Finding Favorites with Leah Jones started as a COVID hobby. I had 10 hours a week back from commuting and all of my social obligations were suddenly gone. TV wasn't doing much for me, but I was listening to a lot of podcasts during the early months of COVID. I described my relationship to podcasts on my nearly-defunct blog, when I felt like my feelings were too big when a podcaster's girlfriend died suddenly.
I drew a mind-map and realized that all of my podcast habits went back to West Wing Weekly. My friend from college Jason replied with a mind-map of how his comedy tastes trace back to Best Week Ever on VH1. That's when I realized that I had landed on a podcast topic.
Everyone has a favorite thing or something they love - to do, to watch, to listen to, to visit, to eat. We all have favorite things and I wanted to hear people's stories. Why do they love the things they love?
Over the course of the first 100 episodes, I learned about movies, books, concepts, and hobbies that I would have never been exposed to without my podcast. I also talked to friends from college that I'd only seen digitally for 20 years and internet friends that I usually see at Podcast live shows. It's a lot of fun to talk to people about what they love.
Leah Jones has tried a lot of creative stuff over the years - most notably stand-up comedy in the early aughts, writing and live lit performance. In June 2021, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and the podcast takes listeners along for the ride of chemo, radiation and survivorship during COVID.
Leah lives on the north side of Chicago with her cat Cowboy. She won't run for office until she picks a favorite Harold's Chicken.