11 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.

From Mermaid Palace, 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 honesty and humour at every turn.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 453 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.

From Mermaid Palace, 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 honesty and humour at every turn.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Episode 01: Voices

    Episode 01: Voices

    In this episode, we meet Melanie, her family—who appear as voices in her head—and her ill-fated lover as they discuss potentially having a baby, and her first pregnancy 9 years ago.

    [This episode contains scenes that deal with difficult topics, including abortion, and may be distressing for some listeners.]

    • 37 min
    Episode 02: A Person Who Has Never Even Been Married Fantasizes Incessantly About Divorce

    Episode 02: A Person Who Has Never Even Been Married Fantasizes Incessantly About Divorce

    Melanie is at her brother’s wedding and feeling out of place.  She is unsure about long term relationships, so she takes us inside the intimate details of her parents’ marriage to find out why. 

    • 33 min
    Episode 03: Vida

    Episode 03: Vida

    This episode belongs to Vida, Melanie’s mom.  We twist and turn through the caverns of her past and present to understand what it feels like, as Vida puts it, "to live with your heart outside your body."

    • 25 min
    Episode 04: Last Ditch Effort

    Episode 04: Last Ditch Effort

    Melanie asks: Is it still worth trying to make it work with men?

    • 37 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
    Episode 06: Ace of Hearts

    Episode 06: Ace of Hearts

    Melanie begins the process of acquiring sperm and getting pregnant.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
453 Ratings

453 Ratings

Oshamimi ,

What a Journey!

This is such an audacious work of art, an invitation to do push the boundaries of audio storytelling. It is authentic in every way. I related so much to the stories—all the complexities of love and family.

SweetBabyGayPod ,

Beautiful story telling!!!!!

Amazing podcast, listen!

KM98654 ,

Fantastic podcast!!

This is such a great podcast - so compelling!
I love it! Bingeworthy!

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