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47 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
EP 43 - Corona Virus Melt Down: Anti-Vaxx Sci-Fi Dys-to Fan-Fic - STAGE 6
We briefly revisited our old format to explore how dating under COVID might go. It’s not great. We also explore the outlook on what fall has in store for COVID rates. It’s not great. Finally, we do a dramatic reading of some Anti-vaxxer, conspiracy theorist, dystopian, sci-fi fan fiction. It is FANTASTIC.Keep your eyes on the sky to spot Neowise cus’ it aint coming back for 6,500 years (…the full life span of the planet Earth!)Email us: email@example.com
82 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
EP 42 - Corona Virus Melt Down: I'll Post My Way Out - STAGE 5
As you settle into your holiday weekend, likely alone and away from family and friends so that you don’t accidentally make Grandma sick, Josh and Leyla offer you a reminder of where the discourse was two weeks ago (and an entertaining way to kill an hour or so). That’s because we recorded this mid-June and then sat on it while busy with other things. Whoops.In this episode we answer that age old question: Can you post, purchase, and read your way out of hundreds of years of systemic racism, oppression, and slavery?You’ll never guess our answer.Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
61 minutes | May 13, 2020
EP 41 - Corona Virus Melt Down: BUT MEH APPLEBEES
Good news! America has decided Corona Virus is over. That’s right. The whole deadly pandemic thing? Yeah. We’re not doing that anymore. We’re done with it. Beat it. Kicked it to the curb. So it’s time to open up shop and get back to it. In today’s episode we will calmly and politely explain to you why that is a problematic way to look at things.Naw, I’m kidding. We’re gonna be freaked out, panicked, pissed off, and screaming at everyone for causing unnecessary sickness, death, and extended quarantining because they feel emasculated by wearing a cloth masked not being able to eat at Applebees.We’re also discussing how to find your purpose through fist fighting at the Waffle House.Email us: email@example.com
96 minutes | Apr 24, 2020
EP 40 - Corona Virus Melt Down: But Who Will Think of The Petty Bourgeoisie? - STAGE 3
Producers Note: we do a reading series about halfway through this episode about a coffee shop closing. Ive since learned the couple who owns it are Harvard alum and professors, who moved to eastern Kentucky to I dunno… civilize the place? Also the husband started his first tech company with connections to the Jeffrey Epstein funded MIT Media Lab. So, speaking only for myself (Josh), i actually feel I went too easy on them. Anyway, on with the show.This ones an all-timer folks. It hits every genre, segment, and topic this podcast has historically represented: Media critique, loneliness and existential dread, the resulting dip into conspiracy, the causation of abusive capital, the dating climate, and so much more.Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
79 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
EP 39 - Corona Virus Melt Down: Helpful Hints - STAGE 2
It’s STAGE 2 folks. Time to take on the DEEP STATE.#WWG1WGAThey can’t stop all of us from dying for believing a global health pandemic is just a hoax of the global liberal commie elites.But in all seriousness, Josh delivers some of his latest Helpful Hints (TM) for dealing in stressful times and we’ll keep airing out life under Corona quarantine.Email us: email@example.comSupport the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproduction
71 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
EP 38 - Corona Virus Melt Down: Boring Apocalypse - STAGE 1
Disclaimer: This episode was recorded about a week before posting, which in todays world is about a decade. So, sorry for the dated material but Josh’s schedule as an “essential worker” got too out of control to be able to post in a timely manner. Also release schedules might be weird for a while… some weeks maybe we’ll have 2 episodes. Some weeks maybe we will have none. But we appreciate you sticking it out with your pals Josh and Leyla! Anyway…Guess what b****! It’s here. The ‘Rona has landed. In our first edition of CORONA VIRUS MELT DOWN: BORING APOCALYPSE, Josh and Leyla air out anxieties, concerns, and all that stuff you have to exhale first to continue podcasting in the age of slow and tedious societal collapse. We’ll do a bit of game theory on how we see this whole thing panning out and explore what the new normal might be.Share your Life in the Time of Corona stories and anxieties with us. We’d love to have you or your story on the show!Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
38 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
EP 37 - Still Trying 2.0
Hello world.We are back. Things are changing. Deal with it.Email us: email@example.comSupport the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproduction(Note: Some weird skipping happened during our raw recordings in a few spots, so no, your podcast player isn’t scerwed up. It’s just a tech error that couldn’t be fixed)
89 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
EP 36 - Mid Level Marketing Madness
Leyla was gracious enough to open up about her experience in a cult… er… pyramid scheme, uh… I mean “money making opportunity”. We hear Leyla’s story and discuss the means by which such companies prey on loneliness, especially in women. So Join Us In Creating Energy and GET FIRED UP!!Support the Show: ko-fi.com/elstroproductionEmail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
61 minutes | Nov 22, 2019
EP 35 - #FartGate EXPOSED!
