12 episodes

FICTION

There’s the family you grew up with:  your mom, your dad, your siblings.  And then, there’s the family you carry around in your head for the rest of your life.  This show is about that second family, the one that lives within you.

From Mermaid Palace and Radiotopia, Sharon Mashihi brings you Appearances, a one woman audio show that straddles the line between fiction and truth.  Appearances brings to life an Iranian American family and community through the real and fantastical mental machinations of Melanie Barzadeh. Melanie is in her mid 30’s and desires nothing more than to become a mother. The difficulty of finding the right partner seems to be directly connected to the struggles witnessed in her home throughout her entire childhood. As Sharon Mashihi voice-acts all the characters in one family, the depth of the love, pain, and struggle is felt with a visceral, profound compassion at every turn.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 421 Ratings

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FICTION

There’s the family you grew up with:  your mom, your dad, your siblings.  And then, there’s the family you carry around in your head for the rest of your life.  This show is about that second family, the one that lives within you.

From Mermaid Palace and Radiotopia, Sharon Mashihi brings you Appearances, a one woman audio show that straddles the line between fiction and truth.  Appearances brings to life an Iranian American family and community through the real and fantastical mental machinations of Melanie Barzadeh. Melanie is in her mid 30’s and desires nothing more than to become a mother. The difficulty of finding the right partner seems to be directly connected to the struggles witnessed in her home throughout her entire childhood. As Sharon Mashihi voice-acts all the characters in one family, the depth of the love, pain, and struggle is felt with a visceral, profound compassion at every turn.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

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    Radiotopia Presents: S***hole Country

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    • 9 min
    Episode 09: The World

    Episode 09: The World

    The finale.

    • 31 min
    Episode 08: Melanie Tells Her Mom

    Episode 08: Melanie Tells Her Mom

    This is the episode where Melanie has to tell her mother. She is terrified.

    • 33 min
    Episode 07: AKA Episode 6 1/2 [Indecisive Artist]

    Episode 07: AKA Episode 6 1/2 [Indecisive Artist]

    It worked. Now Melanie has a secret. Only one person knows it. That one person... is Sharon Mashihi.

    • 23 min
    Episode 06: Ace of Hearts

    Episode 06: Ace of Hearts

    Melanie begins the process of acquiring sperm and getting pregnant.

    • 20 min
    Episode 05: Good Eggs

    Episode 05: Good Eggs

    While Melanie is preparing physically and spiritually to get pregnant, she receives news that yet again makes her spiral into uncertainty.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
421 Ratings

421 Ratings

Yes, Please ,

Take the trip

So unique, so beautifully told. A different way to tell the story about the pressures put on women to have children.

World traveler.... ,

Fascinating…

Well produced podcast. Clever, funny, sad, smart. I loved it.

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Comeee backkkkk 😓

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