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The Manic Episodes
100 minutes | Jan 30, 2023
S3 E5: Our Session with Psychic Medium Rebecca LoCicero
CW for this episode: Medical stuff & needles; suicide and self-harm; drug use Mary and Wyatt sit down for an goosebump-inducing hour-long session with psychic medium Rebecca LoCicero. Of course we cry a little; it's the Manic Episodes, after all. Also on the agenda: AI-generated lies, the 9th anniversary of Mary's Grammy performance, and poems by Wendy Cope and Ferit Edgü.
95 minutes | Jan 9, 2023
S3 E4: POV: You're a Guest at Our Holiday Party
Mary and Wyatt say there's no such thing as too much holiday celebration and they WILL die on this hill. Join us for the highlights from our Patreon holiday party, some beautiful musical performances, and some old-school segments. Also on the agenda: Poems by Leila Chatti and Topaz Winters.
85 minutes | Dec 13, 2022
S3 E3: AI Art, Compulsive Lying, and Mating Dances
IT'S MANIC MONDAY, Y'ALL. Starting today, Mary and Wyatt are dropping new episodes on Mondays, and this one is a banger. Your dutiful hosts talk about the Lensa app, whether or not AI apps can generate pop songs, and whether or not it's unethical to think Casey Anthony is hot.
81 minutes | Nov 27, 2022
S3 E2: The Hotline Era Begins
Mary and Wyatt are officially in their hotline era. It's y'all's turn to speak, and you took to this experiment like ducks to water. Your beloved hosts settle in for a chat about--what else?--dog parenting, sobriety, and trust. Call us, baby: (919) 901-0861.
78 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
S3 E1: We're Married! Let's Get Weird!
We're back, baby, and we're more married than ever! Mary & Wyatt kick off Season 3 with a long chat about the wedding that brought your podcast hosts together in holy matrimony. They also complain, because what would an episode of this podcast be without some grievances being aired? We missed y'all!!!!
74 minutes | Aug 27, 2022
S2 E21: Checking In & The End of Season 2
84 minutes | Aug 13, 2022
S2 E20: Loving & Losing a Pet
It's a solo episode with Mary & Wyatt! We're touching base about a tough time... but of course, we have some fun, too. We talk about our top 5 favorite non-sexual physical sensations, Wyatt's new fitness obsession, and our wedding planning mania.
122 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
S2 E19: Making the Accordion Sexy Again with Jamie Maschler
Jamie Maschler joins Mary and Wyatt to talk about love, music, creativity, and a question that our listeners are always curious about: How is Lawrence Welk responsible for the public image problem that plagues the accordion? Jamie shares her memory of first meeting Mary, and it is funny as hell. "Jamie Maschler, knows the versatility of the accordion better than most. She has played the instrument since she was four and spent years perfecting and competing. Talents like her seem to be increasingly valuable.“ -The Atlantic Jamie is a musician, music director, educator and an ambassador of the accordion. She is co-founder of the Brazilian bands Foleada, En Canto, and the accordion duo Creosote. She has been heard with the Pueblo Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Philharmonic. Jamie has also played the role of Nelly Friedman in Paula Vogel’s award winning play Indecent twice. In 2018, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) feature Jamie in their Museum of Making Music exhibit titled “Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA”. Jamie is based in Seattle, WA where she studied accordion under three-time Latin Grammy Nominee Jovino Santos Neto at Cornish College of the Arts.Jamie works for accordion manufacturer Petosa Accordions, where she is able to share her passion and actively participate in the reinvention and face of the traditional Instrument.
101 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
S2 E18: Queer Art in the Age of Fuckery with Jacob Tobia
Wyatt kicks off this episode solo with a brief discussion of the last week, which has been absolutely bananas. Then, Mary and Wyatt are thrilled to welcome Jacob Tobia to the pod. Jacob (they/them) is an actor, writer, producer, and author of the national bestselling memoir Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. From running across the Brooklyn Bridge in high heels to giving Trevor Noah an on-air makeover on The Daily Show, Jacob helps others embrace the full complexity of their gender, even (and especially) when it’s messy as hell. Jacob recently made their acting debut as the nonbinary character “Double Trouble” on Netflix’s She-Ra and The Princesses of Power. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Jacob currently lives in Los Angeles.
