Revisited: Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) Talks with Cameron Lynch (NFL Athlete) for the Talkhouse Podcast

A look back on this enlightening conversation on first-person narratives, people's preconceptions about athletes and rock stars, and so much more.

This week, we’re revisiting a unique talk recorded at last year’s On Air Fest. On Air is a rad festival devoted to audio storytelling and the creative possibilities of sound. The festival returns later this month in Brooklyn. You can find more info about speakers and how to attend here.

Today’s episode, a collaboration with The Players’ Tribune, was recorded earlier this month in front of a live audience at On Air Fest at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn.

When On Air Fest reached out to Talkhouse about curating a live episode for their podcast festival, we had an idea: What if we, the outlet where musicians and filmmakers write and speak about their experiences, partnered with Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune, the site where athletes write about their own experiences, for a podcast discussion about what the first-person narrative really looks like? The Players’ Tribune loved the idea, and brought in NFL linebacker Cameron Lynch to speak with frequent Talkhouse contributor Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy). Their thoughtful and often funny conversation takes in a lot, from shutting down the “shut up and dribble” narrative, to the very real pressures of professionally rolling “the dice of life” every single day. It also touches on Fergie’s National Anthem blowback, the truth and falsity of people’s preconceptions about athletes and rock stars, the perils of Googling oneself, and reckoning with the fact that each of us is “an unpredictable consciousness driving a meat-covered skeleton.”

Dan Treadway, Deputy Editor at Players’ Tribune, and I kick off the live conversation with some background on each of our first-person-driven media outlets.

Check it out, and subscribe now to stay in the loop on future episodes of the Talkhouse Podcast.

— Elia Einhorn, Talkhouse Podcast host and producer @eliaeinhorn

Today’s episode was recorded by Mark Yoshizumi with Michael Bosworth, and co-produced by Mark Yoshizumi. The Talkhouse Podcast’s theme song was composed and performed by The Range.

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