Episode 101: Animal Harm (Animal Farm)

This month Amanda and Victoria discuss George Orwell's Animal Farm, and the historical events that inspired it. To Listen Along: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/unfortunately-required/episodes/Animal-Harm-Animal-Farm-e24dh05 To Drink Along: Do what you want. We can't stop you. Resources: Sterling Archer on Animal Farm - 9GAG Animal Farm: Study Guide | SparkNotes Animal Farm Russian Revolution and Civil War: Crash Course... Continue Reading →

Episode 99: I Dreamed I Went to Mandalay Bay Last Night

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. To Drink along: Tea To Listen Along: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/unfortunately-required/episodes/I-Dreamed-I-Went-to-Mandalay-Bay-Last-Night-Rebecca-e21cgio Resources: Rebecca: Study Guide | SparkNotes THE BOY IN THE BOX – Chicago Tribune https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ7XQ5Kmz88 Personality Meet Daphne Du Maurier (1946) - YouTube https://youtu.be/IGgCi8Q31Bo

Episode 98: Death from Above (War of the Worlds)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss HG Wells as The War of the Worlds. To Listen Along: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/unfortunately-required/episodes/Death-From-Above-The-War-of-the-Worlds-e20mdog To Drink along: Kentucky Mule. https://www.liquor.com/recipes/kentucky-mule/ Resources: The War of the Worlds: Full Book Summary | SparkNotes Martians! How Aliens Invaded Earth | Monstrum Orson Welles - War Of The Worlds - Radio Broadcast 1938 - Complete... Continue Reading →

Episode 97: The Ultimate KGB C*ck Block (Doctor Zhivago)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the drag that is Doctor Zhivago and why it was so scary to the USSR. To Listen Along: (Updated 02/26/2023) https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/The-Ultimate-KGB-Cck-Block-Doctor-Zhivago-e1vi81b To Drink Along: Vodka, or honestly whatever schnapps you can steal from a rich person's house while caring for their wife who has typhus. Resources: Lara, the true... Continue Reading →

Episode 96: A Guide to Why Your Black Friends Are Exhausted (A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas. To drink along: as Frederick was known not to imbibe alcohol, we aren't this week either. Aren't mocktails great? To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/A-Guide-to-Why-Your-Black-Friends-Are-Exhausted-A-Narrative-of-the-Life-of-Frederick-Douglas-e1uqptr Resources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QOTexnD-NE&ab_channel=CrashCourse lify ELA - Chadwick Boseman reads Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka0IRru-JYA&ab_channel=Biography... Continue Reading →

Episode 95: The Return of Two Host One Mic (The Secret Garden)

Amanda and Victoria FINALLY get to record together in person for the first-time in....almost three years?  Welcome back with The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. We discuss ableism, rest cures, and the garden metaphor. To listen along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/The-Return-of-Two-Host-One-Mic-The-Secret-Garden-e1tqfdi To drink along: https://www.bombaysapphire.com/gin-cocktails/the-secret-english-garden Also, have a nice bit of English cheddar and peasant bread. Resources:... Continue Reading →

Episode 94: A Thinly Veiled Cult Metaphor? (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)

This week Amanda and Victoria read a book that managed to break Victoria, Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. To Drink Along: Make a Seabreeze, aka a Capecoder; the favorite drink of drag queens. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/A-Thinly-Veiled-Cult-Metaphor--Jonathan-Livingston-Seagull-e1t6r75 Resources: Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Wikipedia Richard Bach - Wikipedia

Episode 93: Cottage Core White Girl Fantasies (The Witch of Blackbird Pond)

Amanda and Victoria discuss The Witch of Blackbird Pond and why Kit definitely would have been found guilty of witchcraft in Connecticut. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Cottage-Core-White-Girl-Fantasies-The-Witch-of-Blackbird-Pond-e1seeaj To Drink Along: Hard Cider Resources: The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Study Guide | SparkNotes Elizabeth George Speare Books - Biography and List of Works - Author of 'The... Continue Reading →

Episode 92: Being a Mermaid is Just One Giant Metaphor, Isn’t It? (Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid)

This week Amanda and Victoria discuss the uncomfortable dating history of Hans Christan Andersen. To Listen Along: https://anchor.fm/unfortunately-required/episodes/Being-a-Mermaid-is-Just-One-Giant-Metaphor--Isnt-It--Hans-Christian-Andersens-The-Little-Mermaid-e1s2m1e To Drink Along: Make a Hot Toddy, leave it downstairs and realize you are too sick to make a second trip downstairs. Resources: Hans Christian Andersen - Wikipedia The Little Mermaid - Wikipedia How Hans Christian Andersen... Continue Reading →

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