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North & South of Things

North & South of Things

By George
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.
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Checking In
George, Mark, and Romo spend an hour catching up and sharing a few much-needed laughs. 
April 11, 2021
Welcome, Romo!
In late June, the North & South of Things podcast welcomed a new co-host, Romo of the Podcubs podcast. Join us for this special episode on matters of race in America.  Recorded during Pride48's annual live streaming event on Pride weekend, and amid the COVID-19 pandemic and awakening in America's need for a national conversation on race. #Pride48
July 18, 2020
N&S 42 - A Fat Easter
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
April 12, 2020
N&S 41 - Checking In with Fey
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. 
March 31, 2020
N&S 40 - Wellness check
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
March 22, 2020
N&S 39 - The year in senses
Mark and George take a look back at the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and touches of 2019! Give a listen. #Pride48 
January 12, 2020
N & S 38 - Dealing with Loss and Grief
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 passing of loved ones. Thanks for listening. Follow the guys on Twitter:  @georgeinatlanta  @laffingbuddha and our guest @IC_Greg. #Pride48
October 26, 2019
N&S 37 - Pride 48 Live - No friend of the LGBT community
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 community. We also had a surprise guest - ROMO! Romo of the Podcubs Podcast joined us and provided an update on his move from Atlanta and transition to South Carolina.  #P48 #Pride48 #Pride
June 23, 2019
N&S 36 - Our Favorite Art
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
March 14, 2019
N&S 35 Be it Resolved
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
January 01, 2019
N&S 34 I want my country back, please.
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 Who Broke Politics (The Atlantic) and The Rise of False Equivalence (The Intercept). Thanks for listening. We're proud to be part of the Pride48 network of LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly podcasts.  Follow us at: @georgeinatlanta @laffingbuddha
December 22, 2018
N&S 33 Strange Celebrations
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 Episode 34. Stay tuned.
December 08, 2018
N&S 32 Facing Fifty!
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 find out! Happy Birthday to Mark! #Pride48 #P48 (December 23, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 31 What went wrong? How to move forward.
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)
December 08, 2018
N&S 30 ROAR: Mamma Mia
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 clutching your pearls! #P48 #Pride48 (September 12, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 29 Relax, damn it!
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)
December 08, 2018
N&S 28 Who Said That?
On this episode, George and Mark quiz each other on some not so famous quotes from famous people. #Pride48 #P48 (August 15, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 27 Topic Roulette
Mark and George return to the app "Topic Suggest" for another episode with a wide array of discussions. (July 25, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 26 Kitchen Challenge (CSA)
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)
December 08, 2018
N&S 25 Pride48 Live Show
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 Nightclub in Orlando where 49 members of our LGBT family were killed and more than 50 were injured by gunfire. With this in mind, Mark and I decided to discuss gun ownership and gun control during this special Pride48 live event. This show is proud to be a part of the Pride48 community! Learn more at (June 19, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 24 There's an App for that
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 22, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 23 Listener Feedback & Current Events
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, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 22 Twenty Questions with George
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)
December 08, 2018
N&S 21 Twenty Questions with Mark
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 "If you had the power to change one event in history, what would it be?" Enjoy this episode as we get to know more about Mark through his answers. #P48 #Pride48 (April 3, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 20 Beer Me: A tasting
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, blame it on the beer! #Pride48, #P48 (March 20, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 19 Why we watch what watch
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)
December 08, 2018
N&S 18 Cutting the Cord
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, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 17 The Disgracing of Gary Webb
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 involves the illegal transportation of massive quantities cocaine across the U.S. border with the support of CIA operatives. The cocaine ultimately led to the 'crack' epidemic in South Central Los Angeles in the 80's. We also talk about the shameful way major newspapers engaged in a smear campaign and ultimately disgrace Webb. (February 7, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 16 Single, Gay & One Income
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 backsliding that needs correcting. (January 22, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 15 Religious Liberty
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 surprising corporate response in Atlanta. (January 11, 2016)
December 08, 2018
N&S 14 The Incredibly Shrinking Queer Space
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 gay-days. We also talk about the incredibly shrinking queer space. While empirical data seems hard to find on the topic, our own observations show fewer and fewer places are available - especially in smaller cities. Does increasing, broad support for LGBT communities result in decreasing numbers of these establishments? Does access to the internet and dating apps further diminish the need for queer spaces? And what does fewer gay spaces mean for an aging gayby-boomers? #Pride48 (December 27, 2015)
December 08, 2018
N&S 13 Whistleblowers
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, Terminal F, and United States of Secrets. Enjoy. #Pride48 (December 14, 2015)
December 08, 2018
N&S 12 Talking Turkey
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. #Pride48 @Pride48 (December 1, 2015)
December 08, 2018
N&S 11 Shows We Love - Vicious
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 weight could see these jokes a mile away, but... we still like it. #Pride48 @Pride48 (December 1, 2015)
December 08, 2018
N&S 10 Open Relationships
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 relationships be successful? If so, what are the keys to ensuring success? Join us for a nonjudgemental conversation on open relationships. (November 1, 2015)
December 08, 2018
N&S 9 Brunch
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 mimosa or a Bloody Mary. Apologies to all for the differing volume levels in the last episode. We promise to do better. #ThanksLevelator
December 08, 2018
N&S 8 Body Image
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. (October 4, 2015)
December 08, 2018
N&S 7 Home Cooking
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)
December 08, 2018
N&S 6 Gay Trippin'
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)
December 08, 2018
N&S 5 Trans Tipping Point
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 delve into Kaitlyn Jenner's ESPY award and George learns more about the basic Trans definitions. (August 16, 2015)
December 08, 2018
N&S 4 Stadium Funding
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 benefit from these facilities? Or does this amount to corporate welfare for very wealthy team owners?
December 08, 2018
N&S 3 Divided We Stand
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)
December 08, 2018
N&S 2 Aging Rainbows
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 you know it" (2013) and "Out Late" (2008).
December 08, 2018
N&S 1 Pride: Past, Present & Future of LGBT Events
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 interview with Buck Cooke, Executive Director of Atlanta Pride. #AtlantaPride #Pride #LGBT @georgeinatlanta @laffingbuddha
December 08, 2018