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Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People

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1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 201...Show More

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72. Aussie Best Friend

1:11:36 | Aug 1st, 2017

An Aussie opens up about his family’s history which includes tales of drug dealing, substance abuse, mental illness, sex addiction and trying to find God in a hot yoga studio. Something really special clicks between Gethard and the caller, and not ju...Show More

91. Picture A Sunset

1:15:47 | Dec 12th, 2017

The unusual malady that afflicts this caller stirs up a philosophical discussion about how we, as humans, experience and remember our lives and craft our stories. This episode is brought to you by Sock Club, Squarespace, Casper Mattresses, and Ze...Show More

84. A True Crime Investigator

1:13:47 | Oct 24th, 2017

Usually this caller is the one conducting the interview. He’s a police officer by trade, but he works a little differently than your average cop. He investigates major crimes including sex crimes, shootings, robberies and murders. He tells Geth about...Show More

154. My Dad Owns A Strip Club

1:07:22 | Mar 12th

A few years ago, this caller took a job working at her dad’s strip club. There were duffel bags full of cash and other shady stuff. She thought showing tolerance for her father’s demons might help him understand her own, but things didn’t turn out as...Show More

131. What’s It Like To Be A Man Today?

1:12:35 | Sep 25th, 2018

A European nomad with 30% battery and a very full bladder is riding a ‘lift’ in the Parisian Metro as she chats with Geth (and a live audience in London). She’s curious: what’s it like to be a man in today’s changing society? This episode is brou...Show More

126. A Saudi Student in Canada

1:18:11 | Aug 21st, 2018

A woman studying neurobiology in Toronto talks about her experience overcoming the cultural differences between Saudi Arabia, Canada & America. Get some veggie poutine, this call was recorded live at JFL Montreal. This episode is brought to you b...Show More

121. Prison Bound

1:14:32 | Jul 17th, 2018

In a few days, this caller will turn herself over to federal authorities and begin a multi-year prison sentence. She tells Geth about how she ended up with a federal indictment, getting sober and all the fast food she’ll be eating before turning hers...Show More

110. Virtual Dominatrix

1:13:46 | May 1st, 2018

A political science student and self-described ‘Robin Hood of sugar babies’ talks with Geth about the significant emotional labor that goes into online sex work and the commensurate earnings. She also discusses her political aspirations, including he...Show More

106. Tasmanian Sex Ed Circus Performer

1:12:13 | Apr 3rd, 2018

An aerialist turned sex education teacher from Australia chats with Gethard about her life on the road, falling in love and the challenge of explaining consent to high school kids. This episode is brought to you by Thomas’ English Muffins.

105. Honne and Tatemae

1:11:36 | Mar 27th, 2018

Stuck between two cultures, a punk rocker calls in from the other side of the world to chat about finding his identity, navigating his country’s social norms and tells a story about how hard it was to finish a huge American burrito. This episode ...Show More

104. The Whirlpool Galaxy

1:16:51 | Mar 20th, 2018

Coping with tremendous grief from a recent tragedy, an astrophysics researcher talks to Geth about black holes, extraterrestrial life and the fate of humanity.  This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: BEAUTIFUL)...Show More

98. Chemo Chameleon

1:16:39 | Feb 6th, 2018

Headed to her first chemotherapy treatment after a recent cancer diagnosis, this young woman is naturally a little stressed and nervous. However, spirits are soon lifted in a call that includes stories of haunted apartments, puns and a doctor’s note ...Show More

58. Vinyl Market Researcher

1:18:47 | Apr 25th, 2017

Should this week's caller quit his lucrative corporate job to pursue his passion? His dream is to purchase a small business but he's nervous that he'll lose his financial stability. Chris chats with him about the plusses and minuses at play in this b...Show More

153. Car Crash

1:09:42 | Mar 5th

Years later, this caller still hears the sounds of the tragic car accident he survived. He tells Geth how he won’t let the trauma of the crash revive the anxiety he overcame in his younger days. They also talk about an internet dating experience that...Show More

152. Love At First [blank]

1:09:33 | Feb 26th

A blind caller tells Geth his touching internet-era love story & explains why he considers himself a visual learner. This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/BEAUTIFUL), Talkspace (www.talkspace.com code: BEAUTIFUL), a...Show More

151. The King of Silver Linings

1:12:57 | Feb 19th

A stress-free 34 year old who loves what he does for a living has to decide what to eat for lunch. This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com (www.stamps.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Joybird (www.joybird.com/BEAUTIFUL), and Third Love (www.thirdlove.c...Show More

150. Meta Millennial

1:12:33 | Feb 12th

A social media manager slash graphic designer pitches her podcast & gives Gethard instagram advice. This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon, Calm (www.calm.com/beautiful), OkCupid, and Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast.

149. RINO

1:10:49 | Feb 5th

Raised by liberals, after becoming a mom as a teenager, this caller’s politics shifted. Some would now call her a “Republican in name only” or a “compromising conservative,” but she disagrees. Her compelling life story is a jumping off point to searc...Show More

148. In Loving Arms

1:07:51 | Jan 29th

This episode includes: a double-headed red dildo, binders full of sperm, epilepsy, addiction & rehab. But most importantly, it’s about an inspiring mom who’s been through a whole heck of a lot to support and protect her family. This episode is...Show More

147. Crying Into My Boba

1:11:21 | Jan 22nd

Too many edibles. A missing sister. Paranoia. Depersonalization & derealization. This week’s caller had a tough 2018, but with therapy and treatment, she’s conquering one thing at a time.  This episode is brought to you by Joybird (www.joybird.co...Show More

146. American Ex-Pat & Berlin Go-Between

1:11:05 | Jan 15th

A caller in Berlin connects Geth with someone in Finland who happens to be from Oklahoma. Should Geth move to Finland? An American ex-pat helps Geth decide. This episode is brought to you by Brooklinen (www.brooklinen.com code: STORIES), Simple C...Show More

145. My First Job Interview Ever

1:08:04 | Jan 8th

In 90 minutes, a graphic design student will have her first-ever job interview. Luckily, Gethard is on the phone to help her get calmed down and psyched up.

