#11: A Mystical Song for Grandma by Leah Benavides

Television drama writer Leah Benavides (The Arrangement) unveils her past life as a singer and the most important yet unexplainable vocal performance of her life, a song for her grandma.

“To me, and I don’t think she’ll be embarrassed by me saying this publicly, but Leah is a boss.  She’s that gritty coach that goes for the 2-point conversation at the end of the fourth quarter to win a game instead of just tying it.  So, to catch Leah in a vulnerable moment, when talking about a song for her grandma, caught me off-guard.  It was one of those moments in a conversation when you realize, “Oh snap, this is getting very personal,” and it made me appreciate Leah’s candor with her story even more.  Even in that moment though, Leah powered through the story like a pro.  This is a great conversation for anyone that loves their grandmothers and the unexplainable.” 

(Leah’s handles: Twitter @leahbenavides, Instagram @leahbenavides)

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#1: Funeral Runway Fashion by Alisha Cowan

In this episode, television comedy writer Alisha Cowan (South Side) delves into her childhood in Chicago to explain her mother’s unique love of attending funerals and how it has unexpectedly defined her own adult life.  

“Alisha and I joke around a lot when we hang out, so I was going into this conversation thinking that there would be a lot of riffing.  However, once Alisha gets into her story and tries to make sense of her mother’s love of attending funerals, the conversation gets introspective and personal.  It was a surprising, but enriching experience to see Alisha determine for herself that her mother’s love of funerals was a turning point in her own life.  There is revelation, death, Chicago, and dry jokes in this episode.  It was truly American.” 

(Alisha’s Instagram @alishawiththegoodhair)

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