Michigan Radio has announced a new podcast, Same Same Different, which will tackle issues like When your buddies tell you “we like you because you’re not like most black people,” should you throw down or lay low? How do you support your transgender kid when their own sibling thinks transgender is a misguided choice? What makes someone an “other,” anyway? and more over five episodes, starting October 7.

Host Bryce Huffman and his guests will explore identity and how to survive “otherness” with your full humanity and sanity intact. Same Same Different offers insights to be a better, more empathetic friend, family member, colleague, and human in the world. The series highlights voices from marginalized and often misunderstood communities, including LGBTQ, African-American, Muslim, evangelical Christian, Latinx and people with disabilities and the body-positive community.

“I made the podcast to first process many of the experiences I’ve had feeling like an ‘other,’ and also to connect with people who have felt the same way,” said Same Same Different host Bryce Huffman. “I wanted to deal with serious feelings and thoughts, but to do it in a humorous and empowering way.”

Same Same Different will begin its limited run on October 7, with new episodes available every Monday, through Nov. 4. A trailer is available now at michiganradio.org/different. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen.

The Same Same Different Team:

Host Bryce Huffman is a public radio reporter and performance poet who, as a young black man, has spent years trying to figure out the best strategies for dealing with people and institutions that prioritize white America. In his role as Michigan Radio’s West Michigan Reporter, he has covered a variety of Michigan stories, including immigrants facing deportation, residents dealing with ongoing groundwater contamination, and tension between the black community and Grand Rapids police. Executive producer Jennifer Guerra oversaw production of Believed, the station’s Peabody Award-winning podcast about serial sexual predator Larry Nassar. Senior editor Sarah Hulett works with reporters on enterprise and long-form reporting projects, and was the editor for Believed.