The Gist: Kid Fury and Crissle from The Read, and Bobby Sichran remembered.

This Other American Life: The Read Talks to The Gist

This Other American Life: The Read Talks to The Gist

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 13 2015 5:54 PM

The Read Meets the Spiel

The podcast world is filled with white hosts and white audiences. Kid Fury and Crissle from The Read are changing that. 

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The Read is hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy of The Read/The Loud Speakers Network.

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Today on The Gist, Mike Pesca is joined by Kid Fury and Crissle, the hosts of The Read podcast. They are best known for their “reads,” a term with roots in the 1980s black gay community. A read is an honest, Spiel-like venting with a purpose, and makes for great listening. For the Spiel, Mike Pesca remembers his friend Bobby Lichman, who lived his life with brilliance, intensity, and conviction. Bobby performed under the name Bobby Sichran, and today’s show features music from his album From a Sympathetical Hurricane.

Today’s sponsor: The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, the new documentary series from HBO. It airs Sundays at 8 p.m. only on HBO.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.