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We’re Back!

And we may not be better than ever, but we’re at LEAST as good as the last time anyone posted an entry on here. If you’re only a follower of the blog, I apologize – things got crazy and for a while there we were only uploading our episodes to Soundcloud and the various podcast aggregates out there.

We are six episodes into our second season, with some minor changes to the format, but delivering all that good good pop culture content you’ve come to expect and enjoy. I’m here to talk about our most recent episode on storytelling, “Showing vs. Telling,” which we recorded with returning guest and friend of the pod Dan Karlin!

What’s Stuck In Our Heads This Week
Pete: Into the Spider-Verse music video by Post Malone: “Sunflower”
Dan: The Office (American version)
Martha: Captain Marvel trailer

We’re probably going to be all about Into the Spider-Verse for our next episode, so it’s apropos that Pete is kicking things off early by talking about the Post Malone music video. (Writer’s note: I, being Martha, mention that Post Malone may have been accused of being a white supremacist – further research doesn’t bear this out, but he does have many comments that lead to one thinking that he’s a pretty terrible person. Toxic masculinity and cultural appropriation appear to be the “extent” if his misdemeanors, as of now.) Dan is finally watching The Office, and Martha gets emotional over female superheroes.

On to the episode!

This week, we’re looking at methods of storytelling – specifically, showing vs. telling in writing, film and graphic imagery.

The Homework for the Episode:
Martha: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Pete: Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
Dan: The Sopranos, 6.03: “Mayham”

The broad questions we ask ourselves are whether or not the media we’re looking at are predominantly using showing or telling in relating their stories, and how effective they are at telling them. Pete and Martha get to try and puzzle out a late-game episode of a show they haven’t watched (except for this very podcast!), and Dan gets introduced to the child-murdering world of The Hunger Games. Also, for the first time that she’s willing to admit to, Martha hasn’t done her homework. SHAME.

Our next episode will be our Top Ten of 2018, so there’s no extra homework. Enjoy your holidays and watch some cheeseball Christmas movies!

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Episode 9: Strange Bedfellows

A note from your podcasters: you’ll notice our episode is slightly different this week! In order to bring you the best content possible, we’re streamlining our discussion and shifting focus from trying to generate a syllabus of materials in the episode, to generating a lesson plan of Big Ideas that you can address using the media we assign as homework. Follow-up blog posts will include more media on the theme as usual, but more from us about how they connect to the podcast. 

Feedback is, as always, more than welcome! Tweet us at @DYDYHpodcast or e-mail us at show@homeworkpodcast.com to let us know your thoughts on our new direction.

The subtitle for this episode is basically “radical empathy,” which is the theme a lot of these stories boil down to and a very useful thing to be teaching!

The homework for the episode:
Pete: Good Omens, 1990 novel cowritten by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Martha: Anya’s Ghost, 2011 graphic novel by Vera Brosgol
Calee: The Man from U.N.C.L.E, 2015 film by Guy Ritchie

What exactly do we mean when we say “Strange Bedfellows”? If you didn’t get it from the homework context clues, we’re talking weird character matchups between people who have absolutely nothing in common – or DO they? We get down and dirty on the subject of odd couples, weird matchups, character growth and something Pete has dubbed “Radical Empathy.” Our homework takes us from ghosts to the apocalypse, from the Cold War to first generation Russian immigrants, and from the idyllic English countryside to 1960’s Rome in our search for commonality. What we find may shock you! (It won’t, but it does end up being quite interesting.)

Your podcasters’ credentials:
Pete: I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty (album)
Martha: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, vol. 1: Who is Oracle? by Shawna and Julie Benson, and Roge Antonio and Claire Roe (DC Rebirth trade paperback)
Calee: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cry Wilderness (Netflix incarnation)

Martha is digging hard on the DC Rebirth incarnation of the Birds of Prey, while Pete feels only lukewarm on the new musical offering from Fleet Foxes alum Father John. Calee has never seen MST3K before (author’s note: WHAT), but the new stuff sounds pretty great.

