We’re finally breaking the silence about the change in personalities on the show. This week’s episode is all about getting to know our new Andy, Andy Gold. Mostly we talk about Mormon stuff.
This week we sit down with Eric Watts, a rising star in the Los Angeles wrestling scene. We get into the business behind the business, like unionizing and getting paid? but we also talk about the human side, like where Eric finds the anger that he sometimes needs to get in the zone and the big themes of fear, racism, sexism, and homophobia that still cover the surface of the sport.
Our guest this week is Carlos Santos. He’s an actor, comedian, and improvisor originally from Puerto Rico, currently living in Los Angeles. We talk about translating comedy, typecasting, his time at MTV, going broke to pursue your passion, doing accents for work, and US relations with Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
This week we’re hanging out with Baron Vaughn. He talks to us about growing up in Vegas, performing arts school, race construction, privilege, double consciousness, and how attractive scapegoating can be. We also get into what parents of color have to do/say to keep their kids safe, as well as the myth of fatherless black children. For more on that, FOR SURE check out Fatherless.
You can also see him on Grace & Frankie and the new Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return, and listen to his new album Blaxistential Crisis. Or if you live in LA, check out The New Negroes at UCB Franklin!!
We’re late this week, but we have an amazing guest to make up for it! Rhea Butcher showed up to talk to us about literally everything! We dive into racism, sexism, Charlottesville, baseball, rape jokes, sobriety, and how to own up to our mistakes and “be a man.”
The biggest things we learned this week are how to handle people with love and compassion, even when they’re wrong? and how to attend a protest without creating a riot.
Additional things to read and watch:
By the way, if you have any questions about sobriety or think you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol, PLEASE reach out to us. We are not professionals, but would be more than happy to share our experiences with you on an individual basis and help you find support in your local area.
We had a couple of guests fall through this week and decided to keep it short and sweet. With all of the crazy racist shit going on in the country, we want to speak out, but also think you should be listening to the folks more directly affected and want to save some time in your week to do so.
Check out some POC/LGBTQ/Female produced podcasts and independent news sources. We’ll be back next week with someone who can speak to us from personal experience.
This week we brought in writer and speaker Ijeoma Oluo to make us SUPER uncomfortable. She brings up so many amazing points about systemic white supremacy and really challenges us to look at our role in society. Are we doing everything we can to stop it? Or are we living comfortably and quietly benefiting from it? If you’re a white, cis-male, be warned… you’re going to be confronted with some ugly truths.
But we don’t stop there! She also shares with us her fears at the mother of male children of color, what it’s like growing up as the only black kid in school, mixed race privilege, and we also tackle a very touchy question about transphobia.
Ijeoma is a phenomenal writer and you should absolutely pre-order her book, So You Want to Talk About Race!
You can also pick up The Badass Feminist Coloring Book!!
And follow her on Twitter!