November 12 Newsletter: New Show Alert!

Posted by K.T. Wiegman on 12th November 2021

Hi! Big announcement time: we just launched a new show!
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We partnered with writer and producer Jordan Crucchiola on a brand-new movie podcast that we think you’re going to love!  Every Thursday on Feeling Seen, Jordan invites a guest (we like to say co-host) to discuss the movie characters that have made them feel seen. It’s about that magical moment when they were watching a film and realized, “That’s me!”

You’ll hear from folks like Ify Nwadiwe, Susan Orlean, and Emily VanDerWerff–who is the co-host of the episode that just dropped yesterday! Emily speaks about Florence Pugh’s character Dani from the film Midsommar, relating her journey as a trans woman to Dani’s own experiences in the film. Check out that episode by following or subscribing on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, or wherever you listen to shows. And you can always stream eps on!

Did you miss Block Party?

We’ve got you covered.

Thanks to all the folks who sent in feedback about Block Party after last month’s newsletter! A couple of folks commented that they had hoped for an easy place to see all of the Block Party episodes at a glance, which is, of course, a great idea. So we went ahead and made a list on our website, as well as a playlist on Spotify for anyone who missed Block Party but is still looking for some new shows to try out.

November Staff Pick: Depresh Mode

Gabe Mara, Producer for Depresh Mode with John Moe and One Bad Mother
Pick: The Beautiful World of Mentally Nutritious Video Games

My favorite thing to do is play video games while listening to podcasts. My brain (even before becoming the producer for a mental health podcast) is a bubbling pot of chunky soup just waiting to spit a scalding hot carrot onto my psychological skin. After a long day’s work, I’ve found that the best way to calm the beast (or cool the soup) is to occupy my hands and eyes with a video game while filling my ears with stories, news, and comedy. I understand if this sounds like stimulus overload, but it (along with medication) works for me.

One of the great things about Depresh Mode is we get to explore some of the non-obvious areas of mental health, so when I told John about the fascinating emerging world of independent video games about depression, anxiety, and other conditions, he jumped at the idea. Fortunately, we didn’t need to go far to find a guest expert.

The brilliant Maddy Myers, senior games editor of Polygon and co-host of the MaxFun show Triple Click, agreed to come on Depresh Mode to walk John through the world of kind, personal, and yes, fun, indie gaming. The conversation couldn’t have gone any livelier. Add to the episode an interview with Greg Lobanov, the director of Chicory, one of the utterly wonderful games Maddy discussed, and we had an episode that tapped three golden synergistic sweet spots in my mind: mental health awareness, video gaming, and podcasting.

MaxFun offices will be closed on November 25 and November 26, and we hope you can safely enjoy some pie and some loved ones on those days.

Thanks for reading, listening, and being a part of MaxFun!

-Stacey and all your friends at Maximum Fun

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