The Red Center: A Handmaid's Tale Discussion

The Red Center: A Handmaid's Tale Discussion
Looking at The Handmaid’s Tale TV adaptation, one theme at a time
Bonus: Show Creator Bruce Miller
Jun 26, 2017 • 61 min
Handmaid’s Tale creator Bruce Miller has worked in TV for years, but this show presented a singular challenge. “Usually the books you adapt stink,” he says. “This is a great book. So you really want to capture that feeling, that greatness, on TV. … I was…
Episode 10: How does it end?
Jun 14, 2017 • 67 min
Shows are often crunched for time in season-ending episodes, and The Handmaid’s Tale is no exception. Its creators managed to pack a lot into the hour, and though Gilead persists, it’s clear that season 2 won’t be strapped for material. Rose and Laura…
Episode 9: Who needs to chill?
Jun 7, 2017 • 54 min
The ninth episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, “The Bridge,” shows us women on the edge. Janine literally so, but other women more metaphorically: June, Moira, Serena Joy, and even the Waterfords’ housekeeper seem ready to revolt. The cracks in the Gileadan…
Episode 8: Who’s shaving whom?
May 31, 2017 • 49 min
In episode 8 of The Handmaid’s Tale, “Jezebel’s,” we visit a brothel and get to know Nick a little better. And so, this week on The Red Center, hosts Rose Eveleth and Laura June discuss that brothel and Nick, and express dread over the potential…
Episode 7: How does a gun work?
May 24, 2017 • 56 min
It’s no exaggeration to call episode 7 of the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale a “game changer.” The episode steers almost completely clear of its novel source material, choosing instead to build a whole other world. It also answers some pressing questions…
Episode 6: Does anyone like Gilead?
May 17, 2017 • 59 min
The Red Center is back this week to talk about episode 6 of The Handmaid’s Tale, “Faithful.” Hosts Laura June and Rose Eveleth run down the episode’s major developments, and then consider whether Gilead could ever be a functioning government.Learn more…
Episode 5: Who’s cucking whom?
May 10, 2017 • 67 min
This week we’re joined by very special guest Annalee Newitz, the tech culture editor at Ars Technica. She’s here to dig into episode 5 of The Handmaid’s Tale, and later on in the episode, we discuss the aspects of surveillance in the show, and whether the…
Episode 4: Is a hot dog a cult?
May 3, 2017 • 65 min
We’re back this week to discuss episode 4 of The Handmaid’s Tale. The show remains grim and Fred remains easy to hate, but there’s at least a little hope left in Gilead.The discussion this week turns to religion. The new government in Gilead is obviously…
Episodes 1-3: What is feminist, anyway?
Apr 26, 2017 • 62 min
This week, hosts Rose Eveleth and Laura June tackle the first three episodes head on: is The Handmaid’s Tale a feminist story, or not? And how closely does the show seem to be adhering to the novel it’s adapting?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
The Red Center: A New Podcast About The Handmaid’s Tale
Apr 24, 2017 • 0 min
The Red Center, a podcast about The Handmaid’s Tale, hosted by Laura June and Rose Eveleth.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit