Podcast

Nancy

BFF Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Because everyone’s a little bit gay. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others. © WNYC Studios

Episodes

  • What Do We Have in Common?

    Jun 24 2019

    For the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we talk about what actually happened and where we go from here. — Marc Stein is a historian at San Francisco State University. — Karla Jay is an author, activist, and Professor Emeritus at Pace Univeristy. — Raquel Willis is the Executive Editor at Out Magazine. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Mystery Mammal ("Relay"), and Little Glass Men ("Sector Vector"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.    

  • When They Win

    Jun 17 2019

    When Andraya Yearwood runs against her competition, people pay attention — whether she wants them to or not. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Benedek ("Cruzin'"), Anamorphic Orchestra ("Signs of Life"), Andy G. Cohen ("A Perceptible Shift"), and Kai Engel ("Headway"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • The Day of Epiphany

    Jun 10 2019

    It’s a moment of reckoning for many members of the United Methodist Church, and after 25 years as a United Methodist pastor, Cynthia Meyer found herself with a decision to make. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Andy G. Cohen ("Land Legs"), Axletree ("Goodnight Esme Instrumental" and "Dragon Country Apple Clove Instrumental"), Josh Woodward ("Border Blaster Instrumental"), Little Glass Men ("Procreation"), and Kai Engel ("Mare"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast...more

  • Sex Educated

    Jun 03 2019

    Good sex ed can be life-changing. But getting access to it often entails a fight. — Matt Bloom is a reporter for KUNC in Greeley, Colorado, where he covers breaking news stories and the economy. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Marco Trovatello ("Haunty Fourstroke"), Nctrnm ("Tethered"), Meydan ("Elk"), Against Me! (Transgender Dysphoria Blues), Kai Engel ("Cold War Echo"), and Josh Woodward ("Show Me (Instrumental Version)"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.o...more

  • Taiwan!

    May 27 2019

    Note: this is a rerun of a previous episode. 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 is a volunteer 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. Music in ...more

  • When Tobin Met Kathy

    May 20 2019

    This week, Nancy is live and talking romcoms, meet-cutes, and weddings...with special guest Daniel K. Isaac! — Daniel K. Isaac stars on Billions as Ben Kim and recently guest starred on The Other Two as Jeremy. — Daniel was also recently on an episode of Death, Sex, and Money. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • 100% Science, 100% Magic

    May 13 2019

    On a grey, Wisconsin day two years ago, Kristin Russo's life changed forever. — Kristin Russo is a writer, speaker, educator, and consultant with a focus on LGBTQ issues. She is CEO of the website My Kid Is Gay and co-authored This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids. She also co-directs A-Camp, and co-hosts and produces the podcasts Buffering the Vampire Slayer and To L and Back. — You can read Kristin's article on her miscarriage, The Might-Have-Been, on Autostraddle, and follow her on Twitter a...more

  • The Nancy Variety Show!

    May 06 2019

    Piñatas, weird car noises, and succulents, OH MY! It's the Nancy Variety Show! — Chaya Milchtein runs the website Mechanic Shop Femme, where you can find automotive classes and consulting. — Mark Joseph Stern covers law and LGBTQ issues for Slate. Music in this episode by Tobin Low and Jeremy Bloom. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Natalie Diaz Talks Love and Basketball

    Apr 29 2019

    2018 MacArthur Genius winner Natalie Diaz talks about going from a professional basketball player to a poet, and how her love of language helped her embrace her queerness. — Natalie Diaz is a poet, essayist, and linguist. She teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. — You can find 10 Things That Scare Me wherever you listen to podcasts. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom and Isaac Jones. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Desiree Akhavan's The Bisexual

    Apr 22 2019

    Desiree Akhavan—filmmaker, creator, and star of The Bisexual—talks about being the rule-breaker of her family, and why she trolled her brother with her armpit hair. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.    

