North & South of Things

North & South of Things
Join George in Atlanta and Mark in St. Paul/Minneapolis for a periodic discussion of issues impacting the LGBTQ community and the community at large.

42 - A Fat Easter
Apr 12 • 26 min
Mark and George welcome one of the longest-running podcasters in the Pride48 family! We ask the Fat One … Why do you do this? When will you stop? And Who hurt you as a child!?” Enjoy! #Pride48 #P48
41 - Checking In with Fey
Mar 31 • 49 min
In this episode, George and Mark check in with @FeyDriver — the status of his home sales and we all talk about the local response to COVID-19.
40 - Wellness check
Mar 22 • 55 min
Mark & George take a minute to catch up and check on each others’ state of being during this period of turmoil. How are you coping? Hear what we’re doing to occupy our time and our strategies for working from home. #Pride48 #P48
39 - The year in senses
Jan 12 • 43 min
Mark and George take a look back at the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and touches of 2019! Give a listen. #Pride48
N & S 38 - Dealing with Loss and Grief
Oct 26, 2019 • 54 min
In this episode, Mark and George bring in fellow podcaster IC Greg of the Walk the Earth and Inappropriate Conversations to discuss dealing with death and grief associated with loss. We also bounce around the globe to hear how other cultures deal with the…
37 - Pride 48 Live - No friend of the LGBT community
Jun 23, 2019 • 59 min
It’s Pride Month! North & South of Things podcast participated in the Live Streaming event on June 22, 2019. Listen as Mark and George talk about pride month and policies enacted by the Trump administration that negatively impact the LGBTQIA…
36 - Our Favorite Art
Mar 14, 2019 • 67 min
Mark and George ramble on a good bit about their favorite art periods, artists from those periods and works of arts from those artists in those periods. See, even the description is long! We hope you enjoy! #Pride48 #P48
35 Be it Resolved
Jan 1, 2019 • 35 min
Join Mark and George as we reflect on life plans, resolutions and the year ahead. “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin. #Pride48 #P48
34 I want my country back, please.
Dec 22, 2018 • 53 min
Well, after a bit of a hiatus, George and Mark are back! On this episode, we discuss the state of affairs we find ourselves in these days, how we got to our current level of national discourse, and more. In the episode, we reference two articles: The Man…
33 Strange Celebrations
Dec 8, 2018 • 40 min
Mark and George take some time to talk about traditions and strange celebrations from around the globe to ring in the new year. (January 11, 2017). Note: Mark and George took a hiatus from the show for almost two years. The show returns December 2018 with…
32 Facing Fifty!
Dec 8, 2018 • 40 min
Both George and Mark turn 50 in the next 12 months: Mark turns 50 on December 27, 2016 and George turns 50 in November 2017! On this episode we talk about our approaches to turning 50. Fear and loathing? Or courage and positivity? You’ll have to listen to…
31 What went wrong? How to move forward.
Dec 8, 2018 • 60 min
Mark and I tackle a post-mortem on the election. We discuss what went wrong, lessons learned and action needed moving forward. Give a listen. Thanks! (November 21, 2016)
30 ROAR: Mamma Mia
Dec 8, 2018 • 41 min
It’s time for a Really Old-Ass Review (ROAR) - Mama Mia style. Yep, on this episode Mark and George dig in the video vaults and pull out a musical that is loved by some, reviled by others. Oh, and Mark makes a stunning admission that will have you…
29 Relax, damn it!
Dec 8, 2018 • 42 min
Do you ever have the need to take a moment and relax? Step away from the stress and breathe? Mark & George talk about relaxation techniques. #Pride48 #P48 (August 28, 2016)
28 Who Said That?
Dec 8, 2018 • 33 min
On this episode, George and Mark quiz each other on some not so famous quotes from famous people. #Pride48 #P48 (August 15, 2016)
27 Topic Roulette
Dec 8, 2018 • 46 min
Mark and George return to the app “Topic Suggest” for another episode with a wide array of discussions. (July 25, 2016)
26 Kitchen Challenge (CSA)
Dec 8, 2018 • 31 min
Mark has partnered with a friend on a shared community agricultural program. With his fee, he gets a bag of garden goods every week. Hear how Mark deals with quantity - and the challenges of the occasional odd produce items! #Pride48 #P48 (July 11, 2016)
25 Pride48 Live Show
Dec 8, 2018 • 58 min
This is a special week for the podcast as we celebrate our one year anniversary. It was during the Pride48 live event this time last year that Mark and I launched the North & South of Things. It is also a pretty somber week giving the tragedy at the Pulse…
24 There’s an App for that
Dec 8, 2018 • 41 min
On this episode, Mark and George abandon their “single-topic approach to the show. Instead, they rely on an app to dictate the topics we discuss. The app proves to be pretty handy, but you’ll have to listen to get the name of the app. #Pride48 #P48 (May…
23 Listener Feedback & Current Events
Dec 8, 2018 • 39 min
On this episode, Mark and George spend some time sharing feedback received and give thanks to listeners! Afterward, there’s some discussion on current topics of religious liberty, politics and general nuttiness of today in America. #Pride48 #P48 (May 8,…
22 Twenty Questions with George
Dec 8, 2018 • 30 min
Turn about is fair play. Mark gets his revenge on George, with 20 questions of his own. Like the last episode, Mark starts out with the Pivot Questionnaire. Enjoy this episode as we get to know George a bit more. #P48 #Pride48 (April 17, 2016)
21 Twenty Questions with Mark
Dec 8, 2018 • 36 min
It’s all about Mark! Mark is on the hot seat as he answers 20 probing questions from George. The first ten questions are from are the popular Pivot Questionnaire, popularized in the States by The Actor’s Studio. And then we go deeper with questions like…
