From the outside looking in, radio is not what it used to be. But, upon further inspection, one would discover that podcasts are the 21st century version of what was traditionally the radio.
The podcast, Here’s The Thing has been hosted by Alec Baldwin since 2011. After nearly a decade of airing on WNYC, it has recently moved to iHeartRadio. On the podcast, Baldwin sits down with influential people from the worlds of politics, art/entertainment, and sports.
I enjoy this podcast. Baldwin has an easy, down to earth demeanor, allowing his interviewees to open up and introduce the listener to the person behind persona.
Depression, like any illness, knows no bounds. Whatever labels we or others use to distinguish ourselves are meaningless in the face of mental illness.
The suicide of Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington last week hit many people hard. Linkin Park’s music is powerful, raw and real. It was not just the loss of one the great rock singers of this era, but of a man who lost the battle to the demons in his head.
One of the podcasts that I sometimes listen to is WNYC’s “Here’s The Thing”, hosted by Alec Baldwin. His guest on the most recent episode was actor/singer/Broadway superstar Audra McDonald. One of the things that she spoke of was her suicide attempt during her college years and how surviving it helped to create the person she is today.
The old saying “you can never understand a person until you walk in their shoes” is an especially potent statement when it comes to mental illness. Unless someone knows what it is like to live with mental illness, as well-meaning as they are, they cannot the difficulty of living with mental illness.
I will leave you with the video above. We have lost one too many to mental illness. How many more will we lose before we do something about it?