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The Opposite Of Lonely
52 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
15. What Makes a Co-House a Co-Home?
Early in 2018, six friends pooled their resources, bought a house together in Toronto, and formed a small intentional community. A little over a year later, producer Chris and I went there to learn about their approach to creating a harmonious and supportive home.
59 minutes | Jul 3, 2019
14. Asking Deep Questions.
Jan Keck designed the Ask Deep Questions deck as a tool for getting past small talk into meaningful conversations. Nadia invites some friends of the show on to test it out.
42 minutes | Apr 19, 2019
13. Walking Conversations.
Dylan Reid and Juan Gonzalez-Calcaneo join Nadia to talk about urban exploration, pedestrian advocacy, and Jane's Walk.
53 minutes | Mar 14, 2019
12. Music Scenes.
Toronto-based musicians Simon Borer and Kristin Fung join Nadia to discuss how music has always been a part of how they connect with other people.
47 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
11. The Holiday Episode.
Writer Shari Kasman and podcaster Chris Piuma join Nadia to talk about strategies for getting through—and maybe even enjoying—the holidays.
46 minutes | Nov 12, 2018
10. Working Arrangements that Work.
Ange Friesen and Jessica Taylor join Nadia to discuss co-working spaces, “awkward digital coffee dates”, and their ideal workspaces.
59 minutes | Oct 3, 2018
9. Artscape Gibraltar Point.
We visit Artscape Gibraltar Point, an artists residency on Toronto Island, and sit down with Julia Tausch and Anna Synenko on getting away from it all—but not, you know, too far away.
53 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
8. Having a Baby.
Beth Martin and Allysun Welburn join Nadia to discuss their experiences with childbirth and new motherhood.
52 minutes | Jul 24, 2018
7. New in Town.
You’re moving to a new city! It’s an exciting chance to start fresh, maybe re-invent yourself a bit with a whole new social circle. But are you going to lose the friends you made in the last place you lived? And how will you start meeting new people? Eva Amsen and Daniel Price join Nadia to discuss.
50 minutes | Jun 19, 2018
6. Parties for Non-Partiers.
Diane Campbell and Chris Piuma join Nadia in being ambivalent about the whole party thing. So, for non-party people, what makes a party actually enjoyable? Is it better to show up early, or late? When you realize you’ve been talking to someone for too long and you want to circulate, what do you do? All this, plus an analysis of “friend flirting” as opposed to “real” flirting!
57 minutes | May 28, 2018
5. Talking to Strangers.
Anesh Daya (On the Spot Language) and Robbie Stokes Jr. (The I Talk To Strangers Foundation) join Nadia to chat about the great things that can happen when people start talking to each other; the things that can go wrong, and how to handle them; and the best way to start a conversation out of the blue (a simple compliment goes a long way!).
56 minutes | May 3, 2018
4. Social Awkwardness.
Ah, social awkwardness: Where would comedy be without it? I think it happens when the scripts our social interactions follow get disrupted, and nobody knows what to do next. Rebecca has some theories about it, and also the funniest stories. Michael thinks it has to do with an excess of caring and self-awareness. What separates awkwardness from worse things, like bullying, is that the latter involves deliberate malice on someone’s part. But being bullied can make you more self-conscious, and therefore more awkward. [This episode includes a discussion of bullying and homophobia.]
52 minutes | Apr 20, 2018
3. Sociability and the Single Woman.
As a “relationship virgin,” I wonder whether I even want a relationship anymore, or just feel like a weirdo for not being in one. Melissa describes her current status as “willfully single” -- she’s focusing on building other meaningful relationships in her life. Sabrina’s single and looking, but has also just bought a house with five friends; is that really any weirder or riskier than getting married? We also talk about strategies for making new, close friends when you’re past your twenties; planning way ahead, financially and socially; and how being single isn’t the same as being alone.
46 minutes | Apr 5, 2018
Daniel is the youngest of three kids; Vanessa’s a middle child from a large, blended family. We talk about how older siblings mold the younger ones’ tastes and ambitions, how sometimes staying good friends with your siblings as adults means setting some boundaries, and how the one thing that always brings you and your brothers and sisters together is making fun of your parents.
41 minutes | Mar 21, 2018
Dylan Reid and Wendy Banks join Nadia to talk about confraternities, libraries, and whether socializing was simpler for our parents.
2 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
0. Coming Soon.
Coming soon! The Opposite of Lonely is a podcast about how people find and create community and social connection. Each episode, Nadia will sit down with a couple of interesting guests and discuss how people create community and social connection these days. We’ll focus on the relationships that don’t usually get discussed on “relationship” podcasts — with friends, siblings, even coworkers. We’ll try to pin down what gives us a sense of togetherness, and what puts the quality in “quality time.” Being unlonely these days is a work in progress. It can be challenging and confusing, and most of us are still figuring it out. Let’s talk about it. Come hang out with us!The Opposite of Lonely will begin on March 21, 2018, at Megaphonic.fm.
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