We Got Reviewed by 'On This Weeks' Episode'
London-based “intelligent guide for podcast lovers” On This Week’s Episode reviewed us! Writer Harriet Fitch Little posted:
Talking about loneliness feels like a conversation that was made to be had via podcast: they're inherently intimate, those whispers in your ear, and somehow the absence of visuals fosters a confessional mood. Ep1 of The Lonely Hour's second season begins with a particularly personal moment: host Julia Bainbridge addresses the question she eschewed in Season 1: why is she making a podcast about loneliness? The answer, perhaps obviously, is that she's lonely herself. Smart, attractive, successful (our assessment not hers) and yet still single and struggling with the anonymity of city living. What's so refreshing about The Lonely Hour is that it shrugs off the solution-based narratives that we're used to hearing in discussions of 'problem' emotions, both in the media and with friends. Rather than offering ways out of loneliness, Bainbridge mainly chooses to meet people who have come to accept certain aspects of their own solitude.
Where Season 1 was a solo project, Season 2 sees Bainbridge team up with The Listening Booth, a small podcast platform also home to Memory Motel. There appears to have been a shift towards more risky, confronting content: where the first season covered, for instance, the alienation of the solo diner, the first full episode of the second season is about spanking fetishist Jillian Keenan. Her loneliness is wrapped up in her being sexually aroused by punishment she endured as a child. If the show is to attract new audiences, it would do well to be bolder with the ways it tells these unusual, deeply personal stories. Keenan's story would be perfectly suited to a more narrative form of story telling, rather than the Q&A format.
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