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Time for another round of podcast episode recs! Typically when a podcast is recommended to me, I’m a little overwhelmed and not sure where to start. Even with my own, I did a “recommended favorites so you can start here” list at the top of the page. And, btw, if you’re looking for more romance-focused podcasts to try, I have a page collecting them at RomancePodcasts.com.
So let’s talk podcast episodes that have been rocking our brains, shall we?
Coffee With My Ma – I binge-watched Letterkenny recently, which meant that I then started Googling the show and the actors. Kaniehtiio Horn, who plays Tanis, has a new podcast where her mother, radical Mohawk activist Kahentinetha Horn tells stories of her life.
And holy cow the stories. I’ve listened two the first two episodes so far, and both are fascinating as narratives and as a historical perspective on life in the 50s a young Mohawk woman, then as a radical activist and as a walking target (literally). But in addition to the perspective on Indigenous Canadian history from the point of view of one (incredible) person, what I love is the feeling of being invited into a family kitchen while there are stories being told, with laughter and outrage and excellent sarcasm. There are moments where Kaniehtiio or maybe one of her relatives says in the background, ‘Is this this story about that guy? I love this story!’ It’s a kind of intimacy that I find incredible and often unique to podcasts.
I’m not sure where I first heard about Dick Flicks, but I think it might have been on Friendshipping or on Double Love. Either way: feminist re-examination of classic “dude-centric” films? I’m in! The description speaks perfectly for itself: the show is “a podcast about examining movies geared toward (cis)men/dudes through the lens of queer feminism and humor!” Alternate description: “The podcast where queer ladies pick apart Dude Movies for bloodsport.”
And the host bios are tops, too: “Jenna Bradley is a standup comedian and full-time asexual panromantic boner-killer with a day job that she nearly quits on the reg,” and “Kathryn Burns is a bipolar, polyamorous, pansexual, cat-collecting novelist, feminist warlord, and wannabe programmer who uses entirely too many descriptors in the hopes that you’ll think she’s too busy and interesting to take two naps a day.” I don’t know if anything I could say in addition would top that. I listened to the episode on American Pie and nearly choke-laughed several times.
And finally, a podcast that was recently announced and I plotzed several times: Roxane Gay and Tressie McMillan Cottom have teamed up for a podcast called Hear to Slay: “a black feminist podcast, with an intersectional perspective on celebrity, culture, politics, art, life, love and more.” Guests will include Natasha Rothwell, Gabrielle Union, Audra McDonald, Sarah Paulson, Ava DuVernay, and Gloria Calderón Kellett.
The podcast is available on the Luminary podcast app, which is free, and also has a premium subscription for $7.99 per month. And if I’m reading correctly, this show will be part of the Luminary Originals, which are accessible only through the subscription service.
What podcast episodes are you really into lately? Any recommendations to share?
<div tabindex="-1"><b>spoiler title</b><div>Some spoilery content.</div></div>See here for a detailed explanation and caveats.
The last time
I wrote daily poems
you printed them
and paperclipped them
in a sheaf.
I was so grateful
that you saw me
even a little.
When I spotted them
on your bedside table
my cup overflowed.
What would you say
Maybe you'd be
exposing. Or maybe
you'd be glad
to be remembered.
Truth is, Mom,
I'm writing them
for me. The words
help me breathe,
help the channels
of my heart open
so that love
can pour through.
Dare I hope
that wherever you are
however you are
Oral argument this afternoon, big dumb movie tonight, so just a few things:
Cool rocks I found while out with the kids this weekend.
The kids making bunny ears with their bunny cake.
Max Gladstone gets meta (no spoilers) in the amusing The Conversation Tony Stark and Thanos Should Have Had.
thefourthvine asks what story you would like to get the Spider-Man treatment—rebooted every five years—with the caveat that you have to watch each version. I'm leaning toward something heist-y like Leverage or Ocean's 8, because I could always use more heists, but I'm still thinking about it. You?
Edit: also please see these pictures and then give me hair style advice?