Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

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1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! Theme song by Shellshag.

Episodes

78. Bloomin' Love  

Santería, possible mafia connections and digestive troubles are a part of this week’s caller’s complicated family history. Calling from a Dunkin’ Donuts bathroom, this rambunctious fun-loving bartender tells Chris hilarious, bizarre, and gross anecdotes about her family, drunken adventures, and her pro golfer BF. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: CG), Magoosh (www.magoosh.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Stamps.com (www.stamps.com code: BEAUTIFUL), and ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/BEAUTIFUL).

77. Coming Out with Katie Couric  

Iconic journalist Katie Couric joins Gethard as guest co-host. They chat with a college student in an early stage of major life changes. The caller bravely opens up about some very personal and emotional stuff...and also talks about having a unique emotional connection to Gethard because she’s seen people eat burritos off of his belly.This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), RXBAR (www.rxbar.com/beautiful code: BEAUTIFUL), Magoosh (www.magoosh.com code: BEAUTIFUL), and Sonos (www.sonos.com code: STORIES10).

76. A Big Hole  

Eight months pregnant and she loves messing with people, this week’s caller is celebrating her birthday on Beautiful Anonymous. She tells Gethard about some pregnancy-driven life hacks. Controversial birthing practices? They go there.This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: CG), Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/beautiful), and Bound to Delight (www.bookofthemonth.com/stories).

75. Charlottesville  

An African American military vet living in Charlottesville discusses the recent protests in his town. He tells Chris about confronting KKK rallies and how to deal with white supremacists. He’s also playing Mario Kart and really hates Peach.This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/BEAUTIFUL), Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), and Brooklinen (www.brooklinen code: BEAUTIFUL).

74. Holy Moly  

Having dealt with mental health issues and an eating disorder this caller now helps others confront those problems. She tells Chris about the repercussions of coming out in a small town, and the two discuss their strategies for dealing with anxiety, including the best funny animal videos on YouTube.This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/BEAUTIFUL), Stamps.com (www.stamps.com code: BEAUTIFUL), and Book of The Month: Bound to Delight (www.bookofthemonth.com/STORIES).

73. Homeschooled Bigfoot Hunter  

Sasquatch. Bigfoot. Skunk-Ape. Yeti. Whatever you want to call it, this week's caller is on the hunt. A homeschooled paranormal enthusiast, he tells Chris about some of the things he believes in.This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson (www.audible.com/butterfly), Brooklinen (www.brooklinen.com code: BEAUTIFUL), and Honest Tea (www.honesttea.com/podcast).

72. Aussie Best Friend  

An Aussie opens up about his family’s history which includes tales of drug dealing, substance abuse, mental illness, sex addiction and trying to find God in a hot yoga studio. Something really special clicks between Gethard and the caller, and not just because Americans love an Australian accent. Recorded in front of a live audience in Baltimore, Maryland on June 11, 2017.This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/BEAUTIFUL) and Book of the Month: Bound to Delight (www.bookofthemonth.com/STORIES).

71. American Studies  

What college major could possibly involve writing an academic paper comparing the 1968 film “The Parent Trap” with the 1998 remake starring Lindsay Lohan? It could only be Gethard’s major, American Studies! This week’s caller chats about what it’s like to be an American Studies major during the Trump era and Chris shows off his talent for generating a good thesis.This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Redbox (www.redbox.com/games code: STORIES5), Brooklinen (www.brooklinen.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/beautiful), and Bound to Delight (www.bookofthemonth.com/STORIES).

70. Tattoo Parlor  

Calling in from a tattoo parlor, this week’s caller is getting inked up to commemorate a grim experience. Some wild tattoo stories are told as the phone gets passed around. Secret family drama gets dissected: an estranged brother, internet stalking, rumors of the mafia.This episode is brought to you by Redbox (www.redbox.com/games code: STORIES4), Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: CG), Stamps.com (www.stamps.com code: BEAUTIFUL), and HBO’s Insecure.

