Bridget Phetasy admires grit and authenticity. On Walk-Ins Welcome, she talks about the beautiful failures and frightening successes of her own life and the lives of her guests. She doesn’t conduct interviews—she has conversations. Conversations with real people about the real struggle and will remind you that we can laugh in pain and cry in joy but there’s no greater mistake than hiding from it all. By embracing it all, and celebrating it with the stories she’ll bring listeners, she believes that our lowest moments can be the building blocks for our eventual fulfillment.
E146. Helena Talks About What It's Like To Detransition
Helena identified as trans from the ages of 15 to 19. She was on testosterone for 17 months before realizing she'd made a huge mistake. She and Bridget have a frank and compassionate conversation about her journey, how body image issues and social media led her to identify as trans, the ease with which she was presribed testosterone, her parents' reaction to her transition, what led her to the realization that she was not trans, and the response she received from her community when she detransitioned. She shares her own story to raise awareness of a growing problem among girls and young women who are not being given adequate information or tools before they are given access to treatments and surgeries that can change their lives forever. Follow her on Twitter @lacroicsz to learn more.
E145. Sam Morril Thinks Cannibalism Must Be A Bummer
Stand-up comic, Sam Morril, drops in to talk about his upcoming documentary Full Capacity , chronicling the reopening of comedy clubs in New York. He and Bridget discuss why they're both in no place to judge the strange habits of other people, the utter absurdity of podcasts, the value of being a whore in the Wild West, why women are so obsessed with true crime, trying to get something made in Hollywood, and why comics are like cockroaches. They also cover how people in red and blue states agree on more than we think they do, the mental illness of comedians not being able to work, the obliviousness of men, and why black people don't want to hear white people talk about 12 Years A Slave.
E144. Reed Coverdale Works To Be An Example That Inspires People
Reed Coverdale is a trucker and host of the podcast The Naturalist Capitalist, which he often podcasts from the cab of his truck. Reed believes that if you can connect people who understand what isn't working to the root cause of why it isn't working in an effective way, you can create a movement. He and Bridget discuss the gap between the people having "the conversation" in media and politics vs. the real people on the ground in America. They cover libertarianism, why overzealous corporate safety measures can often become the very reason for accidents and injuries, the disconnect between the culture war and politics, why honest discourse has become increasingly more difficult as most people wind up arguing about the definitions of words, practicing what you preach, and why being a trucker gives you a healthy perspective of humanity. He also shares his scariest moments working on power lines and as a trucker, as well as the recent car accident that left him grateful to be alive.
E143. Rosebud Baker Became A Comic Because She Had No Pride Left
Rosebud Baker stops in to talk about her new comedy special Whiskey Fists , and she and Bridget discuss making jokes about traumatic experiences, toxic positivity, the way you're supposed to perceive things versus the way that you actually do, being addicted to doomscrolling, and why they're both terrible at adulting. They compare notes on being Covid newlyweds, the exes they've left behind, how the definition of being a "grownup" has kind of changed, the importance of duality and nuance, the mystery of the male species's obsession with big screen TVs, and Rosebud reveals that while she advocates freeing Britney, she also thinks a conservatorship might be the solution to her own problems.
E142. Michael Malice Advocates Invading Canada to Liberate Them
Michael Malice (Your Welcome ) returns for another fun episode where he and Bridget discuss the definition of anarchy, the random reason he finally decided to leave NYC, his hoarding tendencies, the Russian attitude towards therapy, suicidal thoughts, and how many pairs of jeans he owns. They cover the idea that progressivism is domesticated imperialism, giving people the benefit of the doubt, the importance of boundaries to mental health, being a light bringer, how people take as much space as you give them, and Bridget's ability to read the health of a marriage from the trajectory of a person's social media profile pictures.
E141. Matt Taibbi Discusses The Failure of Traditional News Media
Matt Taibbi, author and journalist, drops in to discuss the state of modern journalism, why it's increasingly difficult to source news you trust, "soft" censorship, link rot and stories that disappear, the instinct to conformity that is an epidemic in newsrooms right now, and why eventually the mob will always come for you. They cover Matt's background, how he comes from a family of reporters, what he learned from his dad about how to treat sources, his 10 years in Russia running his own newspaper, how Americans don't have any sense of what it means to lose their ability to speak openly, the evolution of Substack, when the "subscriber bubble" will burst, the disincentives to doing in-depth, long form reporting these days, an audience's ability to parse nuance, their willingness to question their own motives, and why the problem with the rhino is the problem with everything. Check out Matt's Substack here.
First show I listened to-enjoyed it much!
Intelligent and dynamic
I love this podcast and it’s wide variety of guests. Bridget is a curious and earnest host.
A boomer who enjoys your podcast…
This podcast is well done, great guests, nice teasing out and perspectives on current issues.
With that said, I’m asking all my favorite podcasters to please remind their guests that talking a million miles per hour is not enjoyable for listening, or perhaps suggest that all rapid fire speaking guests look into employment as auctioneers.