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The Ben LeRoy Show
35 minutes | 9 days ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - #8 (the story of doing mushrooms in Amsterdam)
A few episodes back I told you the story of my only sip of alcohol. This is a story kinda like that, but different. It’s about the only time I ever did mushrooms. Places visited include Oregon, London, and Amsterdam. Time period is 2006. The world was a simpler place. I was a simple kid. I was. I am. As always, big thanks to Lauren Boyko for the intro music. Thanks to you for listening. If you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on every single platform, consider doing that in your downtime. If you’ve got additional free time, please feel free to leave a review.
18 minutes | 10 days ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - #7 (audience generated subjects)
I was inspired to try an experiment this evening. I was having a good day on Twitter and decided that I wanted to involve Twitter in a podcast so I asked people to hand over some topics so I could be a part of the conversation (via podcast). I took the first two topics suggested: Road Warriors From Parts Unknown It was fun to see what my brain did to consider, adapt, and expound on the topics. Kept it short. Definitely want to do this again in the future, so keep an eye on Twitter for your chance to give me a freestyle podcast subject. As always, big thanks to Lauren Boyko for the intro music. Thanks to you for listening. If you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on every single platform, consider doing that in your downtime. If you’ve got additional free time, please feel free to leave a review. Extra: At the end of the episode I thanked my friend Raven Mack for his topic suggestion of from parts unknown. I said if you didn’t know him, you should know him. Here’s a documentary about Raven.
22 minutes | 21 days ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - #6 (purpose)
We're living in uncertain times and I know that everything can feel overwhelming. But you aren't alone and you aren't powerless. There's a lot of work to be done, but there are a lot of us who can do it. Here's a reminder.
23 minutes | a month ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - #5 (love)
Brief episode in response to what will ultimately be a historical footnote, but is a train station of a wider and more necessary conversation about men feeling comfortable with telling their friends/family/humans that they love them. Here's the jumping off point for today's discussion. Here are some articles discussing the Tweet, its implications, and the broader subject of why the inability of men to express love for the people in their lives stunts growth, creates problems, and is something we should strive to honestly address. Slate - https://slate.com/human-interest/2020/10/joe-biden-hunter-kiss-masculinity.html MSNBC - https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/joe-biden-hunter-biden-photo-teachable-moment-fathers-masculinity-n1244438 Yahoo - https://money.yahoo.com/attacks-joe-biden-kissing-adult-205138964.html
29 minutes | a month ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - #4 (the story of my only sip of alcohol)
No guests on today's show AND YET! I still figure out a way to talk for thirty minutes. This is a story I've told about a million times. It's about the only sip of alcohol I've ever had and how I ended up at a West Virginia birthday party. Bonus content/show notes can be found on my website thebenleroy.com. "It's The Ben LeRoy Show" theme song was written and performed by Lauren Boyko.
72 minutes | 2 months ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - #3 (with Melissa Faliveno)
I'm joined on the podcast by author, musician, and friend Melissa Faliveno whose debut essay collection, Tomboyland, was released in August. FROM THE PUBLISHER - In this intrepid debut essay collection, Melissa Faliveno traverses the liminal spaces of her childhood in working-class Wisconsin and the paths she’s traveled since, compelled by questions of girlhood and womanhood, queerness and class, and how the lands of our upbringing both define and complicate us even long after we’ve left. Part personal narrative, part cultural reportage, TOMBOYLAND navigates midwestern traditions, mythologies, landscapes, and lives to explore the intersections of identity and place. From F5 tornadoes and fast-pitch softball to gun culture, strange glacial terrains, kink party potlucks, and the question of motherhood, TOMBOYLAND asks curious and critical questions about belonging and the body, isolation and community, and what we mean when we use words like woman, family, and home. “Faliveno’s dynamic essay collection inhabits the spaces in-between—male and female, Wisconsin and New York, personal and political, fear and desire—and probes the profound paradoxes of personhood.” —Oprah Magazine BEST NEW BOOKS OF AUGUST 2020 —Vogue www.melissafaliveno.com
50 minutes | 2 months ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - #2 (with Peter Brown Hoffmeister)
Rock climber, author, and all-around good dude Peter Brown Hoffmeister joins me on the podcast to discuss the new documentary, Peter and the Columns (featuring Hans Florine).
64 minutes | 3 months ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - #1 (with John Vercher)
Author John Vercher joins me to talk about his novel Three Fifths, the state of American unrest, the power of literature, and the necessity of hope. Three Fifths is about a biracial black man, passing for white, who is forced to confront the lies of his past while facing the truth of his present. It's a story of secrets, identity, violence and obsession with a tragic conclusion that leaves all involved questioning the measure of a man, and was inspired by the author's own experiences with identity as a biracial man during his time as a student in Pittsburgh amidst the simmering racial tension produced by the L.A. Riots and the O.J. Simpson trial in the mid-nineties. John Vercher is a writer currently living in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons. He holds a Bachelor's in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountainview Master of Fine Arts program. His fiction has appeared on Akashic Books' Mondays are Murder and Fri-SciFi. and he is a contributing writer for Cognoscenti, the thoughts and opinions page of WBUR Boston. Two of his essays published there on race, identity, and parenting were picked up by NPR, and he has appeared on WBUR's Weekend Edition. His non-fiction has also appeared in Entropy Magazine. You can find him on his website www.johnvercherauthor.com and on Twitter at @jverch75.
14 minutes | 7 months ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - episode two
Sorry for the delay. I planned on really doing this podcast at the beginning of the year, and then... Anyway. Psst. I need your help with something. What is it? Well, I've buried it way deep in this episode of the Ben LeRoy Show. Don't forget to rate and review and share and whatever. "It's the Ben LeRoy Show" theme song by Lauren Boyko
16 minutes | 9 months ago
The Ben LeRoy Show - pilot episode
This is the why and kinda the what of the Ben LeRoy Show.
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