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So interesting, I even wanted to do a podcast because I'm a very private person very much like mind your own business. I will fully mind mine kind of girl, but for this. I just felt like it was important to talk about it. Because for so many years like I was just so tortured by my body that I'm like if I get a place where I'm comfortable with it. Like, why not discuss it within the parameters that I control? You're listening to the almost thirty podcast a lifestyle podcast hosted by Christa Williams and Lindsay Simsek. Tune in for new episode every Tuesday to hear honest conversations about topics like wellness. Entrepreneurship spirituality and self development with guests who are really smart, really inspirational and really fucking funny. It's real it's raw, and it's unfiltered inspired by our transition from our twenties to our thirties. We realized it's so much more than that. Our mission is to provide you the tools guidance and motivation to help you advocate, any transitions in your life and hell your personal. Thanks so much for tuning into the almost thirty podcasts. Here we go. Hello. Hi. Hello everyone. Coming to you live from. I don't know. Sometimes I feel like as just. Luton on its own zoo. Does anyone know how weird it gets here? Like what? So this morning. I was like I got to work early. And I was down by I was just kind of take a walk. Sometimes very teach just because. I don't wanna talk tenuous die of the tiger. Boom. Yeah. I couldn't do that. When he started talking. Everyone punched the air. Yeah. Yeah. I kind of sometimes I avoid, but sometimes I really wanna talk. But I was done by where the benches are like look out onto the ocean. And I was just sitting on a bench and then. I had my eyes closed for I wasn't necessarily meditating. I was just telling this woman sits next to me. But I don't open my eyes. I just like kind of feel someone next to me. And all of a sudden fucking nowhere. She goes. I literally jumped out of my body did that's so gay. Day, and it's annoying because she wanted to scare you. Of course, she wanted to scare this girl who was just like taking her moment. And I just and I it's funny. How my body like new she was there, and I was like subconsciously prepared for something to happen. So I actually although it feels like I jumped out of my body just slightly turned, and I just opened my eyes. And I was like, hey, are you? Okay. She's like. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Okay. So I looked down law and order mine. Looks down makes sure she doesn't have knife Adra percents or screwdriver and then slide off that bench. Yeah. I was just like all right? I just got up as if like it was time for me to go in my own little routine. I was like I literally dusted off my pants as if I had somewhere to go. Like, I was like all right. My time is John here. She's on the one with the dusty pants. There's just a lot of a lot of characters. That's for sure for damn sure. It's nervous system is always ready for it. I know I know this morning. I went on a walk with a good friend seen in a while. And she went through lake a pretty serious health issue. So so hard like we're like Runyon bawling her eyes out for like an hour and a half. And it was just like so interesting too. Be older and be like. Oh, this happened. And I didn't know about it. And but it doesn't have anything to do with me. And I'm so thankful that you're supported by the people that are supporting you, and the people that are supporting you are the perfect people to supporting you. But it's like as you get older, you just realize like that you can't be there for everyone. You can't be something for everyone and like. You just it's just weird because it is I felt like in. But it's it's annoying because humans we always make it about ourselves. So you know, I am very much like feeling for her. And it was like time. And I was just thinking about her husband and everything like that. But then you always kind of think too. You're like, wow. Like kind of bombed. I didn't know, you know, until now, but a Bank fly no now, but it's not about me. And it's about their journey, and it's not about my reaction to it or my support of it. So it's such an interesting thing because you care so much, and you feel so much for them. But then again, you're also like kind of like thinking about your place in it. Totally crazy. Yeah. I know. I just felt like, but I mean, I'm just so thankful she's like so supported, but it was just crazy. It was like, oh, man. Now thinking about it. It was really sad which is weird because you get older wash the two I'm like as you get older, we have so many people that are going through so much, you know, like in however, many months two months this happened. You know, we have other friends like I have another friend in New York who goes through a lot on regular basis. She's like growing a lot, you know, she goes a lot. And it's like dude in like two months like so much has happened for them. You know, what I mean people process it so differently? So like in that case with your friend. It's like, they don't maybe they don't necessarily talk to know about it openly to a lot of people. And so, yeah, I like, I see my ego pop up a lot like even just with, you know, immediate family when something happens, and I'm not notified up, and it's not a huge deal. But it's just like them egos like. Why didn't I know? Yeah. I could have done something. But like at the same time, everyone thinks about it because in their mind, they're like, well, she's doing her thing. It's not a huge deal. It's not life or death. A let her know. Yeah, later, so that it doesn't disrupt her day, and then my egos like, but no like, yeah. You know what? I mean. Like, we wanna help I had that moment. But I was like, and then I'm just like sitting there. I'm like she was so supported by all the right people, and I'm just so thankful that I'm part of this. But it there was I was just thinking I'm like I thought about myself before. And I would be like, and I almost like your reaction is to be like, I'm so sorry. I'm so sad that I didn't know, and it's like again, but it's not about you people do that. It's like I wish I would've known and you're like, well, it's not about you. You know what I mean? And I like, so I made sure to consciously never say that never be like I wish I would've known even though I did. But like, it's not really my, you know, it's not about me knowing like, why are you? You're more satisfied about knowing you know, what I mean. There's just issues like such an interesting thing, but I'm just like praying for her. But I just reminded like so many people are going through so many things on a day-to-day basis. It's like so hard to like, no when you catch people like where they are. You know? Yeah. Especially health issues for granted. Every I mean, I'm I feel so lucky I don't have anything that is chronic. I don't have anything that is a daily daily struggle. But I know a lot of people who do and it's like how. How does that affect like not just your health? But like your relationship your of self a hundred percent and like she's. Jordan, young are balanced blonde. Yes. Jordan door limes- Z's. And so many things have been happening for her. You know, she met the love of her life. She got engaged, but she's also like fighting for her health every single day, and it's become her job to try and feel good. Just feeling good is is it just a struggle for her. And so like, I'm I'm grateful that she's kind of putting herself out there because I know a lot of people are benefiting from seeing how she is able to on a daily basis cope with it. But I mean, I. Stuff happens. You're like, you know, an are just kept thinking of her husband who are door, my friend, my friends. Dear husband, I adore. Diaphragm. I cry thinking about him and just like men sometimes don't really have an opportunity to process like we do too. You know, so you could ask them like how are you feeling like what are your thoughts on things? But they oftentimes don't really have the ability to vocalise how they feel like move through it or express it. So, you know, I like think to like worried not I'm not worried about him at all like, he's totally fine. But I just think of men, and I think of him in that situation too. You know, and he's seeing his wife the person he loves the most in pain, you know, going through something it's like, and you can't do anything about it. You know? It's just so hard. You don't you're not. I don't think you learn that anywhere. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. That's true hard. She's healthy now. So who's just crazy like when we were we were like walking in like, I was just like something, and it was weird too. Because I haven't talked to her in like a month or two since it happened, or you know, to happen within the two months, and I texted her like four weeks ago, and it was a week after it happened. I was just thinking of her one day Sunday. And I was like, oh, I love her so much. I miss her. I wonder what she's doing well in textiles. I love you so much news like a few days after she got back from the hospital. It's like, oh, yeah. But crazy crazy. It was just really sad. And but that's getting older. You know? I know I thought about yesterday. I was like, oh, wow. Like if I'm lucky enough, I'm going to be on this earth for another. Maybe fifty sixty years, and it's just like so many things are going to have so many. Of myself, my health the world. Yes. The world relationships. I'm just like. Oh, wow. Like if I think about long enough, really overwhelms me. Think of like, you know, I'm going to lose people. I'm going to. It's just like totally think about that too. I have a good friend who know so many people she's like, friends or Sony people. So she's had a lot of loss because she knows so many people, you know, what I mean like because you have such a wide net. Like, you have hot loss your family's huge. You know? So it's almost like you have all that love. But then you have more loss. Sometimes when you have a bigger family because you experience it more because you know, more people. Yes. You know, it's hard. Absolutely. Not to be a Debbie Downer. No, not at all. Doing better. Yeah. I'm so glad so y'all emerges. You know at the house Justice plan, red dead. The other day like walked in and it was like his horses like little guy and red dead. It's like cowboy is the theme. What are you doing? He's like, I'm braiding my horses hair like on red dead. Yeah. You can like do whatever you want and like he was breeding horses hair. The cutest thing I've ever seen in my life. Everyone else is you know, being in pillaging, the whole town and Justin's braiding the horse's hair literally like, you, rob. You can kill you can rape and pillage for like tons of money and Justin's like wandering around on his horse like in the fields like braiding, are you playing with other people? No, no. So it's just you. It's like an open seen. You can do whatever you want. You had these missions. It's like do you have to research like how to breed the horse's hair does snow as a boy just noses a boy, I guess he just tried. And he could isn't that the funniest thing ever? I'm like, dude, you're so funny. I just keeping good him out just in give. So we we both had our article shipment of furniture, and we had a wonderful team of guys put it together and articles mid century modern furniture. That's pretty affordable will working with them. Best the best, and I just picture him. I guess he was there. When your delivery got there. And he was like jamming with the guys. He's like, oh, hey, here, you go any like opens up because we both have cabinets were so lucky that we get things done to us. So we I always like to just to give to me bowl, you know, on the regular, you know, give tour listeners. Gives them kindle. Yes. So these guys were at Lindsay's putting the furniture together from article on her furniture there. So that's the thing about article, and this isn't an ad spot. It's cheap. It's mid century modern it's clean, and they come and put it together at your crib? Yeah. It's so like yell that's like a ninety nine percent of the selling point for me as putting the furniture together. So they put together this like gorgeous table that. Also, you guys pictures of it my house. Yeah. Just it was talking to the guys. And I don't know if one of the guys like Saul one of the candles was like barbecue sent. Here's the guys were lenses, and they were like as like have you guys seen that glass table? It's gorgeous. That's the table. I got at my house, and he's like, oh, he's was your husband there. I'm like. Yeah. Like by boyfriend was there, Justin. And they're like, yeah. We remember him. He's the one that gave us the candle. I just just goes into my stash and just gives them the candles on like, that's so sweet. It's so cute like how? He knows he knows where the stash here's candles and Copari. And here's some forcing medic coffee like all the good shit books by the end of Halloween night. Like, it's all gone. Oh, yeah. I know when I saw my friend this morning, I brought her like a bag of shit. I was like here's tons of shit for you. I know so much makes me happy. All right, ever one today on the podcast. We have the ladies from she's all fat one of our favorite pods. Yeah. It's they are cool. I love hanging with them. So fi April shrew angels visionaries the five. Smart. Yeah. So smart, this really honest, and raw, and like we know that you guys will enjoy you know, the content that they have to share. We wanted to bring them on and have just like an open conversation and dialogue about podcasting about building their business about body positivity and self love, and they they're so educated especially in the space of Basel body to positively while can't speak. But so like, there's just this like Chile to them that is like we just had a really great conversation. That was I fell kind of went beyond, you know, just to podcasters podcast teams. Like just chatting like I learned a lot. I really learned a lot. Yeah. And for me to like, I wanna learn more about every like, I just want to learn more about everyone in the world and like different opinions different races, different body types, different ethnic. Cities different political views different health fused event, wellness views. So having people on fat had like a different experience relationship through body as me, but I also see parallels in between, you know, in between our stories was like really helpful for me. And I felt like it was. Yeah. So credible. Yeah. Their experiences, really interesting. And we love them we had the best time. So we know you'll love she's fat. So an April enjoyed this episode. Join our secret Facebook group, if you haven't already we are rounding out our tour in Vancouver on December fourth and six. So if you are in or around Vancouver, come and see us almost thirty podcasts dot com slash Tori, can grab your tickets there. We will be doing a fitness event with our friends Shera, and then more of a spiritual event with Brima Lanson who was on the podcast and then on our moon, Alex from honor moons. That's. To be a moon circle great event and mid Cooper. It's going to be awesome. 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I am blending things up at six AM. I'm blending up in the evening. I make smoothies Mitee's everything like that. So when neutral it said that they wanted to work with Lindsay, and I I could not have been kicked truly it's a brand that one, you know, they've been around for so long evolved with kind of the trends in the needs of people who are really serious about health and wellness. I'm just I am too. And then so they we've been working with them. So before I had the regular neutral, and I loved it. I've had it for years and years, and so I was really thankful that they sent us the balance because I have a tendency to over pack over back by. I put so much in there. And you know, a lot of times I can get all the nutrients I need and not have as much. So it's kind of been a good eye opening thing for me to have the balance the neutral balance and then have the app and sort of track and see how much and how many calories and fat and carbs of everything in my smoothie that I'm putting in. So I'm not being hard and fast with anything. But it does really help me understand my nutritional macro. And you know, whatever, I'm having my breakfast. So that it can kind of take that into consideration for the rest of the day. It's so great. And it's not intimidating. I'll be on a sometimes when when brand say they've like me things more high tech. I get nervous. This is so user friendly not intimidating at all. It's kind of fun. It makes it makes like the smoothie making or if you're making soups, dressings, whatever you're making really really fun. So they've collaborated with nutritionists. Dieticians app developers and just created this really fun experience, and you can customize it to fit your own needs. And you will just enjoy it. 