“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 104: Longing

Hello and welcome to another episode of the hottest new podcast on the lesbian block, To L and Back — this week, Kristin and Riese (that’s me) watch The L Word Episode 104, “Longing,” and then talk about it out loud. We also laugh a lot! I am confident that if you listen to this, you will enjoy yourself.



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This week’s big switch was at the very end, when Lucinda Williams’ “Right in Time” was replaced with some other nonsense assortment of notes and words. I’ve had mixed feelings about it over the years — whether its mood, which is pretty upbeat for what’s transpiring, was appropriate for the scene — but I did love listening to it back then! And its way better than the substitute song.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. This weeks podcast is about episode 104! (The title and body of the post call it out as 105). It made me nervous that I was a whole episode behind!

  2. I’m loving the podcast and the Carra Sykes logo! It’s a bounty of aural and visual riches!

  3. Honestly thrilled that this episode is a bit shorter than previous weeks’. IMO, 40-45 minutes is the ideal podcast length! An hour is just… a lot.

    • haha, we try to keep them around an hour, and shorter if possible. this week it was possible to keep it shorter but some weeks it isn’t! so i can’t make any promises either way. :-)

  4. Got Milk !!

    This episode has been my favourite so far, so many great quotes from both of you.

    ” Wait till she transitions to tablecloths.”

    In season 2 one of main memories of Jenny was that she was always wearing doilies, that and the famous Carmen & Jenny toilet moment.

    Had a bad day, hahahahaha that was too much ! Remember Lisa the lesbian man? I feel like that song would definitely be on his/her playlist ( not sure what the right pronoun is now).

    That baby bird Jenny scene gave me feels, even as a closeted 15 year old.

    Thank you both again. :)

  5. “Bette drives a car. Bette can drive a car on a road.”
    “Not a car, Riese, a fucking convertible.”
    “A fucking convertible. Bette is driving it on the road and she is driving.”

    I laughed so hard I produced a tear.

  6. This was a fun time. Was the geography quiz a good one, Riese? I’m definitely with you as far as phone games go!

    • well thank you for asking Eddis! i have several because i decided to memorize the location of every country and capital in the world as well as major landmarks and flags so that international news will be more accessible and understandable for me as it happens.

      So i have a few things — a national geographic GeoBee quiz, and then several apps from andrey solovyev — flags of all world countries, Famous Monuments, Cities of the World, Capitals of the World, Flags of the World and National Parks. Then an app called “My Geography” which is pretty basic just locating countries on maps.

  7. I was in transit when I listened to the 1.03 episode. Can y’all post a link to that survey you mentioned that we can help out with?

  8. thank you so much for doing this podcast! it has actually been lovely to rewatch those first few episodes so many years later. provocations went to moca.

  9. this is a very small detail about something in the beginning of the podcast but I also had a bowl haircut, specifically described by my mother to the woman cutting my hair as like Dorthy Hamill.

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