“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 306: Lifesize with Jes Tom!

Generation Q has ended its first season and you know what that means: we are returning to the vast hellscape of the original L Word’s Season Three! Carly and I are kicking off with Episode 306 and a very special guest: “weird queer comedy babe” Jes Tom, who you should definitely follow on Twitter. This week’s episode involves so many strange and unpleasant-to-bearable events: Alexandra Hedison pretending to be straight, Carmen spraying Shane with a fire extinguisher because birds are monogamous, Bette telling Tina to go out and get it with Josh Becker, Sleater-Kinney playing at The Planet tonight, Max thinking hard about hormones, everybody finding out that Dana is actually super sick and so much more!


Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," 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. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Thank you for this podcast, I love it. After listening to the generation q episodes, I was reminded that Riese and Carly are resuming their duties with TLW season 3 (“it’s a lot.”) So trying to ease my l word hunger lead me to search for more podcasts about our favorite TV show. And I came across one called the planet. My podcast player says it was published in 2017, but upon further investigation it turns out to be a rebroadcast from 2006 … because the hosts are SO THRILLED to be starting off watching the 3rd season! They’re like,
    *This show gets better in the second episode.
    *She had breast cancer, but they’re not going to kill her!
    *What fo you think about Sharmen? Who? Sharmen? Yeah, Shane and Carmen!
    *I don’t think it’s going to last with them.
    *Mara is so hot! Finally a real butch dyke!

    And all they while, they are filled with such enthusiasm! I love love love to L and back, of course, but season 3 is a downer and we all know it. The disconnect I feel with these gals watching TLW real time is truly magical. It’s like a portal to another, more innocent land. I wanted to share, but I have only listened to the first few episodes of their season 3.

    The Planet: the podcast for L word.

    Thank you again, I love you all so much. I look forward to hearing you in my ears again soon! And Drew and Analyssa, too!

  2. Hey, I just wanted to say I fell behind on my watching The L Word (I was somewhere in season 2) and catching up with the podcast since the self-quarantine has me incredibly anxious and can I just say the fact that season 3 is SO shit is really comforting? Like my life is falling apart and I feel bad I’m not doing anything productive and my Mom is sick so I’m just incredibly grateful to watch this show be shit and hear y’all talk about it and have it take my mind off things, at least for at little while.

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