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Does a good job like figuring out what our brand will look like my brain just doesn't work like that. At all. So it's it's a whole business. You know, which I don't think I fully understood going making it till you make it with stuff. Like nothing makes me feel dumber than being faced with like the sound stuff that I don't know how to do and even googling it and being like, so I might as well not gone to college. I've no. Your own no producer. We got our wonderful producer names Maria. She she lives on the other side of the country. And before we had her we had a couple of producers like my boyfriend edited a few. He's. Down. SAF season for the first couple of it was a lot of us being like, okay levels. And there's a scratchy noise when I turn my head it founds high. On. No. Fully went to film school. I should have and yet, no. Get over won't buy it. I would just end up being on the floor lake. How does it even work? Anyway, I'm talking and it's on the computer. How does it happen? Are real. She really doesn't. I feel like that is the most complicated part of all of Penn be the most time consuming emotionally draining. I feel younger like trying to get out like little room noises. Yeah. For plane. Insurance or anything just getting interns. I could have. Oh, man. We wanted to make sure because we both had unpaid internships. And like we're pretty against. Unpaid internship. But it's right because we just paid back all of our startup costs were just now profitable. And like what what we decided is like we would have insurance if they could get paid by their college, which also still does it's not like a perfect solution rate because it's still only keeps the pool to people who go to colleges who do that. But that's what we did footfall. We have a wonderful new in term name, your STAN, and we had a wonderful summer. Intern named Len and she's kind of still hovering around the best changed a law for been helpful to have more people on the team because for while. It was just me. And so thin just means so Phan are like other producers than just over in our main producer this big thing. So now, it's nice entrance. Be like can you handle this little thing? I really don't have time to think about and they're like, yes, I'm like. Guilty line. You're you have like more space to create absolutely about the show the content doing the content part is honestly like the smallest amount of time, which is wild. Because as the stuff we want to spend the most time on our biggest lake nonspecific goals is just to be able to push more that work off onto other people. So we can spend more time focusing on the lake creative content show. Accuse me listeners were just gonna talk about. I'm literally nodding so hard. Podcast. Oh. We were kicked off I tunes another week. Fucking. Just pooped their pants. It's actually like how many downloads did we lose? But then well, yeah. I'll say, but apparently, and our producers didn't know our editors producers didn't know, the sub title of the podcast has to be a certain amount of keywords. And if you go over that amount, they just kicked you all Maria texted us, something about this laying understand. Laying understand. Whoa. As I was like because we he were done to the fucking. Oh my God. They. We went a little too hard. Got your in Texas something about and we nice fit jaw. Totally no clue. Doesn't give a fuck. No mercy. They're like pink and book you off. They don't make money from it right now. You know what? I mean post us they host all this data and information, and that's why they can only have a certain amount of your podcast on there. You can't listen to every single one. If you go to the library 'cause they're so they're just free hosting all this data, and they're not right now making any money from it. So it's like, that's why the analytics are all there's not a portal for analytics. And you can't see the one thing I'm so grateful for and I think about this. Maybe once a week is the fact like, you know, with Instagram that's like, Chris Williams, however, many followers, I love that. I tunes isn't like almost thirty podcast this many downloads. Oh, yeah. Yes. Something like that. The rankings. But you don't really know what you don't have any idea. Why rankings aren't exactly? Yes. The only thing you can really look at is reviews. Because like, you know, my favorite murder has like fifty thousand. Okay. You know? But also some people like this new apart Gessen never reviews, you really don't. Mistreated mice a and honestly well start the podcast like how did you guys? I know people time. The script. Look at each other like how long are you going to tell this one? Yeah. It's whoever leans back doesn't tell. The listener that home I leaned very far back. I wanna hear versions. Damon backing yours. Short and sweet by listeners one. On a writing app that failed made by BJ Novak writing. Right. Yes. It was called the list up. And it was like you would go on and write lists. And it was a place for it was like one of those internet places where for some reason there is this really cool community and not enough people had found it to make garbage yet. And so people would go on. And they would write lists about like this would be called like ten things. My mom said to me this Christmas or like the five best ways to lake make this dish from my homeland or something and it was like storytelling through this kind of. And then people would just write things that relate. Here's what happened to be last night. Are you guys ready? Short-form? But like, very creative. You could do a bunch of different stuff within young people were just like interested in reading each other's work. And it was fun. And it was for like a second was fourteen. Yeah, we were both on there. And we like both of us have kind of like lifelong friends from it now, which is weird like literally like the internet and like the late nineties, you know, like back in the day and then April posted on there. Like, oh, I just got a job in LA moving. A and I was like we're going to be friends, and she was like, I am not sure yet. She moved away. And then we started hanging out. And then we were both like really into positively in April is lake listen, we're both trying to like find more ways to do creative output. Do you wanna do podcast together? And I was like, okay. You seem like you get stuff done. I need that. Hopefully, the regular. We both just jumped in like, I remember we had the idea of may twenty fifth in the next day. We started hard core and have been going. Google Drive really excited to build a big that was ours. And here, we are, you know, is going to be she's all fat the name one of my best friends came up with the name. We were like that money is great. I knew I wanted it to be upon. But I just was struggling with it for so long and one of the first things. One of the first things you said a few days, and then it was just like. Yeah. It's like, it's honestly kind of hard as title sometimes. Because some people you say and you're like, oh my God. That's amazing. And then some people you can see I can be in spaces where I'm uncomfortable saying the name because I don't want to have to explain like, actually, I don't hate my thought. So it's fine. Oh, you wanna be called? My mom's reacted. She was like. So you going to call yourself fat in public got it. Yeah. Okay. Now, I roll forever. I wrote but like. The mine vibes. Mamba not into. Here. We are. Breath. I wish my other would be. Title oury. Pretty it. She's been our number one largest supporter unpatriotic since day one. Carnival. I can't access the content after show me. Hope you she can't figure out how to listen except for in the car because it automatically connector fern. Yep. She's like two seasons for she's working, man. Yes. My mom. Just started listening. It's than my mom. Random one. Most of them except for the ones about crystals and sex my dad, it's a blog. How's your blog? But I'm like, it's not doing. Like, how is it transmitted? How what I answer? I understand. I was like a radio show, and he's like a radio show. How's it transmitted? This is the way his brain works. Bulletin every just has some thoughts about. Yeah. She's very like what does that been like kind of sharing so openly from the gecko as far as like with our listeners like with our parents think I friends and family and the nurse. I mean with me so interesting that I even wanted to podcast because I'm a very private person in very much like mind your own business. I will fully mind mind, kind of girl, but for this. I just feel like it was important to talk about it. Because for so many years like I was just tortured by my body that I might get someplace where I'm comfortable with it. Like, why not discuss it within the parameters that I control certain things that we don't talk about certain things that like we add it out if we feel like we too much I'm willing to share within a controlled environment. You know, my most on the pike. Podcast is Maria cut that out. Very true. You know, we get to control how it comes to openness. The one I think that's a perfect fit. Yeah. Yeah. And it's like, you're just with your friend. Just doesn't feel like people always go. How do you share all of that? You know, like my friends how literally just chilling house. And sometimes it's like, ooh. But family, my mom just started listening, and it's been like a few conversations, really. My mom is very supportive. I'm pretty lucky. Both my parents are honesty. It's been funny. Like, most of my friends, I would say are actually thin street size and all of them kind of thought lake Thami along the journey of going from like really hating myself really trying to diet like twenty four seven trying to support me in that. And then along the past when I was like, actually, I think I'm going to do this. They're like, okay. And so now like most of my close friends, I mean, all my close friends are like very supportive and on board with everything and sometimes will especially if it's been girls who have never late practiced being an ally in this the way Bill sometimes like founder a little bit in real life situations. But then they'll be like, okay. Next time, all blah, blah, blah. To do. So I feel like pretty much everyone has been very I don't I've never had someone be like, I can't support you. If you don't support it. You just won't listen to my. No. Yeah. It's been it's been nice people. Even with my mom, my mom like wishes, I would lose weight, but she's also excited that I've got a place where I'm like comfortable with myself and from the ground up, and so it's it's been nice to feel. Did you don't have to lay creek about something? She'll just be like, okay. We have to be patient with me and listening to this very radical podcast. What is like been each of your kind of relationships and the journey with your body's? Well for me. I grew up in a house where we were always on a diet together. I've older sisters, and then at some point my grandma joined us, and it was always kind of like we were it was like a like family activity like we're going to go to the mall and the other which is not the best environment to grow up in. And it's also was kind of complicated because of my parents are immigrants from Liberia. So like, the ideal standard of beauty that my mom was trying to get me. If it is not the same as the American like, she never wanted me to be like nice to she just wanted me to be like, you know beyond safe but slightly thicker. Aspiring like specific type of body that my body naturally was not and like everybody in my family's pretty much around my same size, but like trying to get smaller. So it was Wisconsin gated in it from my mom. It was it was like never from a place of trying to harm me. It was always a place of like she wanted me to get married. So that I could live a better life than she did that was literally just it. And that was like why she came to this country because she wanted me to have a better life, and she feels like part of that would be able to be be able to marry up and have a different life. Yeah. To me. She's just like, well, how are you gonna marry up? If you're not hot, and I'm like, oh, good point. Good point. It's not gonna work out the digital. Yeah. I was pretty much just doing that like trying to diet until I got to college. And it was like a combination of not having time to be on a diet. So busy and also just like getting frustrated I've tried everything we were on Atkins. When I was five like I've been on every night. And it never worked ever like a genuinely gave it a good college trying. I was like what if I just did? And I also was getting into like feminism at the time. And I was like a sociology double major for a while. And so I got to like learn about north west. Yes. So I got to think about like an critical like academic sense. And then it's kind of like made sense to me. I was like, oh this patriarchy. This is just like another tool being used to get me to my instead of spending my time on the other like radical things that I could be spending my time on so to me that was really liberating, but it was also like such a privilege to go somewhere away from my environment where I just kind of got to like think for four years, and then I came out different. You know? That was the beginning of the journey for me. You know, what's interesting with the parents thing too is I been thinking about that. Like, how a lot of parents, you know, they want better for their kids so much that they will put themselves in pain, and they will make themselves struggle, and they will make themselves happy, but they don't end up doing better for their kids because the kids see them being in pain, and they see them being unhappy. And if they realized that they are doing that for them, then they're the reason for their pain. So it's a very interesting thing that is often, you know, has very good intentions for you to want to work all day and all night for your kids, or, you know, be on a diet for your kids or have a lot of money for your kids. But it's like if it's you're doing in pain the kids associate them doing that with them gets for them. So it's like a very interesting thing that I've been deed about lately league with your mom. It's like she wants you to be and my mom, you know, in different ways had like a same sentiment. You know, she never that was her number one thing she never wanted. Me to be heavier fat or anything like that. Because she felt like she always was. So it was always like that sort of pressure was like in good intention sheets. She had an experience that made her feel like she didn't want me to be a certain type of way. But then it's like, it becomes very painful for you. Because I'm taking a lot of that on. So she something I was thinking about what you're talking about that, and then winning college did you like become wokers reeling? Angry almost because I think sometimes when you get all this knowledge you like almost become a little angry because you realize everything that's going on. Oh, absolutely. I so had that like obnoxious college phase raptors like, you know, what the man, and you know, what else? Oh, really? The truth is is that I was always angry, but I didn't really acknowledge it or to like express it or unleash it. And then when I got to that place where I kind of just had for years to think and understand what was going inside a meat. I'll just came out. And yeah, I got very angry for like most of college. And then I was like, you know, mellowed out by the end of it. But I think the anger was productive because it was a way for me to sort of acknowledge like all the stuff inside of meals like always felt like things were more challenging for me. But I couldn't put my finger on it. And now, it's like, oh, yeah, I'm marginalized a bunch of different ways. I'm like fat grew up poor. I, you know, my parents are immigrants, and I didn't have a way to like unpack that until I was able to get educated. And then it just turned into like fury. Yeah. It was like angry protesting like twenty four seven. Due to protest today. You're taking the tail. Trees as well. Don't mind I was a sociology minor minor at the end 'cause I found it. I had to staff. No. Numbers. Twice. And then I watch it class instead, and I have my friend do it like with me with you. So you guys I am having my family come to California for thanksgiving for that means mom dad who are divorced. We still do holidays together. Justin, and my sister. And I'm the only vegan vegetarian one in the family. But I am going to make an amazing meal or have veggie grill helped me make an amazing meal for the holidays that non vegans non vegetarians also love God. 