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Monocycle with Leandra Medine

A ten minute digest from author, humorist and creator of Man Repeller (now Repeller), Leandra Medine. New shows published weekly.

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Episode 65: I Am What My Mind Tells Me I Am

This episode starts starts with an encounter that has me sitting outside a coffee shop on the Upper East Side, age 21, when a purported mystic who can see the future approaches. "You're going to be a big star," she extolls. I smile kindly, rolling my eyes so as to play it cool, deep down wondering if she is right -- and kind of believing she is. Fast forward seven years and I am met with a question: Would I have developed the courage, gumption, fervor to chase my dreams had she not given me that unwitting push?

11mins

17 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Ep 28: Relationships

This week's episode of Monocycle features a very special guest: Leandra's husband, Abie. The two cover a range of topics inspired by their four years of marriage, like learning how to live with a partner and the importance of forfeiting selfishness in favor of sacrifice). Abie's sleeping habits are also discussed; he cites "an inability to nap as freely" as one of the hardest parts of marriage. Free naps on us after this episode, okay? Enjoy!In partnership with Zola. Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

14mins

24 Jun 2016

Rank #2

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Ep 33: Body Image

In this week's episode of Monocycle, Leandra discusses body image, accepting ourselves the way we are and re-training ourselves in the way to speak about our bodies. Related Stories:MR Round Table: Plus Size Women in FashionHow to Talk Yourself Down From a Self-Esteem SpiralWomen Come in All Shapes and SizesThe “Fat Talk” DietLogo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

6mins

5 Aug 2016

Rank #3

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Ep 48: Commit to Not Committing

WEH-HEL-COME BACK! TO! MONOCYCLE!This week's episode reinforces the inauguration of Commitment Month on Man Repeller, a theme we take neither lightly nor literally. What you'll find once you tune in is a mangled narrative that extrapolates a couple key points from the "welcome" post that went live on Wednesday. The welcome posts are essentially our version of an Editor Letter, but the podcast episodes that often follow tend to delve a bit further into those letters.What can you can expect includes asking the following questions: Does Valentine's Day on Instagram make you feel alone? How far is too far to go with mindfulness? Is self-care (the worst term on earth!) truly for our betterment if we find ourselves overwhelmed by all THE THINGS we have to do? Can't we just live -- roll out of bed, maybe brush our teeth and get on with our days?There's more, but won't it be more rewarding to hear it for yourself? Chin chin and congratulations, people. We made it through January!Monocycle is edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander. Logo illustration by Kelly Shami; photo by Carlo Bavagnoli via Getty Images.

7mins

3 Feb 2017

Rank #4

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Ep 38: Cultural Appropriation

Not to beat a horse that has been killed multiple times already but in this week's episode of Monocycle, we reopen the conversation around the dreadlocks at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 runway show. It's not to throw more shade, or say anything that hasn't already been said, but rather, to talk about two larger problems.The first is, of course, cultural appropriation and the overarching blindspot of the privilege that occurs outside of a minority. It's a huge coup that this is becoming less tolerable and acceptable as our society evolves, but I wonder, as the outrage machine continues firing up, when we've constructively added to the conversation vs. just made noise.Designers, artists -- all creatives, really -- build their collections on reference. There is no art, at least as we know it, without the act of riffing, but the solution isn't pulling ideas from the sky, shutting ourselves off to the incredibly rich cultures of both yore and now. On the contrary, it's proper accreditation and more importantly, the second step towards becoming better people, it's doing something (not just saying something!) to give back to the culture from which you're borrowing. So here, I speak with our new editorial director, Leslie Price, who wrote the original Man Repeller story on the Marc Jacobs show on what we're doing, and stuff like that.As always, this podcast is only as valuable as the feedback you provide, so...Related Stories:On Cultural Appropriation, Racism and Fashion’s Blind SpotsLet’s Talk About It: Diversity in FashionMR Round Table: We Need to Talk About RaceA Letter from Leandra: We’ve Updated Our Mission StatementIn partnership with Squarespace.Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

16mins

23 Sep 2016

Rank #5

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Ep 40: Am I Comfortable or Complacent?

