“The truth is part of hoping.” 🙏

In between raving about spring springing in Washington, we manage to have some good non-weather-related conversation!

Topics include: a couple of unexpected wins in the effort to protect trans kids, a beautiful and emotionally intelligent mechanism of the Irish language, the relevance of truth both in anti-authoritarianism and in having hope, and how we think this year’s Best Picture Oscar nominees could be … well, better.

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“People *do* have values.” 🏳️‍⚧️

We get into some good, deep stuff this week, all wrapped up neatly in roughly an hour of us on mics — which stands for microphone, and does not refer to one or more persons named Mike. Just … FYI.

Topics include: good news about California vehicle emissions standards, a brain-bending perspective on the size of the solar system, the relationship between internalized capitalism and self-worth, the great daylight savings debate, a new song about the power in admitting powerlessness, how to respond to right-wing propaganda-addled folks who (wrongly) complain that Biden is to blame for high gas prices, how anti-trans efforts are (horrifyingly) aimed at nothing short of extermination, and how the people of Ukraine are reminding all of us about our values, our humanity, and what’s worth fighting for.

Here is a good list of specific ways to help advocate for trans kids in some of the states in which they’re coming under attack, courtesy of Misfit Star Bonnie R: https://20465691.hs-sites.com/rally-against-anti-trans-legislation-a-state-by-state-guide

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“Try to be the pond.” 🐠

“Try to be the pond.”

There’s a thread running through a few of the topics we cover this week: how fomenting unreality can turn into real harms suffered by real people in the real world. Like how Russian propaganda led directly to Putin’s war against Ukraine; like how deregulation of media in the US has allowed a mythological “patriotism” for conservative Americans to fester, which has increasingly manifested as real-world violence; and like how Republicans’ inventing an imaginary and extraordinary need for retirement funding nearly killed the Post Office. We also cover a couple of nifty new words for our vocab repertoire, and an elementary school lesson about ponds and fish that every adult needs to hear.

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“Let’s keep working our corners.” 🧶

Hoo boy. This last week has been a long year. We’re talking all about it: 80s-kid duck-and-cover flashbacks; a supreme Supreme Court nominee; turning the perfect English phrase; the direct line between the autocrat trying to violently rebuild the Russian empire and the horrifying new anti-trans policy in Texas; and … what each of us can do about it all, in our little corners of the world.

Here’s a good list of resources for where to donate to help Ukraine:
https://snyder.substack.com/p/a-few-ways-to-help-ukrainians

And here are a few ways to help support trans kids in Texas:
https://txtranskids.org
https://txtranshealth.org
https://transtexas.org

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“A weird authoritarian co-op.” ☭

We’re powering through the final week of our carb fast-induced brain fog, and we’re covering lots of meaty topics: U.S. women soccer players getting PAID, our immune systems going to vaccine school, how simple physics alleviates a common flying phobia, how the Russian invasion of Ukraine is relevant to the survival of democracy on Earth, and the benefit of becoming a master of pain (or is it “Master of Pain?” … sounds like a cartoon villain … or a WWE wrestler … maybe both. What’s even the difference. Can we have sugar yet?).

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“I think you just described Batman?” 🦸🏻‍♀️

We’re gritting our teeth through sugar withdrawals to cover lots of ground — a nuclear fusion future, Jamie hogging all the gold stars, the toddler tantrum (I mean, “trucker protest”) in Ottawa, the dark side of superheroes, the debut of our new song, “Sandstorm” … and more! If you can even believe it. With no sugar!

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“The F stands for feeling.”

Buckle up, because this week we’re talking about: Girl Scout cookies, congressional redistricting, the history of world map orientation, no-knock warrants, the vulnerability of uncertainty and potential rejection, unsolicited advice, and some right-on-time Buddhist inspiration. Who else do you know who is willing to tackle such a wide range of topics in one episode? Yeah, that’s what we thought.

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“A goth can only take so much.” 🦇

We’re still learning how to avoid stubbing our toes on the furniture in our new podcast digs, but we’re loving the new format. This week, it takes us through topics like: the good (?) news about a new covid variant, broadening the conversation about what makes someone “qualified” for a position like Supreme Court justice, Spotify’s history of being a bad actor, astroturfed book-banning efforts, what triangles have to do with god, and the goth-approved debut of the peppy first song from our new 2022 album project.

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“Misfit Stars makeover!”

New year, new podcast format! We’ve freshened things up for the new year and the first of the new episodes drops today.

This week we talk about the power in naming feelings, loads of good news from the last month, a fact you may not have known about squids (which Shannon now kind of wishes she didn’t), saving democracy, and the inspiring intersection of French food, beauty, and revolution in the 2021 film Delicious.

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“We’re on winter break!” ⛄️

We’re taking some much-needed downtime to rest and recharge! We hope you are too.

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