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16 November 2015updated 03 Aug 2021 2:52pm

SRSLY #18: Home from home

On the pop culture podcast this week we discuss Aziz Ansari’s new show Master of None, the film adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn and the 2005 film Transamerica.  

By Caroline Crampton

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The Links

On Master of None

Aziz Ansari’s New Girlfriend Turned Him Into a Feminist.

Call Your Girlfriend on Master of None.

Emily Nussbaum on the surprising depth Ansari brings to the show.


The trailer for Brooklyn we didn’t like.

Julie Walters discussing her role on Graham Norton.

A good dissection of Saoirse Ronan’s performance in the film.


The trailer for the film.

Roger Ebert’s original review, in which he finds parallels between the character of Bree and a Jane Austen heroine.

This review highlights some of the problems with the film that we discussed.

Next week

Caroline is watching the children’s TV series Wishbone.

Your questions:

We loved reading out your emails this week. If you have thoughts you want to share on anything we’ve discussed, or questions you want to ask us, please email us on srslypod[at], or @ us on Twitter @srslypod, or get in touch via tumblr here. We also have Facebook now.


Eno – Burning Airlines Give You So Much More

Audimachine – Changing Heart

Our theme music is “Guatemala – Panama March” (by Heftone Banjo Orchestra), licensed under Creative Commons. 

See you next week!

PS If you missed #17, check it out here.