This week's podcast, which comes to us from Providence, Rhode Island, tells the story of Jeff Sparr's struggle with obsession-compulsion disorder, a mental illness characterized by unwanted and persistent thoughts and urges. In Jeff's case, it manifested in the form of a preoccupation with jock itch.
My favorite thing about this story is how unflinchingly honest Jeff is. He's not afraid to be vulnerable and speak frankly about his illness. "I became totally consumed with it," he says. "It got to the point where I was wearing different underwear and using different powders and creams. Not only was it affecting my athletic career, but it got to the point where was affecting my life in college."
I don't think I'll say any more except that the moment at 5:43, when Jeff discovers a very unexpected passion, is my favorite.
-- Erin Barker, Artistic Director