the TERMINATOR franchise | with special guest Carolin Heldman | Feminist Frequency Radio 186

Along with their special guest—Caroline Heldman, chair of critical theory and social justice at Occidental College and the executive director at The Representation Project—Anita and Ebony are taking on the entirety of the TERMINATOR franchise. From the 1984 original and “T2” a decade later, to the (perhaps less memorable) follow-ups from the two-thousands and beyond, the TERMINATOR franchise catalyzed the careers of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Michael Biehn and launched a pop culture juggernaut that to date includes 6 films, novels, a tv show, video games, comics, and a web series. Just what is it about the characters and concerns of this dystopian nightmare that has proved so compelling for audiences over the last 40 years? And what could it look like in the future as stars age and technology catches up to the AI promise of Skynet?

Time Stamps:
7:40 – Main discussion on the TERMINATOR franchise
58:36 – What’s your Freq Out?
* Caroline on the book Feminist AF by Britney Cooper, Chanel Craft Tanner, and Susana Morris
* Anita on the narrative fiction podcast Mother Hacker – directed by Amanda Lipitz, with voice acting by Carrie Coon, Pedro Pascal
* Ebony on season 4 of the podcast Fated Mates –
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Links Mentioned:
* FFR 29: “Invest in Sassy Droids” –
* FFR 108: Terminator: Dark Fate –

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