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Well, This Isn't Normal

Sara Benincasa

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Well, This Isn't Normal

Well, This Isn't Normal

Sara Benincasa

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Feeling stressed? Author, comedian and recovering agoraphobe Sara Benincasa is here to soothe your soul and maybe make you laugh during a really weird time. Great guests, helpful relaxation techniques, funny little stories, and shout outs to great nonprofits helping folks in need.

Latest Episodes

Season 1 Finale: Amanda Yates Garcia Will Bewitch You

In the Season 1 finale of the only mental health podcast hosted by an author/comedian and executive produced by a demon queen cat named Polly, Sara Benincasa talks to Amanda Yates Garcia, a.k.a. The Oracle of Los Angeles! Amanda hosts the tarot podcast "Between the Worlds," which she co-created with artist and producer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs. Amanda is a dancer, essayist, activist, professional witch, and author. She and Sara discuss Amanda's memoir ("Initiated"), art, sexism, feminism, the nuances of Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw's term "intersectionality," white supremacy, trying one's best to be a decent and kind human, dealing with flaws in oneself and in society at large, and much more. Support the podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thanks for your kind reviews and ratings, and we'll see you in Season 2 very soon!

48 MINJUL 9
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Season 1 Finale: Amanda Yates Garcia Will Bewitch You

Chelsea Connor Is The Queen Of Anoles

Meet Chelsea Connor, a young Black scientist and one of the cofounders of #BlackBirdersWeek. Chelsea is from Dominica (Sara pronounces it wrong right off the bat - it's an island country in the Caribbean), and she opens up about experiencing racism at school in the States, dealing with stress and learning differences while pursuing a rigorous academic program, and being a scientist as well as an artist. Check out her stickers at Redbubble.com/people/chelseaherps! There will be a Part II, this young woman is full of stories, life, and learning!

83 MINJUL 1
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Chelsea Connor Is The Queen Of Anoles

Armand Cann Is Pro-Turtle, Anti-Racism

Young scientist Armand Cann talks to Sara about his work in biology, his love for wilderness, the importance of connecting with other young Black scientists online as a method of self-care, his experience of racism in the field, the trauma of harassment by racist police, and the magic of J.R.R. Tolkien, Octavia Butler, and other great authors. Check out the #blackbirdersweek hashtag to meet more scientists and learn about their work and their lives. Also, hire this guy - he just finished his M.S. degree! Thanks to all the podcast supporters at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.

84 MINJUN 25
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Armand Cann Is Pro-Turtle, Anti-Racism

Sidney Woodruff Tells People Not To Bother The Bears

Sidney Woodruff, 25, does her doctoral studies at UC Davis and conducts research in Yosemite National Park. She talks to Sara about being a young, Black, queer scientist; how she's received as a minority in a lot of professional spaces; the harassment of Black wildlife conservationists; and the vitality of real self-care and checking in on friends and peers. At the end, Sara guides the audience in a basic relaxation exercise. Check out #blackbirdersweek on Twitter and Instagram to read more stories and learn about some excellent wildlife conservationists. Support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Many thanks to current and past patrons!

91 MINJUN 18
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Sidney Woodruff Tells People Not To Bother The Bears

Giulia Rozzi Is A 1st Generation Spitfire

Sara talks to her longtime friend Giulia Rozzi, a comedian, writer, actress, director and first-generation American. They talk about how sociology influences Giulia's comedy, socially distant protesting while pregnant, summoning Italian lady energy when criticizing racist police (when Karen becomes Karina), whiteness as a construct, and continuing to learn (and unlearn). Also, Sara takes you through a simple relaxation exercise. This podcast is funded by Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thanks to all subscribers and supporters.

57 MINJUN 11
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Giulia Rozzi Is A 1st Generation Spitfire

Conner Habib Grew Up With White Supremacists

Conner Habib is a former porn star and sex workers' rights advocate. He's also a Syrian-American kid from rural-ish Pennsylvania. Now a doctoral candidate, Conner talks to Sara from his flat in Ireland about everything from fairy stories to the sex lives of koala to whether or not Canadians are, in fact, real. They also discuss white supremacy and the police. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. More importantly, please donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

121 MINJUN 5
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Conner Habib Grew Up With White Supremacists

Black Lives Matter

In this short episode, Sara shares some resources by people way smarter than her. She also talks about learning and unlearning racism, trying to be decent, admitting your flaws, working on your own stuff on your OWN time, and the value of listening. "If you need black people to be victims in order to love them, there is something wrong with you." Please donate to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.

34 MINJUN 1
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Black Lives Matter

Brian Koppelman Writes TV, Movies And Songs

"Billions" co-creator and showrunner Brian Koppelman talks to Sara about a creative life, being of service during quarantine, staying grounded, and the magic of "The Artist's Way." You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.

52 MINMAY 21
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Brian Koppelman Writes TV, Movies And Songs

Val Harvey Walks In Many Worlds

Sara interviews hair and makeup artist Val Harvey, her friend of many years. They talk about religion, racism, flouting societal norms and parental expectations, death, cults, sexism and other light topics. At some point, they do in fact discuss makeup and skincare. Check out Val and her many wonderful beauty adventures on Instagram at MohawkMakeup.

127 MINMAY 20
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Val Harvey Walks In Many Worlds

Stephanie Schriock Knows Some Overqualified Ladies

Sara talks to Emily's List president Stephanie Schriock about electing talented, hardworking, pro-choice Democrat women to offices from the school board up to the White House. They also discuss the fine state of Montana, how you shouldn't go bonkers on the sugar and caffeine even/especially when you're stressed (they've both done this! A lot!) and much more. Check out Emily's List today, and learn more about the great work they do. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.