69. Love Is Everywhere  

A mother calls in from a children’s hospital while waiting for her daughter's test results. Gethard & the caller shed some tears while discussing tragedy, sickness, pain and suffering. But it’s not all sad. Birthday parties, gelato, Disney World and other awesome things come up.This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Redbox (www.redbox.com/games code: STORIES3), Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/BEAUTIFUL code: BEAUTIFUL), Book of the Month: Bound to Delight (www.bookofthemonth.com/STORIES), and ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/BEAUTIFUL).

68. Married The Day We Met  

Gethard chats with a Soprano. As in the highest of the four singing voices in Opera, not a character from a popular HBO show. The caller speaks about troubled relationships from her past and, even more troubling, a serious childhood trauma. (Trigger warning: discussion related to childhood sexual abuse.)This episode is brought to you by Redbox (www.redbox.com/games), Honest Tea (www.honesttea.com/podcast), Away (www.awaytravel.com/stories), Thumbtack (www.thumbtack.com).

67. Country AF  

On her lunch break, today’s caller engages in some light hearted chit chat about office gossip and her (sometimes frustrating) side gig as a wedding photographer. But then, when a hot button political issue comes up, things start to get heated.This episode is brought to you by Redbox (www.redbox.com/games code: STORIES), Subaru (www.meetanowner.com), Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), and Hulu Plus (www.huluplus.com).

66. Sex Drugs and Retail  

Ever wonder what it's like to be paid to secretly watch shoppers on camera? This week's caller works in the retail field of "loss prevention." He tells Gethard about the time he confronted a shoplifter and got punched in the face, and discusses how the American heroin epidemic is directly correlated with retail theft. Plus, Gethard hears a little bit about the caller's unorthodox personal life. This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Hulu Plus, Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/beautiful), Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: CG).

65. Deaf  

This week's caller is a somewhat unconventional podcast fan. He loves Beautiful/Anonymous even though he's never technically heard an episode. Hmmm. Mysterious. He shares his unique experience with the medium, his outlook on life, and his best party tricks.  This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Hulu Plus, ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/BEAUTIFUL), Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/BEAUTIFUL), Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel (www.audible.com/Esther), and Detour (www.detour.com/BEAUTIFUL).

64. Mother Moon (Live in Portland, Oregon)  

A poet-to-be calls in to the Beautiful Anonymous live tour. She and Gethard get off to a slow start. That might work in the studio, but the live audience gets a little restless! So the caller turns to the people closest to her to help ramp up the excitement. This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Detour (www.detour.com/beautiful) and Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful).

63. Singer Who Won't Sing  

Struggling to realize her creative ambitions in early adulthood, this week’s caller confronted body image issues when younger. Gethard gives her a pep talk and discusses the challenge of being creative while dealing with other people's judgement. This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel from Audible (www.audible.com/Esther), and Detour (www.detour.com/beautiful).

62. Just Like A Johnny Cash Song  

Raised in a tumultuous household and married at eighteen to the pastor’s son, today’s caller was divorced before she turned twenty. Betrayal, love triangles and shotgun deaths are all a part of the wild ride that she’s lived in her twenty-six years. This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: CG), Detour (www.detour.com/BEAUTIFUL), and Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful).

61. Rekindling An Old Friendship  

Against the odds, a caller from one of the earliest, most listened-to calls manages to get through for a second time. Unprecedented! The caller gives Gethard an update on what's happened in his life since his first call over a year ago. They chat about dealing with internet commenters (which might instigate some more internet comments). This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com/beautiful), Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/beautiful), and ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/BEAUTIFUL).

60. Public Defender  

Big parties with lawyers gathered around piles of cocaine. Inequality in the criminal justice system. Huge corporations ripping off the families of jailed inmates. Gethard talks to a public defender about these topics, and discovers her favorite word: alleged. This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful) and Adam and Eve (www.adamandeve.com code: STORIES).

59. First Kiss  

One hour ago, in the rain, this week’s caller experienced her first kiss. She tells Gethard about the high school experience in 2017 covering the new (Snapchat, group texting, nerd culture being cool) and the established (SATs, teen pregnancy, crushes). She also explains how writing Harry Potter fan fiction in the 6th grade led to her current hobby, writing romance novels. This episode is brought to you by Subaru (www.meetanowner.com), Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), and Adam and Eve (www.adamandeve.com code: STORIES).

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