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Like was it an it's kind of a negative control thing. And it's something that's like pressed on you. And it's uttering your body in probably making you feel like, you know, I have to change. But did you almost in a way that it was a commodity with your sisters and stuff we would bond because it's like a collective effort thing like families who like run marathons together. It was the kind of same mindset where it's like we're going to choose something. And we'd have little goals for each other like where we lose this weight as a family, we're going to do this or whatever. And so I mean, it was it was bonding, but it was also like not health told in the long run. But it was very like I didn't realize that that was odd until like remove myself from the environment because it was so the norm for as far back as I can remember, there's definitely a bonding element to it. Just because it's like while we all live in the same society. So we all are under the same pressure. We're all like a household of women, and we're all doing the same thing. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Go to walk. Nobody wants to go onto. Top lean cuisine. Cuisine. What do you vote use of well mine, I feel like my relationship with my body has always been like tied up in either medical stuff or disordered stuff? My mom lake nev-. My momma, very different body type. Like, I'm built like my dad, basically, my mom's sister built like each other. And so like, my mom just didn't like she took me to the doctor. We have found a sheet in my lake medical files when I was going through them couple of months ago, where it was like I was five and we went to the doctor and the doctor wrote on it too fat less cake at five, and my mom was like my mom's like, I remember this lake and keep in mind. My mom, I was her oldest child. She wanted to do when it's your oldest filed like the stories often you want to do everything perfectly like I hadn't even eaten chocolate until I was like three and a half lake. She didn't let me watch Disney movies until I was like went to pre pre K, and then came home pissed that she hadn't let me. You know, it's not like she was being, you know, not conscientious photos eating and just ever since. Then it was like I was always the top of the lake doctors, wait charts. And then I was on diet since I was like eight and she was always doing it. Because like she'd be like, okay, doctor says we should do this. I guess let's do this. But in retrospect, it's like, the doctors recommended like Jenny Craig and other like meal replacement things that are not healthy dieting, aside, not healthy foods, you know. And then I also like had some kind of you know, I like motion leading in disordered eating stuff going on and like my teenage years, and then it. Yeah. My weight just like bounced up in back down. I was like constantly trying to be thin and my mom's wait never really fluctuated that much. And so it made me and she was like never super pressuring about anything. She just like wanting to be healthy like wanted me to listen to what the doctor seeing ever. And it was very what it ends up doing is making me feel. There was something wrong with me because my body wasn't reacting in the way, I thought it was the post to two things why would fight and fight and fight and fight to get my weight down. And then if I ate one extra thing with like immediately gained five pounds or something like I've gained in last maybe gained a total of four hundred pounds over my life like over, you know, lose fifty pounds sixty pounds lose sixty pounds gains. Don't you like over and over and over and over and then in college, I did a bunch of other things too that we're kind of dangerous to try to lose weight that we're like encouraged by lake the people around me because in thin with the unanimous the ultimate health. Even though it's not the only it's not a good marker of health weight is not a good marker of health. So for example, I went to college in the bay area. I went into San Francisco twice for period of six months and got pregnancy hormones injected and eight four hundred calories a day that lost a lot of way, and that was a med spa. And people are like, oh my God. You look great. Great. Meanwhile, I go off of it and immediately like a bunch of heart. H c g something. Whole thing. And I even remember going into the office and the lady at the front ING like this is my third time on the diet. This time I'm gonna do it. And I in my head. I was still in the spot where I was like, I'll do better than her total. My reaction wasn't like, wait. This is bullshit. It was like she's not trying hard. And then it senior year, I like had a some stuff happen. And then I had like an intense bout of depression, and I went on antidepressants, but first time in my life, and I was very depressed, and I gained like sixty pounds and three months from the medication from being depressed. And I was like I went back to the doctor is like what's happening. They were like a medication. This medication. Always does that by the way does that. But I just kind of decided like if I focus on this right now, if I allow myself to be disordered about this and the way I have in the past if I make this my primary focus right now, I'm going to die. Can do this right now? I have to this on getting out of bed like trying to exercise to get literal endorphin class. So I graduate. I cannot focus on this right now. And just by putting it out of my head like it was the first time in my whole life that I managed to go days without inking every other second about my body and hiding my body. What was I going to eat for dinner that night? What how many calories could I get away with that night? How could I make sure I exercise the next day? How could I try to you know, how can I prove to everyone around me that I'm eating in a in a way that will make me lose weight. How can I show him being good? And because I told myself, you can't think about this right now, you have to survive it was like wild at the end of two months like when I was coming out of the depression like a year later and being like, wow. Like, it was actually I didn't have to like, I was still fine. Not thinking about it. It was like such a realization just of like, oh my life. Didn't get worse. I stopped thinking about it like my life got better. And maybe I don't have to think about this time. And like, maybe I can actually focus on my health, which is different from focusing on my weight, and maybe I can not spend every moment deciding if I'm allowed to do something because of my body or deciding if I'm good enough to do something because if I've eaten the right, you know, amount of things, and that was really the start of when I started looking into stuff was when I like literally had a crisis that like forced me to stop thinking about it. And then I was like, wait. How far can I feel good about? And then. Yeah. Kind of went from there. But it wasn't. It literally wasn't until then that I saw a different way, and I was forced into it. So I try to be like it's hard now that I'm here in this. And I'm like, wow, this is so much better. Like this is unbelievably better way to live. I try to be like understanding of people who are not there yet because it took so long for me to get there. And it like wasn't available and it wasn't apparent to me the time and like I didn't even have huge Prenton pressure. I had like world pressure self pressure doctor pressure. And then it also like it was realising that perhaps there could be things going on with my body that didn't have to do with me causing myself to be fat. Therefore, I'm bad or something, and is only after I realized that I actually was able to go to the doctor and advocate for myself and get like a bunch of diagnoses of stuff that was going on with my body. And so down I both like happy being fat and much healthier than. Even when I was then when I was like, you know, quote, unquote, then I've never been like thin as an adult. But even when I was at my thinnest when I was like, golden shaking all the time when I was like, you know, felt wrong when I was eating like, broccoli and chicken for dinner five nights in a row, and like still thinking, I wasn't doing well enough or whatever. And now, I'm actually like learning about okay? How do you tell what your body wants to eat? How do you what? Like, I work with the nutritionist to find out what things are like sent my body sensitive to I have several times had to like print out studies and go into doctors to be like, I have this. This is not caused by being fat look at this study, your doctor, and now that I've gotten more diagnoses, and I've seen how with the right diagnoses and the right medication. My body feels so much better. I have a more of a sense of like, I'm in control of me, and I can trust me, and I'm still like on a long journey towards that stuff happens all the time. That one of the doctorate can be dramatic or trying to deal with this stuff can be dramatic. But I'm just overall like, I know trust myself, a lot more to take care of myself in a way that I didn't before when I felt like my body was something I had just like constantly try to indicate that would never be under control. That's my journey. I feel like yeah. We grow up with a lot of different opinions, and is on us and people telling us what to do because we're young, and we're still learning and growing, and that can just like rid rid us of the sense that we have the power to really like be in our bodies and love our bodies for what they are. And actually listen to what they have to say. Yeah, you know, because I'm sure like all of our bodies at any point in time are giving us information messages. Like, no, I don't like that. I love that. Yeah. I love just when you take slow walk instead of fucking pound the pavement. You know, what I mean like just like listening to your body? So it's like taking back that power. And it's it's amazing that now you both have a platform to kind of empower other women to do that, you know, even earlier on. I mean, I hope so it can be. So that's can be one of the main frustrating things when you see push back about, you know, anytime anyone fat mostly fat women fat, non binary people post pictures themselves. Online comments are always like, but you're you're not healthy. But you're glamorizing unhealthy. But you're not healthy. It's always like. Okay. Number one. You cannot tell someone's by looking at them. I'm so sorry. But you cannot do you know, how many skinny bitches I know where fucking. Don't not water. Cannot tell healthily and someone to health is not a moral quality. No, I get to be happy. Despite what you think of my house, and you don't know it to people people. How are you? You show a photo of yourself when you're healthy. You don't need to know that you don't know what I've been through with health where I'm going people off when you stand in something. Yeah. Like, if you stand in something that is by society should be ashamed of it pisses people because they're afraid they're like what if I was something that I feel ashamed of that. Is fucking scary back. Let me say like, oh, my talks. I'm like really you're paying for my insurance. Honey, you're not paying enough. It's very expensive. This just like an also like alternate, my food diet when you turn in years, you know, the trolls on the internet also on top of that. It's not just health that you know, automatically equated with weight. But also people equate because people see wait as something. Like, so many people still think it's just calories in calories out, MS simply not the case for many people. If you have never had issues with your body if you don't have any complications. I'm sure you can gain and lose fifteen pounds. You know, some sort of diet a lot of people. That's not the case. No, you know, and your bodies are so different have you ever gone on diet with a guy and the guy loses thirty miles, and you lose one. Yeah. Yeah. So people quip like equate dieting or being able to lose weight with like moral strength, moral fiber, moral character. And that's part of why it's so hard. You know, you can't have it both ways you can't both call people fat as an insult and say like, it's fine. Like love yourself of your body. You have to commit to the idea that skinny and fat are neutral descriptors bodies are the way that they are you can't continue to use that as a negative trait. People like to especially on the left right now people like to use fat as a way to describe lake moral laziness or moral turpitude, or like, you know, greed or something like that especially like people call Donald Trump battle the time. Sure is that why he's bad. So that the worst thing about him Kim Jong? That fat little I'm like the worst thing about him is not that. He's trouble. You're telling me is that you think I have something in common. I do. I is that what you think of me, you think that's what that says about an it'll be like, well, not you. I'm like you hear yourself, and they're like, well, you should that. You should just accept that. This is how I wanna make fun of Trump. But it doesn't do with. You know, if you were starting so many fat people under the bus just for your own joke. When you make another joke note, I mean gramling sacrifice like cheap. Yeah. Funniest thing. You have to say really feel like comedy space. I'm like think a little heart. Trump is go treasure trove. Yes. Shit to say truly just kind of like a tweet joke. Yeah. Lazy lays fairly. Yeah. So for you guys like standing in like has this been like for you like therapeutic to kind of talk about it with other women, kind of be a voice for other women, or what does that felt like, you know, what doesn't interesting question? I don't think anyone's were asked us that. Yeah. Hey, new questions. It's definitely bolstered the things that I work on in therapy. I'll say that like it definitely helps me kind of live my interior values out loud that Izhak about them with April. And then those conversations that feel private I do always forget people are listening to them. Experienced. The. Someone's like remember when you said. I don't know why you would know. Opinion. But I do think it has laid it has helped me face some of the fears. I still have or some of the self judgment. I still have to just be like. Yep. This is where I am planting my feet. This is may thing and I'm talking about it. And like if you don't like me because of it that is your problem. I do not have to hide what I'm doing from you, you know, but it's very complicated because there are days when be like, obviously having episode about body positivity that I don't feel like that ball. And we'll be like it's one of those days, right? People think that you like the side your body positive, and then you never have another negative thought. And I'm like, no, I live in the world. And like, I walked street people stare at me, and it makes me feel bad. Yeah. The reality. But I still have to do the show. And so I think that that is like an interesting practice and just sort of like being able to hold onto your values. Well, not being able to apply them to yourself, which is going to have to do quite often to be honest. But yeah, I would say that it is reputed. But also, we are pro therapy. Yes. Therapy. Oh, yes. Nuclear I. I am like in the process of getting a new one because I got hashtag new insurance. But when I'm going go like every week or every other week, and I did not grow up in like a therapy household, but that was one of those things I like moved down here and had a real job and can afford it. I was like, you know, what girlfriend? It's time time time on you day, literally. Some time on and I was very against it earlier in life just because I didn't want to deal with my stuff. And I'm ready until you're ready, and then windows writing this week if I could afford it. Yeah. But yeah. Yeah. For sure I had a therapist. I moved here who was very helpful with kind of day to day stuff. But then when I was getting more and more into body, positively I kind of had to like explain it to her, and she was supportive, but I really wanted someone who was like more familiar with stuff, you know. And so I really like, yeah. I just started with a new therapist tonight like her a lot, and so far like she seems very good and supportive and understanding of stuff. So it's important especially in times like these unpack law. It's a lot lately. Guys. I don't know if you've been falling along real offing because we love furniture. But I produce ching Jude. You don't even know all day. I think about my apartment it brings me so much joy joy to create space. 