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Normal Gossip delivers juicy, strange, funny, and utterly banal gossip about people you’ll never know and never meet. Host Kelsey McKinney discusses reader-submitted comedic gossip with guests, diving into the lives and decisions of complete strangers. The second-hand truth really is stranger than fiction. Produced by Alex Sujong Laughlin. Show art by Tara Jacoby. https://linktr.ee/normalgossip
 
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Tuck speaks with Eating for Free cohost Joan Summers (she/her) Topics include: Getting outed by your pastor’s wife in a movie theater parking lot Why celebrities should come out via strategic trips to CVS Union organizing for trans healthcare… and how it can go wrong Why do famous people love the word pansexual? Plus: Should we put Harry Styles on …
 
Tuck speaks with poet and drag artist Wo Chan (they/them), who performs as the Illustrious Pearl. Topics include: Re-evaluating the narrative of your book after starting psychoanalysis Combining poetry and drag performance into… PowerPoint drag! Creating art out of testimonials from your family’s deportation proceedings Learning to share without ov…
 
In the second half of this special two-part episode, Tuck speaks with organizer and library worker Dakota Hommes (she/her). Topics include: Organizing the first library union in the state(!) Missouri’s ban on “explicit” books in schools Transition as a spiritual experience Plus: Narwhal facts, TikTok, and trans Harry Potter fanfic. Find Dakota on I…
 
In the first half of this special two-part episode, Tuck speaks with Starbucks Workers United organizer Spencer (they/she). Topics include: Maintaining a 24/7 picket line for a 64-day-long strike(!) What is the best way to support the Starbucks union and employees? Why are union organizers disproportionately trans? Plus: The literal Pinkertons and …
 
Tuck speaks with comedian, performer, and event producer Howie Echo-Hawk (they/them). Topics include: What do pronoun go-arounds and land acknowledgements have in common? Is it even possible to decolonize gender? Why your comedy can’t come solely from suffering Using nature to explore identity beyond language Plus: Dance parties, autism superpowers…
 
Tuck speaks with Cat Fitzpatrick (she/her), author of The Call-Out and cofounder of LittlePuss Press. Topics include: Writing about Brooklyn trans girl drama in iambic tetrameter Searching for answers on the Transsexual Internet Circa 2001 Running a small press that doubles as a community org (aka lessons learned from Topside) Why is it so hard for…
 
Gender Reveal host and producer Tuck Woodstock joins us for an epic love story from another time .... the early aughts. Follow Tuck on Twitter @tuckwoodstock. Get your tickets to our live show in D.C. at Sixth & I here! You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Epis…
 
Dr. Eshin Jolly joins us this week to teach us about the science of gossiping!!! Eshin is a post-doctoral researcher in the Computational Social Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Dartmouth College. Follow Eshin on Twitter @Eshjolly. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormal…
 
Comedian and host of Feeling Asian and Hairy Butthole Youngmi Mayer joins us to get to the bottom of a decades-old crime haunting one family: WHO flushed the hot dog down the toilet? Follow Youngmi on Instagram @ymmayer. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Epi…
 
Comedian, writer, and host of Unhappy Hour Matt Bellassai joins us for sojourn into the messy world of queer kickball leagues! Follow Matt on Instagram @mattbellassai. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @n…
 
We're thrilled to welcome everyone’s favorite guide to infectious diseases, Laurel Bristow. She's the program director for Emory’s TB Research Advancement Center and she's the first Laurel to be on the show! Follow Laurel on Instagram @laurel__bristow. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend…
 
Defector staff writer and creature correspondent Sabrina Imbler joins us for a story about the lives we lead on the other sides of extremely thin apartment walls. Follow Sabrina on Twitter @aznfusion and pre-order their book, How Far the Light Reaches! You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend…
 
Writer Jessica Goodman joins us for a tale of a One Direction concert weekend gone wrong. Follow Jessica on Instagram @jessicagoodman and buy her books! You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @normalgossip, an…
 
Welcome to season 3! We're kicking it off with writer and comedian Samantha Irby for a story about a misguided move to the South and a rogue HOA president. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @normalgossip,…
 
We've been waiting for your niche gossip all season, and you delivered! Five stories of clubs, communities, and small towns, just for you. Content warning: We always say that no animals are harmed in our stories, but Alex was tired when she picked these and didn't realize that there are actually two harmed animals in these stories -- one dog who di…
 
Alex and Justin spent season 2 playing a little game of telephone with the guests....and kept Kelsey out of the loop. Join us to hear how much one gossip story can change from person to person. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follo…
 
Tuck tackles more advice questions with BFF of the show Mckenzee Griffler (she/her). Topics include: How should I balance my partner's comfort with my own transition? How can I get my family to fully accept my transition? Why does my child keep misgendering me? Would it be inconsiderate of me to share my pronouns? Are feminine names going extinct? …
 
