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"Things work out until they don't." Ain't life a bitch? Maybe we should celebrate it nonetheless. Friends With Deficits is a fun, honest, and sometimes brutal exploration into the human condition, often over drinks. Host Adam Sultan talks with old friends and friends-to-be who are dealing with unusual, rare, or strange predicaments that bring life into focus. After all, we're all gonna die--would you like that with a twist?

"Things work out until they don't." Ain't life a bitch? Maybe we should celebrate it nonetheless. Friends With Deficits is a fun, honest, and sometimes brutal exploration into the human condition, often over drinks. Host Adam Sultan talks with old friends and friends-to-be who are dealing with unusual, rare, or strange predicaments that bring life into focus. After all, we're all gonna die--would you like that with a twist?
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"Things work out until they don't." Ain't life a bitch? Maybe we should celebrate it nonetheless. Friends With Deficits is a fun, honest, and sometimes brutal exploration into the human condition, often over drinks. Host Adam Sultan talks with old friends and friends-to-be who are dealing with unusual, rare, or strange predicaments that bring life into focus. After all, we're all gonna die--would you like that with a twist?

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English


Episodes

A Rock & Roll Saga, Part 2- The Journey of Being Loud

4/16/2019
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The wild finale of a unique rock and roll saga. See part one here: https://tinyurl.com/y246k6ya The passionate live sound engineer “Negative Zero” recounts his life punctuated by sex, drugs, rock & roll, and other loud things that sometimes get in one’s way, and sometimes advance one’s career. Sign up for our newsletter: www.friendswithdeficitspodcast.com Support the podcast! www.patreon.com/friendswithdeficits

Duration:00:29:38

Negative Zero, Pt 1 - A Rock and Roll Saga

3/15/2019
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The passionate live sound engineer “Negative Zero” has lived a life punctuated by sex, drugs, rock & roll, and other loud things that sometimes get in one’s way, and sometimes advance one’s career. The first episode of this two-parter evokes his early life in 1970’s San Antonio and traverses the years working in discos, radio stations, and rock clubs while braving the changes in the music scene through the decades. Sign up for our newsletter: www.friendswithdeficitspodcast.com Support the...

Duration:00:42:01

Inside-out Girl: Jessica Ryan and Gastroschisis

2/16/2019
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Wedding and events planner Jessica Ryan hadn’t planned for the birth defect that gained her a strange nickname and a heck of a scar. Jessica bears these with good humor as she recounts the past and current challenges of having been born with gastroschisis. Google it—or just listen in (it’s not that gross)!

Duration:00:39:17

Jamie Rhodes and The MTHFR of Gene Mutations

1/21/2019
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Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase: a gene mutation with almost as many letters as health issues it causes. Artist Jamie Rhodes discusses her history and symptoms of MTHFR, as well as strategies for dealing with it—just short of living in a bubble.

Duration:00:37:13

Bodhi Prihoda, Part Two - Badges of Honor

12/18/2018
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Do you ever dream about a life of security? What about “maximum security”? In this second half of our two-part interview, Bodhi Prihoda recounts his 30-year journey through the prison system -- facing his fears, and finding his true self and freedom from a life of crime. Hear part one: https://bit.ly/2Br7Uv7 Sign up for our newsletter: www.friendswithdeficitspodcast.com Support the podcast! www.patreon.com/friendswithdeficits

Duration:00:36:42

Bodhi Prihoda, Part One: From the Den of Thieves

11/29/2018
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Do you ever dream about a life of security? What about “maximum security”? In this dangerous and poignant two-part episode, Bodhi Prihoda recounts his 30-year journey--the dreams, nightmares, and true crime confessions--of waking up to life in and beyond the den of thieves. Sign up for our newsletter: www.friendswithdeficitspodcast.com Support the podcast! www.patreon.com/friendswithdeficits

Duration:00:41:44

"A Sea of Pink Circles" - Kathy McCarty and Face Blindness

11/5/2018
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In this episode, Austin music legend Kathy McCarty discusses how she came face to face with face blindness (prosopagnosia). How is this well-recognized singer-songwriter, musician and artist unable to recognize faces, even those closest to her? We talk about coping strategies, being the world’s best busboy, mean Southern women, South Park, and of course, music. Also featured is a sampling of Kathy’s musical career over the decades, including her influential Austin rock band Glass Eye, and...

Duration:00:35:51

Amanda Pollitt - Waking Up To Narcolepsy

10/8/2018
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Welcome to the Season Two premiere of Friends With Deficits! Dr. Amanda Pollitt discusses living with narcolepsy. We chat about dreams, drugs, and airplanes, as well as work/life balance, being a nap connoisseur, and sleep attacks. Amanda is a doctoral fellow at UT Austin, where she studies the health and well-being of LGBT people. This one’s definitely not a snoozer—though our guest may be! Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/friendswithdeficits Sign up for our newsletter and find...

