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Fansplaining

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96: Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 4
Mar 20 • 64 min
In Episode 96, “Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 4,” Flourish and Elizabeth respond to a plethora of listener letters on a wide variety of topics, including genderbending, imagines, political leanings across fannish platforms, Fandom Wank,…
95: “Back to the Fans”
Mar 6 • 66 min
In Episode 95, “Back to the Fans,” Flourish and Elizabeth discuss director Jason Reitman’s recent comments—that the upcoming Ghostbusters film would give the franchise “back to the fans”—and contextualize them in both the morass that is…
94: Save Our Show (It’s A Metaphor)
Feb 20 • 65 min
In Episode 94, “Save Our Show (It’s A Metaphor),” Elizabeth and Flourish talk fan petitions—to keep a show on the air, to get a ship together, to de-canonize a piece of content, and everything in between. On a recent trip to Los Angeles,…
93: User-Generated Content
Feb 6 • 75 min
In Episode 93, “User-Generated Content,” Elizabeth and Flourish tackle the thorny intersections between making stuff you love and getting paid. They start with the recent round of layoffs at BuzzFeed—including the revelation that a good portion…
92: Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 3
Jan 23 • 73 min
In Episode 92, “Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 3,” Elizabeth and Flourish read and play another batch of listener letters and voicemails. Topics covered include fandom’s future platforms, TV revivals, the dehumanizing aspects of RPF, and a…
91: Casey Fiesler
Jan 9 • 77 min
In Episode 91, “Casey Fiesler,” Flourish and Elizabeth welcome the information science professor back onto the podcast to discuss her research, especially her study on the way transformative fandom migrates across platforms. Topics covered include…
90: The Year In Fandom 2018
Dec 27, 2018 • 71 min
In “The Year In Fandom 2018,” Elizabeth and Flourish discuss the events of the year: What trends from 2017 continued, what was less important, and did anything new begin to emerge? Tumblr fell apart; #metoo did not save us from the way systems…
89: Rukmini Pande
Dec 13, 2018 • 88 min
In Episode 89, Elizabeth and Flourish welcome back Dr. Rukmini Pande, a fan studies scholar whose new book, Squee From the Margins, explores race in both the field as well as fandom at large. Topics discussed include defining the boundaries of…
88: Kenyatta Cheese
Nov 28, 2018 • 72 min
In Episode 88, Flourish and Elizabeth interview Kenyatta Cheese, a founder of Know Your Meme and currently of Everybody At Once, the company behind the social media presences of Doctor Who, Orphan Black, and other shows. They discuss EA1’s…
87: What We Discourse About When We Discourse About the Discourse
Nov 14, 2018 • 67 min
In Episode 87, Elizabeth and Flourish offer up an extra (and possibly unwanted) fourth installment of THE DISCOURSE TRILOGY, entitled, “What We Discourse About When We Discourse About the Discourse.” Brace yourselves. They read and play responses…
86: The Money Question
Oct 31, 2018 • 68 min
In Episode 86, “The Money Question,” Flourish and Elizabeth complete their inadvertent DISCOURSE TRILOGY with a conversation about the monetization of fanfiction. The first half focuses on the Archive of our Own, a nonprofit fanfic archive that…
85: Age and Fandom
Oct 17, 2018 • 58 min
In Episode 85, Flourish and Elizabeth talk about the ever-contentious topic of age in fandom. They start with childhood—are there aspects of childhood that are naturally fannish?—and continue on through later stages of life, including the way…
84: Purity Culture
Oct 3, 2018 • 67 min
In Episode 84, “Purity Culture,” Elizabeth and Flourish brace themselves and dive into a topic they’ve been asked about many times before. They define and deconstruct the term, along with the related “antis” and “stans”—who they are,…
83: Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 2
Sep 19, 2018 • 59 min
In Episode 83, “Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 2,” Flourish and Elizabeth answer a pile of listener letters from the past few months. Topics covered include responses to the recent episode on real person fiction, whether crossovers are…
82: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Sep 5, 2018 • 66 min
In Episode 82, Elizabeth and Flourish interview writer, producer, and former TV executive Javier Grillo-Marxuach about his long career both as a fan and as a member of the “powers that be.” Topics covered include some of the earliest fan/creator…
81: Happy Anniversary #3
Aug 22, 2018 • 67 min
As they do every August, Flourish and Elizabeth welcome the past year’s guests to talk about what’s changed in fandom, on a global level, a personal level, or both. Topics include the increase in fandom’s visibility, fans attacking creators,…
80: Real Person Fiction
Aug 8, 2018 • 63 min
In Episode 80, “Real Person Fiction,” Elizabeth and Flourish are joined by Aja Romano, internet culture writer at Vox, to discuss RPF: writing fiction about celebrities and other real, living people. Topics covered include stigma towards RPF…
79: Who Is Comic-Con For?
