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Why don’t more bars serve beer in pitchers? How do you pick a song for karaoke? What does the word “home” mean to you? Those questions range from silly to serious, but if you’ve ever pondered the answers to all three in a single day, you’re not alone. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, crack a 40, or anything in between, and join the gang here at It’s Pretty OK as we attempt to answer these questions and many more. We promise it won’t be boring.
 
Growing up, I was taught to say that I was “ok” when I really wasn’t. Mental health just wasn’t something that anyone in my family or community talked about or even had access to. Yet pretty much everyone was affected by it. Today, young people of color are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and are not getting the resources they need, and I want to change that. And this is why this podcast exists. Yeah No, I’m Not Ok, my new podcast made in collaboration with LAist Studios, ...
 
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This week, the gang returns to discuss the way that certain parts of the restaurant experience — namely, the parts that have to do with choosing and ordering your food — have changed in the last year. Are QR-code menus contributing to the destruction of human interaction? Is any of this going to change back? And is Sean really going to rag on his d…
 
This week, the gang talks about the proliferation of hip hotels that cater to a younger crowd. How are they different from traditional stalwart hotel chains, and does that say anything about a shift in travel priorities? MUSIC: “Black and White” - The dB’s ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: “I’ve got tequila on my foot”: It’s last call for Whitlow’s in Clarendon…
 
This week, the gang takes up an incredibly important topic: What’s the difference between something like avocado toast and an open-faced sandwich? Is it the dumbest podcast we’ve ever done? Probably! But also maybe not. You’ll have to listen and determine for yourself. MUSIC: “Cheeseburger in Paradise” - Jimmy Buffett ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: Reporter …
 
This week, the gang (minus Sean’s appendix!) gets together to talk about Uber/Lyft, Airbnb and food delivery companies pivoting to profitability. What is the “millennial lifestyle subsidy,” and should anyone actually be surprised by it? MUSIC: “Maybe Your Baby” - Stevie Wonder ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: Farewell, Millennial Lifestyle Subsidy (The New Yor…
 
This week, Kevin, Pierce and Sean are talking about a Sports Illustrated exposé on pitchers using foreign substances to doctor the ball and get a better grip. What are the parallels to the steroid era? And why does MLB keep stepping on rakes it could easily just pick up? MUSIC “Divorce Song” - Liz Phair ADDITIONAL MATERIAL “This Should Be the Bigge…
 
This week, the gang talks about “lifetime sports,” the kind of activities that you can do even after your athletic prime has passed. Why do some of them seem to be so expensive, and are there more easily accessible options? Also, Pierce apologizes as usual — only this may be the most off-the-rails apology yet. MUSIC: “Welcome to Earth” / “Bad Feeli…
 
This week, Kevin brings an article from The Atlantic on MasterClass, the “educational” phenomenon that allows you to buy access to video tutorials from luminaries like Aaron Sorkin and Stephen Curry. Who is the target audience, and is this a good idea at all? MUSIC: “Generic Song About You” - Disheveled Cuss ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: What Is MasterClass…
 
Diane plays some of the messages we’ve received from listeners. If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). You can find a list of additional resources at SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources For more resources on addiction or to get help, please visit: https://www.s…
 
This week, the gang talks about good old-fashioned home drinking — or maybe more accurately, Old Fashioned home drinking. They explore how cocktails carry a special brand of nostalgia that beer and wine may not be able to match, and Sean and Pierce reminisce fondly on one specific night at one specific bar in DC. MUSIC: “Two Characters in Search of…
 
Talking with psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, author of Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear. For more resources on addiction or to get help, please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline. More mental health support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/ Subscribe to our n…
 
This week, the gang is talking about the things that make a backyard into a luxurious paradise. Are you a hot tub guy? Maybe you’re the king of the grill/smoker. Or maybe you just want to kick back and watch some TV while getting some fresh air. There’s something for everyone! MUSIC: “The Lemon Song” - Led Zeppelin…
 
Cristela Alonzo talks about getting a show, losing a show, getting help and moving forward. More mental health support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/ Additional Information on depression and anxiety can be found here: https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression For more resources on add…
 
