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Switchblade Sisters Episode 48: 'Matilda' with Documentary Producer Erikka Yancy

April Wolfe
Erikka Yancy


This week we are very lucky to have the prolific documentary producer Erikka Yancy on the program. The movie she chose to discuss is the beloved 1996 film Matilda. Erikka discusses her documentary career and what is like having to do research for films with such dark subject matter. She goes on to talk about having to go through footage from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and how it's still important to offer some hope in even the most depressing of films. She also elaborates on her love for the movie Matilda and how it is rooted in the fact that the parents are so mean to the main character. April and her cover the directing career of Danny Devito and the history behind his production company Jersey Films. Plus, Erikka talks about the character of Lavender, and how having the representation of a black character is so vital to her enjoyment of the film. If you love this movie, you will love this conversation.

You can watch Erikka's film Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma on HBO.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Matilda

With April Wolfe with Erikka Yancy

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 542: Hot Time Summer Hang with Mara Wilson and Marina Shifrin

Mara Wilson
Marina Shifrin

Jordan takes the reigns this week and is joined by actress and writer Mara Wilson and comedian and writer Marina Shifrin for a discussion of how Marina's father reacted to the sex stories in her new book, Mara's love of the Magnolia Park neighborhood in Burbank, and the powerful nostalgia of Empire Records. Plus, Jordan brings in some malt beverages for the beloved summer drink taste test segment.

Check out Mara's Substack newsletter, "Shant We Tell the Vicar?" here!

Check out Marina's new book, "30 Before 30: How I Made a Mess of My 20s, and You Can Too" here!

And, of course, BUBBLE is still going strong -- episode seven is out and the big finale is coming this week!

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