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The Manic Episodes

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A super-gay podcast by super-gay singer-songwriter Mary Lambert and her partner Wyatt about bipolar disorder, queer relationships, and body love. And poems. And farts.
98 Episodes
Mary and Wyatt perform  at the University of Kansas on Wednesday, April 12, 2023! Enjoy the whole recording, including some musical performances by Mary and Wyatt. Thanks so much to Meg for inviting us to campus, and thanks to everyone who joined us for this magical evening. 
Mary and Wyatt settle in for an impassioned conversation about American values and the role they play in shaping political discourse--and how they have been weaponized in the spate of anti-LGBTQIA+ bills across the country. Mary cries and Wyatt yells. Also on the agenda: enjoying Coachella from the comfort of a recliner, feeling totally weird after watching "Severance," and poems by Anthony Robinson and Suhaiymah Manzoor-Kahn. 
Mary and Wyatt are back at the dining room table ready to chow down on a big plate of hot, steamy discussion about stand-up comedians, The Whale (spoiler alert: it boils Mary’s blood), and Wyatt’s latest YouTube rabbit hole.  Also on the agenda: Gay or Straight (Astrology Edition) and poems by Ross Gay and Diane Seuss.
Mary and Wyatt are thrilled to share their interview with psychic medium Rebecca LoCicero. They settle in at Rebecca's home for a chat about spirituality, connection, the ethics of mediumship, and religious faith. Also on the agenda: ants, Movie Reviews for Movies We Haven't Seen Yet, and poems by Rumi and Ryan Eckes. 
Bringing back voicemails. Bringing back segments. Bringing back Mary and Wyatt and lots of talk about our pups. Your beloved hosts talk about grief, how to crawl out of a fog, and how to practice self-care after bombing a comedy show. We read beautiful poems by Magdalena Zurawski, Tommy Blount, and Joy Priest. 
CW for this episode: Medical stuff & needles; suicide and self-harm; drug use Mary and Wyatt sit down for an goosebump-inducing hour-long session with psychic medium Rebecca LoCicero. Of course we cry a little; it's the Manic Episodes, after all. Also on the agenda: AI-generated lies, the 9th anniversary of Mary's Grammy performance, and poems by Wendy Cope and Ferit Edgü. 
Mary and Wyatt say there's no such thing as too much holiday celebration and they WILL die on this hill. Join us for the highlights from our Patreon holiday party, some beautiful musical performances, and some old-school segments. Also on the agenda: Poems by Leila Chatti and Topaz Winters. 
IT'S MANIC MONDAY, Y'ALL. Starting today, Mary and Wyatt are dropping new episodes on Mondays, and this one is a banger. Your dutiful hosts talk about the Lensa app, whether or not AI apps can generate pop songs, and whether or not it's unethical to think Casey Anthony is hot. 
Mary and Wyatt are officially in their hotline era. It's y'all's turn to speak, and you took to this experiment like ducks to water. Your beloved hosts settle in for a chat about--what else?--dog parenting, sobriety, and trust. Call us, baby: (919) 901-0861.
We're back, baby, and we're more married than ever! Mary & Wyatt kick off Season 3 with a long chat about the wedding that brought your podcast hosts together in holy matrimony. They also complain, because what would an episode of this podcast be without some grievances being aired? We missed y'all!!!! 
It's a solo episode with Mary & Wyatt! We're touching base about a tough time... but of course, we have some fun, too. We talk about our top 5 favorite non-sexual physical sensations, Wyatt's new fitness obsession, and our wedding planning mania. 
Jamie Maschler joins Mary and Wyatt to talk about love, music, creativity, and a question that our listeners are always curious about: How is Lawrence Welk responsible for the public image problem that plagues the accordion? Jamie shares her memory of first meeting Mary, and it is funny as hell. "Jamie Maschler, knows the versatility of the accordion better than most. She has played the instrument since she was four and spent years perfecting and competing. Talents like her seem to be increasingly valuable.“  -The AtlanticJamie is a musician, music director, educator and an ambassador of the accordion. She is co-founder of the Brazilian bands Foleada, En Canto, and the accordion duo Creosote. She has been heard with the Pueblo Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Philharmonic. Jamie has also played the role of Nelly Friedman in Paula Vogel’s award winning play Indecent twice.In 2018, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) feature Jamie in their  Museum of Making Music exhibit titled  “Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA”. Jamie is based in Seattle, WA where she studied accordion under three-time Latin Grammy Nominee Jovino Santos Neto at Cornish College of the Arts.Jamie works for accordion manufacturer Petosa Accordions, where she is able to share her passion and actively participate in the reinvention and face of the traditional Instrument.
Wyatt kicks off this episode solo with a brief discussion of the last week, which has been absolutely bananas. Then, Mary and Wyatt are thrilled to welcome Jacob Tobia to the pod. Jacob (they/them) is an actor, writer, producer, and author of the national bestselling memoir Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. From running across the Brooklyn Bridge in high heels to giving Trevor Noah an on-air makeover on The Daily Show, Jacob helps others embrace the full complexity of their gender, even (and especially) when it’s messy as hell. Jacob recently made their acting debut as the nonbinary character “Double Trouble” on Netflix’s She-Ra and The Princesses of Power. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Jacob currently lives in Los Angeles.
