The Fangirl Business

The Fangirl Business

Dr. Chrisha Anderson and Catherine McKenna process feelings surrounding the fandom's emotional rollercoaster of Supernatural coming to an end. Join us for fangirling, fun, and feels as we process and theorize our way through the final season of the longest science fiction/genre show in American television history! Special thanks and credit to our amazing contributors: Logo: Gio_Gui Music: VooDooBlooze Editing: Chris Anderson, Catherine McKenna Disclaimer: The information presented in this podcast is intended to be for entertainment and educational purposes only. It should never be used in place of advice given by a mental health or medical professional or as a substitute for mental health treatment. If you're struggling with a mental health issue, please seek professional help.... Show More

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May 14, 2020 52 min

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In part two of their multi-part episode on "Destiny's Child," Chrisha and Catherine talk about the many exciting reveals in this episode that feed into the wider story arc of S15. They do metal analysis on the mythological cosmology of Supernatural's universe, focusing on The Empty, the Garden, the Framework, souls, and much more!

Audio clip credits: The CW and The WB

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Most of us can agree that episode 13 was a bit of a bumpy ride. Join Chrisha and Catherine as they examine the flaws and their fave moments from "Destiny's Child" in this first of what will likely be a FOUR-part podcast on the episode. The two discuss issues such as continuity errors and perceived character inconsistencies as well as some of their favorite individual moments from the episode. In P...

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We're celebrating a very special someone's birthday in this special edition of The Fangirl Business: fangirl-in-training, Zoey, just turned 8! In this episode, Zoey discusses her favorite Supernatural character, Rowena, her experience with the Collins' cookbook, The Adventurous Eaters Club, and her fave songs from Radio Company and Louden Swain. Plus, we get the scoop on her family's best (and ...

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Yes, there were some big reveals and even bigger questions in episode 12 ... but Chrisha and Catherine really loved all the squishy human goodness in the middle of it all: lots of feels, lots of growth, lots of family moments. 

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Big stuff was revealed in episode 12, and Chrisha and Catherine are digging into it in this first part of another multi-part podcast. From the workings of Supernatural's cosmos, to the divide between cosmic beings and humans when it comes to valuing human life, to meta commentary on contemporary issues in our own world-Chrisha and Catherine dig into the big picture in this first installment on "Galaxy...

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Chrisha and Catherine take the time to delve into some theories they've been working on ... since January. Yup. Big stuff. Angels, demigods, hope, the upending of entire systems--they talk about it all in this last hiatus podcast before Supernatural returns tomorrow with Episode 12!  If you can't wait to watch more fresh Supernatural episodes tomorrow, or if you're looking for some encoura...

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There's been a lot going on in the past few weeks for the SPNFamily.

Chrisha and Catherine talk about the many hits that the fandom (and the world) have been taking, with an eye to how we can support and uplift each other, and what they are doing personally to cope during these unsettling times.

Hang in there, fam. We love you. 

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In the second of their two-part deep dive about Dean Winchester, Chrisha and Catherine examine Dean's healing and growth over the course of his 15-year story. They delve into concepts such as post-traumatic growth (healing from trauma stronger than before the trauma occurred) and re-parenting (giving ourselves what our parents did not give us in our childhoods) as key facets of Dean's journey,...

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Trigger Warning:
The episode includes conversation about anger, trauma, abandonment, and self-hatred, as well as an in-depth discussion of the clinical definition of PTSD (starting at 44:42 and ending at 56:26).

In the first of their hiatus episodes, Chrisha and Catherine start with Dean Winchester's own query, "I don't know why I get so angry," as a jumping off point for looking at how...

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February 12, 2020 52 min

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Join Chrisha and Catherine for a wild ride into shippiness in part three of their three-parter on "The Gamblers," where they talk about the Destiel callouts in the episode, Cas and Dean's co-parenting, and the state of Destiel as we head into the last eight episodes of the series. Also, be prepared for a lot of Lizzo. 

"The Gamblers" audio clip credits: The CW
Music credits: Lizzo, "Trut...

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In part two of their three-parter, Chrisha and Catherine talk about Cas' continuing BAMFiness, Jack's brokenness, and that incredible reunion scene at the end of "The Gamblers." They also discuss the problem of Cas' power for the writers, Cas' as a parent, and how Sam and Dean's compassion was put to the test in the face of seeing Jack again.

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In part one of their three-parter on "The Gamblers," Chrisha and Catherine talk about how this entire episode was a game changer (pun INTENDED) for the Winchesters: our heroes are back, baby! Bonus convo about Supernatural's cosmology, different expectations with different writers, and the tie-ins to the last episode. 

Part two will focus mainly on Jack and Cas, with a little bit of the Winchesters...

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In part three of their three-parter, Chrisha and Catherine address all the stuff that was just under the surface of the weirdness that was "The Heroes' Journey." Turns out, there was a LOT. By turns, the two discuss Destiel hopes and dreams, Dean's work to overcome the legacy of toxic masculinity in his life and its intersections with his sexuality, and that dance number

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There was a LOT going on in Supernatural's most recent episode. In part two of their three-parter on "The Heroes' Journey," Chrisha and Catherine delve into what made this episode tick, including "what makes a hero a hero?", and the answers to ongoing fandom pet peeves that the episode provided. 

"The Heroes' Journey" audio clip credits: The CW

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In part one of their three-parter on "The Heroes' Journey," Chrisha and Catherine straight up nerd out over the components surrounding the episode. They talk about imagery, the literary stuff that underpins the episode's title, music, and more! Come listen to the geekery. It's super fun. 

"The Heroes' Journey" audio clip credits: The CW
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In part three of their three-parter on "The Trap," Chrisha and Catherine have all the fun talking about shipping. All the fun. They discuss the quandary of whether or not Dean and Cas' relationship can even be considered subtext at this point, look at the parallels the show is drawing between Dean/Cas and Eileen/Sam, and look at the ways (both overt and subtle) in which "The Trap" pays trib...

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In part two of their three-parter on "The Trap," Chrisha and Catherine focus on the platonic aspects of Dean and Castiel's interactions in the episode. They discuss Cas' assertiveness and confidence and his new-found ability to hold boundaries, while also examining, in-depth, Dean's emotional growth as a character. Also they fangirl. A LOT. 

"The Trap" audio clip credits: The CW

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January 18, 2020 42 min

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In part one of their three-parter on "The Trap," Chrisha and Catherine focus their discussion on the Sam, Eileen, and Chuck portions of the episode. Their analysis includes an in-depth look at the connections between hope, free will, discerning truth from lies, and just how God-damned awful Chuck is (Yeah. Pun intended.).

"The Trap" audio clip credits: The CW

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January 15, 2020 57 min

Note: Our intro in this episode includes promo materials for the rest of the season. Just wanted to give y'all a heads up.



In this episode, Chrisha and Catherine take the opportunity to talk through feelings surrounding the cast and crew's return to the set of Supernatural and the emotional content that has been released on social media this week from the leads. As the end of Supernatural draws closer, they discuss coping st...

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In this last of their three-part hiatus episode, Chrisha and Catherine reflect back on what we've learned thus far as a way of sussing out where we may be headed in the second half of Supernatural's 15th season. During part of the podcast, they revisit the S15 poster and look with fresh eyes at the imagery--and discuss everything from the Judeo-Christian meaning of octagrams to the traditiona...

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