Why Oh Why
We started listening to Why Oh Why and we fell in love. It made us cry actual tears. It made us laugh out loud on the train. We found ourselves, late at night, turning it over in our minds.
Andrea Silenzi was producing this program from late 2013, and the show wrapped, at least in its existing form, in June 2015 (though she has promised it will return). We press on with this recommendation regardless, because the backlist is 50 hours of pure pleasure. Silenzi investigates the questions and phenomena of dating, big and small: What really happens at an organised orgy? Is it possible to find peace in the friend zone? How can a usually single person not be obnoxious about having a boyfriend now? The stories that illuminate these questions are drawn from Andrea's friends and family (e.g. her Grandma Phyllis), her own dating life (e.g. she asks potential Tinder dates to Skype), and a small cast of recurring characters (e.g. an enigmatic chauvinist and compulsive fabricator called Randy), plus other, super interesting guests. If that sounds somehow chaotic, it's not, or only in the most deliberate way - the infallibly charming Silenzi is skilled in the art of disarming her subjects, extracting their best stories and selves, and making it into radio.
So, there it is. We're in podcast love. If you're a human with a heart and a brain - here, this is for you.
Gateway episodes: #7 Midtown Gangbang / #11 Planet Money Honey / #15 He's Not Into Any Of Us