By: WNYC Studios
BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay. WNYC Studios is the producer of other podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, 2 Dope Queens and many others.
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Kathy's mom didn't expect anyone would actually listen to her the first time Kathy recorded their conversation. And she's still not particularly comfortable with all this gay stuff. This bonus episode is part of a series revisiting episodes from our first two seasons. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Benedek ("CRUZIN").
Bowen Yang drops by the studio to talk to Tobin and Kathy about Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live, and bad representation. — Bowen Yang is a comedian, producer, and formerly mediocre chemistry major based in Brooklyn, NY. He co-hosts the podcast, Las Culturistas, and you can find him on Twitter @bowenyang. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom and Alex Overington. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
When he was a young teenager, Luke realized he had to speak up—about who he was and what had happened to him. (Warning: this episode discusses childhood sexual assault.) — Radio Rookies is a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities, and their world. — The Ali Forney Center is a community center assisting LGBT homeless youth in New York City. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom and PC III ("Blue Hope"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
This week, Nancy is featuring an episode of Radiolab Presents: Gonads. A lot of us understand biological sex with a pretty fateful underpinning: if you’re born with XX chromosomes, you’re female; if you’re born with XY chromosomes, you’re male. But it turns out, our relationship to the opposite sex is more complicated than we think. This episode was reported by Molly Webster, and produced by Matt Kielty. With scoring, original composition and mixing by Matt Kielty and Alex Overington. Additional production by Rachael Cusick, and editing by Pat Walters. The “Ballad of Daniel Webster” and “Gonads” was written, performed and produced by Majel Connery and Alex Overington. Special thanks to Erica Todd, Andrew Sinclair, Robin Lovell-Badge, and Sarah S. Richardson. Plus, a big thank you to the musicians who gave us permission to use their work in this episode—composer Erik Friedlander, for "Frail as a Breeze, Part II," and musician Sam Prekop, whose work "A Geometric," from his album The Republic, is out on Thrill Jockey. Radiolab is supported in part by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science. And the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of science and technology in the modern world. More information about Sloan at www.sloan.org. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.
We asked you to share with us the things you've been meaning to tell someone. This is what happened next. To see some of the tips and advice from the episode, or if you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." project, head to nancypodcast.org/tell. — The article that led us to Michael Kerr can be found at The New York Times. — Dylan Marron is a digital creator in New York. — Glenn Marron is a psychologist in New York. Music in this episode by James Pants ("Cha Cha Demo"), Little Glass Men ("Cloud Launching"), and Benedek ("Cruzin"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Alexandra Billings, who plays Davina on Transparent, says she believes Jeffrey Tambor's accusers — and feels complicit for not speaking up earlier. — Alexandra Billings is an actor and singer. She recently appeared on Broadway in the comedy The Nap. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom. If you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." Project, head to nancypodcast.org/tell. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Transparent creator Jill Soloway on the allegations against Jeffrey Tambor and what's next for the groundbreaking Amazon series. — Jill Soloway is the creator and executive producer of Transparent. Their new book is called She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, with additional music by Creo ("Memory") and Broke for Free ("The Great"). If you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." Project, head to nancypodcast.org/tell. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Midterm elections are coming up, and March For Our Lives activists Emma Gonzalez and Bria Smith traveled the country registering voters. — Emma Gonzalez is an activist and advocate with March For Our Lives. — Bria Smith is an activist and advocate with March For Our Lives. — Gays Against Guns is a direct action group of LGBTQ people and allies. Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere ("What Have You Done"). If you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." Project, head to nancypodcast.org/tell. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
To win in Massachusetts, trans activists have adopted a counterintuitive strategy: leaning into the worst things their opponents say about them. — Dee Rogers (she/her) is a volunteer for the Yes on 3 campaign in Massachusetts.— Kasey Suffredini (he/him) is a Yes on Three co-chair and president of strategy at the campaign's national parent organization, Freedom for All Americans.— David Broockman (he/him) is an assistant professor of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is co-author of the paper "Durably reducing transphobia: A field experiment on door-to-door canvassing."— Kelly Jenkins (she/her) is a teaching assistant in Wellesley, Mass. She hosts the series Kelly's Quest on the public access channel ActonTV. Keep Massachusetts Safe, the group seeking to repeal the state's public accommodations protections for transgender people, argues the existing law puts women at children at risk in places like public restrooms. However, a recent study by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found bathroom crime has not increased since these protections became law in 2016. Learn more about the 2018 Massachusetts Ballot Questions here, and find out what's on your ballot this November at Ballotpedia. If you, or someone you know, are looking for resources (or for organizations to donate to), consider these ones: — Trans Lifeline— Transgender Law Center— National Center for Transgender Equality— Lambda Legal— The Trevor Project Special thanks to Fran Hutchins of the Equality Federation, Columbia University political science professor Donald P. Green, and Yes on 3 campaigners including Dee Moore, Karl Tonge, Pippin Stacks, and Leo Udell. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom and Isaac Jones, with additional music by Rest You Sleeping Giant ("Light Lab") and Lee Rosevere ("Small Steps"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.
It's been a tough week of news, and we asked our trans and gender non-conforming listeners: What do you want cisgender people to know? If you, or someone you know, are looking for resources (or for organizations to donate to), consider these ones: — Trans Lifeline— Transgender Law Center— National Center for Transgender Equality— Lambda Legal— The Trevor Project Episode artwork by Kiernan Sjursen-Lien. You can find them on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.
Note: As we were setting this episode to "publish," news came down about the Trump administration’s push to narrow the definition of gender and essentially erasing trans people. It’s f****d up. We are currently working on an episode about trans rights and how scarily precarious they are. Stay tuned and take care of yourselves (and each other). The first woman ever elected to Congress was queer. So why isn't that ever really mentioned anywhere? This week, we're featuring an episode of WNYC's The United States of Anxiety, hosted by Nancy favorite Kai Wright. — Kai Wright is the host of The United States of Anxiety. — Mara Silvers is a producer in the WNYC newsroom. If you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." Project, head to nancypodcast.org/tell. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.