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Everyone is essential to someone. I am endeavoring to create an oral history of the moment, as told through the voices of real people from every walk of life. From Corona to protests and everything in between. Daily since 4/16/20 I'm talking to front-line, tires on the ground, essential workers and people for the foreseeable future. You'll hear from doctors, nurses, firemen, food-service workers, Broadway performers, teachers, musicians, kids, personal trainers, and maybe even a celebrity or two. Please spread the word. These stories need to be told. And now.

The Essential Lighter Side Jay Casale

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 192 Ratings

Everyone is essential to someone. I am endeavoring to create an oral history of the moment, as told through the voices of real people from every walk of life. From Corona to protests and everything in between. Daily since 4/16/20 I'm talking to front-line, tires on the ground, essential workers and people for the foreseeable future. You'll hear from doctors, nurses, firemen, food-service workers, Broadway performers, teachers, musicians, kids, personal trainers, and maybe even a celebrity or two. Please spread the word. These stories need to be told. And now.

    Replay: The USA Singers

    Replay: The USA Singers

    I sat down with the USA Singers, creators of true protest music for our times. Enjoy their latest single, " Dance on Your Graves" With 5 days until the election, it is more important than ever that you get out there and vote. Donate if you can....

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Replay : Love in the Time of Corona

    Replay : Love in the Time of Corona

    My best friend Michael Buckley tells me the story of how he met the love of his life on a cruise ship right before Corona and moved across the country to take a chance on love. UPDATE:  THEY ARE ENGAGED. Please vote. 

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Replay : Recovery in a Pandemic with Mike Studley

    Replay : Recovery in a Pandemic with Mike Studley

    I talk to one of my oldest friends about our time growing up together, and our divergent paths since.  Mike takes me through his substance use disorder, and gives perhaps the most raw interview I have conducted. Mike is now one year and sixteen days...

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Replay: Me and My Cousin

    Replay: Me and My Cousin

    My cousin Angela and I both grew up around addiction and abuse. We compared notes. Please vote.  Donate. Write Letters. Send Texts. 

    • 1 hr 33 min
    World Mental Health Awareness Day Replay - Me and My OCD

    World Mental Health Awareness Day Replay - Me and My OCD

    I talk to Dr. Maggie Perry about my particular form of OCD, known as Pure O. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Day, please vote Donald Trump out of office, so that we may all get some of our mental health back. 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Replay: Val Emmich

    Replay: Val Emmich

    Everything is insane. Here is one of my favorite episodes, featuring my friend Val Emmich, who has done a lot of very cool things. We learned a lot about each other during this talk, despite having known each other for over 30 years. Enjoy. Vote. Please. 

    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
192 Ratings

192 Ratings

antisocialmedis ,

July 8th

No clue how I found this Apple podcast suggestions, but I was trying to find a podcast that he would appreciate. I saw this and couldn’t come at better time I know. I work with musicians, do music videos, graphic design, photography, marketing, event, fundraisers...come from a family of musicians... and My brother was drummer for Philip’s Head from my high school and college years. 3 nites a week was band night. And all of growing up around musicians constantly, It made me combine my two loves, inspire me. Now with COVID I have multiple projects, ideas for online shows. And I’m doing the job of 20 people at once . I was lucky and still am with so many phenomenal local musicians and successful musicians to inspire me and keep me going.

Tamika Bickham ,

Great Insights

I love listening to this podcast! The guests, the variety, the perspectives...it’s engaging and thought-provoking. A must listen!

Joanrow ,

Inspirational

My sister (Katie) told me about this podcast and I told her “I don’t do podcast.” She said I think you should listen to Jay’s it’s really good. Well I have to say she was correct. I suffer from OCD and have had it since as long as I can remember. You brought up such great points to which I would have never thought of. It’s amazing to hear you say it hasn’t effected your life as much anymore. That gives me tremendous hope for my future. I couldn’t agree with you more that people do not understand the true meaning of what OCD actually is. I have also listened to your podcast with Melissa and Bethany and it was also so captivating. I will definitely be listening more often. Thank you for creating this podcast!!!

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