141 minutes | Jun 25, 2022
S2 E17: Ethical & Sustainable Fashion with Kat Eves
Mary and Wyatt are pleased as punch to welcome Kat Eves to the pod! Kat Eves is a plus size celebrity stylist dedicated to ethical and sustainable, size-inclusive fashion. Her red carpet styling has made the best-dressed lists from Vogue to Guardian UK, and she’s been published in Essence, Bust, and more. Her clients include The Daily Show’s Dulcé Sloan, The Walking Dead’s Pollyanna McIntosh, comedian Caleb Hearon, and of course, Mary Lambert, with a major recent highlight being dressing Dulcé for her guest appearance on Ru Paul’s Drag Race. She is based in LA and sometimes Palm Springs, and is committed to helping the fashion industry step up to contribute to creating a more ethical, equitable, and inclusive world. Also on the agenda: Mary and Wyatt are addicted to family vloggers on YouTube; Wyatt talks some trash about Jeopardy!; and poems by Caitlyn Siehl and Kiki Petrosino.
94 minutes | Jun 10, 2022
S2 E16: We Are Going to Win: Talking Abortion Access with Amelia Bonow
Mary and Wyatt are fired up because Amelia Bonow is on the pod and holy shit, she’s a force of nature. Amelia is the founding director of Shout Your Abortion, an organization working to normalize abortion and elevate paths to abortion access regardless of legality. Amelia also serves on the board of directors of Abortion Care Network, which serves and represents independent abortion providers all over the country. Amelia lives in Seattle and loves talking about abortion, watching her friends succeed, and laughing at other people but not in a mean way. Amelia is a scorpio sun, pisces moon, and gemini rising, and she is so sad but really, truly, totally believes we are going to win. She’s @ameliamaris and SYA is @shoutyourabortion. Also on the agenda: Our new segment, Conservative Politician or Movie Villain?; getting hella smart and eating tiny peanut butter cups; and poems by Ruth Lepsen and I.S. Jones. For links to the resources Amelia mentions in this episode, head to our Patreon.
96 minutes | May 28, 2022
S2 E15: What Does Kindness Mean? with Maz Hedgehog
Mary and Wyatt welcome the brilliant and talented Maz Hedgehog to the pod, Maz is a writer, performer and all round thinking person working in the spaces between real and unreal, poetry and theatre, self and other. Their poetry collection, The Body in Its Seasons, is out now with Burning Eye Books. Outside the arts, Maz dabbles in knitting, baking and excessive swearing. You can follow them @mazhedgehog on Twitter & instagram. Also, expect a special guest appearances by Maz’s cat!
124 minutes | May 14, 2022
S2 E14: Reproductive Justice & Hope with Annisha Romney
Mary & Wyatt welcome the incredible Annisha Romney to the podcast to chat about reproductive justice, sex education, and activism. Annisha works in technology as a software consultant. They were recently drawn back to activism and organizing while working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in their various former workspaces. Now most of Annisha’s free time is spent pursuing equity, acting for justice, and building intersectional feminism across the Commonwealth in their role as Co-President of Mass NOW. Also on the agenda: a rousing game of “Underrated/Overrated” and poems by Olivia Atwood, Maghan Baptiste, and Rick Barot.
93 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
S2 E13: Grief & Pleasure with Rachel McKibbens
[CONTENT WARNING: Death and illness; sexual abuse; suicide] We always say this, but this is one of our best episodes. We are thrilled to welcome Rachel McKibbens, a dear friend of ours and a blessing to the world. Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of four collections of poetry, Pink Elephant, Into The Dark & Emptying Field, MAMMOTH and blud. In 2012, McKibbens founded the annual Pink Door Writing Retreat, open exclusively to non-men writers of color. McKibbens is a member of Latinas Unidas and co-curates the critically acclaimed reading series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York.
133 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
S2 E12: Letting Go of Shame & Living Naked with Annie Grace
Oh my God oh my God oh my God Queen Annie is here! Mary & Wyatt are joined by the amazing Annie Grace, the author of This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life and The Alcohol Experiment: A 30-day, Alcohol-Free Challenge to Interrupt Your Habits and Help You Take Control. Annie grew up outside Aspen, Colorado, in a one-room log cabin without running water or electricity. Having discovered a passion for marketing, Annie Grace earned a Masters of Science (Marketing) and dove into corporate life. As the youngest vice president in a multinational company at the age of 26, her drinking career began in earnest. At 35, in a global C-level marketing role, she was responsible for marketing in 28 countries; she was drinking almost two bottles of wine a night. Knowing she needed a change but unwilling to submit to a life of deprivation and stigma, Annie Grace embarked on a journey to painlessly gain control of alcohol -- for her that process resulted in no longer wanting to drink. Never happier, she left her executive role to write and shareThis Naked Mind with the world. In her free time, she loves to ski, travel (26 countries and counting), and enjoy her beautiful family. Annie Grace lives with her husband and three children in the Colorado mountains. Also on the agenda: Movie reviews for movies Wyatt & Mary haven't seen, the best TV show in the history of the universe, and poems by Sharon Olds and Li-Young Lee.