Who really farted on the mic? Eric Swallwell? Chris Matthews? Or was it a squeaky chair? And where is Ghislaine Maxwell!?!?! AND WHO IS DEEP THROAT?!We’ll solve none of this because we have more important things to do like critique very lengthy Ok Cupid profiles. Also, join us for a deep meta-analysis of our own previous episode… It sounds stupid but it’s worth it. The conversation evolves into some really insightful mental health discussion and advice.Support the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproductionEmail us: email@example.com
71 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
EP 34 - Just Say Hello To The Pregnant Woman!!
The ways you’re supposed to deal with anxiety are bizarre and seemingly stupid. But it really is that hard to say hello to a pregnant woman on the street for some of us. Let’s dissect that. Leyla’s scheduled to reconnect with someone from her past to see if she can empty some baggage. Most importantly this episode is part birthday present for “Rebecca”… which doesn’t mean anything to you until you listen to the episode.Watch Rebecca’s birthday presentSupport the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproductionEmail us: firstname.lastname@example.orgEpstein didn’t kill himself.
69 minutes | Oct 24, 2019
EP 33 - One For The Parents
In case anyone was thinking that finding a lifelong partner and having a family with them means you’re done trying and have reached endless bliss and fairy tale endings, we decided we had a responsibility to burst that bubble. Enter our special guest, Josh’s sister, mother of two and wife, roommate of Maine Coon named Pete, and tiny one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment dweller Steph.Steph gets in the mix to tell us about what’s great about parenting and married life with a pretty measured take… that also talks about what sucks. Are you surprised to find that on this show we’d bring on someone who thinks Capitalism is the problem with parenting? Listen and find out why!Support the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproductionEmail us: email@example.com
51 minutes | Oct 10, 2019
EP 32 - Starring Ellen Degeneres as JOKER
Very minor spoilers in this episode for Joker, Season 2 of Grey’s Anatomy, and the awful class solidarity fo the ultra wealthy.Folks. It’s time to get a little weird. Get a little twisted. True PSYCHOS know the new movie Joker is a dangerous trigger waiting to ignite a sleeper Incel …uhh… cell to come online and shoot up every movie theater in America. This is the end. This is what women MADE these men do and the media wants you to know that. But more importantly they want you to be scared. Fear for your lives as you sit down with your Cookie Pizza from Pizza Hut (TM) to enjoy what you thought was going to be a light romp about costumed men battling each other in duels of good and evil.Actually, Josh saw Joker and it has nothing to do with any of that. We’re here to debunk this ridiculous Incel fear mongering over a movie being perpetuated by a blood thirsty media. We also find time to make a bet on who Leyla won’t text between now and our next episode.Place your bets on Leyla’s love life: ko-fi.com/elstroproductionEmail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
46 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Still Trying - EP 31 - Men Are Dirtbags, Women Are Fleabags (It's Science)
Trigger Warning: This episode discusses a bizarre and uncomfortable form of sexual assault.Congrats to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for winning some Emmy’s for her performance in Fleabag …which in turn gives a chance to discuss and critique it’s takes on relationships. We’ll explore it’s relevance to women vs. men and reflect on what it says about us. And is the whole 4th wall breaking, omniscient narrator thing trope played out in the “golden age of television”?In this episode, we’ll also go meta on what it means for us to complain about the attention economy while actively participating in it. And do we want partners who feed us that same kind of attention we seek in our media work? Do we want a partner? Or another fan?Finally, there’s that whole reddit/relationship_advice post about um, virginity checking. If you’ve ever been on that board, you know what we’re talking about… Yikes.Email us: email@example.comSupport the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproduction
67 minutes | Sep 11, 2019
Still Trying - EP 30 - Vab On Em'
Let us just say, don’t look up “vabbing” before listening to this podcast. It will ruin the fun.Otherwise we’re talking about when second chances pay off and you find yourself pleasantly surprised. Josh does a bit deeper analysis of dating app Hinge; exploring some educated guesses about what’s really happening under the hood with its algorithms. This episode also turned out to be a pretty good explainer of some buzzwords we’ve found ourselves throwing around this podcast for a while, but never very clearly explaining: “The Enneagram” and “Neoliberalism”.The latter of which, we’ll explore as the catalyst or cause of our feedback loop of online loneliness and depression with the aid of reading series installment “Tell Me It’s Going to Be Okay” by Miya Tokumitsu in The Baffler. We highly recommend reading the whole thing! It’s great!Support the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproductionEmail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
46 minutes | Aug 28, 2019
Still Trying - EP 29 - The Boys of London
Great Epstein’s ghost! We are finally back from summer vacation and things are humming along in standard order around here… The world is still being run by a cabal of billionaire pedophiles, the debate over what it takes to mow down 30-50 feral hogs has died down, and any actual worldly concern is diminished by a marketing ploy to have us foaming at the mouth about whose chicken sandwich is better. Some of you seemed upset about us being gone, but trust us, you’re better off missing out on Josh’s Epstein Brained takes of the past month and a half.So where were we? We’re here to jump back in with personal updates and questions about the state of our dating lives. Are we even capable of doing this anymore? Leyla is fresh off the boat from the jolly old rains of London and sulking in the ennui of leaving Paris. But she’s somewhat ready to tell us what the boys on Tinder are like across the pond. Also, Josh apologizes for his characterizations of British people in this episode (but not really).
