Going There: Taboo Topics Are Back on the Table

Going There: Taboo Topics Are Back on the Table

Our hosts Matt, LeJon and Jo talk to guests about all the issues that keep us divided: politics, religion, sex, money, race, and so on. The topics you can't bring up at a dinner party are dropped back on the table.

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August 11, 2021 30 min

In the final Bonus Episode for Season 1, Matt catches up with journalist, presenter and podcaster Louise Blain of Podworld, Killt and BBC Radio 3. They nerd out on horror movies, video games, soundtracks, true crime and Michael Fassbender. Louise shares her experience of being a podcast & radio personality who stands for something in today’s divided world, while Matt sits, mesmerized by her accent and soothing voice. 

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Matt, Jo and LeJon are joined by podcast host David Loos of The Illuminating Mycelium show out of Minnesota. David shares his views on the importance of hallucinogens, especially psilocybin mushrooms. Jo chimes in on her positive experiences with certain drugs and LeJon tells his stories of bad trips as a cautionary tale of the wrong settings. The group quickly leaps into the conversation about Paganism's major influence on mod...

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July 28, 2021 32 min

Juan and Wendy, the hosts of the Don't Tell My Grandma podcast, call in from Tokyo to chat with Matt & Lindsay about getting married and the cultural expectations. As a Dominican man and an adopted Chinese-American female, they share their experiences with the ins and outs of dating and befriending people from other cultures and religions. From racism and bigotry to fetishizing and cultural assimilation. This taboo topic is...

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Matt & Lindsay are still in CA chatting with Caleb Hudson, talking about his pool party fundraiser in all its glory! They capture some amazing on-location bites about TrailMixer and its impact on LGBTQ+ youth. They talk to Rick Gilles, a TrailMixer board member about the event and how they incorporated Juneteenth. And Matt chats with their star performer, Drag Queen, Miss Barbie-Q, managing to capture her Juneteenth spoken ...

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July 14, 2021 43 min

June is Pride month, so Matt and Lindsay visit beautiful, sunny California to meet up with Caleb Hudson aka A Boy Named Barbara for the first official bonus episode! Caleb shares his journey from devout Christian with identity issues to proud, queer activist with authentic self-expression. He shares some wonderful insights & resources for people who are looking to marry faith, spirituality, sexuality and personal identity; thos...

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May 19, 2021 89 min

Furries, Swingers & Doms! Oh my! We end Season 1 exploring kink, fetish & lifestyles. Rara & Dara of the Pink Kink Podcast teach us about kink and do some myth-busting. Our friend Carter shares personal & community aspects of furries, plushies & inflatophiles. Brenna & Brian of the Front Porch Swingers podcast help convince LeJon he may need to be ethically non-monogamous. It’s all about exploration, not ex...

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The hosts turn to speakers in the climate space for guidance, insight & hope. New Zealander, Mark Spencer of the Climactic Podcast, shares witnessing the real effects of climate change throughout the world and getting certified in Al Gore’s climate initiative. The titular host of Talking Climate Change with Yash Negi, from India, talks about his scholastic studies & activism as he tries to educate others on the issue. And ...

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May 5, 2021 67 min

Hassan Rogers rejoins the hosts for a conversation on homophobia & transphobia through different social lenses. They discuss how this bigotry varies from white, black & brown communities, to religious, academic & other subsets of our culture. Hassan’s colleagues Tabitha and Syrmylin call in to tell their unique stories in navigating the LGBTQ+ experience and judgment. Plus Natalie Martin shares her transition tale,...

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Nicola Graham aka the Anti-Racist White Chick shares valuable insight on what it looks like to be white and stand against racial injustice. The hosts talk discuss their own prejudices and how awareness & the willingness to engage on the topic is where it all begins. They share methods & resources for starting your antiracist journey. Musician Caleb Hudson aka A Boy Named Barbara urges you to Do Your Thing, while the CA-bas...

