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The Handmaid’s Tale & 13 Reasons Why

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If you haven’t heard already, Geek Girl Riot is now on idobi Radio! Tune in every Tuesday at midnight (aka Wednesday morning) for your dose of late-night geekery from our team of rioters. For now, here’s what you missed last night…

We’re getting serious this week, because the two shows we’re discussing are very dark, complex, and incredibly important. First up, Sherin, Day, and Erin talk The Handmaid’s Tale, which premieres today on Hulu (read our [p]review here). Based on the cult novel by Margaret Atwood, the new series adapts the dystopian story where women are property of the state and forced to repopulate the dying world.

Sherin and Day also discuss their time at Smithsonian Associates and Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale event at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum with Elisabeth Moss, who plays the lead role of Offred, and Atwood herself, along with executive producers Bruce Miller and Warren Littlefield, and moderator Alyssa Rosenberg from the Washington Post. Then you’ll hear from Erin on her latest Geeky Gimp Riots segment about the intersection of The Handmaid’s Tale and Disability. The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are now available on Hulu.

Next up, Sherin, Monique, and Sam talk 13 Reasons Why, its impact and themes, as well as the good and bad parts of the series everybody’s talking about. Based on Jay Asher’s novel, this Netflix adaptation has opened up a lot of discussions about suicide, abuse, and bullying. Listen in to find out why no one should watch this series alone.

13 Reasons Why is available on Netflix now. If you’ve been affected by the show, have any thoughts, comments, disagreements, or stories to share concerning 13 Reasons Why, we are here to listen. Tweet us, call us, write to us—you are not alone, and we want to hear from you. If you’re being bullied, please go here. And if you’re dealing with suicidal thoughts, please call this lifeline.


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