  • The Cowboy Of The West Village

    Apr 15 2019

    The story of Storme DeLarverie, a true American hero. — Storme DeLarverie’s obituary in The New York Times. — The Nod is hosted by Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings. It's produced by Kate Parkinson-Morgan and James T. Green. Sarah Abdurrahman is their senior producer. This story was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser, Alex Blumberg and Jorge Just. Additional editing help from Sarah Geis and Jordan Barnes. Fact checking by Nicole Pasulka. Engineering from Cedric Wilson and Matthew Boll. Music in this epi...more

  • Does It Bring You Joy?

    Apr 08 2019

    Tobin realizes he’s been carrying around an insecurity since he was a teenager. — Dr. Christie Block is a Speech-Language Pathologist based in New York City. — Jacob Tobia is a writer, activist, producer, and author of the book, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram. — Henry Bae is the Creative Director and co-founder of Syro. Shaobo Han is the Director of Operations and co-founder of Syro. — Syro is a queer POC business that makes heels in all sizes for all...more

  • Masha Gessen's Y2K

    Apr 01 2019

    A very Russian love story on the brink of Y2K. — Dan Taberski hosts the show, Surviving Y2K, and previously hosted Missing Richard Simmons. Both shows are part of the Headlong Podcast. The third season of Headlong premieres Tuesday, April 23rd. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Mark Orton & John Hancock, and Nathaniel Wyvern ("Sanctuary Of The Sky Gods"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • David and Dominique

    Mar 25 2019

    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.    

  • A Private Life

    Mar 18 2019

    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. Episode scoring by Blue Dot Sessions and Podington Bear. Nancy theme by Alexander Overington. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • The Golden Queers

    Mar 08 2019

    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. 

  • Dude, Where’s My Coverage?

    Mar 07 2019

    Even if you have insurance, being queer can be a barrier to getting the healthcare you need. 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. 

  • For Richer, For Poorer

    Mar 06 2019

    Marriage equality meant more dollars in the bank for lots of queer people. But what if getting married goes against your identity or is simply not possible? 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. 

  • The Gayly Grind

    Mar 05 2019

    From discrimination in the hiring process to a wage gap to a patchwork of legal protections, there are road blocks at every stage of our career. 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. 

  • Babies and Bills

    Mar 04 2019

    When you’re queer and you want to add a kid to your family, things get complicated—and expensive—really quickly. 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. 

  • Queer Money Fear$

    Feb 25 2019

    The economy is built for cisgender, heterosexual people. We're exploring the financial hurdles queer people face and how we navigate them. It's Nancy's "Queer Money Matters." If you want to see the results of "Nancy’s 2019 Money Survey of a Representative Sample of the Queer and Non-Queer US Population," head over to Queer Money Matters. — Lee Badgett is an economist, professor, and LGBT policy expert. She teaches at UMass Amherst. — Special thanks this week to Adam Auriemma, Editor-in-Chief of ...more

  • The Word 'Queer'

    Feb 18 2019

    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 histor...more

  • The Case of the Cutoffs

    Feb 11 2019

    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 Pan...more

  • Phillip Picardi: Out With the Old

    Feb 04 2019

    Phillip Picardi joins Nancy to talk about his first job at McDonald's, his recent job as Anna Wintour's protégé, and his new job as editor-in-chief of Out Magazine. — Phillip Picardi is the editor-in-chief at Out Magazine. He previously served as chief content officer at Teen Vogue and them. — Phillip's response to the Women's Wear Daily article can be found on Twitter. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Alex Overington, BoxCat Game  ("Mt Fox Shop"), and Drake Stafford ("Matte Black"). Suppo...more

  • The League of Extraordinary Trolls

    Jan 28 2019

    An elite unit of trolls is engaged in an existential battle against hate speech on the internet. This is their story. This episode originally aired on Endless Thread, a co-production of WBUR and Reddit. It's a show about Reddit (also known as the front page of the internet), hosted by Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson, produced by Josh Swartz, and mixed by Paul Vaitkus. We had engineering help this week from Ania Grzesik.  Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/don...more

