Tully is the third collaboration of writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman and its the story of motherhood. Charlize Theron plays expectant mother, Marlo. It is the birth of this third child that seems to push Marlo to a breaking point. While she and her husband seem to resent the gift of a night nanny from Marlo’s brother, her exhaustion (and possibly a run-in with a college roommate) allows her to hire Tully as a night nanny to help her sleep through the night. What is the film telling us about nostalgia, motherhood, or authenticity?

Featuring host Erroll Southers and guests Alex Ago, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, and Lt. Col. Olivia Nelson.

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Darkest Hour (film, PPR episode)
Dallas Buyers Club
Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy
Paid Family Leave and Work-Life Balance in Today’s America
Fight Club
Sixth Sense
The first two in the Diablo Cody, Jason Reitman trilogy: Juno Young Adult
Octopodes (they keep popping up: here, here, here, and here)


Mental Health Resources



Special thanks to Dean Jack Knott, USC Price; Dean David Bridel, USC School of Dramatic Arts; and Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC Cinematic Arts for their support of this interdisciplinary conversation. 

This podcast was produced by Aubrey Hicks and Jonathan Schwartz, recorded and mixed by The Brothers Hedden, Ryan & Corey Hedden.

Aubrey Hicks is the Executive Director at the Bedrosian Center, where she oversees day-to-day operations and strategic planning for the Center. She was the Managing Editor, Journal of Public Policy. Prior to joining the Bedrosian Center, Aubrey was the Program Coordinator at The POGIL Project, a national professional development organization for educators. She also served as an academic reference librarian and worked in marketing and administration at Elsevier Science and Cornell University Press. She holds a degree in English from Moravian College and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Jonathan Schwartz Jonathan Schwartz has spent over 10 years in the corporate video space with a specialization in production and marketing to fully realize, protect, and enhance a company’s brand through video. Projects that Jonathan has produced/directed have been featured in national marketing campaigns - distributed both on the web and broadcast television. Jonathan also has an extensive technical background which he leverages to build state of the art and award winning digital delivery systems. Currently, Jonathan is the Director of Video Productions and Operations at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy where he has designed and implemented cost-effective streaming and video solutions/workflows which has allowed the University to reduce costs and bring production in-house. Jonathan came to USC from Celebrity Cruises, where he designed and implemented their on-board closed circuit IP-TV station / delivery system for their Solstice Class of ships. Jonathan also has a passion for the narrative space, and produces / directs short films that are often featured in film festivals around the country. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California - School of Cinematic Arts.