Imperfect Strangers

Imperfect Strangers

Amanda, a graphic designer from OH, invited Melissa, a NY stay-at-home mom on her podcast. Melissa, who has been hunkered down for decades after a cool but soul-crushing brush with fame on MTV’s Real World New Orleans, didn’t really do this sort of thing but Amanda seemed nice. They recorded twice due to technical difficulties, but ended up chatting for hours. Who the fuck talks on the actual phone? They do! Two strangers getting to know each other the old-fashioned way. Get to know Melissa all over again as she gets to know Amanda for the first time. Bonus! One’s white and one ain’t.

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June 27, 2022 71 min
Melissa gives ASMR and a too-deep explanation of Botan Rice Candy after receiving tons of it in a giant tooth-shaped piñata sent to her with love from the best stranger-friends ever. Amanda and Melissa also take you into the fascinating, weird, narc ass world of Te*l Sw*n. Lastly, Melissa shares her favorite celeb sightings at the Critics Choice Awards. Spoiler alert: It’s Chrishell from Selling Sunset.
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Tori is to Amanda as Mariah is to Melissa. Amanda has a spiritual experience at a Tori Amos concert by herself like a boss. The ladies also deconstruct Alanis Morrisette’s Ironic. None of it is actual irony. *John Travolta confused gif* And finally, this is a Jessica and Ashlee Simpson fan page now. You did it, Joe (and Tina).
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May 17, 2022 71 min
It doesn’t even matter that Amanda is trying to get Melissa to do her own gardening. What matters here is that the two have discovered that they disagree on how coffee should be consumed. Amanda is an iced coffee person. Melissa says cold coffee is dark-sided. What say you Stranger-friends? First Crocs, now coffee! Is this relationship doomed? (No).
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May 7, 2022 65 min
On this episode, Amanda and Melissa are feeling good, like they should. Amanda’s father is cancer-free and out of the woods. She gets dressed up for a fashion outing, a first for her “post” pandemic. Melissa, while still having some anxiety about being back in the world, is feeling A-OK about her decision to leave her house for Homecoming. Get behind-the-scenes insight on “incoming messages” after you sit through Melissa’s Costco d...
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April 27, 2022 63 min
In light of the release of Real World New Orleans Homecoming streaming on Paramount+, Amanda explains how she got to know Melissa from her appearance on the original ninth season of Real World and subsequently understood her more through her blog PrincessMelissa. Without those two things, Amanda would have never reached out to Melissa to be a guest on her first endeavor Your Mom Has A Podcast. The ladies discuss parasocial rela...
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March 4, 2022 64 min
On the long awaited season four finale, Amanda and Melissa reflect on this accomplishment! Eighty episodes and four seasons in, your favorite stranger-friends DID THAT despite various chaotic life obstacles. They powered through like — dare we say — friends?! Listen in as they discuss how Melissa prepared (not really) for Real World Homecoming plus an update on Amanda’s dad’s cancer surgery and recovery. And as you know, the show w...
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February 18, 2022 56 min
This episode ain’t about a shoe horn but Melissa is absolutely tickled that Black Benzo uses a shoe horn and so, in his honor, we have the title. This show is about Melissa’s at-home birthday celebration plus a discussion about Euphoria, weed and how Chris is an awesome gift giver. Melissa is still waiting for her purse though, Justin Beck.
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February 4, 2022 60 min
Melissa tells a long ass meandering story about being on a competition reality show with other network reality stars including, possibly because she can’t really remember, the winner of The Swan. Amanda takes her kids into Costco which brings forth a discussion on “red or blue” store vibes. Amanda and Melissa only do blue.
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January 29, 2022 62 min
Feelings ahead! Ahhh. The episode that almost wasn’t was. We were just gonna stick this whole thing behind a paywall because we’re scaredy cats with all these big feelings as a result of going to “earth school.” Amanda cries happy tears about her dad’s uplifting prognosis. Melissa talks about the emotional trauma of her prolonged hyper-vigilance and anger about the ongoing pandemic. This is a lot of growth for these two people who ...
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January 21, 2022 63 min
Melissa insists she has Long Covid as evidenced by her skin’s newfound over sensitivity. Amanda convinces Melissa to make 2022 the year she embraces nature.
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January 16, 2022 64 min
Melissa and Amanda await a meteor as they discuss the downfall of society ie “the inevitability” of catching Covid, TikTok, anything young people like, Hype House and BBLs. Stay to the end as we have a special MAZEL TOV to longtime listener KIMBA…
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January 7, 2022 55 min
Motherf*cker.
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December 17, 2021 58 min
Warning: Two middle-aged women talking about scheduled sex. *screwface emoji* LOL. But let’s discuss. What say you tired people? Are you making time for making love? Ew. That’s a real sentence on the Internet now. But seriously. Spontaneous or scheduled? WFT for real?
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December 10, 2021 65 min
On this very special episode Melissa and Amanda, who is living her best life and checking boxes off her bucket list, sit down with the lovely Roz Hernandez also know as super talented drag comedian Roz Drezfalez. Roz, host of Ghosted! by Roz Drezfalez, a podcast exploring all things paranormal, joins the Strangers to talk Ouija boards, the awesomeness of early aughts pop culture, drag as performance and gender expression, pantless ...
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December 3, 2021 78 min
Melissa's back and she's full of affirmations and a positive-ish outlook on life. "She's looking good today. She's looking good in every way..." Buffalo Stance. Amanda, delighted by Melissa's new perspective, shares an interesting factoid about buffalo and storms. Did you know, unlike humans who run from or wait out storms, buffalo wait for the storm to cross right over the crest of the peak of the mount...
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November 19, 2021 56 min
This week we have a chat with Stranger Friend Victor aka: @dayvvic aka: Victlissa and get to know more about the man who is always making us laugh in the Monday Night Live and Discord chats. Victor shares what it's like to work in retail post-pandemic, gives us a glimpse into his family life and schools Amanda on what it means to be part of the Lambily.
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November 12, 2021 52 min
This week Psychic Medium Kareen Boebel speaks with Amanda about her podcast Walking on Feathers, out of body experiences and what she wishes more people knew about psychic mediums.
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November 5, 2021 90 min
Can you believe come Thanksgiving, Amanda and I will have been at this podcasting thing for two whole years?! If you’ve been here from the beginning, you know how far we’ve come in technical terms of sound and format. (Hush, we know I haven’t come far with technologies, but focus!) As two independent, self-taught podcasters we are excited and proud of this little creative endeavor that’s become a real gig. But also, you’ve experien...
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October 29, 2021 81 min
On this opposites attract ass episode, Amanda says she loved dressing her kids in all the over-the-top fashions including ruffles and bows, a category of whimsical kids clothing we now officially deem as Curlz Font. Melissa, ever the judgmental curmudgeon, is like nah. How are these two still becoming friends? Amanda, you can exit stage left at any time! Melissa hates everything, LOL. They do, however, agree that stickers on cars ...
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October 22, 2021 66 min
One this episode, Amanda reminds all the elderladies to get those titties checked. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month after all. Melissa tells a story of Justin Beck at a Black family funeral and his first Thanksgiving with the beloved Shorty and Mercy. Also, do you sometimes root for scammers? Melissa said she did until Amanda reminded her she shouldn’t.
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