I like podcasts that stop me in my tracks.
I happen to have a professional relationship with the host, Lizz Hodgson, and so it was riveting for me to hear her get choked up as she recounted the harrowing experience of watching helplessly while her mother experienced severe complications from bariatric surgery. The complications persist in some form or another to this day. She interviewed her mother about the surgery and its after-effects in the show’s debut episode, but it was Episode 20, the most intense and emotional eight minutes of the show’s history, when Lizz opened up in a way I had never before borne witness to. Lizz’ admiration for her mother is obvious, both in word and tone, and so it comes as no surprise to me that she would get so emotional about an occasion when her mother’s fate as a corporeal being was uncertain. This was Lizz in a raw, pure state, and the passion was so authentic that I’ll always remember that moment as eight minutes of podcasting excellence.
This show is about the facade so many of us adopt to assure others that we are coping and hanging on, no matter how rough life may get. Unlike that facade, there is nothing artificial about this show. It is about the gritty reality of our true selves, the persona we leave behind when we depart for work or any other place where it may not serve us well to be vulnerable in the presence of those with whom we are not intimate in any way. Lizz and her guests disclose their personal truth without varnish, and it is no easy feat.
Indeed, these are brave people. Like the man with the severe speech impediment. Podcasting is a predominantly talk-oriented medium, and yet he insisted on being heard. It is the fact that he can’t fake it and doesn’t try to that makes his example so compelling.
If you are looking for something gritty and real in your podcast diet, I recommend Faking It. And I mean that.