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Melissa aims to show that Dissociative Identity Disorder isn’t all a tragedy and that there can be a fondness for Headmates. Her educational words are paired with what it’s like to have alternate identities, while also providing a feeling perspective. This stigmatized mental health condition has been viewed with an air of psychopathy, tragedy, or fascination. The Bag System podcast demonstrates the humanity within an empathetic, yet stigmatized mental health disorder; fighting for equality a ...
 
The Spooky Stuff podcast is all about that…spooky stuff. Alex Matsuo interviews some of the most dynamic people in the paranormal community and talks to them about their passions in the paranormal. The focus of this podcast is to spotlight the diversity of marginalized groups within the paranormal community (LGBTQIA+, women, BIPOC, etc.). Come take a seat at the paranormal table, listen to the stories, and share your story!
 
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In this episode, Dan and Kat Eckhart stop by the paranormal table to talk about their work as professional seance hosts. We dive into the fascinating history of seances and their influences on women's rights, religion, and the abolitionist movement. It was an amazing conversation. The Eckharts are séance hosts and experts, obsessed with exploring w…
 
Better late than never!!! Hey! Vote for me in the Self Made Indie Podcast Awards for Best Music Podcast, Best Female Host, and Best Patreon here! Voting ends on 2/28! Album of the Week: Ben Trickey -- We Are Not Lucky We Are Blessed Ben Trickey’s newest album, We Are Not Lucky We Are Blessed, is his finest effort to date. It’s making me do things I…
 
In this episode, Amanda Paulson of Pretty Fn Spooky comes to the paranormal table to chat about social media, where everyone fits in the community, and we touch a little bit on representation in the field. Amanda is a paranormal investigator located in Spokane, Washington. She has been a paranormal enthusiast her entire life but her investigating e…
 
I made some found poems out of the song titles! Hope you enjoy! Album of the Week: Casper Allen -- The Magnolia Sessions Casper Allen's got the perfect singing voice -- and his writing and playing aren't too far behind. This live recording, including some older songs and new songs that are being prepped for his solo debut, finds Allen at his rawest…
 
In this episode, Amanda Woomer from Spook Eats comes to the paranormal table. We talk about what inspired her to start her amazing blog, Spook Eats, the representation of women in paranormal media, and how she is putting the spotlight on women with the Feminine Macabre. We also touched on the paranormal culture in America versus the rest of the wor…
 
It's the February 12th episode of this here thing, but we're not gonna do Valentine's Day. Bleh. Speaking of "bleh," why are people listing Morgan Wallen as a musical influence after this past week? You don't realize what that says about you? Or maybe you do... Also, Bella is a cuddle pirate. Album of the Week: The Barlow -- The Horseshoe Lounge Th…
 
Michael is a paranormal investigator and content creator who has attracted attention on social media for his content that’s not only fun, but it’s educational! He is also very passionate about representation in the field. You can follow Michael on YouTube as well as TikTok and Instagram at glowingghostparanormal. Intro and outro music by Marc Junge…
 
Rachel is snow-blind and annoyed! So only one thing is new. But also, there’s lots of jazz, country, and rock in this week’s episode -- just a fun smorgasbord of everything! Album of the Week: Mary Halvorson -- Code Girl I don’t know enough about jazz to say anything educated about this album. But from the perspective of someone who’s into guitar-b…
 
Jennifer Velasquez is the artist and founder of The Salvaged Sawhorse. Through her artwork she strives to create tools that help women put themselves first and step into their power. As a Colombian-American, she creates tools that are accessible to her community by offering several of her decks, including her best-selling Affirmation Deck, in Spani…
 
Is Dissociative Identity Disorder one of the worst things that can happen to someone? Or is it a fantastic power? In this episode, Melissa gives her perspective, then tells a story that she wrote to solidify the example. thebagsystem.com Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheBagSystem)By Melissa C. Water
 
As always, this episode is PACKED with country, punk, blues, pretty much anything you want. Bella co-hosts, plus we get an interview with the delightful Bronte Fall! Album of the Week: Pony Bradshaw -- Calico Jim This album is rife with intensely passionate songwriting and a true sense of place. On Calico Jim, Pony Bradshaw explores the underbelly …
 
Cherise Williams is a witch, tarot reader, ghost hunter, and paranormal researcher from Ohio. Cherise holds a diploma in the healing arts and certifications in topics such as spiritual studies and hypnotherapy. When she’s not witching or ghosting it up, she can be found wandering the woods, abandoned homes, and cemeteries, or hanging out with her f…
 
Mostly mellow vibes this week and a quick correction: I did, in fact, play King of the Tramps’ latest album on Episode 89 of Adobe & Teardrops, way back when. Mike Meehan and The Lucky Ones -- “Cross to Bear” (Freaks and Wonders) King of the Tramps -- “Death’s Door” (Wicked Mountain) Brightwire -- “Cracked Edges” (Cracked, Flawed, and Frayed) Baile…
 