Beautiful Follow-Ups: Love Goes On (#69 - Love Is Everywhere)

1:13:22 | Jan 4th

In June 2017, a mother of 5 spent an hour talking to Chris while in a waiting room, about to hear life or death test results from her daughter’s oncologist. A year later, she tells Chris that all her daughter wants is for her and her family to keep l...Show More

144.5 Bonus: Beautiful Resolutions for 2019

1:09:04 | Jan 1st

It’s time for the annual Beautiful Anonymous New Year’s resolutions episode. Listeners (and a couple special guests) called in for a series of brief one minute calls to tell Geth their goals, hopes and plans for 2019.

144. Queer Feminist Pagan Yuletide

1:13:34 | Dec 25th, 2018

Coming out of the closet to her family was this caller’s New Year’s resolution for 2018. As the year comes to close, she tells Geth whether she achieved the goal. One thing she definitely accomplished: getting her Trump-supporting neighbor to help he...Show More

143. 28-Year-Old College Student

1:12:23 | Dec 18th, 2018

A real-life Frank The Tank living with hard-partying 18-21 year old college kids is studying geosciences with the goal of one day improving global water supplies. He’s struggled with some mental health issues, which has helped him provide guidance to...Show More

142. A Bridge Between Humans

1:13:25 | Dec 11th, 2018

Raised in Japan, this week’s guest moved to Canada because of the freedom and culture of openness. Hardly able to speak the language, she now works a job where she literally helps people speak for themselves in difficult situations. Gethard met up wi...Show More

141. Gay Mormon

1:13:07 | Dec 4th, 2018

Imagine if your mom found out you were getting married because she saw your wedding on the TV news. He called in to point out an issue with episode 14 (that’s 127 episodes ago!) but also tells Geth about growing up Mormon and being a stepdad. This e...Show More

140. I Lost 150 Pounds

1:12:44 | Nov 27th, 2018

What is it like to transform from very large to marathon runner very quickly? A polite but engaged audience in Toronto helps Geth out with some questions, like how her experience feels in the context of the body positivity movement (and they tweet so...Show More

139. Basement Infidelity

1:12:58 | Nov 20th, 2018

A cheating husband, drugs, stalkers, liars and flipping houses. This week’s caller is at a critical juncture in her life and is a little unclear on where the truth lies. This episode is brought to you by This Is Love podcast, One Drop (www.getone...Show More

138. House Burned Down

1:10:19 | Nov 13th, 2018

Her home is engulfed in flames. She brings the geckos, kittens & dogs to safety and checks on the donkeys, mules, chickens and horses to make sure they are safe as well. Three days later, lying under an electric blanket with her cat, this week’s call...Show More

137. Color of Sunshine, Color of Moonlight

1:11:45 | Nov 6th, 2018

Days after the 2016 election, a mother of three was nervous about how the outcome of the election would impact her children and left an emotional voicemail for Beautiful Anonymous. Two years later, she talked to Geth about the challenges she and her ...Show More

136. Wilderness Rehabilitation

1:09:13 | Oct 30th, 2018

On an eight hour solo road trip, a wilderness therapy guide takes a break from dreaming of the woods and insects to chat with Gethard. He’s a wanderer, a man of nature and a modern day philosopher and Gethard gets him to unleash some wisdom gleaned f...Show More

135. Vanity & Sanity

1:03:58 | Oct 22nd, 2018

What is beauty? Maybe the answer is unknowable. For this week’s caller, searching for the answer to that question has been the source of a lot of emotions: anger, depression, anxiety, jealousy and sometimes happiness.  This episode is brought to ...Show More

Bonus: An Excerpt from LOSE WELL Audiobook

18:45 | Oct 19th, 2018

Featuring laugh-out-loud, kick-in-the-pants advice on how to embrace failure and start living life on your own terms, Lose Well is Chris Gethard's new book. Enjoy this excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Chris himself.

134. Upward Slide of Happiness

1:12:36 | Oct 16th, 2018

Sitting on a bench in a quintessentially British location, near Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in London, a young Brit opens up with Gethard in a way he never would with anyone in his normal life. From his parents divorce while living on a rural Scottish g...Show More

133. Nap Time

1:10:21 | Oct 9th, 2018

“Day care is wild though, let me tell ya!” It’s time to put down a bunch of one-year-olds for a nap and talk with Geth. Married young and facing a divorce in her 20s, this week's caller is ready to have some fun. Geth’s advice: She has plenty of time...Show More

132. I Survived A Mass Shooting

1:11:12 | Oct 2nd, 2018

A mass shooting survivor talks to Gethard about the love, positivity and beauty she has experienced in the year since the real-life nightmare she lived through in Las Vegas. This episode is brought to you by Merge Records (www.mergerecords.com co...Show More

130. My Year of Sexploration

1:12:43 | Sep 18th, 2018

Last time this caller got through she talked about being a marching band teacher. She got through again. This time she gets very detailed about a year of pushing and exploring boundaries. This episode is brought to you by Sun Basket (www.sunbasket.c...Show More

129. Not Afraid of Life

1:11:40 | Sep 11th, 2018

A hard-working mom balancing multiple jobs and school has an inspiring approach to life. Geth tries to find out what it’s like when her Cuban side comes out: when she gets mad, she transforms, like The Incredible Hulk, and her soft spoken demeanor gi...Show More

128. Nervous Interrupter (Let's All F***)

1:17:41 | Sep 4th, 2018

A merch guy tells Geth about sexual experimentation on the road and coming to terms with his desires. This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Brooklinen (www.brooklinen.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Stamps.com ...Show More

127. 40 Lbs of Cat

1:11:37 | Aug 28th, 2018

Is Facebook evil? Can the internet become a more humane and civil place? Beautiful Anonymous’s first official cat lady has a suggestion: A Sorry Sally Detector for internet communication. This week’s caller has the inside tech scoop-- she worked at F...Show More

125. Major Postal Bitch

1:12:07 | Aug 14th, 2018

Drugs, rampages, the postal system. This call has it all. Buckle up and enjoy. This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Pact (www.wearpact.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Bombas (www.bombas.com/STORIES), and Caffe Monster.

