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Porkins Policy Radio episode 105 Unpacking Orphan Black with Emma Redmond

My sister Emma Redmond joins me today to discuss one of our favorite televisions shows, Orphan Black. We begin by giving an overview of the series which deals with a shadowy transhumanist organization called Neolution which is conducting large scale human cloning. We then move onto the basics: our favorite clones, our thoughts on the final season, and some of the overarching themes presented in the show. Emma and I then discuss Orphan Black as a feminist masterpiece. We talk about how the show deals with feminism in way that no other TV show has ever attempted before. We discuss how issues such as a woman’s right to choose, medical rights, and basic human freedoms are handled in a beautifully subtle way. Emma compares this to hit shows such as The Handmaidens Tale. We then move onto the subject of transhumanism which is at the core of much of the show. We explore how Orphan Black deals with the dangers of this topic while still upholding the necessity of science. Emma and I touch on the fact that Orphan Black has never strayed away from the connection between transhumanism and eugenics, unlike most other entertainment dealing with this subject matter. We also touch on themes such as designer baby companies and eradication of diseases through sterilization and abortion.

In the second hour we explore several of the archetypal transhumanist characters. We look at PT Westmoreland, an aging cult leader, who manipulates the women around him into helping him attain godhood. We discuss his charismatic nature and how he represents the most pure evil of the movement. Emma and I also discuss the characters of Susan Duncan and Virginia Coady who represent the benevolent and unquestioning elements within the Neolution movement. We then move onto the clone Rachel and explore how she is in many ways the end result of this agenda. We discuss how Rachel’s upbringing as a corporate clone has damaged her immensely. We explore how Rachel continues to strive to be free in a world where she is viewed as nothing more than patented property, and her long journey to finding her humanity. We also explore the idea of nature vs. nurture which is continually referenced through out the whole series. Emma and I round out the conversation by discussing our favorite moments, relationships, and characters in the series. We also ask the big question on everyone’s mind: Does Donnie have a Prince Albert?

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Porkins Policy Radio episode 72 Member South Park Season 20 with Emma Redmond

Today I am joined by my sister Emma to discuss and dissect season 20 of South Park. We begin by explaining what transpired this season: Mr. Garrison becoming President, Cartman falling love, gender wars, and the dangers of internet trolling. We begin by talking about the “Member Berries” and their devious plot to use the power of nostalgia to elect the Trump like Mr. Garrison. Emma and I discuss the power that nostalgia can have on ones psyche, and how we are constantly manipulated into following certain trends because of it. We then move onto the the issue of trolling which features prominently through out this whole season. We talk about Gerald’s trolling and explore the idea over whether it is in fact ok or funny to troll. Next we talk about the the gender wars that ensue through out South Park and the world at large. We talk about Butters transformation as a men’s rights activist and how this is mirroring society at large. Emma and I also touch on how Butters is schooled in all of this with the help of Bill Clinton.

In the second hour we break down South Park’s portrayal of Trump as Mr. Garrison. We talk about why Matt Stone and Trey Parker decided to use Garrison as a stand in for the president-elect, and if it worked as a statement and as a comic device. We round out the episode by discussing the genius of South Park as a show. We talk about how the series, and this season in particular, manages to show that the true enemy among us is society and ourselves. Emma and I also have a candid discussion on the dangers of horse porn.

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PPR Political Cartoon #8 X-Files: “I Don’t Want To Believe”

i dont want to belive

I know it has been awhile since the last PPR Political Cartoon but we are back!  If you enjoy the PPR Political Cartoon please check out Porkins Policy Review contributor Emma Redmond’s art at Red House.

 

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