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Homecoming Queen 10 MIN, 20 SEC

As any former high schooler knows, homecoming is a big deal. That was especially true for Landon Patterson, whose bid for queendom at her Missouri high school came complete with a wave international media attention – and a visit from the haters.

Produced by Esther Honig, with editing by Nick White.

Landon Patterson has set up a fundraising page to help fund her transition.


Landon with her mom and her friends (banner holders)
Courtesy of Landon Patterson and Teresa DiGirolamo

Welcome Home 9 MIN, 51 SEC

Next: we go to summer camp…  a summer camp for adults; buried in the Redwood Forest. It's hosted by a man who calls himself Honey Bear. When Annabelle Gurwich arrives there, seeking refuge from a stressful Los Angeles summer, she finds that it's nothing like she was expecting. But it might be exactly what she needs.

Annabelle Gurwich is a storyteller and New York Times best-selling author of I See You Made an Effort, which was a finalist for Thurber Prize 2015.


A drawing of Annabelle wishing she was not at adult summer camp
Courtesy of Annabelle Gurwich

I See You Made an Effort

Annabelle Gurwitch

My Dream of a Hotel Receptionist 8 MIN, 19 SEC

Finally: Growing up in the dreary London projects, Tanya dreamed of moving to Hollywood, where everything was sunshine and smiles. But when she hatched a plan to get there, she realized there was more than just the Atlantic ocean standing in her way.

Tanya Frank is a writer and Airbnb entrepreneur living in Los Angeles. She's writing a memoir about her transatlantic life.


Auntie Betty visiting young Tanya around 1970
Courtesy of Tanya Frank


Tanya today, at the Swayze stove
Courtesy of Tanya Frank


Episode photo: Landon Patterson
Courtesy of Landon Patterson and Teresa DiGirolamo


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