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The Essential Lighter Side
The Essential Lighter Side
Jay Casale

Everyone is essential to someone. I am endeavoring to create an oral history of the moment, as told through the voices of... more

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Episodes

Transgender Visibility Day #2 - Shauntelle Hammond - Black Trans Lives Matter

My stirring conversation with Shauntelle, who has gone on to become the first Black Trans Executive Director of a Recovery... more

31 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
Transgender Visibility Day #1 - She/They/Allison

In honor of Transgender Visibility Day,  a replay of my deep-dive into the life of AK, a non-binary force of... more

31 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
Replay: Musician and Author Nate Holder

Nate Holder and I had a long chat back in August. Since then he has gone and published ANOTHER book,... more

18 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Replay: Fredi Walker Browne - A Broadway Original

Fredi was the original Joanne in Rent. She's also a powerful. brilliant, black woman, who was gracious enough to sit... more

08 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Replay: Black Lives Matter in the NJ suburbs

One of my favorite episodes. Aria and Catherine of Nutley for Black Lives, are two of the youngest, and also... more

17 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Replay- Black History Month-Racism in the Suburbs with Clarence Celius

This summer, I spoke with a young man who made a difference in his traditionally very white/not so secretly racist... more

10 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Replay: Black History Month- Vocal Instructor and Performer Khy Garner

My friend Khy and I had a long chat. Khy Garner is tired. He was raised to be, and is, a... more

05 Feb 2021 · 1 hour, 50 minutes
Replay : Sara Benincasa

Sara and I chatted a few months ago. She's done some great work since then. You should read it. Sara... more

25 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Replay : Sara R

Sara and I went to high school together in a suburb of NYC called Manalapan. It was one of those... more

10 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Replay: (Now) Emmy Winning Producer of Rick and Morty, Scott Marder

My friend Marder was the Exec Producer of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Mick, and now, Rick and Morty. ... more

02 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
The Essential Lighter Side
Transgender Visibility Day #2 - Shauntelle Hammond - Black Trans Lives Matter
The Essential Lighter Side