Guest Pod Post: Marcus Wong from The ABSURDIST NEWS Podcast

This week, we’re putting the spotlight on fellow podcaster Marcus Wong (Max) from the Absurdist News podcast. Absurdist News is basically two truths and a lie with news articles! Each week a host presents 5 crazy news articles, upon which one of them is fake. At the end, the other two people have to guess which news article is the fake one. Find the podcast on iTunes and Spotify or on twitter @Absurdist_News.


Can’t get enough of people doing absolutely crazy things in the world? Yeah, us too. We at Absurdist News tackle the weird and funny news stories of the world with a fake news article thrown into the mix. Hosted by Marks, Max, and Dave, every Wednesday we review 5 news articles, upon which 1 of the articles is fake.

We like to take a comedic approach when doing our research of news articles, and thankfully podcasting has grown to the point where there’s plenty of news stories published! In this exploding industry, almost anyone can start a podcast, and as soon as you let the flood gates open up, you know some ridiculous news stories will come up.

Can you guess which one of these podcast related articles are fake? You’d be surprised. We usually are.

Guest Pod Post: Hannah Zoe Weilbacher from THE B-SIDES

This week, we’re putting the spotlight on fellow podcaster Hannah Zoe Weilbacher who is 1/3 of The B-Sides (@listentothebsides), the pop music appreciation podcast for progressives. You can find the show on Apple and Spotify and subscribe to the newsletter (with playlists!) by going to


Pop music can save the world. That is, if we stop denying ourselves the pure joy we can access when we listen to it.

But here’s the problem. We get in our own way when we don’t take pop music as seriously as we take other media. Critical progressive thinkers often feel more comfortable with a nuanced appreciation of the new Star Wars franchise than the new Taylor Swift album. Don’t get me wrong, I love Star Wars. But that’s kind of the point. We need to treat the mushy, pop-y magic of movies and television the same way we treat pop music.

At The B-Sides, we constantly unpack the myriad reasons why pop music is dismissed despite it still being part of dominant culture. One reason we have clarified is simply misogyny. People associate pop music with young women, whose taste is not taken seriously, despite young women from all demographics consistently being on the cutting edge of taste (see: Elvis, The Beatles, and frickin’ One Direction).

And there’s another misconception: that pop is unsophisticated, inauthentic, and overall not a genuine form of expression.

That misconception is also rooted in structural oppression like misogyny as well as racism and homophobia. It comes from the limiting, reductive thinking that suggests that the only music worthy of legitimacy is made by whiny white boys on guitars.

I see the tides turning on how we talk about pop with the success of a new era of artists, with Lizzo in particular. Her powerful messages combined with true musical prowess is allowing pop skeptics to finally embrace the unbridled joy that comes from listening to pop. Lizzo is a classically trained flutist who was mentored by Prince – you’re wrong if you think she’s not a truly talented artist.

Listening to pop music sends a different message: one of choosing joy and of rejecting dominant narratives about whose talents are worthy. So blast that Lizzo song – or that Carly Rae b-side – and dance your butt off.


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S3: E11 Alex’s Perfect True Crime Con-versation

Hey there listeners!

This week, I did a deep dive on a true crime podcast that I can actually listen to. The podcast is Scam Goddess (Earwolf) and it’s a fraud-filled show hosted by comedian and actress Laci Mosley. The best part? No murder involved!

With a different guest each week, Laci discusses infamous con artists and their schemes, EARWOLF_COVER_ScamGoddess_3000x3000_Final-1024x1024as well as current rackets that listeners should be aware of. As we shared on the show, Laci has plenty of fun sections on the  show, including “Scammer of the Week,” which featured this convincing pup who fakes a limp for attentions and treats!

And, if you were intrigued by our mentions of jewelry thief Doris Payne, you can learn more by reading Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World’s Most Notorious Jewel Thief. Plus, check out The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne, a film about her escapades.

Stay safe out there—and don’t get conned!




S3: E10 Writing an In-TREE-GUING Obituary

Hi Pod Pals,

This week we covered a lot of ground! Listen to the podcast and find a list of the podcasts we covered, including Lainey’s deep dive into Mobituaries from Mo Rocca in her BYOP (Bring Your Own Podcast), below.

Round-ups of what we are currently listening to included:

From Alex: Throwing Shade, Slow Burn, and The City.

From Lainey: The Daily, The History Chicks, and Reliable Sources.



This week, Lainey chose Mobituaries with Mo Roacca as her BYOP. From the website: “Mo Rocca’s long love of obituaries has him led to create Mobituaries, an irreverent but deeply researched appreciation of the people (and things) of the past who have long intrigued him—from an unsung Founding Father to the first Chinese-American superstar, from Neanderthals to the station wagon.”

Find out all about his book, listen to the podcast episodes I mentioned, and see supplemental content from the show here.

Find the hilarious Wishbone article we referenced here. You’ll laugh so hard. #Only90sKids

Thanks for joining us! See you next week.


S3: E8 Should I Throw My Crystals Away?

Hey listeners!

On the eighth episode of this season, my BYOP was America Dissected, a pod that covers the intersection of medicine and politics.

I had a feeling Lainey would be on board, since America Dissected falls under the Crooked Media umbrella and we’re historically big fans of their shows. This particular pod, hosted by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, is no exception! If you’re interested in anything related to public health, from vaccinations to perceptions of drug addiction to the Flint Water Crisis, this show has something for you.

And if you’re eager for more content, Ethan Lindenberger (interviewed by Dr. El-Sayed) has a great Ted Talk discussing his experience and the importance of vaccines!


Happy listening!