Episodes

Romance Is Dada: Deconstructing The Bachelor and RTV Representation with Lita Brillman  



This week Dom atones for sins in his past lives by talking about The Bachelor for an hour while sounding like he's dying from the plague. Luckily he's in good company, as Lita Brillman takes a break from dragging Jessica/Cody fans to school him and you on The Bachelor's complicated relationship with race and gender as well as the wider issue of representation on reality TV. Listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

For more material, see Lita's piece on Jerri Manthey and some of her other writing. If you're interested in reading more about these topics in the context of The Bachelor, a recent Longreads reading list can be found here.

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 2  


After a hectic start to the game in Week 1, we're back to break down Kaysar's reign as HoH, Will's efforts to torture him, and the early stages of BB5 and BB6's respective implosions. Plus, a closer look at how floaters once got by without life-vests, and the full backstory on how Richard Spencer became head of casting for CBS when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Game of Thrones: Season 7 Episodes 1-3 Small Council  


There was some interest in (yet another) Game of Thrones podcast so we decided to try our king's hands at it. We enlisted the lords of Houses Mazzaro and Bloom to discuss the show's increasing divergence from the books, the tension between politics and fantasy, and who is destined to meet a gruesome end. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Big Brother All-Stars: Week 1  


After an extensive look at the pre-game dynamics in Part 1, today it's time to tear off the mask and dive deep into the circuitry and wires of the opening round.  With the power to strike first, what was the Season 6 alliance looking for in an initial target, and did they make the right decision?  As the two tightest and least reliable players in the game, what really went into Chilltown staying off the block? And which classic Big Brother tropes need to make an immediate comeback? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

Big Brother All-Stars: Season Retrospective - Introduction  


It's been a decade since it aired, and forever since we talked about it, but Big Brother: All Stars still stands tall as one of the greatest seasons of any competitive reality show. This marks the beginning of a season-long retrospective covering the twists and turns of the game from the moment the cast entered the house to the moment the winner was crowned.

...but first, we have to choose a cast! The gimmick of Big Brother has always been allowing audience control over the houseguests but this season took that to the next level by letting the fans and cats at home decide who they would get to judge all summer; and, of course, any all-star season only starts after a frenzy of pre-game paranoia and scheming. In the first episode of this series, we follow the campaigning in public, the plotting in private, and the growing hype for what promised to be an incredible season of televisoin.

If you like what you hear - or just the idea of an audience being in control - consider supporting us via our new Patreon page! This Big Brother series is free but Patrons will get to choose which shows we give this treatment to and have exclusive access to those episodes in the future, among many other things.

As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.


We Have a Robcast 2 with Rob Cesternino  


Five years after his first podcast with us, Rob Cesternino returns for a deep dive on life at the helm of RHAP, the future of TV podcasting, and his place in the Survivor media.  Find out how a web show became a community and where it's headed next when you listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Big Brother 19: Lowder and Lowder -- Weeks 1/2 Recap/Analysis  


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The first official eviction hasn't even happened yet and two have already fallen with others trying their best to get medevaced. We wanted to talk about the show while there are still people left to talk about so today we bring you an in-depth look at the first two weeks, from a serious discussion of 'pandas' and PTSD to a curious discussion of Paul and his powers. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.



Big Brother 19 Premiere Week with Liana Boraas  


We were somehow tempted to watch Big Brother again this season and, before that wears off, we wanted to break it down. Since somebody on the podcast should know what they're talking about, we enlisted Liana Boraas to give us the lowdown on who these people are, whom we should like/hate, and what to expect from this season of silliness. You can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Snake/apple competition breakdown


Remembering The Genius: ID Exchange with Mike Bloom  


Two years ago, we waited impatiently for the premiere of what promised to be the greatest ever season of reality TV. Esteemed sunbae Mike Bloom joins us today to look back with hindsight on an episode that set the bar very high and easily cleared it. How well does the premiere frame the rest of the season? Does any of the craziness make more sense in retrospect? And are any of us over the loss of our idol and his lurid pink sweaters yet? All this and more on the first of hopefully many more Genius podcasts, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Survivor 34: Season in Review  


Survivor: Game Changers is officially in the books and today we're back to evaluate Sarah's win, offer our parting thoughts on the cast, and debate how history will remember the season as a whole. Plus, what other tweaks could be made to Final Tribal Council? What will be the lasting impact of Advantage-geddon? And who's coming back for another shot?  All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

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(music: Michael Jackson)

UK Snap Election with Michael Botta  


Put the kettle on and settle in for a leisurely edited podcast about a hastily convened election. Michael Botta joins me as I figure out what just happened and explain it to you as if I knew the whole time.

