By Mermaid Palace, Radiotopia & Sharon Mashihi

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 Nov 16, 2020

 Oct 28, 2020



There’s the family you grew up with:  your mom, your dad, your siblings.  And then, there’s the family you carry around in your head for the rest of your life.  This show is about that second family, the one that lives within you.

From Mermaid Palace and Radiotopia, Sharon Mashihi brings you Appearances, a one woman audio show that straddles the line between fiction and truth.  Appearances brings to life an Iranian American family and community through the real and fantastical mental machinations of Melanie Barzadeh. Melanie is in her mid 30’s and desires nothing more than to become a mother. The difficulty of finding the right partner seems to be directly connected to the struggles witnessed in her home throughout her entire childhood. As Sharon Mashihi voice-acts all the characters in one family, the depth of the love, pain, and struggle is felt with a visceral, profound compassion at every turn.

Episode Date
Episode 09: The World

The finale.

Oct 27, 2020
Episode 08: Melanie Tells Her Mom

This is the episode where Melanie has to tell her mother. She is terrified.

Oct 23, 2020
Episode 07: AKA Episode 6 1/2 [Indecisive Artist]

It worked. Now Melanie has a secret. Only one person knows it. That one person... is Sharon Mashihi.

Oct 20, 2020
Episode 06: Ace of Hearts

Melanie begins the process of acquiring sperm and getting pregnant.

Oct 16, 2020
Episode 05: Good Eggs

While Melanie is preparing physically and spiritually to get pregnant, she receives news that yet again makes her spiral into uncertainty.

Oct 13, 2020
Episode 04: Last Ditch Effort

Melanie asks: Is it still worth trying to make it work with men?

Oct 09, 2020
Episode 03: Vida

This episode belongs to Vida, Melanie’s mom.  We twist and turn through the caverns of her past and present to understand what it feels like, as Vida puts it, "to live with your heart outside your body."

Oct 06, 2020
Episode 02: A Person Who Has Never Even Been Married Fantasizes Incessantly About Divorce

Melanie is at her brother’s wedding and feeling out of place.  She is unsure about long term relationships, so she takes us inside the intimate details of her parents’ marriage to find out why. 

Oct 02, 2020
Episode 01: Voices

In this episode, we meet Melanie, her family—who appear as voices in her head—and her ill-fated lover as they discuss potentially having a baby, and her first pregnancy 9 years ago.

Sep 29, 2020

Part A of the prologue is a note from Sharon about why this podcast is labeled "fiction". Part B is a history of the town of Great Neck, as told by Faribah, the neighbor across the street. As Faribah always likes to say, "In this neighborhood, the windows are very important. What can you see when you look out of them, and what can everybody else see when they look in?"

Sep 29, 2020
Appearances Trailer

An audio mindtrip about an Iranian American woman, the family she carries around in her head, and the family that she wants to have.

Sep 11, 2020
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