Tuck speaks with writer and organizer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (she/they). Topics include: Do non-disabled people exist? Diagnoses, autism, and how disability + transness intersect How to build care networks without relying on social capital Why disabled people have the skills we need to survive the climate crisis, pandemics, etc. Plus: ye …
 
Tuck speaks with sociologist Alex Hanna (she/her). Topics include: How claiming AI is “sentient” gives big tech companies more power Privacy tips for trans folks and abortion-seekers (and why they’re not enough) Using data science to predict who will win Drag Race Literally what is the point of Dall-E? Plus: Roller derby, Star Trek, and some Macedo…
 
Tuck speaks with pro wrestler Edith Surreal (she/her). Topics include: What happens when a masked wrestler gets an FFS consult? Combining ballroom culture with pro wrestling Is playing a heel Bad Trans Representation? Plus: Why wrestling is like a real-life comic book, a soap opera, a drag show, and Super Smash Bros. This Week in Gender: Justine Li…
 
Julia Furlan joins us for a pandemic wedding saga. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @normalgossip, and if you have gossip, email us at normalgossip@defector.com or leave us a voicemail at 26-79-GOSSIP. N…
 
Tuck speaks with historian and writer Jules Gill-Peterson (she/her). Topics include: Do cis people exist? Why the United States hates children The very unequal histories of trans men and trans women How both sides of the trans youth debate are failing trans kids Plus: Patti Harrison, FFS @ CVS, and “If this is what being an ally is, I am an enemy.”…
 
Comedian, writer, and host of NPR's Everyone & Their Mom, Emma Eun-joo Choi, joins us for a story about teenage love that went on way, way too long. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @normalgossip, and if…
 
Tuck speaks with UK-based writer Jackson King (he/him). Topics include: Structural barriers to gender-affirming care faced by fat trans people Visiting Europe’s largest gay sauna What's going on in the UK!?! Can men be redeemed?! Plus: Evangelical kink and RuPaul’s egg detector This Week in Gender: Trans listeners share their wins. Join our Patreon…
 
Comedian and host of Feeling Asian Brian Park makes the case for just sending that risky DM already. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @normalgossip, and if you have gossip, email us at normalgossip@defec…
 
Tuck and Ozzy speak with Manhunt author Gretchen Felker-Martin (she/her). Topics include: Writing a book for trans freaks Reclaiming the gender-plague genre from TERFs Horror movies as exposure therapy Can art be dangerous? Plus: Supermasochist, spitting, shrooms, and “my biological father, David Cronenberg” This Week in Gender: Addressing a few co…
 
Tobin Low (Nancy, This American Life, Radiolab) joins us for a romantic (?) tale about hourly work and spilled milk. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @normalgossip, and if you have gossip, email us at no…
 
Tuck speaks with Fran Tirado (she/they), co-host of Like a Virgin and Food 4 Thot. Topics include: Queer reality show concepts and non-monogamous TV representation Writing a book about “when activism gets wrapped up in capital” A quick and easy guide to reclaiming Pride from corporations Self-work, community care, and how to stop working all the ti…
 
Who Weekly's Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger join us for a story about a dad's mid-life crisis and the friends he meets along the way. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @normalgossip, and if you have gossi…
 
Tuck and Ozzy speak with Jeopardy champion Amy Schneider (she/her). Topics include: How going on national TV helped with vocal dysphoria (and gave Amy hope for trans people’s political future) Grappling with the constant threat of milkshake-ducking The history and future of Trans Jeopardy Why are so many trans women coders? Plus: Kafka, Tarot, fame…
 
Tracy Clayton joins us this week to affirm her hatred of squirrels, and also to judge who is truly the villain in a group of busybody preschool parents. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @normalgossip, an…
 
Defector’s Kalyn Kahler decides whether this week’s story is about a benevolent business owner with boundary issues — or a cult. You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcript here. Follow the show on Instagram @normalgossip, and if you have gossip, em…
 
Tuck speaks with Imogen Binnie (she/her), author of Nevada. Topics include: Revisiting Nevada 10-15 yrs later, obvi! MichFest, Trans Camp, and womyn with a y Playing doom metal by candlelight as a queer bonding activity Watching horror movies to feel something Plus: Piss Christmas, John Darnielle, Gene Belcher, and Melissa???? This Week in Gender: …
 
Welcome to season 2! This week, Danielle Henderson joins us for a prime piece of vintage gossip that will knock your wayfarers off. Get tickets to the Normal Gossip live show at Caveat in NYC on June 1 here! You can support Normal Gossip directly by buying merch or becoming a Friend or a Friend-of-Friend at supportnormalgossip.com. Episode transcri…
 
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