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.
In this special episode, Ashley and Candy are excited to interview ASMR artist Hannah, host of the popular youtube channel Chili B ASMR. Listen in as the three discuss this intriguing topic, including Hannah’s insights and experiences as an ASMR artist and some behind-the-scenes stories about her work.
You won’t be able to sleep through this fascinating interview … but you can always check out one of Hannah’s videos later for that!
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 Cat from Hell” which ran on Animal Planet for 10 seasons.
From the debate over the treatment methods used in shows like “Hoarders” and “The Biggest Loser” to the discussion of standout moments (the 911 cat, anyone?), this lively episode will not only entertain, but also leave you wondering about your own stance on self-help reality TV.
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 audio clip from the husband and wife comedy team of Carrie and Jeff Ketterman, who have their own Lucy and Desi tribute show.
This concluding episode will delve into the rise and fall of both Desilu and the couple’s marriage, the relationships that followed, Lucy’s career post I Love Lucy, and the couple’s final interactions, including Desi’s last message to Lucy: “P.S. I Love Lucy was never just the title.”
Show Notes for Episode 33!
Please see show notes for Episode 32 for more photographs & videos!
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 from tea flavors, word definition (what is exactly IS a biscuit??), and Jack’s astonishing connection to the “Jurassic Park” franchise.
Settle in with your very own steamy cup of “Scandal Water” and join us as we celebrate all things tea!
“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, you’ll hear about the two tragedies that impacted Lucy’s childhood, the story of how Lucy and Desi met, what it took to convince the TV execs to cast Desi as Lucy’s husband in I Love Lucy, and so much more. As an added bonus, featured in this episode are audio clips from Carrie and Jeff Ketterman, the husband and wife comedy team who have created their own Lucy and Desi tribute show.
If you didn’t already love Lucy, you will by the end of this episode!
Show Notes for Episode 31!
Lucy & Desi Kissing – Getty Images, Family Photo – Getty Images (from Country Living Article), Lucy & Desi on set in front of Trailer circa 1950 – Getty Images (from Country Living article), Lucy with second husband Gary Morton – Getty Images, The Kennedy Center Honors Lucille Ball – Kennedy-Center.org, Amy Pohler & Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill – Insider
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 discuss the life and legacy of Betty White, and also dig into the rumored conflict with one of her Golden Girls costars.
Thank you for being a friend, Betty! We miss you already.
Show Notes for Episode 30!
Photo creds: Top Row: L to R: Betty in the early years: vanityfair.com, Betty and Alan: New York Times, Golden Girls photo: People; Bottom Row: L to R: Betty and dog: New York Post, Proposal costars: usmagazine.com, One of Betty White’s final photos: Today Show
CW: Adult themes/descriptions of violence LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED Although often stereotyped as the ‘dumb blonde’ character, Marilyn Monroe was actually a complicated woman who overcame a traumatic childhood, studied acting with Lee Strasberg, co-founded her own production company, and formed relationships with a number of high-profile, powerful men.
Sadly, Marilyn’s promising career was cut short in 1962 when she was found dead, nude in her bed with a telephone receiver in hand, the victim of an apparent overdose. She was only 36.
But was Marilyn’s death really the result of an overdose and ‘probable suicide,’ as the coroner declared at that time? Or was Marilyn intentionally silenced, as many did and still believe, including her close friend Frank Sinatra?
In 2009, Time magazine included ‘Paul Is Dead’ in its article about the top 10 most enduring conspiracy theories. What’s more, ‘Paul Is Dead’ is widely considered to be the most famous of all music conspiracy theories.
In 1969 stories began to circulate that Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in 1966 and subsequently replaced by a look-alike in order to protect and continue the Beatles phenomenon. The ‘Paul Is Dead’ rumor was fed by clues fans believed to be purposely placed in Beatles songs and album artwork.
Despite refutation from Paul and other Beatles members, the theory has endured for more than 50 years. In this listener choice episode, Candy and Ashley discuss the evidence used to support the ‘Paul Is Dead’ conspiracy theory and weigh in with their opinions.
CW: Themes/descriptions of violence LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED Over 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 new information about suspicious circumstances led the cause of death to be changed from “accidental drowning” to “drowning and other undetermined factors.” And a 2018 press conference revealed not only that new witness testimony had come to light, but also that Natalie’s husband, Robert Wagner, was now officially considered “a person of interest” in her death. Yet as of this moment, Natalie’s case remains open, her death still a mystery.
This fascinating episode takes a look at the tragic loss of Natalie Wood and considers the question ‘Was it an accident or foul play?’
CW: Themes/descriptions of violence LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED Question: What self-confessed murderer can boast a fan club in his honor, a movie centered around his murder case, and a Facebook fan page with over 1,700 followers?
Answer: Bernie Tiede, the man portrayed by Jack Black in the 2012 movie ‘Bernie,’ who murdered Marjorie Nugent in 1996 and managed to hide her body in a freezer for 9 months before his crime was discovered.
Hear all about Bernie Tiede, “the most loved murderer,” in episode 26, and consider for yourself whether this was cold-blooded murder or an uncontrollable act triggered by Marjorie’s abuse.