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57 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Easy Listening Ep. - 120 - The Dave Chappelle Podcast
The Midnight Miracle was recorded during Chappelle’s legendary 2020 Summer Camp in an intimate setting at “The Shack” — a mechanic’s garage retrofitted as a clubhouse. Inside, listeners get the sense they’re sitting in on conversations among friends. Chapelle and friends -- Talib Kweli and yasiin bey.
71 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 119 - WHEN GUESTS GET UNDER YOUR SKIN
What do you get when you cross a devout Jew with conservative beliefs and a formerly drug-addicted comedian who believes compassion and love can heal? Russell Brand interviewing Ben Shapiro. Ben even warns Russell mid-interview that they’re both going to upset their fan base by even talking to each other. This week on Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts, We explore Russell Brand’s pod and enjoy this sit down and talk about their differences. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser welcome you to the show.
62 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 118 - Bill Cosby Conviction Unravels
Bill Cosby was released from prison after his sexual assault conviction was overturned on a technicality. It’s time to look back on a podcast we covered just after its release, “Chasing Cosby” which gives many of his victims a voice. Judge Joe Brown and Phylishia Rashad have recently chimed in on the controversy, but today we hear from the victims, and encourage you to give this series a listen. This is Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. Teresa Strasser and GIna Grad welcome you to the show.
73 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 117 - Take it Back!
Admit it. You’ve said at least one thing in your life that you wish you could take back. Now, imagine having a microphone on you and having that take broadcast to thousands of people and having it live on the internet for all eternity. Most people say “no thanks” to that gamble. Sometimes you win the jackpot and other times you roll a career-ending snake-eyes. We’ll discuss these podcast controversies today on Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser welcome you to the show.
55 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 116 - Our Favorite Podcast Scandals
It’s a new medium, but it’s hard to imagine a world without it. Almost overnight, there are literally hundreds of thousands of them, new ones every day, some say as many as a million. And in the short life of the podcast boom, there have already been a few scandals, today, we review a few of our favorites, from an untoward encounter with a cat, to some real bad DMs to a an email firing and an offensive t-shirt. This is EL, a podcast about podcasts. Teresa Strasser and GIna Grad welcome you to the show.
52 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 115 - Looking Forward to 70
If you want a heads up about how something is about to go down, you ask someone who’s done it already. This applies to literally everything on the planet. So if we know it makes sense to ask an expert, why do so many people ignore the chance to chat with the older generation who’ve been down that road already and know where all the potholes and speed bumps are? This week on Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts, we feature a show that squeezes every last ounce of wisdom out of guests who are 70 years and older. It’s like a Sunday drive that leaves you feeling energized, grateful and better prepared for your next turn behind the wheel. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser welcome you to the show.
50 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 114 - The Truth About Navy Seals: We Can’t Handle It
The men of Seal Team 7 called their chief a psycho, a man capable of grisly crimes. For the most part, the world of this elite fighting force was top secret. A new podcast THE LINE from APPLE TV covers the trial of a SEAL accused of war crimes and in doing so cracks open questions not only about the military, but about branding, social media and how our country is divided. This is Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. Teresa Strasser and Gina Grad welcome you to the show!
53 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep.113 - Forgive THIS!
It’s been said that holding onto a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. But sometimes that poison concoction is just so tempting...just a little swig will keep you straight. The problem is that the poison turns bitter every time. So why do we hold onto resentments? In this episode of Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts, we hear from experts to find out why we grudge and how we stop. I’m GIna Grad and I’m Teresa Strasser. Welcome to the show!
38 minutes | May 27, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 112 - Surviving The Great Depresh
It’s now a category unto itself. Podcasts Addressing Mental Illness With a Very Light Touch. We’ve covered the Mental Illness Happy Hour, The Mental Health Comedy Podcast and this week, we added a new one to our list of faves: Depresh Mode with John Moe. Funny, relatable chat about serious depresh - and who doesn’t love an abbrev? This is Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. We play clips, we kibbitz. Teresa Strasser and Gina Grad welcome you to the show.
50 minutes | May 20, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 111 - WE ARE COLUMBINE
On this second season of Confronting, the Wondery network is taking on Columbine High School where in 1999, 3 high school students killed 12 kids, 1 teacher and injured many more. We all know what happened. What we DON’T know is what happened to the survivors two decades after that horrific event. Confronting Columbine gives us a look inside what happened that day. Warning - This subject matter is difficult, please take care while listening. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser welcome you to the show.
