Podcast Review: Out Here In America

The first thing that grabs you about this show is it’s theme tune. It has to be amongst the most beautiful pieces of original music I have heard in a podcast. It’s sublime. And it reminds me ever so slightly of the theme to Joss Whedon’s Firefly… Which may explain why I like it so much.

Hosted by Sun Herald reporter Justin Mitchell, from the Deep South.. Each episode of Out Here In America features the stories of people discussing their LGBTQ experience in a state that recently introduced a bill which flies in the face of equal marriage – which effectively means you can legally deny rights and services to people whose lifestyle you disagree with.

The first episode had me in tears. A very frank conversation with a survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida, which was heartbreaking to listen to.  Not all the stories are as dramatic or indeed violent as this first one, but the stories are real and honest accounts of people and their struggles as they live their life.

For me what I love about this show is that for every shocking story you hear about somebody’s experience or the way they’ve been treated, there’s an equally powerful positive story about the unexpected way about how the community or family member came together to support them.

From a production point of view, it’s well crafted, and the stories of the guests have all had me fully engaged and at 20 minutes it’s a perfect amount of listening.

You can listen for yourself here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/out-here-in-america/id1244136129?mt=2 

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