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Episode 121 – Tic Tacs in the Sky

The manuscript

Tonight we have a special guest, Doug!!

After the recent 60 Minutes piece about the pentagon’s acknowledgement of unidentified aerial phenomena we thought we’d muck around in the idea of extraterrestrial visitors.

Humans have been seeing things in the sky well before Jesus showed up. The Sumerians told stories of gods coming to earth from the sky, the Egyptians, romans – heck, most creation stories involve sky gods. These stories have been told and recorded for millennia but now we have the capability to capture unusual occurrences with photos, video, radar, etc. , which makes them much harder to ignore or keep secret. Doug talks about the MJ-12 tapes by Milton William Cooper, who, some say, built the foundation for todays robust conspiracy movement, QAnon.

So, that’s curious, huh? Just as Q fades from the limelight, suddenly footage AEPs are leaked and the pentagon starts declassifying information. What the hell is going on?

Join us here, and find out! (Just kidding, we have no idea what’s going on)

Thanks to the whole host of Curio contributors and especially our listeners, you’re out of this world ; )


Episode 119 – May the Forefathers Be With You

Our forefathers couldn’t have imagined many things – like TV, Viagra, highways, video games, automatic assault rifles, gay marriage, Podcasts and Women who wear pants. Also, 706,000 people living in Washington D.C., all of whom pay federal taxes – meaning they are taxed without representation. Does that term sound familiar? Perhaps you came across it in second grade during a social studies lesson or maybe in your high school government class, maybe a Ken Burns documentary on PBS, or Hamilton – But you’ve heard it, we all have.

Tonight we talk about what our forefathers couldn’t have imagined, why D.C. needs statehood, what the fuck is wrong with anti-vaxers, heard immunity and lots of other stuff – you know how we roll.

Gratitudes to the Curio crew, our flawed founding fathers, the 706,000 unrepresented taxpayers in Washington DC, Cassie the master mixologist, David Rose, Ziggy, Vespa, and all the people who are kind, compassionate and not Ted Cruz.

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Episode 120 – Keepin’ it Real

Beck joins us tonight for a little chit chat about keepin’ it real. We all have different likes and dislikes, and intrinsic needs – so why do we try to weasel ourselves into some preformed cookie cutter of acceptable existence? It may have been the dysfunction d’jour of our younger selves but now that we’ve hit level Crone the whole facade is glaringly ridiculous. We’ve reached a point in our lives where we’ve realized saying what we think others’ want to hear for the sake of acceptance is simply not an option. Why? Because we just don’t fucking care what other people think. No more cookie cutters. No more inflated, glitter infested, “perfect” social media lives. No more competition or shaming, no more bullshit. The reality of our lives – all of our lives – is perfectly imperfect and rough around the edges; somehow absolutely unique, yet universally relatable. The common ground for connection lies in acceptance, both for ourselves and others.

Thank you Cass for your great skillfull editing skills, Doug for the magnificent, ever-evolving studio, Quinn and Altadena Hotel for the killer tunes, Beck for ALWAYS keepin’ it real, me for the bloggo and our giant-minded listeners; we love you!!

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Episode 117 – All This Science I Don’t Understand

An odd lyric wedged itself into wee, young Cassie’s psyche many years ago and tonight she confronts it. Tonight we unravel Rocket Man.

Naturally, it’s not about solving a single mystery – we want to know all of the things. So, we go back in time and imagine what it was like when space travel was new; how it affected our collective concept of identity as Americans and humans. The notion of going into space during its inception must’ve been wildly exciting but quite different from our experience as earthbound explorers, at least in our accessible past. So many unknowns infused with faith in the wares of the human intellect. It occurs to me now what a great leap it truly was for human kind, both in engineering and for the astronauts, the willingness to put one’s life in jeopardy for the benefit of exploration; to go where no one has gone before – space, the darkest, loneliest, terra-less place imaginable.

Just as we have amazingly skilled scientists and mathematicians we also have artists of the same caliber, those who have the ability to distill emotion into concrete expression through the senses. What better way to explore the landscape of science-fueled evolution than with it’s bohemian sister, music?

Gratitudes for all the risk taking adventurers, space cowgirls, rocket men, big brained folks, and artists. For Doug, Cass, and Quinn – and our stellar listeners. Thank you!!

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Episode 116 – Wicker Dolls and Cheese Wheels

What a magical time of year! Spring is celebrated though out the world in as many diverse ways as cultures allow. Kim tells the story of Ostara and Cass shares some first hand stories of her own. What does spring have to do with cheese wheels, egg-laying bunnies, and drowning straw dolls? Tune in and find out! We also share some seed hoarding tips and So Cal garden tricks and Cass’s newest cocktail creation we call Well Done Cass.

Big thanks to Doug who takes great care with the mics, Quinn and the Altadena Hotel for the amazing theme music, Cass, the edit master and cocktail lama. For the bloggo and our wonderful listeners, cheers to YOU!!

