May 9th – National Sleepover Day with Kate Evans

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Today’s guest is Kate Evans, senior producer of the Podcast Playlist 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, it’s Kate. I’m recording this under a blanket in my PJ’s, not only because I’m working from home at the moment but in honor of National Sleepover Day. Sleepovers were pretty much the highlight of my social life growing up. Playing truth or dare, staying up all night talking about Leo DiCaprio. When was the last time you had a sleepover? 

So, Kate, I actually looked up the definition of a sleepover just now. Mainly because even at my age, I tend to crash on friends’ couches after a party. Of course, that hasn’t happened in at least two months. Who knew I would miss ratty old couches in smelly basements?

As it turns out, the wikipedia definition of a sleepover is that it’s most commonly held by children or teenagers where a guest or guests are invited to stay overnight usually to celebrate a birthday or other special event. So, if that’s the right definition, let’s just say it’s been so long, I’m too old to actually remember my last sleepover.

Today, May 9th is National Sleepover Day. Perhaps in lieu of hosting a sleepover to celebrate, you simply share your favorite sleepover memories using the National Sleepover Day hashtag.

For my first recommendation, I’m lucky I have Kate as a friend because she made my life easy. She tipped me to a CBC podcast called Sleepover. What are the odds? 

The premise of the podcast is that three complete strangers agree to meet in different places for a sleepover. In each episode, one of them presents a problem from their life and the others offer up advice and related experiences.

In the Walter’s Wall episode, we learn about Walter who is a former medic with the Canadian forces who is suffering from pain, distress and PTSD. The other guests are a teenager and a woman living with cancer. 

My guest today is Kate Evans, senior producer of the Podcast Playlist podcast from the CBC. Ahh, so her tip makes even more sense now!

Podcast Playlist curates the best content and stories from the podcast world. I would be an idiot if I didn’t share their greatest episode in which they talk about some of the best podcasts of 2019. In this episode, they ask the most brilliant minds in the podcast industry for their recommendations. Naturally, they asked me. But if you are tired of listening to me, there are more recent eps with hosts from Reply All, Death, Sex & Money, and Radio Atlas.

For our last recommendation, Kate recommends the Have You Had The Surgery? episode from the Inappropriate Questions podcast. Kate says, and I quote: 

I love the premise of this show. In it, hosts Elena “#millennial” Hudgins Lyle and Harvinder “just a dad” Wadhwa tackle exactly what the title suggests. What makes this show special is the safe space it creates for conversations where you could potentially make some missteps. And in this episode you hear just that! There are genuine moments where someone says the “wrong” thing. Instead of being chastised for it, or being caught up in an outrage: the hosts and their guests talk it out with respect and congeniality. There’s so much for us to learn from this show.

So those are your three recommendations for the week. For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I’ll just say that during my last bunch of sleepovers, it’s not out of the question that my friends and I talked about Linda Ronstadt instead of Leo DiCaprio.

Stay tuned for my next episode dropping May 15th. We’ll be celebrating a day about something that people wear on their legs and their head. 

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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