58 MINMAY 19
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Stephanie Schriock Knows Some Overqualified Ladies

Latest Episodes

Season 1 Finale: Amanda Yates Garcia Will Bewitch You

In the Season 1 finale of the only mental health podcast hosted by an author/comedian and executive produced by a demon queen cat named Polly, Sara Benincasa talks to Amanda Yates Garcia, a.k.a. The Oracle of Los Angeles! Amanda hosts the tarot podcast "Between the Worlds," which she co-created with artist and producer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs. Amanda is a dancer, essayist, activist, professional witch, and author. She and Sara discuss Amanda's memoir ("Initiated"), art, sexism, feminism, the nuances of Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw's term "intersectionality," white supremacy, trying one's best to be a decent and kind human, dealing with flaws in oneself and in society at large, and much more. Support the podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thanks for your kind reviews and ratings, and we'll see you in Season 2 very soon!

48 MINJUL 9
Comments
Season 1 Finale: Amanda Yates Garcia Will Bewitch You

Chelsea Connor Is The Queen Of Anoles

Meet Chelsea Connor, a young Black scientist and one of the cofounders of #BlackBirdersWeek. Chelsea is from Dominica (Sara pronounces it wrong right off the bat - it's an island country in the Caribbean), and she opens up about experiencing racism at school in the States, dealing with stress and learning differences while pursuing a rigorous academic program, and being a scientist as well as an artist. Check out her stickers at Redbubble.com/people/chelseaherps! There will be a Part II, this young woman is full of stories, life, and learning!

83 MINJUL 1
Comments
Chelsea Connor Is The Queen Of Anoles

Armand Cann Is Pro-Turtle, Anti-Racism

Young scientist Armand Cann talks to Sara about his work in biology, his love for wilderness, the importance of connecting with other young Black scientists online as a method of self-care, his experience of racism in the field, the trauma of harassment by racist police, and the magic of J.R.R. Tolkien, Octavia Butler, and other great authors. Check out the #blackbirdersweek hashtag to meet more scientists and learn about their work and their lives. Also, hire this guy - he just finished his M.S. degree! Thanks to all the podcast supporters at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.

84 MINJUN 25
Comments
Armand Cann Is Pro-Turtle, Anti-Racism

Sidney Woodruff Tells People Not To Bother The Bears

Sidney Woodruff, 25, does her doctoral studies at UC Davis and conducts research in Yosemite National Park. She talks to Sara about being a young, Black, queer scientist; how she's received as a minority in a lot of professional spaces; the harassment of Black wildlife conservationists; and the vitality of real self-care and checking in on friends and peers. At the end, Sara guides the audience in a basic relaxation exercise. Check out #blackbirdersweek on Twitter and Instagram to read more stories and learn about some excellent wildlife conservationists. Support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Many thanks to current and past patrons!

91 MINJUN 18
Comments
Sidney Woodruff Tells People Not To Bother The Bears

Giulia Rozzi Is A 1st Generation Spitfire

Sara talks to her longtime friend Giulia Rozzi, a comedian, writer, actress, director and first-generation American. They talk about how sociology influences Giulia's comedy, socially distant protesting while pregnant, summoning Italian lady energy when criticizing racist police (when Karen becomes Karina), whiteness as a construct, and continuing to learn (and unlearn). Also, Sara takes you through a simple relaxation exercise. This podcast is funded by Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. Thanks to all subscribers and supporters.

57 MINJUN 11
Comments
Giulia Rozzi Is A 1st Generation Spitfire

Conner Habib Grew Up With White Supremacists

Conner Habib is a former porn star and sex workers' rights advocate. He's also a Syrian-American kid from rural-ish Pennsylvania. Now a doctoral candidate, Conner talks to Sara from his flat in Ireland about everything from fairy stories to the sex lives of koala to whether or not Canadians are, in fact, real. They also discuss white supremacy and the police. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa. More importantly, please donate to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

121 MINJUN 5
Comments
Conner Habib Grew Up With White Supremacists

Black Lives Matter

In this short episode, Sara shares some resources by people way smarter than her. She also talks about learning and unlearning racism, trying to be decent, admitting your flaws, working on your own stuff on your OWN time, and the value of listening. "If you need black people to be victims in order to love them, there is something wrong with you." Please donate to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.

34 MINJUN 1
Comments
Black Lives Matter

Brian Koppelman Writes TV, Movies And Songs

"Billions" co-creator and showrunner Brian Koppelman talks to Sara about a creative life, being of service during quarantine, staying grounded, and the magic of "The Artist's Way." You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.

52 MINMAY 21
Comments
Brian Koppelman Writes TV, Movies And Songs

Val Harvey Walks In Many Worlds

Sara interviews hair and makeup artist Val Harvey, her friend of many years. They talk about religion, racism, flouting societal norms and parental expectations, death, cults, sexism and other light topics. At some point, they do in fact discuss makeup and skincare. Check out Val and her many wonderful beauty adventures on Instagram at MohawkMakeup.

127 MINMAY 20
Comments
Val Harvey Walks In Many Worlds

Stephanie Schriock Knows Some Overqualified Ladies

Sara talks to Emily's List president Stephanie Schriock about electing talented, hardworking, pro-choice Democrat women to offices from the school board up to the White House. They also discuss the fine state of Montana, how you shouldn't go bonkers on the sugar and caffeine even/especially when you're stressed (they've both done this! A lot!) and much more. Check out Emily's List today, and learn more about the great work they do. You can support this podcast at Patreon.com/SaraBenincasa.

58 MINMAY 19
Comments
Stephanie Schriock Knows Some Overqualified Ladies
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