Morgendorks: A Daria Podcast

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February 20, 2020  

3.07 | Daria! | 2.20.20

And so we come to the point that it seems so, so many shows came to in the late 90s and early 2000s: LET'S HAVE A MUSICAL! This week on Morgendorks, we're looking at "Daria!" When a hurricane threatens Lawndale, Daria and Jane have the deep misfortune to find themselves stuck on the Lawndale High roof. Will they survive? What will become of Lawndale? Who has the worst singing voice? Find out all of this, and more!

(It's Mack. Mack has the worst singing voice.)

We also dive a bit into the theory behind musicals, which is to say a lengthy discussion on diegesis. What does it mean? How is it applied to musicals? Why is it particularly important to television musicals?

Hoo, boy.

Links:

Passion of the Nerd | YouTube

Joel Schumacher's Phanton of the Opera: A Video Essay | Lindsay Ellis | YouTube

The 7th Heaven Musical is One of the Worst Episodes of TV Ever Made | The AV Club

Outpost Daria Reborn

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February 6, 2020  

3.06 | It Happened One Nut | 2.6.20

Yo. Let's talk about nuts. It's time for "It Happened One Nut," here on Morgendorks! When a career aptitude test shakes some of Lawndale High's finest, Daria ends up getting a job alongside Kevin at the local mall's peanut distribution specialist, It's a Nutty Nutty Nutty World.

We also spend some time talking about Baby Nut, because how were we supposed to avoid that?

And for our cultural context, we dive into the nostalgic mystery of the dyed, bright-red pistachio. Why did we dye pistachios? And what does it have to do with the Iran Hostage Crisis? All this and more, this week on Morgendorks!

Links:

HuffPost | Remember Red Pistachios? Here's What Happened to Them | Alison Spiegel

NPR | Oh, Nuts! U.S. Pistachio Growers Worry About Competition from Iran | Ezra David Romero

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center | Pistachio Manual 2005

Pistachio Manual 2005 | The Pistachio Tree; Botany and Physiology and Factors that Affect Yield | Louise Ferguson, Vito Polito, Craig Kallsen

Pistachio Manual 2005 | Economic Considerations in Pistachio Production | Karen Klonsky, Steven C. Blank

Outpost Daria Reborn

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Twitter: @morgendorks

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January 23, 2020  

3.05 | The Lost Girls | 1.23.20

Some folks want to be forever young, some folks want to please those who want to be forever young, and some just want to be left alone. It's time for Morgendorks! This week, we're looking at "The Lost Girls." When Daria's unknowingly entered into and wins (naturally) an essay contest, she "gets" to spend a few days alongside Val, a prominent teen magazine magnate and pop culture ... eugh, I guess the word would be influencer? Holy cow.

For our cultural context, we take a bit of a dive into Jane Pratt—for whom Val is a thinly veiled stand-in—and the potentially insidious sway magazines had over teenage girls of the 90s and early 2000s.

Note: We're working on clearing up some of this remaining audio issues. Apologies for the random dips in quality.

Links:

The Cut | Jane Pratt's Perpetual Adolescence: Why She's Still Talking Teen Three Decades After Sassy | Carl Swanson

Kaiser Family Foundation | Kids & Media @ The New Millennium

Kaiser Family Foundation | Tweens, Teens, and Magazines

Nancy Signorielli | Reflections of Girls in the Media: A Content Analysis

Outpost Daria Reborn

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Email: morgendorks@gmail.com

Twitter: @morgendorks

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January 9, 2020  

3.04 | Daria Dance Party | 1/9/20

New decade, new episode of Morgendorks! That's how it works. This week, we're taking a look at "Daria Dance Party"! When Quinn is tasked with forming and running the dance committee to plan an upcoming event at Lawndale High, it rapidly ends up becoming Jane's problem—but she grabs the bull by the horns. Also: A quarrel between lovers threatens to rip the B-Plot Gang apart! What happens next? Find out ... well, you can find out basically anywhere. This show is two decades old. But we'd prefer if you found out with us, this week on Morgendorks!

Also: We dive a little bit into the career and life of Jackson Pollock, the American painter to whom Jane dedicates her efforts within this episode. Also also: Fan discussion! Yay!

Links:

Holiday Magic is Made by Women. And It's Killing Us. | Huffington Post

Outpost Daria Reborn

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Email: morgendorks@gmail.com

Twitter: @morgendorks

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December 12, 2019  

3.03 | Depth Takes a Holiday | 12.12.19

Hoooo boy, it's finally time to talk about "Depth Takes a Holiday," this week on Morgendorks! Daria's visited by the personifications of St. Patrick's Day and Valentine's Day, who implore her to help them round up the disgruntled personifications of Halloween, Christmas, and Guy Fawkes Day and bring them back to Holiday Island through a dimensional portal behind one of Lawndale's Chinese restaurants.

Y'know, when we put it like that, it really sounds kinda fun. Also: FAN MESSAGES! YAY!

Two things of note for this episode: One, we don't have any cultural context this time around. It was all we could do to keep this thing at a reasonable length as it was. Two, we ran into some recording issues, so you'll probably notice some skipping in Nissa's track. Sorry about that! We're gonna change up the way we record, so hopefully it doesn't happen again.

