Rank #1: I Had No Idea
We were in a relationship? — Peter Bresnan is a radio producer in New York. — Shakina Nayfack was accompanied by pianist and composer Julianne Wick Davis. Follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter at nancypodcast.org. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Episode scoring by Isaac Jones with additional music by U.S. Army Blues ("Barbara"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #2: Five Simple Steps
Traveling to Taiwan with her mom, Kathy imagines the life she might have lived had her family stayed. Kathy's mom previously appeared on Nancy in the episodes "Hello hello" and "Kathy's Mom is Uncomfortable With All This." Guo Mama works at the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association in Taipei. Li Te-Yun (Nan Gua) is a singer-songwriter in Taiwan. Special thanks to Andrew Ryan, a host and producer with Radio Taiwan International. Content warning: This episode contains a reference to suicide. This is the last episode of our third season. Stay in touch with Tobin, Kathy, and the whole Nancy community by joining our "Friends of Nancy" Facebook group. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Art of Escapism ("Done with Disco"), Uncan ("Unbroken"), and Little Glass Men ("Cloud Launching"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #3: David and Dominique
David and Dominique have something in common. Special thanks to Krishna Stone at Gay Men's Health Crisis, an HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy organization in New York. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom. Note: A version of this episode first ran on May 7, 2017. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #4: There Are No Gay Wizards
Albus Dumbledore isn't gay, no matter what J.K. Rowling says. But that doesn't mean the "Harry Potter" books aren't incredibly queer. — Matt Collette is the producer of Nancy. — Pat Brown is a New York-based comedian. Her album is called Sex Tape. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom and Isaac Jones. Additional music by Lawrence Grey ("The St. Marks Shake"). Follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter at nancypodcast.org. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #5: The Elephant in the Room
Gay Republicans say they’ve got Trump on speed dial. Is he picking up the phone? — This episode is a co-production with BuzzFeed News. — Dominic Holden is the site’s national LGBT reporter. Follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter at nancypodcast.org. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Additional music by Tate Peterson ("Ragtime" and "Mid Day Blues"), UltraCat ("Disco High") and James Pants ("Cha Cha Demo"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #6: The Word 'Queer'
Strange or obtuse; a stinging homophobic slur; a radical political rejection of normativity; a broad term encompassing every and any variation on sexual orientation and gender identity: the word 'queer' has a multifarious past and complicated present. This is just a fraction of it. — Helen Zaltzman hosts the podcasts, The Allusionist and Answer Me This! Additional show notes can be found on The Allusionist's website. — Eric Marcus hosts the podcast, Making Gay History. — Amy Sueyoshi is a historian and author. — Cameo appearances from Katie Mingle from 99% Invisible, Katie Herzog from The Stranger, and Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye. Music in this episode by Martin Austwick. We had engineering help this week from Ania Grzesik. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #7: A Private Life
Nino and Drew kept their relationship a secret for more than 40 years. And then, they decided to do something that forced them into the spotlight. — This is Love is a show that explores perseverance, obsession, and what happens when we risk betting it all. Their new season begins on May 1st. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #8: Michelle Buteau Is Straight But We Love Her Anyway
Michelle Buteau is the host of Late Night Whenever, the newest podcast from WNYC Studios. This episode features comedian Matteo Lane and actor Nico Tortorella. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to shows.
Rank #9: The Golden Queers
What is retirement like when there's been a lifetime of discrimination and added costs, and what do we do about it? Queer Money Matters is Nancy's series about the straight economy and how queer people navigate it. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom and Tigue. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #10: A Gaggle for Me
In our season three premiere, Nancy stages a friend-tervention for Joe Rodriguez. Plus, we launch our new How to Get a Gaggle project! Special thanks to Fran Tirado of the podcast Food 4 Thot, Eric Sosa at C'mon Everybody, and Bill Clark and Libby Willis at MeMe's Diner. Our friendship project is coordinated by Charlotte Cooper with help from Ashley Lusk, Caroline English, Sahar Baharloo, Sarah Sandbach, Fiona Carswell, and many more of our colleagues at WNYC Studios. Original music by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Mystery Mammal ("You're Up There"), Podington Bear ("Gizmo"), and Creo ("Memory"). Theme by Alex Overington. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #11: Out at Work
Nearly 3,000 of you told us about your experiences being queer on the job. And we learned it's rarely as simple as "in" or "out." Visit nancypodcast.org/workresults for results from our Out at Work survey, plus a whole bunch of resources for navigating being queer on the job. Guests: Asa Sevelius is principal of the Heath School in Brookline, Mass. Clair Farley is the director of economic development at the San Francisco LGBT Center; Mia Satya is an employment services specialist with the center's Trans Employment Program. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Drake Stafford ("Matte Black") and Evan Schaeffer ("Sisyphus"). Special thanks to Mandy Naglich, Anna Burke, and Alison Morgenstern.