124. Goose, Not Maverick

1:17:50 | Aug 7th, 2018

Herding fighter pilots like cats, taking “go pills” to stay focused for long flights, imposter syndrome, “don’t ask, don’t tell.” These are just some of the unique things this active-duty service member has experienced while serving her country and s...Show More

123. Hanukkah With Fidel

1:19:46 | Jul 31st, 2018

A Cuban refugee met up with Chris in a New York City park. The realities of Jewish life in Cuba, seeing snow for the first time, and falling in love are discussed as flying garbage and passing loud New Yorkers occasionally interrupt. This epis...Show More

122. Northern Ireland

1:15:28 | Jul 24th, 2018

Northern Ireland: come for the apple orchards and beautiful cathedrals, not the disaster tourism. Born to a Catholic mother and Protestant father, this week’s caller attended a segregated school where they had more bomb scare days than snow days. She...Show More

120. Out Of The Closet

1:17:19 | Jul 10th, 2018

A young man who has never told anyone about his sexuality finally does. He and Geth talk online relationships, coming out in conservative parts of the country, and being completely unimpressed by Mt. Rushmore. This episode is brought to you by Ha...Show More

119. 39-Year-Old Grandma

1:14:56 | Jul 3rd, 2018

A young grandmother with a family tree that involves some unusually complicated math talks with Gethard about rolling with the punches and rising above the obstacles that life puts in her way.  This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon (ww...Show More

118. I Cry On The Toilet

1:13:57 | Jun 26th, 2018

We live in a world that can be harsh, brutal and unfair. This week’s caller drives around and personally helps kids and parents in difficult situations. (Hint: The caller is not the one who cries on the toilet.) This episode is brought to you ...Show More

117. Smoking Weed in Christiania

1:13:22 | Jun 19th, 2018

Freetown Christiania is an area in Copenhagen where there are no laws and anarchy rules. This week’s caller is walking there to smoke weed with friends from all over Europe. She tells Gethard about life in Denmark in 2018 on the way. This epis...Show More

116. She Killed My Father

1:09:39 | Jun 12th, 2018

Just ten years ago, transgender was a new word for many people, including this caller. When a close family member transitioned, it was a complex and emotional journey. This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful).

115. The Chillionaire

1:11:02 | Jun 5th, 2018

A goblin fiction ghost writer and artist at heart has an identity crisis after inheriting a million dollars from a distant uncle. This episode is brought to you by Always Forever Maybe, Brooklinen (www.brooklinen.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Great Women of...Show More

114. Charity Laundry

1:13:15 | May 29th, 2018

Raised in a troubled home, with parents who lived a transient lifestyle and a father who eventually ended up in prison, this week’s caller was able to rise above his circumstances and now works to give back to the community. Also, a casual debate ens...Show More

113. Irish Wake

1:14:56 | May 22nd, 2018

This week’s caller tells Chris about the very close relationship she had with her recently passed grandmother. Gethard cheers her up with funny stories and by doing his best Freddie Mercury impression. This episode is brought to you by Magoosh...Show More

112. Quiet Rage

1:11:21 | May 15th, 2018

How do you become successful in comedy? How do you know when you’ve made it? In a return to form for Beautiful Anonymous, Gethard chats with an aspiring stand-up comedian about getting out of her own way and making art, even if that means embracing h...Show More

111. Death Row Lawyer

1:12:23 | May 8th, 2018

Growing up in Northern England, this week’s caller became unlikely pen pals with a death row inmate in the American South. That experience, along with an unusual proximity to murder that she describes as a “family quirk”, inspired her career path. ...Show More

109. If They Say No, They Mean No

1:12:40 | Apr 24th, 2018

A young man describes three difficult experiences of being sexually assaulted and overcoming drug addiction. It's a raw, honest conversation that is occasionally interrupted by Snapchat notifications and a barking puppy. This episode is brought t...Show More

108. Road Dogs

1:13:42 | Apr 17th, 2018

Driving 10-12 hours a day buying and selling machinery can lead to challenges like finding a good gym and getting sufficient protein while avoiding fast food. Gethard has a fun chat with two dudes on a long road trip about making major life changes, ...Show More

107. It’s Quiet Time

1:15:11 | Apr 10th, 2018

A mother of two talks about her youthful past as a wandering actor and the choices she made to change her life. Geth asks a question in this call that leads to the ultimate “Sorry Sally” moment: How much do Playboy models get paid? This episode i...Show More

103. Brady Bunch Wedding / Ron Paul’s Baby Returns

1:25:30 | Mar 13th, 2018

A juicy family history, a fast approaching wedding and upcoming gallbladder surgery are on the caller’s mind this week and Gethard helps her work through it all. After the call, stay tuned for a 2-year anniversary check-in (and live audience sing-alo...Show More

102. Dealer Turned Surgeon

1:15:09 | Mar 6th, 2018

How did this self-described East Coast dirtbag go from selling drugs out of his mom’s minivan to doing brain surgery? His answer: Donnie Darko. Gethard asks him some hard hitting questions like: What skills acquired in drug dealing are useful as a br...Show More

