“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 109: Listen Up

Wow Happy Monday here I am at A-Camp Pre-Camp doing this thing later than I was supposed to do it! This week we have a special treat for you: A CELEBRITY GUEST. Our very own Brittani Nichols joined me and substitute co-host Carly Usdin in the studio (aka: my bedroom) to discuss the episode in which Jenny’s college roommate comes to town to check out the tool shed and spy on Marina and her girlfriend who has two Fs in her last name. Also, Bette and Tina meet Yolanda at Dan Foxworthy’s Bananas Support Group For Distressed Future Parents, Dana tries coming out to her parents who were on Battlestar while Alice plays with a banana, and we finally experience the life-changing magic that is TWAT THE NIGHT.


+ Brittani Nichols
+ Carly Usdin
+ Carly’s comic book: Carly Usdin’s “Avant-Guards” Is the Women’s Basketball Comic Book You’ve Been Waiting for Since Before You Knew You Were Gay
+ The show Brittani is writing for: A Black Lady Sketch Show Reveals a Cast Ready to Make You Laugh
+ Read about Suicide Kale and watch it
+ All 91 Actors Who Were In Both “The L Word” and “Battlestar Galactica”
+ The OG recaps with lots of Carly appearances
+ Brittani’s Story of No
+ Listling With Minimal Commentary: How We Watched The L Word In Secret
+ A picture of us all watching The L Word a million years ago, featuring Carly’s puppet:

A throwback picture of the early days of Autostraddle. Robin Roemer (wearing a black turtle neck and brown hair with bangs), Carly Usdin (wearing a blue button-up, short brown hair, and glasses), Riese Bernard (wearing a red t-shirt, blue sunglasses, and a blonde gay haircut), and Alex Vega (wearing a red plaid shirt and a brown very gay haircut) sit on a couch, all with their mouths excitedly agape. Carly is holding a bright orange puppet guy with glasses, teal hair, and a blue nose.

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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.

Riese has written 3197 articles for us.


  1. There are points in this episode where I swear I can here you wiping away tears of laughter! It was very sweet.

  2. Awww that picture is so sweet. You were all so baby faced…
    But, still, those Shane opinions are just Trump_saying_wrong.gif

  3. I have to stop listening to this while I work out. It’s very hard to run when you’re laughing so hard you can’t breathe.

    Also would 100% listen to the Top Talks podcast

  4. This was really enjoyable! Also, I like Shane more on the rewatch. Like the good friend shines through but when I was a baby gay I was like, ‘it’s deeply upsetting to me that I don’t particularly want to fuck Shane.’

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