This week, we're finally talking about an issue that is (mostly) bipartisan - animal rights! We've got special guest zoo professional Jon Meisenbach to share his thoughts on the Horde's attempted conquering of Unicorn Island, and Lauren and Eric gush about their dogs a lot. Special shout-out to Sit Stay Read, one of Eric's very … Continue reading “The Unicorn King” – Animal Rights
The Whispering Woods is broken and so is the way we think about caring for people. This week, Dr. Adam Del Conte joins Lauren and Eric to talk about access to healthcare, how environmentalism relates to well-being, and meeting the real She-Ra (almost definitely). In this episode we shout out to the Patient Advocate Foundation, … Continue reading “The Peril of Whispering Woods” – Healthcare
This week, the Rebels find a friend in an unlikely place, and Lauren and Eric discuss the potentials and limits of finding real-life allies from across the aisle. Is John McCain an actual General Sundar? Eh, maybe! Roy Moore definitely isn't. Shout out to Flippable.org for putting considerable energy into doing some allegiance-flipping in three … Continue reading “Unexpected Ally” – Finding Common Ground
Skeletor drops in on Etheria with the most dastardly plan of all: EVIL PIE. Someone has to cry for Hordak, and we discuss the social and political value of empathy. Featuring special guest elementary school psychologist Aaron Hosek. Shoutout this week to 826 Chi, a great local organization helping foster empathy by giving kids the … Continue reading “My Friend, My Enemy” – Empathy
This week, we look at an under-the-radar gem of the She-Ra series that teaches kids everywhere how important it is to play to their own strengths, even if they can't lift tanks over their head like our favorite Princess of Power. Lauren and Eric learn something, too, as we talk about trying to develop our … Continue reading “Just Like Me” – Heroism & Responsibility
This week, we tackle a beloved episode and She-Ra's biggest issue -- representation of anybody who isn't white. And hey, thanks to Hordak's evil plot, Fake News is also on the docket! With special guest Dawn Xiana Moon.
What happens when a group of spacefaring rocks that transform into pacifist humanoids try to immigrate to Etheria? What a hot topic! Plus we welcome guest Christina Bailey, who speaks on her own experiences as part-Latino, part-white in the US, and we finally dive (a little bit) into the really poor gendered marketing of the … Continue reading “The Rock People” – Assimilation
This week: Hordak treasures guns, Madame Razz runs into an ex, and, in an episode about the power of art to resist, we once again confront Confederate monuments. Plus, we welcome special guest Marcus Warren, a gallery preparator and shop coordinator at the University of Chicago, who certainly knows a thing or two about preserving … Continue reading “Play It Again, Bow” & “Treasure of the First Ones” – Art
This week, we look at the most beloved of all She-Ra episodes, and Eric lays out his idea that the relationship between He-Man and She-Ra perfectly displays male privilege. Also, Loo-Kee really misses the mark on the moral, and Mantenna doesn't own enough shoes. Poor guy.
I've heard of ghosted, but guested?? This week, Progressive of Power welcomes its first guest in real-life teacher Tom, a high school science educator from rural IL. Tom tells us what it's like teaching some hot-button topics like global warming and evolution in the era of Trump, and we look at the Horde's attempts to … Continue reading “Book Burning” – Education