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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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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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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October 15, 2021 62 min
On this very grown-up episode of Imperfect Strangers meets House Hunters, Amanda is in the mood to move. Amanda, ever the adult, loves a Zillow listing. She knows all about square footage, location location location and renovations — which Melissa dreads having lived through it once and once alone hence she’s in her forever home. Melissa bursts Amanda’s bubble by telling her Boston is known to be one of America’s most racist cities...
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October 8, 2021 64 min
Mercury is in retrograde. Amanda’s fish are very fertile, but Melissa ain’t because she thinks she’s arrived at perimenopause. Aaah. Old age. Elbows, tops of hands, necks and bottom teeth — do you know that these body parts are dead giveaways? Dead giveaaaaway that you are old. The ladies also ask the age-old question — why are men? Which leads to a discussion about how Chris and Justin, the trusted and loyal Imperfect Spouses, wo...
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October 1, 2021 73 min
Melissa is experiencing chronic pain for the first time in her life and wow, cool OLD. There’s some talk about getting old about the face — who hasn’t stopped to examine their face in a pandemic? If you have, why? Let’s not do that. Elsewhere in this great podcast that you’re definitely gonna listen to, Amanda is looking for the ultimate, fulfilling SAHM job with unicorn hours and pay and it’s proving difficult. Then, some inspired...
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September 24, 2021 71 min
Amanda tells Melissa about her weekend anniversary trip to a tiny house in West Virginia where she and Chris are still so in love with each other and the earth that they shared a singular towel. The two also discuss the comfort and familiarity in finding your person and staying married for hella years. Amanda morphs into Drake and asks Melissa if she ever gets lonely (but not if she’s high right now). Melissa says she doesn’t get l...
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September 17, 2021 67 min
Amanda and Melissa welcome you with Creed-style arms wide open as they kick off the fourth season of Imperfect Strangers Podcast, your favorite podcast of all time. Come and knock on our door, and Amanda will answer because Melissa doesn’t do that, but. Sit down. Coffee? Let’s talk about porcelain veneers, Ivermectin, abortion, soccer coaching, body dysmorphia, door-to-door scammers and high-waist jeans, why don’t we? Welcome Stra...
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August 20, 2021 86 min
On the season three finale, Melissa and Amanda have suddenly realized that people, strangers and blood relatives and prospective bosses, might actually really listen to the show! LOL. How would they know? They’re not gonna know. They’re gonna know! That said: Amanda shares more deeply about her great interest in the occult, paranormal and her budding psychic mediumship. She recently received accurately confirmed messages from the...
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August 13, 2021 75 min
In their first conversation after a rollercoaster of an emotional, hormonal and awkward Monday Night Live (if you missed it, just know the future of podcast was in danger, LOL), Amanda Lee Bong had the nerve to say she thought Adam Duritz was “spicy white” like Melissa’s husband Justin Beck so this episode opens with a BANG. The theme for today is caucasity — the wholesome kind we can all get behind like Third Eye Blind and Mazzy S...
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August 6, 2021 71 min
Amanda goes into a real cave. Melissa enters an emotional one. The two hold hands.
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July 30, 2021 61 min
This episode, yes, you’re hearing a bass guitar underneath, is called Taupe Heels because Amanda casually mentions that she applied for a new job! Melissa wondered if she’d have to dust off real work clothes like taupe heels, but no she does not. This has nothing to do with the episode at all but a long time ago when I was on Battle of the Network Reality Stars, one of the contestants from The Amazing Race showed up to a swimming c...
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