Friendship is great and lovely and wonderful... until it's not. Courtney, from The Cult of Domesticity podcast, tells her not-happily-ever-after story...View Details

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Unless you die young -- thereby creating extra grief for your loved ones -- you will experience grief. We all do. It's awful.I'm joined by my friend A...View Details

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It's a podcast in which I podcast about podcasting... with from Allyson from Dumb and Busted.Shoutouts to Karla (Go Postal) and Tara and Barney (Blood...View Details

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Sometimes you already enjoy someone's personality, and then suddenly you realize they're a complete badass. This time, I thought Danielle (Hoosier Ho...View Details

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Sometimes it takes a while to get to know someone, to get comfortable enough to talk about difficult topics or open up about personal history.Other ti...View Details

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100th episode. 200,000+ downloads. One-year podversary.Holy crap, I'm celebrating a lot.I did an Ask Me Anything on Facebook live video last week, whi...View Details

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Mike Fallek returns, but this time with minimal pet history. Instead, we talk about the relative prevalence of sex and violence in Western society, an...View Details

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How do you cope, if you're sad or hurt or scared or angry? What about if someone is making you feel that way on purpose? Stalking is a cruel and pathe...View Details

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Patrick A Bowmaster, author of “What the Little Dog Witnessed,” joined me to discuss his previous, current, and future works, on a variety of topi...View Details

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Matt, from Wrestling With Fatherhood, and I have very different backgrounds, lifestyles and ideologies. But we do have one big thing in common… pris...View Details

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Chris, from Play Comics and Meddling Kids, joined me to talk about the concepts of long-term depression and passive suicidal thoughts, and how to live...View Details

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Allison Mann and Michael Brodkorb (authors of "The Girls Are Gone") return to the show, to discuss pressures to magically unwrite their book, irration...View Details

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Mike Fallek talks about the history of pets, pet/human behaviors, and whether we are all underestimating the dangerousness of whales.https://www.imdb....View Details

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Jennifer, from the Yes, And... podcast, joined me to discuss a controversial form of treatment for some mental struggles: psychedelic therapy.  Discl...View Details

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Hey, look! Another serial killer nurse! My favorite... or, not, but they just keep insisting on appearing here. This time, my friend Laura joined me t...View Details

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What’s lighter than suicide? Well, damn near everything, of course… especially child sociopathy and ways to know whether a kid is likely to turn i...View Details

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Suicide is a dark, scary, hurt, broken place to be. Listen in to stories of survival, heartbreak, and courage. Lots. Too many. Because it is scary com...View Details

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Nobody wants a serious and persistent mental illness. Seriously, nobody. But if forced to choose, there are reasonably acceptable ones, and then there...View Details

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”Wrongful conviction” is one of the scariest phrases in the English languages. Don’t believe me? Listen in while Sinead, from the Mens Rea podca...View Details

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The patriarchy is a thing, but not always a bad thing. Unless you’re talking about the patriarchy in a small college town in the middle of nowhere, ...View Details

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Everybody has a story… and almost nobody gives their own story enough credit.Branden, from Sac ‘Em Up Sundays, shared his with me, and it’s both...View Details

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'Tis the season for torture and rape….Buckle in, kids, it's a wild ride. When you let me go play with one of my very favorite podcasting couples (Er...View Details

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If you were to find yourself in possession of a good microphone and a better voice, what could you do?Michael Marshall, a voice actor, has one suggest...View Details

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Many true crime aficionados will tell you that that don’t play favorites. They hurt for all victims, equally, and they share the same hatred for all...View Details

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081 — Sandy Hook

On December 14, 2012, 20 children and 6 adults lost their lives in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, USA.It was bad.This is not the story o...View Details

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Lots of us indulge (or maybe wallow?) in dark humor, from time to time, because we're human and it's kinda funny and many of us are assholes. But ther...View Details

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When you decide it's time to make a major change, is it running away, avoiding or escaping? ...or just self-care?Maxwell, from the Relic podcast, join...View Details

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If life is all a game... who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? *Are* there good/bad guys?I still don't have an answer, but I'm joined by Phil R...View Details

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Two girls go missing in the middle of the night. That's a pretty horrible sentence, all by itself... but there is a simple way to make it worse: their...View Details

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Once upon a time, I was on the cutting edge of online technology. I used BBSes, before the Internet was a thing.Now? I'm too old for this shit.So I as...View Details

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What did you want to be when you grew up? Or... maybe, more accurately, what DO you want to be... someday??I had a chat with author Trish Heinrich abo...View Details

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I'm sure that my extra-high level of disdain directed toward killer nurses has nothing to do with my extensive medical history, with literally months ...View Details

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I've covered anxiety a few times already. I really, really wish that was enough... but it's not. Because there are too damn many stories, and perspect...View Details

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We've talked about substance abuse (specifically alcoholism) and sobriety more than once, here, and we're about to do so again. Kind of. But this time...View Details

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There are a lot of ways you could approach things like, say, being a podcaster... being a professor... being an author... being human... But, at the h...View Details

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Talk of rape, and rapists, and safety, and the horrific, unknown backlog of rape kits yet to be processed... it's not funny or light, but it's really ...View Details

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When our babies are sick, we are terrified and alone and sad. We look to their caregivers to keep them safe. Most of the time, that's an excellent ide...View Details

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There are certain professions that are uniquely qualified to provide flashbulb moments: absolute best days, and absolute worst ones.Some professions a...View Details

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Are you part of my screwed-up tribe? Here's a quick test: If you knew you had a family connection to a serial killer, would you be thrilled or appalle...View Details

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The whole podcasting thing is still a process of planning, researching, recording, editing, publishing... just like it was back at episode 23. But in ...View Details

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How do you know the difference between a good guy and a bad guy? Are there even such things are good guys or bad guys... or good or bad?I settled in f...View Details

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When people hear that I live in Salem, they immediately think of Halloween. And most of them don't seem to understand why that sits a little uneasy wi...View Details

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When you're severely depressed (or dealing with certain forms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or PTSD), life gets bleak. You can feel desperate for...View Details

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062 - Some Sort of Normal

Pain. Anxiety. Sciatica. Psoriasis. Panic.Crappy things happen inside our bodies, and sometimes Western medicines aren't the answer. They don't work, ...View Details

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What is it like to live in a body that has fundamentally betrayed you? Whether by acute illness or long-term crud, some people just break. How does th...View Details

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STOP. Before you listen to this episode, go over to We Too podcast and listen to episode 3 (Dryer). That tells the backstory of what you're about to ...View Details

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Change is hard. Podcasting when you're sick is also hard. Lucky for me, I've got Bonnie, from Writing About Crime, to talk me through it.Disclaimer:...View Details

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How do you define success?This could be a huge, rabbit-hole type question, but when joined by my friend Michelle, we're able to stay comparatively foc...View Details

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As a parent, I often think that the worst thing that could ever happen would be the death of a child. Mine, or another, it almost doesn't matter. The ...View Details

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The rules and laws aren't necessarily consistent from state to state. We know this. But neither are the ways we handle emergency health care, includin...View Details

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