Loud Murmurs 小声喧哗

Loud Murmurs 小声喧哗

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Loud Murmurs is a podcast dedicated to a thoroughly modern interpretation of pop culture, brought to you by four bilingual and multicultural women (and their friends) who are (unapologetically) loud and have lots of opinions. In our episodes, we'll d...Show More
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S2 E7: Being Chinese, Female and Funny: A Conversation with Three Stand-up Comedians

47:14 | May 11th

We invited three talented ladies @MiaInChina, @xu_xiuzhong and Eva Hart to talk about the experience being Chinese women that tell jokes, and being paid to get on a stage to do so.
S2E6: "Love, Death & Robots" and Chinese Sci-fi's Golden Age

53:47 | Apr 15th

We discuss Netflix's "Love, Death & Robots" with acclaimed Chinese sci-fi writer Chen Qiufan, what we loved, disliked and couldn't stand.
S2E5: How Bohemian Rhapsody Rocked China in the 2000s

48:23 | Mar 26th

In today’s episode, we dive into the biopic that won Rami Malek an Oscar for best actor -- Bohemian Rhapsody. We invited scholar Chong Mu to join our hosts Diaodiao and Afra to discuss the movie’s mainstream approach to LGBT representation, understan...Show More
S2 E3: Oscar in 2019, transition, embarrassment, and highlights

34:52 | Mar 1st

Again, the Academy Award had come at this time in a year. Loud Murmurs took the chance to reflect this year's Oscar ceremony: what has changed? What hasn't? Despite the embarrassing "Best Picture," we also would love to appreciate the highlight momen...Show More
S2 E2: Roma, a masterpiece of microhistory

42:53 | Feb 28th

Joined by our friend and a Roma-hater Lierke, Loud Murmurs unveils the reception of this Oscar-winning masterpiece Roma in China and beyond. What is the resemblance between 70s Mexico and China, and why should we pay attention to its unique productio...Show More
S2 E1: Vice, a reconstruction of history that trolls you

38:38 | Feb 20th

As the award season is coming, Loud Murmurs will start to discuss a series of Oscar-nominated movie. Equipped with background knowledge about Bush's administration, we, in this episode, discussed the legacy of Dick Cheney and George W Bush. Other tha...Show More
Episode 22: holiday round-up: who are we? why do we care?

39:19 | Feb 5th

This episode is about……us!Loud Murmurs has produced more than 20 episodes, and this episode introduces the creators behind the podcast.We also discussed why Disney princesses' impact on us is problematic, and how to unlearn the subtle gender implicat...Show More
Episode 21: invention and tradition, see Christmas through the lens of pop culture

47:29 | Dec 24th, 2018

In this Christmas, Loud Murmurs’ holiday special talks about the history and origin of this worldwide celebration of consumerism and gift exchanging. Joined by talich, a famous writer and US politic watcher, we are going to breakdown the intertwined ...Show More
Episode 20: dystopian movie Gattaca and Chinese experiment with gene-edited babies

44:42 | Dec 4th, 2018

With the shocking news of Chinese researcher He Jiankui using CRISPR to edit human genes, a debate rose on the internet (in China and around the world) and paranoia around the gene-editing technology ensued. This episode of Loud Murmurs centers aroun...Show More
Episode 19: The tragedy of a beautiful boy

41:50 | Nov 16th, 2018

Beautiful Boy is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet. Your hosts Afra, Izzy, Diaodiao, and Ina brings you the latest episode of Loud Murmurs on 'Beautiful Boy,' where w...Show More
Episode 18: Searching - the thriller film in this age

34:33 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Searching is a thriller film directed by American director Aneesh Chaganty. Set entirely on smartphones and computer screens, this film gained fame through its unique storytelling. Hosted by Afra, Izzy, and Ina, this episode of Loud Murmurs focuses o...Show More
Episode 17: BoJack Horseman and existential nihilism in Chinese context

1:07:00 | Oct 26th, 2018

This episode is joined by our old friend, Santu, who earned his philosophy Ph.D. at Columbia University and now a J.D candidate at Yale University, and our new friend, Mr. Qian, who's also pursuing his degree at Yale University. In this episode, we r...Show More
Episode 16: Crazy Rich Asians - A Tale of Two Generations of Immigrants

56:40 | Sep 17th, 2018

Today we are joined by Tony (weibo: @没有羊先生) and Xiaozi (weibo: @少年字) for a discussion on the all-Asian cast blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians. The movie received stellar ratings amongst critics and audiences alike, and is acclaimed as a major step toward...Show More
Episode 15: Incredibles 2 and New Gender Norms

40:03 | Aug 19th, 2018

Today, hosts Ina and Afra are joined by our guest Lin Santu, scholar and real-life dad, to talk about Pixar's action animation Incredibles 2. It's been 14 years since the first Incredibles, what has changed in how the movie portrays family dynamics, ...Show More
Episode 14: Pop Culture In the Age of #MeToo