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Episode 115 – Women’s History – Lee Miller

A model and photographer in early to mid century America and Europe, Lee Miller broke rules and challenged norms. Described as “difficult”, she was anything but the submissive, domestic-minded female ideal of her time; she was adventurous, intelligent, bold and feral. She embraced a notable community of artists where her talents and spirit were celebrated and encouraged, affording her the opportunities to practice photography with fearlessness and great affect. She is primarily considered a documentary photographer because of her work during the end of World War II but the images she created, even those of the most heinous actions of man, edged into the realm of fine art. Her vision of the world and herself are evident in all her work and in the life she lived; a life built on authenticity, realism, and a multifaceted vision of beauty. She was an amazing artist and woman – there is simply too much to say about her here, see the links below to learn more.

We also chat about the patriarchal system women are subject to, participate in and fight against. How do we break the loop?

Gratitudes to all the women fighting, struggling, nurturing, and finding their way. May we all encourage strength in each other and the hope we share for an equitable future. For the Curio contributors who make our chats possible – our very own community of artists whose talent and support fortify not only the podcast, but us as women with endless curiosity.

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Episode 114 – Grief, A Love Story

Loosing a loved one is deeply personal yet universal; how we manage that loss is yet another conundrum. This has been a year of exceptional loss under the most challenging circumstances our generation has yet to see. Despite the myriad of societal divisions we currently face, grief can be a vehicle for connection, compassion and understanding; in grief we are not alone – even though grief is one of the loneliest places in the heart.

Tonight Beck and her daughter Abi join us to share memories of Donna. Mother to Beck, grandmother to Abi, loving wife to Mark and mentor to Cass and Kim. Donna left us recently and in her wake she leaves a legacy – in her daughters, grandchildren and everyone she loved. She was kind and generous, honest, forthright, funny, curious, loving and truly a force of nature. A bodyworker, homemaker and a wild, nurturing woman with an enormous heart. Sassy, fierce and braless. Her gifts are our charge now, a daunting responsibility and honor; if only she were here to see us. We miss her, more than words can say.

Mad gratitudes for the Curio cast, for love and even for grief ; may peace and comfort prevail. For Donna and her crazy bad-ass self. For you and all of those who have gone before us.

Love abounds.

Episode 113 -Dig This!

It’s open mic night at Porch Swing Studio, dig? Kim’s old man Paul joins us with cookin’ percussion while the Curio chicks recite some wild poetry and noodle out some big ideas. Fall into our beat galaxy, we’ll blow your mind.

Last week Lawrence Ferlinghetti checked out of hotel earth. He was the owner of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco and a cornerstone of the beatnik generation. He published Ginsburg’s Howl and gave a concrete platform to Kerouac, Burrows, and many others. The Beats were firmly antiestablishment as many counter cultures are; they challenged the norms in mid-century America and were waylayers to the social renaissance of the 1960’s. Their ideals continue to resonate today but how do we translate beatsville into modern times? How would Ginsburg or Burroughs dissect modern American society? What does counter culture look like now that popular culture seems so fractured and undefined? Are truth and facts now the outlaws challenging the convention of non-conformity? Dylan said, “To live outside the law you must be honest.” Maybe art is honesty, maybe the only true freedoms we have reside in our minds; an infinite landscape of ideas waiting to come to fruition. We have questions (don’t we always?).

We lost another treasure this week, Donna, Becks mom. She was a curious nonconformist. A kind, fierce, honest, forthright force of nature. She gave us gifts of her spirit and taught us more than we know. She, like the beats leave a rich legacy; her granddaughter wrote a poem for her and graciously shared it with us for this episode. Kim wrote one for her too, juxtaposed with Cassie’s sculptures.

So get out of nadaville and turn up the stereo for some crazy wordsmithery, dig?

Gratitudes to all the lamas: Quinn for the stellar tunes, Doug the master of mics, Cass for the cuts, Paulie for the percussion, Kim for the bloggo and our tribe of Curio listeners, we love you!

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Ceramic Sculptures by Cass

Episode 112 – Eww, Ted, EWWW.

Who goes on vacation to Mexico when his constituents are freezing in their homes with no power or water? Who loves country music but can’t name any country music artists? Who has a whiney voice, an empty sack, poo poo in his pants, watches blowfish porn during congressional hearings and looks like a hotdog dipped in pubic hair? Find out while we play Two Truths and a Lie and give “it” a tarot card reading with Cards Against Humanity. With whine and wine, a touch of anger and disgust, and a raging buttload of laughter.

Also, the awesomeness of Schitt’s Creek, and how Ted Cruz isn’t worthy of being a skid mark on Dan Levy’s 10 year old discarded shoes. We love you Dan Levy, sorry for using your name in the same sentence with “It’s” name.

Thank you Quinn for the wonderful music, Doug for the mic mojo, Cass for editing and her cutting wit laced with holy juju.

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Episode 111 – Gang of Crones (The Menapocolypse is Coming)

Omg, we’re getting old! Yay, We’re getting old! So many conflicting feelings. Tonight we talk about the hormonal rollercoaster in menopause land.

There isn’t a whole lot of information out there about “The Change”, it isn’t well researched and former generations simply didn’t talk about it. It wasn’t polite conversation, even between mothers and daughters. WTF?

Well, we aren’t polite when it comes a to our bodies. We want to know how they work and what to expect as the crone time approaches. We want you to know too.

Gratitudes to all the amazing Curio contributors – and all the crones who have gone before us. We love you all!!

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