Jul 26, 2018 • 61 min
In Episode 79, Elizabeth and Flourish try to answer the question “Who Is Comic-Con For?” They talk about their experience at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, the third time they’ve attended the event together after meeting on a panel there in 2015, and…
78: The Fan Studies Network
Jul 11, 2018 • 73 min
In Episode 78, “The Fan Studies Network,” Elizabeth attends the Fan Studies Network’s annual academic conference in Cardiff, Wales, and interviews the founders of the FSN, Lucy Bennett and Tom Phillips. Back in the U.S., she and Flourish discuss…
77: The Truth About Toxic Fandom
Jun 27, 2018 • 62 min
In Episode 77, “The Truth About Toxic Fandom,” Elizabeth and Flourish examine a few widely-held conceptions about “toxic fandom,” also known as “broken” or “entitled” fandom. They explore whether these behaviors are inherent to being a…
76: Camp Austen
Jun 14, 2018 • 73 min
In episode 76, “Camp Austen,” Flourish and Elizabeth talk to with Ted Scheinman, the author of Camp Austen, a book about his experiences at an Austen con attended by academics and fans (and academic/fans, too!). They also read a trio of listener…
75: Bad Fans
May 30, 2018 • 58 min
In Episode 75, “Bad Fans,” Elizabeth and Flourish discuss Emily Nussbaum’s concept of the “bad fan”: people who read against the expectations of the source material to celebrate the bad behavior of characters, from anti-heroes to villains….
74: Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 1
May 16, 2018 • 67 min
In Episode 74, “Ask Fansplaining Anything: Part 1,” Flourish and Elizabeth answer a pile of listener letters from the past few months. Some touch on recent episodes, from more observations about fan tourism to critique of the discussion on…
73: Ship It
May 2, 2018 • 73 min
In Episode 73, “Ship It,” Flourish and Elizabeth welcome back Britta Lundin, writer on the CW’s Riverdale, to discuss her debut YA novel, Ship It. Topics covered include writing craft, fannish interpretations versus production realities, drawing…
72: Alternate Universes
Apr 18, 2018 • 76 min
In Episode 72, Flourish always knew that someday she’d hear the words written on her wrist— In Episode 72, Elizabeth is a florist. Every day Flourish walks past her flower shop and— In Episode 72, “Alternate Universes,” Elizabeth and…
71: Lori Morimoto
Apr 4, 2018 • 84 min
In Episode 71, Elizabeth and Flourish welcome back fan-scholar Dr. Lori Morimoto, who was last on the podcast in 2016 to talk about shipping and activism with Rukmini Pande. This time, she digs into transcultural fandom, including concepts like…
70: “Our Most Passionate Fans”
Mar 21, 2018 • 63 min
In Episode 70, “Our Most Passionate Fans,” Elizabeth and Flourish discuss the ways that corporate America interacts with fandom—especially when fandom behaves badly—through the lens of the Rick and Morty/McDonalds Szechuan Sauce debacle….
69: Fan Tourism
Mar 7, 2018 • 63 min
In Episode 69, “Fan Tourism,” Elizabeth and Flourish consider the different ways that people travel to experience their fandom, settling on a spectrum of fan tourism, spanning immersion into a fictional place to craft-focused television set…
68: Stephanie Burt: Part 2
Feb 21, 2018 • 63 min
In Episode 68, “Stephanie Burt: Part 2,” Elizabeth and Flourish wrap up their conversation with poet, professor, and X-fan Stephanie Burt, covering topics from transitioning in public view to allegorical versus literal representation to queer…
67: Stephanie Burt: Part 1
Feb 7, 2018 • 66 min
Episode 67, “Stephanie Burt: Part 1,” is the first half of a conversation with Stephanie Burt, a Harvard poetry professor and comics fangirl. In this segment, they discuss poetry criticism, the similarities between fanfic and hardcore punk, taste…
66: The Humanizing Turn
Jan 24, 2018 • 65 min
