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Just discovered my new favorite pod

As a long time listener of Generation Why, I’m not sure how I wasn’t aware the Peripheral existed until I was doing research on postpartum anxiety ahead of pregnancy and infant loss month in October. I found Justin’s powerful interviews on PPD and miscarriage and I was so totally blown away for his real, raw, candid episodes on women’s health which were as good if not better than so many eps I had listened to on female hosted shows. I was very touched by his compassion for his guests, especially the PPD sufferer who broke down at the end of her courageous, heartrending interview. Having suffered two miscarriages that were eerily similar to the guest on that episode I was literally gripping my pillow with my nails for the majority of the episode. My husband was with me when they happened and I still remember those as the most traumatic moments in my entire life. Even with two healthy happy kids who came after my losses, I’m still haunted by the memories. Interestingly I found myself exhaling near the end of the episode because the guest had provided the very real and yes, graphic, but so common details that no one else talks about. I remember the fear of what she described near the end of the experience, and sobbing and screaming myself. It eased some of my suffering nine years later to have those words spoken out loud. Justin. I am so angry to hear you were forced to cancel your Patreon due to terrible people who need to take a seat. What you are doing with this show is critically important. Many of us with traumatic experiences absolutely need to know we aren’t alone to find the courage to go on. Your show has helped me to be a better listener, including for a dear friend whose child passed away this year; a burden of unimaginable magnitude. I am very grateful for your show. Don’t give up. Best, B in Chicago

Non monogamy

Love this episode. My partner and I have a consensual non-monogamous relationship. I think this topic is so important It makes our lives so much richer.

Amazing Podcast

Justtin discusses issues that NEED to be brought into the light. His compassion and care for those he interviews is evident in every episode. He is thoughtful and deals with the content in a compassionate and kind manner. Keep telling the truth Justin and telling stories that need to be told.

Love the show

As much as I really love the show and you’re my greatest companion when I’m grocery shopping.....I was 14 and I lost it to a man who was 29. However....why do we keep on feeling sorry for ourselves? Life is so short. It happened and that’s that. We didn’t get beaten or killed unlike other ppl so we willingly did it even though we were minors and in that case we were lucky. There are so many women who get severely abused so we should consider ourselves lucky. So come on.....I’m sorry this happened to her but I lived it too and you need to give it up. I’m sorry if that sounds harsh but this story seriously makes me angry.

One of the best

The content is so real. The episodes always hit hard, in a good way. Wonderful podcast!!

Made with Care

Wow, I appreciate the empathy you have for your interviewees...

Will this podcast be continued??

Absolutely one of the best podcasts out there. I’m hoping the amazing host will continue with it.


Hit really close to home for me. This was also my life for 4 years. It’s both sad and good to hear that I’m not the only one.

Ep. 58...miscarry

To the guest: Thank you for sharing your story. I have spent years trying to bury an early miscarriage thinking it was too early for me to have anything to grieve about. I really needed the affirmation that it’s ok for me to finally mourn. This is a great podcast! So glad I found it! Also, I fully agree that this podcast is better than Gen Why!

Give us more!!

I would be happy if you quit gen why and only did this j.s.

Real life

Excellent podcast with real people having the talks that most people just can’t talk about. This podcast has something that everyone can relate to. Keep up the excellent work Justin!!!!

Justin is amazing!!

I love this podcasts so much! If your look for that that is truly different, this is it! I’ve learn so much from listening and love hearing everyone stories. It really is something special!

One of my favorite podcasts

I love the interview format, and letting people just talk things out instead of making it edited or “cleaned up”. Hearing the gritty stuff is super important! The mental illness ep with Tiffany was one of the motivators for me to finally find a therapist.

Justin at his best

Justin from Gen Why truly shines in this podcast in his ability to listen instead of speak. We see the full range of his empathy and gentleness in the treatment of his guests and the wide range of their experiences, issues, and perspectives. Advocates for the underdog, the downtrodden, and the underrepresented and those who are interested in the too often untold stories of the human experience will find this podcast arresting and significant.

Love it

This is one of my favorite shows. I love that Justin gives his fans a platform to share their powerful stories.


This pod delivers fascinating stories from people you don’t normally hear from. Justin doesn’t shy away from trying to shed light on subjects many don’t want to talk about. Wonderful show!


Interviews done right, compelling stories; host is a natural at putting his guests at ease, asking smart questions & guiding the conversation without taking over. He keeps it real & doesn't shy away from uncomfortable topics.

Justin is awesome.

I feel you have found your niche. Keep it up

All Time Favorite

Justin is so empathetic, genuine, & all around amazing. I love him so much on Gen Why, when I found The Peripheral I was over joyed. Thanks for all of your hard work & dedication. It means the world to have your content in my ears every day!


The program with Captain Fantastico may have saved my life.


Justin, thank you for being genuine and talking about such personal and challenging things in a kind way. Go on with your bad morbid self! I hella appreciate this podcast.

Very good!

I started listening to podcasts about a year ago because of my love for true crime. True Crime Garage was the first and they recommended GenWhy which lead me here. This may be weird but if I enjoy the sound of someone’s voice then I will always listen again and I really like Justin’s voice so I gave his podcast a try. What I like the most about The Peripheral is the odd topics and how everyone has some strange story in their life. It’s neat to get to hear about how circumstances shape our lives in different ways. Thanks Justin!

Paranormal episodes

Love the podcast! I recently listened to your ghost story episode from a while back and would really love to hear more ghost/paranormal episodes. Keep up the amazing work, thanks for all that you do!

My new favorite!

I love this podcast. I heard about it from the This Is Really Happening podcast which is also great. I’ve only listened to a few episodes so far but they’re all really thought-provoking. Yesterday I listened to ep 48, Homicidal Tendencies, about the girl who had frequent thoughts of hurting other kids in her school and was constantly battling these violent thoughts and didn’t understand why. It’s a very powerful episode and offers insight into horrific events like school shootings, and highlights just how instrumental support and interventions(emotional and medical) really is. Things could’ve turned out so much differently for her.

Love Generation Why and this podcast

I came over from listening to Generation Why. Its one of my favorites and this one is just as engaging and insightful. I applaud Justin for tackling the tough issues head on. He doesn’t shy away from sharing his perspective and he is very gracious in listening to his guest. Keep up the great work!


Have listened to Generation why from start to finish and started at least 3 years ago. I have emailed you and Aaron in the past and was shocked at the wholesome, quick, and caring response I received after fan girling and not expecting to ever get anything back! I admire you both for your cantor and the thought you both put into your work. I’ve really enjoyed following and listening in on both you and Aaron’s separate interest (podcasts). It’s like listening to my brothers. Thanks for the amazing content and effort you put into delivering this Justin. I despise the thoughtless 1-3 star reviews, please don’t ever give up on your podcast dreams 💘💘💘

So Excellent and...

Real life people talking about real life problems with a sensitive, understanding, knowledgeable host. Sometimes just hearing someone’s story that is so similar to yours is extremely helpful in making it through your struggles. Justin, thanks for providing a platform for people all over the world to talk and for others to listen!! Keep up the great work! ❤️❤️❤️

Thank you

Thank you for focusing on people’s stories with empathy & with heart. I want to hear them. You give them space so I can, too. I deeply appreciate your work. I’m a new subscriber, but not for long! Again, thank you.

Great show

Great show and I love hearing about others real life experiences!