Hi listeners, we’re wrapping up this first season of Inappropriate and going on an indeterminately-lengthed hiatus. Stay tuned for season two, coming someday. In the meantime, read stuff, watch TV, and get ready for 2020!!! Thanks for all your support this past year and a half, truly, we love you guys.
The one where we talk about things that really should not exist including the new HBO documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed, Bret Easton Ellis’ interview with the New Yorker, and the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere. Plus recs and a shoutout to our new social media intern! Bonus points if you get the outro song reference.
The one where we weigh in on the Lil Nas X country music drama, a hit piece on Pete Buttigieg written by a Bernie bro trying out his close reading skills, and Julian Castro for prez. Bonus topics as we try to figure out how to FB the pod without Emily. Plus recs!
The one where we realize boomers might have PTSD because they were part of nature vs. nurture experiments when they were infants and maybe that helps explain it all, and maybe this is why they now need to train themselves to eat the same dinner every night. We also talk Miss Saigon-gate in Madison and whether academic panels are part of the problem. Plus recs! Good ones. Enjoy everyone, and good eatin’.
The one where we talk about the college admissions scandal and what it tells us about privilege and power in America, what we like and dislike about the Hulu show Shrill starring Aidy Bryant, and the latest presidential candidate with a name that starts with B. Also extra recs this week, and a call for listener suggestions!
The one where we talk about the heartwrenching HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, Gayle King’s stellar interview with R Kelly, and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. With special guest contributor, and the saddest outro music you’ve ever heard.
The one where we talk about the art of dying in the Netflix movie Paddleton and Masha Gessen’s exit interview with Barbara Hammer. Also millennial presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg and as always our recs. Special ending message to the Bernie crew!
The one where we talk about the problem with cheer/Wisconsin; Freddie Mercury, Queen, and villainous gays; and Elizabeth Warren’s presidential candidacy. Also bonus mini-discussion of Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony and our respective plans for working out. Plus two really great novel recs. WE’RE HERE FOR YOU.
The one where we talk about the new Lorena Bobbitt documentary, the feminist reality prank show Soft Focus, and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar. Special bonus discussion of the pros and cons of attending boomer concerts and Emily’s plagiarism of Michael Scott. Plus recs!
The one where we talk about our dudecentric visit to NYC, 1970s/80s narratives about dudes, that dude Cory Booker running for president, and the Netflix series Russian Doll. One of these things is not like the other. Plus recs! And bonus Valentine’s Day discussion.
The one where we discuss the relationship between capitalism, love and work; (bad) Netflix documentaries like Abducted in Plain Sight; and presidential nominee/prosecutor Kamala Harris. Also what the podcast has taught us! This is our pre-NYC recap episode! Get ready!
The one where we talk about Milllenials and Kirsten Gillibrand, including the Netflix “Original” Series You, the multiple Fyre Festival documentaries, and Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential prospects. Plus recs!
The one where we talk about exorcism, R. Kelly, and Tulsi Gabbard, and somehow explain how all these topics are related, plus recs. This episode begins our coverage of the 2020 Presidential Candidates!
The one where we discuss Elizabeth Warren’s presidential bid, LeBron James’ HBO show, and Maggie Hagerman’s book about White Kids. Solid ep! Plus recs! And a preview of next week!
The one where we talk about Bird Box, Bruce Springsteen, and the best things/events/people/books/tv shows/movies/phenomena of 2018. Plus recs! Spoiler alert: skip to 25:40 once the Bird Box discussion starts if you don’t want to be spoiled.
The one where we list our most inappropriate of 2018. No spoilers, but lawns are definitely involved. We also try out a new tag line: “We read and watch and think so you don’t have to!” Plus recs. Disclaimer: the AMA does not endorse this podcast.
The one where we talk about the complexity of female artistry including the good: Tamara Jenkins, the mysterious: Elena Ferrante, and the insufferable: Lena Dunham. Bonus mini-seminar on female authorship and autobiography, and Emily sighs A LOT over that Lena Dunham. Plus recs and special guest correspondent Sake!
The one where we talk about the gendering of medical care, the horror of gender reveal parties, and the comfort of super raccoons. Also, get your holiday swag here! Plus recs.