In Episode 66, “The Humanizing Turn,” Elizabeth and Flourish use a Star Wars meta that Flourish recently published as a jumping-off point to discuss tropes, characterization, and what we want from stories, in both canon and fanfiction. When do we…
65: Fandom and Capitalism
Jan 10, 2018 • 61 min
In Episode 65, “Fandom and Capitalism,” Elizabeth and Flourish discuss exactly what it says on the tin: fandom and capitalism, from a variety of different angles. First they read a thought-provoking listener letter about how market pressures spur…
64: The Year in Fandom 2017
Dec 27, 2017 • 79 min
In Episode 64, “The Year In Fandom 2017,” Elizabeth and Flourish talk about…the year in fandom! Sticking to tradition, they start by recapping their 2016 list and seeing how those trends have evolved over the past year; then they dive into a new…
63: Fanworks and Counterfeits
Dec 13, 2017 • 60 min
In Episode 63, “Fanworks and Counterfeits,” Elizabeth and Flourish discuss a recent brouhaha in the Outlander fandom involving fan group closures, counterfeit merchandise, what counts as acceptable fanart to The Powers That Be, and more. Topics…
62: Adrian Hon
Nov 29, 2017 • 60 min
In Episode 62, Elizabeth and Flourish talk with Adrian Hon, co-founder and CEO of the independent game developer Six to Start and one of the creators of their most popular game, “Zombies, Run!” Topics covered include ARGs, moderating forums, POV…
61: Episodic
Nov 15, 2017 • 79 min
In Episode 61, “Episodic,” Elizabeth and Flourish read a wide range of recent listener responses: on the purpose of fandom history, why adults read YA fiction, the difference between privacy and secrecy, and how happy endings and reader…
60: Orlando Jones
Nov 2, 2017 • 67 min
Elizabeth and Flourish have a wide-ranging chat w…
59: Fandom Histories
Oct 18, 2017 • 65 min
In Episode 59, “Fandom Histories,” Elizabeth and …
58: Flourish Attends A Concert, Or, Elizabeth Agrees To Talk about Harry Styles For Half An Hour
Oct 3, 2017 • 71 min
Episode 58, “Flourish Attends A Concert, Or, Elizabeth Agrees To Talk About Harry Styles For Half An Hour,” does exactly what it says on the tin. The morning after Flourish attends a Harry Styles concert in Boston, they discuss the concert itself,…
57: Nerf Herder
Sep 20, 2017 • 70 min
In Episode 57, “Nerf Herder,” Elizabeth and Flour…
56: Ships And Showrunners
Sep 6, 2017 • 64 min
In Episode 56, “Ships and Showrunners,” Elizabeth…
55: Happy Anniversary #2!
Aug 23, 2017 • 69 min
In Episode 55, “Happy Anniversary #2,” Flourish a…
54: Is This The Real Life? Is This Just ARG?
Aug 8, 2017 • 67 min
Elizabeth and Flourish interview Sean Stewart, AR…
53: Stealth Fandom
Jul 25, 2017 • 65 min
In Episode 53, Elizabeth and Flourish discuss wha…
52: Fanfic v. FANtasies
Jul 11, 2017 • 69 min
In Episode 52, Fanfic v. FANtasies, Elizabeth and…
51: Desi Geek Girls
Jun 25, 2017 • 67 min
In Episode 51, “Desi Geek Girls,” Flourish and E…
50: BookCon(s)
Jun 13, 2017 • 59 min
In Episode 50, “Bookcon(s),” Flourish grills Eliz…
49: Defining Fanfiction: The Results
May 30, 2017 • 60 min
In Episode 49, “Defining Fanfiction: The Results,…
48: Con or Bust
May 16, 2017 • 65 min
In Episode 48, “Con or Bust,” Elizabeth and Flou…
47: Grace and the Fever
May 1, 2017 • 78 min
In Episode 47, Flourish and Elizabeth interview Z…
46: Defining Fanfiction: The Survey
Apr 18, 2017 • 83 min
In episode 46, “Defining Fanfiction: The Survey,”…
45: Tall Princess
Apr 4, 2017 • 69 min
Flourish and Elizabeth interview Teresa Nguyen, w…
44: Mary Sue
Mar 21, 2017 • 74 min
In Episode 44, “Mary Sue,” Elizabeth and Flourish…
43: A Fangirl Goes To Hollywood
Mar 8, 2017 • 81 min
In Episode 43, “A Fangirl Goes to Hollywood,” Eli…
42: Fresh Out Of Tokens
Feb 21, 2017 • 78 min
In Episode 42, “Fresh Out of Tokens,” Elizabeth a…
41: Fandom Trumps Hate
Feb 7, 2017 • 68 min
For their next episode, Flourish and Elizabeth wo…
40: Axanar [Lawsuit Intensifies]
Jan 23, 2017 • 81 min
In Episode 40, “Axanar [Lawsuit Intensifies],” El…