  • Nancy Takes the Stage

    Jan 21 2019

    Tobin and Kathy have sweated through a few live shows, and now it's time to share a few of them with the world. — Jes Tom (they/them) is a weird nonbinary queer Asian-American radical cyborg stand up comic. They will be performing at Caroline's on February 12th. — John Paul Brammer (he/him) wrote the column "Hola Papi" for Into; he's now a staff writer at Them. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom and Alex Overington. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Love Song

    Jan 14 2019

    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 Gnar...more

  • Mr. LA Leather

    Jan 07 2019

    Every year, contestants spend months working on their charisma, memorizing speeches, and getting their show-stopping outfits ready to win the sash. No, this is not Miss America...this is Mr. Los Angeles Leather. — James Kim makes podcasts at KPCC. — Pup Yoshi can be found @toddster213 on Twitter. — You can listen to both seasons of  The Competition at competitionpodcast.com. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, the team at The Competition, and Broke For Free ("Calm the Fuck Down"). Support our...more

  • A Gaggle Resolution

    Dec 31 2018

    Nancy staged a friend-tervention for Joe Rodriguez. Will finding your gaggle be your resolution for the new year? And if you want to broaden your friendship horizons this year, join our 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 Carswe...more

  • God + The Gays

    Dec 24 2018

    Growing up, Phoebe was a Jesus kid. In college, after Tinder-swiping her way to gayness, she comes out to Christians and hopes that they’ll accept her. And now, Phoebe goes on a mission to find out whether people with fundamentally different beliefs can have meaningful relationships. — Phoebe Wang is a multidisciplinary artist based between Brooklyn, NY and Toronto, ON. You can find her on Twitter @feebswang. — "God + The Gays" won the 2018 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition ...more

  • You Couldn't Say It Was Wrong

    Dec 17 2018

    A nun leaves her small town home in Illinois and comes to the West Village of ‘80s New York...so she can learn how to care for patients dying of HIV/AIDS.  — Michael J. O'Loughlin is a Chicago-based religion journalist and author of The Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 Characters. — Bethany Place is a non-profit AIDS Service Organization in the St. Louis Metro East area. — Brian Dolphin contributed original music to this episode. Visit him at briandolphin.com to receive his free mon...more

  • Bowen Yang Was Fooled by Grey's Anatomy

    Dec 10 2018

    Bowen Yang drops by the studio to talk to Tobin and Kathy about Sandra Oh, Saturday Night Live, and bad representation. — Bowen Yang is a comedian, producer, and formerly mediocre chemistry major based in Brooklyn, NY. He co-hosts the podcast, Las Culturistas, and you can find him on Twitter @bowenyang. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom and Alex Overington. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Coming Out, Coming Forward

    Dec 03 2018

    When he was a young teenager, Luke realized he had to speak up—about who he was and what had happened to him. (Warning: this episode discusses childhood sexual assault.) — Radio Rookies is a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities, and their world. — The Ali Forney Center is a community center assisting LGBT homeless youth in New York City. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom and PC III ("B...more

  • X & Y

    Nov 26 2018

    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...more

  • I've Been Meaning to Tell You...

    Nov 19 2018

    We asked you to share with us the things you've been meaning to tell someone. This is what happened next. To see some of the tips and advice from the episode, or if you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." project, head to nancypodcast.org/tell. — The article that led us to Michael Kerr can be found at The New York Times. — Dylan Marron is a digital creator in New York.  — Glenn Marron is a psychologist in New York. Music in this episode by James Pants ("Cha Cha Demo"), Little Gla...more

  • Alexandra Billings Won't Stay Quiet Anymore

    Nov 13 2018

    Alexandra Billings, who plays Davina on Transparent, says she believes Jeffrey Tambor's accusers — and feels complicit for not speaking up earlier. — Alexandra Billings is an actor and singer. She recently appeared on Broadway in the comedy The Nap. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom. 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.

