Author Karen Russell

This week we talk to novelist and short story writer, Karen Russell. She is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a New York Times best seller and author of the new book, Vampires in the Lemon Grove. We also spotlight a great new indie-rock band, Telekinesis. Crazy, but the whole band is just one guy. And it wouldn't be a typical podcast without calling the next hipster trend, planning a RELEVANT wedding and watching television for dogs.

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Question of the Week

What is the most awkward or cringeworthy wedding moment you've ever seen?

It's summer wedding season, so this week we want to know, what is the most awkward or cringeworthy wedding moment you've ever seen or been a part of?


Scott Red


Scott Red commented…

Smarties is another great candy, but I mean CANADIAN Smarties.
Also on the list of strange things you can't get in the US: Maltesers, Mr Big, Aero Bars, Crispy Crunch, Crunchie and Caramilk Bars ... how can you not have Caramilk Bars? Does everyone in the US know the Caramilk Secret?
I'm glad is covering these important matters, thanks for the work you're doing.

Dustin Brady


Dustin Brady commented…

I just typed in "" and this page popped up. Where can I go to talk Gushers?



Jacob commented…

I know I'm late to the party, but the most cringe worthy moment at any wedding I've ever been to was when the bride and groom read Scripture passages to each other. Nothing wrong with that at face value. The part that made me cringe (and I was a grooms man, so I had to keep it inside) was when the bride read 1 Corinthians 13 to the groom. Apart from being an overly used and misapplied chapters in weddings, the cringe-worthy part was when she changed ALL of the "love is" parts to the groom's name. So instead of "Love is patient, Love is kind," it was "Mike is patient, Mike is kind" (changed his name). Yea, that speaks for itself.

Dan Caulfield


Dan Caulfield commented…

In a last minute attempt to make my wife and I's first dance more memorable, my Father-In-Law grabbed a fire extinguisher and shot a plume of white smoke at us as we began to dance (I can only assume he was going for the dry ice effect).

People laughed and clapped, expecting him to now stop... he didn't. He proceeded to empty the contents of the fire extinguisher at us throughout the entirety of the song (completely muffling the sound). My wife and I just kept dancing and laughing (and maybe crying inside).

It was definitely memorable, I'll give him that.

Jake Martin


Jake Martin commented…

Awkward Wedding Moment: So two years ago, at MY wedding, this awkward moment happened. We had just been married and our officiant was announcing us when a friend of my mother in law (and by "friend" I mean former employer from before my wife was born) gets up with his iPhone and blocks us from exiting to take a picture. The photographers we hired hired to capture this special moment had to stand aside and wait awkwardly with the rest of us.

Awkward Wedding Request: So some really good friends of mine are getting married this October and they have a bit of a predicament. They don't have an officiant. His pastors are in California, hers are in Texas, and the wedding is in Arkansas. I loved the idea of having the Relevant team hijack the wedding because these friends actually introduced me to your print magazine in 2009. As the DJ I have the power to surrender the dance floor to you guys, but let me know if anyone is actually serious enough about this to come out to Arkansas and help my friends get married. Tweet me please!

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