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Remedial Studies

Rachel Evans & Hannah Pearson

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Remedial Studies
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Remedial Studies

Rachel Evans & Hannah Pearson

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Remedial Studies is a podcast by two nerdy ladies who just want to make the world listen to our academic opinions on the most nonacademic subjects. No media form is off limits! Books people call trash? Absolutely! Albums from artists you never heard of (or heard too much of)? You betcha! Movies that never got their box office due for being "too niche?" Where would we be without them! Television that you stayed up way too late to watch? We're right they're with you! Games that would have gotten you made fun of as a kid that are kind of cool now? We're your one stop shop! Join us, Hannah and Rachel, as we work through all the pop culture we can get our hands on and do our best to stay on topic along the way. New episodes every other Tuesday.

Latest Episodes

Episode 40: Amy Stewart's "The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Accomplishments of Earthworms"

EThis episode, we dive deep into the bowels of the earth to explore the life of one of nature's most fascinating creatures. Told from the perspective of an author bursting at the seams to share her thoughts and findings, this book helps us explore the ins and outs of science writing, literacy, and how both influence and are affected by the public. Talking Points: our individual experiences with science as a popular and academic pursuit; the aesthetic value of the natural; the trickle down economics of popular opinion; our inability to conceptualize the impact of something that seems so small; how differences of audience can impact the success of a work; the place of science writing in today's literacy struggles; and, hey, why aren't we funding more worm regeneration studies?

48 MINSEP 3
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Episode 40: Amy Stewart's "The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Accomplishments of Earthworms"

Episode 39: Amanda Lovelace's "the princess saves herself in this one"

EHello, robots! Today, we're bringing you something a little different, a book of poetry that has caused quite a stir from the social medias to the blogs of academics who are always giving a Ted Talk in their own minds. Join us as we discuss what we look for in our books of verse, as well as why we find ourselves jumping to the defense of someone who's work is, apparently, easy to hate. Talking points: reliance on archetypal language to communicate power and self-understanding; coming of age in the time of evolving literary forms; the misconception that if one form is popular, then all others must be dead; the continued crusade against things young women enjoy; seeing ourselves in unapologetic and imperfect art; and, hey, is poetry like obscenity in that you only know it when you see it?;

48 MINJUL 16
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Episode 39: Amanda Lovelace's "the princess saves herself in this one"

Episode 38: Sarah J. Maas's "A Court of Thorns and Roses" & "A Court of Mist and Fury"

EWe return, robots! As we kick off our summer programming, join us as we journey into the depths of Prythian, a land of fae and magic and well-executed romance tropes, that Hannah has been begging Rachel to get into for over a year. Will the prophecies of Hannah the Oracle remain true? You'll have to listen to find out. Talking Points: our longest and most giggly source recap thus far; what to do when there's only one bed; meaningful consequences even when that plot point has passed by; Phantom of the Opera understudies; dealing with trauma in a fantasy setting; the world building of a political, economic, and social state; how to pull off an actual love triangle, and, hey, sometimes the question isn't if you love someone, but how you love them.

65 MINJUN 28
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Episode 38: Sarah J. Maas's "A Court of Thorns and Roses" & "A Court of Mist and Fury"

Episode 38: Hannah Yells About Comics #2

Join Hannah for a spoiler-free review of Jim Henson's The StoryTeller: Sirens -- "The Mermaid and the Fisherman" written by Bartosz Sztybor and illustrated by Jakub Rebelka. This episode reviews other reviews, wonders what it means to be "indie", and gets mad about the captured mermaid motif.

22 MINMAY 28
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Episode 38: Hannah Yells About Comics #2

Episode 37: Terry Pratchett's "Night Watch"

EThe climax of characters old and new, and both at the same time, is the topic of today's Remedial Readalong. An ancient prophecy between friends is finally fulfilled as we travel back in time to an Ankh-Morpork without Commander Vimes, until now, on the eve of an ill-fated revolution. Talking points: being the hero you needed when you were young; actual, functional time-travel; cool monks; ties to other hopeless revolutions; keeping the Beast on a leash; not confusing a temporary lack of light with endless darkness; the anchor of a cigarette case; the culmination of almost thirty books' worth of writing; and, hey, who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

58 MINMAY 8
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Episode 37: Terry Pratchett's "Night Watch"

Episode 36: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens"

EThis fortnight, the world is hurtling towards the End of Days, and dragging us all along for the ride. Join us as we revisit one of our favorite stories by two of our favorite people. Talking points: dread and hilarity at the end of the world; the semantic and literal distinctions between good and evil; what happens when two masters start blending their styles; updating Revelations for the 90s scene; the power of belief; the strength of the ensemble piece; the fallout of underestimating children; and, hey, you are not who you were born to.

