The Lighter Side with Jay

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Best Episodes of The Lighter Side

This is from a year ago. It was a talk with Helen, an MTA worker in NYC whose superiors at the time didn't think masks were necessary. A year ago this was INSANE to me. That anyone would deny anyone a MASK or act as though a MASK was controvers
A year has passed since the show became daily. Here is the first episode of that run. Both Stacy and Nicole are doing well a year later. Support the show (
My stirring conversation with Shauntelle, who has gone on to become the first Black Trans Executive Director of a Recovery Home in Virginia.  She has also launched a podcast dealing with the topic of inclusion in recovery, which you can check o
In honor of Transgender Visibility Day,  a replay of my deep-dive into the life of AK, a non-binary force of nature operating out of Asbury Park, NJ. The idea of Transgender Visibility Day is a good -intentioned one, but it's not even 10 am and
Nate Holder and I had a long chat back in August. Since then he has gone and published ANOTHER book, which you can buy right here: is a sax player, a teacher, an advocate, a Brit, and a black man working t
Fredi was the original Joanne in Rent. She's also a powerful. brilliant, black woman, who was gracious enough to sit down with me and make me into a better interviewer. Check out all things Fredi here.Support the show (
One of my favorite episodes. Aria and Catherine of Nutley for Black Lives, are two of the youngest, and also the most impressive, guests I've had on the show to date. These two young women are motivated and focused on getting their message out,
This summer, I spoke with a young man who made a difference in his traditionally very white/not so secretly racist town. Clarence Celius. Clarence Celius is a young, black man who grew up in Wall Township, NJ, an idyllic suburb where he describ
My friend Khy and I had a long chat. Khy Garner is tired. He was raised to be, and is, a gentleman to the core. But, he is tired. Of the loss. Of the ignorance. Of the systemic racism. Of learning that many people he thought were allies were an
Sara and I chatted a few months ago. She's done some great work since then. You should read it. Sara Benincasa wrote a book called "Agorafabulous", all about her adventures in mental health. As you would imagine, Sara has been training her whol
Sara and I went to high school together in a suburb of NYC called Manalapan. It was one of those seemingly perfect places, which now has a seemingly endless list of alumni who suffer with substance use disorder. Sara told me a story of a long r
My friend Marder was the Exec Producer of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Mick, and now, Rick and Morty.  We recorded this in June. Since then he won an Emmy for his work on Rick and Morty. He's great Enjoy Happy New Year!Support the sho
I sat down with the USA Singers, creators of true protest music for our times. Enjoy their latest single, " Dance on Your Graves" With 5 days until the election, it is more important than ever that you get out there and vote. Donate if you can.
My best friend Michael Buckley tells me the story of how he met the love of his life on a cruise ship right before Corona and moved across the country to take a chance on love. UPDATE:  THEY ARE ENGAGED. Please vote. Support the show (http://pa
I talk to one of my oldest friends about our time growing up together, and our divergent paths since.  Mike takes me through his substance use disorder, and gives perhaps the most raw interview I have conducted. Mike is now one year and sixteen
My cousin Angela and I both grew up around addiction and abuse. We compared notes. Please vote.  Donate. Write Letters. Send Texts. Support the show (
I talk to Dr. Maggie Perry about my particular form of OCD, known as Pure O. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Day, please vote Donald Trump out of office, so that we may all get some of our mental health back. Support the show (http://patreo
Everything is insane. Here is one of my favorite episodes, featuring my friend Val Emmich, who has done a lot of very cool things. We learned a lot about each other during this talk, despite having known each other for over 30 years. Enjoy. Vot
Apropros of nothing, one of my favorite episodes of The Lighter Side Podcast. Stephanie Wittels Wachs and I have a lot in common. This was our first chat. You can find the second one here. Also, vote. Support the show (
On the season finale, I round out my Education Panels by speaking with Jo Ann Cimato (Theatre, English - NYC), Mike O'Keefe (Elementary,  NJ), and Kristina Ulmer (English, PA)A huge thank you to Producer Katie Mare for her work and PodBear Audi
Today I am joined by Dan Wiener (Language Arts Teacher, Seattle), Marisa Brady (Theater Teacher, Arizona), and Marc Siegel (Educational Technology Specialist, NJ) for a discussion on the reopening of schools. May the odds be ever in our favor.
Elaine Appleton Grant is a podcast producer, public radio broadcaster and magazine journalist. Her work has appeared in Inc., Fast Company and on NPR. She produces Business Wars Daily, a Wondery podcast about corporate rivalries. I got to geek
Matt Yee has spent the better part of the last five years as Lady Celestina, his top-hat wearing drag persona. I learned all about the world of drag, how Matt has spent the last few months adjusting from a hectic schedule of working a day job a
Jess is a dear friend and former costar of mine who has had some struggles with fertility over the years. After trying every single thing she could, it took moving to Florida and living through a pandemic for her to announce to the world that s
Michelle Patton is the Artistic Director of Cutting for Pureology Professional Color Care. She is a hairstylist, an educator, and an empathetic, warm person whose company I so thoroughly enjoyed, however virtual it was. We talked about her chan
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