The consistency of output is impressive and inspiring, but more than that she is quite funny and engaging.
Strieber is known for his writing on alien abduction, UFOs and other phenomenon of that genre.
Think of it as a hip hop/soul mixtape with commentary by Phonte about whatever he feels like talking about that day.
Queer & Brown in Steeltown
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi, I’m Raquel. I’m a designer, letterer, librarian and many other things. I co-host the amazing, QTPOC-loving podcast Queer & Brown in Steeltown with my partner, Ayanah. We interview queer and trans people of color living in Pittsburgh (aka Steeltown).
What Podcasts do you listen to?
Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler is my go-to podcast for every listening occasion. The consistency of output is impressive and inspiring, but more than that she is quite funny and engaging. Her guests come from all over the entertainment map, which helps keep it fresh. Her interviews with Margaret Cho and Levar Burton are among my favorites and give a good sense of her approach. The “self-inflicted wounds” segment is great.
Dreamland with Whitley Strieber is my secret second go-to podcast. Strieber is known for his writing on alien abduction, UFOs and other phenomenon of that genre. Guests include alleged abductees, psychics, scientists, crop circle experts, astrologers – you name it. This is the place for all fringe science stuff. Whether or not you agree with what he and his guests talk about, it’s entertaining. You have to pay to access the archive though.
Gordon Gartrell Radio hasn’t put out an episode in a couple of years, yet here it is on my list. Hosted by DJ Brainchild and Phonte, it’s a mix of music and talking. There are no guests. Think of it as a hip hop/soul mixtape with commentary by Phonte about whatever he feels like talking about that day. The music is always good.
I just started listening to Design Matters with Debbie Millman. Literally, just right now. I started with last year’s Steven Heller episode. So far, so good. Looking forward to many of the guests and topics.
I also listen to my own podcast, Queer & Brown in Steeltown. Ayanah and I invite a guest to our home and we chill, talk about whatever interests them, and just celebrate our queer & brown existence. If we don’t, who will? It’s been a great way to build with QTPOC folks and feel engaged in Pittsburgh. We talk about all kinds of things. Interested in a church lead by a queer pastor? Check out Shanea. Like buses? Check out Briizy. Reclaiming yoga from the racist capitalist patriarchy? Check out Roopa.
Mostly, I listen to critique all the things we mess up. From the technical-skill-needed-to-make-a-podcast angle we don’t know what the hell we’re doing, but we just wanted to do it. Fun! I was so excited when I figured out how to get it listed in iTunes.
So that’s what I’m listening to. Then there are the things I’ve yet to hear. I would like to find a good sports podcast, particularly about the NBA, but so much sports commentary is by annoying dudes that I haven’t looked that hard. I would also like a Spanish language podcast to listen to. If anyone has any recommendations on either of these, let me know.
How do you listen to Podcasts?
I’m often a binge listener. I can go from the bus, to work, to cleaning at home and listen to many episodes in a row. Then I won’t listen for several days. Not on purpose, it just works out that way. I usually download episodes to my phone or stream directly from the website. I don’t like to subscribe and automatically have them waiting for me. It’s too much pressure! When I listen to my own podcast it’s often through our high-end speakers so I can fill our home with the dulcet sound of my voice.
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