Being in your twenties is kind of like walking directionless in a vast field and then being hit by someone on a swing. Joe Biden made a podcast so we decided, as two twenty-somethings with no real world experience and a wisdom value in the negatives, to make one too. Rainie Toll and Darcy Neureiter are two liberal arts grads with a penchant for f*cking things up. Follow them as they swing and miss gloriously.
Moments of startling clarity can come at unexpected times. Like last weekend when I was standing on the porch of a home that wasn’t mine and someone asked me where I was going. I quite obviously took the question figuratively and realized with a jolt that I have absolutely no idea where I am going at any given time.
This week we talk to Miranda Whitney, who experienced a critical moment of clarity standing in the doorway of her mother’s bedroom. In a stroke of lucidity, Miranda commenced her recovery journey from an all-consuming alcohol addiction.
We follow Miranda’s path from middle school in Denver through college in Oxford, Ohio. We discuss anxiety, depression, addiction, and strategies for living amongst it all. Prepare to be delighted, captivated, and then brought to tears. You have the right to remain silent. But you also have the right to say whatever the fuck you want. And that’s what Miranda did.
Content Warning: This episode contains themes and explicit descriptions of addiction, alcoholism, and mental illness
Find Miranda Whitney's writing here: https://ogmirr.wixsite.com/unsolicitedopinion
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If You Get Murdered, I'll Avenge Your Death
Another week as a twenty something, another week getting bitch slapped by your own short- comings. We’ve talked about romance and sexual chaos, but this week we discuss what is arguably the joy and nectar of the universe: Friends. They make it all bearable. They give you life, they push you to go out when you shouldn’t, they hold you accountable, they contribute to your personhood, but they also change. And you change. In your twenties, the friendship tracks that have been reliably parallel often diverge and then take turns and dives. This week we talk about the challenges of navigating ever-evolving friendships in your twenties and how our friends can precipitate personal reckonings and critical periods of self-development.
Topics Included: coffin friends, the risk of actually caring, well-intentioned stand-offs, why we are the way we are, self-reliance, hypocrisy, the most beautiful parts of friendship.
This week, we're donating to Abortion Access For All to honor Ruth Bader Ginsberg's legacy and help prevent the ban of abortions in Colorado. The money will work to prevent Prop 115 from being passed in November- a Colorado bill that forces women to continue pregnancies without exceptions for risks to her health, even in cases of rape. Join us below.
Dead Cat September
The journey to journaling, doesn’t always have to entail navigating a collection of bizarre and disturbing events that culminate in a sea of despair, but for Rainie it did, and we couldn’t be prouder. Her path included but was not limited to: cats bleeding out in alleyways, speaking with the National Guard naked, the discovery of a tragic food allergy, and, of course, The Hunger Games trilogy. This week as we enter the gateway of hell, oh I’m sorry freudian slip- as we enter the month of September we strive to re-examine what seems like the impossiblity of it all with vacant- sorry, fresh- eyes. This week we talk revelations about job search strategies, the ramifications of imposter syndrome, and screaming into the internet void.
Topics Included: slippery slopes, seasonal depression, the worst omen of all time, speaking to the national guard completely naked, not being political pundits, FOMO as a business model, being violently allergic to eggplant, hunger games as real life, the attention industrial complex, email newsletter addiction, the anti-film bro, communes + escapism
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This week Doing It Wrong donated to the Homeless Black Trans Woman Fund that works to support black and brown trans communities experiencing homelessness in Atlanta. Join us here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/homeless-black-trans-women-fund
Anti-Capitalist on Monday, Fintech Bro on Sunday
Oh, the Modern Day Villain--you know who we’re talking about-- finance guy who aggressively orders to-go salads on his bluetooth headset, and believes in both meritocracy and nepotism. Do we despise him? But of course. Do we have darker, complicated desires to emulate his power? Have sexual fantasies about him? The answer is probably yes. Today, our neighborhood friend Anna Stenson, joins us to discuss judging character through career choices, “The Consultant”, leading happy lives with evil jobs, the fear invoked by LinkedIn, and perhaps most importantly, what not to wear to your ACT prep tutoring gig.
Topics included: sexual attraction to fintech, the modern-day hero, the modern-day villain, the duality of woman, pantsuit goals, the consultant complex, postgraduate body slams, an abundance of insecurities, having 15-year-old co-workers, networking at 7 am without coffee, loafers from Goodwill
This week we're donating to Fair Fight, an organization founded by Stacey Abrams that promotes fair elections in Georgia and across the nation while encouraging voter participation and providing voter education on elections and voting rights. Join us here https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fair-fight-1
Okay Golden Boy
As a college soccer player, serial monogamist, engineering major, American male who does the dishes, and all-around golden boy, we can’t really relate to Darcy’s brother, Luke. Except, of course, in humanity’s common denominators, such as rejection, breakups, and fear of being alone. This week we take a peek into the mind of Darcy’s younger brother, a Good Guy who just can’t seem to get out of long term relationships. What makes him tick? What allows him to find love so easily? What does he have that we don’t besides different genitalia and college-level physics knowledge?
Topics Included: moving fast and breaking things, the importance of vulnerability, subconscious intentions, weaponizing social media, jubilation as the greatest lesson
This week, we're donating to the Elijah McClain Fund organized by his mother, Sheenen McClain. The fundraiser seeks to raise money for legal fees as the McClain family seeks justice, and to fund a foundation in McClain's name that will help the black community and victims of police brutality. Elijah McClain was 23 when he was killed by three Aurora Police Officers in August of 2019. Join us here:
Gen Z Sis
Yes, we are two zillenials facing existential quandaries. But, like many mortals, we also have siblings, and those siblings are also navigating their very own crises. Join us for our very first live-action interview with our Gen Z correspondent, May Toll-- tech expert, activist, and craftswoman extraordinaire. Also Rainie’s sister. We dive into the urgent issue that is TikTok and discuss how tech and the internet have shaped our lived experiences and what they might look like in the future. Then, we talk to May about what it means to be existential at 18 as opposed to 23 and try to offer our best advice on how to navigate uncertainty. Yes it's off the cuff, but it's also hopeful.
Topics included: taking the Obama era for granted, the new checks and balances, Instagram’s history lessons, digital revolutions, candid vulnerability, fresh-faced existentialism, dining halls informing identity, social media hygiene, unlearning prestige