July 12, 2016

Would you, could you eat a stranger’s food?

Would you, could you hook up with a random dude? Dom, Jenn, and Aya get passionate with opinions about cursing in front of new friends, how guests should act in your home, eating in naked restaurants, eating food you didn’t order, and the realities of one-night stands.

Show Notes:

This episode is chock full of personal preferences: when do you know it’s cool to curse in front of new friends? Should your guests have to be told how to act in your home, or is it common sense? Would you ever eat in a naked restaurant? Is hanger a real thing?

Here’s the reason you COULD listen to one of those other shows, but instead you’re with us. Hit us up with your opinions on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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July 5, 2016

The show WILL go on.

Since the early age of 15, Sam Verbeck has confidently led the charge through the complex pathways of theatre production design. She’s built more, wired more, moved more, and drunk more than any of us, and probably all of you combined. Find out what it truly takes to break a leg, only on TDW.

Show Notes:

The world of theatre is not known for its kindness. It demands much of your energy, much of your mind. Many groups of families move on tour with plays or musicals, or spouses make frequent flights across the country to see their loved ones while on the road. No amount of diseases or disasters will hold up the shows once they’ve been promised on stage.

Its history is ridiculously rich, and you’ll never expect the reasons for some things, like the story behind why push doors exist or how the phrase ‘break a leg’ actually came about. Sam regales TDW with an inside look on what goes on behind closed curtains. For more information about the Union she works with, click here.

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June 28, 2016

Say it loud, say it proud!

TDW sends words of support to those impacted by Brexit and the Pulse shooting in Orlando. We talk how Pride is awesome as a celebration, but like a bad night out for the city of San Francisco. Jenn gets her identity stolen at a pizza parlor and Dom’s dog isn’t horny- she’s just a rapey bitch.

Show Notes:

For our friends over the water, we’re incredibly sorry for what’s happened to you. For our friends in Orlando, we’re incredibly sorry for your loss too. We’re sorry for assholes who had bad things to say about you- although some good insults were thrown back- and we’re glad to see that while this is a tragedy, people are treating it much better than the pain of the past.

We celebrate the freedom to be true to ourselves each year at Pride, across the country and across the globe. Be true to yourself and ever strive to be fuckin’ better for yourself and the world.

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June 21, 2016

A little bit less, a little bit late.

TDW talks with Kaly and Aiasha of Root & Rebound, an Oakland-based nonprofit that works across CA to support people in reentry from prison and jail — as well as their families, communities and advocates — to navigate and overcome the disenfranchisement caused by mass incarceration and over-criminalization in the United States today.


Please note that nothing said on this episode should be construed as accurate legal information or legal advice. What you hear today are personal opinions and not the opinions of Root & Rebound as an organization. Aiasha is a Deputy Director at Root & Rebound working all things fundraising, communications, and impact measurement. Kaly is a current law student with experience interning for legal services groups committed to criminal justice reform and reentry support. Any errors or omissions are her own and not reflections of the law on this topic. She has never been, and is not employed by Root & Rebound.

There’s a fair chance unless you’ve been through it yourself or supported someone through the process, you don’t know how truly difficult it is to reenter society after incarceration. TV and movies like “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Oz” attempt to help you understand, but no amount of media can prepare you for the reality of trying to open a bank account, get a job, manage your overdue court debts or child support, or even get a cell phone with the stigma and isolation that mass incarceration produces. For most people coming out of prison and jail, all they’re looking for is a second chance and real opportunity to do better.

It’s an immense issue: At any one time, nearly 6.9 million people nationally are on probation, in jail, in prison, or on parole. Each year, more than 600,000 individuals are released from state and federal prisons. Another 10 million cycle through local jails across the country. More than two-thirds of prisoners are rearrested within 3 years of their release and half are re-incarcerated. All of this leaves 1 in 3 people today with a criminal record.

At the center of its work, Root & Rebound has developed and circulates a comprehensive guide, called the “Roadmap to Reentry” to help people navigate everything from basic needs post-release including food and cell phones, to formerly incarcerated people’s legal rights regarding employment, housing, and education.

Root & Rebound is part of a recent wave of nonprofits, political leaders, and businesses all coming together across the U.S. to reverse the trends of mass incarceration and championing the fight for currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. Through education, trainings, a reentry legal hotline (the first of its kind in the U.S.) and prison letter writing service, this Oakland-based organization helps their clients across California maneuver a convoluted system of hurdles and legal jargon barring them from even the simplest needs.

There’s no shortage of frustrations for a person who doesn’t know where to go or who to ask. Halfway houses are expensive and often mandatory. Parole officers often impose their own rules and conditions on you, far beyond what the law mandates. You might not be able to come back home to your county and live with your family. You likely are mandated to pay criminal justice court-related fees, asking overwhelmingly poor defendants to pay restitution, administration fees for operating the courts, DAs offices, Public Defenders’ offices, and parole and probation supervision, and penalty fines and fees as further punishment. You might not even be able to leave the state you were incarcerated in once you are released under supervision, even if it’s hundreds of miles from anyone you know. You can lose the right to vote, sit on a jury, and participate in the political process that directly impacts your life.

Society has set up a mindset about formerly incarcerated people: that they’ve proved themselves unworthy of a fresh start at life. Root & Rebound is taking the steps to change that perspective and doomed path that leads right back to prison, homelessness, joblessness, and intergenerational poverty, and instead, help lead people back to their place in the sun. To date, this nonprofit has served more than 16,000 people through its programs. That number is ever rising.

For more information, you can check out their website, or follow them on Twitter, Facebook,, and Instagram.

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June 14, 2016

We all have that person who inspires us to our core.

While 2016 has been a seriously shitty year for losing our favorites- R.I.P Prince, Bowie, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, and so many more- all of these lives have touched ours in some way. TDW talks about who’s going to be sad to lose, death in your family vs. death in the celebrity world, and exactly how much we do just for the media.

Show Notes:

Oh, the people we’ve lost and the people we’re afraid to lose- Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael J. Fox, Ellen. Is death in your family very different from death in the celebrity world? Dom shares a story of the man who affected him most in this life.

TDW talks about the phenomenon of taking selfies at funerals, and how people genuinely seem to be doing things just for the media. New videos are emerging of Muhammad Ali speaking his mind. Elon Musk thinks there’s a one in a billion chance we’re in a simulated reality.

What a time to be alive. (No pun intended)

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