Episode #5 – Bargain Store Panties


The ethics of fashion. There’s no way this topic, discussed by us, could contain itself to a segment or a portion of an episode of FOI. No, we need a full hour — at least — to even begin to cover this ground. What kind of responsibilities do the we (those who are privileged enough to have the means to decorate our bodies beyond the necessity of simply covering them) have in interacting with fashion? Points include:

-Why you can’t attack the less materially wealthy for choosing quantity and price over quality

-We fat people don’t get a complete pass, but there are some extenuating circumstances for us

-Some affordable yet sustainable options for all sizes

-Jenny’s good intentions for the near future

Fashion and politics, together… at last again as always!


Putting an End to Fast Fashion in Your Wardrobe [Jezebel]

Could a Fatty Spend $150K on Clothes if She Wanted To? [Shapely Prose]

The Uniform Project

Selena Eon [Etsy]

Jane Bon Bon [Etsy]

Cotton Ginny

The Song at the End: “Bargain Store Panties” by Little Miss Higgins. [iTunes]

Photo credit: vistavision

Episode #4 – Papas in the Kitchen


-The white-washing of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and a side-discussion about cultural appropriation in Firefly and the fact that the evil sea witch Ursula from The Little Mermaid remains a fat icon because the pickings are so scarce.

-Latest word that the film adaptation of Twilight: Breaking Dawn probably and disappointingly won’t depict the graphic birth/death/vampiring scene as written in the book.

-In honour of Father’s Day, we talk about some TV dads: mostly good, a couple bad.


-SNL Digital Short: “Dear Sister” [Double Agent]

Subscribing to the FOI feed

I’ve submitted FOI to iTunes so hopefully soon it will be listed in their podcast directory. Until then, you can still subscribe using iTunes by going Advanced -> Subscribe to Podcast and entering the following:


I had posted a different feed in the early days of the podcast, so if you’re still using the one that has a ? mark in it, switch to this one and it should all work fine.

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled non-boring stuff. Here, have a baby in a Care Bear costume.

Episode #3 – The Captured Imagination

The content of this week’s episode is somewhat fluffier than what’s gone before, and we are more than OK with that.


-Cynara just saw the new Apatow-produced movie Get Him to the Greek, starring fave fatty Jonah Hill, and she has her review. Plus: a little bit of love for the (in our opinion, unfairly) backlashed Diablo Cody.

Kate (minus Jon) + 8 is back on the air, and we talk a bit about the trials and tribulations of la famille Gosselin, up to and including reminiscences about the hairstyle that captured an international imagination.

-Coming soon to your television: Winnipeg-reared WWE wrestler Chris Jericho hosts Downfall. It’s probably a sign of our society’s coming demise. Also: Jimmy Fallon’s ratings have dropped since last year; lamenting the networks who quickly axe underperforming but quality programs; our speculation on the eventual evolution of Joss Whedon (he will leave the physical plane); Cynara has a few props for The Good Wife, which Jenny pledges to watch on DVD over the summer.

-Milla Jovovich is in Winnipeg! Shooting a movie! Famous person in a small city! We get excited about this stuff! Also, the movie she’s shooting sounds (quite strangely for a Milla Jovovich movie) interesting.

-Cynara talks about the Fiske Matters 2010 conference, and how John Fiske’s mid-century pop culture theory is still relevant.

The part of the Provencher Bridge known as the Esplanade Riel, soon to be featured in a Major Motion Picture


“Woman in jeopardy” [Winnipeg Free Press]

Hashtag archive for Fiske 10 [Twapper Keeper]

Midweek Special – Episode #2.1 – Tyra vs. The Pot Belly

We ran super long on the last ‘cast, and as a result, some SOLID GOLD had to be cut. That gold included Cynara’s recap of Friday’s Tyra, which featured male pot bellies and the (conventionally attractive) women who love them.

Pot Belly Lineup


Friday’s Show: The Next Sex Symbol: Pot-Bellied Men

Fatties on Ice #2 – Too Long; Didn’t Listen


-Our “conquistadorafail”

-Late Late Adventures with Isabel Allende and Craig Ferguson

-the newly knighted Patrick Stewart; Renaissance Man Bryan Batt

-Bust Magazine’s curious omission (a.k.a. Tilda Swinton and PetitionGate)

-Sinkholes and macros

-a tribute to Rue McClanahan.


Patrick Stewart talks about domestic violence [YouTube]

House Hippo PSA [YouTube]


Our new theme music is “Calcutta” by Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra.