Novel

Episode 46 — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Ali discusses Betty Smith’s bestselling novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She shares all the ways she admires and relates to the heroine, Francie Nolan, and she talks about the significance of the tree’s metaphor throughout the novel.

Television

Episode 45 — Seinfeld

Ali discusses the iconic show about nothing, Seinfeld, created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. She shares her favorite episodes, noteworthy catchphrases and relatable situations that make this sitcom so timeless and one of her all-time favorite series.

Animation, Movies

Episode 44 — Toy Story Movies

Ali discusses the first Pixar feature film, Toy Story (1995), and its sequels, Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Toy Story 4 (2019). She shares her favorite moments from each movie that make up this phenomenal franchise and capture the universal themes of friendship, growing up, purpose, unconditional love and adventure from these beloved toys.

Animation, Movie

Episode 43 — South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut

Ali discusses the movie, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, written by series creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Pam Brady. She reminisces about watching the movie for the first time with her siblings on a long car ride home, re-living all the filthy language and fantastic songs.

Anime, Parody

Episode 42 — Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series

Ali discusses the popular fan parody series, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, created by LittleKuriboh. She shares her favorite ridiculously hilarious moments from the spoof series while attempting to make sense of the actual series’ plot. She also reveals which pairing she’d ship. “Screw the rules, I have [a podcast]!”

Novel

Episode 41 — To Kill a Mockingbird

Ali discusses Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. She reads memorable passages from this noteworthy work of fiction, praising the main characters’ values while highlighting the important themes of empathy, courage, morality and justice.

Short Story, Television

Episode 39 — The Big Bang Theory + “The Left and Right Brain Dichotomy”

Ali discusses the hit sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. She shares her favorite episodes, memorable scenes and sweet couple milestones. She also shares fun behind-the-scene details from her experience attending a taping of one of the final few episodes of the series. Afterward, she shares a Big Bang Theory story she wrote called “The Left and Right Brain Dichotomy.”

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.