50: Keep Calm and Carry On

What does it mean to be ‘in it for the long haul’? In our fiftieth episode, which is also our season finale, we explore this question in the context of both creating a podcast and forging a relationship.

Some people operate within the confines of reality. Others don’t. Instead, they will things into existence. Today we’ll meet one such determined woman who – faced with countless obstacles – decided to keep calm, put one foot in front of the other, and carry on in pursuit of love.

In the prologue, we revisit unreleased parts of a conversation we recorded in preparation of our very first episode, back in August 2014. Mishy Harman – inexperienced, star-struck and decidedly uncalm – sought guidance and advice from his radio guru, Ira Glass.

Act I – “Crashing into Love.” Jordan never thought her summer in Israel would end the way it did. An independent-minded college student from a conservative family in Arkansas, she had already ventured far afield. But little did she know that one fateful and horrifying moment in 2012 would forever change the course of her life. Seven years later, sitting with her partner in their Jerusalem apartment, gazing at an orchid and a copy of ‘The Little Prince,’ they recount their love story. While they tell it with the same light-hardheartedness as the next couple, there is also a lingering sense of an ‘original sin,’ of a relationship born of a place it shouldn’t have. Yoshi Fields brings us an unlikely tale of persistence, stick-to-it-iveness and resolve.

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