May I Help You Fall Asleep? An estimated 20% of people experience autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), yet it’s a condition that did not even have a name until 2010.  Since 2010, however, ASMR has surged in popularity, leading to the creation of millions of ASMR videos on youtube designed to help people calm their anxiety and/or fall asleep. InContinue reading “May I Help You Fall Asleep?”

May I Help You Help Yourself? Mental health conditions and behavioral disorders are more prevalent now than ever, with the spending on mental health treatment and services estimated at over $225 billion annually (2019). And with this situation has come the rise of self-help reality shows.  Today’s episode focuses on two such shows, A&E’s long-running series “Hoarders” and “My CatContinue reading “May I Help You Help Yourself?”

Lucy and Desi: Unconditional Love – Part 2 How can a podcast be titled “Lucy and Desi: Unconditional Love” when the couple spent more time with their subsequent spouses than with each other? That’s one of the many questions Candy and Ashley address in the second part of this special 2-part episode. And as before, they are honored to include an audioContinue reading “Lucy and Desi: Unconditional Love – Part 2”

Would you like a Pod of Tea? Happy National British Tea Day!!! To celebrate this April 21st holiday, Candy and Ashley sat down (via zoom) with Emma, host of the Pod of Tea podcast, along with her husband Jack, frequent podcast guest.  What ensued was a lively conversation where two Americans compared notes with their new British friends on everything fromContinue reading “Would you like a Pod of Tea?”

Lucy & Desi: Unconditional Love – Part 1 “At the core, it’s all about unconditional love,” Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill said of her parents’ relationship. But Lucy and Desi’s story was also that of two people who, together, pushed boundaries, built their own empire, and ultimately changed the face of television. In part 1 of this special 2-part episode on Lucy and Desi,Continue reading “Lucy & Desi: Unconditional Love – Part 1”

Betty White: Thank You for Being a Friend Betty White, beloved actress, comedian, and a woman who truly was older than sliced bread, passed away on New Year’s Eve of 2021, just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. ‘First woman of television,’ shameless flirt, ardent animal advocate… Betty was all this and so much more. Join us as we discussContinue reading “Betty White: Thank You for Being a Friend”

Natalie Wood’s Mysterious Death: Accident or Foul Play? CW: Themes/descriptions of violenceLISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISEDOver 40 years ago Natalie Wood was found floating in the water off the coast of Catalina Island, wearing a flannel nightgown, socks, and a down jacket. Her death was widely believed to be a tragic accident that occurred because of her drunken state.  However, in 2013 newContinue reading “Natalie Wood’s Mysterious Death: Accident or Foul Play?”

Cheaters Never Win…Or Do They? What do Helen Keller, Vanilla Ice, and Disney all have in common?  They’ve all been caught up in ugly plagiarism or copyright fights.  In honor of Public Domain Day (Jan 1) and as a result of our very first listener request, Candy and Ashley discuss some of the most notorious cases of plagiarism andContinue reading “Cheaters Never Win…Or Do They?”

Still Dreaming of a White Christmas – Pt 1 What’s the best-selling Christmas song of all time, as well as the best-selling single ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records?  If you guessed “White Christmas,” you’d be right! But here’s the harder question: Do you know the story of how that song originated, and the series of events that followed, ultimatelyContinue reading “Still Dreaming of a White Christmas – Pt 1”

The Ghosts of Christmas Past What says Christmas more than murder and blood? Yes, you read that correctly! In our first episode of the December series, “Hooray for Holidays,” Candy and Ashley explore the custom of telling ghost stories at Christmastime– a practice that originated long, long ago, but was popularized again during the Victorian era, primarily thanks toContinue reading “The Ghosts of Christmas Past”