His Dark Materials

We have a new podcast! Come listen to us talk about “His Dark Materials” with our friend Caitlin. For all the details visit the Measures of Truth homepage, then subscribe to the podcast in your favorite player!

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Alan Allstrom
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Anya and Alan discuss the hilarious, but very dark, best-selling novel “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. We discuss suicide, loneliness, and depression- so please take care to listen only if you are ready for those themes. Also we ask ourselves- “What would a ferret do in this situation?” and realize the correct way to live.

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A Knight's Tale

Alan tries to explain why he owes $400 to Blockbuster video, what William and Jocelyn are fighting about, and what Nietzsche would have thought about “A Knight’s Tale”. Yeah. Buckle in for some weirdness.

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Bend It Like Beckham

Just in time for the Women’s World Cup 2019, Anya and Alan discuss “Bend It Like Beckaham”. Anya’s favorite sleepover movie from high-school is all about third-culture kids, choice feminism, and wearing comfortable clothes. We talk about the big ship of this movie and how we need more sports movies about women.

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Aeon Flux

Anya and Alan talk about the 1990’s animated MTV show Aeon Flux created by Peter Chung. This is one of Alan’s favorite cult 90’s shows. We talk about four episodes, including one about a wall that divides two nations- which has nothing to do with American politics. At all…

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Anya and Alan talk about the Oscar Award winning Kung Fu film by Ang Lee, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. Alan’s favorite Kung Fu movie is actually a musical and Jen Yu is actually a Disney Princess. That’s right. We said it.

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Crazy for God

Anya and Alan talk about “Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back” by Frank Schaeffer. Anya read this memoir in College and is now sharing it with the world. We talk about Abortion, our personal spiritual backgrounds, and Masturbation. So much masturbation.


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Obvious Child

Anya and Alan tackle the very serious issues of Abortion, White Beauty Standards, and farting in your messy panties. We talk about the best Abortion Rom-Com ever made- Obvious Child. Anya made this movie the first date with the man she is currently engaged to- and we explore all the great characters, writing, and performances they saw that night.

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Pride

Anya and Alan welcome Jordan Magill for a special mini-sode about sexuality, identity, and pop-culture crushes.

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Brick

Anya and Alan welcome Joshua Unruh to talk about one his favorite Hard Boiled Detective movies- Brick from Writer and Director Rian Johnson. We talk about the difference between Noir vs Hard Boiled, low-budget camera tricks, and A Prairie Home Companion.

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Julie and Julia

Anya and Alan welcome Mandi Kaye Ottaway to talk about the book that changed her life, Julie and Julia: 365 days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell. Mandi tells us all about how this book inspired her to become the podcasting mogul she is today, her favorite lines from the book, and why the movie is not worth your time.

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Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood

Anya and Alan welcome Sarah (aka Other_Girl) to talk about the book that is required reading to understand her soul, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood. We discuss race in Southern Literature, cycles of abuse, and swiss cheese vs cheddar stories.

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The Paper Bag Princess

Jan Moffett visits Anya and Alan to talk about her favorite children's book- The Paper Bag Princess, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko. She reveals the story behind her tattoo, helps us preform a dramatic reading of the book, and commiserates over the difficulty of raising kids.

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Moonlighting

Lani Diane Rich visits Anya and Alan to talk about Moonlighting. She tells us all about what this show means to her, drops her latest narrative theory, and admits how much she hates- no loves- urgh, is just a sucker for those Han Solo and David Addison types.

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Wild Seed

Anya and Alan talk about Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. This is Alan's favorite book, and he has read it every year for decades. We talk about Prequels, misprinted paperback covers, and getting over trauma. 

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Kingdom of Heaven

Anya and Alan talk about Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut. We try to guess why studios are surprised by Ridley Scott, why critics thought this movie would enrage Muslims, and if it is better than Captain America: Civil War. 


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Me and You and Everyone We Know

Anya and Alan talk about Anya's favorite movie 'Me and You and Everyone We Know'. We try to figure out if anyone likes this movie the first time they see it, who the story is about, and if life has any meaning. Have you ever heard of a Hope Chest? Did you know that soup can never be digital? Listen and learn.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Part 2

Anya and Alan get serious and tell their stories about abuse and depression. We spoil the arc of the whole show as we dig through seasons 5-7. Please listen to the end to hear all of the stories people shared with us!

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