Bubble&Squeak is a podcast with uncanny sounds, funny interludes, and stories—most weird, many true. Like most of my stage shows, this new show is difficult to explain. It is VERY different from Citizens Climate Radio. It is a little like an older show I did, Climate Stew, but Bubble&Squeak is not a climate-change themed show. I think it is a Peterson’s weird random thoughts-themed show. It is an audio version of the bubble and squeak dish.
According to Wikipedia
Bubble and squeak is a traditional British breakfast made from boiled potatoes and cabbage. In modern times, it is a dish made with the shallow-fried leftover vegetables from a roast dinner. The main ingredients are potato and cabbage but carrots, peas, Brussels sprouts, or any other leftover vegetables may be added. The chopped vegetables (and cold chopped meat if used) are fried in a pan together with mashed potatoes or crushed roast potatoes until the mixture is well-cooked and brown on the sides. The dish is so named because the cabbage makes bubbling and squeaking sounds during the cooking process.
You throw into a pan whatever you have and fry it up, and hope it all works together. Usually it does. The logo design is by Christine Bakke. The theme song is Worthless by The Jellyrox (available on iTunes, Spotify.) The show is part of the new Rock Candy Network of podcasts. I do a podcast with Liam Hooper that is also on Rock Candy. It is called The Bible Bash Podcast and is a project of Ministries Beyond Welcome. You can find Bubble&Squeak on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Stitcher, TuneIn, and GooglePlay. Oh, and you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
The latest podcast by activist/performer Peterson Toscano is the very best of his best work. confessional, revelatory, quirky, and personal, Bubble&Squeak offers the listener a succinct and intimate portrait of queer personal as political. Highly recommend! -Joe G. of bored beyond belief
Each episode of Bubble&Squeak will have three parts.
Part one: “Is that all you got?” The story about about a real life mugging, and here I thought it was going to be a hook up. It is an weird and important story (yes there is nudity) because it is when I realized I wanted to live.
Part two: Radio Drama: A prank call to the past (Hembach’s General Store in 1944.) I call this country store in 1944 and ask for tofu and kombucha.
Part three: A Sound Slice–a tricycle in Manila December 2018. Each show will include one of these. It is audio I recorded during one of my travels or even at home. I set the scene and play about 30 seconds to give you a soundscape.
2. Hairless Gerbils
Part One: A previously unaired excerpt of an interview with writer Elizabeth Rush, where she talks about sexual harassment all too common with women writers.
Part Two: A Southern preacher, Elizabeth Jeremiah, from The Elizabeth Jeremiah Global Worldwide Ministries in Jesus, nearly wrestles with Donald Trump’s demons.
Part Three: A Sound Slice from Donard Bar in Newcastle, County Down, in Northern Ireland or the North of Ireland or just Ireland, depending on who you ask.
3. Jerk Demons
Part One: A true story entitled “Did you just masturbate?”
Part Two: a reading from the Lost Gospel of Thaddeus
Part Three: A Sound Slice from Viñales, Cuba.
4. Sexy Sex
Part one: Havana Cuba: Two Black Americans speak about race relations in the USA and in the Americas. You will hear actor Danny Glover and folklorist Dr. James Early talk about Standing Rock, prison populations, and anti-racism. “I don’t want to be an anti-racist; I want to be a protagonist.” Dr. James Early
Part two: A prank call to the future in which I call a sex advice expert.
Part three: a Sound slice from Sunbury, PA. In my study I type up my to-do list on a Royal desktop typewriter circa 1930.
5. Grindr Jesus
Part One: I revisit a story from Episode One, “Is that all you got?” where I was mugged at gunpoint. The mugger had me take off all my clothes. I have so many questions for the mugger in this story.
Part Two: YouTuber Chad discovers Jesus of Nazareth’s profile on Grindr.
Part Three: A sound slice from an ancient Mexican sacred pyramid, Los Guachimontones
6. Ass Whisperer
Part one: Matthew Billy from the Bleeped podcast talks about censorship. From Drag Queen Story Hour to Mapplethorpe’s nude photos to climate change, he exposes the censors.
Part two: A prank call I made in 2010. I called sex advice expert Dan Savage host of the Savage Love podcast. I actually called in character, as Marvin Bloom. Mavin asked about struggles with anal sex. Dan took the call and aired it on Ep 202 of Savage Love Podcast.
a sound slice–The Path train from NJ to NYC.
7. Masturbate Theatre
Part One a True Story entitled, “What is this?”
Part Two a Television transmission from the future: Turner Classic Films presents, “Masturbate Theatre
Part Three a Sound Slice, created for us by Taylor Lightman
8. Slingshot Dynamite
Part One An interview with author Claire Vaye Watkins about her book, Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins – Goodreads
Part Two A prank phone call to the past. Peterson calls his former self, the 22 year old Peterson living in NYC. It is a time when he was trying desperately to rid myself of homosexuality.
Part Three A Sound Slice of a public market in Guadalajara, Mexico
9. Bigger Love
Part One An original radio play commissioned by Climate Change Theatre Action. They selected 50 short plays by 50 playwrights. This autumn groups around the world organized readings of these plays to coincide with COP 2019, the UN Climate Change Conference. You will hear me perform a radio adaptation of Dust by Marcus Youssef.
Part Two My very own Climate Change Theatre Action play, Bigger Love. It is set in the New York City apartment of a gay couple sometime in the near future. Jordan Sanderson and Israel Collazo, students at Susquehanna University, play the parts of Kyle and Joey.
Part Three a Sound Slice created for us by listener Daniel Gonzales.
10 Phallic Fruit
Part One A true story about getting re-gayed. It’s entitled “Do you need lube to go with that that?”
Part Two A quick visit to the Homo No Mo Halfway House. It was 17 years ago this month Peterson Toscano first premiered this Ex-Gay Exposé. Through eight characters in 90 minutes he comically critiqued America’s most notorious conversion therapy program
Part Three a Sound Slice: The Citadel Military College, Charleston, SC
11 Anal Thermometer
Part One An eye witness report from Rev Nancy Wilson. She was on the front lines of the HIV/AIDS Crisis. How is Covid-19 similar to HIV/AIDS? How is it profoundly different?
Part Two A Series of Voice mails from Sebastian at the Coronavirus Rapid Response Center.
Part Three a Sound Slice: Moments before a classical concert at Susquehanna University on the cusp of a global pandemic. January 24, 2020.
12 Tiny Nipples
Part One A story from the Toscano family archive
Part Two Elizabeth Jeremiah is alone during the Coronavirus lock down. During isolation a 15th Century text opens the door to a deeper, passionate, sensual encounter with the divine. Thanks to Robert Glück for his erotic meditation on Margery Kempe.
Part Three a sound slice from Madrid, Spain.
13 Club Together
Part One Irish author, Shirley Anne McMillan on LGBTQ students, integrated schools, and the role of storytelling in the peace process.
Part Two Kyle, an earnest praise and worship leader begins hour 23 of a 24 hour marathon to silence the devil and his own fears.
Part Three a sound slice Berlin, Germany.
14 Black Lives
Part one Aeryka Harvey, the host of Brown Suga Diaries.
Part two Peterson Toscano with the help of Sean Dague asks 500 people to imagine a world without fossil fuels. Dr. Nathasha DeJarnett, a leading environmental health researcher, shares her vision of the future.
Part three a Sound Slice from a 2014 Black Lives Matters worship service at Union Theological Seminary in NYC. Reading of Ephesians 6:10-13 Beautifully interpreted by Dean Yvette Wilson
There are new episodes each month. To hear all the shows visit SoundCloud or listen wherever you get your podcasts.