If you're reading this, take a moment (or several) to answer our listener survey! Then come back and start listening below, here, or on iTunes here.


Survivor 34: Finale Recap/Analysis with Antonio Mazzaro  

With Dom off on another mission for MI6, Post Show Recaps' Antonio Mazzaro fills in to offer early thoughts on the finale and speculate about the long-term legacy advantage of Game Changers. Where does Sarah's win stack up historically and how will her success impact future seasons? What are the pros and cons of the new jury format and might it actually affect strategy going forward? And how will the producers adjust the twist ratio after Advantage-geddon took out the possible GOAT? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Sturgill Simpson)

Survivor 34: The Fine Print -- Episode 13 Recap/Analysis  



As always we have no idea what's going on, and for once we're not alone. In an episode that flummoxed players, Probsts, and fans alike, what sense can we make of what happened? Will the much-hyped Twist-a-geddon be even worse? And who - Sarah or Brad, Dom or Colin, vanity or charity - will emerge triumphant? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Bonobo)

Survivor 34: Sierra Missed -- Episode 12 Recap/Analysis  

It's family week in Fiji and today we're back to declare our eternal love for the true game changers of the season: the editors. With only two weeks to go and several winner candidates still in play, which of Sarah or Brad has the inside track, and might one of them fall before Day 39? How realistic are Cirie's chances of making it to Final Tribal Council, and could she still lose if she gets there?  And how many times in a row can we pick Andrea to be the next one out? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.
(music: Travis)

Survivor 34: An Officer and a Gentle Lineman -- Episode 11 Recap/Analysis  


It's Derby weekend in Kentucky and as the castaways approach the home stretch, we're back to handicap the latest odds. Is it still just a two-horse race, and if so, who's the front-runner? Having blindsided yet another Brooklynite, might Andrea have jumped to the front of the pack too early? And even if she's next out, has she already put up Hall of Fame numbers? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Dandy Warhols)

13 Reasons Why: An Extended Tape  


We don't know much about teenagers nowadays but we do know that many of them are talking about 13 Reasons Why. The Netflix adaptation of Jay Asher's popular novel warmed the hearts of many but also caused a social media firestorm with scorching hot takes and hastily written thinkpieces everywhere. Cody (@codyhateswheels) fills in for Colin to run through the criticism and counter-criticism of the show's handling of important topics ranging from suicide to sexual assault.

As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Survivor 34: New Sheriff in Town -- Episode 10 Recap/Analysis with Kos  


It was President Sheriff Sarah's time to shine Wednesday night and today we're back to break it all down with our old friend Kos. Was this the right time for her to flip, and if so, how is she hoping to proceed from here? What are the odds she plays her new advantage correctly? Setting guest appearances on The Jeff Probst Talk Show aside, how is Cirie looking now that she's back in the numbers? And is Brad Culpepper the new Ken? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: Gnarls Barkley / Daniela Andrade)

Survivor 34: Ozzymandias -- Episodes 8/9 Recap/Analysis  



It's back to business this week with one two episodes, a merge, and a disturbing amount of partial nudity. As Cirie makes her tribal council debut in striking fashion, was her effort worth it? Who stands to win the civil war within Nuku? And just what does Zeke have in mind? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


   

Survivor 34: Inside Outing -- Episode 7 Recap/Analysis with Seth  



This week's episode of Survivor launched the show into the public consciousness for the first time in years. Jeff Varner's decision to out Zeke Smith horrified their castmates and sparked a heated discussion that reached beyond the typical Survivor fanbase into major news outlets across the world.

Missing from much of that discussion was any detailed insight from members of the community that Zeke represents; this special episode is a partial attempt to rectify that. Seth wrote in as a Survivor fan who has had to confront these issues during his own transition. We spoke to him about his thoughts on Wednesday's events, the appropriate response from all parties, and wider misconceptions about transgender people. He sticks around when normal business resumes at 1:28:32 for a brief preview of next week's merge.

As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Links:
GLAAD
National Center for Transgender Equality
Zeke's Hollywood Reporter column



Survivor 34: Adios -- Episode 6 Recap/Analysis  

After a contextually remarkable run to the late pre-merge, Queen Sandra's torch has finally been snuffed. But how does the loss impact her overall legacy, and could she have done anything to survive yet another vote? More importantly, does the queen stay queen? Plus, what in the WORLD is going on with hiding idols? How beneficial were each of Debbie's advantage options? And might this be merely the beginning of Cochran as an NPC on Survivor? All that and more below, here, or on iTunes here.

(music: The Smiths)

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