101. English Idyll

1:14:07 | Feb 27th, 2018

Ever heard of "granary bread?" Yeah? Then you’re probably British, like this week’s caller. If not, then get out your malted barley and listen to Gethard celebrate cultural differences with a mother and social media expert from England’s rural south....Show More

100. One Hundred Anonymous

1:12:23 | Feb 20th, 2018

With a combined 200 years of life lived, a retired dentist and an amateur artist chat with Gethard about staying creative as you get older, living a fulfilling life, regrets and the fear of death. One key lesson: travel if you can, but skip The Mona ...Show More

99. Sober Mathematician

1:12:56 | Feb 13th, 2018

Longtime listeners know: math is Chris Gethard's nemesis. A real-life mathematician calls in and gives Gethard the most thrilling math quiz ever on a podcast. (We feel safe making that claim.) He also talks about his struggle with substances in colle...Show More

97. In The Candy Aisle

1:10:02 | Jan 30th, 2018

A man narrates his stroll though a Wal-Mart. As he peruses the aisles, from guns to kitchen appliances, the discussion ranges from philosophical to farcical. This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful) and Zola (w...Show More

96. Boy Crazy

1:11:29 | Jan 23rd, 2018

She does improv, lives in New Jersey and considers herself a "niche person." Needless to say, this week’s caller bonds pretty easily with Gethard. She explains what it’s like to be on summer break from college and a little boy crazy.   This episode...Show More

95. Monogamous Animals

1:12:33 | Jan 16th, 2018

"If anybody has seen hell, it would be me.” What starts as an immigrant success story ends up weaving through prostitution, revenge, tragedy, sexuality, morality and religion. Note that this episode contains difficult topics including sexual violence...Show More

94. The Puppet Master

1:14:24 | Jan 9th, 2018

An art school grad talks about his success working in an emerging technological art form. Then, out of nowhere, something happens in this call that changes everything about Gethard’s world. This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talkspa...Show More

93.5 Bonus: Beautiful Resolutions

34:30 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Beautiful Anonymous fans called in for a series of brief one minute calls to tell Chris their goals, hopes and plans for 2018.

93. Successful Stalker

1:14:58 | Dec 26th, 2017

Can stalking your crush lead to a successful long-term relationship? A young woman tells Gethard about her years-long pursuit. This episode is brought to you by Magoosh (www.magoosh.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Casper Mattresses, Talkspace (www.talks...Show More

92. Wisdom From The Bushman

1:15:34 | Dec 19th, 2017

Unsure of her future, a young German woman finds herself in Australia picking cherries with a group of ex-cons & social outcasts. She passes the phone to a fellow picker and mentor of sorts who opens up about finding solace in the wilderness. He shar...Show More

90. Hipster Hospice Chaplain

1:14:59 | Dec 5th, 2017

Gethard has a surprisingly light-hearted chat about death with an expert in the field. This episode is brought to you by Zelle, Talkspace, Hello Fresh, Sock Club, and Brooklinen.

89. Black Cloud of a Husband

1:13:09 | Nov 28th, 2017

A mother of four tells Gethard about going from med school to motherhood, and how she escaped a troubled marriage with a controlling, manipulative man.

88. Cadaver Epiphany

1:13:15 | Nov 21st, 2017

A first year medical student tells Gethard how dissecting dead bodies changed her feelings on death. She opens up about how her mother inspired her to study medicine and some of the worst smells she’s encountered, like when she had to dissect a human...Show More

87. Head Injury

1:13:57 | Nov 14th, 2017

A guy got hit really hard in the head. He tells Gethard all about it. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: CG), Talkspace (www.talkspace.com/beautiful), Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/beautiful), and Broo...Show More

86. Plant Splooge

1:12:06 | Nov 7th, 2017

A bonafide geologist tells Geth about fossilized dung fungi and the behind the scenes secrets of the Museum of Natural History. They also talk about how quickly the Earth is dying and weigh the likelihood of colonizing Mars. This episode is broug...Show More

85. Moravian Trademonk

1:11:39 | Oct 31st, 2017

“You can’t give puppies cow vaccines.” That’s how this caller ends her hour with Gethard. The journey to that moment takes us through: Italian Madrigals, getting licked by a baby cow, going on a tour of a cranberry marsh, and a very personal story ab...Show More

83. The Relaxed Satanist

1:10:04 | Oct 17th, 2017

Gethard has a meandering chit chat with a photographer and former photo developer who details the unusual things people put on film, like nazi motorcycle gang orgies and police crime scene photos. The caller opens up about his interest in the macabre...Show More

Bonus: FOUND with special guest Chris Gethard

36:46 | Oct 12th, 2017

This week we're bringing you a special bonus release. Gethard guests on the Found podcast, the podcast where host Davy Rothbart explores personal stories of love, loss, hope, transformation and aspiration through the lens of lost and found notes. Chr...Show More

82. Sex Toys and Bourbon

1:14:52 | Oct 10th, 2017

A nice midwestern girl moved to LA. While fixing herself a drink, she tells Gethard tales of porn, vomit, hair extensions and an elopement.This episode is brought to you by Stamps.com (www.stamps.com code: BEAUTIFUL), Casper Mattresses (www.casper.co...Show More

81. Rabbits and Catholics

1:10:55 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Recently engaged to a deeply Catholic man, this week’s caller asks Gethard for some guidance. Also in this week’s call: weird stuff at cybernetic garage sales, near death experiences at jury duty, and an answer to the question: How do rabbits react t...Show More

