Fansplaining (podcast)

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Podcast
Title: Fansplaining
Created by: Elizabeth Minkel and Flourish Klink
Date(s): July 2015-
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External Links: Fansplaining — About, Archived version
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Fansplaining is a podcast series by Elizabeth Minkel and Flourish Klink.

The first podcast was July 2015.

Each episode includes fannish commentary by Minkel and Klink, an interview with one or more fans, and occasional responses to questions fans have asked.

Each episode includes a written transcript and show notes.

About

Fansplaining is a podcast about fandom: not a fandom, but fandom and fan culture in general. How are fans making an impact on pop culture? On industry? How has fandom changed over the years? And what truly is the best fanvid ever? Fansplaining features fan, academic, and entertainment industry guests, and it’s hosted by Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel. New episodes come out every two weeks. [1]

Its Inception

The podcast grew out of a panel at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015. Flourish and I had never met but we wound up on the same (too-large) panel of people who straddled the intersection between creators and fans. Our go-to line is that everyone on the panel was having a different conversation—but Flourish and I were having the same one. Afterwards she approached me about starting a podcast; I laughed and said sure, why not, assuming this was the sort of throwaway suggestion you make at a party. But Flourish was not kidding: a few days after we flew back from San Diego, we were having a long and very business-like call where we were setting up the whole thing.

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The Podcasts

Special Episodes

Periodic special episodes are made available for Patreon subscribers only.

  • Fansplaining Special Episode #1: "Harry Potter and the Curse of the Neverending Canon"
  • Fansplaining Special Episode #2: "Primary Colors"
  • Fansplaining Special Episode #3: "Fanfiction Book Club #1"
  • Fansplaining Special Episode #4: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
  • Fansplaining Special Episode #5 "Brooklyn 99"
  • Fansplaining Special Episode #6: "The Good Place"

Reactions and Reviews

An Informative Delight: by Alcloxa -- Elizabeth and Flourish grapple with the nature of fandom culture. No easy task since it represents the passions of millions of people in arts, sports, and media. The approach it with humor, zest, and their own keep observations. The guests are engaging and insightful.[3]
Great Podcast Discussing Diverse Fandoms: by mlfh23 -- I found the Fansplaining podcast a few weeks ago through their joint show with SRSLY, and I’ve been listening to all the back episodes in my spare time. It’s definitely one of my new favorites. Flourish and Elizabeth are both smart and savvy podcasters who have consistently interesting things to say about fandom at large. I love the way they talk broadly about fan issues without making you feel left out if you aren’t a part of a particular fandom.[4]
Thoughtful and fun: by Tegansblueworld -- This is my favorite fan culture podcast. They dig into some interesting issues. [5]
Its hosts Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel get so much right with this podcast. It is, as they note in this interview, not the place you go to get fan theories about Game of Thrones, not that there's anything wrong with that. They are doing what fans call Meta, asking big questions about how fandom works, who gets included or excluded from fandom, how fans intersect with the industry or journalism, why fans do what they do -- in other words, it is about fandom culture and its practices, not about the shows fans love. They may have Orlando Jones as a guest one week and an academic studying race and fandom the next. They work hard to insure a diverse and inclusive representation of fandom, week by week, and in the process, they often help me to discover new and emerging perspectives in the field who had not crossed my radar in any other way. I do not know how they do it -- stay some far ahead on the trends and consistently call attention to new voices and new ideas. They often allow room for graduate students and junior scholars who are not yet being heard elsewhere, and in the process, they are helping to define the next generation of researchers in this space. [6]

References

  1. Fansplaining — About, Archived version
  2. The Multiplicity and Diversity of Fandom: An Interview with Fansplaining's Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel (2017)
  3. iTunes
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  5. iTunes
  6. comment by Henry Jenkins in his intro to The Multiplicity and Diversity of Fandom: An Interview with Fansplaining's Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel (2017)