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Today we are joined by Fiona Greenland, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, to talk about her new book, Ruling Culture: Art Police, Tomb Raiders, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy (University of Chicago Press, 2021). Through much of its history, Italy was Europe’s heart of the arts, an artistic playground for forei…
 
If you're under the age of 30, chances are you primarily saw Jamie Lee Curtis as a mom-type. But how wrong you were! Listen in and Jessica and Monica dig in to Jamie's earlier work, the work that established her as a dazzling, girl next door, sex icon in Hollywood prior to her transition to more maternal roles. She proved her comedic chops in A Fis…
 
John G. Turner's excellent new history of the early American separatists, They Knew They Were Pilgrims: Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty (Yale University Press, 2020) provides a new benchmark study of Plymouth Colony. Turner provides a readable and convincing narrative of how a group of religious refugees sought to establish a h…
 
Wes Anderson’s film aesthetic is one of the most widely recognizable in Hollywood, but it’s his attention to detail, character driven plots, and layered plots that make him stand out as a Daddy to Jessica and Monica. He became commercially regarded with...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
When you think of Classic Hollywood actresses, chances are at least one of the first stunning starlets to pop into your mind is Audrey Hepburn. She’s “classic” in every sense of the word, but has immense talent behind her beautiful exterior, making her...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
In 1877, Eloosykasit was on his way Tolo Lake, a gathering place frequented by the Nez Perce, when he heard news of the Wallowa band's flight from the U.S. Army. Only seventeen at the time, Eloosykasit elected to remain with the migrant Nez Perce, arming himself with a rifle abandoned at White Bird Canyon, and following Chief Joseph on toward Monta…
 
Jessica and Monica take on one of Hollywood's brightest stars--the absolutely magnetic and astonishing Viola Davis. Daddy Viola gave dimension to the White savior film The Help, proved her badass-ness in Widows, and literally brought the house down in...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
It’s time for part two, kids! Join Monica and Jessica as they wrap up their discussion of the ultimate Daddy, the Queen of the Academy, Meryl Streep. They cover her quiet strength in The Bridges of Madison County, her confident comedy in It’s...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
The time has finally come for Monica and Jessica to dive into one of the ultimate Daddies, the truly untouchable queen of cinema, the disgustingly talented Meryl Streep. In this first episode on Daddy Meryl, your hosts go over her touching beginnings in...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
It’s nearly 2021, Children of Favreau! Join Monica and Jessica for their final hot take of the year--that movie musicals deserve justice! They’ll take you through three shining examples of the evolution of the movie musical with Singin’ in the Rain,...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Children of Favreau, and welcome to the first annual Holiday Special! The amount of festive films out there is plentiful, so Monica and Jessica have chosen three full of HoliDaddies to get you into the spirit of...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Studying the New Testament Through Inscriptions (Hendrickson Publishers, 2020)through Inscriptions is an intuitive introduction to inscriptions from the Greco-Roman world. Inscriptions can help contextualize certain events associated with the New Testament in a way that many widely circulated literary texts do not. This book both introduces inscrip…
 
Listen in as Jessica and Monica dig into one of America's sweethearts, the gal you can't help but adore, the one and only Julia Roberts. Julia proved her talent at a young age in Pretty Woman, fought for environmental rights and won an Oscar for Erin...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Jessica and Monica discuss a polarizing Daddy this week, one of the snappiest and wittiest writers in Hollywood, the incredibly talented yet sometimes incredibly frustrating Aaron Sorkin. They take you through his awe-inspiring beginnings with A Few...
 
