Binchtopia

Binchtopia

If Plato and Aristotle had internet addictions and knew what "gaslighting" was, they'd probably make this podcast. Hosts Julia Hava and Eliza McLamb guide you through our current cultural hellscape, share sociological and psychological perspectives on pop culture, and deconstruct everything you've ever loved. Come have a laugh with us through the end times of late stage capitalism! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Episodes

April 17, 2024 3 mins

The girlies tell the stories of two historical events that were doomed from the start: the Donner Party and The Great Emu War. From the cannibalistic Western settlers to the Australians who thought they could gun down 20,000 wild emus, humans vastly underestimated their environment and suffered the consequences. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive bonus episode. To become a Patron and get access to this episode a...

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Inspired by the culture’s latest cheating scandals, the girlies unpack monogamy as a social norm and explore what happens when we break the rules. They explore theories of mononormativity, investigate the psychological consequences of being cheated on, and try to answer a pressing question: why are we still attempting monogamy if people keep having affairs? Digressions include the NYC earthquake, kindhearted midwesterners, and one ...

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April 3, 2024 3 mins

The girlies return to the mailbox to read more stories of clownery and riff on your foolishness. Digressions include why men need to STOP scaring the hoes, some piping hot tea about this season of the Bachelor, and, well, I think we all got groomed over the internet!

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March 27, 2024 59 mins

We are so excited to introduce the inaugural episode of Bruhtopia — Binchtopia for boys! Over the next few weeks, Max and Rodney will take you on a journey of all things sports, economics, and wellness…

APRIL FOOLS! The girlies are granting diplomas from Clown University to brave binchies writing in about the times they’ve been clowned. From giving yourself a full body rash to running with the gingers to letting your man keep a gla...

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March 20, 2024 4 mins

The girlies discuss the happenings — the ugly boyfriend apocalypse, insane Conservative conspiracies, the transgenda, Kate Middleton's whereabouts and more. This is a teaser for a Patreon-exclusive episode. To become a patron and get access to this episode along with 50+ other bonus episodes, go to patreon.com/binchtopia

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March 13, 2024 78 mins

The girlies answer a pressing question: why is flying so awful? We used to have hotties in Pan Am uniforms serving us caviar, and now we suffer through heinous security lines to sit in seats with no legroom where the emergency exit door is not guaranteed to stay on til landing.  From the Wright Bros to TSA to climate criminals, the girlies unpack the history of all things air travel and ponder if there is a better way. Digressions ...

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The girlies discuss the most discoursed articles of the month. They cover the Ivy League financial "expert" who put $50k in an unmarked vehicle, a landmark piece abou...
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The girlies confront one of humanity’s oldest anxieties — our fear of aging. From Cleopatra’s donkey milk baths to ten-year-old girls putting Drunk Elephant eye creams on their Christmas lists, they explore how women have always been encouraged to prolong youth at their own expense. Digressions include *that* horrifying NYT article, mixed feelings about going grey, and some treasured wisdom from our older binchies.

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Bad Book Club returns to review the Twilight fanfiction turned kinky nightmare that captivated suburban moms everywhere. This one has it all — a clinically insane man who tells our protagonist to "stay away" while constantly stalking her, the worst stock POC best friend characterization we've ever seen, and some truly heinous sex scenes. ¡Ay, Dios mío!

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February 14, 2024 79 mins

In the annual Binchtopia Valentine Hotline, the girlies open up their voicemail box to advise some troubled listeners in matters of the heart. How do I stop being my boyfriend’s mommy? Are love languages even real? How do I plan the best boyfriend convention ever? Will you guys come to my wedding? These questions and more are answered. Digressions include a sass dispatch from Redacted and the Tortured Grammy’s Department.

 

 

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February 7, 2024 4 mins

The girlies dive deep into the micro-trends that have been populating the internet over the last few years. From cottage-core to ballet-core, clean girl to mob wife, they rank microaesthetics based on the level of abject harm they cause to women, the pedophilic undertones, and whether or not they make their brains Soup. Digressions include welcoming Ballerina Farm into the NYT club and digging up dirt on the other Mormon influencer...

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January 31, 2024 76 mins

The girlies hop into the meme pool to investigate how memes are made, why they spread, and what happens when the worst moments of someone’s life follow them forever in the memeiverse. Digressions include a mysterious case of Souping, the Binchtopia infirmary ward, and one listener’s horrifying baby Jesus figurine.


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January 17, 2024 77 mins
The girlies dissect the case of America's newly freed sweetheart, Gypsy Rose Blanchard. Julia puts her PhD studies to use and guides us through the history of Munchausen by proxy, opening up an exploration of why people make themselves and others sick, and how the "bad mom" trope reifies social anxieties around motherhood and care. Digressions include our time in the Stu, the depths of our notesapp, and a bold mailbox moments. To s...

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January 10, 2024 77 mins

In the first episode of the New Year, the girlies investigate a cultural concept that plagues us all in the new year: The Makeover. From the transformative promise of the American Dream to hit shows like What Not to Wear and The Biggest Loser, they discuss how “the makeover” seeks to ease cultural anxieties, reify the status quo, and affirm that changing ones appearance can change ones life. Digressions include one listener who fou...

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December 13, 2023 82 mins

The girlies hop on the mic for the last time this year to recap a timeline of the memes, celebrity relationships, and silly internet shit that captured our attention in 2023. Digressions include a failed STD test and He Need A One Dance.


If you’ll miss us on our break, you can find bonus episodes, mediasodes, monthly zoom meetings, and more on Patreon



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December 6, 2023 66 mins
The girlies open up the mailbox and dedicate an entire episode to your hilarious moments. We’re with you through the hard times (salmonella Tinder date) and the good times (dislodging pasta from beneath your fingertip by cooking it soft). Thanks for another year of being our listeners. Digressions include predictions for who will be woman’d in 2024 and our made-up idioms.

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November 22, 2023 81 mins

The girlies return to the world of family vloggers to answer the important questions — how did the momfluencer come to be and why are we so obsessed with her? Can children ever meaningfully consent to being shared online? Did Jean Baudrillard predict our real life Truman Show with Simulacra and Simulation in 1981? Digressions include your newest NY Times covergirls, the Binchtopia Boy Draft, and one listener’s experience as an assi...

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November 15, 2023 71 mins

The girlies revisit a classic early Binchtopia episode to unpack the phenomenon of child-centric content — this time with sources! In Part 1 they discuss the history of child labor in America including the plight of minor miners, the exploitation of Shirley Temple, and why we LOVE watching videos of Trisha Paytas playing with Malibu Barbie. Digressions include Eliza’s experience of buying Buddhism in Hollywood, Catholic mantras tha...

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November 8, 2023 86 mins

The girlies go soapbox mode to discuss two women in history that they can’t stop thinking about: their special interest girlbosses. Julia tells the fascinating story of Annie Oakley, the most snatched sharpshooter of all time, and Eliza gets deep into the lore of Connie Converse, the mysterious (gay?) 50’s songwriter who pioneered the genre before disappearing without a trace. Plus, more Kardashian discourse, an angel update, and h...

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The girlies are back with another Eerie Episode™, this time covering all things WITCHES! They go back into the annuls to unpack the history of European witchery, the Salem Witch trials, voodoo, the current-day Wicca practitioners, and the Etsy spell sellers of today. They discuss “witch” as a socially imposed category and the evolution of witchy practices throughout history. Digressions include some Russian witch tea from a listene...

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