Allison M.

A crossdresser's thoughts on life, fashion, fabulousness, and (oh yeah) dressing up


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Allison’s #TryPod: “The Hilarious World of Depression”

Time for the last recommendation in my list of podcast programs that you should try out and enjoy.  Well, last for now, that is.  I say that because I’m not above coming back to this topic in the future and adding more entries, or at the very least add a list of “honorable mentions.”  And I’m definitely not above trying out something that you, the reader, are open to recommending, so hit me up in the comments section and offer your own thoughts and suggestions.

A bit of a caveat about this entry before you read on:  This recommendation deals with a usually dark subject.  And by pure coincidence, this recommendation comes at the end of a week (first full week of June 2018) that saw some pretty dark news that involves this pretty dark subject, as so succinctly summed up at this link.  You probably saw the last word in the title of this post and already feel skittish about hearing anything more about it.  But while I do hope you can hear me out (after all, this is technically a post about a podcast), I don’t blame you for wanting to hit the “back button” or “close button” on your browser or clicking on another post link.  So, if you want to do so, go ahead, because I’ll get into the subject matter after the jump. Continue reading

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Allison’s #TryPod: “In the Dark”

I’ve been away from WordPress the past couple of days playing Male Mode Me’s favorite role, “Devoted Volunteer.”  But on this Sunday morning, I have just enough time to squeeze in an addition to my list of podcast recommendations.  For now, this will be the second-to-last recommendation (one more will be coming up).  Note, though, that I say “for now” for I’m not above adding to this list as time goes by… especially if you offer your own recommendations (the comments section is open).  This will also be a recommendation about that overtly popular and perhaps most parodied subgenre of podcast — the true crime podcast.

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Allison’s #TryPod: “Dead Pilots Society”

Time for another recommendation from the list of podcasts I frequently listen to.  Fellow TV aficionados should enjoy this recommendation as it nicely dovetails with the season that concluded earlier this month.  No, not spring (or winter here in Wisconsin [*insert mildly amusing chuckle here*]), but rather television pilot season.  The gist of pilot season is this:  Every year, the American broadcast television networks receive pitches for potential new series.  The list of proposals is whittled down to a few proposals the networks think will have potential to develop into a weekly series.  Over time, that list keeps shrinking when the networks take into consideration quality of scripts, availability of on- and off-screen talent, budgetary concerns, and the feedback of test audiences and executives.  Only a very few “pilots” that start the process get formal invitations from networks to become series, a process that reaches its culmination every May when the networks announce their lineup of new shows for the following TV season.

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Allison’s #TryPod: “Alone: A Love Story”

Time to add another entry to my list of podcast recommendations.  The shows I have highlighted so far have ranged from shows that are informative and enlightening, to shows that provide discussions on important subjects, to shows that just make you laugh out loud.  Not to brag, but that link has a pretty good selection so far.

However… say, it’s an afternoon when you don’t want to preoccupy your mind with educational stuff, discussions of great social import, or anything resembling fun and games.  On top of that, your mind and hands are already preoccupied with the 9-to-5 work, and it’s not like you can just go to your living room and turn on some soap opera (yes, those shows still exist).  It’s the kind of afternoon when you just want to curl up with a good book but, again, work has your attention.

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Allison’s #TryPod: “Under the Influence”

Here’s another addition to the recommendations of podcasts that I routinely listen to and encourage you to do the same.  A rhetorical question first off:  Who doesn’t love a memorable commercial?  I mean, who still remembers a catchy jingle or slogan from years, if not decades, ago?  Or who’ll never forget the first time they saw a commercial so groundbreaking (this one, perhaps?) that it’s still discussed about decades after it was just watercooler talk?  Now then, has anyone looked at a product and wondered why its shape is the way it is?  Or who’s ever seen a jet plane at the airport and wondered about its color scheme?

Well, if you’ve never thought about any of that, perhaps you’re like the man I once encountered as a kid.  One Sunday evening, the church my family frequently attended at the time had a guest preacher whose sermon included this personal tidbit:  When he and his family sat down to watch a TV show and a commercial break came on, they turned off the set.  No, not turning down the volume or surfing to another channel, it was the actual physical act of turning off the set.  This preacher’s reasoning?  He doesn’t care for mindless commercials telling him how he and his family should think or act.  Three things ran through my mind when he said that:  First, his mind must know how to count to 60.  Second, is turning off a TV set for just a minute really worth all that hassle?  And lastly, of all the things he could think of what’s wrong with television, is a relatively benign commercial at the top of the list?

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Allison’s #TryPod: Two shows that really make me laugh

Time to add a few more recommendations to my currently ongoing list of podcast recommendations.  When I last added to this topic on Saturday, I lumped together a few podcasts that incorporate some sort of quiz or game with their humor.  This time around, I’m doing the “lumping shows together” thing again, but no games here.  Instead, it’s all humor as one is a standup show and the other incorporates standup-style humor.  Both shows really want to make me laugh out loud… though not laugh too much out loud as, well, I don’t want my neighbors at work to give me strange looks over cubicle walls. Continue reading


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Allison’s #TryPod: Shows that put fun into games

I’ve been away from WordPress for a couple of days, so it’s time to catch up on my series of podcast recommendations, aka #TryPod (the podcast industry’s term, lest you forget, not mine).  This post will be a little different, in that I will be recommending multiple shows instead of the one-show-per-post approach.  The three shows I’ll recommend here all have a quiz type of format.  But lest you think they’re as dry and serious as Jeopardy!, think again, for these are shows that incorporate a good share of liveliness, an occasional swear word or two, and much more humor than you’d find on, say, G.E. College Bowl (kids, ask your grandparents).  So, peoples, let’s put away those cheat seats and put your hands on your buzzers (no, not there!), because we’re ready to play.


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Were it not for the fact that I regularly listen to Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! when it airs on radio here in Madison every Saturday morning (and indeed, as I write this, Wait Wait is playing in my headphones) I would have included that longtime NPR show on this list.  Instead, I’ll use this space to recommend an analogous CBC Radio One program, which I’ll occasionally listen to online when it airs on Saturday mornings or more often download over the weekend and listen to at work the following week.  Because News takes a similar “let’s tap three people from our regular panelist roster and quiz them on the week’s news” approach Wait Wait has long employed.  But there are stark differences between the two shows, and not just because a Wait Wait episode is an hour long and Because News is half that time.  The most obvious is subject matter, with Because News being more focused on Canadian news items from that week (naturally, since it comes from Canada’s public broadcaster).  As well, the post-question opinions of the panelists, while very witty, can at times be more pointed than the jokes Wait Wait‘s panelists offer.

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Allison’s #TryPod: “Ladies Who Lunch”

In my zeal to share my thoughts on some of the Met Gala fashions (which you can read about here if you haven’t done so already), I let my week-long (or so) series of podcast recommendations skip a day.  Well, time to catch up with a quick word or two about a podcast that I admit I’m relatively late in coming to (hence the relative brevity of this post), but I’m still very glad to have done so.

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Allison’s #TryPod: “Curious City”

Time for the latest entry into my week-long (or so) recommendations of podcasts.  As I noted in the introductory post to this series, some of the podcasts that I enjoy are shows that aim to pique the listener’s curiosity and make them think “Gee, I never knew that.”  But a show that not only piques listeners’ curiosity but also gets them involved?

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