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A raw, unscripted take on how our community houses relationship violence as the “norm.” Brian and Erika discuss and dissect the foundation of all relationship violence and how we only see it when it’s too late and Griff and Nora break down the normalization of violence within the media and popular culture.
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Miss Media- Movies That Sleigh!
Season's greetings! Join Griff and Nora for a special holiday episode of Miss Media, where they discuss the "holi-date" trope and new media that makes them jolly! 
December 18, 2020
Miss Media- Media We're Thankful For
It's the season for gratitude! Join Griff, Nora, and Jackie as they give thanks to the media that represents us and shapes who we are.
November 27, 2020
Miss Media- Horrific Television
Its our final spooky episode! Join Griff, Nora, and special guest Ana Sanchez-Brown as they travel into The Upside Down to discuss various spooky television shows and the impact they have on a generation's beliefs and ideals.
October 30, 2020
Miss Media- Misogyny in Horror Part 2
"Don't run up the stairs!" "Don't answer that phone!" "Why doesn't she run away or fight back?" If you're a fan of horror movies, you may have said these phrases a few times while watching.  Join Griff, Nora, and Ana as they continue dissecting the role of women in horror and how its stereotypes can affect real life victims of violence.
October 23, 2020
Miss Media- Misogyny in Horror Part 1
The "final girl", the damsel in distress, the "ditzy" best friend... Horror is filled with such tropes and negative stereotypes about women. How do these tropes reflect our society and, in turn, affect our society? Join Griff, Nora, and special guest Ana-Sanchez Brown for a deep dive into the culture of horror as a genre and ask the question: What is REALLY scary?
October 16, 2020
Miss Media- Women as Villains
“Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who is the fairest one of all?” In our media, villainous men are often shown striving for money and power, while villainous women are motivated by jealousy and vanity. What does this trope reflect about our society? Join Griff, Nora, and Ana for a discussion on the role women play as villains in pop culture.
October 9, 2020
Miss Media- Folklore in Hispanic Culture
La Llorona, La Curandera, La Bruja... Many of us here in South Texas are familiar with these Hispanic icons. But what messages about gender are these tales sending to our society? Join Griff, Nora, and special guest Ana Sanchez-Brown for an in-depth look at the Hispanic folktales we grew up with- And how we can relay these tales to the upcoming generations.
October 2, 2020
Get uncomfortable! The goal is to move on from what we knew was true.
Brian and Erika discuss and recap on today’s damaging relationship attitudes and its tie back to a systematic competitive nature in our society.  Is it time to let these competitive attitudes go?  Yes, because the future is watching!
July 10, 2020
Violence.... why we really use it?
Exploring violence in context.  Brian and Erika discuss the many defenses, justifications, and rationalizations people use when describing their use of violence.  Is violence always necessary?  Does it differ from men and women?
June 26, 2020
The Reality of Reality TV
We are all a little guilty of binge watching bad reality TV from time to time, but what are we really taking away from these shows? This week on Miss Media, Grif, Nora and Brittany discuss the world of reality TV and how these shows may hurt the way that we look at relationships.
June 19, 2020
Youth? Dating? Violence? This can't be real!
Relationship violence in junior high? Brian and Erika interview 14 year-old, Via, who discusses her experiences with relationships in junior high. Be prepared to hug your kiddos tonight, or better yet, give them the floor... and listen! 
June 12, 2020
Society, family, and even friends tell you ‘How to be a Man!’ But why?
Brian and Erika discuss “manhood” and where young men first receive these messages.  In this episode, we dive deep into discussion about why men are not “allowed” to cry and why there seems to be a consistent race to the top of proving “manhood.”  Does this help or hurt young men?
May 29, 2020
Miss Media: Romanticization of Serial Killers
Griff, Nora and Brittany discuss the sick and twisted way that Hollywood uses celebrity sex symbols to play serial killers to romanticize violence against women.
May 22, 2020
Societal rules for being a woman. But, why?
Just when we got used to hearing about 'rules' for dating, what about 'rules' on how to act "like a woman"? Brian and Erika interview Tori Foss, a graduate student and president of the Islander Feminists organization at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. In this episode, we all dive down into hard discussions and finally throwing those 'rules' out of our vocabulary!