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You get two months of skill share free twenty thousand classes for ninety nine cents to sign up that skill share dot com slash. No, April, you are writer, so like TV, right? All right. So just like kind of talking about like seeing yourself ourselves everyone diversity in on TV. What is that experience been like as a writer like have you like kind of made it a part of your mission as a writer to kind of see more of like, bigger, women and women of color and just across the board. I mean, I've seen it on TV a little bit. But I just am curious from your side of. Yeah. In my personal writing the scripts that I write on my own time for my own purposes. Like, I pretty much exclusively right about fat black women. What I that's my expertise. If you will. And what it where I'm really passionate about it. Because I think representation is so important, but like working on other people's shows, you can see the it's not a prior like, I think it's really interesting because if you watch the news you'd be like Hollywood is changing and getting so much more diverse, and it's so much more inclusive. But when you work you're like there's so much pushback and it literally. If you don't work with the show runner who prioritizes really values seeing people with different types of bodies onscreen and behind the camera than it just doesn't happen. And there's only so much you can do from a low level writer or assistance sort of arena. So there have been times when I've had to like fight against certain jokes. And like you can only fight so far because you only have so much control in there have been times when I've worked with Joe runners and producers who really care about it. And like all you my voice and want the show to be diverse, and it's just like the best experience. But I've had those less often than, you know, the former, and it's something I'm really passionate about and like continue to push and keep working, and it's really challenging and soul crushing often writers always say, but I would look to get to a place where I can make my own stuff, and like it would be incredibly diverse. But it's always just like it's hard because people look to like black people in the inter in the entertainment industry or like anybody who's marginalized for answers. When the reality is like everybody in charge is awake. I until he like his stuff gets exposed. And then he gets replaced with like a woman. And they don't care. So it's not going to change until they all get replaced. Wow. Government right now. I I won't book. We'll though, and I will have my opinion, I have feel strongly about things. But I it's almost like we she cleared out. Because it's just like voting in the white man again. So it's like we have this like class. Chuck Grassley has literally been in office since like seventy eight or something like God. Grassley. He's bad. He's about I'm gonna take a strong stance. He's in bad. It's very like it hits you hard. When people now that with all this happening, politically, they will show clips of the Nita hill hearing again, and it's like all those guys are still they're still there. They're just older grey-haired loose. And it's the same guy. Having before I was born where do you go? For your information. Like where do you guys go to stay educated like everything bad clutch? Our political like I follow a lot of reporters on Twitter. I try to make a balance rate because I don't want tritter to be like an immediate health scape. When I opened at important, but I mostly follow. I fell mostly women or non binary people on Twitter. I fell a few men. And if I do follow them, usually they are like men of color or lack men or queer men. I follow like reporters who have specific beats that often tends to be very helpful. So they give you find people who are like, okay. I follow people who are like political reporter focusing on education, Justice or something. And then that tends to be away that I learned both deeply about one thing. And then they also like reach wheat stuff that they find important Moore number. I do not find it helpful to follow lake CNN people the people who are doing the who are like if you're trying to report on everything like it's overwhelming. And you're not gonna hear anything. Like my boyfriend for a while had Maggie Haberman. Who is when did New York Times as big like politics reporters for like tweets and retreats push through his phone because he's just like a news junkie, and it was just like, ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, ping. He can handle the kind of info not follow a lot of. Yeah. Like specific reporters that help it helps to read a lot. And then be like, oh, I liked this writer like the way that they talked about this you like, for example, if you're looking for place to start you can usually go to a place lake long-form dot com. They have like really interesting long articles about topics you can be interested in and then within those articles you'll be like, okay. This was probably written by three people. This piece of reporting about for example, like the school system are like the way that charter schools are working out in Arizona or something like that. Okay. So then I look at the author, and then I look at the stuff that they researched in there. That's and then that's all people who like are going to tell you information. You're interested about the I follow a lot of experts. I would say. Bangs when I also follow a lot of people for when I like follow people who post a lot of like plants and dogs. Literally. Yeah. We got to do it. We gotta do to get through and activists. I followed him. This as well. Visit activist of all okay. For for one thing. I'll have to like look up. I can send you a list of like the exact names. But right now, I have noticed. I'm following a lot of native and indigenous activists on inherent a lot about that. Lately. Been talking, you know, I've followed them for a while. I can't remember the at the top of my head, and I don't wanna get it wrong. But basically, especially because like, you know, this week is, you know, Columbus Day, quote, unquote, really conditioners people's day and thinking a lot more about how even the way that we talk about the country. Oftentimes just takes his an assumption that we belong and own. And you know, everything not that like, I don't really think there's a way to fix it. But I'm like there's ways that we should be taking into account stuff that did happen three to four hundred years ago. And like, you know, listen to different voices and be like, okay. Just because we fucked this up doesn't mean I think we should like just be like, oh, well, so it can really help to listen to those views. It's it can be hard sometimes. Because a lot of them will be like, I hate white people just like straight out here. Like, I get it. Yeah. You know, like, you know, following accounts that feel like a little bit. They push it. My own defensiveness can be very helpful for me to be like. Okay. That's fine. They're like understand wider saying that. And let me read it. And then be like, all right. I still feel fine hit something. Sorry. Caution for the. Yeah. Like if a man if I tweet like, hey man and a man's like, hey, I'm like shut the fuck up. I don't wanna hear you. Live with a man, I like men, leave me alone. Yeah. But it can be very useful. I find for like the defensiveness that is hard to get rid of when you are white to follow a lot of those voices. And be like I need to like elevate these voices that are saying things that like I would never have the education or identity able to say on my own see I fell out of indigenous activists also follow a lot of disabled activists talk about access to spaces. That's another thing I have been visible disabilities like health disabilities and laying mental health disabilities. But I don't have a super visible ones except for like access in terms of like seat with or something like that can be very helpful to learn about things that I'm not gonna see or notice when my necessarily walk in space. And then obviously if I like black lives matter organizing people are like me to or like, a Flint water organizing that kind of thing that going through activists has been the most helpful to me because it's. Especially the time like this. I don't want. My news to be presented in like a neutral way. So I kind of wanted. Already presenting it critically. So I know where to like thought process, of course, we'll send you our list afterwards. But the first person that comes to mind is Britney packet. She was like I on. Involved in the Ferguson protests, and then became like, an activist and educator afterwards. And I just think she's so smart and able to sort of like the still all the bad this until like an easy to comprehend like little nugget, which I appreciate. And then also you about culture for me. Like, I love the guts, still processing they will take one ball, topics. Most recently what did they do about? Oh, like, Lauren hill. Bill just pick something from like, popular culture or the news. And like really critique it and examine it and close lens. And it's like funny. But of course, it always ties back until like what's happening. What's happening currently? And I just think they're really cool. And smart what else is far as culture, I mean? And by the way, like there's no news outlet. The has not like trade me. Yeah. Whether it's like aren't my body positive stance or whatever like nobody gets it. Right. One hundred percent of the time. But I try to consume a lot of just like critical liberal news outlets as I can. Yeah. Just like in this time, I'm currently like taking of content in consuming a lot almost too much. I would say but in order to stay informed. I'm kind of like have to be on twenty four seven. Yeah. Instagram. There's a lot of the counselor specific activists accounts. Like, there's even a counselor specifically made for white people to learn about how to d what's what's the right word. It's not like, deeply, maybe like your own mind. Yeah. But these places you can count you can follow to go to to be like. Okay. Well today, we think about this. And keep billing the comments. We'll be like, okay. I'm struggling with this. Really, sure. So beautiful. Just really cool. I think it's it's funny because when you start buying them, then you see like how many of their counts get reported or whatever other images that are just like them being. I love myself. I love my blackness. And then the next like cool. So that was taken down because someone reported like it's wild. Now, it's like a balance right of being late. How much taken to only taken as much as I digest at one time or else it's like to overwhelming because I don't want to shut down. I want to remain open. I also want to take action in different ways, you know. So I like try to let just like I think on our last trip asides ago, I like listed out what places or donating to like this month. I try to switch that up. I try to like support patriot his agreed place where you can find people who doing really good work who don't necessarily have like institutional support. Yeah. No. We. To consume a lot. But sometimes you do have to take a break Waterville house. Our going any my house is pop culture. Urban. Like last night at the end of the day. We had like a long tails that coming to watch this Shane Dawson. Don't like to watch this. Shame fall. The part where he's just like she just told me how to love. 'love? Yeah. I actually couldn't. Because I I watched the hate one way which one was that. Hey, jake. Okay. And it wasn't that you know, people. Not this is very long, and they're not. Part seven down. Time into I love the YouTube personalities. I just think that's like so higher history is just exposing. Love today. I'm like this saying. The video that pops cry. Thumbnail? My heartbreak truth. Make sure. Truth crime. Adding something cry and your empty apartment and your team for you coming. True. True. We broke up. So like seventeen. Together forever. Sure. Seventeen years old mansion any living together like? In order to be able to digest some of the. Spend your time doing this other shit. Like talk to other people like your friends. You guys have these conversations about things that you're reading and stuff like how do you? So you're taking in the information critically. And then do you like process it on your own or how do you guys process it? We're very different personality types, which I think makes the podcasts work very much an internal processor saw something about it by myself for like a week. And then I'll have something to say the only way I could get stuff through. But yeah, it's nice to have people in my life where like similarly minded. So then I have a place that just kind of like, yeah. On pack all this stuff when I'm ready opposite. I like to I like need to process out loud. Usually. And my friends are either like I'm probably more like wanting to process out loud than most of them feel like, oh, I've extroverts attract like, oh, mom. I have good friends are into roots. The mulling. You don't wanna go out tonight? We can stay whatever. But I also like my boyfriend, and my sister are both like people who work in policy and are very plugged in. So might honestly often like I'll be like, can you explain this thing to me? And they talk it grew with me. Tell my boyfriend the stop talking about it because he can like he's so informed about like the whole history. He has a much wider context for everything. So sometimes when I get really freaked out by things he's like, okay. We'll look at it in this way. We can think about this. And he thinks he because he understands more and like in a deeper way, he's more able to pull back and feel less freaked out things. And so that's very helpful for me as well. Because sometimes they'll just read stuff, and then I'll be like this is terrible children are in cages in the water. And we're killing the, and then I just get like, really. So much to work actually kids have been cages just before. Yeah. Yeah. So yeah, I think it's important to have people the process, it would I feel I have a couple of friends who like have very conservative families. And I am very late grateful that my family close family is not serving it because I think that would be very hard for my personality type personally, I've just been fights like constantly, you know. And so I feel very lucky that like my mom is stirring doubter. All like, we're, you know, I'm more of a social most them. But like that we're at least not fighting about having Fox News on or something, you know, name in. What about like as your community has grown through the podcast? We recently spoke to our friend, aloke badminton, and he I'm sure, you know, aloke. Yeah, he went to Stanford with me. Nashua. Being about but we