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Mar 20, 2024

Have you ever been haunted by an abandoned place? We are joined by multidisciplinary artist Blake Pfeil to talk about his experiences exploring abandoned places, how abandoned places are inherently queer, and why they haunt us the way they do.

Mutual aid recommendations for Gaza include buying eSims, urging U.S. representatives to call for ceasefire, and donating directly to calls for aid. 


Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of religious trauma, religious persecution, child abuse, imprisonment, Nazis, homophobia, imperialism/colonialism, and Gaza.



Blake Pfeil is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist. In his “day job,” Blake steps into the role of Operations & Programs Manager at the nonprofit storytelling organization TMI Project, where he also serves as a producer for The TMI Project Story Hour, winner of an International Women's Podcast Award. He hosts The Pfeil File on Radio Kingston/WKNY (107.9 FM/1490 AM in the Hudson Valley, NY) where he also manages the Community Podcast Program. In all his non-existent spare time, Blake is an associate producer for season 5 of History Colorado's Lost Highways, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities. His current passion project is All-American Ruins, a multimedia travelog in which he fantastically recreates his experiences exploring abandoned spaces through multimodal storytelling. The podcast arm of the project, abandoned: The All-American Ruins Podcast, was an Official Select at On Air Fest 2023, winner of the Top of the Rockies – Best of Podcasts (2023), and recently nominated for Best Indie Podcast at the Ambies (2024). All-American Ruins was also shortlisted for the Elevate Creatives Fund, the UK International Radio Drama Festival, and Hrvatska Radiotelevizija's 27th Prix Marulic. MA, Purchase College; BFA, Emerson College; Alumni, SUNY Stony Brook's Audio Podcast Fellowship.



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Spirits is a boozy podcast about mythology, legends, and folklore. Every episode, co-hosts Julia and Amanda mix a drink and discuss a new story or character from a wide range of places, eras, and cultures. Learn brand-new stories and enjoy retellings of your favorite myths, served over ice every week, on Spirits.