Mary and Wyatt are pleased as punch to welcome Kat Eves to the pod! Kat Eves is a plus size celebrity stylist dedicated to ethical and sustainable, size-inclusive fashion. Her red carpet styling has made the best-dressed lists from Vogue to Guardian UK, and she’s been published in Essence, Bust, and more. Her clients include The Daily Show’s Dulcé Sloan, The Walking Dead’s Pollyanna McIntosh, comedian Caleb Hearon, and of course, Mary Lambert, with a major recent highlight being dressing Dulcé for her guest appearance on Ru Paul’s Drag Race. She is based in LA and sometimes Palm Springs, and is committed to helping the fashion industry step up to contribute to creating a more ethical, equitable, and inclusive world. Also on the agenda: Mary and Wyatt are addicted to family vloggers on YouTube; Wyatt talks some trash about Jeopardy!; and poems by Caitlyn Siehl and Kiki Petrosino. 
Mary and Wyatt are fired up because Amelia Bonow is on the pod and holy shit, she’s a force of nature. Amelia is the founding director of Shout Your Abortion, an organization working to normalize abortion and elevate paths to abortion access regardless of legality. Amelia also serves on the board of directors of Abortion Care Network, which serves and represents independent abortion providers all over the country. Amelia lives in Seattle and loves talking about abortion, watching her friends succeed, and laughing at other people but not in a mean way. Amelia is a scorpio sun, pisces moon, and gemini rising, and she is so sad but really, truly, totally believes we are going to win. She’s @ameliamaris and SYA is @shoutyourabortion. Also on the agenda: Our new segment, Conservative Politician or Movie Villain?; getting hella smart and eating tiny peanut butter cups; and poems by Ruth Lepsen and I.S. Jones. For links to the resources Amelia mentions in this episode, head to our Patreon.
Mary and Wyatt welcome the brilliant and talented Maz Hedgehog to the pod, Maz is a writer, performer and all round thinking person working in the spaces between real and unreal, poetry and theatre, self and other. Their poetry collection, The Body in Its Seasons, is out now with Burning Eye Books. Outside the arts, Maz dabbles in knitting, baking and excessive swearing. You can follow them @mazhedgehog on Twitter & instagram. Also, expect a special guest appearances by Maz’s cat! 
Mary & Wyatt welcome the incredible Annisha Romney to the podcast to chat about reproductive justice, sex education, and activism. Annisha works in technology as a software consultant. They were recently drawn back to activism and organizing while working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in their various former workspaces. Now most of Annisha’s free time is spent pursuing equity, acting for justice, and building intersectional feminism across the Commonwealth in their role as Co-President of Mass NOW.Also on the agenda: a rousing game of “Underrated/Overrated” and poems by Olivia Atwood, Maghan Baptiste, and Rick Barot. 
[CONTENT WARNING: Death and illness; sexual abuse; suicide]We always say this, but this is one of our best episodes. We are thrilled to welcome Rachel McKibbens, a dear friend of ours and a blessing to the world.Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of four collections of poetry, Pink Elephant, Into The Dark & Emptying Field, MAMMOTH and blud.  In 2012, McKibbens founded the annual Pink Door Writing Retreat, open exclusively to non-men writers of color. McKibbens is a member of Latinas Unidas and co-curates the critically acclaimed reading series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York. 
Oh my God oh my God oh my God Queen Annie is here! Mary & Wyatt are joined by the amazing Annie Grace, the author of This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life and The Alcohol Experiment: A 30-day, Alcohol-Free Challenge to Interrupt Your Habits and Help You Take Control. Annie grew up outside Aspen, Colorado, in a one-room log cabin without running water or electricity. Having discovered a passion for marketing, Annie Grace earned a Masters of Science (Marketing) and dove into corporate life. As the youngest vice president in a multinational company at the age of 26, her drinking career began in earnest. At 35, in a global C-level marketing role, she was responsible for marketing in 28 countries; she was drinking almost two bottles of wine a night. Knowing she needed a change but unwilling to submit to a life of deprivation and stigma, Annie Grace embarked on a journey to painlessly gain control of alcohol -- for her that process resulted in no longer wanting to drink. Never happier, she left her executive role to write and shareThis Naked Mind with the world. In her free time, she loves to ski, travel (26 countries and counting), and enjoy her beautiful family. Annie Grace lives with her husband and three children in the Colorado mountains.Also on the agenda: Movie reviews for movies Wyatt & Mary haven't seen, the best TV show in the history of the universe, and poems by Sharon Olds and Li-Young Lee. 
Comments (7)


I adore this podcast! 💜

Feb 6th

Alesha Beatty

This podcast gives me life! I love EVERYTHING about it. Thank you guys for all the laughs, inspiration, motivation and validation within my own personal experiences. Please keep them coming!!!! <3

Dec 31st

Sherri Sinclair

I am so happy I found your podcast! I have a panic an anxiety disorder with agoraphobia. Even though we have different mental health issues there are so many similarities. I like be the words you both use in describing the struggles & strengths you face. I also am a heavy set woman and absolutely can relate to all of the stereotypes and the innuendos that people have made towards me. You lifted me tonight! I can't wait to hear more! Much love💜💜💜

Dec 14th
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Jamie Spalding

I love your podcasts and I admire both of you whole hearted. Mary I love your music and poems. You have helped me so much and made me realize the kind of person I want to be. Thank you so much. Paige, What I've seen and learned from you, is that no matter what love is always best. I can't wait to hear more podcasts from you both. I love y'all.

Dec 12th

Shelby Wallace

I absolutely love you both! ❤️ thank you so much for being so unique and wonderful! 🏳️‍🌈

Dec 12th
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