were talking about how within his own community. There are you know? There's they right. Yes. Thank you. And how how they have kind of discrimination within the community. So some people don't see aloke as trans or even a part of the community. So I'm just curious like has that happened as you've with the podcast and create your own community. Like what the conversations have been like the discussions around. If if women are feeling a certain size, and like the levels of it. I guess curious like what that is like interesting question because. Yeah, that does come up a lot something we answered recently on the podcast was we keep getting the question of who feels like they should identify fat like who gets the call themselves who gets to like subscribe to which group of fat. And then the conversation turns to okay, if there's only this type of fat woman, which is like a smaller fat like a size twelve and they get much more attention like they get to be on the cover of a magazine, or they, you know, whatever interviewed on TV like the. Yeah, they called braver whatever like this that detract the. And how does that factor into everyone else's body? And yeah, it's really a complicated space to be in. I think what helps us is that we always make it clear that we make podcast from our perspectives. And like, we're experts on our own experience. But I don't feel like I'm a body positive expert. I don't feel like I could speak for the entire community because they're people who feel very differently than I feel about certain things. So yeah. As far as the community aspect, I feel proud of the community that we've built and the different people who feel like they identify with us in our like excited to listen to every episode and feel like they like are heard and and feel being but that's not everybody in the body positive. Yeah. In charge of anything. I don't want to. I don't wanna be your want stands. I'm good. Any of that? I just want to like make my show with my friend about what I'm thinking about in like, that's you know, a lot of people appreciate that. And that's cool. And there's some people who don't relate to it. And that's Jill to and you know, whatever. Yeah. Like a million more kinds of representation for like, body positives. Yes. Lake. We can't be everything to all people. We can only be us and we can like this season. For example. We're doing a lot of trying to showcase other people's experience. But even still then it's like, we're not going to be able to we cover everything. We're just us. We need way more people. You know, what I mean to like do their own thing. And be like, well, this is my thing. And this is my thing. I think there's always I think a lot of times intra community discussion can be very good, and it can help people like push themselves further or examine their own like interior health things that are maybe still kind of toxic or whatever. And sometimes it can just be like, you know, what we're getting too much in the weeds. Here we need just like try to get voices. So that you can feel represented for your thing too. Because I can't be your thing for you. I can only be my thing for me and try to spotlight other people who are more marginalized than me. And that's all I could do. I'm still me. So we do think about this a lot. But it is like yet. It has been interesting to see like how much people really they'll write us. We'll be like can you talk about this specific thing? I've never had anyone talk about the way you do blow. But like. There are other podcasts. And I wish there were more. Like there were there were TV shows from our point of view. I wish more like magazine comes. I wish there was any websites that were more mainstream that really from people didn't feel like you have to be my everything, you know, what I mean. Yeah. It can be a lot of pressure. Or even like, we did an episode recently about people who identifies non binary and fat. And then the got a message. It's like, okay. But can you do an episode about this like intersection that we don't experience at all? And I'm just like, well, no because we don't really experience it we can interview people, but they also have to like be willing to be interviewed. And let's show. You know what I mean? What I mean, we only have many resources, but just makes me want to encourage other people to like make make your podcast like make your platform because it has to I want like the markets would be like saturated. Your specific intersection. Philly people are ready for it. And people Milly like value the experience of being like, this makes me feel seen feel like understood by this. And I want more people to have that. But like, yeah. Say like don't call us out for whatever. But like just to say that like we have to be we have to feel like we're either doing being good stewards of whoever were representing or we're just telling our own experience. Like, I'm not willing to be like. And here's this thing. I'm not sure about that. I don't know that I'm gonna portray a lake respectful way. It'd be like I gotta do my stuff. But yeah, I just wanna like do make sure that when I'm representing experiences that aren't mine. I'm doing it in the best possible way. Which is why it really, yes. Please. More more more. We want more space for so many people. There's not a limited number. You know, there's not just one community the community people who listen she was and that might intersect with like a greater body positive community. But to be honest, we get emails all the time. That are like I never heard of this before you're like, no, they're not a part of like the body positive community because they've been known existed podcast and got an was introduced them, please do more. But I also understand that that comes from a place if privilege because like to do our show and to do it in a way where we wanted it to sound really professional like that a lot of money a lot of resources and a lot of time. And like that, you know, not everyone can is like afforded the same privileges that we were able to make the show possible. But I still think that people should make their podcasts. Like, even if it sounds kind of weird for a couple of months, I think. It's worth it. Because people really appreciate it. Yeah. Yeah. We did. On jank recorder, piano, beginning it's hard hard. Culminated man is really do you press? Yes. So often episodes we were so start by it. Oh, we've done hurt. I actually don't wanna talk about it. It's so trigger rig every four. I'm like, what's this is a? So I remember the first time we'd deleted episode earlier that they were at lunch, and I was like we've never deleted episode two hours later tripped over a cord and the lead it. We tried to like I played it into the Maria tried to like G frag thing. And it was. No. Of that. Like just you two though. Yeah. There. Guest just the most of a state. Did you record with them? Thinking of two I'm thinking, maybe one of them we re recorded in the other won't we didn't. Wow. Or neither one heartbreaking. And the other is in the relationship. Oh, I was thinking. Yeah. No. Yeah. It hurts. Yeah. Who said that someone said something about that? They're like, oh, I lost the file like. Yeah. Defile? Of course since like an audio file. What can our gas expect from you guys? Twenty nineteen goodness about twenty nine hundred. I didn't even realize over till? I I never know what date is out. It's going to be made. And she's July third. Oh my God. I have no idea. She's like, no, it's. Okay. Okay. So our seasons. Are we've heard season like said so far seasons are like we have a fall and like a more spring season. So I think we're going to plan out what will happen in our spring season. We have really enjoyed this season. Doing more of other people's experiences. Moso really always live are like media, crit episodes. Yeah. I don't know. I love are. Yeah. Yeah. Mixes it up. So I love doing our media critic episodes, and I love gene episodes where like our some of our most shared episodes are ones where we to say like the season we did at our thin friends which wasn't episode for the toll people hard to be better allies to their community. And then we did a while ago episode called being the fat friend. That was also sure it was like, okay. People like episodes where we talk about the way it feels to be in this position. And how to relate the people around you, and then people so like when we like tear stuff down. I'm relating this bullshit because. All those things are going to be coming next year. We're just hoping to build up more and more. We want to pay our next intern with money that'd be great. I also really excited about the episodes that are specifically requested for my listeners, Nicole thing as the show has grown people will listen and understand us and understand the kind of thing we want to talk about and they'd be like, okay. Here's a detail Email, you should cover point-by-point. Cool. Thanks for making my outline for me copy. Yeah. It's very cool. So yeah. Whatever people want that. We also want to talk books or something like don't wanna talk about that. Yeah. And there's some things that I'm really excited to sort of like critique and breakdown. So it'll be more of that awesome. We have fun over there. SAF made you have fun on the show notes and the episode at our thin friends, and then being the fat friend do and the notes to and then only your personal Instagram's and everything like that. And Sam treat. Yes. Are so cool. And so walk in love, the branding. And I love just like the way you guys approach everything you're dynamic is great. And, you know, the different types of episodes that you guys have always fresh and interesting. So thanks for putting out great stuff for having. Of course. You're welcome. All right, guys. We love you. Thanks so fee in April fun, s okay? 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Hey, they're Ralph garment here, and thanks so much checking out this free Monday edition of the Ralph report. If you like, what you hear, do me a favor subscribe to the Ralph report. So we can put some fun in your ears, five days a week. We're not just here on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as well. And you can listen for as little as three dollars a month, so subscribed today. So you know, miss out on any of the fun go to patriotdepot dot com. Slash the RAF report and sign up. Welcome to the Ralph report with wral Garmon. Well, Hello, there. Boys and girls welcome to another thrilling adventure with the route reported. It's a Monday. Can you tell them putting on a brave face trying to try pay some Monday with a better more positive attitude towards and through it. Mondays are awesome. It is your old podcast Powell Ralph garment here sitting across the floor from me here in the bat cave. Is your vice host Mr.. Eddie pen, save everybody. How was your weekend? It was a kind of info on. Yeah, just chilling with the family. Yeah, I almost got a car crash. Oh, minor thing. That's not eventual. It drives me not people park on the side of the street, right? Because I need. I live near Runyon canyon, hike park, and they just sit in their car and they leave the door wide open. And so you're driving down and you're like trying to weave away that should be legal, leave your car door wide open it is you drive the driver's side of your door opens into traffic. Yeah, it's it's a legal and actually someone clips that door and takes it off. It's considered your fault, your door into traff. I'm going to start doing. So feel free to take two doors off because man at almost having to be twice. I only know that because it happened to me. I was living in Hollywood at the time and I was getting out of my car and an old couple came around. I was parked on a corner. They came around the corner, made a right hand, turn onto the street where I was. So when I looked at my review mirror to see if there's anyone coming down the street, nobody was there. So as I opened my door, they whipped around the corner. And this old guy was doing pretty good clip and was not paying much attention and just bent my door all the way up to the front quarter panel. I'm if I had gotten out of the car, it would have been me, but luckily was just my door and I was furious at this old dude. I could tell he just was not paying attention. And when I went to my church company, it said, yeah, it's, it's your fault. You anytime you open your door into traffic, you are responsible. Okay. Good to know. So there you go start start taking. Out people just sit there and opened the door up and they check on their phone. Just checking the phone, the doors get out if you're getting out of the car, it's one thing, but just to sit there. Yeah. For those who aren't familiar with the southern California area. Runyon canyon is a popular hiking joint Yankee like celebrities go up there and stuff and everything, and they take their dogs and it's very cool and hip to go hiking down there and running Kenyon. I unfortunately have a block away and if you live near there, you gotta deal with all the tragic and brutal. So sorry to hear it. So that was, I'm glad you're thanks now any any football or anything. The kid this weekend, sun one. He had a catch look at him that he's getting better. He should play the eagles only cost me ten in wide receivers. Receiver yesterday ram giants fan, that's true, three yard field. That's a bad beat right there. That's gotta hurt, man. We got the giants on Thursday night. We gotta turn right around and got back on the horse. Again. I don't know. They're bad teams in New York though, and they got to be stinging after that Law Center bad. Our team is not looking like they're firing on all cylinders, so NFC's poop. It was. It was the pressing weekend for me, but you got the big game tonight. Right? They game saints tonight. All right. Well, best of luck. I said, have heartedly tuber is going to break the record by the first quarter. Thanks so much to everybody in the garment who've reached out over the weekend vote for our merch madness campaign. The first week was in the record books and use officially merch madness. It is on calling emerge. Mattis call whatever you like it's because emerge Tober makes no God damn sense to anybody and the more and the dumber it is. The more people seem to like it. So look, I'm not going to say people can't call it that, but I like merchantmen just wondering, and I'm the guy who runs the show and that's why. So you could say what it'd be like though for you can know you can live a parallel life, do whatever you like folks voted in the poll over the weekend and the Garm voted on Garmin sixty six, the Batman sixty six logo with my name and caricature in it as one they like asks logo pretty bad ass right up there. However, was the Jack Daniels logo. They've all been knighted him all good grades, hard to pick a with all great. We may. We may have to pick more than one winner, but it was too. Because they're, they're really pretty good. But the thing is with the Batman logo is I've been thinking about starting another podcast that may or may not be Batman, sixty six relate, oh, and that could come in handy. If I go that route, I'm going to back pocket that one anyway. Thanks, everyone who voted. We will make that available for the competition. Coming up this week. A couple more people have already entered. We've got one. I know you're gonna like this one Eddie. This comes from Mike server. He sent in one with the Star Wars font that's Ralph report, and it's you and me is Han solo and chewy. And so that will be up later today for people to take a look at. And there's a geometric portrait of me done by Eric Gonzalez that we got in last week that I neglected the put up. So we'll put that up as well. So this week already were kicking off to a big start. Thanks to everybody who participated and speaking of participating. Wow. This weekend, the the Ralph report hotline mailbox was practically full wheels. Yes. I was checking it all week long because it just kept filling up guys were very vociferating. This weekend. Mice. A lot of people calling in a lot of different topics. So I'd like to kick off the show today with some of your phone calls because they were very entertaining. Do you remember last week for sex university? We talked about that secret men's sex problem of guys who