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Every week, Danny M. Lavery brings on a guest to answer questions from listeners before diving into conversation about relationships, dissatisfaction, drives, regrets, estrangement, embarrassment, self-assessments, and feelings from the monumental to the minute.

Big Mood, Little Mood with Daniel M. Lavery Slate Podcasts

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    • 4.3 • 1K Ratings

Every week, Danny M. Lavery brings on a guest to answer questions from listeners before diving into conversation about relationships, dissatisfaction, drives, regrets, estrangement, embarrassment, self-assessments, and feelings from the monumental to the minute.

    Mask And You Shall Receive

    Mask And You Shall Receive

    Danny Lavery welcomes Bay Ryan, a postgraduate ecologist.
    Lavery and Ryan tackle two letters. First, from someone who is frustrated by loved ones who don’t take COVID precautions seriously. Another letter writer feels struggles to say any back after his partner says anything romantic. Plus, the latest on daylight saving time.
    Need advice? Send Danny a question here.
    Email: mood@slate.com
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    • 51 min
    Make Way For Tomorrow

    Make Way For Tomorrow

    Danny Lavery welcomes Hugh Ryan, the author of The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison, which New York Magazine called one of the best books of 2022. His first book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, won a 2020 New York City Book Award.
     Lavery and Ryan tackle three letters. First, from someone who is seeking closure from a failed friendship. Another letter writer is trying to understand why their boyfriend is so angry at his family. Finally, someone writes in about their book club which has morphed into a morass of secrets.
    Need advice? Send Danny a question here.
    Email: mood@slate.com
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    A History of Violence?

    A History of Violence?

    Danny Lavery welcomes Ashley Robertson, an expert question-asker who facilitates workshops on comprehensive, affirming, medically-accurate sexuality education. 
    Lavery and Robertson take on two letters. First, from someone who now has suspicions that her boyfriend has been violent in past relationships. Another letter writer is tired of being marginalized by his in-laws. Plus a listener comment about December 7th letter titled “Not Microdosing''.
    Need advice? Send Danny a question here.
    Email: mood@slate.com
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    • 48 min
    Unfair Will

    Unfair Will

    Danny Lavery welcomes Ash Sky Keen, a mathematics tutor helping neurodivergent students navigate math education. 
     Lavery and Keen tackle two letters. First, from someone who wants their parents to recalculate their will to adjust for monetary assistance their sibling already received. A second letter writer is waiting for a friend’s apology, and fearing it will never come.
    Need advice? Send Danny a question here.
    Email: mood@slate.com
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    • 54 min
    The Anti-Adoption Unit

    The Anti-Adoption Unit

    Danny Lavery welcomes Frankie Day, a writer based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
     Lavery and Day take on three letters. First, from someone who is shocked that her family won’t support her adopting a child. Another letter writer is how long they should hold on to their ex’s belongings. Finally, a third letter writer is concerned that he chose a name that also belongs to a dog that is in his friend circle.
    Need advice? Send Danny a question here.
    Email: mood@slate.com
    If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get an ad-free experience across the network and exclusive content on many shows—you’ll also be supporting the work we do here on Big Mood, Little Mood. Sign up now at Slate.com/MoodPlus to help support our work
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    • 51 min
    Big Mood In Review

    Big Mood In Review

    Daniel M. Lavery revisits a few of the many memorable letters from 2022, including one about someone who’s upset that his friends continue to associate with someone who is considered toxic (with guest Ty Mitchell). Another letter writer wants to have a third child, despite her husband’s concern about passing along a rare genetic condition (with guest Wendy Lee). And finally, a letter from someone whose close friends always start dating each other (with guest Olivia Chairmane)
    If you enjoy this show, please consider subscribing. You can subscribe directly to Big Mood, Little Mood for as little as $2.99/month and get an additional episode of the podcast every Friday, as well as ad-free listening. You’ll also be supporting the work we do here on Big Mood, Little Mood. Sign up now at https://slate.com/moodplus.
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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Theqat ,

Kate Duffy fan club

Kate episodes are great

CMaddyR ,

Danny is the best !

Danny is one of my favorite people to listen to ! He is just so smart , witty , and extraordinarily kind to all the advice seekers . I feel very comforted listening to such an inspiring person give such thoughtful advice .

holler43 ,

Not for me anymore

The podcast is becoming unlistenable for me and I unsubscribed today. It's not transphobic to want to know someone's pronouns so that I know what to put in a work email but I think this podcast would rip me to shreds for having the audacity to want that simple clarification in the workplace. I think this podcast is intended primarily for individuals who travel in politically radical circles, woth the most avant-grade thinking, with a particular focus on trans issues. I don't think this podcast is for me, a person who does not travel in radical circles but who does want to be an ally in a world that is very tough on marginalized people. That's ok, I guess. I hope it reaches the people who need to hear it.

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