“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 111: Liberally

Hello and welcome back to “To L and Back,” a podcast for friends. This week we are all going to the store to find some bread for toast, Alice is being insane about her period, Francesca and Marina are not a very happy couple, Dana gets a haircut, Cherie has big dreams for Shane’s future but first Shane has to fix her daughter, Bette prepares for a Mommi-off with Fae Buckley, Tina wants to help at-risk children at the Institute for Social Justice Mart and so much more!

Episode Index:

+ A-Camp
+ The Valley Plays Itself: about Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies including Boogie Nights and the Valley
+ How LA’s Porn Valley became the adult entertainment capital of the world
+ Nancy Podcast episode about Kristin’s miscarriage: 100% Science, 100% Magic
+ A Christmas Story: Leg Lamp
+ Snoop Dogg’s Insta post about Pam Grier
+ Bones starring Pam Grier and Snoop Dogg
+ The Porn Business Isn’t Anything Like You Think It Is
+ I was incorrect when I said The Palms was the last lesbian bar in Los Angeles, it was actually the last lesbian bar in West Hollywood. You can read about the last lesbian bar in Los Angeles shutting down here.
+ The Palms on Lost Womyn’s Space
+ Gay Assstrology
+ Hallelujah on TV, from The West Wing to The O.C. and more

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  1. I forgot about Feral Window Jenny and the toast! The unhinged Jenny of earlier seasons is truly sublime. Mia Kirshner embodied her so well.

    Watching this again alongside the podcast is such a trip down memory lane. I’d also forgotten that when I first saw the L Word I didn’t realize it was made in Vancouver until this episode, when I heard the CAC lawyer’s French Canadian accent.

  2. You are so correct about the complete baby wardrobe.
    At 14 weeks, well out of the woods, we have exactly these things:
    – a Stormtrooper romper that we bought years ago, when we hadn’t even started planning to start trying.
    – a puffin toy that we bought last August when we thought I might be pregnant and kept though I wasn’t.
    – a puffin postcard which is like, cute on its own but maybe also in a nursery?

    And I have been knitting. But knitting is like a good luck charm. It feels very pro-active in a time when you can’t do anything but hope for the baby to stay with you. So:

    – half a baby blanket and a pair of socks.

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