The Red Resistance: The Handmaid's Tale Podcast

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The Handmaid's Tale was not meant to be a field guide for the patriarchal oligarchy, but we can use it as a tool for resistance. Join Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery, as we break down new episodes of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and explore its thematic implications on our current political climate.

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S2E3 Baggage Part 2
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Jun 29, 2020
S2E3 Baggage Part 1
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Jun 12, 2020
S2E2 Unwoman Part 2
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May 27, 2020
S2E2 Unwoman Part 1
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May 24, 2020
S2E1 June Part 2
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May 13, 2020
S2E1 June Part 1
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May 11, 2020
S1 Summary and Thoughts
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May 05, 2020
S1E10 Night Part 2
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Apr 23, 2020
S1E10 Night Part 1
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Apr 15, 2020
S1E9 The Bridge Part 2
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Mar 15, 2020
S1E9 The Bridge Part 1
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Mar 09, 2020
S1E8 Jezebels Part 2
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Mar 03, 2020
S1E8 Jezebels Part 1
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This week we're drinking Manhattans as we get into this cringe inducing episode of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, season 1 episode 8, "Jezebels"


1:14 - We get into our overall thoughts of the episode and we do a little housekeeping

  • Thank you to all of the feedback we've been getting, it's been so much fun hearing your thoughts and observations. 
  • Scarlett calls for a mass flooding of our Apple Podcast reviews. It's been awhile since we got one so if you have some time we'd love to hear from you that way, as it helps with our ranking on the search page.


5:02 - We're drinking Manhattans!

  • Roxy gives us some history on the martini glass and the Manhattan cocktail
  • We're using Amadore Kentucky Bourbon, Hot Ginger Charakter by Jagermeister, and Luxardo Cherries


12:25 - Shout out to one of our OG listeners: Dawn Nichole - our first Wive on Patreon! And a bonus shout out to @CmdrLawrence on twitter.


14:02 - We get into the first scene of "Jezebels" with an incredible monologue from June

  • This scene is shot like a play and executed perfectly


21:52 - It's our first Nick flashback - he's at some kind of work placement agency

  • This is how cults lure people in


30:04 - June finds Fred waiting for her in her room

  • This scene has all the foreboding of a horror movie
  • Fred says, "How's my fair little one." We collectively shudder, it's gross.
  • He dresses her and it's clear that he get off on this power trip.
  • Roxy makes a great reference to Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, Young Goodman Brown


56:40 - June is dressed and Fred parades her downstairs as she, Fred, and Nick head for the car

  • This entire car ride is Fred's version of foreplay, yet June has got to be out of her mind with fear


1:09:05 - We're back in the past as Nick drives Gutherie, Waterford, and Pryce

  • We get to see the inception of "The Ceremony" and Gilead in all of it's hypocrisy 


1:22:17 - They arrive at Jezebels

  • Scarlett unpacks "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane
  • We end the first half of this episode with June and Moira seeing each other from across the room




Feb 29, 2020
S1E7 - The Other Side - Part 2
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S1E7 The Other Side Part 2

Feb 17, 2020
S1E7 - The Other Side - Part 1
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Feb 15, 2020
S1E6 A Woman's Place Part 2
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S1E6 A Woman's Place Part 2

Feb 08, 2020
S1E6 A Womans Place Part 1
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S1E6 A Womans Place Part 1

Feb 03, 2020
S1E5 Faithful Part 2
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S1E5 Faithful Part 2.

Jan 27, 2020
"Faithful" - S1E5 - Part 1
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S1E5 Faithful Part 1. For this one we cracked open Evil Twin Brewing Company's Fire Water, a pale ale brewed with jalapenos.

Jan 25, 2020
S1E4 Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum Part 2
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S1E4 Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum Part 2

Jan 19, 2020
S1E4 Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum Part 1
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Jan 14, 2020
S1E3 - “Late” Part 2
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Jan 03, 2020
S1E3 - “Late” Part 1
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S1E3 - “Late” Part 1

Dec 31, 2019
S1E2 - “Birth Day” Part 2
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S1E2 - “Birth Day” Part 2

Dec 23, 2019
S1E2 - “Birth Day” Part 1
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S1E2 - “Birthday” Part 1

Dec 21, 2019
S1E1 - “Offred” Part 2 - Let the rewatch commence
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Dec 14, 2019
S1E1 - “Offred” Part 1 - Let the rewatch commence
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We recap episode 1, Offred.



