Acclaimed podcast hosts Jenny Owen Youngs and Kristin Russo share the launch of their new series, The eX-Files, an X-Files rewatch podcast produced by Buffering: A Rewatch Adventure, part of the ongoing collection of rewatch podcasts under the duo’s creative direction. The pilot episode will premiere March 29, with new episodes to follow every Wednesday—including “Deep Throat” (April 2), “Squeeze” (April 12) and “Conduit” (April 26) —and will be available wherever you listen to your podcasts.
Youngs and Russo’s Buffering: A Rewatch Adventure collective also announced that it has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which will help expand the property in the podcasting space, as well as create opportunities in live events and other areas.
On The eX-Files
, Youngs—who grew up on a steady diet of Mulder and Scully—and Russo—who’s never seen it—dig into every episode of the seminal 90s sci-fi, The X-Files
, spoiler free, one at a time. The podcast’s namesake—The eX-Files
spelled with an “e”—is a credit to the duo’s relationship: in addition to being longtime business partners, Youngs and Russo are also ex-wives. The new series finds Youngs and Russo at their very best, as they engage in critical discussions on aliens, actors and 90s nostalgia through a queer and feminist lens. They will hold an “Episode 0” live stream launch party, where fans can find out all the podcasters have planned for their newest rewatch adventure on March 19
—see more information and purchase tickets here
Youngs and Russo’s first project—what started as a podcast venture between a married couple to explore every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer—turned into a pop culture phenomenon that sold out live shows across the country. Their infectious chemistry, coupled with their joyful and empathetic exploration of story, earned Buffering the Vampire Slayera spot on the top of rewatch podcast lists from The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Time, and more.
Singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs has released numerous albums and EPs, including last year’s It’s Dangerous to Go Alone, and has toured worldwide with the likes of Regina Spektor, Frank Turner, Aimee Mann, among others. She recently co-wrote the chart topping, five-time platinum single “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco, as well as co-writing with Ingrid Michaelson, Pitbull, Briston Maroney, Shungudzo and others. Her solo music has been featured on TV shows such as Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, Nurse Jackie, Bojack Horseman and has seen praise from The AV Club, The New York Times, Stereogum and NPR.
Kristin Russo is a writer, educator and consultant with a focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) issues. She is the author of This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids (Chronicle, 2014) and founded the educational website My Kid Is Gay. She also worked as host and producer of First Person, a video series on gender and sexuality from PBS Digital and WNET. She holds a Master’s in Gender Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, has spoken at hundreds of universities nationwide—Harvard, Stanford and NYU included—and works with large-scale companies like Hyatt, Virgin Galactic, and Toyota on allyship & inclusion.
Praise for Buffering the Vampire Slayer…
“Kristin Russo and Jenny Owen Youngs have built a joyously creative labor of love, obsessing over every beat of Buffy with enthusiasm while also acknowledging the show’s blind spots and troubling elements”—Esquire
“…it’s Jenny Owen Youngs and Kristin Russo’s original-song-laden, queer-reading, joyful-community-building Buffy the Vampire Slayer rewatch project, Buffering the Vampire Slayer, that most exquisitely reflects the heights that critical pop culture podcasts, at least in the 2010s, could reach.”—Paste
“Buffy The Vampire Slayer is a show that always managed to temper its inherent campiness with feminist overtones, and the hosts of the recap podcast Buffering The Vampire Slayer capture that balance perfectly.”—AV Club
“…they come at it with a hefty dose of hindsight, critical theory, and laughs…it’s all utterly fascinating.”—Bustle
SEASON 1: THE EX-FILES
March 29—Episode 1—“Pilot”
April 5—Episode 2—“Deep Throat”
April 12—Episode 3—“Squeeze”
April 26—Episode 4—“Conduit”
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