In this episode, Ivy Boyd takes a seat at the paranormal table to talk about paranormal history as well as TV and women in the field. Ivy Boyd is a paranormal investigator, researcher, and overall enthusiast for all things spooky! She is a former paranormal podcaster and currently works as a traveler and blogger for the Ghouls Trip paranormal trave…
 
Listen to The Bag System and DID Hatchery ask each other a series of quirky and informative Dissociative Identity Disorder questions to show the variety of experiences. thebagsystem.com Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheBagSystem) We came up with a bit of a question game about experiences with Dissociative Identity Disorder and how …
 
This week’s episode is sponsored by the Choose Your Struggle podcast. Listen to real-life people share their struggles with addiction and mental health and #EndTheStigma today. Otherwise, not a whole lot going on -- just the usual blend of Americana, country, punk and funk! Album of the Week: Uncle Ben’s Remedy -- Easy Way to Here If you’re looking…
 
In this episode, Melissa Wilton comes to the paranormal table to enjoy some spirits while talking about spirits. This episode takes some crazy twists and turns since there are some spirits involved! Melissa is a paranormal investigator and leads her own team in Calgary, AB, Canada, called The Calgary Association of Paranormal Investigation (CAPI fo…
 
New year, new intro! This week is a fun grab-bag of singles and deep cuts from albums I enjoyed in 2020. In case you missed it, you can listen to my interview with Mike West on Into the Van! Two Cow Garage -- “History Now” (Brand New Flag) Dan Whitaker -- “Movin’ On With You” (Movin’ On With You) Oklahoma Uprising -- “Karma” (High Sign) Jeremy Pars…
 
Dig a little deeper into what Dissociative Identity Disorder is… and what it is not. Which Headmate is the “real” alter and are some of them evil? thebagsystem.com Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheBagSystem) A few memorable moments during the recording of this episode were some switches between Headmates. Considering how flustered …
 
Our first episode of 2021 is off to a strong start! This episode features a great conversation with Beth Darlington! She talks about her passions for education and online learning in the paranormal. She also takes the approach of accessibility of information in the paranormal field and the future of the paranormal community. You can find Beth’s web…
 
Here it is -- my top 10 of 2020! There are probably a lot of people you’d expect me to have in my top 20, like John Moreland and American Aquarium. While those artists made huge strides in pushing their own boundaries, they just didn’t make as much of an emotional impact on me as the albums featured here. For me, top albums need to both push bounda…
 
Hear the reactions and impressions of Melissa’s family on her diagnosis of Dissociative Identity Disorder. Also, in facing public scrutiny, but also acceptance, a bond within The Bag System becomes more concrete. thebagsystem.com Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheBagSystem)By Melissa C. Water
 
Thank you for a wonderful 2020. I know I am fortunate to say that. In this final episode of Season 6, I discuss the year in review, Astrologically speaking and I share insight into January 2021 and it's juicy transits. You can book a reading with me at www.souliminati.com www.patreon.com/esotericesa @esoteric_esa on IG and TikTok…
 
In this episode, Anne Rech-o-vich and Renata Daniel took a seat at the paranormal table to talk about their work as paranormal business owners and educators. These two incredible ladies talk about the value of education in the field, elevating women, and so much more. Enjoy the show! Be sure to check out their podcast, "True Hauntings" where you li…
 
There are probably a lot of people you’d expect me to have in my top 20, like John Moreland and American Aquarium. While those artists made huge strides in pushing their own boundaries, they just didn’t make as much of an emotional impact on me as the albums featured here. For me, top albums need to both push boundaries AND make me FEEL SOMETHING. …
 
In this episode, Kitsie Duncan joins the paranormal table to talk about her latest book, “I’d Rather Talk to Dead People” as well as her amazing career in the paranormal. We take a deep dive into how we should be treating the ghosts as well as swapping stories from the field. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it was an epic conversation. You can check out …
 
This week, Rachel is joined by long-list twin Gabe DiChiara and her love Rosa Schneider! The trio talk yearning, unrequited love, and Elizabeth Warren (cw for Bernie or Bust bros: maybe skip the intro and go straight to the music.) This playlist was prompted by the Sappho poem “Deathless Aphrodite.” Rosa reads Anne Carson’s translation in her sexie…
 
Dylan Jones comes to the paranormal table to talk about the media's influence on the paranormal community. How does the media affect modern day paranormal investigators? Why is there so much drama in the paranormal community? What's in a name when it comes to parapsychologist versus psychical researcher versus paranormal investigator versus ghost h…
 
This week we get into punk, country, jazz, women’s music...all of it, really. Apologies for the pop filter bumping against the mic -- I didn’t realize that was happening! Album of the Week: Roof Beams -- This Life Must Be Long I’ve enjoyed the Maryland-based Roof Beams’ brand of authentic folk rock for some time now. Speaking of time, the band had …
 
