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Damn Near

Every day, extraordinary conversations with every day, extraordinary women

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Damn Near Done with Cancer with Paige, Jana, and Kristi

Paige, Jana, Kristi, and I talk the perils of Pinktober, what stupid things NOT to say to someone with cancer, and which chemo is known as the Dementor. We also cry. Recorded on January 3, 2018 Opening song by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; production and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. "Make It Go Away (The Radiation Song)" by Sheryl Crow (fair use) closes out the show. http://www.metavivor.org/

1hr 15mins

20 Mar 2018

Rank #1

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Damn Near Excited About Young People with Dr. Sydnee McElroy

In addition to being a fantastic physician, Dr. Sydnee McElroy is the cohost of the podcasts Sawbones and Still Buffering, and is, according to me, the First Lady of the McElroy podcast empire. We also talk about how to fix the medical industrial complex.  Opening jingle by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J Steele; production and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. "Family Affair" by Mary J. Blige (fair use) closes out the show. 

1hr 7mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #2

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Damn Near Excited (to see what the next 13 years bring) with Falon Tooley

Hairstylist extraordinaire Falon Tooley and I talk hair trends, emotional haircuts, celebrity dos (see what I did there) and don'ts, and everyone's favorite style: bubblebath spikes in the tub. Opening song by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; production and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. "Whip My Hair" by Willow Smith (fair use) closes out the show. Book with Falon here: https://www.styleseat.com/m/book/v/falontooley

1hr 2mins

16 May 2018

Rank #3

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Damn Near In Love with Heidi Howes

Spiritual healer/intuitive/shaman/witch/priestess Heidi Howes takes us on a journey to the other realm. Our animal allies join us (obviously) as we talk about soul repair, de ja vu, and the law of attraction. You all find out precisely how weird I am. Seriously, pay a visit to Heidi: http://www.heidihowes.com/ Opening song by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; production and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. BelovedStar18's cover of"Witchy Woman" by The Eagles (fair use) closes out the show.

53mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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Damn Near Everything with Jackie Wheeler

1hr 2mins

27 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Just...There with Noelle Horsfield

Artist and owner of Full Circle Ceramics, Noelle Horsfield, and I talk the politics of clay (no, seriously), the ethics of art, and being self-taught. I, once again, fan girl about Rachel Maddow. Opening jingle by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; production and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. "One Hundred Pounds of Clay" by The Shirelles (fair use) closes out the show.

52mins

20 Sep 2018

Rank #6

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Damn Near Ready to Settle with Erin Dalton

Co-owner of Tulsi at The Market, Erin Dalton, and I talk career fits and starts, health and wellness, and of course, wild boars and woolly mammoths. We recorded at the bar where she used to work, so there's a bit of background noise.  Opening song by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; production and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. 

1hr 9mins

4 Jan 2019

Rank #7

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Damn Near a Best Selling Author with Ashley Skeen

46mins

13 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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Damn Near Not Near with Tijah Bumgarner

Film director Tijah Bumgarner moved to LA because she wanted to be famous. Now she's back in WV making rad Appalachian films, like Meadow Bridge. We talk over the sound of the espresso machine at Taylor Books in Charleston, WV. Opening jingle by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; production and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. "Country Roads" covered by Shelsey Jarvis (fair use) closes out the show.

1hr

5 Oct 2018

Rank #9

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Damn Near Finding the Perfect Balance with Kayleigh Phillips

Tattoo artist Kayleigh Phillips tells us what it's like to repeatedly stab someone with a needle full of ink all the while earning her "money bump." Opening jingle by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; producation and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. Alix G.s' cover of "Rose Tattoo" (fair use) closes out the show.

40mins

6 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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Damn Near Lucky with Ally Layman

1hr 9mins

3 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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Damn Near Done with this Rummage Sale with Lisa Graves

The Priest of St. John's Episcopal, Lisa Graves, and I talk marathons as metaphor--she tells a beautifully heartbreaking story that serves as the basis of her favorite sermon, I probably offend people. Again. Opening song by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; production and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. "The Christians and The Pagans" by Dar Williams (fair use) closes out the show.

1hr 1min

25 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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Damn Near Content with Melinda Perron

1hr 17mins

20 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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Damn Near Whole with Jeannie Harrison

Founder of Gro Huntington, Jeannie Harrison, and I talk about literally moving through trauma (bonus: bears!), imaginary friends, the failings of the DARE program, and getting text messages from God.  Opening song by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele. "Shake It Off!" by Taylor Swift (fair use, and yes, I'm as surprised as you are) closes out the show. 

1hr 5mins

10 Nov 2018

Rank #14

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Damn Near Living My Best Life with Raine Klover

57mins

30 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Damn Near Knowing What I'm Doing with Phoebe Patton-Randolph

1hr 7mins

6 Feb 2019

Rank #16

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Damn Near Almost Healthy with Kylee Hassan

Kylee Hassan talks us through the frustrating, painful journey of suffering from endometriosis, and I share my vision for the perfect dystopian universe. Opening song by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; production and technical assistance by Kelley Altizer. "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone (fair use) closes out the show.

37mins

6 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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Damn Near Moving On with Kim Baker

1hr 2mins

27 Feb 2019

Rank #18

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Damn Near Awesome with Tia Fix

1hr 25mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #19

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Damn Near Ready to Go Home with Siham El Ougli

I talk with Siham El Ougli about the process of becoming a United States citizen. Recorded January 15, 2018. Opening song by Sarah J. Storer; graphic design by Kristin J. Steele; production and technical assistance by flu-ridden Kelley Altizer. Elle King's cover of "American Girl" by Tom Petty (fair use) closes out the show.

42mins

23 Jan 2018

Rank #20