Rank #12: Cumming to America
Alan Cumming, who starred as the emcee in the Broadway classic "Cabaret," returns to the stage with a cabaret act called "Legal Immigrant." It's running this month at Cafe Carlyle and Joe's Pub. Patti O'Furniture hosts a weekly drag show at PT's 1109, a gay bar in Columbia, South Carolina. Lewis Wallace is a radio producer and magazine editor. Note: We recorded our conversation with Alan Cumming in May, before the situation on the border escalated. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #13: Multiple Lesbians in Any Scenario
The L Word is a soap opera, and maybe not even a particularly good one at that. But it's also essential viewing for queer women. Cameron Esposito is an actor, comedian, and producer. Sarah Shahi, Erin Daniels, and Mia Kirshner played Carmen, Dana, and Jenny on The L Word. Ilene Chaiken was the show's co-creator and executive producer.Special thanks to Cassie Sercia and Autostraddle's Riese Bernard. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Kai Engel ("Seeker") and Lawrence Grey ("The St Marks Shake"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #14: The Case of the Cutoffs
Eight years ago, Ben found a pair of cutoff jean shorts mounted in a shadowbox. Now, he's on a search for the truth. — Ben Riskin quit his law firm four years ago and embarked on a career in podcasting. Ben recently joined Endeavor Audio to lead their business development and content acquisition efforts. When he's not working, he's listening to everything and talking to everyone. — Special thanks this week to Tracey Baim of the Windy City Times, the team at Curious City, Ben Rose and Tracey Panek at Levi’s, St. Sukie de la Croix (author of Chicago Whispers: a History of LGBT Chicago before Stonewall), Gnat Carpenter, the team at Third Coast International Audio Festival, and everyone who shared pictures of the shorts on social media. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Little Glass Men ("Procreation"), Broke for Free ("Calm the F**k Down"), and Nctrnm ("Tethered"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #15: Take the Long Way Home
Queer Eye superfan Dennis Low (aka Tobin's Dad) returns to Nancy to chat about the Netflix reboot of the series. Queer Eye's second season came out on Friday. Katie Schlechter is a freelance journalist based in Mexico City. Last summer, shortly after her mother's death, she drove across the United States with her father. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with original composition and performance by Kyle Sanna. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #16: Perfect Son
Jason Kim didn’t talk to his dad very much. But all that changed three years ago, when he got a call that upended their entire relationship. — Jason Kim is a screenwriter, playwright, and librettist. He's written for shows like "Barry" and "Girls" on HBO, and recent performances of his plays include "The Model American" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival and "KPOP" at Ars Nova Theater. Original music by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Yuichiro Fujimoto ("The Boys") and Lee Rosevere ("Featherlight"). If you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." Project, head to nancypodcast.org/tell. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #17: DilDOs and DilDON'Ts
Sex toys can be about more than just pleasure. For queer people, they're often a vital part of figuring yourself out. Gabe Gonzalez is a comedian and writer. Buck Angel is a trans advocate and sex toy designer. Special thanks to Hallie Lieberman, author of the book Buzz: The Stimulating History of the Sex Toy. Original music by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by James Pants ("Bird") and Kevin MacLeod ("Off to Osaka"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #18: Love Song
Myosha Smith stopped speaking to her brother Joe after he handled her coming out poorly. Realizing his mistake, Joe decided to try to win his sister back with a song. — Daniel A. Gross is a writer, reporter, and radio producer based in Brooklyn. — Myosha Smith is a social worker and songwriter based in Brooklyn. — Musical Connections is a program run by Carnegie Hall that teaches inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility to create and perform music. — You can listen to live performances of Gnarly Knees and Bright Dark, a song Joe co-wrote with Myosha, from inside Sing Sing Correctional Facility. — Special thanks to John J. Lennon, a journalist in Sing Sing Correctional Institution who helped Nancy find this story. John wrote about the Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program for Pacific Standard. Also thanks to our friends at WQXR: Christine Herskovits, Aaron Dalton, Eileen Delahunty, and Matt Abramovitz. Music in this episode by Kyle Sanna. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #19: X & Y
This week, Nancy is featuring an episode of Radiolab Presents: Gonads. A lot of us understand biological sex with a pretty fateful underpinning: if you’re born with XX chromosomes, you’re female; if you’re born with XY chromosomes, you’re male. But it turns out, our relationship to the opposite sex is more complicated than we think. This episode was reported by Molly Webster, and produced by Matt Kielty. With scoring, original composition and mixing by Matt Kielty and Alex Overington. Additional production by Rachael Cusick, and editing by Pat Walters. The “Ballad of Daniel Webster” and “Gonads” was written, performed and produced by Majel Connery and Alex Overington. Special thanks to Erica Todd, Andrew Sinclair, Robin Lovell-Badge, and Sarah S. Richardson. Plus, a big thank you to the musicians who gave us permission to use their work in this episode—composer Erik Friedlander, for "Frail as a Breeze, Part II," and musician Sam Prekop, whose work "A Geometric," from his album The Republic, is out on Thrill Jockey. Radiolab is supported in part by Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation initiative dedicated to engaging everyone with the process of science. And the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, enhancing public understanding of science and technology in the modern world. More information about Sloan at www.sloan.org. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.
Rank #20: Peppermint 2020
Tobin is on a quest to convince his coworkers that RuPaul's Drag Race is more than meets the eye. With expert help from Mathew Rodriguez and Mackenzie Cole. Plus, a conversation with drag trailblazer Peppermint, who's making history as the first trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway in the new Go-Go's-inspired musical Head Over Heels. Join us Saturday, June 16 for the first-ever Big Queer Pod Fest, a live show at the Bell House in Brooklyn featuring Nancy, Food 4 Thot, Making Gay History, and LGBTQ&A. Proceeds go to The Trevor Project. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Mystery Mammal ("Xanadont"), Broke for Free ("Hella"), Benedek ("Cruzin"), and Lee Rosevere ("Welcome to the World of the Living"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.