  • Jill Soloway's 'Transparent' Reckoning

    Nov 12 2018

    Transparent creator Jill Soloway on the allegations against Jeffrey Tambor and what's next for the groundbreaking Amazon series. — Jill Soloway is the creator and executive producer of Transparent. Their new book is called She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy. Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, with additional music by Creo ("Memory") and Broke for Free ("The Great"). If you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." Project, head to nancypodcast.org/tell. Suppo...more

  • Emma Gonzalez Wants You to Vote

    Nov 05 2018

    Midterm elections are coming up, and March For Our Lives activists Emma Gonzalez and Bria Smith traveled the country registering voters. — Emma Gonzalez is an activist and advocate with March For Our Lives. — Bria Smith is an activist and advocate with March For Our Lives. — Gays Against Guns is a direct action group of LGBTQ people and allies. Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere ("What Have You Done"). If you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." Project, head to nancypodcast.or...more

  • Definitely, Maybe

    Oct 29 2018

    To win in Massachusetts, trans activists have adopted a counterintuitive strategy: leaning into the worst things their opponents say about them. — Dee Rogers (she/her) is a volunteer for the Yes on 3 campaign in Massachusetts.— Kasey Suffredini (he/him) is a Yes on Three co-chair and president of strategy at the campaign's national parent organization, Freedom for All Americans.— David Broockman (he/him) is an assistant professor of political economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. ...more

  • We Can't Be Erased

    Oct 26 2018

    It's been a tough week of news, and we asked our trans and gender non-conforming listeners: What do you want cisgender people to know? If you, or someone you know, are looking for resources (or for organizations to donate to), consider these ones: — Trans Lifeline— Transgender Law Center— National Center for Transgender Equality— Lambda Legal— The Trevor Project Episode artwork by Kiernan Sjursen-Lien. You can find them on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom. Support ...more

  • The First Queer Woman in Congress

    Oct 22 2018

    Note: As we were setting this episode to "publish," news came down about the Trump administration’s push to narrow the definition of gender and essentially erasing trans people. It’s fucked up. We are currently working on an episode about trans rights and how scarily precarious they are. Stay tuned and take care of yourselves (and each other). The first woman ever elected to Congress was queer. So why isn't that ever really mentioned anywhere? This week, we're featuring an episode of WNYC's The ...more

  • You've Been Meaning To Tell Us

    Oct 15 2018

    You've all had a lot you've been meaning to say. Plus, a favorite story from the Nancy archives. If you want to join our "I've Been Meaning To Tell You..." Project, head to nancypodcast.org/tell.  — Peter Bresnan is a radio producer in New York. Note: A version of this episode first ran on April 16, 2017. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom and Isaac Jones, with additional music by U.S. Army Blues ("Barbara"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Where We Were Then, Where We Are Now

    Oct 08 2018

    The 20 years since Matthew Shepard's death have been transformative for his mother, Judy. Plus: we talk to Samira Wiley, who appeared in an anniversary production of The Laramie Project. — Judy Shepard is president of the Matthew Shepard Foundation. — Moisés Kaufman is founder and artistic director of the Tectonic Theater Project; he co-wrote and directed the play The Laramie Project. — Samira Wiley is an actor best known for her work on Orange is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale. — You can...more

  • Closest I Get

    Oct 01 2018

    Kathy always thought her favorite singer-songwriter was working through something in her songs. It turns out she was. — Katie Herzig is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter based in Nashville. Her latest albums are Moment of Bliss and the Delicate EP. — The Instagram post Katie talks about in the story can be found here.

  • Perfect Son

    Sep 24 2018

    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 ("Fea...more

  • Nancy is back for Season 4!

    Sep 20 2018

    Every Monday, stories and conversations about the LGBTQ community. New episodes start September 24.

  • Five Simple Steps

    Jun 29 2018

    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 ...more

  • Cumming to America

    Jun 24 2018

    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 a...more

  • Take the Long Way Home

    Jun 17 2018

    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.