The one where we revisit boomers, assholes, and Bill Clinton. Plus recs! December is coming…
The one where we talk about the fires in Malibu and the terrifying patriarchy. Also, get your pitches in to be a guest contributor! Plus recs.
The one where we talk about Gillian Flynn being pigeonholed as a “women’s writer”, the rise of electronic medical record software and the doctors who hate it, and the new tv show Homecoming starring Julia Roberts and Bobby Cannavale based on the amazing podcast starring Catherine Keener and David Schwimmer. Plus recs and a special outro song in commemoration of our one year anniversary!
The one where we talk about the midterms and our respective and collective election PTSD, Rebecca Solnit’s argument that the Civil War never ended, and yet another podcast about a messed up guy masquerading as a healthcare professional and wearing dirty scrubs, named John. Plus recs, and your last chance to enter a submission for our Very Special 50th Episode!!!
The one where we try to work through what it’s like to be a seriously messed up white dude, including the podcast Dr. Death, the tv show Bodyguard, and Donald Trump. Also, our grand challenge includes an additional prize! And TV recs, for Halloween and beyond!
The one where everyone tries to reconstruct a successful life narrative, including Jane Fonda, the narrator of Tana French’s new novel, and disenchanted PhD (us). Also, a special offer for our listeners in anticipation of our upcoming 50th episode. Plus recs!
The one where we talk about that academic publishing hoax and debate whether it’s actually a hoax, the NYT investigation into Trump tax fraud and unimpressed responses to it, and Bradley Cooper on Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born. Plus recs as always!
The one where we provide some tips and tricks for getting through, including how to deal with toxic personalities, what to listen to on a run, professions you probably should and should not date, and tv as therapy. And yes, there’s recs.
The one where we talk about Serial’s new season set in Cleveland, the essay “Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong,” and Brett Kavanaugh and his calendar. Also recs. With special guest contributor/legal correspondent!
The one where we talk about Christine Blasey Ford, Linda Bloodworth Thomason, and Vanessa Solivan. Plus some recs to help you keep on keeping on.
The one where we talk about sports, academia, and personality profiles, per usual. But mostly about the fragility of humanity, psychological manipulation, and how rules are a social construct. Plus recs that make us both cry, and more merch prize winners!
The one where we contemplate our own deaths and who should give our eulogies, and also talk the devaluation of part-time physical labor, the faux resistance in American politics, and the dearth of talented male authors. Also recs!
The one where we talk about the series finale of Sharp Objects, the Asia Argento case, and wedding culture, plus a bonus mini-discussion of Louis CK and Aziz Ansari getting back on the comedy horse. And recs!
The one where we only talk about one very complicated topic, which is how #metoo is coming for graduate studies, what the fallout of the Ronell-Reitman harassment case has been and might yet be, and whether Stephanie will defend Emily when #metoo eventually comes for her. Plus, The Shining > 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The one where we talk about inappropriate relationships, including work (Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky), academia (NYU prof and grad student in the news right now), and TV (Bachelor in Paradise). Also recs!
The one where we talk about the Ohio State wrestling abuse cases and the 1976 version of A Star is Born, in anticipation of the forthcoming 2018 version. And the patriarchy, per usual. Special shout out to season six of Girls for this week’s basic conclusion.
The one where we break down our recent visit to London, which included Pablo Picasso, Michael Jackson, Ian McKellen, Julia Roberts, and more. Protip: protect your eyeballs at all times!
The one where we talk about the REAL enemy, compounded interest, what Ali G is up to nowadays, and how pretty Amy Adams is even when she drinks constantly and cuts herself. Also seeking advice on some flats. Minor technical difficulties in this episode, including some static, sorry folks.
The one where we speak at length about the trauma of modern air travel and raccoon home invasion, as well as how the Supreme Court is not going to save us, and the related experience of watching rich white people arguing with each other about rich white things on the HBO show Succession.
The one where we talk about wtf Jonathan Franzen’s problem is, the existential beauty of entering one’s 40s, and two genre-bending comedy specials: Rape Jokes and Nanette. Also men’s swimwear. Bonus: the sounds of Hawaiian nature in the background!