On this week’s episode, Monica and Jessica take on Daddy Nora Ephron, a woman who defined a genre and inspired millions to believe in love stories--including all the heartbreak that goes with them. Listen to hear how Nora made herself an icon early on...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Writing to U.S. President Grover Cleveland in 1888, Oglala Lakota leaders Little Wound, Young Man Afraid of His Horses, and Red Cloud insisted upon a simple yet significant demand to allow western Indigenous nations to retain intertribal communication networks, stating that "we do not want the gates closed between us." These vast networks - and the…
 
On this week’s episode, Jessica and Monica discuss a Big Comedy Daddy, a Daddy whose films punctuated their formative years, the one and only Judd Apatow. They’ll take you through his directorial debut with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, his ascent to...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Behind the braided wigs, buckskins, and excess bronzer that typified the mid-century "filmic Indian" lies a far richer, deeper history of Indigenous labor, survival, and agency. This history takes center stage in historian Liza Black's new book, Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941-1960 (University of Nebraska Press, 2020), which looks…
 
Jessica and Monica haven’t found another Daddy that embodies quiet strength quite like Colin Firth. While he’s undoubtedly been Hollywood’s precious British baby for some time, Colin’s critical success came later in his career. He brought us sensual...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
In Ireland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British Atlantic (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), Audrey Horning revisits the fraught connections between Ireland and colonial Virginia. Both modern scholars and early modern colonialists themselves viewed English incursions into Ireland and North America as intimately related. But the …
 
In Ireland in the Virginian Sea: Colonialism in the British Atlantic (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), Audrey Horning revisits the fraught connections between Ireland and colonial Virginia. Both modern scholars and early modern colonialists themselves viewed English incursions into Ireland and North America as intimately related. But the …
 
In Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in the Americas and Australasia (UP of Mississippi, 2020), Frederick Luis Aldama brings together comics scholars Joshua T. Anderson, Chad A. Barbour, Susan Bernardin, Mike Borkent, Jeremy M. Carnes, Philip Cass, Jordan Clapper, James J. Donahue, Dennin Ellis, Jessica Fontaine, Jonathan Ford, Lee Francis IV, Enrique Ga…
 
Monica and Jessica dish on the world's favorite Scottish motorcycling Daddy--the freakishly talented yet seldom recognized (we're looking at you, Academy) Ewan McGregor! He skyrocketed to fame as a heroin addict in Trainspotting, proved he could be a...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Our Time is Now: Race and Modernity in Postcolonial Guatemala (Cambridge University Press, 2020) is an ambitious exploration of modernity, history, and time in post-colonial Guatemala. Set in the Q’eqchi Maya highlands of Alta Verapaz from the 19th century into the 20th, Julie Gibbings explores how Q’eqchi, ladino, and German immigrant actors creat…
 
Agnès Delahaye’s new book, Settling the Good Land: Governance and Promotion in John Winthrop’s New England (Brill, 2020), is the story of John Winthrop’s tenure as governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1630’s. In a correction to the prevailing narrative of Puritans alone in the New England wilderness, Professor Delahaye shows the colonist…
 
There really isn't anyone like Jack Nicholson. Listen as Jessica and Monica do their best to describe the incredible scope of this Big Daddy's talent, range, and career in their discussion of just three of his films. He shot to superstardom in The...
 
Deep in the jungles of Myanmar lie the remains of an ancient kingdom, the 15th-century royal city of Mrauk-U. Located in the Bay of Bengal and separated from the rest of the country by the Arakan mountain range, Mrauk-U Township boasts a stunning rural landscape dotted with the hundreds of spires of stone temples, remnants of the former glories of …
 
Join Jessica and Monica as they chat about the Daddy that has somehow managed to straddle music, musical theatre, film, and television all at once--the freakishly talented Bette Midler. While Hollywood tends to throw the same kind of role at Bette every...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
In his new book, Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met: Border Making in Eighteenth-Century South America (UNC Press, 2020), Dr. Jeffrey Erbig charts the interplay between imperial and indigenous spatial imaginaries and shows the critical role that indigenous actors played in imperial border-making between the Spanish and the Portuguese in the Río de la…
 
Jessica and Monica crack open Hollywood's big bad brooding baby, the master of acting with the eyes, the boyish but deeply complicated Ryan Gosling. Ryan became widely known for his starring romantic role in "The Notebook", stunned audiences with his...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Charles F. Walker’s Witness to the Age of Revolution: The Odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru, 2020, is part of Oxford University Press’ Graphic History Series, which takes serious archival research and puts it into a comic format. For this volume, the brilliant Liz Clarke illustrated Dr. Walker’s biography of a ½ brother of José Gabriel Condorcan…
 