48 MINAPR 24
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Episode 36: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens"

Episode 35: Neil Gaiman's "American Gods"

EA fortnight has passed, and in this episode we're coming to America. Well, maybe not the America, but an America. Full of gods and miracles and the horror both bring with them. Join us as we road trip with the olds gods and the new. Talking points: this book is one long existential crisis; perspectives of space and time informed by one's geographical origin; what we're willing to sacrifice for normality and prosperity; you are what you worship, and you worship what you value; how this work has aged in a vast technological world; and, hey, it doesn't matter if you believe in us. We believe in you.

51 MINAPR 9
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Episode 35: Neil Gaiman's "American Gods"

Episode 34: Dungeons & Dragons Extravaganza Palooza Spectacular

EAt last! The long foretold of episode about our favorite table top roleplaying game is here! We just reached out second anniversary of playing D&D and we've been so affected by it that it warrented its own episode. Talking points: chance and collaboration in narrative; leaning into bad stats; several anecdotes about several campaigns; that time Hannah and Rachel played as fish cousins; the catharsism of in-character emotion; death by dice; changing base modules to suit your own desires; what effects watching and listening to actual-play shows has had on our own expectations; and, hey, maybe the real treasure was the friends we made along the way.

68 MINMAR 26
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Episode 34: Dungeons & Dragons Extravaganza Palooza Spectacular

Episode 33: Terry Pratchett's "The Fifth Elephant"

EThe fifth installment of our Remedial Readlong has arrived. Join us as we venture out of the familiar confines of Ankh-Morpork and into the wild unknowns of Uberwald, full of waring races, lessons on the fat economy, and existential dread caused by false binaries. Talking Points: Pratchett doing Pratchett things, aka sliding in deep psychological questions amid Jokes Galore; how characters are revealed once taken out of their usual environment; the importance of varied female characters; the comfort of seeing love in middle age; the false dichotomies that plague society; how things become things; the fury of good men; and, hey, maybe we don't need to become what we were made to be.

63 MINMAR 5
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Episode 33: Terry Pratchett's "The Fifth Elephant"

Episode 32: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"

EThis week we come to you from the year without a summer, as well as everyone's high school reading list, to bring you a tale of monsters and storms and Romantic woe. Believe us when we say that the opinions were flowing fast and loose this episode! #JusticeForElizabeth Talking Points: Victor Frankenstein's unhealthy coping mechanisms; the bonds between creator and created and how they mimic those of parents and their children; way too many Jeff Goldblum references; the Russian Nesting Doll theory of unreliable narration; how poorly the internet prepared Hannah to read this book; the nature of monstrosity and what it teaches us; the scientific adventures of a punkass undergrad; and, hey, why does no one talk about Elizabeth?

50 MINFEB 19
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Episode 32: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"

Latest Episodes

Episode 40: Amy Stewart's "The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Accomplishments of Earthworms"

EThis episode, we dive deep into the bowels of the earth to explore the life of one of nature's most fascinating creatures. Told from the perspective of an author bursting at the seams to share her thoughts and findings, this book helps us explore the ins and outs of science writing, literacy, and how both influence and are affected by the public. Talking Points: our individual experiences with science as a popular and academic pursuit; the aesthetic value of the natural; the trickle down economics of popular opinion; our inability to conceptualize the impact of something that seems so small; how differences of audience can impact the success of a work; the place of science writing in today's literacy struggles; and, hey, why aren't we funding more worm regeneration studies?

48 MINSEP 3
Comments
Episode 40: Amy Stewart's "The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Accomplishments of Earthworms"

Episode 39: Amanda Lovelace's "the princess saves herself in this one"

EHello, robots! Today, we're bringing you something a little different, a book of poetry that has caused quite a stir from the social medias to the blogs of academics who are always giving a Ted Talk in their own minds. Join us as we discuss what we look for in our books of verse, as well as why we find ourselves jumping to the defense of someone who's work is, apparently, easy to hate. Talking points: reliance on archetypal language to communicate power and self-understanding; coming of age in the time of evolving literary forms; the misconception that if one form is popular, then all others must be dead; the continued crusade against things young women enjoy; seeing ourselves in unapologetic and imperfect art; and, hey, is poetry like obscenity in that you only know it when you see it?;

48 MINJUL 16
Comments
Episode 39: Amanda Lovelace's "the princess saves herself in this one"

Episode 38: Sarah J. Maas's "A Court of Thorns and Roses" & "A Court of Mist and Fury"

EWe return, robots! As we kick off our summer programming, join us as we journey into the depths of Prythian, a land of fae and magic and well-executed romance tropes, that Hannah has been begging Rachel to get into for over a year. Will the prophecies of Hannah the Oracle remain true? You'll have to listen to find out. Talking Points: our longest and most giggly source recap thus far; what to do when there's only one bed; meaningful consequences even when that plot point has passed by; Phantom of the Opera understudies; dealing with trauma in a fantasy setting; the world building of a political, economic, and social state; how to pull off an actual love triangle, and, hey, sometimes the question isn't if you love someone, but how you love them.

