237 episodes

It started as a weight loss podcast, which quickly became a mental health podcast, which somehow became a pandemic podcast. Jay, your host (anxiety/depression/OCD/childhood trauma/family addiction) lost 185 lbs after having bariatric surgery. Guests have ranged from actor Ken Marino to a woman you have never heard of who lost 250 lbs, to a recovering addict, to essential workers during COVID-19. In 2020, the show became daily and ran for 100 episodes in 100 days. The culmination of everything The Lighter Side strove to be, Jay created an oral history of the pandemic, as told through the voices of the people who lived through it. There's something for everyone on the Lighter Side.

The Lighter Side with Jay Jay Casale

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 191 Ratings

It started as a weight loss podcast, which quickly became a mental health podcast, which somehow became a pandemic podcast. Jay, your host (anxiety/depression/OCD/childhood trauma/family addiction) lost 185 lbs after having bariatric surgery. Guests have ranged from actor Ken Marino to a woman you have never heard of who lost 250 lbs, to a recovering addict, to essential workers during COVID-19. In 2020, the show became daily and ran for 100 episodes in 100 days. The culmination of everything The Lighter Side strove to be, Jay created an oral history of the pandemic, as told through the voices of the people who lived through it. There's something for everyone on the Lighter Side.

    Inside an Abortion Clinic the Day Roe Was Overturned

    Inside an Abortion Clinic the Day Roe Was Overturned

    This special episode is brought to you by Lemonada Media's No One is Coming to Save Us

    Continue to follow Jay across Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok for up to date analysis, musings, and assorted hijinks.

    As we continue to investigate what life looks like for pregnant people and parents in a post Roe America, No One is Coming to Save Us host Gloria Riviera sits down with an abortion clinic nurse who was in the middle of a procedure when the news broke about the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. They talk about what it was like in the clinic that day, what this decision will mean for the countr y’s remaining abortion providers, and how it will impact those who already have difficulty accessing reproductive care. Plus, she tells Gloria about some of her most memorable patients, including girls as young as 11, 12, and 13 years old.

    You can find more episodes of  No One is Coming to Save Us at https://link.chtbl.com/NOICTSU 
    Check out additional series from Lemonada Media at www.lemonadamedia.com  
     
    Show Notes 
    This podcast is presented by Neighborhood Villages, and is brought to you with generous support from Imaginable Futures, Care For All Children by the David and Laura Merage Foundation, and Spring Point Partners. 
     
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    • 36 min
    In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt - SCOTUS emergency

    In the Bubble with Andy Slavitt - SCOTUS emergency

    I'm giving my feed to important stories, starting with this one. You can listen at the #linkinbio

    In this special breaking-news edition, @andyslavitt helps you understand the impact of the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade.

    As health clinics in several states halt abortion procedures due to the
    decision, Andy gets reaction and action items from Caitlin Cruz, a reporter from Jezebel who covers reproductive rights; Grace Howard, an expert on reproductive law; and Renee Bracey Sherman a
    reproductive justice activist protesting outside the Supreme Court.

     Find out what the ruling means, where to seek help if in you or someone you know is worried they could be prosecuted for their actions, and how to support those in need.

    To hear more of In the Bubble: https://link.chtbl.com/InTheBubble

    Keep up with Andy on Twitter @ASlavitt and Lemonada Media @LemonadaMedia on Twitter and Instagram.

    Follow Renee Bracey Sherman, Grace Howard, and Caitlin Cruz on Twitter @RBraceySherman, @ProfGraceHoward, and @caitlinrcruz.

    Presented by @lemonadamedia 

    #Roe
    #abortionishealthcare
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    • 36 min
    The Artist Formerly Known as the SCOTUS

    The Artist Formerly Known as the SCOTUS

    Quick rant on the SCOTUS decision on 6/24. 
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    • 10 min
    Hello Out There

    Hello Out There

    Hi! Quick message and update. 
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    • 8 min
    REPLAY: The NYC Subway

    REPLAY: The NYC Subway

    This is from a year ago. It was a talk with Helen, an MTA worker in NYC whose superiors at the time didn't think masks were necessary. 

    A year ago this was INSANE to me. That anyone would deny anyone a MASK or act as though a MASK was controversial. 

    And here we still are. 


    Helen is an MTA Conductor for the NYC Subway system, an organization that is losing 3-people per day to Covid-19. She and her co-workers requested masks in January and were denied. 50 of her fellow MTA workers died before masks were distributed. 

    We talked about fun things too, but I implore you to listen to Helen's story and remember that what you are seeing on the news is lacking in one thing: humanity. 
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    A Year Later

    A Year Later

    A year has passed since the show became daily. Here is the first episode of that run. 

    Both Stacy and Nicole are doing well a year later. 
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
191 Ratings

191 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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