In case you have missed tuning into the monologues that occur inside the (membrane) walls that define my head, welcome back! Here we are! With a fresh new episode of Monocycle that outlines a recent question mark I've been shopping around -- how different are comfort and complacency? Can they be regarded as one and the same? It is such a unique and profound luxury, but more and more I have been wondering whether I am adjusting appropriately to this newfangled time. Have I become more comfortable? Absolutely. But is that comfort bringing on this curious sense that I might be complacent -- that is, uncritically satisfied with myself? Or is this just, like any other adjustment would require, a time of transition?LISTEN UP, PEOPLE! TO THIS AND MORE.Related Stories:I Hate Being On My Phone All the TimeMonocycle: Episode 35, Learning to be Content As Your Own Boss5 Things Running Man Repeller Taught Me6 Things I’ve Learned About How to Manage PeopleIn partnership with SquarespaceLogo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

8mins

21 Oct 2016

Rank #6

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Ep 44: Hi Again

Hi ppl. I'm either sorry or really happy to acknowledge the lack of consistency with Monocycle lately (the apology or gratuity depends on entirely on how you feel about this podcast), but given the events of the past several weeks and the singular event that preceded the past several weeks, I have both been a fire breathing dragon and a severely sad human incapable of stringing together a sentence with my mouth (no problem with a keyboard, though!), but here we are. Back. Talking on the telephone only it's not actually a phone, it's an audio recording that you listen to and maybe speak back to even though I can't hear you (unless you comment, in which case, I totally can).This week's episode is a sort of check in. It's been two weeks since my pregnancy termination procedure and I have been having a lot of conversations with myself, least not being the ones about:+Interrupting self-deprecation+Actually learning how to let go+Self-compassion+How to handle grief (I don't know, I just talk about it)+How to acknowledge how lucky you are if you don't have an arsenal of weapons to handle grief by the age of 27 (means life has been pretty good to you)+The fragility and consequent miracle of life+How it is possible that by episode 44, I am *still* not Malcolm GladwellHope you enjoy. It's okay if you don't, and happy Friday before the big fat holidays. What a wonderful time to be alive.In partnership with THINX. Follow THINX on Instagram @shethinx and get $5 off your order with the code MANREPELLER at checkout!Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

10mins

16 Dec 2016

Rank #7

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Ep 29: Let Loose

In this week's episode, Leandra discusses Man Repeller's monthly theme: Let Loose and Relax. In the process of letting loose, Leandra will assign herself a Let Loose task each week and report back on it in order to track her progress. The idea marries with self compassion, and treating oneself like the advice you would give another. So go ahead and cut yourself some slack. Drop the fucking ball, you're not going to get fired. It's summer and you deserve to live it the same way your body does inside a caftan, unrestricted and free.Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

10mins

8 Jul 2016

Rank #8

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Ep 50: Be Delicate with Yourself

Holy candied nut! Can you believe we've approached the 50th episode of Monocycle? Some of them have been so stupid! Others have been regurgitations of articles that have gone up on Man Repeller (this was a test, which according to the last episode, is falling flat -- point noted!), but the majority, really, have been stream of consciousness monologues that I want to turn into dialogues because it can't be that all the thoughts I maintain are unique to just me, right? The thoughts I think, the feelings I feel...as different as we are, we're also the same. Joy is joy and grief is grief and as much as the latter sucks, it is also incredible that we have the capacity to show empathy or compassion to each other.This has nothing to do with the episode, by the way, which was recorded while I sat nearly-naked on a marble bathroom floor in Paris earlier this week. I was feeling SO BLUE and I'm not sure why (though honestly, my life has felt more like its on hold in a deep blue vacuum than anything else since pregnancy-gate 2016), so I called my husband, but he didn't pick up, and instead turned on my recorder and pretended that I was talking to frankly anyone who would listen and the result is episode 50. Lmk if it's extremely convoluted.And if you're unfamiliar with Monocycle, or just simply want to take a stroll down memory lane, here are some of my favorite episodes to date:Episode 1 -- On experiencing (and hopefully recovering from) burnout.Episode 6 -- About why I chose to take my husband's last name.Episode 14 -- About the thought process of getting dressed.Episode 38 -- A response to a response about cultural appropriation at Marc Jacobs' Spring 2017 show (the one that happened last September).Monocycle is edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander. Logo illustration by Kelly Shami; Photo by BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.