80. Hiding In A Storage Space

1:12:36 | Sep 26th, 2017

Today's caller is a dad with two sons who just dropped his 5 year old off for his first day of Kindergarten and he and his wife have their first couples therapy appointment that afternoon. The caller says that recent professional changes, growing con...Show More

79. Civil War Survivor

1:14:38 | Sep 19th, 2017

Today’s caller was injured by grenade shrapnel as a young child and brought to the U.S. by her mother to receive medical treatment. She tells Chris about her family’s experience living through an extended civil war and building a life in the United S...Show More

78. Bloomin' Love

1:11:33 | Sep 12th, 2017

Santería, possible mafia connections and digestive troubles are a part of this week’s caller’s complicated family history. Calling from a Dunkin’ Donuts bathroom, this rambunctious fun-loving bartender tells Chris hilarious, bizarre, and gross anecdo...Show More

77. Coming Out with Katie Couric

1:16:35 | Sep 5th, 2017

Iconic journalist Katie Couric joins Gethard as guest co-host. They chat with a college student in an early stage of major life changes. The caller bravely opens up about some very personal and emotional stuff...and also talks about having a unique e...Show More

76. A Big Hole

1:11:14 | Aug 29th, 2017

Eight months pregnant and she loves messing with people, this week’s caller is celebrating her birthday on Beautiful Anonymous. She tells Gethard about some pregnancy-driven life hacks. Controversial birthing practices? They go there.This episode is ...Show More

75. Charlottesville

1:15:31 | Aug 22nd, 2017

An African American military vet living in Charlottesville discusses the recent protests in his town. He tells Chris about confronting KKK rallies and how to deal with white supremacists. He’s also playing Mario Kart and really hates Peach.This episo...Show More

74. Holy Moly

1:11:41 | Aug 15th, 2017

Having dealt with mental health issues and an eating disorder this caller now helps others confront those problems. She tells Chris about the repercussions of coming out in a small town, and the two discuss their strategies for dealing with anxiety, ...Show More

73. Homeschooled Bigfoot Hunter

1:13:34 | Aug 8th, 2017

Sasquatch. Bigfoot. Skunk-Ape. Yeti. Whatever you want to call it, this week's caller is on the hunt. A homeschooled paranormal enthusiast, he tells Chris about some of the things he believes in.This episode is brought to you by Talkspace (www.talksp...Show More

71. American Studies

1:14:28 | Jul 25th, 2017

What college major could possibly involve writing an academic paper comparing the 1968 film “The Parent Trap” with the 1998 remake starring Lindsay Lohan? It could only be Gethard’s major, American Studies! This week’s caller chats about what it’s li...Show More

70. Tattoo Parlor

1:14:49 | Jul 18th, 2017

Calling in from a tattoo parlor, this week’s caller is getting inked up to commemorate a grim experience. Some wild tattoo stories are told as the phone gets passed around. Secret family drama gets dissected: an estranged brother, internet stalking, ...Show More

69. Love Is Everywhere

1:12:42 | Jul 11th, 2017

A mother calls in from a children’s hospital while waiting for her daughter's test results. Gethard & the caller shed some tears while discussing tragedy, sickness, pain and suffering. But it’s not all sad. Birthday parties, gelato, Disney World and ...Show More

68. Married The Day We Met

1:14:20 | Jul 4th, 2017

Gethard chats with a Soprano. As in the highest of the four singing voices in Opera, not a character from a popular HBO show. The caller speaks about troubled relationships from her past and, even more troubling, a serious childhood trauma. (Trigger ...Show More

67. Country AF

1:18:12 | Jun 27th, 2017

On her lunch break, today’s caller engages in some light hearted chit chat about office gossip and her (sometimes frustrating) side gig as a wedding photographer. But then, when a hot button political issue comes up, things start to get heated.This e...Show More

66. Sex Drugs and Retail

1:13:51 | Jun 20th, 2017

Ever wonder what it's like to be paid to secretly watch shoppers on camera? This week's caller works in the retail field of "loss prevention." He tells Gethard about the time he confronted a shoplifter and got punched in the face, and discusses how t...Show More

65. Deaf

1:17:34 | Jun 13th, 2017

This week's caller is a somewhat unconventional podcast fan. He loves Beautiful/Anonymous even though he's never technically heard an episode. Hmmm. Mysterious. He shares his unique experience with the medium, his outlook on life, and his best party ...Show More

64. Mother Moon (Live in Portland, Oregon)

1:04:57 | Jun 6th, 2017

A poet-to-be calls in to the Beautiful Anonymous live tour. She and Gethard get off to a slow start. That might work in the studio, but the live audience gets a little restless! So the caller turns to the people closest to her to help ramp up the exc...Show More

63. Singer Who Won't Sing

1:11:40 | May 30th, 2017

Struggling to realize her creative ambitions in early adulthood, this week’s caller confronted body image issues when younger. Gethard gives her a pep talk and discusses the challenge of being creative while dealing with other people's judgement. ...Show More

62. Just Like A Johnny Cash Song

1:06:28 | May 23rd, 2017

Raised in a tumultuous household and married at eighteen to the pastor’s son, today’s caller was divorced before she turned twenty. Betrayal, love triangles and shotgun deaths are all a part of the wild ride that she’s lived in her twenty-six years. ...Show More

61. Rekindling An Old Friendship

1:12:57 | May 16th, 2017

Against the odds, a caller from one of the earliest, most listened-to calls manages to get through for a second time. Unprecedented! The caller gives Gethard an update on what's happened in his life since his first call over a year ago. They chat abo...Show More

60. Public Defender

1:13:40 | May 9th, 2017

Big parties with lawyers gathered around piles of cocaine. Inequality in the criminal justice system. Huge corporations ripping off the families of jailed inmates. Gethard talks to a public defender about these topics, and discovers her favorite word...Show More