have who who last too long usually hear about guys, who were you know to pumps in a scorpion 'cause they're not satisfying. Their ladies couldn't pop top. Some people can go and go and go, and they cannot achieve orgasm, which is an a problem in the opposite direction. So we read the Email of garment member who was talking about having this problem. We did not identify him, but he called in because he heard his Email being read, and you heard our conversation and we actually provided him some information that he was not aware of before that. So he called into thank us. And here he is, hey, row and Eddie just listen to the show will not just but listen to the show today. And I noticed that you guys my Email about the too much to. So I appreciate all the help guy thinks we'll bring so much stuff into the fronts. I can look at it and nobody would not try pecking. So lick my balls. Wait. So thank you. Love you meaning by. He's not gonna try pegging. That was your suggestion. Try something new against the wall. See if it stick. Look. What else? Literally, I know wanna use that terminology in this particular case. Also Shane called in Shane had nice things to say and many of you have had nice things to say about the new segment. My wife and I breaking down each episode of survivor for you every week. A lot of survivor fans out there, Shane's one of them. Well, actually he used to be a survivor fan. He's had an Asheville survivor. Doesn't really care to watch it anymore. So he enjoys are breakdowns even more so because we watch it for him, hey, Ralph, you and Gary, you guys are doing a great job, but that's -vivor report. I had gotten completely bored of watching survivor, but you're five to eight minute long report. It needs a think version and just really keep that shit up on loving it. Thanks a lot man. My name's Shane love. You mean let me to buy. And yeah, maybe with my balls. All right into phone calls like a pretty good time at. That's I don't know anyone get tired of watching survivor. I've watched every season and I'm just I'm always fascinated because people are always fascinated giving this guy and extra forty, five minutes of his day. Hope you appreciate this that everybody likes everything we do here on the show. Really this gentleman, for example, he's got a problem with me, hey route data from Arizona. You stop pausing the fucking show in the middle of the damn show come on man. Seriously. It's to jump cut or something. You mean it by jump cut? I don't gotta thought that was popular. I thought so too. You know, people like I'm gonna talk to Eddie about it and see if we're going to keep doing that segue. Can you just hold on for a second talk. We know your time is valuable. Thank you for holding. Someone will be with you as soon as possible. We're back. You know what? I think it's gonna stick around. We decided, I think you lose. We also talked about vodka day last national vodka day, and here's the thing about me is sometimes I do voices. You know, impressions, that kind of thing. When you're known to do that as a performer, invariably people say, oh, you know, I do some voices. Two. You want to hear my impression, this person. No, no. We mentioned vodka martinis which of course is the drink of JAMES BOND who of course was played by Sean Connery. Yeah, very. And this gentleman, if he didn't identify himself, you'd be hard pressed to know. That's the voice that he's doing. Sean Connery here you're trying to Mick mup- Kinney's Balka is no such thing as much eating but doesn't have Jay. It's shite speaking of shite sir. Don't ever do that voice for anyone again. Wow. I mean, I I'm Bada voices, but I heard you're making martinis. Oh, I'm Sean Connery. Sean Corey Lee. A like a fisherman from a bad forties movie or something that was that was rough. Eddie? Yeah. Sometimes as a problem, eating stuff, the not everybody appreciates Eddie's particular Paladino. No, some people think you should be more open minded, especially when it comes to foods that they think, well, I'll just let this guy explain himself. God dammit. You don't like apple pie, you know who else doesn't like apple pie. Communist. Right. Damn cagey spe- forest. Baton off mother fuckers her. Oh, like apple pie. Keep an eye on you, Tom Rad's, Vicky. Gonna keep me from. You don't know, nineteen eighties, I they steal our elections, then they steal our apple pies KGB. I know how you sleeper agents weren't and Boris hoop or bad enough adn off. He was from rocky and bull WinCo I'll, let's right. Yeah, squatter lead moose, Orlin, moose. Get square. Oh. We're keeping an eye on, you know. And lastly, this Email came in, and lastly, this phone call came in, which I think is going to kick off a next segment. Hey, Ralph, this is torii from Pasadena. Big fan of the show. Had a question for you. I was wondering where this came from and I knew you were the man. Tell me. So the other day I was tickling my two year old daughter and she was laughing and laughing, and I started saying, give up, give up down cool down Kal, and I started thinking to myself where the heck does that come from? Why do we tell people when they give up to say uncle? Well, that's an excellent question. Excellent question. I'm so glad you asked and we've got a segment just filth for that sort of thing called, where did it come from? Where. This one is nuts. You never would guess where this one comes from. And at the thing I love about this segment is not only do I get to share some information with you the garment, but also I get smarter bananas, I get to do research and find it out saying alcohol as a form of surrender is primarily in North American thing. We mostly do it here in the states. They do it in Canada to a certain extent. And so you would think maybe it goes back somewhere in American history. It turns out it's origins are in ancient Rome, believe it or not in ancient Rome. When Roman children would be beset by a bully, they would be forced to say the following saying patrol me patrol Isam, oh, which means translated out of the Latin uncle my best uncle in order to surrender and be freed. Roman children had to say that to their bullies. Now, what did that mean when they were saying. Do they have to say in Roman society in Roman times, your father's brother, which is a true in Latin was accorded the same power and status as your father. So what the bully was making you do was call him your uncle in order to give him the status and power over you of basically he dominated you owned your, who's your daddy. He his vision basically. Right, and he is. He's not your daddy buddies close your uncle. Yeah. And so that's what they made him say, uncle my best uncle was what you would say to the bully. So he would release you stop torturing you. So you're calling him a person of high honor and status. And so over the years that got translated from the Latin uncle to the English word on. Cool. And now saying, uncle is in essence acquiescing to someone stronger than you by putting them higher up in status by saying, basically you're the same as my father's brother and that that they don't do that in Italy. It's today. They say it's regarded as an American ISM, but it's Arjun go back to the Roman empire weird and it's funny because the the different words for your mother's brother and your father's brother. So patrol was the uncle on your father's side. If it was your mother's brother, it would be a funky Lous and that didn't have the same social status to it. So the no one would ever say that does sound like uncle in there. It does lung Gillis regulus anyway. So there you go. It goes all the way back to the Roman Aasheim. Interesting, that's fascinating. Right anyway. Thanks for that phone call. And now you know where say, uncle came from. Where. All right. It is Monday, October eighth. That means we take a look at the calendar to see what holidays both national and international are connected to October eighth. It's time for holiday or how they. Today we celebrate. Then be surprised how many holidays are touched to every day on the calendar. Today's a real one, those a real holiday. It's Columbus Day. Oh yeah. Yeah, which not a lot of people celebrate anymore. We'll know because I think we've found out what this really. This was a debt, and he wasn't even the guy who really discovered new world. Not really his whole life is a fraud, and he was a fucker to the bastard, but in the eighties and seventies and sixties. Nice, neat little thing to do and then usually got the day off. I don't think the kids even get off now you don't, but I think it's still a federal holiday. So I think federal opposite close today. So you can't schools though, are open, you have a private to and as sort of an few. Today's also native American day that just came about recently though didn't? Yes. As sort of an answer to Columbus, they figure what we can't get rid of Columbus Day, but we have native American day. Maybe we can cancel it out in some way. It's like positive and negative open to break even. But native American days always observed on the same day as Columbus Day because he was such a prick to the indigenous peoples of the United States. It's not celebrating all fifty states yet, but it is recognized here in California also South Dakota, both states that have a high population native Americans. Yeah, it is a day to celebrate the cultures and contributions made to our country by the various native American tribes. So hit the casino spent a couple of bucks and the real American. That's right. Give them give them some of your money. It's also world octopus day. Why I have no idea does a reason for it. Well, there is there's people who love the octopus they claim. It's one of the most distinctive creatures living on the planet today. They claim that they are one of earth's great survivors despite their relatively short lifespan octopus, fossils date back more than three hundred million years meaning that they predate even dinosaurs. So as a species they've been around almost as long as they sure look like, I heard somewhere. Oh, I hear. We'll welcome. Welcome to the week. It's now time I heard the was recast originally supposed to be. I heard that there's like some form. There's something in their DNA is not from earth. It's an it comes from possibly a meteoroid or that they are. They actually are aliens. I really, I heard that somewhere. I don't know where I can't Lear octopus is our action occupy actually ale. Okay. Their DNA. Some part of their makeup is not terrestrial from earth. So this is what I heard. This is what I heard. Please hold. Please hold. We'll be right back. We appreciate your business. We continue to hold. And we're back, we did a little research, Eddie wanna. Tell folks what you found out research. Apparently they didn't. Octopus did not come from. They have very complex nervous system unlike any other animal on the plan, right? But but. Pretty sure it's not what you says. I mean, if I remember correctly, I think you pretty much told us that occupy come from race that he possibly came from outer space, but apparently they didn't. They are just very different than. Is long. Happy monday. Glad it's interesting reading. Yeah. So now here's the thing. They are very intelligent and they can learn to solve basic problems. They say, you can actually train octopus cast up. Yeah, that's interesting. So they're pretty smart, but no, we're here in my research. Say they come Vulcan Bulkin. Nope, it's also national kick butt day, so go out there and kick some. But this is actually a pretty good idea. This is the day that they reserve in October for you to finally kick yourself in the ass and get on with something. We're going to cheating your goals Hekla project, right? You want to change jobs, you have a project. You want to start. You got an exercise or program or a diet that you want to start today is that day and it's good to have a national day that kind of motivates you to good on a Monday to get into gear start the week. Right? So it's national kick butts day, go out there and kick them, but then you can do it again next Monday. For not doing it. It's also touched tag day tag, you're it, that kind of tag. Is that what it is? It's nuts. It's not. It's not such nuts nuts day. It's it's American touch tag day. It's every day and it is celebrating the traditional childhood game which has been played once again, dates back to ancient Rome. Boy, the Romans gave us stuff. It was named and it's a very popular game around the world. Why? Eddie? Because you don't need any thing to do no equipment. You're right, right. You just need a hand and somebody else to you. Got gotta be able to touch them buddy more than one friend. Otherwise, it's kind of boring and you gotta say your, it got to be able to say those words. It's also right. This is a food I'm going to. I'm not going to get the drums out nothing. We're just gonna Burr barrow through this because I know this is not something that's going to work well with my friend, Eddie Pence. What I do. It is national fluffer nutter day. That's peanut. That's marshmallow marshmallow, marshmallow cream spread and peanut butter together in one delicious. Amazing sandwich, but I don't have anything against that. You can't tell us how much you're not into peanut butter and you don't like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches peanut butter. You said you're on peanut butter. Peanut butter, jelly sandwiches, you reject it outright, but peanut butter and marshmallow cream sandwiches you're in that wouldn't eat a sandwich. No. Put ice cream or suffer. Notre sandwich. Fluffer nutter is. Peanut butter and marshmallow cream that I would. Why would I know with Brad is just gross? Well, how does the bread mix Moshi and it's just no, don't leave it sitting up on so much. Just eat fresh so much better on ice cream boy. But today also does have another food related holiday. And I do like to bring these up with that because sometimes I just never know. And this is one of those days is also national. From our polish friends. I love it. Love his food national. Her rookie day national perogie day Rogie rogue. He's taken note appropriate. Pro-gay is perogie. I guess best way to explain it, although I don't use this work because I know put you off them. It's kind of like a dumpling. It's like a thin. Okay. Cross that they pack with all different kinds of stuff. Sometimes it's cheese. Sometimes it's meats and I thought we already did a perogie day. No, we haven't done Perot via. We did dumpling day. The weather. We did something Perot's is usually fried in butter or baked, but they're usually filled with like mashed potatoes or potato and cheese potato and onion. That kind of thing. They have some sweet wants to use them for dessert. But mostly it's sort of a a side dish. A polish side doesn't sound terrible. See, I'm try. I would try that. You would try that. People applauding. Try that in a fluffer nutter go out there. Grab yourself a perogie and look at those octopus and say, how? How did they get wonder what their spaceship looks like? Got so. So. All right. It's a Monday. Let's take a look at all the entertainment news. With the segment I call the show biz beat on Mondays. We like to take a look at the top ten movies at the box office gave us a sense of what people went to see theaters over the weekend and Friday. When we're talking about the new movies, we were debating how close it was going to be between venom and a star is born in terms of what we're going to be. Number one in one just blew the other one really author. Yeah, venom was number one at the box office mate eighty million dollars. It's a October record. I saw it. I saw, I can't believe I made that much. What did you think have not had chance to? It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. It's still not a good movie. What about Tom Hardy's Marlon Brando and it grew on me as as the movie went along, it I, it was weird and then it was laughable unintentional affable and then it got better, but still not a good movie. Yeah. Well, people didn't care. They groves eighty million. Dollars worth made it. Number one, the stars born made about half that forty one point, two million dollars I was. I thought it would do better. I would've thought that Gaga fans will be out. I did too small foot still in the top five at number