9mins

10 Mar 2017

Rank #9

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Ep 24: Addicted to the Comfort Zone

In this week's episode of Monocycle, Leandra talks about her addiction to the comfort zone -- that area that prohibits us from tackling the hard or uncomfortable tasks in our day. What happens when we get caught in those black holes that prohibit us from doing the things we need to do? Like we're existing, but with 50-pound weights attached to our legs? How do we identify this addiction and ultimately, what do we do to break it? Good news! The first step is awareness. So plug in your headphones and take a listen.Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

11mins

27 May 2016

Rank #10

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Ep 34: Endless Summer

On this week's episode of Monocycle, Leandra talks about Endless Summer and how it can be tarnished by planning ahead. Do chronic planners wish away their ability to be present by simple virtue of their gift for planning? After flipping through the first round of September issues available, Leandra found herself suddenly excited for fall, despite the fact that it is still very much summer. And from there began the turning and turning and turning.Related Stories:Welcome to Endless Summer Month on Man RepellerAsk a French Girl in London About AugustSummer is a State of MindThe Only Three Hats You Need This Summer !Plus! Man Repeller’s Baseball CapLogo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

8mins

19 Aug 2016

Rank #11

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Ep 45: Resolutions

Hi ppl! We're back together. Again. And because tomorrow is the last day of this year (am I alone in asserting that even though we're all here and alive as evidenced by my writing this and your reading this and therefore truly in no position to complain, some drastic element of the year fucking sucked?), here is an episode about resolutions, not to be confused with goals.Things covered in the episode include:+The fact that this was recorded while I was sitting in the passenger seat of a rental car in Los Angeles+Why following a somewhat tumultuous but overall subservient relationship with resolutions, I don't want to make them anymore+The one time I kept a resolution (hold on to the same Metrocard for one whole year), how it made me feel (fine), and see previous bullet point+My control issues (I'm so vain)+Grief (which is seemingly the only thing I can talk about these days)+Letting go (another theme you might be tired of hearing about)+Abie+How relieving and gratifying it feels to say to yourself, "I think I was an okay human in 2016, so I'm just going to continue on that path in 2017."Take a listen, let me know what you think, and down here by the ~*~girltalk~*~ station that is our comment feed, tell me if you're making a resolution. What is it? If you're not, why not?For what it's worth, you were an okay human in 2016, so if you decide that you're just going to continue to maintain the status quo in 2017, that's completely and utterly fine by me. Self-improvement is great, but being proud of who you are right now -- flaws, hang ups, curious tendencies and all -- that's fucking awesome.Related Stories:We Asked People to Draw Their Goals for 2016Why Do We Make Resolutions?I Refuse to Feel Bad About My PhoneIn partnership with TheRealReal; shop today and get a 20% discount with code: ManRepeller. In January only, new and repeat consignors will earn a $100 site credit when they consign 20 or more items across men’s and women’s fashion, fine jewelry and watches, home and art, and kids -- visit The RealReal to learn more. Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

7mins

1 Jan 2017

Rank #12

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Ep 30: Let Loose, Dispatch 2

In this week's episode of Monocycle, Leandra touches upon many of the same points as last week's episode: letting loose. After briefly touching about her mission to get pregnant, the majority of the episode revolves around recognizing the importance of relaxing and when it's actually being achieved...learned behavior is the simple answer, while the hard part is unlearning. Anyway, let's do this together, yeah? Not become better -- I mean this podcast. WE'RE BEGGING YOU.Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

9mins

15 Jul 2016

Rank #13

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Ep 60: A Conversation With Lena Dunham

This week's episode of Monocycle is more like an episode of Bicycle because there are two stakeholders (wheels?) present in the conversation: myself and Lena Dunham. When I set out to interview her, I had a fairly strong sense of what we might talk about, like the evolution of Lenny Letter, life after Girls, New York vs. Los Angeles. What unfolded was a genuinely organic conversation about life, failing and succeeding and how similar they are, self esteem, family and love. While listening back to this episode, I realized it sounds less like a podcast recording and more like an intimate conversation, which, to me, is really the goal of an interview.I very much hope you enjoy the structure as we plan to continue rolling out various interviews over the course of the next couple of months.As always, any and all feedback is welcome, so sock it to me in the comment depository below.Happy birthday, btw!!! (What? It could be...)

