April 25th – International Parent Alienation Awareness Day with Helen Zaltzman

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Today’s guest is Helen Zaltzman, host of The Allusionist podcast.

Use #ParentalAlienationAwarenessDay or #PAAD for all things related to this day. 

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Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hi Paul, it’s Helen. 25th of April is International Sculpture Day and my father’s a sculptor so I thought it was an interesting coincidence that 25th of April is also Parental Alienation Day because my father was kind of alienated from his parents and I would say being a sculptor made him a bit alienated from him being a parent as well. He became a sculptor when my eldest brother was a baby and when my second brother was born, my dad decided to up his working days to 6 a week, ‘cause you know, all those urgent sculptor deadlines and obviously that takes precedence over your own children. Anyway, good luck with this. 

So there’s a lot to unfold here. First, I’m glad there’s a chuckle at the end there.

Given that you probably don’t know how my guests pick a day, the how the sauce is made story is that I give them a 7-day period and they can pick any day during that timeframe. Apparently, Helen wanted Tea Day. And then she thought about Earth Day. But as you heard, she ended up going with not one but two different days.

On top of that, as you can hear, Helen has an accent from across the pond so I gave her the option to go International! So she went with International Sculpture and Parent Alienation Awareness Days which fall on the same day this year. 

As you may have guessed, these were both tough but challenge accepted. I certainly know what a sculpture is although I’ve never been an art lover. But I had never heard the term, parental alienation. 

I will give you a bonus in the show notes for a sculpture episode but for my first recommendation, I found a compelling episode about parent alienation from the Reveal podcast. They explain the origin of this controversial theory where some court judges have awarded children to the parent that has been abusing them. 

The focus of this day is to raise awareness about parental alienation. You can learn more by following the Parental Alienation Awareness Day or PAAD hashtag. 

Today’s guest is Helen Zaltzman, the host of The Allusionist podcast which is a show about language. In the New Rules episode, Helen talks to Internet linguist, Gretchen McCullogh about how the Internet has changed the rules of language. This helped me understand some of my pet peeves about how some people write, including some that don’t use periods anymore. Cave people, I tell ya! I am one of those people that doesn’t want language to change because I’m not smart enough to keep up with it. 

For our third recommendation, Helen recommends the Ologies episode about Volitional Psychology, which is yet another term that I had never heard of. But alas, it’s a fancy way of saying procrastination. Ologies is hosted by Alie Ward and is a comedic science podcast that covers a huge range of stuff. Full stop. 

For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, there’s been a push for podcasters to make sure they include everyone that works on their podcast. So, here goes nothing. This episode was produced by me. It was researched by me. It was scripted by me. It was edited by me. Web content is by me. Marketing tweets are by me. Music by Jim. 

And here’s some exciting news. Tomorrow, I’m dropping my first special bonus episode and then I’m back with another Radiotopian, on April 29th. 

Most importantly, happy slightly belated birthday, Helen. Exclamation point. 

As always, take a look at the show notes for links to all the podcasts mentioned in this episode as well as other life-altering information. To make it easy for you, there’s also a link to a podcast playlist that will contain all the episodes ever mentioned in this show. 

See you next week sometime for another round of recommendations. 

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