All the Newsletter We Can Handle
Interviews, Commentary, Culture & Current Events
with co-hosts Wendy Sheridan and Robin Renée
Happy New Year! The Season of FREEDOM
Happy 2022 to you! Season 1 for the year is about to begin and this time we will be exploring one of our most fundamental concepts and aspirations: FREEDOM.
Here are some of the questions we’ll be asking as we interview our guests and talk amongst ourselves: What does the word “freedom” evoke for you? What are your insights into freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of (or freedom from) religion, bodily and sexual freedom, or freedom from oppression? Has the concept of freedom been co-opted by conservatives and if so, how do we reclaim our place in the conversation? What is meant by “freedom” as it shows up as core to American identity?
Episode 115 drops on Wednesday, January 12th. The guest will be former drug and alcohol counselor Brian Loebig, who will share his thoughts on helping to facilitate freedom from addiction and criminal thinking. Listen to the show and connect with us on social media @leftscape. We appreciate YOUR contribution to the ongoing conversation.
— Wendy and Robin
Pedro Serrano on Being the Stranger (Episode 114)
Pedro Serrano was born in Newark, NJ and grew up in the Columbus Homes Housing Projects. His childhood memories include “riots, cockroaches big enough to ride to school, and cherry blossoms in the spring.” He is a spoken word artist, was the producer and host of Generation Q, a gay community affairs program on WRSU 88.7 FM, and is a longtime member of the NJ punk rock scene. In this last featured interview in this season’s Acceptance series, Pedro talks about the importance of calling out dogma on the left and his experiences of bridging communities and being “the stranger” among skinheads. LISTEN=>
Christiana Gaudet: The Wheel Turns (Episode 111 Redux)
Tarot Grandmaster Christiana Gaudet has some wonderfully insightful things to say about wisdom we can draw from The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, and the Death/Rebirth cards. Check out the whole episode and show notes at The Four Cards of Acceptance (Episode 111). LISTEN=>
’89 the Brainchild: An Artists’ Life (Episode 106 Redux)
Rap performer and entertainer ’89 the Brainchild talks about his music — which has been called a mix of hip hop, house, techno, and nu-disco — and shares his thoughts on acceptance and self-acceptance in the music industry. Check out the whole episode and show notes at Meet ’89 the Brainchild (Episode 106). LISTEN=>
What did we do over winter vacation? Well, Wendy has been practicing self-care by knitting and staying home to avoid people who may carry COVID-19. And her granddog Lily (of our Lily’s Stick of the Month Club faux commercial fame), just got a brand new doggie raincoat!
Fun With Music
Robin has been acquiring home studio equipment, researching sound libraries for future recordings, and generally having fun with music. Robin’s cousin gave the old, unplayable piano a makeover and a new life as a “piano bar”! There’s just a bit of sanding and staining left to do.
For our January edition of We Should Be Recording This, we will take a deeper dive into the topic of FREEDOM to further introduce the theme for the season. Wendy goes much more into The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow, which she talks about in Why Is This Awesome? on Episode 115. The book features some very thought-provoking assertions about essential freedoms.