45mins

17 Nov 2017

Rank #14

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Ep 11: Fake It 'Til You Make It

This week's episode of Monocycle reflects on last week's show (hint: there were a few tears) then opens up the dance floor for a conversation about faking it until you make it. The "it" in question, of course, is happiness. And as it turns out, faking it kind of works."The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensecreativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

14mins

5 Feb 2016

Rank #15

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Ep 62: A Conversation With Bozoma Saint John

Bozoma Saint John wears her flair on her sleeve: beads, rhinestones, gold accents; you name it, she's got it. As for the clothes, there is no color too bold, print too loud or silhouette too challenging for Uber's Chief Brand Officer to try. On traditional executive uniforms, she asks with genuine wonder in her voice, "Who made these rules, and why do we listen to them?"But there's more to Bozoma Saint John than the impressive way in which she carries herself, the seemingly effortless confidence that she holds and espouses, the degree to which she believes in herself and wants to be the best, do the best and perpetuate the best: She is also incredibly empathetic. You almost get the sense that she's lived multiple lives, and this is why, for whatever reason, when she speaks to you, it is almost like she is speaking directly to your soul.Please enjoy a very candid conversation in this week's episode of Monocycle. There's a bit of everything: advice for the grieving, a sound way to reconcile hardship, how she has become such an unflinching cheerleader for herself (and how, too, we can learn from this), and a little something about the persistence, reliance and beauty in the way the sun rises, day in and out. Just like, you know, we do.

48mins

8 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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Ep 12: Fashion Week Is Funny

This week Leandra revisits her own industry transition from sneaking into her first fashion show, to being seated front and center at the next, to finally feeling that she’s earned her seat. Topics include: self-doubt, building confidence, pride in one’s work and what to do when you feel overwhelmingly overwhelmed. It’s all related, isn’t it? Enjoy."The Show Must Be Go" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensecreativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

17mins

12 Feb 2016

Rank #17

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Ep 16: Careers

This week's episode of Monocycle tackles some of the questions that you asked in our Love Your Career Month post, questions like: How do people find jobs? Is it a bad thing to feel like you're learning as you go (instead of knowing it all before hand)? How do you navigate work and life in your twenties so that you set yourself up for success in your thirties? And so on. Pop your headphones in for Leandra's answers but don't stop shouting out new queries. It helps us help you and together we'll keep this podcast running like a rainforest with a perfect ecosystem.Logo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

9mins

25 Mar 2016

Rank #18

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Ep 57: Do We Ever Really Change?

INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW! Are we capable of change, or what? Is it terrible if we don't -- can't -- change? What if the expectations were to learn how to better manage the qualities we dislike in ourselves instead of to do away with them completely? Would we feel more whole as individuals, knowing that we're not supposed to do 180s, and that on the contrary, we just have to be who we are? In this week's episode of Monocycle, I take you on a psychological trip (which is different from a vacation) that poses these questions, sets out to answer some of them and utilizes the trenches of my memory to navigate all of the above. At one point, we're in 11th grade, and at another, we're back in the present. There is some dilly dallying, some questioning of whether there is such thing as an original thought, but the majority of the content revolves around the titular question and doesn't really answer it but does offer a respite from Fashion Week, so...enjoy at your own risk!

10mins

8 Sep 2017

Rank #19

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Ep 43: Love Your Mom

We're heading into Thanksgiving!!!! Kind of, at the end of next week, and I've never needed some fucking time off more. But I'm also getting kind of anxious about the family time that awaits -- not because I don't love spending time with my family, those people are my people, but because lately, I have been arguing so much with my mom and I can't quite shake the resentment I am starting to feel.Intellectually, I recognize what I need to do the cut the tension that frankly, I am instigating, but emotionally, it's like I've become a six-year-old with a vengeance all over. This makes sense in my head because she is my mom and as such I often feel like I have carte blanche to act like an asshole/baby around her, but guess what? She's a person too! I didn't realize that until recently, but I get it now. The thing is, I'm caught at the intersection of don't care and don't want to believe it. So I've been thinking a ton about a) how selfish I am, b) how incredibly complex the relationship between a mother and her daughter gets as said daughter gets older and c) how even though this exact tension is pretty much the reason so many therapists are employed in this country, such a conflict can feel so...unique to me. Why do I feel so alone?If you can sympathize with any of the above, hit play and then open a bag of popcorn (Buddha Bowl is my recommendation) and commiserate in the comments.Related Stories:Moms: A Moot PointQuotes from the Moms of Man RepellerMR Money Diaries: Laura Medine, Leandra’s Mom, Chronicled Her Spending for a WeekMonocycle: Episode 3, ThankfulIn partnership with TNTLogo by Kelly Shami - legsny.com/Edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander

11mins

19 Dec 2016

Rank #20