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North & South of Things

43 EpisodesProduced by GeorgeWebsite

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.

43 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Welcome, Romo!

July 18th, 2020


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 …

N&S 42 - A Fat Easter

April 12th, 2020


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

N&S 41 - Checking In with Fey

March 31st, 2020


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. 

N&S 40 - Wellness check

March 22nd, 2020


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. …

N&S 39 - The year in senses

January 12th, 2020


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

October 26th, 2019


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 …

N&S 37 - Pride 48 Live - No friend of the LGBT community

June 23rd, 2019


It's Pride Month! North & South of Things podcast participated in the Live Streaming event on June 22, 2019. Listen as Mark and …

N&S 36 - Our Favorite Art

March 14th, 2019


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 …

N&S 35 Be it Resolved

January 1st, 2019


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 …

N&S 34 I want my country back, please.

December 22nd, 2018


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 …

N&S 33 Strange Celebrations

December 8th, 2018


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. …

N&S 32 Facing Fifty!

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 31 What went wrong? How to move forward.

December 8th, 2018


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)

N&S 30 ROAR: Mamma Mia

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 29 Relax, damn it!

December 8th, 2018


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)

N&S 28 Who Said That?

December 8th, 2018


On this episode, George and Mark quiz each other on some not so famous quotes from famous people. #Pride48 #P48 (August 15, 2016)

N&S 27 Topic Roulette

December 8th, 2018


Mark and George return to the app "Topic Suggest" for another episode with a wide array of discussions. (July 25, 2016)

N&S 26 Kitchen Challenge (CSA)

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 25 Pride48 Live Show

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 24 There's an App for that

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 23 Listener Feedback & Current Events

December 8th, 2018


On this episode, Mark and George spend some time sharing feedback received and give thanks to listeners! Afterward, there's some discussion on …

N&S 22 Twenty Questions with George

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 21 Twenty Questions with Mark

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 20 Beer Me: A tasting

December 8th, 2018


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, …

N&S 19 Why we watch what watch

December 8th, 2018


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)

N&S 18 Cutting the Cord

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 17 The Disgracing of Gary Webb

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 16 Single, Gay & One Income

December 8th, 2018


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. …

N&S 15 Religious Liberty

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 14 The Incredibly Shrinking Queer Space

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 13 Whistleblowers

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 12 Talking Turkey

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 11 Shows We Love - Vicious

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 10 Open Relationships

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 9 Brunch

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 8 Body Image

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 7 Home Cooking

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 6 Gay Trippin'

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 5 Trans Tipping Point

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 4 Stadium Funding

December 8th, 2018


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 …

N&S 3 Divided We Stand

December 8th, 2018


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. …

N&S 2 Aging Rainbows

December 8th, 2018


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" …

N&S 1 Pride: Past, Present & Future of LGBT Events

December 8th, 2018


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 …

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