Amanda, a graphic designer from Ohio,
invited Melissa, a New York stay-at-home mom
to be a guest on her podcast, Your Mom Has a Podcast. Melissa, has been hunkered down for decades after a cool but soul-crushing brush
with fame on MTV’s Real World New Orleans
and didn’t really do this sort of thing but Amanda seemed nice. They recorded twice due to technical difficulties, but ended up chatting for hours.
Who the fuck talks on the actual phone? They do! Two strangers getting to know each other the
old-fashioned way. Get to know Melissa all over again as she gets to know Amanda for the first time. Bonus! One’s white and one ain’t.
HOW DID THIS EVEN START?
I (Amanda) started a podcast in November 2019 called Your Mom Has a Podcast. To start, my guests were friends or friends of friends and Melissa was my first guest who I didn’t know and didn’t have a mutual connection to. I actually first “met” Melissa with the rest of the world in 2000 when she appeared on the cast of The Real World New Orleans. As the show was airing on MTV, I found Melissa’s blog online called Princess Melissa and began reading along with watching the show. Over the years I enjoyed Melissa’s sense of humor through reading her blog. Turns out, we were in the same seasons of life at the same times, serious boyfriends became husbands, wedding planning turned into trying to conceive, etc. Because I enjoyed Melissa’s transparency and humor about life, about her role as a wife and mother, I thought she’d be a great voice for YMHAP. We chatted late in November about her experiences in motherhood, specifically about making mom friends and how we deal with social anxiety. Melissa had expressed that her reality show experience, both during and after the height of the show’s massive popularity, drove her to retreat from a public life so she joked that social anxiety was and is her area of expertise. She has essentially been hunkered down for a good 15 years so I was shocked she agreed to be a guest on my first podcast.
We had some technical difficulties so we had to re-record but this time we ended up chatting longer until somehow we started talking every week. At the end of our final recording for YMHAP, we were finding that we enjoyed talking to one another. Out of that we floated around some ideas for creating a podcast together and started recording that December. Since December we have gotten to know one another week by week through these phone calls when in April, both navigating new roles as home schoolers, activity directors, camp counselors and short-order cooks due to COVID, we found our voice. The podcast wasn’t about motherhood. It was about total strangers creating a long-distance friendship and finding connection in the face of a pandemic. Each week we find ourselves marveling in our similarities but then also howling in laughter when we discover hilariously tragic differences of opinion.