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Podcast / Seen and Not Heard

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What happens when you lose something you thought you'd always have?
What happens when the thing you lose is one of your senses?

Seen and Not Heard is a 2020 semi-autobiographical fiction podcast written and directed by Caroline Mincks, who also voices the protagonist, Bet.

Bet Kline is a food photographer who began to lose her hearing as an adult after an illness that left her hospitalized for a time. The story follows her struggles to adapt to her new life while dealing with her family.

Each episode has a transcript linked in its description.


Contains examples of:

  • Brutal Honesty: Bet's rabbi is forthright while advising her, even if it comes across as harsh.
    Bet: I just...don’t want everything to change.
    Rabbi: Sure. It did, though. So now what?
    Bet: Dang, Rabbi. That’s harsh.
    Rabbi: I’m not required to pat your head.
  • Dinner and a Show: In the prologue, Bet's dinner with her family ends up turning into an argument.
  • Dramatic Pause: Bet's rabbi pauses before telling her "something deep and vital". The transcript describes this as "The RABBI milks the moment."
  • In-Series Nickname: Bet's full name is Elizabeth. She couldn't pronounce it as a baby, saying "Bet" instead, and the name stuck.
  • Jews Love to Argue: When Bet says she believes in God "sometimes", her rabbi calls it "an extremely Jewish answer", saying that "we love our questioning. Our arguing. Our exploration." He also says that being pissed off at your lot in life is also very Jewish.
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  • Knight in Sour Armor: One of the pieces of advice Bet's rabbi gives her: "... what keeps you on the good side of the world is doing good for the world despite how it’s treating you. And if you can’t do good, just don’t do harm."
  • Sense Loss Sadness: Bet struggles to deal with her hearing loss.
  • Shout-Out: When Bet asks if the secret her rabbi is about to tell her is a divine one, her rabbi says: "Since this is not the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, no."
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Bet and her rabbi sass each other throughout their meeting.