39: Fansplaining!!! On Ice
Jan 10, 2017 • 62 min
In Episode 39, “Fansplaining!!! On Ice,” Elizabet…
38: The Year In Fandom 2016
Dec 27, 2016 • 69 min
In Episode 38, “The Year in Fandom 2016,” Elizabe…
37: Queer YA And Beyond
Dec 14, 2016 • 80 min
In this episode, Flourish calls England to talk t…
36: There’s No Place Like Home
Nov 30, 2016 • 66 min
In Episode 36, “There’s No Place Like Home,” Eliz…
35: No Escape
Nov 14, 2016 • 51 min
In this episode, Elizabeth and Flourish discuss h…
34: Five Tropes Fanfic Readers Love (And One They Hate)
Nov 1, 2016 • 64 min
In Episode 34, Flourish and Elizabeth devote most…
33: A Hundred Thousand Worlds
Oct 18, 2016 • 68 min
In Episode 33, Elizabeth and Flourish talk to Bob…
32: Nerds For Her
Oct 3, 2016 • 68 min
In Episode 32, “Nerds for Her,” Elizabeth and Flo…
31: Get Recced
Sep 18, 2016 • 90 min
In episode 31, “Get Recced,” Flourish and Elizabe…
30: Games and Fandom
Sep 2, 2016 • 72 min
In episode 30, “Games and Fandom,” Elizabeth and …
29: Shipping and Activism
Aug 21, 2016 • 82 min
In episode 29, “Shipping and Activism,” Flourish …
28: Happy Anniversary #1
Aug 9, 2016 • 69 min
In Episode 28, “Happy Anniversary #1,” we welcome…
27: Fanart Insights
Jul 25, 2016 • 61 min
In Episode 27, Flourish and Elizabeth talk to Les…
26: Consplaining
Jul 12, 2016 • 51 min
In Episode 26, “Consplaining,” Flourish and Eliza…
25: Lawsuit at Axanar
Jun 26, 2016 • 67 min
In this episode, Elizabeth and Flourish talk to S…
24: Kfan: Trapped In His Own Game
Jun 12, 2016 • 71 min
In this episode, Elizabeth and Flourish talk to K…
23: The Fourth Wall
May 30, 2016 • 59 min
In episode 23, Flourish and Elizabeth take on the…
22B: Race and Fandom
May 15, 2016 • 87 min
In the second and final installment of our “Race …
22A: Race and Fandom
May 15, 2016 • 80 min
In this episode, Flourish and Elizabeth follow up…
21: Trash Ships and Fandom IRL
May 2, 2016 • 65 min
In Episode 21, “Trash Ships and Fandom IRL,” Flou…
20: Inside Baseball
Apr 18, 2016 • 67 min
In Episode 20, “Inside Baseball,” Elizabeth and F…
19: Cataloging Fandom
Apr 1, 2016 • 62 min
In Episode 19, “Cataloging Fandom,” Elizabeth and…
18: Slash: The Movie
Mar 24, 2016 • 54 min
This episode of Fansplaining is a little differen…
17: The Powers That Be
Mar 6, 2016 • 107 min
In our first SPECIAL DOUBLE EPISODE, “The Powers …
16: Larry is Real
Feb 22, 2016 • 65 min
In Episode 16, Flourish and Elizabeth welcome bac…
15: ~fanspeak
Feb 6, 2016 • 62 min
In Episode 15, ~fanspeak, Elizabeth and Flourish …
14: Death & the Fangirl
Jan 25, 2016 • 59 min
After the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman,…
13: Destination: Stats!
Jan 9, 2016 • 62 min
In Episode 13 of Fansplaining, Elizabeth and Flou…
12: The Year In Fandom 2015
Dec 27, 2015 • 50 min
In Episode 12 of Fansplaining, Elizabeth and Flou…
11: Muggles v No-Maj
Dec 13, 2015 • 64 min
In Episode 11 of Fansplaining, “Muggles v No-Maj,…
10: Fangirling Through Time
Nov 28, 2015 • 65 min
In Episode 10 of Fansplaining, Fangirling Through…
9: The Will It Waffle Radio Hour
Nov 16, 2015 • 60 min
In this episode, we interview Jackson Bird, commu…
8: One True Fandom
Nov 1, 2015 • 62 min
In this episode, we answer the question “What is …
7: The Dark Fantastic
Oct 17, 2015 • 57 min
In this episode, we interview Ebony Elizabeth Tho…
6: The Meme Librarian
Oct 3, 2015 • 62 min
In this episode, we interview Amanda Brennan, AKA…
5: SuperWiki!
Sep 23, 2015 • 57 min
In this episode, we interview Jules Wilkinson, ad…
4: Buncha Lawyers
Sep 4, 2015 • 59 min
In this episode, we interview Betsy Rosenblatt an…
3: What’s The Deal With Wattpad?
Aug 20, 2015 • 58 min
In this episode, we interview Aron Levitz and Sam…
2: GeekyCon & Meredith Levine
Aug 5, 2015 • 56 min
In this episode, Elizabeth visits GeekyCon and se…
1: “Why Wasn’t I Consulted?!”
Jul 19, 2015 • 51 min
In the first episode of Fansplaining, Elizabeth M…