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  • Writer's pictureLiz Busby

Ep 28 - Mothers in the Media

In this episode, we delve into the many ways mothers are portrayed in the pop culture. Our guests Carol Rice and Tiffany Hales help us explore the complexity and variety of moms in television, from Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights, juggling motherhood with her career as a principal, to Marge Simpson's tireless commitment to her family's well-being. Of course, non-biological mother figures like Kala from Tarzan and Leanne Tuohy from The Blindside show that the strengths of motherhood transcend genetic relationship.

From Regina's infamous 'cool mom' to the powerhouse Mrs. Incredible, negative maternal figures like Mother Gothel to motherhood in reality TV, join us as we uncover the triumphs, challenges, and the often-unseen facets of motherhood as portrayed by movies.

Best Books:

Carl - The Simpsons (Disney+)

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Mothers We Discussed:

Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights

Marge Simpson from The Simpsons

Allison Torres from Yes Day

June George from Mean Girls

Donna Sheridan from Mamma Mia!

Aunt May from Spiderman

Leigh Anne Tuohy by The Blindside

Kala from Tarzan

Molly Weasley from Harry Potter

Dr. Kate Murray from A Wrinkle in Time

Marilla Cuthbert from Anne of Green Gables

Mother Gothel from Tangled

Ruth DeWitt Bukater from Titanic

Queen Elinor from Brave

Morticia Addams from The Addams Family / Wednesday

The Stepmother from Cinderella

Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch

Kristen Jenner from Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Michelle Duggar from 19 Kids and Counting

Lenore Skenazy from Free-Range Kids

Alma Madrigal from Encanto

Mamá Imelda from Coco

Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

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Carl - Twitter: @CarlCranney

Video editing by Liz Busby; Audio mastering by Carl Cranney

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