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A weekly conversation with Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill

A weekly conversation with Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill


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A weekly conversation with Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill






“Constant conflict between narrow interests.”

Literally 30 seconds after we stopped taping last week's episode, Shannon was like, "I HAVE MORE THOUGHTS." So we're using last week as a jumping-off point, and continuing forward. THERE MAY BE A THIRD WEEK. The Ezra Klein piece we talk about in this episode, which you should 100% read, is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/13/opinion/stimulus-unemployment-republicans-poverty.html And our friend Whitney Fishburn's 'docu-mental' newsletter, which you should 100% subscribe to, is here (the...


“Our dreams generally don’t involve corporations.”

We read an amazing essay this week, and we wanted to talk with you about it. Here's the link for that ... please read it, and let us know your thoughts: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/05/post-pandemic-dont-want-to-reenter-society/619045/


“A radical personal transformation.”

Oh my gosh ... we finished 2020101! You should go spend some time with the songs and stories at 2020101.net; it's rewarding. And if you have a story of your own to contribute, send it along to Jamie.


“Don’t get a bucket; fix the roof.”

It's fundraiser week! So this is a legitimately brief episode; if you want to hear more of us talking, please join us for our fundraiser telethon broadcasts, every night through Thursday, May 27, at facebook.com/shannonkcurtis. We're on from 7-8pm Pacific Time each night. We're raising money to help our dear friend Michelle pay for her cancer treatments, and we're putting on a variety show each night to help make it happen — live music performances, Jamie-Oke, general silliness ... it's a...


“Cheerfully firing on 5 cylinders.”

We've just started our yearly fundraiser. This year we're donating 100% of the proceeds to our dear friend Michelle, who's about to start a terrifyingly expensive treatment for an incurable cancer, in hopes of prolonging her life long enough that they find a long-term treatment for multiple myeloma. Please contribute generously, at misfitstars.com/fundraiser. Also, we talk about Song 10 from 2020101! Also, when the numerator is larger than the denominator, it's called an improper fraction.


“Just a series of loathsome SOBs.”

It wasn't just a pandemic that we had to deal with last year ... there was also the small matter of an all-stakes election. No pressure! A lot of people found their political voice last year, or got involved in unprecedented ways. We both certainly did. Shannon's new song is about all this ... we'll talk about how that all looked for us, and what it will look like going forward.


“What’s currently bleeding out?”

Can we be frank with you? We're burned out. It's been a long year, and we're still sprinting. Also, we are for sure not unique in this! So we thought we'd talk about it.


“Time to flood this place with light.”

We're talking about racial justice again. In our defense, this time we have a whole new song about it! Plus a digression on a conservative economic argument for taxing the shit out of corporations and the wealthy, as extemporized by Jamie. Good times all around. 😇


“All tension, no release.”

A lot of us have been just barely hanging on for part or all of this last year. Shannon wrote an out-of-the-box song to talk about it. And, also: Cops, Part II — The Amends.


“The easy thing would be not to talk about the cops.”

Honestly. The last thing we're interested in doing on our podcast is talking about the damn cops. But they keep killing people. So we have to keep talking about them. Hopefully one day this will change.


“People always fall in love in apocalypse movies.”

We have YET ANOTHER new song for you! It's called Breaking Ground, and it's about falling in love, getting married, and having babies in a pandemic. How audacious and hopeful.


“The downside: trapped inside with your kids. The upside: trapped inside with your kids!”

Wow, can you believe we're already FIVE songs into 2020101? The newest song is called "These Four Walls," and it's about parenting in a pandemic. A deep topic for sure. If you have a story about what parenting has been like for you over this last year — the good as well as the difficult — please email it to us at jamie@misfitstars.com! We want your voice to be included in our project.


“All bullshit, no flowers.”

Today we're talking about song 4 from 2020101: "Digging That Hole." It's about a situation that all too many of us have had to deal with over the last year: someone in your life getting sucked in by propaganda or conspiracy theories. It's tough stuff. We'll listen to the song and talk it through! If you have a story to share with us about how someone in your life has fallen under the sway of propaganda or conspiracy theories, please consider writing it up and emailing it to us at...


“The majesty of the kazoo.”

Apropos of a Listener Question from Scott S., we spend some time in this episode talking about risk/reward, codependency, and listening to the little voice inside you. Plus digressions on vaccinations and the historical role of the Department of the Interior. Also, there's kazoo.


“Little acts of sustainability.”

The songs from 2020101 are coming fast and furious! The latest is called "Extraordinary People," and, despite being about 2020, it's a celebration – of the ways in which we've showed up for each other and ourselves in this time of crisis. The other fantastic thing that's happened this week is that the Senate has passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. There is so much legitimately great stuff in this bill, that will unequivocally help millions and millions of people who need it. We're...


“May their memories be blessings.”

Our rituals around death, loss, and grieving were turned on their end over this last year. Shannon talks about this in an intimate way in the second song from 2020101, "Through the Window" – and we talk through it at some greater length in this week's episode. If you have a story to share about your experience around death and grieving over this last year – or if you would like to share a remembrance, memorial, or eulogy for a departed loved one – please email it to Jamie at...


“Happy face? Are you doing a happy face?”

It's a lightning-round Misfit Stars podcast episode! But we manage to tackle a shocking number of topics – including a listener question from Amanda M. on how we maintain healthy space in our relationship.


“We’re on the precipice. Do you feel it?”

The 2020101 Project has begun! Song 1 is out in the world. It's called Precipice. It's about coming to grips with what the idea of “normal” meant in 2020. We hope you love it. If you have a story to share about how your normal was disrupted over this last year, please email it to Shannon at skc@shannoncurtis.net; we are continuing to collect and share people's stories of 2020 throughout this project.


“We’re moving house!”

Eep! We have big changes in store for our Misfit Stars community. Don't worry, though, it's nothing too scary. In fact, it's going to be amazing. Come have a listen and we'll tell you all about it.


“You can’t do a mohawk with curly hair.”

Misfit Star Scott S. recently posed us a fascinating Listener Question: What labels have we worn in the past, and why did we wear them? And what did they mean to us at the time? We spend this episode talking about the specific labels each of us has worn at various points in our lives, and also about the more abstract role of labels as totems – given, learned, earned, and aspirational – and how they define our sense and understanding of what it means to be a human, inhabiting this strange...