May 22nd – National Harvey Milk Day with Cherie Louise Turner

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Today’s guest is Cherie Louise Turner, host of the Strides Forward podcast.

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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, Cherie here and I have chosen May 22nd because it’s Harvey Milk Day. And as a refresher, Milk was one of the first openly gay politicians in the United States. In 1978, he was elected to the San Francisco City Board of Supervisors and he was known for advocating for gay rights as well as fighting for the rights and fair treatment and well-being of all people. For me, and I lived for a long time in San Francisco and the Bay Area, Harvey Milk has always been an icon of social justice and he reminds me of the area’s deep roots in radical social change and experimental arts and culture which I fell in love with as a little kid. And I keep that close to my heart even though I’m really far away now. Thank you, Paul.

Hey Cherie, you won’t see me running from this challenge of finding an episode related to this day. A road race, most definitely. A podcast? Not gonna happen.

I know so little about Harvey Milk though. I remember but didn’t see the Sean Penn film so this challenge sent me down a little web and podcast spiral to learn more about him. 

My recommendation for this day is a recording of an audio tour from Inside Stories. You get to listen along as a guide walks through various parts of San Francisco, telling you all about Milk. You get to hear interviews with some of Milk’s friends and colleagues and also hear archival footage. 

There are many ways you can observe this day which is all about equality. You could fly a rainbow flag. You can read his famous Hope speech. And/or, you can donate to the foundation in his name.

Today’s guest is Cherie Turner, host of the Strides Forward podcast. There are some things in life that I loathe and running is one of them. That’s not to say though that I’m not intrigued by world-class athletes. 

Strides Forward’s first season focuses on what’s called the Comrades Marathon. If you thought it was a big deal to run a marathon (which it is), then what would you say about a race that is not 26 miles but 60 miles? The third episode is an interview with Camille Herron who won one of these crazy long races. As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy even up to the very end of the race.

For our third recommendation, Cherie chooses the episode Kevin Barry Reads Cathy Sweeney from The Stinging Fly Podcast. The show invites Irish writers to choose a story from the Stinging Fly archive to read and discuss. 

Today’s Extra Hot Sauce is for podcasters. Cherie records her interviews remotely using Zencastr and she was kind enough to write an article detailing how she helps her interviews get ready. You can find a link to the article in the show notes.

My next episode is flying at you on May 31st and we’re going International again. 

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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