Also, she's wearing a great outfit. A peach flowy jumpsuit.
December 9, 2021 5:17 PM   Subscribe

Your Fat Friend and Maintenance Phase podcast cohost Aubrey Gordon reviews Positive Moves, Angela Lansbury's fitness home video (1988) & book (1990). There is a transcript tab! "I don't feel compelled to try in fact check, Angela Lansbury saying, it's good for you to putter around the house."
posted by spamandkimchi (8 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I enjoyed this episode so much. Smiling.
posted by rrrrrrrrrt at 5:34 PM on December 9, 2021 [1 favorite]

"exploring the anti-Goop-ness of Angela’s fitness book and video"

This is so wonderful! This whole podcast is delightful.
posted by poe at 6:09 PM on December 9, 2021

I was so worried that this episode would force me to confront the bitter truth that Angela Lansbury was a fat-hating pseudo-science-peddling grifter, and it turned out mostly to confirm my fondness for her. So yay! Not everyone in the world is Dr. Oz or Gwyneth fucking Paltrow.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 7:15 PM on December 9, 2021 [11 favorites]

I think Aubrey and Angela would have been fast friends.

That episode was so much fun!
posted by wenestvedt at 4:25 AM on December 10, 2021 [1 favorite]

Yes! I loved this episode and did some real laugh out louds. Highly recommend to anyone looking for something light-hearted and smart.
posted by sedimentary_deer at 5:41 AM on December 10, 2021

I think Aubrey and Angela would have been fast friends.

Angela's still alive!
posted by Billiken at 7:02 AM on December 10, 2021 [2 favorites]

If I had to choose between this podcast and Angela Lansbury, I would have chosen the Dame every time, so I am pleased that they did not force me to choose.

I do think an Angela Lansbury exercise video/book is the most hilariously 80s concept possible. I just checked and my library has a copy of the book that I am definitely checking out in the near future.

Not every offhand remark needs be fact checked, but I need to point out that Murder, She Wrote was on the air for 12 years, not 7 or 8. I am currently working my way through it on Peacock. Maybe I'll do some stretches next time I put on an episode, instead of fiddling with Animal Crossing on the couch.

I do think the discussion that came out of this, about how not every topic needs to be aired with just any of your friends, was good. I think sometimes we forget to choose our audience around people we're close to - they love us, so they'll understand! But also, if I love someone, I can make an effort to remember they don't want to talk about diets or Murder, She Wrote or whatever just because that topic interests me at the moment.
posted by the primroses were over at 9:49 AM on December 10, 2021 [3 favorites]

I love Maintenance Phase so much and this ep is one I’ve listened to several times out of sheer joy.
posted by gollie at 9:08 PM on December 11, 2021

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