233 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 • 192 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.

    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
    Transgender Visibility Day #2 - Shauntelle Hammond - Black Trans Lives Matter

    Transgender Visibility Day #2 - Shauntelle Hammond - Black Trans Lives Matter

    My stirring conversation with Shauntelle, who has gone on to become the first Black Trans Executive Director of a Recovery Home in Virginia.  She has also launched a podcast dealing with the topic of inclusion in recovery, which you can check out here


    The idea of Transgender Visibility Day is a good -intentioned one, but it's not even 10 am and I've seen more hateful comments about the Trans community on posts like this picture than anyone should ever have to read, let alone an actual member of the community.

    Our Trans brothers and sisters are some of the most marginalized members of society. They are murdered at an alarming rate, and their murders are truly under-reported. Their names are un-spoken.

    I don't know the answers. But I do know we have to listen and learn how to help. Long after these "days" stop filling our feeds.

    From the Human Rights Campaign: Sadly, 2021 has already seen at least 12 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say at least because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. In previous years, the majority of these people were Black and Latinx transgender women.

    In 2020, HRC tracked a record number of violent fatal incidents against transgender and gender non-conforming people. A total of 44 fatalities were tracked by HRC, marking 2020 as the most violent year on record since HRC began tracking these crimes in 2013


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Transgender Visibility Day #1 - She/They/Allison

    Transgender Visibility Day #1 - She/They/Allison

    In honor of Transgender Visibility Day,  a replay of my deep-dive into the life of AK, a non-binary force of nature operating out of Asbury Park, NJ. 

    The idea of Transgender Visibility Day is a good -intentioned one, but it's not even 10 am and I've seen more hateful comments about the Trans community on posts like this picture than anyone should ever have to read, let alone an actual member of the community. 
    Our Trans brothers and sisters are some of the most marginalized members of society. They are murdered at an alarming rate, and their murders are truly under-reported. Their names are un-spoken. 
    I don't know the answers. But I do know we have to listen and learn how to help. Long after these "days" stop filling our feeds. 
    From the Human Rights Campaign: Sadly, 2021 has already seen at least 12 transgender or gender non-conforming people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. We say at least because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported. In previous years, the majority of these people were Black and Latinx transgender women.
    In 2020, HRC tracked a record number of violent fatal incidents against transgender and gender non-conforming people. A total of 44 fatalities were tracked by HRC, marking 2020 as the most violent year on record since HRC began tracking these crimes in 2013.


    https://www.glaad.org/blog/tdor-memoriam




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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Replay: Musician and Author Nate Holder

    Replay: Musician and Author Nate Holder

    Nate Holder and I had a long chat back in August. Since then he has gone and published ANOTHER book, which you can buy right here: https://www.thewhybooks.co.uk/shop

    Nate is a sax player, a teacher, an advocate, a Brit, and a black man working to combat colonialism in music education. Loved every minute and glad to call Nate a pal. 



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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Replay: Fredi Walker Browne - A Broadway Original

    Replay: Fredi Walker Browne - A Broadway Original

    Fredi was the original Joanne in Rent. She's also a powerful. brilliant, black woman, who was gracious enough to sit down with me and make me into a better interviewer.

    Check out all things Fredi here.
    Support the show (http://patreon.com/lightersidepodcast)

    • 1 hr 5 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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