three for Warner Brothers nights school came in at number four. Then the house with a clock in its walls that Jack black kids. Comedy number five, number six, a simple favor number seven, the none than hell fest at number eight, crazy, rich, Asians, and the predator rounding out the top ten movies at the box office. Eddie loved the prejudice by the way. Highland garbage, sad news. If you're a fan of the Walking Dead, Scott Wilson has passed away. Great character actor passed away at the age of seventy six over the weekend. He was known for his role as Hershel Greene on that show. Now, here's the thing. I never really watched Walking Dead. It was never really. I never, I never to either, but I was a fan of this guy. Great character actor. I knew him from a movie called in cold blood based on the Truman Capote book from the sixties. He co starred with Robert Blake what a terrific performance he gave in that. He was also in the heat of the night. He was in the great Gatsby in the seventies. He was in the right stuff in the eighties. Just one of those actors who made every project that he was in better. He passed away due to complications from leukemia for the weekends, very talented guy. And I know a lot of folks out there were Herschel fans from the Walking Dead. So sad news over the weekend. Taylor swift is stepping up publicly for the first time talking about her political belief. I saw that this was surprising yesterday when she released this statement about how she plans to vote in the midterm elections in her adopted home state of Tennessee, a conservative state, very, and she comes from a country music back a lot of her fans or from that part of the world. They are younger though, so it'd be maybe she's not in danger of alienating as many as someone might think. But regardless, you gotta give her props for taking a stand publicly when she obviously will get some sort of backlash. Absolutely. I would imagine we're talking about the fact that she is now she is voting for two Democrats who are running for US Senate and the house of representatives in her home state of Tennessee. And she's been very public about this and she announced why she was going to do it saying that the beliefs and the positions taken by specially US Representative. Marsha Blackburn. Who is a Republican running in that state are an typical to everything. She personally stands for. She says, these are not my Tennessee values, boom. Do you think this is all leading up to a big Taylor swift Connie, battle wrestlemainia that's leading to pay cash for that. Maybe she's going to run maybe looking. We're looking at a future presidential debate in the future. Twenty twenty. Yeah, twenty twenty four speaking of con- yeah. The Saturday Night Live over the weekend could not go on without addressing what happened in the previous week. He was on as the guest. And after the show is over that whole rant. He did. I didn't know was after the show was over, he kind of kept the studio audience and the cast of that show hostage on stage while he went through that twenty minute pro-trump speech that he did, and they sort of had to address it and they did during the weekend update segment, they brought out Pete Davidson and I'm not a big Pete Davidson fan. I find him often, especially when he's cast in a sketch just bringing anything is even on the show. Sometimes they'll show up just on weekend update and talk about the fact that he's got his bipolar and stuff and everything. And I guess there's value in that, but it doesn't seem like there's much comic value with not much contribution to the show, but I did stay up late and watch the show this weekend and imagine my surprise when Pete Davidson was the funniest thing on the entire show really because he was the guy they chose to talk about Kanye west and what happened. And he said, very comically the beginning of his speech that it was between him and Michael j. because Michael was black. He said, but I'm crazy. And we know we know who's behind the wheel of Conde right now. It's the crazy part of cognac. So he went into a very funny segment about Connie west and what he said on stage there and how he thinks they should handle this moving forward. So here's just a little taste of Pete Davidson from Saturday Night, Live. I know you're like, no, this is the real me. I'm off the meds. Came in the in the medicine game. Great. There's nothing wrong with take them if I ever got on a plane and the pilots at just one all you to know, this is the real meat fly. Being mentally ill is not an excuse to act like a jackass. Really. And I was really impressed. I thought he did a great job and was very, very funny for him. So good for peak days. Now from one medical spectrum to the other. Here's a guy who's not very funny when he talks about politics, Robert deniro. Remember when he was at the Grammys and he was supposed to be introducing Bruce Springsteen said, fuck Trump. That's it. Fuck Trumpy. Went off on that whole tirade. Well, he was at another event over the weekend. He was at the carousel of hope ball in Beverly Hills, which is supposed to be raising money for juvenile diabetes. No, he didn't. And so he came out and he said, I, they acknowledged that since the Tony awards the lot, a lot of people are asking him to speak public. And he said, I haven't had many occasions publicly since the Tony awards is very brave of you. Barbara Barbara Davis, the the person who runs this event to give them the opportunity. I think everyone's afraid of would come out and say, don't worry, I won't do it. I'm not gonna say not tonight anyway, and then he had this awful joke reset. One reminder, the drinks, wine and beer are flowing, but be careful if you have too much, you may end up on the. Precourt. Oh. He, he's not funny. He can't do that. How how can one of the greatest actors of our generation be such a stiff on stage when he's talking how many is not? Everyone does not have timing and come comic chops. They just Joe. He's this bad as Mike Huckabee. I mean, he's bad when he tries to make these single jokes, they just lay them. He's great. He's funny. He's doing a character of himself, right? He's and that's it. He's funny was playing a mobster who's getting good analyzed by Chris. That's the extent of his comedy. You could end up in supreme court a little bit little bit. You could. God, damn it, stop it. That's about politics. Bobby in music news. Iggy azalea has announced he is cancelling her bad girls, North American tour that was supposed to kick off on October twenty seventh in Hollywood, Florida, and wrap up on December fourth in Houston. All the shows have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. She says, sources are saying, the circumstances were very foreseen because no one was buying any tickets. They had to cancel it. We know this because her opening act is a rapper, cold, cupcake, and cupcake said that she wasn't going to be part of the tour earlier this week last week, rather dude, what change of plans. And then she came clean and said, look, here's the change of plans. I was supposed to get paid three hundred thousand dollars on this tour. They cut me back to thirty thousand. That's what I mean by change. That's a huge cut. The Iggy knows. I love her, but I need that bag in full. That's all. And so she she quit the tour as well. Sales are so bad apparently that couldn't even before pay the opening act and so now she's cancelled. She hasn't been in the public eye much. Yes, no hit songs. I guess she's trying to play venues that are too big for her. Her her talent right now. That's scary at in more concert. News Ozzy Osbourne had to cancel a show over the weekend as well. He was supposed to play in Saturday night, but he couldn't because he was in the hospital due to surgery on his hand that involved an infection. He got infected hand so badly, they had to operate on it, which lends itself to this disturbing question of what was Osborne doing with his hands. But we know he likes it a lot that that caused it to get infected so badly. They had operate on his hand to cut out the infection. What happ- what do you? What can you do to a hand that makes that happen? His wife said, he's super horny. On. I don't know. I think he forgot how to use toilet paper. Oh, Sharon, what my is needed. Like a paper cut. The rest is history, but I don't wanna picture that they showed him in the hospital has got his thumb was all bandaged up middle fingers, all bandaged up ahead like data cut into his flash to get up the infant in the middle finger as wrapping something. Maybe he got a hold of a dirty hand puppet. Today, celebrity birthdays all these stars born on October eighth, you're born on this day, you share a birthday with Bruno Mars. How about that? Bruno Mars, such a talented guy and that uptown funk song that he had hit with a little bit ago. Man. That's a great God. Damn. So. Louis. Don't give it to you. He is thirty three years old today, actress Sigourney Weaver celebrates her sixty ninth birthday. Paul HOGAN celebrates his birthday days that name ring a bell, crocodile Dundee is indeed crocodile. Dundee is seventy nine years old. My guy. He's got a knife. That's a great movie. The take the face. That day cake. No. The third who would. Second. Third one, wow. Author r l Stein who gave us goosebumps the beloved kids book series, seventy five years old today. Also seventy-five is actor and comedian Chevy Chase, and it just seemed Chevy Chase has been exposed to be such a raging asshole. You never hear a good word about you do not ever even beat Davidson in his slamming Kanye west said it was the most disturbing thing he'd ever seen on Saturday Night Live and he said, I saw Chevy Chase talk to intern once he took a shot at Chevy because he used to be so funny. I love them as a kid. I mean, loved him as a kid, three amigos, all the stuffing allies. Spies like us and who could forget Fletch right Fletch when he's in the doctor's office and he's getting his prostate exam. River. Doc ever served time. That's a shame. He's a dick or now actress, Kim wayans of the acting weigh ins family. She is fifty seven years old today. Maybe she can take over for brother. Maybe she's tired of working to retire to work in. She's looking for a job. She could quit as well. Also celebrating a birthday today is area in love from the stylistics stylistics seventies soul, vocal group out of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania had so many hits in the seventies, but especially for me coming from Philly. You heard the stylistics everywhere such a great sound. He is sixty nine years old today. Here is just one of their hits. Put on the stylistics in my basement, little log on the fire, a lot of action going on as Beijing, and now it was. I was with time any fourth pillow that's dude singing lead by the way that do now. Yeah, Seto comedian Darrell Hammond is sixty three years old today. Bassist c, j Ramone of the legendary Ramones turns fifty three years old today. Screenwriter actor all around good guy met Damon is forty eight years old actor, Angus t Jones who was the half onto and a half men. He is twenty-five singer. Robert Bell also known as cool from cool, and the gang is sixty eight. I wanted to play a cool in the gang song and the one that everyone knows I couldn't play because I just can't bear to listen to it anymore, which is sad because it's a great song, but weddings and other functions have just ruined this on for everyone. It's called celebration. Good time celebration. Just can't listen to it anymore. Here's another song from cool in the gang. Cool. Bell is sixty eight today. Molly Quinn the actress who played castles daughter on the series castle with Nathan Fillion. She's twenty five years old singer, Steve Perry nut that Steve Perry, the one from cherry poppin daddies fifty five. Remember the cherry Addy. They were part of that swing. The big Ray van swing thing when that was going on with people are at the late swingers the movie, remember mid late nineties. People were at the Brown derby and they were doing that swing sets her Brian Setzer. Gather orchestra came out of that. It was just that was a massive musical movement, and they were right there in the front of it. Glad that yes over it peaked real quick died away real. And those people look with their giant hats on doing their flip-flop dancing chains, actors, Bella Thorne celebrates her twenty first birthday today and singer, Noelle Skaggs of Fitz and the tantrums is thirty nine. If you know this band at all, you know this woman is an amazing singer with a great stage presence. Here's a little bit of fits in the tantrums. Ben, and that is it today for the show business news, rough garment. I walked the showbiz beat. Coming up. Next is my conversation with a pal, Brad Meltzer who also happens to be a New York Times bestselling author, he is written so many great books so many great adult thrillers like the inner circle and the president shadow in the house of secrets, and he's written non fiction books as well. But in my opinion and we I made because he wrote some great comic books to including the Justice league of America, but he has written a series of books for kids called the ordinary people change the World Series or the I m series where he tells the by graphical stories of some of the world's great heroes lessons that need to be taught to young people today. And I think I started with Jane Goodall with my kids read that book Helen Keller George, Washington. They're all great books, but it makes it a really acceptable bio for kids to understand who these people were in why they were so important. And he's got a brand new one out right now called IM. Neil Armstrong talks all. About the first man on the moon. Here's my conversation with Brad Meltzer. RAD. Meltzer, always a pleasure to talk to you, sir. Thanks for spending some time with me. Thank you brother out. I wanna talk to you about this great new book. You know what a fan I am of all your work, but this ordinary people change the World Series that you do my kid and I just love to read them together and it just seems like more than ever. We kind of need inspirational stories about real people who came before us who prove that we can be the best that we can be versus what it seems like right now, which is everyone being the worst that they can be. You know, I've put on Twitter today. It occurred to me that, you know, I, I said that all throughout history, our leaders bring out the best enough. So the worst enough and it really depends if they're the best of us are the worst of us. And I think you're exactly right. We're starving for heroes right now as a country. I don't care what you put politics are. I mean, even the arch conservative and the and the super liberals both are like all my gosh, we need better heroes. That's the one thing we actually do agree on the country and and for me, that's where this series is, you know, came from, it was me trying to do with what you do with your daughter, giving my own kids, some real inspiration to look up to. And it's amazing to watch the series take off the parents because what parents are doing is they're, you'd use our books to fight back against, you know, the divisiveness in the country trying to give their kids lessons of generosity and kindness and being a good person, which my God, it's, it's so sad to say, but it feels like we're just not anymore. And the new book. Is I am Neil Armstrong and I'll tell you the book is great, and it's I think it's even a step above the usual book in this series in that, it's it's really pretty dense with science and stuff, which I thought was awesome. Yeah, we want, you know, for that for us on this one, each book on the person's story takes on its own thing. And when we're doing the alarm strong, I was like, yeah, of course, wanted to the moon landing and we'll do his young life, which is we'll talk about a moment. But as you said, we had all technical stuff and we realized, you know what, if you're gonna do this, if this is really for that little kid who loves science loves to want to engineer to figure things out, like let's actually do it. And as I was really, I didn't know the stuff I was like, oh, there was a real as research on my. Obviously, you think that there's a rocket that goes to the moon, but you know, it's a multi step