Finding Favorites with Leah Jones

Lee Matthew Goldberg is ready to travel again

Lee Matthew Goldberg, a New York-based author, is ready to pack his bags and leave the country as soon as it's safe. Lee is a prolific author and his eight book Stalker Stalked will be published on Friday, September 17th. Lee hopes to celebrate publication and finishing his draft of the third book in his YA trilogy with travel, travel and more travel. We talk about early trips abroad, travel itineraries and post-COVID travel dreams.

SPOILER ALERT: We talk about White Lotus in depth and spoil everything about it.

In Stalker Stalked, Lexi Mazur is a depressed, alcoholic, pill-popper whose only joy has become her reality TV shows, often fantasizing that the people on TV are a part of her world. After her boyfriend Steve leaves her, she fixates on the show Socialites and its star Magnolia Artois, following every facet of the girl’s life on social media in the hopes of befriending and becoming more like her.

Keep up with Lee Matthew Goldberg online on his website, Twitter and Instagram.

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Jen Michalski loves abandoned sanitoriums

Jen Michalski, a California-based author, joins us this week to talk about abandoned sanitoriums and state hospitals that can be found east of the Mississippi. Jen has a new novel out through NineStar Press called You'll Be Fine available on Kindle and paperback.

Keep up with Jen online

@MichalskiJen on Twitter and editor of the JMWW weekly digital journal

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A light is waiting to carry Greg Lindberg home (to Full House)

Greg Lindberg, co-host of Fresh Questions, Air, shares a Hoosier pride with Leah and loves the ABC TGIF anchor show - Full House. Not to be confused with the reboot, Fuller House. We talk about how Bob Saget got the role of Danny Tanner, the confusing layout of the San Francisco painted lady the family called home, and about working as a corn detassler.

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Leah's breast cancer stuff is on Caring Bridge.

Collecting used vinyl records with Kevin Smokler

Kevin Smokler, a San Francisco-based author and filmmaker, loves used vinyl and is here to walk us through how to create a music curriculum at your local record store. You can catch his documentary Vinyl Nation at film festivals across the country or hear the Pointer Sisters wafting out of his windows in the Bay Area.

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Jo’s journey to loving her fat body

Jo McCawley, a Chicago-based ad tech rockstar, has been on a journey to love her body and joins Leah to talk about falling in love with her fat body after years of dieting and body shaming. We talk about body positivity, body neutrality, the pervasiveness of shame in our culture - particularly for women.

Trigger warning: Dieting, birth trauma, preeclampsia, medical fatphobia

Follow Jo on Instagram for memes and ice cream recommendations @the_ethical_sloth

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Menopause: A Comic Treatment won the Eisner Award for best comic anthology of 2020! Leah has a story included, illustrated by Cathy Leamy, about going to mikvah before her hysterectomy

 

Nick Krefting loves The Beatles

Nick Krefting, a musician and physics teachers, has loved The Beatles since he was 9 years old. We walk through his introduction to the band, favorite books, favorites albums, documentaries that he taped from TV and how Paul deserves celebration as an artist.

Listen to Nick's music on Spotify or check out his podcast (on hiatus) How Have You Never

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Song recommendations

 

Kristen Carreon’s guide to Dramione Fan Fiction

Kristen Carreon, host of HWY to Hell: A Supernatural Podcast, is our guide to the world of Dramione Fan Fiction. What? Stories written about an alternate universe (AU) where Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger fall in love. Whether is enemies to lovers in an office romance or an AU return to Hogwarts for year 8, Kristen tells us where to go for the best stories.

Listen to Kristen on HWY to Hell and follow ETL Echo Audio Books on Instagram @etl.echo.audiobooks

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Show Links

Mugglenet.com

San Antonio Puffy Tacos

10 places to get puffy tacos

Isolation by Bex-Chan

Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

Jason Mantzoukas on Dickinson as a bee

Eisner winner for best anthology of 2020. Menopause: A Comic Treatment

Recommendations

For unrequited love and secret feelings in a co-worker environment, read the Rights and Wrongs Series by lovebitca8 comprised of The Right Thing To Do, All the Wrong Things, and The Auction (dark AU version of the two). Part 1, The Right Thing To Do, can be found here: https://archiveofourown.org/chapters/25724661?show_comments=true or through the audiobook shared above.

The Right Thing To Do - Chapter 1 - LovesBitca8 - Harry Po...

For a dark Voldemort-wins AU involving slavery and Death Eater Draco, read Manacled by senlinyu: https://archiveofourown.org/works/14454174/chapters/33390198

Manacled - Chapter 1 - senlinyu - Harry Potter - J. K. Row...

 

For a light, hilarious historical rom-com involving a co-worker time travel scenario, read Love and Historical Accidentals by Pacific Rimbaud: https://archiveofourown.org/works/21496525/chapters/51233119

Love and Other Historical Accidents - Chapter 1 - PacificR...

For a slow-burn romance that's more focused on deep character study and grief healing, read Measure of a Man by inadaze22: https://archiveofourown.org/works/26523892/chapters/64648648

Jess loves recommending children’s books

Jess Krefting, podcaster (on a break) and BookTok creator, has some books for you to read. We go through her current pile of library books and talk about what's important to her raising a young reader. We also talk about ADHD, hyperfocus on different craft projects, the Doughboys and more.

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Books! Books! Books!

 

 

 

Beth Villafranca really enjoys True Crime Podcasts

Beth Villafranca, a Massachusetts-based home healthcare provider, spends her days driving across southeastern Massachusetts and listens to podcasts as she travels from client to client. Today she shares her favorite podcast genre - true crime podcasts that don't exploit the victim's family. We talk about the Doughboys, Weird Al, Hamilton and more.

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True Crime Podcasts

 

 

Jocelyn Geboy loves talking about candy

Jocelyn Geboy, a Chicago-based writer, storyteller and Tik Tok creator, loves getting people talking about candy. She's found that asking people "red vines or twizzlers" can start the group down an hour-long winding road of nostalgia and light conversation. People might get wound up, but they won't get angry or have an existential crisis.

Follow Jocelyn online - she's @smussyolay on Tik Tok, Twitter and Instagram

Show Links

Whozeewhatzit vs Watchamacallit

Licorice Tubes

Reese's Take5

Charleston Chew

The mammogram is included in the Affordable Care Act and should be covered by your health insurance. Go get one.

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