Category Archives: Podcasts

S2E5: Sherlock–A High Functioning Look at Sociopathy and Diagnoses


Welcome back! After the long break we’re back to examine Sherlock’s self proclaimed sociopathy–high functioning or otherwise. What else could be happening for Sherlock? Why does he advertise himself as a sociopath? Why do people (including Pebble and Blü) feel the need to diagnose others? Why is Blü upset with her otome game? Find out in today’s episode!

Podcast Notes:

Antisocial Personality Disorder- DSM diagnosis with traits that are often described as psychopathy or sociopathy. “The clinical version of someone who is (described as) a psychopath or a sociopath.” -Pebble

APA- American Psychological Association, a governing board that sets laws, conducts research, and outlines diagnostic criteria for mental health professionals.

Autism Spectrum Disorder- DSM diagnosis with specific traits, such as significant difficulties with social interaction, fixation on specific interests, and repetitive behavior.

DSM- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th Edition) is used by psychiatrist, doctors, and clinicians to diagnosis and refer to mental health diagnoses.

Lawful Neutral- A type of Alignment from the Dungeons and Dragons game that characterizes a players/characters ethics or moral leanings. In this case, Lawful Neutral implies that Sherlock works within a system of laws (sometimes his own) and is relatively trustworthy, but that he is often more concerned about his own needs/desires before others.

Otome- A type of  game geared towards women with elements of RPG (role playing game) and “choose your own adventure,” usually involving love/romantic plots in which the player is a main character.

Psychopath/Sociopath- Terms used by the media to express certain personality traits or acts of an individual. Following definitions as found on Google:

  • Psychopath-A person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.
  • Sociopath- A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder- DSM diagnosis with specific criteria, such as difficulty with communicating and understanding/reading social ques.

S2E4: The Walking Dead – Mentally Surviving the Zompocalypse

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 4 of Fandom Cracked!  In today’s episode, your hosts discuss what it might take to psychologically survive a zombie apocalypse (a.k.a. “a zompocalypse”).  Your hosts will look at various characters in the show “The Walking Dead,” using the concepts of the diathesis-stress model and resiliency as frameworks for analyzing how these characters have psychologically survived thus far in the series.

Podcast Notes:

  • Diathesis-Stress Model – A psychological theory that posits that a person’s psychological symptoms are a result of a combination of of having a predisposition to developing those symptoms and encountering a stressor significant enough to trigger the symptoms. (
  • Resiliency – the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress. (
  • Horticultural Therapy – A form of therapy that utilizes gardening in treatment (for more information on this type of therapy, visit

S2E3: Luke Cage–Mental Health in a Prison Setting

Episode 3 of this season brings us to the smash hit Netflix series, Luke Cage. Your hosts delve into Luke’s experience in prison and explore the effect of prison settings on mental health. Luke takes some serious hits (and not just physical ones) that leave him with some scars that even his super powers won’t heal.

Podcast Notes:

  • Hypersomnia – Sleeping too much, feeling extremely tired and needing more sleep despite having an adequate amount
  • Insomnia – Sleeping too little, feeling tired but often unable to sleep despite not having had enough sleep
  • Poor Hygiene/Poor Self Care – Not attending to the basic needs, such as not showering, not eating or over eating, not wearing clean clothes, lack of hair or nail grooming.
  • Self-Isolating – Removing yourself from situations in which you could have social interactions, avoiding social situations that you would usually find meaningful/pleasurable
  • Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!

S2E2: Stranger Things… than 80s nostalgia

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 2 of Fandom Cracked!  In today’s episode, your hosts discuss the ultra popular Netflix series, Stranger Things, and the complexities involved in enjoying something that brings up so much nostalgia for “the good ol’ days.”  In particular, we discuss the characterization of women in media, particularly the often depicted fear of women with power.

Podcast Notes:

  • D&D – Dungeons & Dragons, a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG).
  • Let us know if we missed anything by leaving a comment below, or using our contacts page.

S2E1: Suicide Squad and Portrayals of Domestic Violence

Welcome back for a new season of all things fandom! In this episode we talk portrayals of domestic violence as seen in the new movie from the DC universe, Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn and the Joker’s relationship is iconic, and portrays a different type of domestic violence than we have seen before. Did the movie do these criminal lovebirds justice? Find out in the brand new episode!

Podcast Notes:

None! Let us know if we missed anything by leaving a comment below, or using our contacts page.

Episode 16: Vampire Diaries – Bad Boy Obsession, Fan Girl Confession

Welcome to Episode 16 of Fandom Cracked!  In today’s episode, your hosts talk bad boys. Damon Salvatore is your typical bad boy and would be the first to tell you he’s a bad influence. But the negative reach of Damon and the other male figures of Mystic Falls may be more insidious than they know.  Pebble and Blü look at the increasingly negative impact that male expectations have on today’s generation through the popular CW show, The Vampire Diaries.

And…just so you all know, this is our final episode of the season!  We’ll be back in August 2016!  Feel free to send us your ideas for season 2 episodes or give us feedback on season 1 using our handy dandy contact page.

Podcast Notes:

None.  At least we don’t think there are.  If there is a term we mentioned that you’re not sure about, please contact us and we’ll post an updated notes section with a definition of the word/phrase.

Episode 15: What do you Meme?

Welcome to Episode 15 of Fandom Cracked!  Today, your hosts discuss memes!  Listen to find out what a meme is and your hosts thoughts on the good, the funny, the bad, and the ugly of internet memes!

Podcast Notes:

  • Meme – an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture (Merriam-Webster)
  • Internet Meme – a video, image, gif, tweet (basically, practically anything that can exist on the internet) that gains popularity and spreads from person to person through the internet.
  • Richard Dawkins – a well-known and controversial evolutionary biologist and atheist who coined the term “meme.”