Four Years of The Fat Lip: Looking Forward

May marks the four year anniversary of The Fat Lip! And under the circumstances right now, our schedule is shifting a little bit. But there are big things coming! On today’s pod we’re talking about the future of The Fat Lip. Big dreams! Want to win registration to the online Fat Studies conference I mentioned

Live Pod Part 2!

Today I bring you the long-awaited Part 2 of the live episode I did with Brittney! Finally you’ll get to hear what happened in that pool…;) Credits Thank you to Starcrusher for the music you heard on today’s show and in every episode. Go to to hear more. Thanks also to our Patreon patrons.

Live Pod With Brittney (AKA Fat Rideshare Driver)! – Part 1

As promised, we did a live pod recording on Sunday, 3/29 and it was a lot of fun! It also lasted two hours (and probably could have gone a third) so I had to chop it in half. Today you’re getting part 1, and part 2 will be up in a few days! Credits Thank

Our 600 Pound Lives: The Episode

Last week I wrote a much-requested essay about My 600-lb Life and posted it to the TFL blog. As promised, this is the audio version! For the full text, go to Credits Thank you to Starcrusher for the music you heard on today’s show. Go to to hear more. Thank you to our

Thoughts on Shrill Season 2

When Shrill Season 2 arrived on Hulu earlier this month, I knew I needed to talk about it on the pod. So what did I think? Today on the pod I am talking about the significance of Season 1 and everything Shrill Season 2 had to live up to. Did it? What did you think?

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Happy Fat Tuesday one and all! Yes I will co-opt this religious holiday to celebrate fat people, thank you very much. And yeah yeah, every Tuesday is Fat Tuesday around here, but this is the one that mainstream culture knows about, so this is the one I’m stealing. In honor of the holiday, today on

Confessions of a Fat Rideshare Driver (Rerun)

Originally aired in December 2018. Brittney is a fat rideshare driver, and she LOVES it–she meets tons of friendly, interesting riders. She also gets a few creeps. On today’s show she’s talking about her experience driving strangers around in her car. And this is Part 1 of 2! Brittney had so many funny stories and

Fat Santa: The Original Jolly Fat Person

We’re in the middle of this historical fat people series and who could forget our jolliest representative, fat Santa! In honor of the holidays, today I bring you a short episode about a fat icon in a red suit who is not Lizzo. (We’ll get to her, though, I promise!) Read the transcript of this

The Tragic Life and Death of Mama Cass

The world thinks Cass Elliott died choking on a ham sandwich. They’re wrong. In today’s episode I’m talking about the tragic life and death of Cass Elliott, known to most of us as “Mama Cass.” Cass was an early, unwitting fat lib icon, but she spent her whole adult life desperate to become thin. That

Anne: A Fat Queen but No One’s Favourite

I saw The Favourite, but it never even occurred to me that Queen Anne was fat (either in portrayal or in real life.) That is until my friend Ross brought this article by Anna Leszkiewicz in the New Statesman to my attention. Now I can’t stop thinking about this fat queen and the mythology of

How to Find a Fat-Friendly Doctor

I posted on Instagram recently that I finally found a fat-friendly doctor, and I got so many questions asking for recommendations. If you’re in Austin and looking for a doctor, I have a name for you! But if you’re not, I can at least tell you how I found mine. On this episode of the

Royal Jelly by Roald Dahl–A Creepy Story Reading

In honor of Halloween, I’m reading Roald Dahl’s short story “Royal Jelly” on the pod today! Note: It’s incredibly hard to find stories that have fat themes without being entirely fat negative. If there’s a fat-related story you love OR a story about anything by a fat author, I’d love to hear about it! In

Kurbo (like every diet for kids) is a Terrible Idea

WW (the new incarnation of Weight Watchers) has launched a new venture: a dieting app for kids called Kurbo. We know that diets don’t work and idealizing thinness causes eating disorders, but what could possibly go wrong?! Today on the pod I’m talking about why you should not subject your child to food insecurity and

Ask Ash: How to Handle Accessibility Issues for Your Fatter Friends

I got a question on Instagram recently about how to approach accessibility issues (at venues, restaurants, etc) for your super and infinifat friends. This is such an important question! So I thought that it needed a full response. Credits Thank you to Starcrusher for the music you heard on today’s show. Go to to

Burn Out is Plaguing Me

Your host is suffering from burn out at the moment, so she decided to make an episode about why she’s having trouble making an episode. Credits Thank you to Starcrusher for the music you heard on today’s show. Go to to hear more! Thank you to BigFigMattress for their partnership. Need a new mattress?