The stuff we’re not supposed to talk about is often the stuff we have to talk about.

Remember “good conversation?” Remember what it was like to speak freely, to talk about complicated and sometimes controversial subjects with people who wouldn’t twist your words or insist that certain topics are off-limits? Remember when healthy disagreement was considered not threatening or unsafe but actually healthy? 

Author, essayist and journalist Meghan Daum has spent decades giving voice—and bringing nuance, humor and surprising perspectives—to things that lots of people are thinking but are afraid to say out loud. Now, she brings her observations to the realm of conversation. In candid, free-ranging interviews, Meghan talks with artists, entertainers, journalists, scientists, scholars, and anyone else who’s willing to do the “unspeakable” and question prevailing cultural and moral assumptions.

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From the many five star reviews on Apple Podcasts.


What the world needs now

"Thank you for bringing this intelligent, complex, provocative, informative conversation to our ears."


One of the best of 2020

"The best podcasts are hosted by great conversationalists. Meghan Daum is a great converationalist."


How am I just finding you now Meghan?!?

"As a cusp-esque Gen X/ Millennial, what rock have I been under that I just found thee?!"


A tonic for our age, highly recommend

"I have been following Meghan Daum’s work since the publication of 'My Misspent Youth.'"

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