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Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: A Reference to Bundy or the Netflix Film?

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile: A Reference to Bundy or the Netflix Film?

June 19, 2019

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is the extremely long title of a recent Netflix movie about Ted Bundy, starring Zac Efron as one of America's most notorious serial killers. This week, Jimmy and Stephanie chat about whether the film lives up to its promise. Spoiler: it doesn't. 

Might as well face it, we’re addicted to true crime

Might as well face it, we’re addicted to true crime

April 24, 2019

We love true crime. We consume lots of true crime. This week, Jimmy and Steph discuss some recent true crime books, podcasts, and documentaries, and ponder exactly what was happening in the 1970s. #FreeAdnan.

Netflix’s adaption of Atwood’s Alias Grace: It may be binge-worthy but is it rant-worthy?

Netflix’s adaption of Atwood’s Alias Grace: It may be binge-worthy but is it rant-worthy?

February 21, 2018

Margaret Atwood's 1996 novel Alias Grace was recently made into a television adaptation, available on Netflix and starring Sarah Gadon as Grace Marks, and produced by Canadian actress Sarah Polley. This week, Stephanie, Michelle and Jimmy discuss the series, focusing on crime, feminism and ambiguous endings (and Stephanie rants a lot). 

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Murder, they Spoke: The Rise of True Crime Podcasts and Documentaries

Murder, they Spoke: The Rise of True Crime Podcasts and Documentaries

November 15, 2017

Since the podcast Serial was released in 2014 (#freeAdnan), the public appetite for true crime documentaries and podcasts seems unquenchable. This week, Stephanie and Jimmy are joined by Dr Alys Moody to discuss the appeal of true crime, the role of the police, Making a Murderer and citizen detectives.

A Kindred Spirit: The World of Anne of Green Gables

A Kindred Spirit: The World of Anne of Green Gables

August 30, 2017

Are you a kindred spirit? Are you of the race that knows Joseph, as Miss Cornelia would say? If you understand those references, you're probably as big an Anne of Green Gables as Stephanie. This week, Stephanie chats to Jimmy about the new Netflix adaptation Anne with an E, Jimmy's beloved 1980s adaptation, and all things Anne Shirley. 

13 Reasons Why: An Exploration of Suicide or Revenge?

13 Reasons Why: An Exploration of Suicide or Revenge?

June 7, 2017

The Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, based on the popular book of the same name by Jay Asher, has attracted a huge amount of controversy because of its graphic depiction of teenage suicide. While some mental health groups have argued that its content could be triggering to young viewers, others have argued that the series has raised important areas of discussion around bullying and mental health issues for teenagers. This week, Stephanie and Michelle are joined by one of their students, Bohdi Byles, to discuss the television series.