Feeling stressed? Author, comedian and recovering agoraphobe Sara Benincasa is here to soothe your soul and maybe make you laugh during a really weird time. Great guests, helpful relaxation techniques, funny little stories, and shout outs to great nonprofits helping folks in need.
Fred And Me (And You)
Sara just moved 2800 miles, so here's a mini episode featuring an essay about love and history, plus some relaxation exercises for you. Support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thank you to all current Patreon subscribers.
Chelsea Connor On Mental Health And Adorable Lizards
Scientist, student and #BlackBirdersWeek cofounder Chelsea Connor is back for a second interview. This time she and Sara discuss mental health, cutting off verbally abusive family and friends, why you should just wear a frigging mask, and more. Sara does some relaxing breathwork exercises at the end of the episode. Support Chelsea at Patreon.com/ChelseaArts and support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Please support the Loveland Foundation.
Director Sam Bailey Creates What She Wants To See
Here's the actual, full-length interview with Sam Bailey (Dear White People, Brown Girls, You're So Talented), a critically acclaimed writer, producer, director, once (and maybe future) actress, theatre veteran, and very cool human. She talks to Sara about her incredible career, the Black Lives Matter movement, creativity during the time of coronavirus, what it's like to often be the only Black woman on set, and a lot more. As always, Sara includes some basic breath work for listeners. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. And check out TheLovelandFoundation.org.
Season 2 Premiere: Monique Moses of Astronomy Club!
Monique Moses is a Canadian actress, improviser and teacher who co-stars in Netflix's "Astronomy Club," one of Sara's favorite shows of the past 25 years (no, seriously - Sara compares it to "The State," "The Kids in the Hall," and for no reason at all, "My So-Called Life.") Monique is a longtime cast member of the titular sketch team, and she and Sara discuss comedy, acting, Canadian pop culture, Monique's life in the only Black family in her town, Monique's dance career, dealing with the transition to working from home, and much more. You can support this podcast by subscribing and by contributing to Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.
Season 1 Finale: Amanda Yates Garcia Will Bewitch You
In the Season 1 finale of the only mental health podcast hosted by an author/comedian and executive produced by a demon queen cat named Polly, Sara Benincasa talks to Amanda Yates Garcia, a.k.a. The Oracle of Los Angeles! Amanda hosts the tarot podcast "Between the Worlds," which she co-created with artist and producer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs. Amanda is a dancer, essayist, activist, professional witch, and author. She and Sara discuss Amanda's memoir ("Initiated"), art, sexism, feminism, the nuances of Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw's term "intersectionality," white supremacy, trying one's best to be a decent and kind human, dealing with flaws in oneself and in society at large, and much more. Support the podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thanks for your kind reviews and ratings, and we'll see you in Season 2 very soon!
Chelsea Connor Is The Queen Of Anoles
Meet Chelsea Connor, a young Black scientist and one of the cofounders of #BlackBirdersWeek. Chelsea is from Dominica (Sara pronounces it wrong right off the bat - it's an island country in the Caribbean), and she opens up about experiencing racism at school in the States, dealing with stress and learning differences while pursuing a rigorous academic program, and being a scientist as well as an artist. Check out her stickers at Redbubble.com/people/chelseaherps! There will be a Part II, this young woman is full of stories, life, and learning!