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Orthodox Jewish women shooting the breeze about the past, present, and future of fandom. Hosted by Michal Schick, featuring Tamar Herman, SM Rosenberg, and special guests!
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BOO! The Nice Jewish Fangirls are joined by horror screenwriter and scary-stuff aficionado Avishai Weinberger to explore the whys and hows and what-fors of horror storytelling. Why do frights and freak-outs appeal to us (well, some of us!)? What's the difference between horror and tragedy? And how should newbies and scardy-cats explore the genre -- and what can we gain from facing our fears? This week's current obsessions include The Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, Wentworth, Emily in Paris, and The Boys! Follow Avishai on Twitter @avishaiw, and watch his short film THIRD DATE here! https://youtu.be/v8Mpv5QvhIg Tamar's BOOK! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49249847-bts?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=X12nAq28iR&rank=1 Get our NEW MERCH! https://www.redbubble.com/people/inkasrain/shop Get in touch with us! Twitter: www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email us at nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice-jewish-fangirls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter (twitter.com/jamie_blumberg), email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website at jamberg.me/
This week, the Nice Jewish Fangirls take an in-depth look at the room where it happens: the sukkah! (That’s totally what you were thinking, right?) Michal, Tamar, and SM use the location-specific holiday of Succot to explore setting in fiction and fandom. Can a place make a story? Does a story make the place? Is any of this actually important? Tune in to find out! This week, we have forgone our Current Obsessions segment in honor of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Tamar's BOOK! www.goodreads.com/book/show/492498…g1amzjbQy&rank=1 Get our NEW MERCH! www.redbubble.com/people/inkasrain…-jewish-fangirls Get in touch with us! Twitter: www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email us at nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice…ls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter (twitter.com/jamie_blumberg), email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website at jamberg.me/
Challenge Accepted II: Electric Boogajew (Episode 46) Challenging times call for challenging… challenges! In this week’s episode, the Nice Jewish Fangirls rate and discuss the fandom challenges issued back in episode 42. Tamar talks about Bloodline by Claudia Grey and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, Michal shares her take on Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite and Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston, and SM reviews The Witcher series on Netflix and a playlist of Bon Appétit videos — which spawns its own discussion on representation, escapist edutainment, and PAYING YOUR CONTRIBUTORS FAIRLY. This week’s current obsessions include Indian Matchmaking and Hyori’s BnB (both on Netflix) and the Podfichat discord server. Tamar's BOOK! www.goodreads.com/book/show/492498…g1amzjbQy&rank=1 Get our NEW MERCH! www.redbubble.com/people/inkasrain…-jewish-fangirls Get in touch with us! Twitter: www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email us at nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice…ls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter(twitter.com/jamie_blumberg), email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website at jamberg.me/
The Tamarisode (Episode 45)

The Tamarisode (Episode 45)

2020-09-0101:06:38

The Nice Jewish Fangirls return (with extreme caution) to celebrate the one and only Tamar Herman and discuss the release of her first book, BTS: Blood, Sweat, and Tears! Learn what Tamar's process is like, how she sat down to tackle this epic accomplishment, and the Jewish Pesach-eggs that she hid inside the finished product! Head over to GoodReads for more information, and order at your local independent bookseller! (...or Amazon and Barnes and Noble.) This week's (/the past several months') current obsessions include watching a lot of movies, ER, and the newest Digimon show. Tamar's BOOK! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49249847-bts?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=ag1amzjbQy&rank=1 Get our NEW MERCH! www.redbubble.com/people/inkasrain…-jewish-fangirls Get in touch with us! Twitter: www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email us at nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice…ls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter(twitter.com/jamie_blumberg), email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website at jamberg.me/
The Nice Jewish Fangirls return to fail miserably at their stated mission of NOT talking about the viral sensation that's sweeping the nation. Also: What coping mechanisms are we using to get through this? This week's current obsessions include Kpop group Everglow's fashion, The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner and Shane by Jack Schaefer! Get our NEW MERCH! www.redbubble.com/people/inkasrain…-jewish-fangirls Get in touch with us! Twitter: www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email us at nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice…ls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter(twitter.com/jamie_blumberg), email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website at jamberg.me/
In the latest episode of Nice Jewish Fangirls, Michal, Tamar, and SM open their fandom lockets and explore the stories that hold a permanent place in their hearts. Come for the inevitable Harry Potter discussion; stay for SM's passion for a... Western? This week's current obsessions include: Netflix's Locke and Key, the new album from BTS, and Cheer! Get our NEW MERCH! www.redbubble.com/people/inkasrain/works/45021944-nice-jewish-fangirls Get in touch with us! Twitter: www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email us at nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice…ls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter(twitter.com/jamie_blumberg), email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website at jamberg.me/
The Nice Jewish Fangirls are back for the first new episode of 2020! Today they relive the days of their youth by remembering their first fandoms, and issue a fresh round of fandom challenges! This week's current obsessions are The Untamed, The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski, and podfication completion! Get in touch with us! Twitter: www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email us at nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice…ls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter(twitter.com/jamie_blumberg), email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website at jamberg.me/
We Are Here!