59. First Kiss

1:24:40 | May 2nd, 2017

One hour ago, in the rain, this week’s caller experienced her first kiss. She tells Gethard about the high school experience in 2017 covering the new (Snapchat, group texting, nerd culture being cool) and the established (SATs, teen pregnancy, crushe...Show More

57. Swingers

1:20:20 | Apr 18th, 2017

Gethard has a threesome! Okay, okay...it's just a three-way phone call, but this week's callers are a married couple who talk to Chris about their swinging lifestyle. Find out how they meet other swinger couples, what the proper etiquette is in an 8-...Show More

56. A Midwife Discusses Birth Schmutz

1:20:18 | Apr 11th, 2017

Chris asks a midwife some real questions: has she ever seen someone in labor punch someone else? And, what happens to the schmutz left behind after a birth? Politically divisive topics are covered and important lessons are learned (like, never tell a...Show More

55. Trail Blazer

1:21:59 | Apr 4th, 2017

It's a story like something out of a surreal American novel, with wealth and poverty intertwined. On the phone while hiking a mountain, this week’s caller tells Chris about his youth, spent experimenting with every drug known to man. Chris was remind...Show More

54. What Not To Ask A Trans Person

1:17:20 | Mar 28th, 2017

Assigned as a female at birth, this week's caller has been socially and medically transitioning for close to four years. He answers some of the most common questions cis people have for trans people. He also tells Gethard what questions you probably ...Show More

53. Cruise Ship Mafia

1:12:30 | Mar 21st, 2017

After graduating from the actual (pre-Jack Black) School of Rock, playing with the likes of Peter Frampton, this week’s caller found himself traveling the world as a cruise ship musician. Get the behind-the-scenes details on life at sea and its secre...Show More

52. Ron Paul's Baby Part 2

1:15:41 | Mar 14th, 2017

For the one-year anniversary episode, Chris reunites with the very first Beautiful Anonymous caller: Ron Paul’s Baby. Find out if having his story told to millions of people has changed him for better or worse. Did the spotlight destroy him or save h...Show More

51. Made Out With My Teacher

1:14:18 | Mar 7th, 2017

A chance encounter at a coffee shop unearthed difficult experiences from this caller’s high school years. The troublesome nature of the call brings out Chris’s anger and rarely-seen “North-Jersey-guy-ready-to-break-bones” side.This episode is brought...Show More

50. Fugitive Father

1:15:37 | Feb 28th, 2017

Having a reformed criminal kingpin for a dad has made it difficult for this week’s caller to find his path in life. At his father’s urging, he studied water systems engineering, which means he can answer a serious question that’s been on Geth’s mind:...Show More

49. Bisexual Brahmin

1:12:12 | Feb 21st, 2017

The caste system, religion, arranged marriages and bisexuality are on the mind of this caffeinated caller. Raised in Kenya and India, educated in California and currently living on the East Coast, he opens up about dealing with his conservative relig...Show More

48. Power Grid of Love

1:11:49 | Feb 14th, 2017

Interested in the intricacies of how the US electrical grid functions? No? Well, you will be interested in hearing about how the caller wants to “disconnect from her ex-boyfriend’s power grid”. Love, in the language of electricity. Sit back and soak ...Show More

47. Illness, Love & Dogs

1:12:28 | Feb 7th, 2017

Today's caller is recovering from a serious illness acquired while working on peace building in East Africa. He likes to give Chris a hard time but also talks about some deep stuff, like contemplating how to maintain one's idealism and passion when s...Show More

In Your Dreams presented by Casper - Episode 7: Wyatt Cenac - Incepted by T-Boz

29:26 | Feb 3rd, 2017

Gary makes a devil’s bargain with guest Wyatt Cenac to keep Chris from discovering his terrible secret. In the meantime, the dreams keep flowing: a salty dive off a waterfall, Jimmy Buffett’s parenting skills, and a McDonalds ball-pit… of death!Go to...Show More

46. 4 Kids 0 Spaghetti

1:12:43 | Jan 31st, 2017

At a young age, he found himself a divorced father of four. Battling depression, all he wanted was to find a nice girl to take on a date for some spaghetti and meatballs. Recovering from the low point in his life, and from career stagnation, this col...Show More

45. Inside The Heroin Epidemic

1:13:06 | Jan 24th, 2017

Addicted to heroin for ten years, this week’s caller got clean because she wanted to be a good mother to her new son. She tells Chris about how she started using when a high school boyfriend introduced her to pills. Eventually she was living in her c...Show More

44. American Daughter

1:11:12 | Jan 17th, 2017

Raised by parents who moved from Vietnam to the United States in search of a better life, this week’s caller is her family’s first American-born child. She talks about defying stereotypes and asserting her independence by dying her hair. Find out how...Show More

43. Marching Band Teacher

1:11:56 | Jan 10th, 2017

How horny are high school marching band kids? Is it appropriate for a boy to dye his hair in the girls bathroom? This week’s caller drank a sh**-ton (sorry Sally) of coffee and raises these very important questions. She also uses her practiced ‘compa...Show More

42. Queer Black Punk in Appalachia

1:17:39 | Dec 20th, 2016

Growing up as a black woman in rural Appalachia wasn't easy. She was different, and she was bullied. But punk rock saved her, and helped her form her own identity. Chris interrupts her Snapchatting at the start of the call, which leads to a discussio...Show More

Casper Presents: In Your Dreams - Episode 2: Enter the Bloodtality

36:48 | Dec 19th, 2016

Comedian Jo Firestone joins Chris and Gary for this week's dream analysis, tackling mysterious coded messages, robots who love flowers, and shark eyes! But tensions run high as details of Gary's "training" begin to come out.Go to www.casper.com/drea...Show More