The one where we talk about the inescapable vulnerability of being a parent or child, including the current American policy of separating parents and children at the border, the Netflix show The Staircase, and the short story Orange World. Gah.
The one where we talk about that lady boomer movie Book Club where they don’t actually talk about the book at all, the puzzling existence of David Brooks, and what happens when (fan) love curdles. Also some minor technical difficulties! And recs!
The one where we talk about the Supreme Court decision on gay wedding cakes, women and vocal fry, and role play haircuts. Special bonus discussion of the truly unpleasant Next Door app, and Melania’s recent disappearance.
The one where we realize there is no excuse for yelling, racism, or dudes from Brooklyn. Meaning, we talk that Arrested Development interview with the NYT, the Roseanne cancellation, and that shitty doc, Evil Genius, on Netflix. But also: recs!
The one where we psychoanalyze boomers, graduate students, and slow walkers, to try and understand why they are the absolute worst. Very passionate episode!
The one where we discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’ recent essay on Kanye West, Michael Jackson, and himself; the sadism and satisfactions of HBO’s Westworld, season 2; and options for renting alternative versions of family members.
The one where we cover a mind boggling array of topics, including what’s up with Junot Diaz, Becky Hammon, Donald Glover, that luge guy from the Olympics, and parents who leash their children (and humans who leash their dogs).
The one where we talk about how the gender wars are coming. Relatedly: incels, the White House Correspondents Dinner, and Dancing with the Stars.
The one where we talk about Gun Love, Andre the Giant, and how hard it is to be president (not).
The one where we talk about our love for lady sociopaths in Wild Wild Country and Killing Eve, and also say farewell (for now) to Paul Ryan.
The one where we talk about the HBO movie Paterno, the Medium anthology on Unruly Bodies, and citizen vigilantes.
The one where we kind of defend Trump voters, and also explain the Roseanne reboot, opioid crisis, and Oklahoma. Plus recs.
The one where we talk about sad Ben Affleck, righteous Stormy Daniels, and strategize our long game for selling out.
The one where we talk about the Cambridge Analytica and the Muppets, narratives about 9/11, and sleeping in a coffin (aka Gravity Blanket).
The one where we talk about monsters, including Mary Shelley, Jessica Jones, and bad tippers.
The one where we talk about stuff we know almost nothing about including this year’s Oscars, dog cloning, and adding tariffs to Bachelor Nation’s exports.
The one where we talk about males who believe themselves to be smart, the 2nd amendment, and sand dates.
The one where we talk about the Olympics, Wakanda, and Steph getting armed. Plus recs and a big TASO to the Aldermen of Starkville, MS.
The one where we talk about The Assassination of Gianni Versace (for real this time), the new Queer Eye, and some very special episodes of Friends. Plus recommendations!
The one where we talk about how we cope with our feelings of boredom, helplessness, fear of dying alone, and nostalgia for The West Wing. We also give out some solid book/tv recs.
The one where we talk about how sports should be outlawed, The Great Muppet Caper, and the trauma of being born in a bowling alley.
The one where we talk about polyamory, vibrators, drinking your own pee, and alternative careers for people with PhDs.
The one where we talk about Aziz Ansari and Margaret Atwood, the pleasures of living large, and how the Bachelor needs trigger warnings.
The one where we talk about the love imperative, possible presidential candidates, and Haitian mac and cheese.
The one where we talk about some of Emily’s favorite things including The Bachelor, Silver Linings Playbook, and Errol Morris. And our loyal followers!
The one where we talk about the solar eclipse, LeBron and Lin, and conscientious objectors (both human and dog).
The one where we rank Most Inappropriate of 2017 and it is a real Sophie’s choice.
The one where we talk about how existence=suffering, the pleasures and problems of the Netflix show Godless, and the raccoon in Emily’s attic.
The one where we talk about a bunch of white dudes getting covered in the news right now and Stephanie says that the lesson here is to have no heroes.
The one where we talk about crime shows, spoiler mania, and man babies.
The one where we talk about gaslighting, why dudes masturbate in front of women without consent, and UW-Madison’s library mall.
The one where we go real dark and then talk about dogs.