1:06:40 | Aug 13th, 2018

Today, the four hosts of Loud Murmurs discuss a rather serious subject: pop culture in the age of the #MeToo movement. We start with the anti-sexual harassment movement in Hollywood, to how #MeToo has spread from the west to the east and how it takes...Show More
Episode 13: Westworld Season Finale

41:17 | Jul 23rd, 2018

In Episode 13, we welcome back your host Diao Diao and our good old friend Dongze (Steven) to discuss the end of the fantastic show that is Westworld. Our dynamic duo covers the human v. host consciousness, biblical references throughout the season, ...Show More
Episode 12: Ocean's 8's Lady Gang

46:17 | Jul 12th, 2018

The ladies of Loud Murmurs watched Oceans 8 and we could not be more enthusiastic to talk about this movie with badass women leads! Hope you enjoy!我们在这集播客里除了吹捧各位女主角之外,也反思了我们建立这个播客的源问题。电影,乃至整个娱乐业,都长期是被男性话语权主宰。电影中的女性角色往往是为亚当创造的夏娃,作为被观察、欣赏、投射价值判断的客体存在。女...Show More
Episode 11: Westworld: Shogun World, The Turing Test, and Ducks

40:23 | Jun 18th, 2018

Your favorite Westworld recap/deep dive is back! This is our 11th episode and we are more excited than ever to talk about new plot twists in Season Two of this show. Your host Diao Diao and our good old friend Dongze (Steven) discuss their take on ar...Show More
Episode 10: Remembering Anthony Bourdain, food, culture and home

43:32 | Jun 14th, 2018

This is a special episode by Loud Murmurs, where we remember the legacy of chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain. Host Izzy, Ina and our guest, food blogger Duan Wangye, talk about what food means to them and why it has everything to do with cult...Show More
Episode 9: The Death of Stalin (amongst other things)

57:39 | May 31st, 2018

In this week's episode, your hosts Diao Diao and Afra are joined by their dear friend (and fellow comrade)Mr. Zhu to discuss the hilarious political satire comedy, Death of Stalin. We dive deep into the political history of the former U.S.S.R. and ho...Show More
Episode 8: Plunging into Westworld

35:25 | May 11th, 2018

For our 8th episode, we shift our attention to the ever-so-popular TV show Westworld, and really take a deep plunge into the multiple worlds (we hope you know this already) of Delos' theme park, the complicated plot, and how the show touches on philo...Show More
Episode 7: Isle of Dogs and how much does Wes Anderson really love Japan?

50:51 | Apr 27th, 2018

In our latest episode, five dog lovers chat enthusiastically about Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs." Your usual hosts and their friend Daniel dives deep into the world of Wes Anderson and share our thoughts on how his latest film can be seen as problema...Show More
Episode 6: Shape Of Water

36:00 | Apr 13th, 2018

In our latest episode, we finally chat about "The Shape of Water." Your hosts Afra, Diaodiao, and Ina talk about what they like and don't like about the Oscar-winning film. 这期的小声喧哗是姗姗来迟的对今年奥斯卡最佳电影《水形物语》的讨论。这部电影拿奖之后,几位主播们的朋友圈都一片哗然。然而这部电影在国内的评价似乎都很正面,于...Show More
Episode 5: 'Queer Eye' in a New Age

1:00:26 | Apr 5th, 2018

In our latest episode, we chat about Netflix's new hot (in every aspect) show: 'Queer Eye.' Your hosts Afra, Izzy, and Ina chat with our friends Bing and Lena (our very own 'Fab 5') about our favorite people and moments from the show, the history of ...Show More
Episode 4: Black Panther: Marvel's new superhero, Afrofuturism, and what this all means in China

49:50 | Mar 20th, 2018

In this episode, Izzy and Diao Diao chat with our dear friend Luke about Black Panther. Aside from fangirling over Michael B. Jordan, we discuss the theme of Afrofuturism in the movie and dive into how the Chinese audience interpret Marvel's newest h...Show More
Episode 2: Finding Love In A Hopeless Place

1:10:33 | Mar 9th, 2018

Today we continue our discussion of the Oscars nominees for Best Picture: Phantom Thread and Call Me By Your Name. These are two vastly different films in how they interpret and portray love and intimate relationships. Hope you enjoy!Your Hosts: Afra...Show More
Episode 3: The Best and Worst of the 90th Oscars

38:44 | Mar 6th, 2018

In this episode, Izzy and our dear friend Vincent chat about the 90th Oscars ceremony that took place on Sunday, March 4th. For better or for worse, we look at some of the most memorable moments of the 3-hours-and-50-minute long show, from Frances Mc...Show More
Episode 1: The Oscars Nominees -- Coming of Age, Tension, and Revenge

53:20 | Mar 3rd, 2018

In our first episode, we chat about the upcoming 90th Academy Awards (aka the Oscars), offer our take on the award and why it matters (or not really), and dive into discussion on three films: Ladybird, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, and G...Show More