Jessica and Monica surrender themselves to Hollywood's modern monster master, the sweetest baby in the biz, the precious and eerily creative Guillermo del Toro. Guillermo won over American audiences with Pan's Labyrinth, revived the Gothic romance with...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Before the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana became one of the state’s top private employers—with its vast landholdings and economic enterprises—they lived well below the poverty line and lacked any clear legal status. After settling in the Bayou Blue in 1884, they forged friendships with their neighbors, sparked local tourism, and struck strategic alli…
 
David Tavárez is a historian and linguistic anthropologist; he is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Vassar College. He is a specialist in Nahuatl and Zapotec texts, the study of Mesoamerican religions and rituals, Catholic campaigns against idolatry, Indigenous intellectuals, and native Christianities.…
 
In 1800, tens of millions of bison roamed the North American Great Plains. By 1900, fewer than 1,000 remained. In The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920 (Cambridge UP, 2000), the University of Kansas Hall Distinguished Professor of History Andrew C. Isenberg explains how this ecological calamity came to pass. Bison popula…
 
Monica and Jessica give some love to one of Hollywood’s forgotten, but beloved Daddies--the absolutely precious and insanely talented Brendan Fraser. He suddenly shot to stardom in School Ties, established himself as an action star in The Mummy, and...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
What are the African Middle Ages? A place, certainly, and a time period, evidently. But also a “documentary regime,” argues François-Xavier Fauvelle. How do we reconstruct these centuries of the African past in the face of a daunting lack of sources? In thirty-four thoughtful vignettes, Fauvelle takes us along for the ride as he wrestles with this …
 
Transforming Indigenity: Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon (University of Toronto Press) examines the role that language revitalization efforts play in cultural politics in the small city of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, located in the Brazilian Amazon. Sarah Shulist concentrates on how debates, discussions, and practices…
 
Spanning three hundred years and the colonial regimes of Spain, Mexico, and the United States, Maurice S. Crandall’s These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912 (UNC Press, 2019) demonstrates how Indigenous communities implemented, subverted, rejected, and indigenized colonial ideologie…
 
In Managing Multiculturalism: Indigeneity and the Struggle for Rights in Colombia (Stanford University Press) Jean Jackson narrates her remarkable journey as an anthropologist in Colombia for over 50 years. This is an extraordinary book because it shows us Jackson’s trajectory, the challenges she faced, the changes she underwent as a researcher and…
 
Jessica and Monica tackle one of the biggest Daddies of all time—one of their personal top five—the suspiciously sexy and talented Jeff Goldblum. They unpack his gross beginnings in “The Fly”, his space romp “Earth Girls Are Easy”, and his brainy...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities (Living Justice Press, 2020) consists of stories that have arisen from the lived experiences of a broad range of seasoned, loving restorative justice practitioners of color—mostly women—who have fiercely unearthed realities about devastation caused by white practitioners who have unthinkingly wo…
 
In August 1795, Apaches wiped out two Spanish patrols In the desert borderlands of the what is today the American Southwest and Mexican north. This attack ended what had bene an uneasy peace between various Apache groups and the Spanish Empire. In A Bad Peace and A Good War: Spain and the Mescalero Apache Uprising of 1795-1799 (University of Oklaho…
 
Monica and Jessica continue their discussion of Daddy Adam Sandler, focusing on his rise to critical success and how his years of comedic acting helped him tap into dramatic roles in Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish, and Uncut Gems. These roles have left...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
Monica and Jessica take on one of the most underestimated actors of our time--the brilliant and multifaceted Adam Sandler. Because of his immense range, Sandler’s Daddy-ness will be explored in two parts. This first part covers his comedic beginnings...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
This week, Jessica and Monica discuss one of Hollywood’s fastest rising filmmakers, a woman who understands modern female relationships arguably too well--the ever fascinating Greta Gerwig. They start with her breakout acting performance in Frances Ha...By Jon Favreau Is My Daddy Podcast
 
The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was in many ways the crowning event of the nineteenth century United States. Held in Chicago, the metropolis of the West, and visited by tens of millions of people from around the world, it showcased America’s past, present, and future. And Indigenous people were there at center stage. In Unfair Labor?: America…
 
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