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A liberal arts degree guarantees you nothing, besides a sense of entitlement and the nerve to think that you could somehow start a critically acclaimed podcast. Enter Why Here, a show independently produced and hosted by Tristan McAllister and Benton Whitley, two millennials and constant over thinkers who have spent their adult lives learning how little they actually know about the world around them. What manifests is a narrative as much about origin as it is about finding a destination. Through cultural commentary and interviews with friends and strangers the two uncover the complicated and inspiring stories that led us all here.

A liberal arts degree guarantees you nothing, besides a sense of entitlement and the nerve to think that you could somehow start a critically acclaimed podcast. Enter Why Here, a show independently produced and hosted by Tristan McAllister and Benton Whitley, two millennials and constant over thinkers who have spent their adult lives learning how little they actually know about the world around them. What manifests is a narrative as much about origin as it is about finding a destination. Through cultural commentary and interviews with friends and strangers the two uncover the complicated and inspiring stories that led us all here.

Location:

United States

Description:

A liberal arts degree guarantees you nothing, besides a sense of entitlement and the nerve to think that you could somehow start a critically acclaimed podcast. Enter Why Here, a show independently produced and hosted by Tristan McAllister and Benton Whitley, two millennials and constant over thinkers who have spent their adult lives learning how little they actually know about the world around them. What manifests is a narrative as much about origin as it is about finding a destination. Through cultural commentary and interviews with friends and strangers the two uncover the complicated and inspiring stories that led us all here.

Language:

English

Contact:

503806947


Episodes

Episode 2.24 - Is Scissoring A Thing (Daryn Carp & Liz Culley)

7/9/2021
There is a question that has baffled scientists and scholars since the dawn of time: Is Scissoring A Thing? Well, finally the world has bonafide experts to answer it. Enter Daryn Carp and Liz Culley, the hosts of Scissoring Isn’t A thing, one of 2020’s breakout podcasts. On the season two finale of Why Here, the two join us to talk about scissoring, help us shed light on the technical term “baby dyke” and answer another huge question: can the gays and the lesbians really be friends? If this...

Duration:00:53:52

Episode 2.23 - Regarding Kindness (Colman Domingo)

6/25/2021
Actor, writer and director Colman Domingo has received a GLAAD Award, has starred in some of the most profound films in recent years (If Beale Street Could Talk, Lincoln, Selma, Birth of a Nation) and has played a role alongside Zendaya in HBO’s critically acclaimed Euphoria. On this week’s episode of Why Here, Colman joins us to talk about his passion for telling important stories, his take on kindness, his gardening obsession and he shares what #PRIDE means to him. In short, we’re hooked....

Duration:01:01:23

Episode 2.22 - The Queering of Deep Space (Wilson Cruz)

6/18/2021
It easy to have an extreme crush on Wilson Cruz. Not only is he smart, thoughtful and a shining example of queer pride, he is one of the Grand Marshalls of NYC Pride this year. They’re big shoes to fill, but he takes it all in stride, as he does his role as Dr. Hugh Culber on Paramount+’s Star Trek: Discovery. On this week’s episode of Why Here, Wilson shares his take on queer representation in outer space (and on American TV since the 90s) and he explains what it was like being a young...

Duration:00:59:57

Episode 2.21 - The Ultimate Judy Show (Rufus Wainwright)

6/4/2021
In celebration of Pride month it’d be hard to find a campier, more brilliant light than THE Rufus Wainwright. The legendary queer performer and creator joins Why Here hosts Benton and Tristan to talk Pride, Lil Nas X’, Judy Garland (who he’s once again channeling for an upcoming show ) and he even sings a children’s song for us.

Duration:01:03:42

Episode 2.20 - The Queen of Queer Media (Diane Anderson-Minshall)

5/28/2021
When Diane Anderson-Minshall began her career as a journalist in small-town Idaho she had to plead with someone to hire her. Now she's literally at the top of the LGBTQIA publishing world. The queer, Indigenous journalist, editor, author and activist, who has received numerous awards for her work, now helms Pride Media Inc. and is the editorial director of its titles, which include The Advocate and Out magazines. On this week's episode of Why Here, she shares the stories behind the Pride...