  • Peppermint 2020

    Jun 10 2018

    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...more

  • Cameron Esposito is Reclaiming Rape Jokes

    Jun 07 2018

    Content warning: This episode discusses sexual assault. Most jokes about rape are terrible. But in a new special, comedian Cameron Esposito is using them to talk about being a survivor of sexual assault.  Cameron's special "Rape Jokes" comes out June 11. You can stream it for free on her website or purchase a copy with all proceeds going to RAINN, the United States’ largest organization combatting sexual violence. You can find resources for survivors of sexual violence at RAINN, End Rape on Camp...more

  • Poor Unfortunate Souls

    Jun 03 2018

    Everybody loves a hero. But villains can be much more interesting.  Meredith Talusan is the Executive Editor at Them. She wrote an essay about trans villains in film for BuzzFeed. Dan Kois and Isaac Butler are co-authors of The World Only Spins Forward, an oral history of Angels in America. Andrea Bernstein is the co-host of Trump, Inc., a podcast about the Trump family business from WNYC Studios and Pro Publica. Stephen Spinella plays Roy Cohn in the Berkeley Rep production of Angels in America...more

  • We Can Be Friends

    May 27 2018

    Nancy's "How to Get a Gaggle" project gave listeners four weeks of challenges toward making new friends. This week on the show, we check in on how it all went. You can still sign up for the Gaggle project - you'll get four weeks of coaching and challenges over email. Plus be sure to check out our new Facebook group for Nancy listeners. Special thanks this week to friendship guinea pig Joe Rodriguez and WNYC engagement project extraordinaire Charlotte Cooper. The next Queer Soup Night happens on ...more

  • You're Not a 'Bad Gay'

    May 20 2018

    John Paul Brammer wrote the column "Hola Papi" for Into; he's now a staff writer at Them. Want advice from Nancy? Email your question (ideally as a voice memo) to advice@nancypodcast.org. Original music by Jeremy Bloom. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • DilDOs and DilDON'Ts

    May 13 2018

    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.

  • The Rowan County Clerk

    May 06 2018

    Kim Davis denied David Ermold a marriage license three times. Now he's running to replace her. Original music by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Andy Cohen ("Land of Legs"), Nctrnm ("Blonde"), and Drake Stafford ("Only Love"). Democratic forum audio via WIVY and WMKY. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Michelle Buteau Is Straight But We Love Her Anyway

    May 01 2018

    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.

  • Shamir Bailey Hates Your Favorite Shamir Song

    Apr 29 2018

    Shamir Bailey is a queer, Philadelphia-based musician. His albums include Ratchet, Hope, Revelations, and Resolution. While he was in the studio, we had Shamir perform acoustic versions of his songs "Straight Boy" and "I Can't Breathe." Video production by Kim Nowacki. Original music by Jeremy Bloom.  Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Gaggle Update: We're Here to Make Friends

    Apr 25 2018

    Our month-long "How to Get a Gaggle" project is just getting started! Today we're checking in on what participants are looking for and how they're doing. Share your own stories! Email a voice memo to nancypodcast@wnyc.org, post on social media using the hashtag #NancyGaggle, or join our brand-new Facebook group. And if you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Punks

    Apr 22 2018

    Once upon a time, Kai Wright saw a movie called Punks. A romantic comedy about black gay men, it was like nothing he'd ever seen before. But then it disappeared. Kai Wright is editor and host of WNYC’s Narrative Unit and a columnist for The Nation magazine. Patrik-Ian Polk is the writer and director of Punks; he went on to create Noah's Arc, The Skinny, and Blackbird, and is now a producer and writer for Being Mary Jane. He is currently producing and writing the upcoming Starz drama series, Puss...more

  • A Gaggle for Me

    Apr 15 2018

    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 Bl...more

  • Tobin. Kathy. Season Three!

    Apr 12 2018

    Nancy's back with a whole new season of stories and conversations about the queer experience today. All-new episodes starting Sunday, April 15.

  • Return to Ring of Keys

    Dec 03 2017

    Sarah Lu's first glimpse at life as a queer adult came while visiting Maura Koutoujian's general store back when she was a kid. Years later, Sarah tracked Maura down. Note: A version of this episode first ran on April 10, 2017. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Arne Bang Huseby (“Stormy Blues”), Jalen Warshowsky (“Dollar Theater”), Josh Woodward (“Once Tomorrow”, “Grey Snow”, and "Border Blaster"), Anamorphic Orchestra (“Taking Dark Matter Lightly”), Joey Pecoraro (“Strong...more

  • Kathy's Mom is Uncomfortable With All This

    Nov 19 2017

    Kathy's mom didn't expect anyone would actually listen to her the first time Kathy recorded their conversation. And she's still not particularly comfortable with all this gay stuff. Note: A version of this episode first ran on April 9, 2017. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Benedek ("CRUZIN").

