Why Oh Why? with Andrea Silenzi

A show about feeling lonely and awkward, disguised as dating advice. Andrea Silenzi speaks with friends, experts, guys in bars, and her own Grandma Phyllis about where love and sex meets technology.

Meet a new podcast: Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn (6/2018)

Friends, it’s been a while.  I stopped by the Panoply studios to chat with our old Why Oh Why producer, Lindsey. Somehow, she's been able to fill the hole left by Why Oh Why by working on another show called Bad With Money with Gaby Dunn, and I think you'll love it. To get you started, here's an episode called Health is Wealth. Be sure to listen to the end to find out why it was harder for Lindsey to make an episode of Why Oh Why about her birth control than it was to write about what’s going on in her savings account.

About Bad With Money: Join TV writer, actor, and New York Times best-selling author Gaby Dunn (aka America's Deadbeat Sweetheart) for season three of Bad With Money. After two seasons of reckoning with her own financial identity, Gaby's ready to give the American financial system an identity crisis. Every week, Gaby brings a queer, feminist, unabashedly radical point of view to conversations with celebrities, journalists, politicians, authors, activists, and fellow deadbeats. If you're sick of podcast "experts" giving you practical financial advice, you're going to love Bad With Money - the show that knows there's nothing practical about money, and isn't afraid to freak out about it. Subscribe in Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. 

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Meet a new podcast: By The Book (2/2018)

Oh, hey there! I'm back again to introduce you to another great show from my friends at Panoply: By The Book. Their latest episode is all about The Five Love Languages, and I think you'll really get a kick out of how the hosts, Kristen and Jolenta bend their lives to the rules of self help books.

By The Book is half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. It’s hosted by comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her skeptical friend, Kristen Meinzer. In each episode, they live by a self-help book: Marie Kondo-ing their homes, Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus-ing their relationships, and generally finding what sticks, and what’s just stupid. My theory: this podcast is secretly about marriage, and how you can change and grow with your partner. I think you're going to love it. And if you do, be sure to subscribe to By The Book, follow them on Twitter @bythebookpod, join their Facebook group, and visit their website, for more. 

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Meet a new podcast: When Meghan Met Harry (1/2018)

Hey guys. Remember me? You know, Andrea Silenzi? It hasn't been that long. I popped back in the studio for a little update, and because Why Oh Why's producer, Lindsey, had some news to tell me.

And no, this is not a new episode of Why Oh Why. It's an episode of a new podcast, cohosted by Kristen Meinzer and James Barr, called When Meghan Met Harry: A Royal Weddingcast. It's all about the most important wedding in all our lives: the wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry. In each episode of the show, Kristen and James obsess over all things royal wedding - and create a safe space for you to obsess as well. If you like the show, please subscribe in Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your favorite shows. Follow When Meghan Met Harry on Twitter @RoyalWeddingPod, and you can find Kristen @KristenMeinzer and James @ImJamesBarr

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#59: Loose Ends (12/2017)

We have news. Starting in 2018, we're taking a break from making Why Oh Why. While we can't predict the future, let's call it a break not a breakup.

For this special episode, we'll hear from a wide range of past guests including David #1, Randy, Bumble Mike, and Mona Chalabi. Then, does your host have a secret boyfriend? In a Twitter survey, 35% of our listeners thought this was a possibility. Plus, two great Panoply shows we think you'll adore. Subscribe to By the Book and Family Ghosts wherever you get your podcasts.

Say in touch! Follow @andreasilenzi on Twitter and Instagram. She'll be announcing the news of the new show she'll be hosting in a few weeks.

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#58: Just Another Sad Love Song (12/2017)

This summer, Schuyler shared a playlist of songs that have helped her cope with depression and anxiety. It moved a lot of people in her life to reach out, including Tom.

For all the feels, check out the playlists discussed in this week's episode:
1. Eardrummings Vol. 19 by Schuyler. "Here's a playlist of songs that sort of put words/music to how I feel during my lowest lows. These sounds help me swim my way through that almost-drowning sensation and find my way back to a place that feels safer and clearer."
2. Songs Schuyler Might Like by Tom
3. Songs Tom Might Like by Schuyler

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#57: Casual (12/2017)

After you've developed an allergy to casual sex, is there a cure? We talk with comedy writer and performer Matteson Perry about keeping things casual. He's the author of "Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch." Plus, Dr. Chris Donaghue explains the value of a strong sexual connection in the early stages of dating. He's the author of "Sex Outside the Lines" and co-host of LoveLine with Amber Rose.

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#56: Stage a Fight with Esther Perel (12/2017)

Esther Perel has ideas for how to humor yourself on your first dates using a bit of role play. She's the host of the Audible original podcast "Where Should We Begin." You can hear Season 1 of the show on Apple Podcasts, and Season 2 is now available on Audible. She's also the author of "The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity." Plus, our strangest Blind Skype Date yet,

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#55: Live in Chicago - Find Your Single Ladies (11/2017)

Live from Chicago Theater Works, our show begins with the love story. Hear how a first date turned into a meaningful relationship for six single women. This story came to us after Lisette's brilliant Twitter thread went viral.

Plus, we help an American Ninja Warrior find love the old fashioned way: with a game show. Find out how five single ladies from our Chicago audience fare when we ask them real questions from the 1960s TV show The Dating Game.

Ethan Swanson is on Instagram @ethanswanson.ninja, and he's a coach (alongside your host's brother!) for Ultimate Ninjas Chicago.

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Thank You, The Fest
This episode was recorded live at Chicago Theatre Works, as part of The Fest, an annual festival of live podcasts, every fall in Chicago, curated by the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

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Panoply Fall 2017 Trailer (11/2017)

We’re thrilled to present Panoply’s Fall 2017 lineup of shows. They include the satirical self-improvement show “Dexter Guff is Smarter Than You (And You Can Be Too),” the creepy paranormal series “Haunted,” “Family Ghosts,” in which people play detectives in their own family mysteries, “You Must Remember Manson,” which dives into the links between Charles Manson and Hollywood, the immersive fiction podcast “Tumanbay,” and “Battle Scars,” which features frank and sometimes funny conversations with the men and women fighting today’s wars.
In addition to new shows, season 2 of “By The Book” launches with Jolenta and Kristen trying to go on a digital diet, “Why Oh Why” talks with the founder of a dating app for men with beards, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin” offers holiday happiness hacks, “Happier in Hollywood” considers whether holiday gifts are necessary in the workplace, and “Side Hustle School” revisits some of its best hustlers.
Learn more about all our shows at https://www.panoply.fm

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#54: End of the World Sex (11/2017)

On election night last November, the world shifted beneath our feet... but what was going on our bedrooms? Nona Willis Aronowitz is a features editor at Splinter and writes a newsletter called "Fucking Through the Apocalypse." She joins us to discuss sex, politics and woke misogynists in the Trump era.

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