Here’s something we probably don’t need to tell you: Adulting can be hard. While it helps to remind yourself that everyone (even Oprah, according to Brie Larson) is making it up as they go along, sometimes what you need is some good old-fashioned advice to push you through your bad days. Maybe you turn to your bestie who knows you better than anyone, or maybe you look to your trusty tarot deck for guidance. Or, if you’re like us, you listen to a new podcast featuring the fascinating world of telephone psychics.
Psychic Hotline $1/Minute is the brainchild of NYC comedian Farah Brook. She launched the podcast after going through a major life upheaval and, not unlike many of us, went looking for uneasy answers to age-old questions about life, love, and everything in between.
“One year ago I thought I at least had one part of my future totally figured out and secure as I was engaged to be married,” Brook explains in the podcast intro. “But as life is ever-changing and surprising, we called those plans off and I was left shell-shocked, trying to pick up the pieces and figure out what the future had in store.”
The concept is simple: Brook or a guest will call a psychic hotline and ask questions about their lives. “The calls aren’t perfect,” Brooks admits as a disclaimer, and while it’s true there are some awkward moments, what transpires is a vulnerable, often deep, and oddly satisfying encounter. Brook is keen to learn about the psychics’ backgrounds, and the psychics, to their credit, are remarkably even-keeled — questions from what will happen in Trump’s America, to how to pick the right career, to whether or not someone should get bangs are handled with the same non-judgmental sincerity. And sometimes, isn’t that exactly all we’re looking for?
Brook claims she’s always been fascinated by the “weird, silly, wild business” of psychic hotlines, which, same, TBH. But even with a healthy skepticism, listening in on other people’s open and earnest conversations feels like a comfy kind of self-care we are totally here for.
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(Images via Farah Brook/Psychic Hotline $1/Minute and Getty)