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The Tales We Tell

Welcome to The Tales We Tell, a monthly podcast hosted by Clara Cook. Join us in exploring the role of women and gender in film, television and fiction. We are looking at the tales we tell and why we tell them.

Aug 1, 2022

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by Maddie and Kelsey, hosts of the Let The Boys Kiss podcast to explore women and gender in fandom. We discuss everything from fan art and shipping to fanfiction and fan communities. We ask who are the fans who produce fanfiction and actively ship characters?...


Jun 9, 2022

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by recurring guest Natalie to discuss the female characters of the Jurassic Park franchise. We ask if they are empowering or if they fall into female stereotypes. And could the best female character in the film series actually be a dinosaur?!


Mar 6, 2022

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined once again by podcaster Annie to discuss hit TV show The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. We examine the show's female characters and the challenges they face. We ask if the show addresses the barriers women faced in America in the 1950s and 60s and if Mrs Maisel is really...


Nov 11, 2021

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by podcaster and author AJ Black, to discuss the character of M and the women of the James Bond franchise. We examine Judi Dench's portrayal of Bond's steely female boss, the real-life inspiration behind the character and how the idea of the 'Bond Girl'...


Jul 23, 2021

In this episode of The Tales We Tell, Clara Cook is joined by the host of The Movie Palace podcast, Carl Sweeney, to discuss Helen O'Hara's book 'Women vs Hollywood.' We examine how women’s contribution to early cinema has been almost erased from film history, discuss if the Studio System was actually damaging...