Duration:00:34:21

SEASON 1 FINALE! Holly Lorka, gender dysphoria and top surgery

7/9/2018
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Holly Lorka doesn’t have a dick, and that for her is a deficit. Holly used to have a “nice pair of breasts”, which she also considered a burden. What happened, and why is it awesome? Holly is a contributor to a monthly lifestyle magazine in Oxford, England. She’s also a reverend available for weddings. She is the author of the upcoming book, “The Captain of Some Ridiculous Ship”. www.hollylorka.com Some topics and interesting phrases from our discussion: “Masculinizing a chest” “Black...

Duration:00:36:59

Tightly Wound - Shelby Hadden and Vaginismus

6/25/2018
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Shelby Hadden is a writer and documentary filmmaker. Her current animated film, Tightly Wound, explores her challenges living with vaginismus. In this episode, Shelby opens up about this painful pelvic floor condition: what it is, when it occurred, and how she’s dealt with it over the years. We also discuss behaviors and attitudes around sexuality, sexual health, and sex education. Friends With Deficits is supported by YOU. Find out more about sustaining the podcast at...

Duration:00:34:56

Special K - Spanked

5/18/2018
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From spanker to spanked…What happens when a person suffers a traumatic brain injury in a life-threatening freak accident? And how is his lifelong fetish affected? Our anonymous guest will discuss the details of his journey from being a fixture in the world of kink to the predicament of how to stay alive and relatively the same as before when the odds are stacked against you. In addition, D&S, BDSM, and other strange acronyms will be spelled out in even more detail at...

Duration:00:37:14

Spectra Stewart Pt. 2 - Super Sensitive

4/18/2018
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It's not easy being Spectra. Along with Hyperhidrosis (as you may recall from Part One), Spectra Stewart has to deal with being overly stimulated by taste, sound, and touch. In this episode, we'll discuss And more! Be sure to listen for the ever-popular Friends With Deficits After-Hours segment, and of course--fake commercials.

Duration:00:25:35

Spectra Stewart Pt. 1 - Super Sweat (Hyperhidrosis)

3/30/2018
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Spectra Stewart is a badass Texan who gives a new twist to an old saying: It’s not the heat, it’s the SWEAT. That is, when you’re dealing with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). She talks about the trials of slippery living, including the embarrassment, annoyance, and occasional benefit. But wait, there’s more! Turns out the conversation uncovered a couple more of Spectra’s interesting qualities, which we’ll cover in Part Two… For now, we discuss handshakes, doorknobs, deer feeder...

Duration:00:28:55

Feelin' Beat - John McCane and Vasculitus

2/28/2018
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John McCane is a multi-instrumentalist with a multi-faceted auto-immune disease known as Wegener’s Granulomatosis, a form of vasculitis (did I lose you yet?). In this episode of Friends With Deficits, John describes the fascinating, frightening, and sometimes just gross details of his symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, along with an intriguing possible cause. He also performs some rad, old-school beatboxing and a couple little instrumental compositions to round out the story.

Duration:00:33:23

Changes and Choices - Diane Hardin and MS

2/7/2018
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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. No fun. However, Diane Hardin is fun, and manages to cover the topic of her MS with humor and wisdom, without spilling her martini. We cover a wide range of material, from the causes and symptoms of MS, to Roseanne Cash, "blood patches," and Air Force training films. In other words, we jump around Diane's brain as if it were being rewired by lesions forming on it (wait, maybe it is...)

Duration:00:34:56

Livin' Large - Leila Henley and Gigantism

2/7/2018
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Leila Henley is a badass vocalist, saxophonist, and flute player. She really stands out in a crowd. Leila could've been an even taller presence if she hadn't had that pesky pituitary gland tumor removed. We chat about her bout with gigantism, and traverse some of her life story from Alabama to New Orleans, into the heart of Texas (where everything is bigger, after all). EXTRA!--This episode has a commercial, but it's not selling anything but a pretend product Leila made up on the spot. She...

Duration:00:41:52

The Eye Opener - Jeff Hoskins and Stargardt disease

2/7/2018
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Stargardt macular degeneration is a genetic eye disease that affects about 1 in 8 to 10 thousand people. Jeff Hoskins is a sound engineer, drummer, and a decreasingly avid cyclist who has Stargardt's. We chat about his condition; its origins, symptoms, and challenges. We also try to make a fancy cocktail called the Eye Opener from an old mixology manual that Jeff gave me. He helps me record this episode, and I help him sew. Plus--drum solo!

Duration:00:35:32

Intro - "Things work out until they don't"

1/13/2018
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Welcome to Friends With Deficits - a podcast about health, humor, and the challenges of being a human. We’re all gonna die—would you like that with a twist? Join host Adam Sultan as he chats with friends old and new who have been served up rare, unusual, and sometimes just crazy predicaments. MS, Huntington's Disease, traumatic brain injury, gigantism, excessive sweat--the list goes on, but so does life. Listen to Friends With Deficits and learn how folks are dealing with it. Enjoy what...

Duration:00:02:59