  • Lena Waithe's Superpowers

    Nov 12 2017

    We first spoke with Lena Waithe just ahead of Master of None's second season, which featured the groundbreaking episode "Thanksgiving." Kathy checked back in shortly after Lena won an Emmy for writing that episode. — Lena Waithe is an Emmy-award winning writer and actress on Master of None. Her new show, The Chi, premieres Jan. 7, 2018 on Showtime. — This episode was recorded in Los Angeles at Werk It, WNYC's women's podcast festival. Note: A version of this episode first ran on May 16, 2017. Ep...more

  • Out at Work

    Oct 29 2017

    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...more

  • This Awful Side of Me

    Oct 22 2017

    You don't accept it or you don't understand it? Lewis Wallace is a magazine editor and radio producer in North Carolina. Liza Yeager is a senior at Brown University, where she co-founded Now Here This. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Anamorphic Orchestra ("Signs of Life"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Absence Of

    Oct 15 2017

    You don't know what you don't know. Jordan Crucchiola is an associate editor at Vulture, where this spring she wrote "An Asexual's Defense of Jughead Kissing Betty on Riverdale." Ben Schwartz is a LARP writer at the Wayfinder Experience. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Drake Stafford ("In Heaven"), Age of Escapism ("Done With Disco" and "Start Over"), Kai Engel ("Daedalus" and "Low Horizon"), and Ultra Cat ("Disco High"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at ...more

  • Tegan & Sara & Abby & Josh

    Oct 08 2017

    Sibling relationships can be tricky. Tegan & Sara are about to hit the road for "The Con X: Tour," which marks the 10th anniversary of their breakout album. Abby Holtzman is a radio producer working now at WAMU and NPR's The Big Listen. Her brother Josh is in his first year at Oberlin College. They only look like twins. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Andy Cohen ("A Perceptible Shift") and Juanitos ("Mondo Wack"). Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nanc...more

  • Oliver Sipple

    Oct 03 2017

    On Sept. 22, 1975, Oliver Sipple went for a walk. The rest is history. Latif Nasser is the director of research at Radiolab. Tracie Hunte is a reporter at Radiolab. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Different in Two Ways

    Oct 01 2017

    Ryan Haddad is a writer and actor with a one-man show about hooking up, dating, and intimacy. He also has cerebral palsy. Please don't call him inspirational. Ryan Haddad  is a New York-based writer and performer. His one-man show is called "Hi, Are You Single?" This week's episode was recorded live at the Now Hear This podcast festival. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional engineering by Matt Boynton. Additional music by Kevin MacLeod ("Slow Burn") and Anamorphic Orchestra ("Radiant ...more

  • Will and Grace Are Back! (But Should They Be?)

    Sep 28 2017

    The world's changed since the groundbreaking sitcom went off the air. Eleven years later, does Will & Grace still have something to say? Alex Jung is a staff writer at Vulture, where he covers entertainment and culture. New episodes of Will & Grace air Thursdays on NBC starting Sept. 28. You can watch episodes from the series' original run on Hulu. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Somewhat Out

    Sep 24 2017

    Chirlane McCray, New York City's first lady, spoke to us about the new NYC Unity Project. Her 1979 essay in Essence is called "I Am A Lesbian."  Rich Bellis is an associate editor at Fast Company, where he covers the intersection of LGBT issues, business, and leadership. Join our "Out at Work" project by taking our quick survey. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional mixing help from Matt Boynton. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • I See You, I Love You

    Sep 17 2017

    If you don't see something, say something. Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin produce a YouTube series called Just Between Us. They have a new YA book called "I Hate Everyone But You." Vivek Shraya is the author of "The Boy and the Bindi," a children's book illustrated by Rajni Perera. (Here's the research she cites about diversity in books for kids.) Special thanks to Daniel Guillemette. Join our "Out At Work" project. Take our quick survey to tell us about your experience being queer at work. Suppor...more

  • Does Your Boss Know You're Gay?