42 minutes | May 13, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep.110 - Dying Alone With a Weird Box of S*%
What’s left after a life? Can a box of artifacts from the box of a man who died indigent tell a story that illuminates something about the human condition. IT’s not pandora’s box, it’s Matthew McGill’s and a new podcast series serves up one beautiful un-boxing. We play clips, we kibbitz - this is easy listening, a podcast about podcasts. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser welcome you to the show. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/nyregion/dying-alone-in-new-york-city.html
48 minutes | May 6, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep 109 - The Big Wedding Grift
Here comes the Bride … CHILLA. That’s a bridal podcast, one among many, but a good excuse for us to discuss Gina Grad’s upcoming nuptials and all the ways BIG WEDDING is trying to pick her pockets. We play clips, we kibbitz, this is Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. I’m TS, and I’m GG. Welcome to the show!
50 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 108 - No Improving on the Improvement Association
If you remember where you were when you listened to the last words of the podcast S-Town, if you still don’t see how Adnan Syed could have murdered Hae Min Lee, as he was in the library talking to Asia McClain, The Improvement Association is for you. From the makers of Serial, this is another juggernaut of podcast production, talent and news gathering, and we will be breaking it down today. Teresa Strasser and Gina Grad bring you Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. Welcome to the show.
64 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 107 - Your Own Backyard, Crime Pod Snags Suspect
An 8 episode true crime series about the unsolved murder of a CAL POLY student back in 1996 is topping the itunes charts this week, as new developments unfold in the latest cold case warmed up by a compelling podcast. What happened to Kristin Smart may never be fully known, but all indications are that new evidence has surfaced, directly resulting from this podcast series. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser welcome you to Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts.
45 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 106 - Odd Moms and Antisemitic Kids
CARDS on the table: I avoid MOM content. Essay books, cable series, and wacky social media accounts. When it comes to podcasts, I like a getaway - not a faux-edgy look at motherhood that’s supposed to cut close to the bone because it swears. But wait - a friend suggested a mom podcast, and I was all in. I related, it didn’t feel forced and did the thing you want a podcast to do, keep you good company. This is Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. Teresa Strasser and Gina Grad welcome you to the show.
73 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 105 - Mayim Bialik Breaks Down
A child star who “Blossom’d” into a respected neuroscientist then went BACK into acting to PLAY a neuroscientist on a hit TV show… It doesn’t get more meta than that! Mayim Bialik has had a lot on her plate…and not just her Passover Seder plate. In her podcast, Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown, she dissects the myths about mental health. We’re going to dip into Bialik’s brain in this episode of Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. Gina Grad and Teresa Strasser welcome you to the show.
53 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 104 - The Bloom is Off Danny Rose; Farrow v Allen
Before the phrase “ME TOO” or “CANCEL CULTURE” a guy was obsessed with his 7 year old daughter, then he married, essentially, his step-daughter. And people were like … okay, we don’t love this but Broadway Danny Rose is still a great movie, so … the heart wants what it wants? There’s a new podcast series, Farrow V Allen, and this week, we’re gonna discuss it, our thoughts, some clips -- the USHE -- this is Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. Teresa Strasser and Gina Grad welcome you to the show!
81 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 103 - A Wedding and a Funeral
Like anyone who wanted to know the score of a Laker’s game while stuck in traffic, I switched over my radio dial to KNX-1070, where I heard the avuncular updates from a sportscaster who always felt like family. But to Gina Grad, he was literally family. Legendary broadcaster Steve Grad passed away last week. Today, we focus on a man that constructed his own mic as kid, spoke into one across decades in radio and TV, and lived long enough to see his daughter on the podcast stage. Welcome to the show.
59 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 102 - Real Housewives and the Truthiness Brand
Bethenny Frankel believes in saying YES. She’s written books about it. She’s said yes to reality shows. She created SkinnyGirl cocktails and workout videos and recipes, but if any of us could sample even a sip of the confidence that Bethenny breathes into every venture, well, I’m not even sure how that would feel. Where we say … uh, maybe. She says YES, and now she’s said yes to being a podcast host. This is Easy Listening, a podcast about podcasts. Teresa Strasser and GIna Grad welcome you to the show!
64 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Easy Listening - Ep. 101 - I’ve Got a Secret
Theft. Affairs. A debilitating illness. A whole other family hidden somewhere else. Some secrets are way too big to tell. Others are way too big to keep. No matter what your secret is, take some comfort in knowing we all have them. And sometimes the best thing you can do is set them free. Today’s episode of Easy Listening is all about secrets - how they start and why we keep them. And if you listen closely, you’ll probably hear us share some of our own. I’m GG and I’m TS. Welcome to the show.
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