Anyway, drop some strong hallucinogenics and enjoy as we discuss this purely bonkers half hour of television.

Links:

Paste Magazine | You're Standing on My Neck: The Life and Death of the Music of Daria

Outpost Daria Reborn

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Email: morgendorks@gmail.com

Twitter: @morgendorks

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November 28, 2019  

3.02 | The Old and the Beautiful | 11.28.19

Welcome back to Morgendorks! First and foremost: Thank you all yet again for your patience, support, and well-wishes over the past few months. It has meant the world, and y'all remain absolutely awesome.

Anyway, on to business: This week we're looking at "The Old and the Beautiful," wherein Ms. Li decides some mandatory volunteer work is just what Lawndale High needs, and Daria ends up reading to some elderly folks—which leads to her getting some sage wisdom from Brittany, of all people.

And in our cultural context, we look at this whole "mandatory volunteerism" thing. What was the point of it? How popular was it in the 90s? Did it work? Find out, this week on Morgendorks!

Links:

New York Times | The Logic of 'Mandatory Volunteerism'

CIRCLE | Youth Attitudes Towards Civic Education and Community Service Requirements

Corporation for National & Community Service | Volunteer Growth in America: A Review of Trends Since 1974

Outpost Daria Reborn

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Email: morgendorks@gmail.com

Twitter: @morgendorks

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September 26, 2019  

3.01 | Through a Lens Darkly | 9.26.19

It’s time for Morgendorks! We squint and hesitantly shuffle into the extraordinarily blurry future of season three with “Through a Lens Darkly,” wherein Daria decides to try contacts instead of her iconic glasses—and immediately struggles with questions of vanity and identity. Come for the Daria commentary, stay for Rob and Nissa’s Bespectacled Adventures!

For our cultural context this week, we’re digging into just how glasses impact the way others view us and come to be a part of our own identities. From “She’s All That” to modern psychology, we run the gamut!

Also, stick around toward the end for some very important scheduling information! This is gonna be the last Morgendorks until sometime around mid-November.

Links:

Atlas Obscura | The Enduring Mystery of ‘Jawn,’ Philadelphia’s All-Purpose Noun

Psychology Today | 6 Messages Your Glasses May Be Sending People

The Jury Expert | Is Justice Blind or Just Visually Impaired? The Effects of Eyeglasses on Mock Juror Decisions (PDF)

Outpost Daria Reborn

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Email: morgendorks@gmail.com

Twitter: @morgendorks

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September 12, 2019  

2.xx | Season 1 and 2 Retrospective | 9.12.19

As we come to the end of the second season, it's time to take a look back and think about where we've been—so join us for a special retrospective episode of Morgendorks, where we discuss the highs and lows of Daria's sophomore effort (and how it compares to the first season)!

We also share some awesome stuff that our fans have said and done over the past week or two. Seriously, we cannot thank our community enough. Y'all are wonderful.

This was a fun and kinda loopy one, folks. Rob's basically frenetic by the end of it. And speaking of Rob, there's some rather important scheduling information toward the end of the episode, so you're going to want to stick around for that!

Links:

Outpost Daria Reborn

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Email: morgendorks@gmail.com

Twitter: @morgendorks

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August 29, 2019  

2.13 | Write Where it Hurts | 8.29.19

It's time to explore the recesses of Daria's writerly mind, with "Write Where it Hurts," this week on Morgendorks! When Daria receives a special assignment from Mr. O'Neill to write a short story about people she knows, she runs headlong into a gnarly case of writer's block. Meanwhile, Helen's doing everything she can to help her daughter out—and running into blocks of her own.

We also take a look at moral fiction—a partial focus of this episode. Tune in to see how cantankerous we can get when talking about John Gardner's take on what art actually is. One of us may or may not have implied he's burning in hell. So there's that.

Also: Fan mail! And Patreon news!

Also also: Nissa has compiled a season two playlist over on Google Play! You can check it out here. Get those good good 90s vibes.

Links:

John Gardner | Moral Fiction | Hudson Review

Leo Tolstoy | What is Art? | Open Library

Outpost Daria Reborn

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Twitter: @morgendorks

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August 15, 2019  

2.12 | Pierce Me | 8.15.2019

Time to hit the local piercing parlor and adorn our bare midriffs with a nice little chunk of 90s nostalgia with “Pierce Me,” here on Morgendorks! When Daria goes and does something silly (read: gets her belly button pierced) for a boy (read: Trent), it makes her re-examine a few things. Also: Quinn and Helen in a mother-daughter fashion show! It’s an episode packed with wonderful character interactions, and we enjoyed the hell out of it.

And for our cultural context, we dive a bit into the navel piercing phenomenon of the mid-90s! Where did it originate? What made it blow up? Find out, here on Morgendorks!

Links:

Body Modification Ezine

YouTube | Aerosmith - “Cryin’”

BME Encyclopedia | Aerosmith

AV Club | With “Cryin’,” Aerosmith Sparked the Piercing of a Million Belly Buttons

Why the Belly Button Ring Is Set for a Comeback

BoingBoing | Jim Ward Interview

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Email: morgendorks@gmail.com

Twitter: @morgendorks

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