Dec 08, 2019
The Testaments 13th Symposium and Final Thoughts
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Listen to us discuss the 13th Symposium chapter of The Testaments, as well as our likes and dislikes now that we have finally conquered this book. It felt like a champagne kind of day so we started the episode with Ruinart Champagne Rose and finished up with Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut Champagne.



Nov 18, 2019
The Testaments: A Book Club Series--The Final Chapters
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Grab a drink and join Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery as we dive into The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. This week we’re discussing The Final Chapters.



Nov 11, 2019
The Testaments: A Book Club Series--Nicole Part 2
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Grab a drink and join Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery as we dive into The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. This week we’re discussing Nicole Part 2.



Nov 04, 2019
The Testaments: A Book Club Series--Agnes Part 2
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Grab a drink and join Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery as we dive into The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. This week we’re discussing Agnes Part 2.



Oct 22, 2019
The Testaments: A Book Club Series--Aunt Lydia Part 2
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Grab a drink and join Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery as we dive into The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. This week we’re discussing Aunt Lydia’s part 2.



Oct 15, 2019
The Testaments: A Book Club Series--Nicole Part 1.
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Grab a drink and join Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery as we dive into The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. This week we’re discussing Nicole.



Oct 07, 2019
The Testaments: A Book Club Series--Agnes
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Grab a drink and join Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery as we dive into The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. This week we’re discussing Agnes.



Oct 04, 2019
The Testaments: A Book Club Series--Aunt Lydia
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And we're back!!! Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery sit down after diving into The Testaments. Sit back and relax while we discuss Aunt Lydia up through Part 9.

Sep 25, 2019
Season 3 Character Arc Discussion Part 4
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Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery sit down after a short break and discuss the character arcs of Season 4's cast. Part 4!

Sep 08, 2019
Season 3 Character Arc Discussion Part 3
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Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery sit down after a short break and discuss the character arcs of Season 3's cast. Part 3!

Sep 07, 2019
Season 3 Character Arc Discussion Part 2
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Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery sit down after a short break and discuss the character arcs of Season 3's cast. Part 2!

Sep 02, 2019
Season 3 Character Arc Discussion Part 1
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Scarlett, Roxy, and Margery sit down after a short break and discuss the character arcs of Season 3's cast.

Sep 02, 2019
Mayday - S3E13 - Part 2 The Handmaid's Tale
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Mayday Part 2

Aug 17, 2019
Mayday - S3E13 - Part 1 The Handmaid's Tale
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Mayday Part 1

Aug 16, 2019
Sacrifice - S3E12 - Part 2 The Handmaid's Tale
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Sacrifice Part 2

Aug 09, 2019
Sacrifice - S3E12 - Part 1 The Handmaid's Tale
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Sacrifice Part 1

Aug 09, 2019
Liar - S3E11 - Part 2 The Handmaid's Tale
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Aug 03, 2019
Liar - S3E11 - Part 1 The Handmaid's Tale
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Aug 02, 2019
Witness - S3E10 - Part 2 The Handmaid's Tale
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Jul 28, 2019
Witness - S3E10 - Part 1 The Handmaid's Tale
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Jul 27, 2019
Heroic - S3E9 - Part 2 The Handmaid's Tale
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Jul 21, 2019
Heroic - S3E9 - Part 1 The Handmaid's Tale
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Jul 20, 2019
Unfit - S3E8 - Part 2 The Handmaid’s Tale
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Jul 13, 2019
Unfit - S3E8 - Part 1 The Handmaid’s Tale
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Jul 13, 2019
Under His Eye - S3E7 - Part 2 The Handmaid’s Tale
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The second half of our HT episode recap and discussion. We start with the dinner/ballroom scenes and then end with a discussion about Marshae Jones, personhood laws, the Brock Turners of the world, consent, and Ohio's heartbeat bill.

Jul 08, 2019
Under His Eye - S3E7 - Part 1 The Handmaid’s Tale
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Today we have Roxy start us off with a little Hindsight (a superb Napa Valley cab and something June is sure to be experiencing after this episode's events). This is part 1 of 2 of S3E7. We cover from the opening scene to right about where June and Eleanor get busted at Hannah's school. 

