I have to admit that when I first heard about Last Day, I thought "good, this is a needed area of exploration but I'm not listening." Why? Because I thought the podcast would be too dark and depressing to listen to. Spoiler: it's not.
And thanks to Podcast Brunch Club for having one of Last Day's episodes as part of their listening list earlier this year. It pushed me out of this incorrect assumption. I loved this episode and subscribed immediately, slightly kicking myself for not even previewing it before then. The Host was vulnerable, honest and funny. How that's even possible when the podcast revolves around the painful rehashing of her brother's death via an opioid overdose I am unsure, but it makes me raise a glass to her strength and wisdom. Her and her Producer, who also lost her brother the same way.
Now that I am done listening to season 1, I can say that each episode has it's own unique simultaneous punch and hug. They are hard episodes to listen to, I can not lie, but they are well worth it. Like one of the specialists says in an episode number I will not remember, addictions are part of being human. Ouch. It would be easier to blame you know who about you know what and end the season with anger but they instead leaned into nuance and openness. I respect that so much.