Triple Take bonus: Is ‘The Little Mermaid’ appropriate for young girls?

Triple Take is officially on hiatus as the guys make some changes after my departure from the show. But surprise! Sometimes the mic is live even when we’re not supposed to be recording, and that means our ridiculous between-segment arguments are preserved for posterity (or until I hit delete).

John’s episode got us talking about Disney movies, and that brought up a touchy point: I think “The Little Mermaid” is a terrible, anti-feminist story. John, however, will defend almost anything Disney-related. That resulted in a lively debate–and the guys yelling over me when I tried to make a point about patriarchy. (When I pointed this out–laughing–they noted that they yell over each other. It’s true. They love debate, it’s not about trying to silence me.)

Enjoy a peek into our behind-the-scenes conversation. The guys will be back with more episodes of Triple Take soon.

Triple Take bonus: Are Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana classic rock?

Triple Take is officially on hiatus as the guys make some changes after my departure from the show. But surprise! Sometimes the mic is live even when we’re not supposed to be recording, and that means our ridiculous between-segment arguments are preserved for posterity (or until I hit delete).

When Matthew Mayfield joined us to talk about Guns N’ Roses, the conversation turned to rebellion and classic rock. (Can’t say I’m surprised.) Cohost Matt Scalici argued that GNR is the newest band that can be played on classic rock radio stations–and that declaration prompted lively debate.

Here’s the thing: Nirvana is more recent, Nirvana is sometimes played on classic rock stations and I cuss whenever I hear it. My definition of “classic” rock? Something that was popular before I was old enough to appreciate it.

Yeah, so this bonus episode is mostly John Hammontree reminding the rest of the group that he’s young while Matt, Matthew and I reminisce about watching Nirvana videos on MTV.

Triple Take 30: Carla Jean Whitley

What’s your favorite book? Is it also the book that’s had the greatest influence on you?

That’s a question guests must consider before appearing on Triple Take, the podcast where we discuss how books, albums and films shape us. Each of our hosts has contemplated this question, as well, and we’ve learned firsthand what a difficult task it is.

When I started to think about it, I assumed I’d speak about Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.” It’s been my favorite book since ninth grade, and I’ve been fortunate to write about it quite a bit in recent years. But as I mulled over this question, I realized a surprising truth: TKAM isn’t the book that shaped me. The book that holds that honor came along much earlier in my development: “Little Bear” by Else Holmelund Minarik, which I first remember reading at age 4.

This episode marks my final appearance on Triple Take. I’ve relocated to Colorado, and while I’m excited for the adventure ahead, I’ll miss both this show and my home state. If you’d like to keep up with what’s ahead, you can find me at carlajeanwhitley.com, and I hope you’ll follow my cohosts Matt Scalici and John Hammontree at AL.com. In the meantime, let’s talk about “Little Bear,” Nickel Creek’s self-titled album and “When Harry Met Sally.”

On “Little Bear” by Else Holmelund Minarik:

“In my mind, it kind of started everything for me. I don’t know how to live without reading. I think my career as a writer is born of my love of reading. That is a chicken-egg argument, but I think that’s the way it goes. For 31 years now, this book has been important to me.”

On “Reasons Why” from Nickel Creek’s self-titled album: 

“To me, that song really relates to my depression, which remained undiagnosed until I was 30. But it has come up in some significant ways in different points of my life. I first noticed my depression when I was 14, and then the year after I graduated was a really tough one. And man, I played that song on repeat for sometimes six or seven hours at a time because I identified so strongly with it.”

On “When Harry Met Sally”:

“We only know other people so much as our experience intersects with them. We only know the pieces we allow each other to see. But over a period of 10 years, they see a lot. It’s a beautiful thing, the ups and the downs–but they choose the ups.”

In this interview, I reference a couple of think pieces about “When Harry Met Sally.” They are “When ‘Harry’ Met ‘Annie'” by Mark Harris, which appeared on Grantland,  and “Revisiting ‘When Harry Met Sally’ with the actress who played Alice” on Vulture, by Lisa Jane Persky.

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Triple Take 29: Matt Scalici

He’s spent most of his career in sports journalism, but Matt Scalici’s passion is film. He loves sports, don’t get me wrong, but if he’s going to strike up a debate or look for some down-time viewing, you better believe it’ll be movie related.

You get a taste of that on each episode of Triple Take, of course, as Scalici interviews guests about the films that have influenced them. He’s also editor of FilmNerds.com, where he’s part of the Film Nerds Unlimited podcast.

And on the latest episode of Triple Take, Scalici speaks about the book, album and film that have had the greatest role in his life. His selections: “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis, “Hunky Dory” by David Bowie and the Charlie Chaplin classic “Modern Times.”

On “The Screwtape Letters”:

“It takes work to keep being a good person because the natural way things play out is going to keep challenging you and keep trying to redirect you away from good things and away from being a positive person. In a way, you have to keep going out there and fighting to be a positive person every day.”

On “Hunky Dory”:

“I think it gave people who felt weird and ostracized this kind of sense that, ‘I’m not the only one here, and I’m actually on the ascendency. There’s going to be more of me than there are other people soon.'”

On “Modern Times”:

“I think everybody, if you’re concerned about the future of the country or the direction things seem to be heading, I would highly encourage you to go watch ‘Modern Times’ or ‘The Great Dictator’ because they are movies that will acknowledge your fears or anxieties, but also give you a reason to be hopeful about things.”

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