Inappropriate Questions


Have you ever been curious to know the answer to a question that might be intrusive or too personal for other people? On their biweekly podcast Inappropriate Questions, now in its third season, cohosts Elena Hudgins Lyle and Harvinder Wadhwa make a space for curiosity where guests can unpack the tricky questions they get asked and learn stories about them—whether they ask if polyamorous people cope with jealousy in relationships, if Indigenous people are full Native, or brave the dreaded “have you lost weight” assumption. Created by Hudgins Lyle alongside producers Sabrina Bertsch and Cindy Long, the podcast was built out of a school project while they were studying Media Production in Toronto, Ontario. Bertsch, who’s mixed-race, had been asked a lot of questions about her background and ethnicity after studying abroad for a semester. Long and Lyle, both LGBT, would also get frequently asked about their identity and sexuality. Even if these frustrations served as a jumping-off point for them, they quickly realized that they could also learn about a variety of topics from others too—especially from their parents and older generations. So they auditioned a “dad-like” figure to be a counterpart as co-host. Wadhwa, a project manager with an engineering degree, was the unanimous choice. “Harv was the very first interview we did,” Lyle says. “After the interview, he was like, ‘All right, how many more of these do you have to go?’ You know I'm it, right? You can stop now.’” In each episode, guests share stories about being asked the week’s specific inappropriate question. Though, occasionally, they'll have an expert or academic who can break down more of the historical and social aspect of the question. Both Hudgins Lyle and Wadhwa bridge together their different generational perspectives to challenge themselves and their guests, having casual, yet meaningful conversations that are engaging, unpredictable, and humorous. “Though I've been in Canada for over 20 years, I co

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    Inappropriate Questions Introduces: Tai Asks Why - Season 4

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  • 24 November 2021, 9:10 am

    Answering your questions and looking back on Season 3

    17 minutes 23 seconds
  • 17 November 2021, 9:10 am

    Is “What are you going to do now?” good small talk?

    38 minutes 41 seconds
  • 3 November 2021, 8:10 am

    Is it okay to ask an autistic person “Are you sure?”

    36 minutes 33 seconds
  • 20 October 2021, 8:10 am

    Should we ask “Where are they now?” about former child actors?

    38 minutes 46 seconds
  • 6 October 2021, 8:10 am

    Is it okay to ask formerly incarcerated people “Why did you do it?”

    35 minutes 48 seconds
  • 22 September 2021, 8:10 am

    Is it helpful to ask a blind person “Do you need help?”

    36 minutes 50 seconds
  • 8 September 2021, 4:10 am

    Should I ask someone with depression/anxiety “Have you tried _____?”

    24 minutes 38 seconds
  • 25 August 2021, 11:10 am

    Can I ask a sex worker “What was your worst experience?”

    37 minutes 52 seconds
  • 11 August 2021, 8:10 am

    Should I ask someone “Why are you single?”

    45 minutes 21 seconds
  • 28 July 2021, 4:10 am

    Can I ask a Black friend “How can I do better?”

    38 minutes 33 seconds
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