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  1. Alex
    Alex December 22, 2018 at 11:25 pm | | Reply

    Hi! I’m sure that I should know who Steve McFadden is but I don’t and I thought that this interview was very funny. Is this Scott Carrier? It sounds just like him. I hope so. I love his work and he has been doing such heavy pieces that the idea of him doing this puts a smile on my face.

  2. Connie Godin
    Connie Godin December 23, 2018 at 8:33 pm | | Reply

    That was just a painful experience, maybe that’s what she was going for don’t know. Really sucked is my and only my of course opinion and why I’m posting it I have no idea either. Is this how parents are today?

  3. Wayne S Turner
    Wayne S Turner December 26, 2018 at 1:50 pm | | Reply

    I can’t tell if this is a one-act fiction or if this is a real conversation. I’ve been listening for a while, but did not see the previous episodes that were under the heading “Problems”.

  4. AwkwardMoment
    AwkwardMoment December 29, 2018 at 3:04 am | | Reply

    Oh my god, I HOPE this is a piece of satire or a humorous short play, because I have never had such a desire to throw heavy granite rocks at someone as I do listening to Pam. Please, please tell me Pam is not real, because if she is I’m going to have to make an extra appointment with my therapist.

  5. Max Cross
    Max Cross December 29, 2018 at 5:40 am | | Reply

    I see the comments that this was satire. It was well done. So we’ll done, in fact, that I really didn’t like it. I was angry after listening to it. It illicited an emotional response that has lasted days and brought me to your website for the first time – which I am grateful for.
    My guess is it feels like Pam is real and growing in number, even if she isn’t. Quick to pounce on any masculine assertion, quick to project predudice onto others, quick with a big response she would be appalled by from a male if she feels she is wronged. We know she would explode at suggestion She shouldn’t do her child’s homework. Martaring herself for her child and yet getting parenting so wrong. There really are a lot of Pams out here, it might just be few have all the traits bundled together.
    Anyway, there is something rare and special about Rumble Strip and I felt this episode strayed but if it is satire, I guess I didn’t give a great show credit for being even better than I have grown to expect. Salute.

  6. Max Cross
    Max Cross December 29, 2018 at 11:46 pm | | Reply

    Erica,
    Thank you for your reply. Please keep doing what you are doing. Your reply answered a concern, namely: is the whole show satire, or just the “Problems” series? I think it is most often not satire. My enjoyment of the show, at least in part, stems from these being the lives of “regular” people and we each have these rich and full and challenging lives full of powerful stories most of which we keep private, even from our friends and loved ones. These stories of yours are considerably more substantive than the glossy yet vapid celebrity husks so many follow religiously.
    Anyway, I’m flattered you replied. Thank you for all you are doing and keep doing whatever calls to you, please. I don’t donate to your show or others I get so much from. Unfortunately, my current financial situation doesn’t allow it. All I can currently offer is gratitude and praise.
    Just in case it is of interest, this listener is from Fiji and this is my only connection to Vermont. I doubt I am the only fan so far from the source materials.

  7. Miranda
    Miranda December 31, 2018 at 6:25 am | | Reply

    Aieee! I am so glad I came here. 3 minutes into this episode, as a single mother that raised a lovely, sensitive, successful, adult I was angrier than I’ve been in some time. Pam reminds me of my sister.

    Erica I love your podcast. Keep up the excellent work. But this one really threw me. Guess I’ll go back and finish listening to the episode now that I know it’s satire. Whew!

  8. Kelly Green
    Kelly Green January 12, 2019 at 5:32 pm | | Reply

    Not only was that Scott, I think Pam is ERICA. What say you?

  9. Erik Mortensen
    Erik Mortensen April 10, 2019 at 8:45 pm | | Reply

    Erica, I love, love, love your work! Just yesterday, I discovered Rumble Strip. I heard in your work a similarity to Scott’s work, which I bow down to, and was hooked. Great to hear you two together here. Now I’m binge listening to all of your episodes back to back. This particular piece was a delightful burr. You had me for about the first half–but I’d know Scott’s voice anywhere. I was physically cringing at the audacity of “Pam” the pretentious stage mom before I put together the put on. What a fun tease, thanks!

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