    Sep 10 2017

    Twenty-eight states lack employment protections for LGBT people. And what federal protections do exist are under new attack. This episode is part of our Out at Work series. Take our quick survey to tell us about your experience being queer at work. Find out what protections you have with this state-by-state guide from Lambda Legal. Mark Joseph Stern covers law and LGBTQ issues for Slate. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Podington Bear ("Lightfeet"), Arne Bang Huseby ("Sto...more

  • Multiple Lesbians in Any Scenario

    Sep 03 2017

    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 ("...more

  • My Brother and Me

    Aug 27 2017

    Nore Davis tells jokes about his brother, Khalil, being transgender. But they've never really just sat down to talk about it. Plus: Patti Harrison responds to the president. Nore Davis is a comedian. You can listen to his albums Home Game and Away Game on Spotify. Khalil Davis runs a website promoting financial literacy within the transgender community called The Trans Capitalist. Patti Harrison is a comedian who made her network debut on The Tonight Show, where she criticized Donald Trump's pro...more

  • The Pentagon's Secret Gaggle of Gays

    Aug 22 2017

    Even after "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed, the military wasn't an easy place to be out. Audrey Quinn, a WNYC health reporter, reported and produced this story. Special thanks to Alex Wagner, Tarak Shah, Todd Breasseale, and Sue Fulton. All season we'll be reporting stories about being out at work. Tell us yours at nancypodcast.org/work. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom and Isaac Jones with additional music by Andy G. Cohen ("A Perceptible Shift"), Kevin MacLeod ("Dances and Dames," "Faster ...more

  • The Swimsuit Issue

    Aug 20 2017

    Thanks for the invite, but Tobin's going to skip your pool party. Sabri Ben-Achour is a senior reporter for Marketplace. James T. Green is a producer for The Nod. Babetown hosts pop-up events for queer women. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom and Isaac Jones with additional music by Joey Pecoraro ("Sour Sweets") and Gangi ("Proton Beat"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Nancy's Back

    Aug 17 2017

    Your friendly neighborhood LGBTQ podcast is back for season 2. Kathy’s dating, Tobin’s at the beach, and just to make sure this trailer lands up high in the search results: What time is the solar eclipse? New episodes starting Sunday, Aug. 20!

  • RuPaul Wants Naked People and Big, Fat Asses

    Jul 30 2017

    RuPaul navigates performance art with Broad City's Abbi Jacobson in the new WNYC Studios and MoMA podcast A Piece of Work. Nancy returns for season two in August. Subscribe to A Piece of Work wherever you get your podcasts. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.

  • Let's Talk About Trump's Trans Ban

    Jul 27 2017

    An estimated 15,000 trans people currently serve in the U.S. military. We spoke with Jordan Blisk, a former senior airman in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, about why he wanted to serve to begin with, and how it transformed his life for the better. Sign up for our newsletter and follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today atNancypodcast.org/donate.    

  • Q is Growing Up

    Jul 16 2017

    Q Daily is an 11-year-old trans boy. With puberty looming, he and his family have big decisions to make. Yasmeen Khan is a reporter covering education and youth for the WNYC Newsroom. Her stories were mixed by Wayne Shulmister. Sign up for our newsletter and follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.    

  • Kathy Goes to Camp

    Jun 25 2017

    Maybe don't overthink this one. — A-Camp is an annual summer camp for queer women organized by the website Autostraddle. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with guitar performance by Hannis Brown. Sign up for our newsletter and follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.  