65 MINJUN 28
Comments
Episode 38: Sarah J. Maas's "A Court of Thorns and Roses" & "A Court of Mist and Fury"

Episode 38: Hannah Yells About Comics #2

Join Hannah for a spoiler-free review of Jim Henson's The StoryTeller: Sirens -- "The Mermaid and the Fisherman" written by Bartosz Sztybor and illustrated by Jakub Rebelka. This episode reviews other reviews, wonders what it means to be "indie", and gets mad about the captured mermaid motif.

22 MINMAY 28
Comments
Episode 38: Hannah Yells About Comics #2

Episode 37: Terry Pratchett's "Night Watch"

EThe climax of characters old and new, and both at the same time, is the topic of today's Remedial Readalong. An ancient prophecy between friends is finally fulfilled as we travel back in time to an Ankh-Morpork without Commander Vimes, until now, on the eve of an ill-fated revolution. Talking points: being the hero you needed when you were young; actual, functional time-travel; cool monks; ties to other hopeless revolutions; keeping the Beast on a leash; not confusing a temporary lack of light with endless darkness; the anchor of a cigarette case; the culmination of almost thirty books' worth of writing; and, hey, who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

58 MINMAY 8
Comments
Episode 37: Terry Pratchett's "Night Watch"

Episode 36: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens"

EThis fortnight, the world is hurtling towards the End of Days, and dragging us all along for the ride. Join us as we revisit one of our favorite stories by two of our favorite people. Talking points: dread and hilarity at the end of the world; the semantic and literal distinctions between good and evil; what happens when two masters start blending their styles; updating Revelations for the 90s scene; the power of belief; the strength of the ensemble piece; the fallout of underestimating children; and, hey, you are not who you were born to.

48 MINAPR 24
Comments
Episode 36: Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman's "Good Omens"

Episode 35: Neil Gaiman's "American Gods"

EA fortnight has passed, and in this episode we're coming to America. Well, maybe not the America, but an America. Full of gods and miracles and the horror both bring with them. Join us as we road trip with the olds gods and the new. Talking points: this book is one long existential crisis; perspectives of space and time informed by one's geographical origin; what we're willing to sacrifice for normality and prosperity; you are what you worship, and you worship what you value; how this work has aged in a vast technological world; and, hey, it doesn't matter if you believe in us. We believe in you.

51 MINAPR 9
Comments
Episode 35: Neil Gaiman's "American Gods"

Episode 34: Dungeons & Dragons Extravaganza Palooza Spectacular

EAt last! The long foretold of episode about our favorite table top roleplaying game is here! We just reached out second anniversary of playing D&D and we've been so affected by it that it warrented its own episode. Talking points: chance and collaboration in narrative; leaning into bad stats; several anecdotes about several campaigns; that time Hannah and Rachel played as fish cousins; the catharsism of in-character emotion; death by dice; changing base modules to suit your own desires; what effects watching and listening to actual-play shows has had on our own expectations; and, hey, maybe the real treasure was the friends we made along the way.

68 MINMAR 26
Comments
Episode 34: Dungeons & Dragons Extravaganza Palooza Spectacular

Episode 33: Terry Pratchett's "The Fifth Elephant"

EThe fifth installment of our Remedial Readlong has arrived. Join us as we venture out of the familiar confines of Ankh-Morpork and into the wild unknowns of Uberwald, full of waring races, lessons on the fat economy, and existential dread caused by false binaries. Talking Points: Pratchett doing Pratchett things, aka sliding in deep psychological questions amid Jokes Galore; how characters are revealed once taken out of their usual environment; the importance of varied female characters; the comfort of seeing love in middle age; the false dichotomies that plague society; how things become things; the fury of good men; and, hey, maybe we don't need to become what we were made to be.

63 MINMAR 5
Comments
Episode 33: Terry Pratchett's "The Fifth Elephant"

Episode 32: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"

EThis week we come to you from the year without a summer, as well as everyone's high school reading list, to bring you a tale of monsters and storms and Romantic woe. Believe us when we say that the opinions were flowing fast and loose this episode! #JusticeForElizabeth Talking Points: Victor Frankenstein's unhealthy coping mechanisms; the bonds between creator and created and how they mimic those of parents and their children; way too many Jeff Goldblum references; the Russian Nesting Doll theory of unreliable narration; how poorly the internet prepared Hannah to read this book; the nature of monstrosity and what it teaches us; the scientific adventures of a punkass undergrad; and, hey, why does no one talk about Elizabeth?

50 MINFEB 19
Comments
Episode 32: Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
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