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The Tales We Tell
A podcast exploring the role of women and gender in film, television and fiction. Looking at the tales we tell and why we tell them.
Aug 31, 2020
The Tales We Tell Episode 12: Exploring Unorthodox
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Miriam to explore the Netflix show Unorthodox. We discuss how accurate the tv series in its portrayal of an Orthodox community and examine the role of women in Hasidic Judaism. Miriam bravely tells her own story of leaving the Orthodox community and the challenges she faced.
1 hr 56 min
Aug 31, 2020
The Tales We Tell Episode 13: I've got The Power!
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by returning guest Annie Flowers to explore Naomi Alderman's novel The Power. We ask if this book is a cautionary tale on gender inequality or a feminist revenge fantasy and if we had 'The Power' what we would do with it ourselves.
1 hr 26 min
May 13, 2020
The Tales We Tell Episode 11: Tales in Lockdown
In this special episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Ashley Bouchard to discuss the stories about women and by women that we are hoping to read, watch and listen to while we are living under lockdown during the current pandemic. We discuss the importance of maintaining good mental health, how stories can help and make a list of recommendations for our listeners. A list of stories to listen, read and watch can be found here: http://tiny.cc/dku1oz
1 hr 56 min
Mar 1, 2020
The Tales We Tell Episode 10: Not a Girlfriend and Not So Crazy
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by California native Annie Flowers to discuss the musical comedy show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We examine the many varied themes in the show including sexual health, friendship, mental health and female ambition. We ask if this award winning comedy could have been written by a man or if it exhibits a uniquely female perspective of the pursuit for happiness and self-fulfilment.
1 hr 26 min
Feb 3, 2020
The Tales We Tell Episode 9, Part 2: The Queen without her Wig
In part 2 of this two part episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is again joined by history buff Amy Neal to discuss the many visual representations of Queen Elizabeth I in both film and TV. We reflect on Elizabeth's later years and the portrayal of her physical appearance on screen. We ask if filmmakers have a responsibility to portray history accurately or if they should have creative licence in telling tales about the past however they wish.
Feb 3, 2020
The Tales We Tell Episode 9, Part 1: Good Queen Bess
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by history buff Amy Neal to discuss the many visual representations of Queen Elizabeth I in both film and TV. We examine the history behind the myths of the Virgin Queen and whether different productions have been historically accurate. We ask if film is a gateway for the general public to learning history and how many of the stories that filmmakers explore about Elizabeth are real and how many are part of the famous myths that surround her.
1 hr 35 min
Jul 1, 2019
The Tales We Tell Episode 8: The Determined Ms Knope
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Leslie Knope fan Mar to discuss the TV comedy series Parks and Recreation. We examine the inspiring character of Leslie Knope, the show's portrayal of female ambition and sexism in local politics. We ask if it is important to have women in lead roles in comedy and if comedy can be useful in exploring and exposing gender stereotypes.
1 hr 54 min
Jun 10, 2019
The Tales We Tell Episode 7: A Writer or a Wife?
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by writer and podcaster Sarah Blair to discuss the film The Wife. We examine the role of the Wife in her marriage to her prize-winning husband, the concept of the mental load, who earns the money and who brings up the children and how a woman's talent can be exploited in a patriarchal society. We ask if The Wife is a realistic cinematic portrayal of a marriage in crisis.
1 hr 46 min
Jun 4, 2019
The Tales We Tell Bonus Episode: All About Eve with The Movie Palace
Join us for a very special crossover episode in which The Tales We Tell joins forces with The Movie Palace podcast! Hosts Carl Sweeney and Clara Cook welcome regular guest Kelechi Ehenulo to talk about the famous film All About Eve and the recent stage adaptation of the story for London's West End. We talk about un-likeable women, female fandom and the experience of ageing in the world of female stardom.
1 hr 48 min
Apr 8, 2019
The Tales We Tell Episode 6, Part 2: A Female Bard
In part two of our two-part episode on female interpretations of the Homeric Epics, host Clara Cook is once again joined by David Manasian to discuss the first female translation of The Odyssey, the different novelisations of the myths written by women and whether it is possible that the poet Homer could have actually been a woman.
1 hr 6 min
Apr 7, 2019
The Tales We Tell Episode 6: The Feminine Iliad
In this two-part episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by the family patriarch and fan of the Homeric epic, David Manasian to discuss female interpretations of the epic poems of The Iliad and The Odyssey. In part one we examine the women of Greek Myth and both the male and female views of the stories that surround them. We ask whether women really were so oppressed in Ancient Greece and if a woman's view of war is underrepresented in literature.
Feb 20, 2019
The Tales We Tell Episode 5: Dreadful Women
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Horror fan Rosie Powell to discuss the TV series Penny Dreadful. We examine the female characters of the show, the themes of sex, death and Victorian morals. We ask whether women are well represented in the Horror genre and if there is room for improvement.
2 hr 6 min
Jan 16, 2019
The Tales We Tell Episode 4: Maud, Anne and Us
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by L. M. Montgomery expert Jessica Young to discuss the many adaptations of Anne of Green Gables. We discuss why some adaptations are more successful than others, why Montgomery is less well known than her own literary creation and how Anne continues to appeal to new generations of audiences.
1 hr 32 min
Nov 25, 2018
The Tales We Tell Episode 3: A Lady Bird in Sacramento
In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Sacramento native Ashley Bouchard to discuss Greta Gerwig's critically acclaimed film 'Lady Bird.' We discuss what it is like to grow up in a small city, move far away from home and how important it is to accurately represent female adolescence on screen.
1 hr 36 min
Oct 18, 2018
The Tales We Tell Episode 2, Part 2: Burning Down the Dystopia
In part two of our two-part episode on The Handmaid's Tale, host Clara Cook is once again joined by Natalie Joanes and Kelechi Ehenulo to discuss the men of Gilead, the creative aspects of the show, our obsession with dystopias and the trope of female suffering in television.
1 hr 23 min
Oct 18, 2018
The Tales We Tell Episode 2: June, the Unlikely Heroine
In this two-part episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Natalie Joanes and Kelechi Ehenulo to discuss the TV adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. We discuss the characters of June and Serena, the women of Gilead and their relationships both with each other and the men that surround them.
1 hr 40 min
Sep 8, 2018
The Tales We Tell Episode 1: Agent Scully, Medical Doctor!
In this first episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by X Files fan Natalie Joanes to discuss the character of Dana Scully, FBI Agent and Medical Doctor. We discuss the effect the character has had on female viewers, her development throughout the series and whether male script-writers can ever write realistic female characters.
1 hr 13 min