Duration:00:54:05

Episode 2.19 - More Than Two Silhouettes On a Bathroom Door (Kat Cunning)

5/21/2021
Life as a quadruple threat is a challenge, but Kat Cunning takes it all in stride. The actor, dancer, vocalist and musician has already graced TV screens (on HBO's The Deuce), concert halls, Broadway stages and many of our playlists (and you may not even know it!). On this week's episode of Why Here, hosts Benton and Tristan go deep with Kat and learn that a three-year-old can actually know exactly what they want to be, how a father's love can mean letting his child leave home at 14 to...

Duration:01:00:53

Episode 2.18 - It's Easy Being Green (Eden Espinosa)

5/14/2021
Eden Espinosa may have gotten her start singing nearly every Disney princess ballad for Disneyland park-goers, but that was just the beginning. She's now one of the best-known contemporary stage actresses in the world and has had lead roles in iconic shows including RENT and Wicked. On this week's episode of Why Here, hosts Benton and Tristan chat with Eden about her humble Orange County beginnings, her political and social activism, her Mexican American heritage and the admittedly comical...

Duration:01:05:52

Episode 2.17 - SPECIAL: The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift (Sian-Pierre Regis & Rebecca Danigelis)

5/7/2021
Imagine: You're living your life in New York City, then mom moves in — with you and your partner. Director Sian-Pierre Regis doesn't have to imagine. His film "Duty Free" is a sort of love letter to his mother Rebecca Danigelis, who, at the age of 75, was fired and evicted. With nowhere to go, she was left to rely on Sian-Pierre to help her find more work. What she instead found was a chance to write (and complete) her bucket list and live a life she had always dreamed of, with her son by...

Duration:01:17:43

Episode 2.16 - U Can Call Me Sis (Sis)

4/30/2021
The past year has introduced the world to many folx who’ve helped us understand what our blind spots might be. One of them is Sis, an actor, activist and sister to many who’ve felt left out of crucial conversations about race, identity and gender. On this week’s episode of Why Here, she talks to hosts Benton and Tristan about growing up in Texas, how she helped call out the entertainment industry and the ultimate way to get back at a misbehaving roommate (don't worry, they've long since made...

Duration:01:06:03

Episode 2.15 - Goodbye Stranger (Tristan McAllister)

4/23/2021
Guests on Why Here often get asked what their secrets are are. WELL, the tables have turned. On this week's episode, Tristan McAllister turns the mic on himself and lets co-host Benton Whitley embarrass him on the eve of his birthday. Tristan talks about growing up in Alaska, his big gay wedding (and divorce), a chance run-in with Clay Aiken that changed the course of his life and first kisses. In truth, the only way the two stay honest is the addition of contributor Claudine Ko, who sits to...

Duration:01:03:43

Episode 2.14 - The LITERAL Reason We Laughed In 2020 (Casey Thomas Brown)

4/15/2021
Actor and writer Casey Thomas Brown (@shartyparty69) was a big part of our Instagram feeds all through quarantine. From Her Majesty The Queen to Fiona Apple and many more, his comical impressions of well-known people, and those he's conjured up, helped us find humor in a dark time. But he's so much more than an internet meme Queen. He's also a series regular on @Netflix's wildly funny The Kominsky Method and has appeared in various other films and TV shows, including Tell Me a Story,...

Duration:01:00:57

Episode 2.13 - It's Not A Sin (Luke Ray Kelly)

3/19/2021
If you think coming out to your parents is tough, try telling them you have HIV. Even harder, try telling the world. For a decade 31-year-old Luke Ray Kelly kept his HIV diagnosis a secret, only sharing it with loved ones and sexual partners. Then he saw the hit HBOMax show It's A Sin and he realized that by keeping his secret he was complicit in creating the very shame that has stifled a critical and life-saving conversation about HIV and AIDS. On this week’s episode of Why Here, Luke joins...

