"I don't know what to say" after the 2016 US presidential election unexpectedly turned into a whole series of podcast episodes. Each one is something like an emotional time capsule from the day it was recorded.
In this series, as in all our episodes, the personal is political. Issues discussed include the implications for a Trump presidency on our lives and health, the possible fate of 'Obamacare,' resistance, and reach some of the outer limits of deep uncertainty. These episodes navigate questions of very real fear, grief, hopelessness, self-care, activism, and art, entertainment, and technology's roles in our lives.
But the phrase that's come to my mind repeatedly since election day is: "nightmare scenario." For too long already, every day has felt like waking up in the Twilight Zone. For so many reasons. For so many people, a Trump presidency has promised to be a Nightmare Scenario over and over again. We get into only some of those reasons in these episodes, all while trying to process what it might mean for our own lives.
38 Still Processing: This is the podcast version of my moldy, not-so-hot take on the election, recorded a week after.
39 Binders Full of Podcasters: Recurring guest and patient podcaster, Christopher Snider, came back to explain his plan to become the Roman Mars of the patient community. In this episode we also talked about our election feels [~25;00], and talk about how we’re coping in the aftermath. This conversation was recorded in late November, about three weeks after the election, with an introduction recorded last Thursday.
BONUS EPISODE: What Even IS 'Obamacare' Anyway?: In this bonus episode, I explain what Obamacare actually is, what the difference is between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act or ACA (spoiler alert: they're actually the same thing!!), the healthcare law's current status, and what's at stake if it's repealed. Plus: info on this Saturday's Women's Marches. This episode was recorded last Thursday.
40 Standing on the Mouth of Hell: Christopher Snider joins me again to talk more about our dystopian reality, developments since we last recorded in November, self-care and escapism (I Love Lucy! Doctor Who! Chewing Gum! Crocheting!), and weaponized information in the age of Trump. Plus: more information on how to participate remotely in the Women's Marches. This episode was recorded last Tuesday, with an extended introduction recorded today.
Transcripts to come soon.
If for some reason you're feeling nostalgic for 2016 already, I was on a recent episode of the Now and Again podcast talking about some of my favorite things from last year.