We Are Here!

2020-02-1501:36

The Nice Jewish Fangirls return!
The Nice Jewish Fangirls engage their imaginations to discuss that hottest of hot topics (in more ways than one) -- fanfiction! What attracts us to the world of transformative works? What do we love reading, and what totally turns us off? And what can we learn from this fantastic nook of flourishing fandom? This week's Current Obsessions include 'The Mandalorian' on Disney+, Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, and Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Let us know what you're obsessed with! Get in touch with us: Twitter: www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email us at nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice…ls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter(twitter.com/jamie_blumberg), email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website at jamberg.me/
I Forgive Jew (Episode 40)

I Forgive Jew (Episode 40)

2019-11-0501:19:50

Hungover from the holidays, the Nice Jewish Fangirls are still talking about forgiveness in November! Michal, SM, and Tamar gather around to discuss how the Jewish concept of forgiveness plays out in fiction, debate examples of our favorite forgiven baddies, and also contemplate the question that plagues us all: When do you read if you don't keep Shabbos? This week's Current Obsessions include the Kindle E-Reader interface, 'A Sword Named Truth' by Sherwood Smith, and Bon Apetite's addictive YouTube channel. Get in touch with us: Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email us at nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice-jewish-fangirls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter(https://twitter.com/jamie_blumberg), email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website at https://jamberg.me/
The Nice Jewish Fangirls sat down with Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman, editors of and contributors to "It's a Whole Spiel", a collection of young adult Jewish fiction! Why do we need Jewish YA fiction? How do you capture the spectrum of Jewish realities in one anthology? And ALL THE JEWISH BUCKY BARNES, PLZ! The Fangirls also go over their current obsessions, which include Tudor history, podficcing, and The Great British Bakeoff: The Pros! (Plus, maybe Avengers Bubonic Plague fan-fiction? Maybe.) Links and Show Notes: It's a Whole Spiel: https://www.getunderlined.com/books/586036/its-a-whole-spiel-by-edited-by-katherine-locke-and-laura-silverman-foreword-by-mayim-bialik/ Katherine Locke on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bibliogato Katherine Locke's fiction: https://www.katherinelockebooks.com Laura Silverman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ljsilverman1 Laura Silverman's fiction: https://www.laurasilvermanwrites.com Get in touch with us! Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email: nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts! Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter (https://twitter.com/jamie_blumberg) email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website: https://jamberg.me/
The Nice Jewish Fangirls assemble to discuss the movie of all movies, Avengers: Endgame! After a spoiler-free introduction, Michal, Tamar, and SM share their thoughts and answer listener questions on the Big One. Did Endgame stack up to all 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is Nebula the secret MVP? Does the movie repeat disappointing tropes? Is Thor, like, okay? And can we talk forever about Black Widow? The Nice Jewish Fangirls also obsesses over a baby deer-turned-K-Pop-phenomenon, the “movies for your ears” podcast The Truth, and the Instagram short film Eva Stories. Links! This baby deer at the L.A. Zoo looks just like K-Pop star Haechan, fans assert https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-haechan-pudu-20190110-story.html The Truth podcast http://www.thetruthpodcast.com/ Eva Stories on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/eva.stories/?hl=en Get in touch with us: Twitter: @JewishFangirls Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on Apple Podcasts! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nice-jewish-fangirls/id1181390630 Edited by Jamie Blumberg. You can reach them on Twitter, email them at jamietheblumberg@gmail.com, or visit their website.
It’s almost time for Purim, and this year, the Nice Jewish Fangirls are considering a slightly more serious side of the holiday. Michal and SM are joined by rabbi, author, and certified nerd MaNishtana to break down the issues of cultural appropriation and Blackface that often occur on Purim. Why is it so hurtful? How do fictional stories deal with appropriation and Blackface, and what does that teach us? And how do this misguided costumes completely contradict the joyfulness and generosity that define Purim? The Fangirls and MaNishtana also share their obsessions over new trailers for Avengers: Endgame and Aladdin, and the Netflix series Travelers and The Dragon Prince… and come to the dawning realization that literally everything is now Disney (except Star Trek.) For more information on cultural appropriation and its impact on Jews of Color, please check out these resources: https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/189333/this-year-lets-celebrate-purim-not-prejudice https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/256484/purim-not-prejudice http://jocsm.org/from-black-face-to-elor-azaria-the-jewish-community-must-reject-racist-purim-costumes/ Follow MaNishtana on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MaNishtana Get in touch with us: Twitter: twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email: nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nice-…d1181390630?mt=2
Is It Bashert? (Episode 36)

