Continuing my series of posts on my favorite podcasts, I wanted to mention some of the gay and lesbian podcasts I listen to. Of course, you don't have to be gay or lesbian to listen to these, and if they sound interesting to you, I hope you'll try them out regardless of your sexual orientation.
Lucky Bitch Radio is a day-in-the-life podcast starring drag queen Wanda Wisdom. It's a daily podcast, about an hour in length, and the topics are wide-ranging, from politics to poetry. The core of the show is Ms. Wanda Wisdom herself, and she's gained quite a strong following of listeners on the strength of her persona.
As a listener, I find Wanda Wisdom to be very soothing and encouraging. Listening to Wanda when she's at her best is like being tucked into bed with kisses by your very own fairy dragmother. She has a very personal voice. And because Wanda's in recovery from alcoholism, she speaks with a lot of conviction about living through adversity and that is a very moving aspect of her show. At the end of today's show (#130: The Tao of Moo!), for example, she closed by assuring her listeners, "The most important thing is you don't have to go through life alone."
Wanda is a Midwestern gal, and you can hear it in her twang and the types of phrases she uses. One of her verbal ticks that I just love is when Wanda switches from one topic to the next by saying, "Anyhowsenhoosen..." Lucky Bitch Radio also has a catchy theme song which will probably come to haunt you as it has me if you become a regular listener.
I wrote on this blog previously that I was very excited about the prospect of social television. As it turns out, in today's episode, Wanda proposed that all her listeners watch the same film between now and next week and then engage in some sort of long distance discussion. How it's going to work out in every detail has not been determined, but I am very excited by the idea. It's like a remote film group, or a distributed moviefest. Anyhowsenhoosen, it sounds like fun.