Thanks for the pod­cast mem­o­ries

The Coast - - THIS WEEK -

As a stu­dent from Dart­mouth who’s been liv­ing away for a few years, I just wanted to let you know that I ab­so­lutely love The Coast’s 25 for 25 pod­cast (avail­able now at the­coast. ca/25for25). I look for­ward to it ev­ery week and it re­ally is a nice re­minder of home as well as a good way to learn about things that hap­pened be­fore I was old enough to un­der­stand/ re­mem­ber.

I’m sure hosts/pro­duc­ers Ja­cob Boon and Tara Thorne prob­a­bly are con­tent to be fin­ished the se­ries, but if they ever de­cide to do an­other pod­cast I will def­i­nitely sub­scribe. Give it a thought! Best wishes.

—Ian via email Long-time lis­tener, former Tweeter and re­peat fan mailer. As the 25 for 25 pod­cast reaches the fi­nal week/year, I thought I would write one last note to tell you how much I ap­pre­ci­ate and en­joy your show each week. Usu­ally when I see that a pod­cast episode is over an hour long, I get an­noyed be­cause who has an at­ten­tion span that long? What could they pos­si­bly be talk­ing about that is worth that much time? 25 for 25 is, of course, a wel­come ex­cep­tion.

Lis­ten­ing flies by with laugh­ter, sober­ing mo­ments and surly thoughts (the third mostly from Tara), all en­com­passed by a deep un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the city we call home. As much as it is an an­niver­sary pod­cast for The Coast, it is also very much a cel­e­bra­tion of Hal­i­fax. It is clear so much pas­sion and en­ergy went into it, and it is deeply ap­pre­ci­ated.

I think a few weeks back Ja­cob men­tioned that he got a repet­i­tive strain in­jury from flip­ping through so many back is­sues of The Coast. The re­search is in­ten­sive and awein­spir­ing. Shoutout to you, Ja­cob Boon, for do­ing all this in the name of lo­cal pod­cast­ing, The Coast and the city of Hal­i­fax. (Please get some physio, pet some dogs and rest up.)

The pod­cast was not with­out its more, umm, con­tro­ver­sial opin­ions. As noted on the show pre­vi­ously, you get in trou­ble when you make fun of lo­cal things. For me the most protestable/shock­ing was the as­ser­tion that Dee Dee’s should not have a place to sit. My fond­est Burger Week mem­ory was tak­ing my highly con­fused fa­ther to an ice cream shop on a slushy March Mon­day for a veg­gie burger. We were two of the four peo­ple there, and there was still hardly any room. I wouldn’t change that for any­thing. How­ever, I am glad that Tara went through pub­lic trans­port eti­quette for every­one. Ja­cob’s Friends bash­ing was wel­come and ap­pre­ci­ated though. That’s not lo­cal. He’s just right, and should say it.

The guests each week have been an ex­cel­lent way to bring life and nu­ance to is­sues and im­pact­ful sto­ries. I re­ally en­joyed the 2009 episode with Tim Bous­quet. It was like a fun crossover with Ex­am­iner Ra­dio. 2015 will hold a spe­cial place in my heart be­cause what two bet­ter or ex­cel­lent hu­mans could you find, in Hal­i­fax or any­where, than Me­gan Les­lie and Cory Bowles? I also en­joy how a cast of char­ac­ters de­velop and weave their way in and out of mul­ti­ple episodes. We have var­i­ous ca­reer and life up­dates from Bous­quet, Glo­ria McCluskey and Ray Bear that they have al­most be­come 25 for 25’s “usual sus­pects”. (It has the mak­ings of a good drink­ing game.) On a side note, but still adding pleas­antly to the show, is the mu­sic. These se­lec­tions are al­ways well-cho­sen and en­joy­able.

Thanks for ev­ery­thing.

—Grail­ing, Hal­i­fax

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