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Blogger Mattie Jo Cowsert talks about the role of religion in our understanding of sexual identity, & how her journey from purity culture to spiritual reconstruction led to her documenting her tale. As a Missourian, middle class girl, moving to NYC to live amongst the filthy rich, non-Christian, homosexual & anything but ‘midwest-normal’ opened her eyes & heart to new people & truths. Mo’ Sweets offers up some tast...

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Our justice system is overtly flawed, but prison & punishment keep out of public view much of the time. LeJon shares his personal story of spending 6 months in prison, what put him there and how he views rehabilitation and redemption. Several guests join the conversation to share their own experiences with the justice system, private prisons, incarceration and helping inmates, old and young alike. Atlanta rapper Keenon Rush, an...

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Financial Advisor Tom Hill joins the hosts for a discussion on Capitalism and the rigged game of Monopoly. They talk about red lining and the systemic issues that still play out today, as well as how the terms Socialism and Communism are incorrectly shouted in the public forum. Are Billionaires immoral? Is the wealth gap reasonable? Who gets a piece of the pie? As they try to answer these questions, the gang sips on some tasty jav...

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Lindsay & Matt share their experiences of fertility treatments and having a miscarriage, and the hosts discuss the expectations of making babies & the stigma of infertility. Dr. Shannon Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG, Obstetrician, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist and TikTok phenom joins the show to tell her pregnancy story & why she started @BabiesAfter35. Plus Lindsay’s friends Renae & Sarah add some insight to the ...

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Former Akron Beacon Journal Editor/VP & recently retired Professor, Jan Leach, joins the podcast to discuss fake news and our troubling lack of news media literacy. She and the hosts help decipher the differences in misinformation, disinformation, conspiracies, satire and the label of “fake news.” They cover the Conspiracy Theory Chart from @abbiesr and people choosing their own facts. Joe Maxx Coffee provides the caffeine...

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March 17, 2021 80 min

The group celebrates the holidays and Matt’s birthday by taking a break from the heavy to have some fun, nostalgic and self-indulgent conversations. Jo gets to share her love for ancient aliens, LeJon rattles off show theme and title ideas, and Matt brings in multiple guests from his past and present. Tina from the FB group Indie Pods United stops by. And a long-time friend of Matt’s, E.W. Harris, calls in to share his obsession w...

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The hosts tackle mental health head-on, with help from their guest Olivia Queener, a mother, veteran and PTSD survivor. She shares her very personal stories of being bullied in the military, her family’s stigma in seeking help, and losing her son to suicide. They call in a licensed therapist and counselor, Mandy Kirsch, to guide the group through much of the conversation; offering experience and invaluable information along the wa...

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Palliative Chaplain, Shannon M. Blower, rejoins the hosts for a discussion on the interpretation of sacred texts by groups and individuals who use them to play into political and social agendas. Shannon sheds a light on what "Sin" might actually mean and how to address it for our own mental health. Does God choose the President? Are natural disasters meant to happen? Is Jesus a Browns fan? The opinions on these issues diffe...

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The sex industry has been a multi-billion dollar piece of our society for decades while simultaneously being condemned by many of its consumers. Ellie Bou joins the show to share her experience as a webcam model and phone sex operator. They discuss to the stigmas of sex as well as the common kinks that people keep hidden. They put on their "Sunglasses at Night" with the band Titans in Time to discuss their recent cover the ...

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The divisiveness of politics grew to a breaking point in 2021 as we watched racist, antisemitic, anti-maskers violently break into the U.S. Capitol. Matt's State Representative, Casey Weinstein, talks about what it's like to govern during this time, trying to course-correct bad policies, especially as a Jewish man during the reemergence of Nazis and Anti-Semites. The music and food is all about support for the Jewish commun...

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Veteran news personality and public speaker, Catherine Bosley, joins the cast to share her story about humiliation and bullying after a wet t-shirt contest nearly destroyed her career and ended her life. Her story is ultimately about redemption and finding inner strength to fight back. Don't be too quick to judge; there's always more than meets the eye. The hosts help soothe the pain with the healing sounds of the multi-tal...

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