41. Escape From A Cult

1:12:47 | Dec 13th, 2016

Brainwashed into a religious cult. Our caller escaped 10 years ago, but she's only now starting to process the trauma: from sexual manipulation and poison, to hallucinations and "mind melding". Chris talks about therapy (and discovers a mutual love f...Show More

Casper Presents: In Your Dreams - Episode 1: The Richardsonian Method of Dream Analysis

33:31 | Dec 12th, 2016

Our inaugural episode kicks off with dreams about 80s pop superstar Huey Lewis, demon children with pink eye, and the age old question of whether Yoo-hoo is for children or adults. Plus, special guest Aparna Nancherla reminisces about the post-apocal...Show More

40. Single Mom Cancer Survivor

1:07:44 | Dec 6th, 2016

Today's caller discusses beating cancer and raising her son as a single mom. Through all of her struggles, big and small, she’s stayed relentlessly positive. Let’s just hope she doesn’t get fired for talking to Chris for an hour while at work!This ep...Show More

39. A Sister Scorned

1:09:21 | Nov 29th, 2016

A "dolphin" personality type. Betrayal. Anger. Lunch at a buddhist temple. This week's caller has it all.This episode is brought to you by AMEX, Mailchimp, Stamps.com, Harry’s, and Talkspace.

38. Fail Army Cop

1:14:39 | Nov 22nd, 2016

A small town police officer chats with Chris about the current state of policing in the United States. They try their best to reconcile a divisive issue that incites a lot of passion on all sides. And this is all going on while our caller is on his c...Show More

37. 5% Romantic Interest

1:12:05 | Nov 15th, 2016

Hannibal Buress joins Chris on a call with a college freshman who is a lover of comedy struggling to find romance in his life. Should our caller ditch school and try his hand at comedy? Why were Chris and Hannibal crying last night? Is it normal to b...Show More

36. Cuddly Pudge

1:10:58 | Nov 8th, 2016

Adopting a child from a foreign country takes a lot of time, patience, and passion. This week’s caller has all of these things. He also has the hope that his son-to-be will have the opportunity to experience virtual reality toilets.This episode is br...Show More

35. Shakespeare On Molly

1:12:27 | Nov 1st, 2016

Burner, fire-performer-hoola-hooper-grinder-girl, and maybe, a modern-day Shakespeare (on molly) are a few labels we could ascribe to this week's caller. She's been through a lot, including the very shocking breakup of her up-and-coming band. Oh, and...Show More

34. A Spooky Episode

1:07:15 | Oct 25th, 2016

Just in time for Halloween, Chris and this spirited artist trade spooky stories...until they are rudely interrupted by the ghost of an angry biker. But the corporeal beings prevail, if only for the caller to give Chris his least favorite nickname eve...Show More

33. IRL-ASMR

1:09:24 | Oct 18th, 2016

Did someone say "brain orgasms??" Today's caller did! She gives Geth a lesson in how to whisper in just the right way to make Beaut/Anon listeners' brains tingle & feel the stress melt away. ASMR me ASAP!This episode is brought to you by Mailchimp, G...Show More

32. All About Cash

1:11:14 | Oct 11th, 2016

Dear Tom Waits, We look forward to hearing the song you write about this week's caller: falling in love with a stripper, skipping town in a blizzard, a christmas dinner in the demimonde of Boca Raton.This episode is brought to you by Mailchimp, Mack ...Show More

31. 10,000 Pounds

1:10:41 | Oct 4th, 2016

London Calling! (or somewhere in England) Our caller works in the film industry, and in general she's a pretty happy person...except when her phone is being monitored by Jar Jar Binks, or when 10,000 pounds disappear. (That's GBP, y'all!)This episode...Show More

30. Shopping at the Face Depot

1:07:45 | Sep 27th, 2016

This week's caller is a linguist who teaches Geth all about the "corpora." In case that's too nerdy for you, hang around for the story about a first date that was captured on a Coast Guard thermal camera. And if you're still not satisfied, we'll take...Show More

29. The Mom is Anonymous Too

1:12:13 | Sep 20th, 2016

Chris Gethard's Mom, Sally, is the kind that doesn't like her son swearing so much. Our caller's Mom is the kind that cheers when her daughter gets a penalty in a youth hockey game. She's also the kind of Mom that picks up the phone at work to be on ...Show More

28. Daddy Dearest

1:12:11 | Sep 13th, 2016

Sure, there's stories about fighting neo-nazis, deranged tree-house guests, and a mom fetching her son's busted teeth. But peel back all the sensational layers and you'll find a man. A man trying to make sense of his childhood while trying to be a go...Show More

27. Chronotopes in Paris

52:04 | Sep 6th, 2016

What is a Chronotope? And what does it have to do with time, space, love and sex? Come, walk with us through the streets of Paris, and everything will be explained. This episode is sponsored by DKMS, Mack Weldon, Stamps.com, and Talkspace.

26. Hot Scoop

56:12 | Aug 30th, 2016

Poo-tiful stories flow freely from this anonymous caller. And Geth steps in it.This episode is sponsored by Magoosh, DKMS, Talkspace, and Blue Apron.

