What do you remember about high school?
Here's the story behind "Class Reunion: The Podcast," which is now available on Spotify, YouTube.
I made a podcast!
Last fall, I was sitting around a campfire with Frank at Pedernales Falls State Park, trying to explain something funny that happened in high school. I think it was a story about Travis Boatwright and the marching band, but as soon as I started to set up the story, I had to keep explaining more parts of the situation.
What the marching band represented in a small town like Aurora.
How I’d known these classmates since second grade.
How we were all friends, except when we were being jerks to each other.
How it was nice to know everyone in town until that lack of anonymity started to get to you.
Then Liz Gilbert’s “Big Magic” muse threw a bolt of lightening at me. If growing up in Aurora shaped you so much, why don’t you make a podcast interviewing your classmates about how growing up in a small town shaped them, too?
Within minutes, I was sketching out my “why” and the “what.” I started making a list of classmates I wanted to talk to and themes I wanted to unpack. Power dynamics and popularity contests. Bullying. Sports. Racism. Cruising.
A month later, I was interviewing my first subject on Zoom.
Fast forward 8 months later, and that interview is now posted as part of “Class Reunion: The Podcast,” a real thing I made with my own brain, heart and hands.
Over the next few months, I’ll release about 15 episodes in all, each one a conversation with a different classmate.
You can subscribe to the show on Spotify and on YouTube (with Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts coming soon!). Want to chip in $3 a month to help produce the show? Head over to patreon.com/classreunionpodcast.
As with my Substack, I’m donating a portion of any of the proceeds from the show to a nonprofit a choice, picked by the classmate featured in each episode.
Thanks to support from Patreon supporters and our first sponsor, Advanced Eyecare Kansas City, I’ve been able to donate to Junior Pro Bull Riders Missouri, Kansas City Free Eye Clinic and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
I’m also looking for a few more business sponsors, so if you have a company/brand/service you’d like to hear advertised on the show, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And lastly, you can follow the show on Instagram @classreunionpodcast!
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