July 15th – National Gummi Worm Day with Joni Deutsch

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Today’s guest is Joni Deutsch, host of the Amplifier podcast. And here is her/my selfie!

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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?

Hey Paul, it’s Joni Deutsch, here with my extra special guest. Can you hear that? It’s a bag of Gummi Worms in honor of July 15th being National Gummi Worm Day. I know, I know, it’s already on your calendar. Well fun fact, gummi worms originated in the country of Germany. Yeah. Since I’m a huge fan of gummi worms and since my last name Deutsch literally means German in German, this fräulein wants to know more about this candy treat. Do you have any podcast episodes in mind? Danka! 

I’m not going to lie, Joni. I did NOT have National Gummi Worm Day in my calendar. Possibly even worse, the sugary, sticky animal treat I prefer is Swedish Fish. Hopefully, our friendship can survive this.

At the risk of disappointing you all with facts about this day, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this first recommendation with you. Before I do, do you know what ASMR is? If not, it’s Autonomous sensory meridian response and it’s a tingling sensation on the skin most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli. 

When I was searching for an episode to recommend, I stumbled across the NeenaASMR podcast. I only listened to this one episode but it’s 7 minutes of Neena (I assume) eating gummi worms and drinking water. That’s it. Extra points if you can get through the entire episode. 

One reason for recommending this episode is to prove that there is a podcast for everything!

Today’s guest is Joni Deutsch, host of the Amplifier podcast in Charlotte, North Carolina. Oddly, this is the 3rd straight episode that has ties to music. Amplifier is a music podcast from WFAE where Joni shines a light on the artists who call Charlotte home. 

I recommended an episode about a band that plays Math Rock in my newsletter but since I’ve done that already, the episode I’m going to recommend is about Groove 8, a long-running jazz-funk collective that is connected to some huge names in the music biz include Prince and Quincy Jones. 

For our third recommendation, Joni highly recommends Karina Longworth’s You Must Remember This, a podcast about the secret and forgotten tales of Hollywood’s first century. Joni says and I quote “grab your favorite gummi candy (worms, bears or rings!) and enjoy this slice of “big screen” history as we wait to return to movie theatres. Take a listen to the MGM Stories about the literal and cinematic construction of Hollywood.” Unquote. 

For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I have a little story to tell you. I promise it won’t be as funny as it is to Joni and me but we met briefly on the first day of Podcast Movement 2019. Two days later, we were chatting at the Radiotopia party and I saw the hosts of Ear Hustle and I wanted to get a picture taken with them and I asked her to join me. She said she would take the picture so I gave her my phone. All went well and I have a nice picture. The next morning, as I’m skimming through my phone, I see a photo that I didn’t take. As it turns out, Joni took a selfie of herself on my phone. I threatened to show it to everyone and oddly, she couldn’t be happier. I have a link to the photo in the show notes and if you know Joni, it perfectly captures why she’s so much fun to hang around with and why I’ve asked her to be a guest.

My next episode drops on July 24th and we’ll be talking about one of the most famous aviators in history. 

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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