  • It's Really You

    Jun 18 2017

    Sometimes when you speak up, the world answers. — Gavin Grimm is a transgender rights activist suing his school district in federal court. The Vice documentary excerpted in this episode was reported by Diana Tourjee for Broadly. Bank Street School for Children is a private progressive school in upper Manhattan. — Alaska is an LA-based drag queen and former winner of RuPaul's All Star Drag Race. Zoë Sobel is a radio producer in Unalaska, Alaska. Scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Je...more

  • Everything Changed

    Jun 11 2017

    The shooting at Pulse claimed 49 lives. Orlando hasn’t been the same since.  Sign up for our newsletter and follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast.org/donate.    

  • You've Told Me This Before

    Jun 04 2017

    — Asia Kate Dillon’s role on “Billions” helped them understand a non-binary gender identity. — Tina Healy comes out as trans over and over again. Her daughter Jessica Walton's book is called "Introducing Teddy." Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Little Glass Men ("Dream Blaze") and Kai Engel ("Snowmen"). Sign up for our newsletter and follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nancypodcast....more

  • Dear Nancy

    May 28 2017

    We've got mail. Mara Wilson is a former child actor and the author of "Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame." Erin McKeown is a musician, writer and producer. Sign up for our newsletter and follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Anamorphic Orchestra ("Creature Comforts"), Benedek ("Cruzin"), Josh Woodward ("Once Tomorrow"). Support our work. Become a Nancy member today at Nanc...more

  • Thank You for Being a Friend

    May 21 2017

    Traveled down the road and back again. Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidante. Join us for a trip to Florida, with special guests Rufus Wainwright, Saeed Jones and the ghost of Bea Arthur. — Rufus Wainwright is a musician. — Saeed Jones is a poet and the executive editor, culture for BuzzFeed. — Samara Breger and Kelsey Padgett are producers. Follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter at nancypodcast.org. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Episode scoring ...more

  • The Coolest Lesbian Ever

    May 16 2017

    We talk to Lena Waithe, the scene-stealing BFF on Master of None. 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.    

  • Fear of Being Butch

    May 14 2017

    There’s no shame in asking for a ‘90s boy band haircut. — Production help from Cathy Wong, Tommy Bazarian, and Rachel Matlow.  — Khane Kutzwell's barber shop is Camera Ready Kutz.  — Thanks to the many people helped produce Kathy's story on being butch: Esther Godoy and Madelaine Imber from Butch Is Not A Dirty Word, Rae Tutera from Bindle & Keep, the women of the Butch-Femme Social Club of LA, and everyone who talked to Kathy but didn’t make it into the final story: Lillian Faderman, BK Cha...more

  • Here's What It's Like

    May 07 2017

    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. Episode scoring by Jeremy Bloom. 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.    

  • There Are No Gay Wizards

    Apr 30 2017

    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...more

  • The Elephant in the Room

    Apr 23 2017

    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 Nancypod...more

  • I Had No Idea

    Apr 16 2017

    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.    

  • Like Two Ken Dolls Being Smashed Together

    Apr 10 2017

    When sex ed doesn't cover it, you've got to figure stuff out on your own. — Tobin looks for "the first Asian top." — Sarah Lu reconnects with a woman from her past. Follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter at nancypodcast.org. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Theme music by Alex Overington with scoring by Jeremy Bloom. Additional music by Arne Bang Huseby (“Stormy Blues”), Jalen Warshowsky (“Dollar Theater”), Josh Woodward (“Once Tomorrow” and “Grey Snow”), Anamo...more

  • Hello, Hello

    Apr 09 2017

    Come out. Repeat. Record. — Kathy has come out to her mom over and over again. This time she wants to know her mom understands. — Tobin's dad gets help from five fabulous friends. Follow Nancy on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for our newsletter at nancypodcast.org. Nancy is a production of WNYC Studios. Theme music by Alex Overington. Scoring by Jeremy Bloom with additional music by Broke For Free ("Hella" and "Add And"), UltraCat ("Disco High"), Wake ("Nick Beat"), Little Glass Men ("Kelp Gr...more

  • Nancy: It's a Podcast, Not a Person

    Apr 04 2017

    BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low are super queer, super fun and ready to take over your podcast feed. Join them for provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. Coming out April 9. 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.