Wednesday morning, I woke up to an email by Apple notifying me that our new podcast, Joyriding in Autismland, had gone live on iTunes. Now that’s a nice wake up call. (Way better than when I woke up with ninja Roman performing a pile-driver to my bladder.)

I’ve been researching podcasting for probably a bit too long now, but it’s pretty technical, and I only have so many brain cells left. What if I have to remember that really weird password that requires capital letters, lower case letters, numbers, AND special characters (@#&%é!), and my brain phone is nowhere around? Conservation is key, y’all.

Dwindling mental resources notwithstanding, my feed is finally all set up! My eyes are like little raisins, and now I’m going to go sit in a dark room for a while. Hold my calls.

A recap of the first 4 interviews:

  1. Gary Vaynerchuk, wine expert and social media mogul. I ask him what makes him weird, what his desired superhero power would be, and grill him on what wine to pair with autism. His new book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook hits bookstores today.
  2. Dr. Temple Grandin, autism rockstar. We talk about the principal-shaped rocket she launched into space back in high school, what cracks her up, and what she dreams about at night.
  3. Dr. James Ball, autism behavior specialist and chair of the national board of the Autism Society. We speak about how he fell into the autism field before it was cool, how it changed him, and he tells us a funny story.
  4. Keri Bowers, artist, activist, and filmmaker. Our conversation centers around raising a (now very tall) kiddo with high functioning autism in an age of scarce information, the necessary role of the arts in child development, making movies with her sons, and the pitfalls of heading off to college with autism. We chatted for so long that I had to scissor this one up into two episodes!

In honor of my oldest son Quinn turning 17(!) today, I'm posting episode 6: interviews that I did with him, my daughter Lucca, and the Romanator.

Living with autism is something we DO as a family, but it’s not something we TALK about, or lament, or curse the skies over. Because loving Roman to pieces? Is the one thing all of us, even my two teenagers, can agree on.

So it was really interesting to get an official window into what autism means to Quinn and Lucca. I hope you guys like it!

Roman, on the other hand, was so distracted by the new microphone I bought - to go all pro on my podcasting - that he replied “poop!” to every. Single. Question I asked.

And while off-topic - to his credit, he did speak directly into the mic. And he actually got down to answering some questions after a few passes. I left the poop! on the proverbial cutting room floor. <-- You’re welcome.

Check it out on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/joyriding-in-autismland-kid/id759143885?mt=2 and Stitcher Radio here (for all you new car owners with integrated Stitcher podcast capabilities, I salute you!): http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=40535&refid=stpr


PS - Nauseating plea, in honor of Thanksgiving (<-- sorry to play on your gravy-soaked emotions like that). But… if you have a minute, do me a solid? 1) Click the top iTunes link in the paragraph above, 2) then the blue “View in iTunes” button underneath the Roman-saturated podcast art, and 3) navigate over to the Ratings & Reviews tab. Here, you can leave an honest review, subscribe to the podcast, and leave a rating. This helps boost our visibility, puts us on the path to becoming iTunes bosses, and makes us feel what Keri Bowers calls “pink fuzzies.”

PPS - Plus, if you have any fantastic-ly funny holiday spectrum stories, email me at kelley@kidgigawatt.com. I’m looking for podcast guests who will help us survive the holidays with a smile.

PPPS – Happy birthday, Quinn! Mwah!

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