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    Geeks theannelevineshow

Ever wondered how the term “geek” evolved from its circus origins to encompass today’s tech-savvy, fandom-driven enthusiasts? We take a stroll down memory lane, unpacking the term’s complex past and acknowledging the mixed legacy of circus sideshows. Our conversation includes a poignant reflection on Katherine Dunn’s “Geek Love,” a tale that dives into the heart of a circus family and their offbeat dynamics. I also get personal, sharing my recent eye injection ordeal, which, believe it or not, connects back to the historical view of physical differences.

Life throws us curveballs, and in this episode, we catch a few, sharing heartfelt messages and well wishes to friends navigating through them. From recollections of Miichael’s military days, including his friend Ed, who took a few stints as a town clown, to dealing with the gnawing frustration of chronic back pain and the pursuit of medical relief, we traverse a landscape of resilience and camaraderie. We’re also cheering on our listeners, Artemis and Joselyn, urging them to keep turning those pages and to fill us in on their life’s latest chapters.

As the episode winds down, we chat about the eclectic mix of topics that somehow interweave in our lives—like securing that elusive summer reservation or the anticipation of Eurovision’s latest hits. I spotlight a “Peruvian” restaurant’s exceptional eggplant rollatini, a taste that lingers long after the meal, and discuss “Hurricane” by Eden Golan, Israel’s vibrant contribution to Eurovision. It’s a reminder of the unifying power of music, and how, amid the ups and downs, the right song can feel like a shared heartbeat across the globe. Join us for this journey of stories, empathy, and a shared love for the little things that connect us all.

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