The temptation to write about how I'm still sleep deprived, the baby just turned one and already she's not really napping and the string of national holidays in May is killing my comic schedule is great, but quite frankly I'm sure everybody has better things to do with their time than listen to me whine. So take the previous series of sentences as an explanation while poor Jon looks so awful in that last panel.
Anyway, in my perpetually fuzzy state of mind, I've been listening to a lot of podcasts to keep myself motivated and productive. I think there is a foolish perception that if you're not Vietnamese, there is no reason to listen to a podcast for Vietnamese expats and immigrants, whereas I would argue that it's extremely edifying and impression to get other ethnicities perspectives. So here are some of my favorite podcasts where I so wasn't the demographic.
Nancy: Two Asian American homosexuals presenting stories about being queer. I especially like the first season. As someone who doesn't have any family friends whom are gay below the age of 50 and no close gay friends, it was neat seeing the world from their perspective.
The Stoop An African American lady and a Somali-American lady share a diverse sampling about issues that effect people of African descent. I've tried a couple others of this ilk, but having an actual African as well as an African-American gives it interesting depth as well as the issues they discuss often effect all minorities. It really makes you think.
1 Dish 1 Mic: Two First Nations guys (each from a different indigenous tribe) discuss current events and issues. I've learned so much about Canada from this podcast, as well as the finer points of indigenous cultures and the issues facing them. For example, not being a sports fan, I didn't realize that what makes sports names with racist Indian names so offensive and humiliating isn't just the names and icons, but all the team spirit stuff that goes with it where they're actually using Native American cultural objects in this tawdry sportsmen way.
Off Shore: An investigative reporting podcast about Hawaii. I knew nothing about the Kanaka people before listening to this podcast, or how cool and complicated the Hawaiian islands are. The reporting gives it a very suspense thriller feel different than the three chatty podcasts listed above. It's as engrossing as it is enlightening. Makes me want to live in Hawaii for a year.