25. Noodlebody

1:10:51 | Aug 23rd, 2016

Morrissey sings, "It takes strength to be gentle and kind." Well, Geth hasn't eaten all day, and this self-avowed "Noodlebody" is about to find out if the two hard-boiled eggs Gethard bought from the midtown 7-11 will provide enough strength for gent...Show More

24. I Cry When I Run

1:13:51 | Aug 16th, 2016

"You're about to hear me have more fun than I've ever had in the history of Beautiful/Anonymous." So sayeth Chris Gethard about this call, which moves from over emotional long distance running, to emo & screamo music, to a jaw dropping medical emerge...Show More

23. Anglican Bipolar Blacksheep

1:12:38 | Aug 9th, 2016

For generations her family has been preaching fire and brimstone in the Pentecostal church, but this caller had to find her own way. A self-described, "Anglican bipolar black sheep," she is now preaching a much different message, dedicated to the tre...Show More

22. A Competitive Spirit

1:12:07 | Aug 2nd, 2016

This former professional soccer player's life hasn't turned out anywhere close to what she planned -- but she's happy. And as she tells Chris, she's learning how to tap into her competitive spirit every day.This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon, T...Show More

21. Make Fruit Baskets Great Again

1:11:55 | Jul 26th, 2016

She's a mother of two and domestic abuse survivor who wants to talk about Trump.  After hearing her life story Chris understands why she supports The Donald. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Talkspace, and Stamps.com.

20. Vegan Uncle Buck

1:11:42 | Jul 19th, 2016

He loves animals! But kids? Not so much. This caller delves into his own childhood, his dislike of hardware megastores, and though there's a little darkness, this is one of the more lighthearted calls we've ever had.This episode is sponsored by Magoo...Show More

19. Strangers on a Train

1:10:28 | Jul 12th, 2016

A lot of people call up and share stories from their past. But today we are very much living in the present. It's almost like we're experiencing this caller's life with him as it is happening. All aboard the SEPTA train.This episode is sponsored by S...Show More

18. OTL in a Hopeless Place

1:09:10 | Jul 5th, 2016

Loves hashtags & millennial abbreviations? Check. Has a deep knowledge of RomComs? Check. Found love in a hopeless place? Check. Name drops J-Lo and inspires Chris to sing some Peter Gabriel? Check.This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon.

17. Early Onset

1:10:58 | Jun 28th, 2016

She's just 25, but her mother has early onset Alzheimers. This is a call about remembering those who can no longer remember themselves.This episode is sponsored by Ibotta and Audible.

16. At Sea On a Cardboard Boat (Live at the Vulture Festival)

1:25:03 | Jun 21st, 2016

It's the first ever taping of Beautiful/Anonymous from the Vulture Festival in NYC. The caller is a creative Canadian looking to sail her cardboard boat in the rough waters of daily life. Luckily the audience is on her side.This episode is sponsored ...Show More

15. The Hardest Part Is That You Love Me

1:08:38 | Jun 14th, 2016

This 25 year-old Californian is in the midst of a quarter-life crisis and turns to Chris for help. So they form a mutual appreciation society. #MAS This episode is sponsored by Ibotta, Chirpy, and AMEX.

14. Jack Mormon

1:12:11 | Jun 7th, 2016

A questioning Mormon and family man calls Chris up exactly 1 hour and 15 minutes before his final law exam of the semester. But this phone call is more important to him than the test.This episode is sponsored by AMEX, Mack Weldon, Chirpy, Stamps.com....Show More

13. Married to a Monster

1:12:06 | May 31st, 2016

Two years ago a note came in the mail with surprising and horrifying news about her husband. But despite all the darkness that's crept into her life she is shining with positivity.This episode is sponsored by AMEX, Ibotta, Stamps.com, Chirpy, and...

12. Alcoholics Anonymous

36:14 | May 24th, 2016

We get our first hangup and it's pretty rattling. Let us know what you think.This episode is sponsored by AMEX, SundanceNow Doc Club, Framebridge, and Stamps.com.

11. Jersey Boy

1:10:42 | May 17th, 2016

This entrepreneur seems like he's got it all figured out. But there are certain things he will never reveal to Chris. Plus: how a volcano inadvertently caused the best trip he's ever had in his life. Want to see Chris take a live Beautiful...

10. 4 Kids 0 Sex

1:08:18 | May 10th, 2016

After 8 years and 4 kids he is more in love with her than ever. But she may not be in love with him. This is the first time he's talking to anyone about it. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon, Squarespace, and Framebridge.Plus: Come see a...

9. Up All Night

1:09:08 | May 3rd, 2016

This nurse has been up for 24 hours. Chris has the chance to ask her some questions that have been on his mind for a while.

8. Running Down a Stapler

1:07:05 | Apr 26th, 2016

The greatest songwriter of all time (self-proclaimed) has written 18,000 songs and counting, including one brand new song for us. Watch out, Tom Petty.

7. The Cycle of Life

1:11:12 | Apr 19th, 2016

Reflections on death and the value of a 401k turns into candid sex advice from Chris Gethard to his anonymous caller.

6. Mountain Man vs. City Boy

1:05:39 | Apr 12th, 2016

This outdoorsman and mountaineer is in touch with nature and his Ford F250, he takes care of the people he loves, and is totally willing to share about anything, even poop soup.

5. A Real Life Superhero

1:05:36 | Apr 5th, 2016

Military veteran and writer talks about his WWII super-spy grandmother, a more recent sad and startling ouija board prediction, and how his life has changed since he left the service.

4. The Most Amazing Destruction

1:11:25 | Mar 29th, 2016

An aspiring voice actor talks about using jokes to help with the hard times, and explains how she frames success. Plus she asks Chris the most important question he has ever faced: if you were to be eaten by an animal of your choice, which one would....Show More

3. The Illustrator

1:05:56 | Mar 22nd, 2016

A young illustrator in New York City grapples with the line between fine art and commerce...and how to avoid parking tickets.

2. Passport, Exodus

1:04:43 | Mar 15th, 2016

An ex-Orthodox Jew answers Chris’s pressing questions about Kosher law, particularly as it relates to drinking wine and eating insects. He also reveals a clever passport hack.

1. Ron Paul's Baby

1:04:12 | Mar 15th, 2016

A true underdog in Denton, Texas reveals his fascinating family history, and a pent-up passion.

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02:53 | Mar 3rd, 2016

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