Tales of Insecurity
By Leah Lindsaychen
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You're not afraid of anything anymore. You're ready to take on any challenge, whatever life throws at you. Having endured the worst, there's very little left out there that can really scare you, but here it is. It's the reminders of what you could be again as soon as you let your guard down, as soon as your friends forget about you, as soon as you lose just a little bit of credit, that slight bit of validation, and go at it truly on your own. It's a comedy variety show hosted by a optimistic trans woman who tries really hard. She works really hard on it. She has that indie spirit. She is the manifestation of your worst nightmares :)
||ExplicitEpisode 2:01 Starting Over, Again||Tales of Insecurity Returns on a bi-weekly schedule and a new optimistic view! Everything is going to be better! Hooray! All this hope everywhere. The birds are singing, the bees are chirping, let's all be the best people we can be until we fail again.||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: How to Be (with LiA Lindsaychen)||Tales of Insecurity is still on hiatus, but will be returning soon. For now, here is a filler episode, getting down to basics. Being alive, what a challenge.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode X – How to be a Nothing (with Michael Liam Abbott)||Tales of Insecurity is on a brief hiatus, but in the meantime, here is an interview LiA did in an effort to reach out to the community. Whatever community there is. Is that a meaningful term? Is it something anyone has? LiA doesn't really know what peop||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8: House of Glass||LiA has been a bit too self-indulgent lately, and realizes she needs an outside perspective on her show. She likes having all this creative control, but completely unchecked, maybe her thoughts are off somewhere where no one can understand them. Consequ||3/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: You’re Too Kind||Do you think about the people around you? Do you worry that you're making too much noise, and that you might accidentally activate your long-term partner's PTSD while you're recording your podcast? This might be a reasonable fear, but maybe you can't pr||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Limited Liability Corporation||The one advantage that you can't have when you're holding all the cards is you no longer get to say, "That's not fair!" And yet, you still can, as much as you want. Did you know that unarmed schoolchildren are trying to take our guns away? We're all the||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Protesting Just Enough||Are you doing okay? Sure, sure. Good to hear. You have to convince yourself all the time, though if you sound like you're trying to convince yourself, that sounds even less convincing than nothing at all. How do you say anything in a way that sounds aut||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Addiction by Subtraction||What if you thought your depression was virtuous, and decided anything that made you happy was destroying a deeper satisfaction you gain from a sense of moral superiority? What if you did that? What if you never enjoyed anything else because you felt an||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Doctors Without Boundaries||Why don't you try solving all your problems? Why even have problems in the first place? It's all about ableism this week, and LiA has the flu. She recorded a podcast anyway, just to prove what willpower can do. All the doctors say it works, and they wen||2/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Some Achieve Gender||This week, LiA is joined by special guest Michael Abbott to discuss gender dysphoria. Michael Abbott doesn't know anything, and has dumb opinions, and why would anyone revive him just to mock him? What a dumb idea.||2/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Am I allowed to leave this review?
I feel like it might be kind of an affront to my personal brand to come in here and leave a five-star review, especially since I wince in pain every time I hear the host stumble over her words or try to disguise her voice, but the self-deception that lets one tell oneself that the thing they worked on is the best thing in the world definitely fits into the landscape of quiet desperation where I have pitched my tent. Just as I lie to myself every day that I'm basically fine so I can get out of bed, so can I repeat assurances that I made a good podcast, better than all the other podcasts. This is the podcast I've chosen to be.
Could use more hope
...but the podcast is otherwise fantastic. Beautifully creative, insightful, and entertaining storytelling, despite the depressing subject matter. Keep it up!
nothing like it in the world
Like a modern variety show, where there is always a hidden gem waiting around the corner. It hits that perfect note of sad, funny, and bleak that is hard to do justice in a review. The songs are catchy and the characters are fascinating and flawed. The skits really stayed with me long after listening to them. A one of a kind podcast for the strange times we live in.