process here. Stage one here stays to hear Ben been. Here's what has to happen. This goes down, then they get rid of this part. This is how they get back. Then this is how to get home and realize, oh my gosh, I can teach my kids that this isn't just about taking the giant leap. You gotta take all the smallest steps to get there. You gotta do the hard work, that's how you succeed. And so as I was researching Neil Armstrong, it just presented itself that that was the obvious way to go with this one and the story of his youth about him wanting to climb that tree is the perfect allegory for what he ends up doing as an adult. Yeah, I know lesson there are some stories that just jump out and I saw that when I was like world take that strong when he was right. I mean, he's eight years old and his big dream at that point was to climb a giant silver maple tree in his backyard. That was the dream. And when you climb a tree, we all know you know, you put your hand left hand up here and you're right foot down here you kinda kinda shimmy upward and you really do. It's like a puzzle and you got to you have to engineer, you have to figure out your solution to get up to the top. And as Neil Armstrong, a boy is climbing. This tree grabs a dead branch. The branch. Snaps and he plummets to the ground Wentz flat on his back fifteen feet flat on his back. When knock out of them, sister comes running, goes, get mom. But the most important thing that you'll Armstrong dozen. That moment is he gets back up again and that's the less than for my kids right is like he gets back up. He gets a job mowing grass in a cemetery, the most like depressing jobs since like Oliver twist, you know, for kid and he wants to save money to buy toy planes because he loves toy airplanes. Then he wants a real claim. They want to get his pilot's license. He's so young when he gets his pilot's license and he gets his pilot's license before his driver's license and becomes a test pilots to comes. An astronaut. Of course, again takes that giant leap on the moon. But like we just said, you know, it was vital to teach my kids. You don't take the giant leap until you take sows upon thousands upon thousands of smaller steps. And I think right now we on social media and as a culture. We favor on Twitter on Instagram, everywhere. Those who are good at at calling attention to themselves. Those who are good at saying, look at me and we forget that you know what the best things we can do for kids is to remind them like it's just, no, it's not about that. It's about the hard work that's who's going to succeed. And that's what I wanted this book to get us back this. So I, I, the all I'm strong completely gives those kids those stories. Why did you choose Neil Armstrong this time around? I'm sure there's so many people on your list of of books you can do. What made Neil Armstrong pop out at you. For me. The number one thing that I wanted from was one that I detail about him that I knew personally, and it was his humility. That's what I always when I pick here. I always look and say, what can I give my kids the lesson and Neil Armstrong never use the word. I use the word week. We did this. We accomplished it. We did it together. That's how we saw the Apollo mission to the moon, and he was. He wasn't just talking about his fellow astronauts. He was talking about the mathematicians scientists. He was talking about the Taylor's who sewed together his space. We did it. We all did. And remember when remember Ralph on humility was a great American virtue right aspired to write. It was something we wanted our leaders that is dead. It is dead and the only way you get it back is if you fight for it for your kids, your kids are gonna pick heroes, whether you like it or not. The only question is, do you want to have some say in it? And for me, I picked. On from because I was like, I want you back again. I want hard work back again those versus we got away from and I think it, you know, I always think when you look at history around history, you especially in times of great stress in the country. You don't get the heroes, you want, you get the heroes you need. And I think it's no coincidence that this year, the two big biographies that are coming out are Neil Armstrong. First man's coming out and the Mr. Rogers soccer that just came out. And I think we're just the culture I now that's starving for that kind of like not that chess beater who says, look at me, but that humble hard working good person. And I think we, we, again, have to give those. We have to show our heroes who those people are used to be. If you bragged about yourself, you were obnoxious and looked down upon. Right? You're you're an aide whole, right. I mean, now the definition of it and now we're like great more. False follow. That's going to be an interesting show. I wanna watch that follow, follow follow. And you know, I again, you. I know it's hard. I find it myself as well. Right? Like reality. Television is so awesome when it's really bad, but the more you eat at the more they're gonna give it to you, right? Like everybody's blames it networks blame the. We're on a blame, cable. Why did you put that person on the air? But you know, if you feed people slop and they eat it, they're gonna give more slop, but it's up. We're eating it. We're where we like to pretend we don't like it, but we we shout down and as long as we showdown where to keep getting what they serve us, if you want to see them change, it stopped showing down on it. So this is my way of pushing back and you got to hope. Yeah, you gotta hope the pendulum will swing and the next generation will reject those values and look for something better. Right? I was at the national book festival a couple of weeks ago and they had the guy Brian cells. Nick is the artist children's book as to who read the Harry Potter covers, and he just had to redo them and he got in front of the audience and he did this amazing talk Ralph. He said that he never read Harry Potter and he just read it for the first three years ago. And as he started reading three years ago and they asked them to redo the covers and he said, but, you know, what's amazing when you read it now is he said, I realized that these kids at an didn't even have to say the word parkland, right? We everyone who's these kids who are protesting today. He's like, when you read Harry Potter, Harry Potter is about a group of kids and the adults can't get the job done. There's this awful person in power they, there's a, they're fighting against and the adults are helpless, and it's the kids who band together. Who conquer that incredible source of power. And he said, and these kids were protested. They were raised on Harry Potter. They were like that's bread into their DNA. They were brought up with those lessons and I sat there just going, oh my gosh, I love this. I love this. I love that idea. So I think, you know, we forget sometimes if you feed the next generation, you know the the right morals, the right values. It really does have an impact so that that's why I love the people building, whether it's time Amelia Earhart weather. Is ABRAHAM LINCOLN Rosa Parks or Neil Armstrong or Harriet Tubman or Helen Keller. Jane Goodall is that people are help us our books to build libraries of real heroes for their kids in their nieces and nephews. Speaking of feeding the kids. Congratulations on the announcement. The PBS is going to be doing animated series based on your I am books, which I think is awesome. Yes, we just were able to announce it and we've been working on this thing for four years. No, it's been just such a long. You know we had. We did a pilot about two years ago and then we were, we're writing that redoing it and you know, unlike a a TV show right at Nella you're used to it right? You your pilots, you get your answer. It goes on media. It's animation takes an entire team to animate. You know, it's not like, hey, guys, let's put on a show. We'll film at a week and we'll be done. It takes months of animated just to get that pilot and it's called exurbia riddle, and the secret museum, it stores a little boy, naming Xavier, his sister, Dina, and is a third character is a little boy named Brad who looks conspicuously like when I was a kid and and he run and they basically have problems. They have a secret museum that takes them back in time and they get to meet each of the heroes from our I am books. And of course, even more than the heroes we've done. To solve their problems. So it's just been so amazing to work with Chris Elliott less who's the amazing artist on our books. It's his art style. We finally get to see our kids come. You know, of course the fun of it is like we're casting all these people now, like I usually, Chris and I are looking at the art, Chris draws nice Aono little Einstein should look like this little Armstrong should look like this, but now we're doing their voices. Right? We have all these little kids who are coming in casting sessions and being like, that's not how you know, Jane Goodall sounds like it should be like, and so we don't know what at all. We're talking about ending. When does that going to air when we start seeing episodes? So it's November two thousand nineteen a year from now, we've got a long ways to go, but we're now need deep and I think we finished about half the scripts for the season. We're doing thirty five episodes. So it's seventy different heroes because there's two heroes for every episode and it's just been, you know, I know everyone's supposed to say, oh, it's the labor of love. But this is this is kind of my soul in book and TV form. Right? And I, I know that you are involved in so many great projects. I mean, you you right on so many levels so many different kinds of things, but I always get the sense when we talk about this series in particular that this really is where your heart and Solis I, you know, I think for me and I stumbled into it, right. I did this because I had kids. I had no plan. I was like, what do I want kids to have? And and on the day that I was born, my dad bought a bottle of champagne to open when I got married and I when my my kids are born, I think care about champagne. I was like, you know, right. Or I'm gonna write him a book and I'm gonna. I'm gonna. I'm gonna present it to them, and it's going to be filled with great advice to them to live by. They'll say, when I give it to them. Thank you. Father, you are indeed the greatest out of all time. Thank you. And Ralph had this big pre plan for myself. It was going to be amazing. But the truth was, I didn't know anything what I was doing. But when I when we stumbled on kind of working with heroes and telling the stories of heroes, my friend Simon cynic told me the story that every time the Wright brothers went out to fly, they're playing, they would bring enough extra materials for multiple crashes because every time they went out, they knew they would fail and they would crash rebuild and crashing rebuild. And that's why they took off and love that story. I wanted my sons to hear that story. I want my daughter to hear that story. I wanted everyone to know you dream big, you work hard. You get aside order of stubbornness, they'll do anything in this world, and that's when I started writing these books. And for me, I think what you know, sometimes you stumble onto that thing that just completely embodies the best version of you that you wish you could be that you know you're not, but you just wish you could be. And I feel like that's what those books are. For me like, I'll never be this good or this inspiring, but my God, I want. To be, you know. And I think all of us are like, we're all braving. We're all terrified, and we're all amazing, and we're all cowards and we're all fantastic. And it just depends on what moment of the day you catch us. And for me, this this book is is kind of you know where it's like my true north and I know where points. Well, the new book is I am Neil Armstrong even if you don't have a kid read it because you know, I was, I caught myself while I was reading it with my daughter Livia that it's such an overwhelming achievement and it should never have happened all the little pieces. All the things that could have gone wrong. It's amazing that they ever got to the moon and we take it so much for granted. Now when you read it again in story form, it is. It reads like a miracle. No, no, for sure. I mean, they have. We have more power on our phone and computing power than they had on the Apollo mission. And you know they, he was landing on the moon and they didn't have great. You know how high he was had a minute of fuel left. They had no instruments telling them where they were gonna go down there about the crash in the boulders, the size of cars, and the only way that Neil Armstrong is landing. It is using a, he's using a quick math and basically like good timing. I'm like, if if if my life is depending on quick math with like, that's it, we're over and it's an like I watched my sixteen year old, read it and he's like, oh my gosh, that and you know, my ten year old is like, oh my gosh. So I, I love that matter what age you are. You can really enjoy the fun. Read, always a pleasure talking to you, sir. I know how busy you are. So when you take time out, I really appreciate it. Anytime you, you know that brother. And now it's time for us to play a new game. We just start playing this game last week because the brand new season of family guy over on FOX debuted last night, and I am a regular visitor over there at family computer tribute from time to time actually almost every every ever so they had me do voices for characters on the show. And often people write in and say, could you please identify yourself? Because I don't know who you are on each episode. We play a fun little game who'd Ralph play. Nobody gave it to go for that one. This was a, that was a last minute I slept together. That's a placeholder. That's it. That's not gonna attached. I'm Mary. I was just a something to hold the place, an actual person with talent doing that. Like who's that girl? It just made me. All right. If you're watching the show last night, you know there was a cut away where Brian talks about how good his hearing is, and it turns out one of his neighbors is the creature from stranger things. Can't you hit him talking about you? Yeah, I'm a dog. I can hear everything by the way, the stranger things monster just farted. Must have been that fat chick. I eight. That's not that's very rude. Meek, rapper, say, fat, chick, five, five weeks ago, they made me sales descript a paid me. You. I did not. You don't improvise over there on family guys, and then I came back, the character came back and he's got a wife at turns out and he doesn't stop farting just because his wife is in the room apparently down. Fully crap how what's wrong with you? You love it. She loves it. Those of you who are listening to the coffee maker, the out Pacino coffeemaker and you thought it was me, well, here's a little taste. Let's face it. This is the most fun we've had since mom got hooked on coffee and bought that out Pacino mak-. For those who thought that was me. That was not me not me doing out Pacino's famous. Ooh, and I'm a little hurt, quite goodness. Me. I don't think they even know me over there. Really. I don't necessarily listen to Hollywood Babylon or the Ralph report, then it really that sure what I do. But when I saw that last night was like, are you shitting me? There's an Pacino coffee maker, and I didn't get chance to the voice of the Pacino maker Razi. But a lot of people sent me tweets stuff saying, oh, I know who you were last night. You were the opportunity. That would be the obvious one was not me. So you guess that was me, you were wrong, but I did come back later in the show when Brian spoilers is about to be put down, it's about the youth Anais and they take him to the pound and he runs into this guy. There's been a horrible mistake. You've got the wrong. Dog says right here. I got a euthanize, Brian Griffin and your him. Yeah. So I was a bad guy, the bad guy last night. So if you ever wondered who was I on family guy? Now, you know who ref played. Now taking submission stays forever a new title and new jingle. Thanks for joining us today. Come on back tomorrow. 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