At the risk of sounding like a millennial cliche, I’m obsessed with podcasts. I also love talking. A lot. I couldn’t help dabbling a bit in the medium that has captivated me since becoming a regular commuter.
Jack The Lass Podcast
I’m a sucker for a period drama. Outlander, The Borgias, Reign, Downton Abbey, you name it. When I stumbled on HBO-BBC’s Gentleman Jack, I was head-over-heels by the end of the title sequence. Naturally, I hit up my friend and fellow Tar Heel Kelsey P. Jones, and together we started Jack The Lass Podcast! It’s a weekly recap show where we dive into the events of each episode, explore its treatments of queerness and femininity, obsess over the costumes and cinematography, and express our gratitude that we don’t live in 19th century England.
- I may be a bit biased, but F***bois of Literature is one of the funniest, most feminist podcasts you’ll ever have the pleasure of hearing. It’s like eavesdropping on a book club with your most hilarious (and brutally honest) friends as they dish about the many problematic men of the literary canon––real and fictional alike. I had the great fortune of being allowed to stop by to talk about one of my favorite subjects ever: Greek mythology. (Spoiler Alert: We come to the conclusion that Zeus is kind of the worst.) Emily (the hilarious, witty, and all-around fantastic host of FBoL) was kind enough to have me on the show a second time to discuss my favorite of all phandoms, The Phantom of The Opera. We talk about how the long-running musical differs from the original early 20th-century novel, toxic 19th century masculinity, Ramin Karimloo’s magical voice, and much more.
- The moment Quinn Rose asked me to guest on her fantastic musical theatre podcast Corner of the Sky, I knew EXACTLY which show I wanted to discuss. Despite working in the theatre world, I never get enough opportunities to discuss The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in daily life. Quinn was a wonderful host who let me gush about the show’s bittersweet exploration of adolescence, and make my case for why Broadway needs a revival ASAP. Also, more recently, I got stop by her show to talk all things Godspell , why we need more theatre that is equally earnest and weird, and how the show’s interpretation of Jesus as “everyone’s favorite camp counselor” has its roots in actual Christian theology. (We had so much fun, she asked me back for a bonus episode to talk about “family-friendly” high school editions of musicals, and we had a lot of fun with the substituted lyrics for Grease.)