Strange Bedfellows: Big Ideas
– Radical Empathy: using media examples to teach empathy and understanding
– Determining the appeal of “strange bedfellow” relationships, through what they reveal about a character (and by extension the consumer by proxy)
– The idea of living in an “echo chamber” (slightly rehashed from our episode on News Media): how absorbing the viewpoints and opinions from others can expand your worldview
– The difference between understanding and empathy, and why it matters

We briefly mention a comic from the popular blog The Oatmeal, “You’re Not Going to Believe What I’m About to Tell You.” Read it here, it’ll be good for you.

Our theme for our next episode is going to be: Pop Culture Depictions of Mental Health. Enjoy doing your homework!

Your homework for May 24:
Pete: Spellbound, 1945 film by Alfred Hitchcock (watch it in its entirety on YouTube here)
Martha: Legion, episodes 1 and 2 (2017 show on F/X)
Calee: Hyperbole and a Half, Adventures in Depression parts 1 and 2 by Allie Brosh (located here and here)

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

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Episode 5: The Hero/Sidekick Relationship

The homework for the episode:
Pete: Batman & Robin, vol. 1: Batman Reborn by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (graphic novel)
Martha: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (graphic novel)
Calee: Adventure Time 1.04, 1.05, 1.06 (TV show)

Have you ever wanted to put the relationship between Batman and his many, many sidekicks under a microscope and really get to the bottom of them? Good news! In this week’s episode, we dig into the hero/sidekick relationship in all its forms, including a rough history where Martha asks Pete to show his work and he doesn’t immediately strangle her with her headphones cord. We talk a whole lot about Star Trek and never come to a conclusion about whether or not it’s relevant! All this AND MORE.

Your podcasters’ credentials:
Pete: The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth
Martha: You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson
Calee: The Venture Brothers tv show

Reboots and Reimaginings – Additional Material
Big Hero 6
Hawkeye, vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon
by Matt Fraction and David Aja
The Illiad
Logan

Sherlock Holmes (books, movies or tv show)
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Venture Brothers
 tv show

Our theme for our next episode is going to be: Sacrifice. Enjoy doing your homework!

Your homework for March 29:
Pete: X2: X-Men United (movie)
Martha: Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Beginnings (movie)
Calee: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (book)

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Episode 2: Welcome to the Resistance

The homework for the episode:
Martha: The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (novel)
Pete: Heavn by Jamila Woods (album, streaming on SoundCloud)
Calee: In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

In our second episode, we all get real fired up about the current political climate, while also DEEPLY admiring the role that people of color, teens, and especially teenage girls are playing in our resistance. We talk about music for the first time! Warning: this episode is deeply biased and reveals the biases of all your hosts (spoiler alert: our biases influence the things we love and how we react, and thus will always be an inherent part of our podcast).

Your podcasters’ credentials:
Pete: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (tv show, streaming on Netflix and Hulu)
Martha: The Great British Baking Show (available through your local PBS outlet for a monthly donation – support your local arts and education station!)
Calee: Steven Universe (streaming on Hulu)

Show Corrections and Additions: Pete references the film Chi-Raq, but attributes it to Spike Jonze. The film was actually directed by Spike Lee.

Calee would like to pull out the following quote from The Summer Prince as being particularly relevant:

“I wish…is it so hard to just be honest? To just say, no, this is wrong, and stand up for that, and not think about advantage and placement and promotion and all that Auntie bullshit for just one second? Is that all you grandes are? Is anything real?”

Resistance and Revolution – Additional Material
A Seat at the Table, Solange Knowles (music album)
Captain America: Civil War (film)
Drawing Blood,
Molly Crabapple (memoir)
Lemonade
, Beyonce (music album)
Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (novel)
March, vols. 1, 2, 3 by Sen. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (graphic novels)
Pirate Cinema, Cory Doctorow (novel)
Pussy Riot YouTube channel (here)
Telefone, Noname (music album)

Supplementary reading:
Support the ACLU and CAIR by buying original art from In Real Life! (here)

Our theme for our next episode is going to be: Bullying. Enjoy doing your homework!

Your homework for February 15:
Pete: Dazed and Confused (film)
Martha: Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher (YA novel)
Calee: Hjørdis (mini series on Netflix – 4 half hour episodes)