109 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
S2 E11: Higher Ed, Hoedowns, and Hootenannies with Leslie Yingling
Mary & Wyatt are absolutely freaking out because the inimitable Leslie Yingling (she/her) is joining us on the pod. Leslie is one of Wyatt’s dearest friends in the whole world (she’s getting ordained to officiate Mary and Wyatt’s wedding!) and she is a certified badass in every way. Leslie Yingling is an Associate Dean of Students and an Assistant Vice Chancellor in Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas, where she works on increasing equity, ease of college completion and a sense of community and belonging among minoritized students. She has also worked as a housekeeper, a teacher, a reporter and copyeditor, and a reluctant backup singer in her brother's rock band. She studied political science, journalism, and psychology as an undergraduate, earning at just the wrong time a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Missouri and later a Ph.D. in public policy at the University of Arkansas. She believes that curiosity and learning can nurture generosity and justice. Her most salient felt identities are secular humanist, white woman, educator, parent, introvert, big sister, and friend. When she needs a time out, she spends time outside, with her family, or listening to two Steve Winwood songs repeatedly.
78 minutes | Mar 20, 2022
S2 E10: Mary and Wyatt Check In
It’s a solo episode! Mary and Wyatt take a break from our amazing slate of guests to check in about how they’re holding up during a tumultuous couple of weeks. Also on the agenda: art made of candy, bald eagle webcams, and poems by Wendell Berry and Ashley M. Jones.
111 minutes | Mar 5, 2022
S2 E9: Dismantling Diet Culture with Judith Matz
Wyatt and Mary snuggle into Wyatt's office to talk to anti-diet trailblazer Judith Matz (LCSW, author of The Diet Survivor's Handbook and creator of the Making Peace with Food card deck) about weight stigma, binge eating disorder, and common myths about fatness. Also on the agenda: The Manic Episodes hired a bunch of unpaid employees; Wyatt is hooked on the Civil War; and poems by Sylvia Plath and Reginald Dwayne Betts. Instagram: @judmatzJudith's Website
161 minutes | Feb 19, 2022
S2 E8: Healing from Religious Trauma with Andrea Randall
Content warning: Eating disorders; sexual assault. Mary and Wyatt take a break from wedding planning and their continued obsession with Meg Stalter to talk about church, scripture, and theology with author and religious scholar Andrea Randall. They also bring back Absolution Hour and read poems by Jon Sands and Gabrielle Calvocoressi.
110 minutes | Feb 5, 2022
S2 E7: The Art of Nothing Much with Kathryn Nicolai
Content warning for this episode: Eating disorders Mary and Wyatt welcome the fabulous author, podcast host, and world-creator Kathryn Nicolai (she/her) to the podcast. Kathryn is the creator of the enormously successful podcast Nothing Much Happens and the author of the book of the same name. She is an architect of coziness, writing soothing stories that both ease the reader into peaceful sleep and teach the principals of mindfulness so that waking hours likewise become sweet and serene. She leans on her years of experience as a yoga and meditation teacher to seamlessly blend storytelling with brain training techniques that build better sleep habits over time. She lives in Michigan with her wife and three dogs. Mary and Wyatt chat with Kathryn about creating and maintaining boundaries, both in personal and professional life. They talk about the genesis of Nothing Much Happens (it involves a beagle), and the incredible world she has created through the stories on the podcast. She also talks about how those beautiful stories became a beautifully illustrated book. Also on the agenda: Mary and Wyatt pitch their own sleep stories; Kathryn tells us how to make butter tomato sauce; and poems by Ada Limón, Rumi, and Rachel Wiley. http://instagram.com/nothingmuchhappenspodcast https://www.facebook.com/nothingmuchhappenspodcast/ https://twitter.com/nothingmuchpod
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