Queer ghost hunter and podcaster Shane McClelland takes a seat at the paranormal table to talk about LGBTQ+ representation in the paranormal field, how he communicates with queer ghosts, and his work with Queer Ghost Hunters and his podcast, The Q Files. It’s a conversation NOT to be missed! You can listen to The Q Files on your favorite podcast st…
 
Rachel still has Thanksgiving brain, but put together all the best in Americana, country, folk, and...classical music? Album of the Week: Adeem the Artist -- Forgotten Songs and American Dreams Adeem is a fellow contributor at Country Queer, but even if I didn’t know him to be a gentleperson and a scholar, I’d fall in love with his music. Funny, to…
 
Rob Gutro is a scientist, psychic medium, and paranormal investigator. He joins the paranormal table to talk about his latest books, "Kindred Spirits" and "Inspired Ghost Tracking." We chat about his love triangle with the ghost of his husband's partner, animal spirits, and his adventures with his team. You can find more information about Rob at ht…
 
We cut right to the chase this week with some of the finest Americana out there, plus an interview with Elli Perry about her incredible new song “Glynn County.” The song is only available on her site, and the proceeds go to YOUth Speak, a Glynn County-based youth group that is already making positive change in the wake of Ahmaud Arbury’s murder. Th…
 
We discuss the history and origins of Rootwork and the diffferences between Voodoo and Hoodoo with Inner Traditions Published Author Tayannah Lee McQuillar. I share my experience with her ancestor reading services that really left me feeling inspired and ready to tackle more ancestral healing. Book a Reading with Tayannah at tlmcquillar@gmail.com F…
 
I give quick insight into the numerology of 2021 and how it will likely influence the collective. We will go from desiring something that seemed unattainable in (what 2020 feels like), to realizing it is possible in 2021! The Freedom we have been seeking is a timeline we can create. I also share my recommended crystal stone for your zodiac sign bas…
 
Meg Williams is the founder of Harper Valley PR but, more importantly, she’s an advocate of the Chicago country scene. Meg backed Rainbow Rodeo, the first (known) queer country zine, so she’s joing us as a co-host today! Bella did not back the Rainbow Rodeo Kickstarter but she also had a lot to say during today’s episode. (She puked right after the…
 
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Rachel is joined by British Americana artist Mike West to share views on authenticity in country music, Dungeons & Dragons, and all there is to know about the British Americana scene. You can find Mike’s website here and follow him on Twitter at @mike333west or Instagram at @mike333west This week’s episode is sponsored by WYLD Gallery in Austin, TX…
 
Just in time for Election Day and right after the US, Austin Lucas and I talk vampires, politics, and overcoming entitlement -- all stemming from his beautiful new album Alive in the Hot Zone! Send me music via SubmitHub! Send me money via Ko-fi or Patreon. Find Rachel and her comic via https://linktr.ee/rachel.cholst…
 
Adobe & Teardrops is huge in India? Also, in spite of all the tough stuff going on, there’s always room for interactions with adorable young people! Plus -- an interview with folk duo Sally and George! Don’t forget -- there’s more music on the site! Magana -- “Morning Person” (You Are Not a Morning Person) Pale Fire -- “King Salt” (Husbands) Stepha…
 
From tackling mainstream media as a radio host to tackling her Christian roots and living life as unfiltered as possible as a full-time mother and manifestor, Melissa Rios is best known for her big time personality on Power 106 Radio Morning Show. But she's multifaceted and shares with us how she deals with online criticism, decolonizing her spirit…
 
Of anniversaries, weird cakes, plot twists, and even weirder role-playing games. And baseball? It’s all here, even your new favorite Americana artists! Huge thanks to Podcorn for sponsoring this episode. Explore sponsorship opportunities and start monetizing your podcast by signing up here: https://podcorn.com/podcasters/ Album of the Week: Stephan…
 
It’s episode 141 and Rachel has the sensitivity of a Victorian lady. Also, great music from fabulous people. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT COUNTRY SOUL SONGBOOK THIS WEEKEND! Album of the Week: CF Watkins -- Babygirl CF Watkins has found that sweet spot between pop and Americana -- a brass ring that many recent artists have shot at and missed the mark. I…
 
Rachel’s students are getting creative, but not in the ways you’d want them to. Also, hi everyone in India! Album of the Week: Izzy Heltai -- Father I’ve been a supporter of Izzy’s since he first sent me a song through SubmitHub all on his own. For his first album, though, Heltai pulled out the big guns -- and deservedly so. Father is nothing if no…
 
Dance is a powerful form of channeling energy. When you dance, you unleash your soul, you express your essence, you embody your highest self and that of your ancestors. This might be why some are timid and don't feel comfortable dancing, because it is true vulnerability. In society, there are even rules and judgement about how to dance and what dan…
 
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