Movie, Novel

Episode 37 — The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Ali discusses the movie adaptation of the first book in Ann Brashares’ bestselling young adult novel series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She tracks the story arcs of each of the four main characters while touching on the timeless themes of self-love, growth, family, grief and, above all else, the true bond of everlasting friendship.

Animation, Movie

Episode 36 — Aladdin

Ali discusses her all-time favorite Disney movie, Aladdin. She quotes her favorite lines and reminisces about watching the film repeatedly as a kid. She also compares the movie to its Broadway musical adaptation.

Animation, Television

Episode 35 — SpongeBob SquarePants

Ali discusses the nautical Nicktoon, SpongeBob SquarePants, created by Stephen Hillenburg. She shares her favorite episodes, hilarious quotes, classic songs and various memories growing up with this iconic show. She also reminisces about seeing The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical.

Short Story

Episode 33 — “Who Will Greet You at Home”

Ali discusses the short story, “Who Will Greet You at Home,” admiring the creative yet heartbreaking tale from a book of short stories called What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah. She also talks about the reason she bought the book per a recommendation from the creator of one of her all-time favorite TV shows and how she had the opportunity to meet him and chat with him about it.

Novel

Episode 32 — The Catcher in the Rye

Ali discusses J. D. Salinger’s popular novel, The Catcher in the Rye. She analyzes the main character, Holden Caulfield, focusing on his unique way of speaking, his hypocritical hatred of all things phony and his cynical feelings toward growing up. She also talks about important symbolism throughout the novel and the key theme of preserving innocence.

Animation, Television

Episode 31 — The Angry Beavers

Ali discusses the hilarious Nicktoon, The Angry Beavers, created by Mitch Schauer. She shares her favorite episodes, funny exchanges and sweet brotherly moments, plus plenty of the show’s distinct mispronunciations. She also talks about why her opinion has changed from when she was a kid on which of the Beaver brothers is her favorite.

Animation, List

Episode 30 — Favorite Animated Antagonists with Patricia

Ali and special guest, Patricia Miranda of Old School Lane, each share their top 5 favorite animated antagonists.

You can check out Old School Lane on YouTube and find updates on Facebook and Blogspot as well as by following Patricia on Twitter. Also, be sure to give Ali’s blog interview with Patricia a read: An In-Depth Chat with the Co-Founder of Old School Lane.