Bad news is easy to come by. Sometimes it feels like we're drowning in it. But on The Bright Side, our hosts believe that in every tragedy we can also find hope. The Bright Side with Kevin and Jason is a podcast that explores some of humanity's biggest blunders, then digs deep to find out what good we can find in the situations. Join Kevin Held and Jason T. Gaffney as they discover the redemption in our missteps.
Panic! At The Library
Reading can be dangerous, what with all those evil forces out there trying to stymie the free transmission of liberating ideas. And now we have to worry about cholera?! This week, the guys turn the page to when the fear of these new things called germs caused people to think that library books could spread disease.
Given that this episode is dropping on Thanksgiving, Kevin and Jason would also like to take a moment to thank you for listening, to this and all of our episodes. We appreciate you and love you, and we'd be nothing without you. Gobble Gobble!
Badass Women Vol. 3: Rosalind Franklin
Women didn't fare so well in last week's episode. To balance the scales a little bit, this week the guys take a deep dive into the life of Dr. Rosalind Franklin, the badass woman of science whose work directly led to the understanding of the structure of DNA, among many other achievements. In a time when women in STEM were subjected to vast sexism and condescension, Dr. Franklin brashly broke the mold in the search for scientific truths.
Hot Air Buffoons
No, that's not a new title for the show! It is, however, a pretty good description of the people featured in this week's episode! Come get high with the guys as they expel gas and yank your chain with the tale of the Leicester Balloon Riot of 1864.
It Gets Butter
Norway, Jose! This week, the guys lube up their absolutely worst accents to take you, our loyal listener, to a magical place of fjords, riverboat cruises, wooden shoes (?) and the great Norwegian Butter Crisis of 2011.
What would life be without the ability to look down on other people? This week, the guys look down from a great height, high enough to see the curve of the earth, in order to delve into the Flat Earth Movement. We promise, it's just as dumb as you've come to expect from us.
A Happy Ending at Blue Ball Creek
Are you blue? Now, is it just a feeling, or are you literally blue? This week, they guys set off into the wild blue yonder to learn about the Blue Fugates of Kentucky, a clan of people with a rare genetic condition that turned their skin blue for generations. If you're not tired of hearing the word "blue" yet, stay tuned!
I discovered these guys via a rather circuitous route, first an audible romance novel, then a rom/com and finally this very podcast. Jason and Kevin are hilarious and I am so happy they are back! Talk about a bright spot in 2020.
Please Do A Podcast Every Day!
Seriously, I need the laughs! You two get funnier and your podcast gets tighter every episode. Becuase I am old (for real Kevin, not Jason's version of 'old') many of the topics are things I am familiar with or remember vaguely from the news. But you guys are full of details that I never new. It is amazing how absurd humans are, right? I can tell you really like each other and that makes the whole thing even better!
The Bright Side w Kevin and Jason
Found you guys just when I needed a good laugh. Got it! Thanks! Encore!!!