Interview: Amy Wilson and Margaret Ables: What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood


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Two moms “raising six kids ages 4 to 14” tackle parenting challenges with a healthy dose of humor. Podster talked to hosts Margaret Ables and Amy Wilson.

Podster: What is the premise of What Fresh Hell?

Amy: Margaret and I are both comedians and mothers of three, and we each deal with the same hassles any parent does, albeit with slightly differing styles. Margaret tends toward the laissez-faire; I tend more toward the Tracy Flick.  In each episode, we discuss a parenting issue from multiple perspectives—namely, our usually completely opposite approaches and the accompanying research that may or may not support them. But by the end of the episode, we find common ground enabling us to wrestle said parenting issue to the ground in a total victory for parents everywhere.

Podster: How do you go about selecting topics?

Amy: Topics are easy for us to find, living hip-deep in the parenting quagmire as we do. But because the parenting community is so active on social media, it’s easy to tune in to what other moms are talking about, so we find plenty of inspiration there as well. 

Podster: What do you hope your listeners will take away from your podcast?

Amy: We hope our listeners laugh along with us but also take away concrete advice. Our goal is to be funny with a point. We talk about it, laugh about it, call out each other’s BS, as friends do. But then we get it done. 

Amy and Margaret listen to: 

Amy: I’m a big fan of The Long Shot (hilarious, I’ve been listening to Sean Conroy and the gang for years) and Little Known Facts with Ilana Levine. Ilana’s a fabulous interviewer— a warmer and fuzzier Marc Maron.

Margaret: I love Call Your Girlfriend— it’s for everyone out there in need of a virtual BFF (or two). Also League of Awkward Unicorns. Funny, irreverent and all about mental illness? Sign me up.

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