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Imagine yourself in a scenario:

You exit a train and enter its station, fresh off a weekend work retreat at the end of which your boss told you not to bother to return. You were already tossing around the idea of getting a second job; now you’re about to be financially buried.

It’s late. Very late. You realize you’ve got three hours until the departure of the last leg of your travel: the one that will bring you home. All you want to do is walk through your doors, collapse on your bed, and pretend there isn’t a mountain slowly descending from the sky outside. The best you have available, though, is a long stretch of bench. You lie down, close your eyes, and hear it.

Laughter—close. There’s a group of people laughing a few yards away. Probably at me, you think. Since you can’t help it, you listen in.

“What?? I would destroy a T-Rex with my bare hands!”

“Come on, bro. He would tear your face off the second you raised your arms.”

“But I would distract him by making fun of his tiny arms. Then his feelings would be hurt. Then he would try to cross his arms, and he wouldn’t be able to, and he would cry, and it would be game over.”

The group laughs hard. You laugh too; you can’t help it.

You think of something, then you sit up and slide down the bench to where everyone’s talking.

“I get it,” you say to the first speaker. “You mean you would destroy the T-Rex emotionally?”

“Of course! Glad someone gets it! That’s what I meant the whole time…”

And you’re all rolling. For some reason, whether it’s the fact that it’s late into the night or everyone’s feeding off each other’s laughter or something else, you find the rest of the conversation absolutely hilarious. So much so that you forget everything, I mean everything, outside of that group of people in that moment.

Hours later, a few people have left and others have taken their place. Somehow you’ve gone from talking about fighting dinosaurs to talking about the best way to handle anxiety. One person says medication. Another, prayer. Another, willpower. The amazing thing is that no one’s arguing. You’re all simply talking and listening at the most elementary, communal level.

Finally, your train arrives and you bid the group farewell. Nothing in your life has changed; that mountain is still hovering above the top of the train as it takes you home. Yet, something about it appears to be different.

You’re beginning to believe there might even be people out there who can help you stand under it.

What We Want to Accomplish With Our Podcast

This scenario is a perfect representation of why the Midnight Depot podcast exists. At first listen, it sounds like all we do is talk nonsense. In a sense that’s true, but in another sense it couldn’t be less true, because we’re talking nonsense with a purpose.

The “Midnight” part of our name comes from the fact that conversations are so much funnier and more impactful late into the night, when everything is still and the rules of everyday living seem to exist in our periphery instead of across our entire field of vision.

The “Depot” part reflects the train station in the story above. It’s a nexus where anyone and everyone can cross paths and have a conversation. Our vision for the podcast is to create more of a community than a listenership.

The four of us co-hosts have strong convictions about life, faith, truth, and justice, and our episodes will naturally reflect our views. But our hope is that we present our thoughts in such a way that anyone would be interested and welcome to engage with the topics we bring up. Hopefully, the community we build up in and around this podcast will start engaging with us and each other, giving us a wide array of opinions and stories and making us all better for it.

As such, we’re recording with three core values in mind:

  1. Humor is necessary, not just an escape. Laughter is therapeutic. It’s also connective. Sometimes, laughing with someone is the surest way to open the door to larger discussions.
  2. Having a completely open table means no one/nothing gets left out. Anything goes with this podcast, both in the topics we choose, the people we’re inviting to listen, and the discussions you can start with us on Facebook or our website. Like, anything—seriously.
  3. We know we’re ignorant—but that doesn’t stop us. Often, when we don’t know everything about a topic, we’re afraid to discuss it. But we’re not claiming to be authorities here. We’re just looking to have fun and open doors. In fact, we’d be thrilled if you corrected us on something you know more about.

Don’t Be a Stranger

If you try the show and don’t like it, cool. But if you’re a fan of our discussions, please do us the greatest favor in the world and insert yourself into our story by commenting here or on one of our social media channels at the top of the page. We have a blast every time we record these episodes, and if that’s all we ever did, our time would be well spent.

But in order for Midnight Depot to become everything it can be, we need you to reach out and let us know who you are, why you do the things you do, and what you think about our nonsensical, meandering conversations.

After all, if we’re waiting in a station together, we might as well talk in the meantime.

 

-Ryan Drawdy / Contributor

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