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Shannon Curtis writes and records artpop music; Jamie Hill produces and mixes music for all sorts of artists in independent and alternative-music spaces. They're both live performers and writers and authors and speakers ... oh, and also, they're married!



For the last fifteen years, Shannon and Jamie have been building on their shared delusion that a married pair of working artists can make a successful life together—far outside of the music industry mainstream.



The Misfit Stars Podcast is a weekly conversation between Shannon and Jamie, in which they talk with one other about what's on their minds at the moment. Topics include life, work, music, current events, social justice, sobriety, creativity, and whatever else emerges from the hive mind of their Misfit Stars community.



The Misfit Stars Podcast, as with everything else that Shannon and Jamie do, is supported by the people who find it valuable. If this is you, please become a supporter at misfitstars.com/support!

Misfit Stars Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 33 Ratings

Shannon Curtis writes and records artpop music; Jamie Hill produces and mixes music for all sorts of artists in independent and alternative-music spaces. They're both live performers and writers and authors and speakers ... oh, and also, they're married!



For the last fifteen years, Shannon and Jamie have been building on their shared delusion that a married pair of working artists can make a successful life together—far outside of the music industry mainstream.



The Misfit Stars Podcast is a weekly conversation between Shannon and Jamie, in which they talk with one other about what's on their minds at the moment. Topics include life, work, music, current events, social justice, sobriety, creativity, and whatever else emerges from the hive mind of their Misfit Stars community.



The Misfit Stars Podcast, as with everything else that Shannon and Jamie do, is supported by the people who find it valuable. If this is you, please become a supporter at misfitstars.com/support!

    “Jamie McKissyface.” 😚

    “Jamie McKissyface.” 😚

    On this week’s episode: surprising data on how marital status correlates with the amount of sleep that moms get; an amazing breakthrough happening with one profound psychiatric condition; the grueling and fun process of making our latest "80s kids" recording; and the story of how 15-year-old Jamie got kissed and heard a song that changed his life — on the same day!







    And that’s a wrap on Season 5 of The Misfit Stars Podcast! We’re going on summer break. Keep in touch! Don’t ever change! Other perfunctory end-of-school yearbook sentiments! We’ll see you again on the other side of summer! Have a good one!







    LINKS: 







    Listen to "Take On Me" here! 







    Psychology Today article on single moms and leisure time. 







    Seattle Times article about that catatonic woman who awakened after twenty years.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    “So good! So good! So good!” ⚾️

    “So good! So good! So good!” ⚾️

    On this week’s episode: all the awesome things that progressives can do when we give them power (way to go, Minnesota!); how orcas might be auditioning to carry on the John Wick vengeance franchise; all you never knew you needed to know about knowingness; and details about the best public toilet Shannon’s ever encountered.

    • 57 min
    “We’re in epidemiological limbo.” 👻

    “We’re in epidemiological limbo.” 👻

    On this week’s episode: we celebrate the first instance of actual legal accountability for the disgraced former president; what it means and doesn’t mean that the WHO ended the Covid-19 emergency declaration; how the name David illustrates the absurd level of gender inequality in business; white supremacists' shocking (how are we still shocked?) and gruesome love affair with a murderous dictator; and how kindness cuts through all the bullshit.







    Here's that DNI annual threat assessment: https://www.dni.gov/files/ODNI/documents/assessments/ATA-2023-Unclassified-Report.pdf

    • 47 min
    “We’re all in the in-group.” 🌈

    “We’re all in the in-group.” 🌈

    On this week’s episode: good news on gun legislation in our home state; a bonkers study about in-group dynamics and the implications it has for the fate of humanity; a recap of our very fun Good to Me theater debut; and the infallibility of actions that are centered in joy.

    • 57 min
    “The soul is the beautiful part.” 🪞

    “The soul is the beautiful part.” 🪞

    On this week’s episode: conflicting court opinions regarding medication abortion, and the continuing assault on bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom in the US; holy corrupt courts, Batman!; baby surrender boxes (what the hell?); water, water … nowhere?; and a double dose of inspiration station (‘cause we really need it, y’all).







    It’s our last episode for a few weeks since we’ll be traveling for our big show debut! See ya on the other side.

    • 42 min
    “The Need for Chaos.” 🌪️

    “The Need for Chaos.” 🌪️

    On this week’s episode: yes, we’re talking about that infamous guy who was arraigned on a few dozen felony crimes this week, and since we’re not legal experts, we’re talking about the thoughts and feelings we have about it from the perspective of regular people who believe that no one is above the law; the truth about inflation; the liberating gift that trans and nonbinary people give to all of us; and a reflection on belonging and purpose.







    LINKS:







    Katie Brotten's very moving piece of writing about purpose and belonging, as considered through the lens of her relationship with her recently-deceased dog companion Vinnie: https://www.facebook.com/katiebrotten/posts/10228693302050003







    🚨 Buy tickets for our Sacramento theater show April 22: https://bstreettheatre.org/music/shannon-curtis/







    Listen to our new song "Drive"! https://songwhip.com/shannoncurtis/drive

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Chess fan1234 ,

Listen. Keep listening!

You’re going to love this. Great creative people with the best values, best mission, best personalities, just the best.

a ray of light! ,

So special!

Two beautiful people and a wonderful community talking about things that really matter - this podcast helps me process a lot of my own experiences. Since COVID arrived, my listening time has decreased significantly, but this is one that I purposefully make time to keep up with. Thanks for all that you are offering your fellow Misfits, Shannon and Jamie!

sarahrnc ,

I love this podcast!

I enjoy this podcast so much. Grateful for Shannon and Jamie’s perspective and approach to life, and I love that they share it with us through this medium. I enjoyed the podcast before the pandemic, but find it even more refreshing to listen to now during the crazy times we are living in. Thanks guys!

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