Sound Affects
(Episode 39)

Alexia NelsonIn this week’s featured interview, Fresno, CA music composition student Alexia Nelson talks with Robin Renée about living with autism. Alexia speaks candidly about difficulties with social cues, anxiety, sensory overload, and being misunderstood by neurotypical people. She also gives us a glimpse at her deep connection with music — favorites include Steely Dan, Devo, Mitski, and The Beach Boys. Listen in to learn about one young person’s joys and challenges, as well as some universal ways to be more understanding and kinder to people with autism.

Wendy Sheridan leads a news discussion that includes sadness about the passing of Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210, Riverdale, Jeremiah) and the hopefulness of a second person possibly considered cured of HIV. Also in the conversation are votes against the Trump “emergency,” bodily autonomy vs. “host bodies,” and the “Racism Exhibit A” moment in Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony.

Want some reasons to celebrate this week? There’s Pi Day (March 14th), St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th), National Awkward Moments Day (March 18th), and National Introverts Week (March 17th – 23rd). Mary McGinley surmises about why it’s Shakespeare Week and Robin shares a bit about Bisexual Health Awareness Month. Birthday shouts go to Albert Einstein, Simone Biles, will.i.am, Bily Corgan, Queen Latifah, and YouTube star ASMR Zeitgeist.

In the Why is This Awesome? segment, Wendy celebrates the birthday of her mother, Paula Schwartz aka prolific novelist Elizabeth Mansfield. She wrote plays and musicals, and had a deep appreciation for Jane Austen. Wendy announces her upcoming project to adapt one of her mom’s musicals into a very different medium.

Things to do:

Explore information from the Autism Acceptance Month website, recommended by Alexia Nelson:

Read books by Elizabeth Mansfield.

Learn about Bisexual Health Awareness Month.

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