky

A former superhero-turned-private investigator has to face her former abuser(and deal with her lingering trauma) when evidence emerges that he isn’t as dead as she thought he was.

A man in old-ass Scotland kills his way to the throne and is summarily bloodily deposed.

A young boy deals with past trauma and also the everyday difficulties of being a high school student. Also he makes new friends.

We get a bit personal today with help from our special guest, friend of the show and 40 Going On 14 cohost Joel Kenyon! Thanks for lending us a measure of your podcasting expertise, Joel.

Your podcasters’ credentials:

Pete: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
Martha: Welcome to Night Vale podcast
Joel: The IT Crowd tv show

Martha is absolutely SCANDALIZED that Pete has never read Ursula K. LeGuin before. Joel is watching The IT Crowd for 40GO14, and Martha is only now realizing she missed her chance to roast him for also being a newbie to Parks & Rec like four weeks ago. Martha continues her streak of promoting podcasts that aren’t hers, but in her defense Night Vale is her proto-podcast, from which all her podcast endeavors spring.

We don’t really have formal discussion questions to give you this time, but our discussion does broadly cover the following topics:

  • What our characters are experiencing trauma from, and how they are processing it
  • How their PTSD is influencing character motivations and actions
  • How our homeworks handle different kinds of trauma
  • How pop culture can help people process their own trauma

Trigger warning on this one, as we get a little personal with our own lives. Deep thanks to Joel, without whom this discussion would not have been as richly complex or nuanced.

Unofficial third chair Maren Hagman helps scratch our Shakespeare itch next episode when, inspired by this rendition of Macbeth, we turn ourselves totally toward Shakespearean Adaptations (or as Pete has dubbed it, The Bard: Reimagined).

Your homework for June 20:

Martha: As I Descended, 2016 novel by Robin Talley
Pete: Ran, 1985 film directed by Akira Kurosawa
Maren: 10 Things I Hate About You, 1999 film directed by Gil Junger

Joel can be found on the internet reviewing horror movies on Creepercast and podcasting at 40 Going on 14, The Coffin Joe Cast, and The Sunshine Happy Kpants Hour.

Find Pete on Twitter @piko3000, and find Martha on both Instagram AND Twitter @magicalmartha. Follow us online @DYDYHpodcast, e-mail us at, and find us on Facebook.

And remember, if you have questions, comments, or ideas for a show, give us a shoutout here or send us an e-mail to We’d love to hear from you!



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