Is It Bashert? (Episode 36)

2019-02-2601:23:29

This time around, the Nice Jewish Fangirls take on the topic of love and romance in fiction! The fangirls break down what makes them feel the good feelings (and sometimes, the not-so-good feelings) when it comes to courtship and commitment in everything from Jo Beverly’s romance novels to the “manly” genre fiction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Michal, Tamar, and SM also discuss their favorite relationships from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, the Vorkgosigan Saga and more. This episode’s current obsessions include ABC’s Designated Survivor, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Shtisel, currently on Netflix. Watch our New York Comic Con panel here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuzzItrGV94&t=5s Twitter: twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email: nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nice-…d1181390630?mt=2
The Nice Jewish Fangirls return, and this time, they’ve got a professional! Dr. Avigail Gordon joins the NJFs to explore and explain depictions of mental health and therapy in popular culture, from Monk and Frasier, to Batman and Daredevil. What works when exploring mental health in fiction? What really doesn’t? And how can artists do right when exploring mental health in the future? In this episode, SM, Tamar, Michal, and Avigail also obsess over The Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, a very millennial movie projector, The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, and The Power by Naomi Alderman. Visit Dr. Avigail Gordon's website: www.putitincontext.com Watch our New York Comic Con panel here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuzzItrGV94&t=5s What are your highs and lows of mental health representation in fiction? Twitter: twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email: nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nice-…d1181390630?mt=2
The Nice Jewish Fangirls turn to the dark side in order to discuss villainous characters of Tanach! How do Biblical baddies compare to the black hats of popular fiction? Is the snake in Eden basically just Slytherin? And why is Eliyahu like Boba Fett? Tune in to find out! In this episode, Michal, Tamar, and SM also obsess over Netflix's The Dragon Prince, film novelization spinoffs like Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Leia: Princess of Alderaan, and New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd. Watch our New York Comic Con panel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuzzItrGV94&t=5s Tell us what you think of Biblical bad guys and popular culture! Twitter: twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email: nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com Review us on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nice-jewish-fangirls/id1181390630?mt=2
The Nice Jewish Fangirls are coming at you just in time to ring in 5779! As the holidays draw near, they’re sharing the characters and artists who inspire them to be better, to persevere through hard times, and to dress fabulously. Michal, Tamar, and SM also obsess over the Marvel Rising: Initiation shorts, the Ologies podcast, and the very intellectually stimulating Mall of America. Come see our panel at New York Comic Con on Oct. 7! Tell us your fandom inspirations: Twitter: twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email: nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com
The Nice Jewish Fangirls return to take on the totally-topical subject of the good old USA in fiction! What do they like? What is kind of a problem? Why do fictional dystopias spring so readily from American soil, and how should we think about those stories in today’s political climate? (Yes, it’s a super chilled-out episode.) Michal, Tamar, and SM also obsess over NBC’s modern classic Chuck, “The Other Side of History” lectures from The Great Courses Plus, and the forking amazing Twitter feed for The Good Place. Get in touch with the Nice Jewish Fangirls online! Twitter: twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email: nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com​
The Nice Jewish Fangirls are back to provide your comprehensive guide to surviving convention season as humans, and observant Jews! Michal, SM, and Tamar con-verse on the highs and lows of the con life, compare tips and tricks to make it easier, and remind you why you must always bring Scotch tape. The Fangirls also obsess over JK Rowling's stance against anti-Semitism, a delightfully con-fusing piece of fabric, and make a con-fession about Netflix's Stranger Things. Come see us at Jewish Comic Con on April 29! Other conventions mentioned in this episode: DragonCon K-Con San Diego Comic-Con New York Comic Con Broadway Con Ice & Fire Con Con of Thrones BookCon Get in touch with the Nice Jewish Fangirls online! Twitter: twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email: nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com​
Mary Jews (Episode 30)

Mary Jews (Episode 30)

2018-04-1701:00:56

Continuing in the fan fiction vein from their last episode, the Fangirls delve into the seemingly ubiquitous yet surprisingly nebulously defined trope of "Mary Sue" characters, digging into its possible sexist underpinnings. They also geek out over the maturity of the CW's Black Lightning, the dramatic coming-of-age novel "Emergency Contact," and the darkly amusing Jewish reality that is Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Get in touch with the Nice Jewish Fangirls online! Twitter: twitter.com/JewishFangirls Facebook: www.facebook.com/jewishfangirls/ Email: nicejewishfangirls@gmail.com
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