Duration:01:06:41

Episode 2.12 - Core Kylie (yes, Minogue) & Fax Machine Diplomacy (Jeremy Heimans)

3/12/2021
What were you doing at the tender age of eight? While most of us were busying ourselves with My Little Pony and Lego sets, Australian-born Jeremy Heimans was focused on things a bit headier. His childhood obsessions were nuclear non-proliferation and global poverty. He even tried to stop Desert Storm (with a fax machine). Nowadays he's a globally known activist and movement builder, whose work has literally touched all of your lives. On this week's episode of Why Here, Jeremy sits down with...

Duration:00:59:53

Episode 2.11 - So Much More Than a House (Robert Hartwell)

2/17/2021
Robert Hartwell has our hearts. Truly. After conquering Broadway in his twenties, with leading roles in multiple shows, he turned his attention to arts education. Now, as the founder and CEO of The Broadway Collective, he works tirelessly to help aspiring performers find their voice (and their footing) on stage with workshops online and across the U.S. This week he sits down with Why Here hosts Tristan McAllister and Benton Whitley to talk about Black excellence, a home purchase that went...

Duration:01:08:01

Episode 2.10 - Been There, Done That (Sandra Caldwell)

2/12/2021
In 2017 Sandra Caldwell had a reckoning with herself — she could keep living as she had or she could make an admission that would shake the entertainment world. She chose the latter, and gave the interview of a generation to The New York Times, revealing that she had been living and successfully working as a cisgender actress for decades, all the while being transgender. The TV, film and stage star, who was featured in the landmark Netflix documentary about trans erasure and invisibility...

Duration:01:06:59

Episode 2.9 - Slipping Into Mom’s DMs (Sian-Pierre Regis & Rebecca Danigelis)

12/18/2020
Can you imagine jumping out of an airplane with your nearly 80-year-old mother? Sian-Pierre Regis can. It was actually his mother Rebecca Danigelis’ idea. She had a few more too, all of which went on the bucket list that Sian-Pierre asked her to make after she was fired from her job and forced out of the apartment she had lived in for nearly four decades. She was devastated. He saw a chance to give her all the things she always dreamed of. The two set out on a journey to discover the world...

Duration:01:17:17

Episode 2.8 - You'll Never Hear The Music Man The Same Way Again (Joel Kim Booster)

12/4/2020
Can you imagine getting up in front of thousands of people to talk about your conservative religious upbringing AND your sexual exploits? Joel Kim Booster can. His humor is unapologetic, honest and intriguing. On this week's episode of Why Here, the Korean-American comedian and writer shares how he tactfully navigates conversations about race and sexuality with humor ... and what his "first time" sounded like. It's a conversation that proves why James Corden, Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central...

Duration:01:04:57

Episode 2.7 - Turkeys Can't Fly Off Shelves, Can They? (Dan Pelosi)

11/25/2020
It's Thanksgiving, that weird holiday that definitely needs a major rewrite. This year's a bit of a wash, but maybe it's a chance to start a new tradition or a new story, especially if you're not sitting at the table where you thought you'd be. To help, Why Here's very own home chef, stuffing expert and food & lifestyle contributor Dan Pelosi joins hosts Benton Whitley and Tristan McAllister to talk turkey, tradition and gratitude.

Duration:00:30:21

Episode 2.6 - Four Months in a Hotel Room (Charlie Carver)

11/20/2020
There are a lot of adoring fans who'd love to know what London hotel Charlie Carver has been holed up in for nearly four months, in quarantine for his role in the latest Batman feature. Well, that's a secret he won't share, much like any of the details around the role that he and his twin brother Max have in Gotham. But he does share so many other things with hosts Benton Whitley and Tristan McAllister on this week's episode of Why Here. It's been a big year for Charlie, the openly gay actor...

Duration:01:18:03

Episode 2.5 - The Tea ... On So Many Things (Wana Udobang)

11/13/2020
Stories are some of the most powerful tools we have to shape our world. Native Nigerian Wana Udobang tells them on many different canvases. She's a journalist, a poet, an artist and a political activist whose work has been featured on the BBC, CNN and other renowned outlets. Her three spoken word albums focus on the themes of body, self-love, sexual agency, sensuality, female injustice and marginalization. On this week's episode of Why Here, she joins hosts Benton Whitley and Tristan...

Duration:00:54:17