May 15, 2020
Miss Media: Sexual Violence as Drama in Film
Did you know that about 95% of the films you’ve ever seen have been directed by men? Griff and Nora discuss the problematic portrayals of sexual violence in film, how it hurts survivors and society, and how we can make change.
May 8, 2020
Beliefs? Relationships? Or both? It's always both!
Brian and Erika break down the belief wheel. We have an attitude, we have beliefs, and these get packed with us when we travel to the dating realm! So where did dating beliefs come from anyway? What are we still hanging onto?
May 1, 2020
Miss Media: The Treatment of Women in Entertainment
Griff and Nora discuss the way women and girls are treated in Hollywood. From 18th birthday countdowns to women filmmakers, join us for a real conversation about celebrities and our society.
April 24, 2020
So let’s break this down to the core…attitudes!
Brian and Erika try and troubleshoot the correct definition for “attitudes.”  We all have them!  Yes, even you!  But how does this play out when we enter the dating realm?
April 17, 2020
Tiger King: Dissecting this monarchy’s abuse of power and control
The Netflix docuseries, Tiger King, is all the rave right now among the younger populations and Miss Media is here to break down the less discussed running theme in Tiger King: sexual abuse and domestic violence.
April 10, 2020
“The Couple Disagreement. Is it the topic or the attitude?”
Brian and Erika discuss relationship conflict, everyone argues!  And, we all get pissed when it happens!  But do we all use abuse?  We don’t.  So then where does it come from?
April 3, 2020
“Leave toxic relationships behind…but what’s healthy?” A Valentine’s Day Special
Brian and Erika discuss the rare and often overlooked conversation about toxic behaviors…what’s the opposite of toxic?  And, did we ever really learn it? 
February 14, 2020
Aggression, expectations, and the rightful ability to just self-partner.
Brian and Erika tackle listener’s feedback by breaking down rejection aggression, why the “nasty” come backs?  Also, do expectations really destroy a relationship?  And is it just better to self-partner?
December 27, 2019
Where did these dating trends come from?
Brian and Erika talk about troubling dating trends and why they’re popping up now.  Is it new, is it a 90’s thing, or was Shakespeare a love bomber, too?
December 20, 2019
Got Holiday Stress?
Brian and Erika discuss common family grievances and the best self-care practices.
December 13, 2019
...and this is why we stopped talking. The horrors of web communication.
Brian and Erika rummage through a bottomless archive of social media messages, responses and texts outlining today's major issues with web-based dating. Has it really changed the dating scene? Or is it the same old scene with a fancy makeover? 
December 6, 2019
Responding to the DTR...
Going from “sorta been hangin’ out” to defining the relationship….who’d rather grab a burger?  Brian and Erika debate the whys’ and hows’ of giving that relationship a status.  Is it worth it?  Or would you rather just pick up food instead?
November 29, 2019
What's the deal with hookups? Part II
So why do people hook-up anyway?  Is this a thing?  Brian and Erika discuss different reasons people hook-up and how common it really is.
November 22, 2019
They've been together long enough to know...
They’ve been together long enough to know… What is a happy ending in a relationship?  And how does it go from bliss to trash?  Brian and Erika break down the most popular relation”ship” sinkers in the history of time.
November 15, 2019
We've sorta been hangin' out..
We’ve sorta been hangin’ out Let’s be clear….this is NOT a friend.  This is an intimate partner who has not defined the relationship.  Brian and Erika rummage through life’s mysteries of why humans prolong the DTR
November 8, 2019
Are we friends, are we more?
Are we friends, are we more? Oh, the most crappy thing to hear….”the friend zone.”  But to who?  Women, men, or society?  Brian and Erika try and solve why this comes up as an issue in dating
November 1, 2019
What's the deal with hookups?
What’s the deal with hook-ups? Can you ever really just hook-up?  Brian and Erika debate over the controversial “hook-up” narrative…is it wrong, is it fun, is it dangerous?
October 25, 2019
Whats up with these "rules" for dating?
What’s up with these “rules” for dating? Some call them “standards” others call them “qualities.”  Brian and Erika debate which is correct.
October 18, 2019
What are relationships, really?
What are relationships, really? Because, really…what are they and how do they start?  Brian and Erika try and solve the dramatized mysteries of  “how they met…is it romantic or a nightmare?”
October 11, 2019