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If you are completely new to Everything is Alive, I envy you. I happened upon the series a few months ago and binged my way through every season. It’s so good I wish I could discover it all over again.

In each episode, host Ian Chillag interviews (unscripted!) an inanimate object. Sounds absurd, right? There are laugh-out-loud moments in every show, but there’s so much more: the personality, mood, wisdom, and humor of the performer speaking for the object; a mid-episode conversation with a person who tells a surprising true story related to the object; truths about mundane and enduring human experiences that will sometimes bring you to tears without ever jerking them out of you. And always Ian Chillag’s earnest, but dry delivery. No one can pack as much meaning into a “Yeah” as he can.

Definitely begin at the beginning as suggested on the podcast website. Here are a few of my favorite episodes:

Maeve, Lamppost (ICYMI: Maeve Higgins recently published an essay on the joys of knitting in The Guardian.)

Alex, Alex, and Sebastian, Russian Dolls

Chioke, Grain of Sand and later … Pane of Glass

Sal, Sock

Louise and William, Shirt and Pants

I hope Everything Is Alive gets around to interviewing some knitting gear. I’m sure my DPNs—US 1, bamboo—have something to say about my tendency to bring them near the breaking point.

About The Author

An artist in multiple media by nature and by education, Cristina Shiffman is a knitter, sewist, potter, and photographer who also draws, paints, and dyes with natural materials. Cristina has been collaborating with MDK since 2017.


  • I stumbled across these early in the pandemic, which is why people saw me laughing out loud on long walks through the neighborhood. Time to check in again!

  • Thoroughly enjoyed, thanks for the tip!

  • I adore Maeve Higgins!

  • I will follow any recommendation of yours Cristina! Thank you.

  • I remember hearing this previewed on another podcast! I feel like silverware was being interviewed? I’ll have to check back. Thanks, ❤️Popcorn

  • Amazed I haven’t started these yet, I totally believe my objects are talking to me.

    • Oh, I needed this today. Not sure I’m going to be able to do the dishes with a straight face now, but maybe that’s not a problem, know what I’m saying?

      Cheers, all!

  • I have missed this -off to subscribe! Thanks.

  • OMG-thanks for the intro to this podcast!!

  • I will never drink a can of soda again without thinking of the first interview – Brilliant!! Thank you for the recommendation ❤️

  • Just heard the first epi – it’s FAN-tasting! I truly laughed out loud a few times. Thank you!

  • This is brilliant! My new walking companion. THANK YOU for the recommendation.

  • You suggest programs to knit with but not where to find them.

    • It’s an audio podcast. Find it “wherever you get your podcasts,” as they say.

  • Thanks for sharing! Loved Maeve Higgins’ article and going to check out the podcast!

  • Will have to listen to this. Reminds me of a song by the Chenille Sisters sung from the point of view of a can of tuna, watching a couple fight, until the tuna finally becomes part of a comfort food casserole.

  • I loved how the lamppost thought the star of Singin’ in the Rain was the lamppost.

  • Nashville has never been on my bucket list until now; while I’m in the process of moving from Denver to the Oregon Coast. But what an interesting weekend you must have had with all of the creative talent swirling around you

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