This week, the gang is talking about sports gambling now that sportsbooks are open for business in Virginia. Why is it probably a good idea to decouple sports betting from casinos? And how does ESPN’s Marvel-themed NBA broadcast from a few days ago factor into things? MUSIC: “Lake Erie” - Wild PinkDi It's Pretty OK
 
Jermaine Fowler (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Coming 2 America”) talks about how his curiosity is his superpower. More mental health support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/ Additional Information on depression and anxiety can be found here: https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Depression …
 
This week, Max is out, so it’s time for a SPORTS PODCAST! The gang looks back at the many changes that sports leagues made over the last year to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and tries to figure out if any of them are good things that should stick around — or if they were all just cynical money grabs to make sure TV contracts were fulfilled. M…
 
The actor and comedian on developing his uniquely dark style of comedy and how standup has helped him develop a healthy outlook on life. More mental health support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/1 If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the United States at 1-800-273-8255 (…
 
The Black Lives Matter International Ambassador on the power of trusting that you are doing the thing that's right over doing the thing that’s popular. More mental health support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/ Additional Information on depression and anxiety can be found here: https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/M…
 
René Pérez Joglar AKA Residente tells Diane how he stays centered and creative during even the hardest of times. For more resources on addiction or to get help, please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline. More support (via text) can be found at: https://www.crisistextline.org/ Additional Information on depression and anxiety…
 
This week, Sean had a bowl of cereal for lunch thanks to Sports? with Katie Nolan’s cereal bracket episode, so the gang talks about what cereals make them nostalgic for a bygone era, what cereals they still buy now, and why Max thinks he likes Grape-Nuts but may really only like the shocking number of spoonfuls of sugar he used to top them with. MU…
 
Demi is revisiting her nearly fatal overdose in a new documentary, Dancing With The Devil, telling the story on her own terms. She tells us what gets her up in the morning and explains the importance of self-care and how it might also help you. For more resources on addiction or to get help, please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-h…
 
This week, an article about formal dining room tables has the gang talking about how what was once considered to be a sacred evening ritual for families has changed. Shocker: It doesn’t necessarily have all that much to do with furniture. MUSIC: “With News from Heaven” - William Tyler ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: What is the dining table really for? (Vox)…
 
Diane and Eric talk about therapy, meditation and making sure that you put your mental health first. For more on Transcendental Meditation, visit: www.tm.org More information on Dr. John Sarno’s book “Healing Back Pain” here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/144873.Healing_Back_Pain If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicid…
 
Dascha and Diane talk about what it meant to come up together as actors and Latinx artists. They also discuss their personal experiences with body image and what it means to continuously choose to embrace what is uniquely yours. For more information and support for eating disorders, please visit: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support…
 
Karla shot to fame when she wrote an essay about being an undocumented student at Harvard. But instead of book deals, she looked for more meaning in writing and exploring her identity. Along the way, she learned more about herself and tells Diane how the correct diagnoses, therapy, strict personal boundaries, and self-acceptance have all changed he…
 
Since we were all deprived of an NCAA Tournament last year, the gang is doubling up on the brackets this year. In the first installment of a two-part episode, they start to break down which state has produced the best basketball players. MUSIC: “Leave the Door Open” - Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)…
 
Who is Diane Guerrero and why is she talking about mental health? In this episode, we learn more about Diane’s personal experience and her commitment to making mental health a priority in communities nationwide, especially communities of color. Then for the very first time, Diane sits down with her big brother Eddie to have an honest conversation a…
 
This week, the gang talks about the announcement (via video explosion) that Daft Punk is splitting up after nearly 30 years together. Did you really think we WEREN’T going to use a Daft Punk song as our music this week? MUSIC: “Digital Love” - Daft Punk ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of H…
 
This week, a discovery that Sean’s stereo speakers are actually older than he is sparks a conversation about reliability, incentives, and the way that global manufacturing has changed. How did we get from “built to last” to “the internet of things,” and how do heirloom companies like Thomas Moser and Patek Philippe figure into the equation? MUSIC: …
 