20 Beer Me: A tasting
Dec 8, 2018 • 40 min
On this episode, Mark schools George on suds. It’s all about ales, hops, barley, craft breweries and more. Mark, quite the connoisseur of craft beer, makes a compelling argument for buying local when it comes to beer. We run a bit long on this episode,…
19 Why we watch what watch
Dec 8, 2018 • 33 min
Why do we watch what we watch? Is it the writing? The acting? The genre? Mark and George talk about the attraction of some series. What do the experts say draw us to serial crime dramas or reality tv? (March 6, 2016)
18 Cutting the Cord
Dec 8, 2018 • 31 min
What are the pros and cons of cutting the cord? How do you stay connected to your favorite shows in a cable-free environment? Are Netflix and Hulu the future networks of choice? Mark and George talk about these questions on this episode. (February 21,…
17 The Disgracing of Gary Webb
Dec 8, 2018 • 39 min
On this episode, George and Mark take a fascinating look at the real story behind the movie “Kill the Messenger.” San Jose Mercury News investigative journalist Gary Webb uncovers another CIA plot to create funds for the Nicaragua Contras. The scheme…
16 Single, Gay & One Income
Dec 8, 2018 • 35 min
It’s a new year and the season for renewed pledges of personal improvement - including finances. Mark & George talk about financial challenges they have experienced and strategies they’ve employed to move forward. And George talks about some financial…
15 Religious Liberty
Dec 8, 2018 • 32 min
Twenty states have some form of a ‘religious freedom’ law. The SCOTUS decision on marriage equality have many more states considering similar legislation. In this episode we discuss the intent of the legislation, faux religious persecution and a…
14 The Incredibly Shrinking Queer Space
Dec 8, 2018 • 31 min
Many in LGBT communities took their first brave steps “out” in queer spaces like bookstores, coffee houses, bars and dance clubs. But are these treasured spaces disappearing? Mark and George share how their favorite queer spaces shaped their early…
13 Whistleblowers
Dec 8, 2018 • 40 min
We’re a bit over the 30 minute limit, but the topic deserves it - whistleblowers. We talk briefly about whistleblowers in film - but mostly about modern day whistleblowers, including Edward Snowden. We share three documentaries on the topic - Citizenfour,…
12 Talking Turkey
Dec 8, 2018 • 27 min
It’s our second episode on cooking. Hear how George made a Thanksgiving dinner in 25 minutes and an unusual pie from Mark. And Mark has tips on gravy and over easy eggs as we share some of our Thanksgiving traditions and menu items. Gobble, gobble.…
11 Shows We Love - Vicious
Dec 8, 2018 • 28 min
Apologies for the timing/delay snafu. We’ll make it up to ya! How about two episodes on the same day? On Episode 11 we talk about one of our favorite BBC shows of late - Vicious. Yeah, the writing could be better and any queen worth her bead-reading…
10 Open Relationships
Dec 8, 2018 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Mark and George talk about a topic not often discussed in the gay community - open relationships. Having just fought a battle for marriage equality, are we duty-bound to conform to hetero normative relationships? Can these…
9 Brunch
Dec 8, 2018 • 31 min
On this episode, George and Mark talk about the gay high-holy Sunday tradition of…. brunch. And yes, we are painfully aware that the last episode was about body image - don’t judge us! lol Growing men need their vegetables… and protein… and perhaps a…
8 Body Image
Dec 8, 2018 • 34 min
On this episode Mark and George talk about body image - our experiences/issues with body image and how that intersect the gay community. And we have a voicemail message from fellow podcaster Fey Driver of the Pink Wheelnuts Podcast. Thanks for listening.…
7 Home Cooking
Dec 8, 2018 • 31 min
On today’s episode, we’re cooking with gas! Mark and George discuss our home cooking activities. From simple to complex dishes, come listen as we discuss cooking that nourishes the body and soul. (September 20, 2015)
6 Gay Trippin’
Dec 8, 2018 • 29 min
Vacation season is quickly vanishing. On this episode, Mark & George talk about gay trippin’ - past, present and future! We explore international and cross country destinations, as well as one-tank, back yard excursions. (August 31, 2015)
5 Trans Tipping Point
Dec 8, 2018 • 31 min
On this episode, we talk about the T in the LGBT. The transgender community is having a very interesting couple of years. Despite increased awareness and conversation, there continues to be a lack of understanding about basic terms and definitions. We…
4 Stadium Funding
Dec 8, 2018 • 32 min
On this episode, Mark and George talk about their cities’ respective NFL stadiums currently under development. Atlanta and Minnesota are both using public financing for the development of these professional sports teams. Is this fair? Does the community…
3 Divided We Stand
Dec 8, 2018 • 29 min
On this episode of the North & South of Things podcast, Mark and George discuss the great and growing divide in dialogue and civility in America. What role does social media play in dividing us? (July 19, 2015)
2 Aging Rainbows
Dec 8, 2018 • 29 min
On the second episode of the North & South of Things podcast, Mark and George discuss aging LGBT issues. We talk about aging issues in the gay community as presented in the Netflix series “Grace & Frankie” (2015) as well as two documentary films - “Before…
1 Pride: Past, Present & Future of LGBT Events
Dec 8, 2018 • 59 min
It’s appropriate that our first episode of North & South of Things takes place in Pride month and on a live LGBT streaming event with In this episode we talk about Pride events, a bit about our experiences with these events, and a special…