To kick off the second year of The Leftscape in style, Robin Renée speaks with Jaleesa Johnson, comedian and co-host of the Webby Award-winning podcast, Mueller, She Wrote. Jaleesa shares her “origin story:” she talks about the ordeal of living through Hurricane Katrina in her home city of New Orleans, the development of her passion for politics, the humor, bawdiness, and serious mission of MSW, and how she came to favor “uncomfortable” comedy. She gives insight into her newest podcast project, The Racial Maddow Show, finding constructive ways to confront racism, sadness, and anger, and she gives props to some of her heroes and influences including Rachel Maddow, Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Mac Miller. Don’t miss this lively conversation with a fresh voice in entertainment, political consciousness, and LGBT visibility.
Earlier in the show, Wendy Sheridan, Mary McGinley, and Robin Renée contemplate the news. Robert Mueller has finally spoken about his long-awaited report, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris was protected from a stage crasher by Karine Jean-Pierre, and Donald Trump had a “warm welcome” from the UK on his recent trip abroad. Reasons to celebrate in June include Loving Day, Weed Your Garden Day, Juneteenth, Hike with a Geek Day, and Summer Solstice. Wendy is especially adamant about observing Ignore Donald Trump Day. Birthday shout outs in this episode go to Timothy Simons, Timothy Busfield, Boy George, Ice Cube, Courtney Cox, Neil Patrick Harris, John Cho, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Anne Frank (who would have turned 90 years old), and others. In The Blanket Fort segment at the end of the show, Robin talks about the healing and positive growth experiences possible through body-positive and sex-positive workshops and similar places and events.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Laughter Matters: Jaleesa Johnson of Mueller, She Wrote (Episode 49).”