Introducing Yeah No, I'm Not Ok – A new podcast from LAist Studios and Diane Guerrero about mental health, healing, and the conversations we should all be having about addiction, depression, anxiety, suicide, radical self love, and much more. This program is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation fun…
 
This week, with Max on the road, the gang borrows (co-opts? steals?) a prompt from one of Sean’s group texts and debates the ultimate starting 5 from the Tony Bennett era of Virginia basketball. That’s right, it’s a sportsball one. MUSIC: “Nice Guys” - Beach Bunny ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: Samer Recognized A Fart Online (Defector)…
 
This week, the gang is talking about one of its favorite pastimes: beer. How has your alcohol consumption changed over the last year? And how would it change if you could get free Coors Light (or a similarly cheap beer) for life? MUSIC: “Beer” - Reel Big Fish ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: Blame Game EP by Beach Bunny (Bandcamp)…
 
This week, the gang is all together again, and they’re talking about animated movies and TV shows. Believe it or not, they’re not just for kids anymore — although maybe they never were in the first place? And does that justify Pierce’s attempt to watching nothing but animation for the entire month of January? It probably doesn’t. MUSIC: “Louie Loui…
 
This week, Max’s yuppy-tacular shopping trip sparks a conversation about modern brands like Allbirds and Warby Parker that have expanded from online-only businesses into brick-and-mortar retail. What are these brands selling you (apart from shoes and glasses, obviously), and how is it different from what, say, L.L. Bean is selling you? MUSIC: “Heat…
 
This week, Pierce talks to Sean and Kevin about a New Yorker article on the rise of Substack, the email newsletter platform that has become one of the preferred homes for writers jumping ship from existing media properties. They discuss what makes a newsletter an enticing proposition for a reader, who is using these platforms to publish content, an…
 
NOTE: We recorded this episode before the rioting in D.C. on Wednesday. This week, the gang talks about movies. Well, not just movies, but also the movies. How is stuff like Warner releasing all of its 2021 movies to HBO Max going to affect the world of cinema? And do you even want to go back to a movie theater when it’s safer? MUSIC: “Romance” - W…
 
This week, a blog post about how Japanese people keep fit simply by walking sparks a conversation about how we choose where we live and how the way cities are laid out influences that decision. MUSIC: “My Iron Lung” - Radiohead ADDITIONAL MATERIAL I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing (The New York Times) Lego Version of Hokusai’s Iconi…
 
When the Max is away, the sports fans will play, and this week, Pierce, Kevin and Sean discuss the reaction to ESPN.com’s pre-NBA Draft profile of top overall pick Anthony Edwards, in which the former Georgia star said that he’s “still not really into” basketball and would ditch the sport to play football if the NFL came calling. MUSIC: “Living the…
 
This week, the gang is talking about when things are just plan bad…and when they’re maybe so bad that they’re actually kinda good? Nicolas Cage movies, Pitbull, The Room, the Fast and the Furious cinematic universe, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and the 2020 NFC East are all up for discussion. MUSIC: “Open Wound” - Bacchae…
 
This week, Pierce has a wild idea for a new local business, which gets the gang talking about the phenomenon of “shopping local” and “shopping small,” which, when you think about it…actually aren’t the phenomena, really. MUSIC: “Lifeline” - A.G. Cook ADDITIONAL MATERIAL Phone Tones (Twenty Thousand Hertz) Photos: Touring the Andouille Trail, with a…
 
This week, the gang wanted to talk about anything besides the election, so they watched the classic Simpsons episode “Marge vs. The Monorail” and the “classic” Family Guy episode “Da Boom” and talked about them. MUSIC: “Long as I Can See the Light” - Creedence Clearwater Revival ADDITIONAL MATERIAL: An Oral History of “Marge vs The Monorail”, the E…
 
This week, the gang is talking about our little travel rituals: the places you love to go when you go somewhere. Are they as narrow as “I always go to this coffeeshop when I’m on the road,” or can they be more expansive than that? Hell, do they even have to take place in the same destinations? MUSIC: “Mono No Aware” - Great Grandpa…
 
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