Jul 05, 2019
Household - S3E6 - The Handmaid's Tale
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The latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale “Household” saw us grappling with the dynamic between two women claiming maternal rights to the liberated Nichole, as well as exploring the wider reaching implications of a world where men’s authority goes unchecked, leading to a reality where women are treated as second-class citizens if they are lucky, and property if they are capable of bearing children. The imagery was haunting, the implications even more so.  

Dearbhla Walsh showed an adept hand at portraying this stark reality; she transports the viewer into a dystopian nightmare through a lulled sense of security in the opening scene. In a stark monochromatic Boston, with only June’s red handmaid’s colors shining through the dismal black and white doldrum, the viewer must take notice, even if only subconsciously: the handmaids do not belong here. They are outcasts in their own world, as the bleak color palate will remind us time and again.. 

Sneaking a peek into life in Gilead outside the narrowed scope of Boston afforded us an opportunity to see just how fortunate June has been, and allowed us to contemplate the ramifications of her actions had she been in this inhospitable environment of a dilapidated DC this entire time. By broadening the scope of our lens, we are able to more fully appreciate the liberties June has been afforded in her internal fight against Gilead, however minute those privileges may be... for in the Capital, handmaids have zero liberties.

And from there we are steadily and constantly reminded that things can always get worse. 

Hope can be desecrated. Voices can be silenced. Wills can be broken. Freedoms and liberties previously thought to be innate can be stripped away. Promises and vows can be broken. But what cannot be broken is June’s resolve, nor the resolve of those who continue the fight despite such dire and desperate circumstances.

We are reminded of this by the Martha who wakes June to rendezvous with Nick, in Aunt Lydia’s tears as she longs to return home, in June’s voice, ringing out against the hollow desecrated Lincoln Memorial that Serena will never be rid of her until her daughters are both safe. The path ahead may be dark and trepidatious, but still, hope rises, even in the most desperate of times.

As for the Waterfords, their resolve is renewed, with Serena realizing she is powerless unless she stands as a reflection of her husband’s ideals.. Fred is forced into an unfamiliar role of submission by High Commander Winslow, who shows Waterford, through a tactful thrust of his hips and an intentional shoulder caress,  that he is very much under Winslow’s eye. Fred’s need to assert sovereignty over himself and his ideals comes to a head as he delivers a speech that hearkens back to the Quiverfull Movement, a very petrifying and very real movement in the United States. For those unfamiliar with the Quiverfull Movement, it utilizes Fred’s exact words on those steps as the cornerstone for its belief system, plucked from Psalm 127:3-5 from the King James version of the Bible.

The implications of a government dominated by the ideals of the Quiverfull Movement is, to put it mildly, horrifying. And in this moment, despite all the fear and control-mongering, we are reminded of the words emblazoned in the Lincoln Memorial: “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever”.

And though we see Lincoln’s likeness completely shattered, we, and June, see his clenched fist remains.  And just as that fist has survived a most brutal onslaught, so too shall June survive this affront to everything she holds dear but has seen stripped away. And just as she stood against Serena, verbally annihilating her, so do we hope she is able to obliterate the cornerstones of this dilapidated reality she finds herself thrust into.

We hope. 

Jun 29, 2019
Unknown Caller - S3E5 - The Handmaid's Tale
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What the hell, Serena? Episode 5, Unknown Caller, left us divided on Serena's motivations and in awe of June's mental fortitude. We're drinking Changeling, a dark sour ale, to match the sour taste the episode left us with. But we got to watch June enjoy music and we geek out at the first book nod to The Handmaid's Tale being recorded by June on old mixtapes. 

Jun 23, 2019
Useful - S3E3 - The Handmaid's Tale
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In this episode we finally get into a sound room and get our first usable recording. Praise be. We're getting the hang of this. 

Roxy first tastes us on Aerena, Cabernet Sauvignon and we get into Useful, the third episode of the season. But this episode is intense and we get really fired up, so we up our game and switch to Cardhu Gold Reserve "House Targaryen" single malt scotch.

Jun 19, 2019