51 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Still Trying - EP 28 - Here's To a Year of Trying!
It’s been a year of airing out our personal lives for you all while mining the news and culture for understanding why developing relationships is so damn hard. What have we learned?Uhhh….Plenty! We’ll revisit some of our favorite moments and personal revelations from the past year and explore thoughts on where we can take things in the next year! Other topics include why you’re getting a lil’ depressed and discouraged at the height of summer and explore a recently updated study from Stanford University - Disintermediating Your Friends. Or normal speak, how the heck have hetero couples been meeting their partners? Find more here from The Guardian.Email us: email@example.comSupport the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproduction
48 minutes | Jul 10, 2019
Still Trying - EP 27 - In Defense of Gamer Girl Bathwater
Do you find yourself reaching out in the night, desiring the warm touch of another human? A companion who you can trust with your closest guarded secrets? Someone to hold you and tell you everything’s going to be okay?Well, we’re all out of that.What we do have is certified Gamer Girl Bathwater. Literally bathwater that has been waded in by your favorite cosplayers and streamers on sale for $30 a jar because this is 2019 and that’s a thing we do now. On today’s episode we’ll break down the commodification of sexuality in the form of, uh… bathwater as we sift through the fall out of Instagram influencer/weirdo (depending on which generation you ask), Belle Delphine’s sale of her personal bathwater. Important note from the uh… creator?: "This water is not for drinking and should only be used for sentimental purposes,"As is often the case for us, we’ll also revisit naturalism and whether we’re too selfish to parent or too tired.Email us: firstname.lastname@example.orgSupport the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproduction
55 minutes | Jun 26, 2019
Still Trying - EP 26 - The Handmaid's Tale Themed B-Day Party of Which We Do Not Speak
Reality TV is here to rectify the way we perceive relationships for us without us knowing. And we’re so here for it. Josh has fallen in love with the Bachelorette… the show. Not Hannah Brown herself. Although who could blame him if he did? It’s cultural conditioning. But in all seriousness, Josh takes to his critical media theory corner going to bat for the series as a work of modern art that teaches us about ourselves.We’ll also debate the use of the term “Emotional Labor” in correlation with romantic relationships vs. the work place. Is it owed scare quotes? Or is it a fair assessment of negativity in a relationship?And one more thing. We’ve revolutionized the way you’re going to find that special someone. And it doesn’t even require you to pull out your phone. We’re calling it Soft Eyes and we just know you’re going to love it. And even better, we’re making it available in your local bar, TODAY.Email: email@example.comSupport the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproduction
37 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
Still Trying - EP 25 - Aloof Girls
*Note: We somehow ran out of tape recording this episode, so the last 10-15 minutes are gone forever. Whoops! Clean out your SD cards folks.We’re discussing the mental results of removing oneself from all dating apps. The calming highs and the lonesome lows. The mystery of aloof cool girls is uncovered with an exploration of Mashable article In the dating game, women are pressured to play the part of a stereotypical 'cool girl'" by Rachel Thompson. And some unrelated content: Josh gives ya’ll the full story of how to #BlazeIt420 legally in the state of Ohio after receiving a bunch of questions on Instagram.Email us: firstname.lastname@example.orgSupport the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproduction
58 minutes | May 27, 2019
Still Trying - EP 24 - Ode to the 'Wife Guy'
On this Memorial Day we remember the fallen. That’s right, #MeltdownMay 2019 is dedicated to all the Wife Guys out there who have so savagely embarrassed themselves and their (often ex) wives in the court of public opinion. Are you totally lost reading this? That’s fine. Josh explains the beautiful social experiment turned works of art that is a “wife guy” through the lens of fallen from grace YouTuber, Pro Jared, his very public, very awkward divorce and subsequently leaked dick-pics. Yikes.Leyla also brings us a lil’ reading series Jr. with the Wall Street Journal’s The Art of Being Single by Elizabeth Bernstein. When has one mastered said art? Where is the culture of self-love headed if left unchecked? And finally, a quick revisiting of our ongoing debate: to birth or not to birth. We check in with and discuss some thoughts those no-goodnick socialists over at Chapo Trap House recently had on the subject.Email: email@example.comSupport the show: ko-fi.com/elstroproduction
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