Guest Pod Post: Kristen Meinzer from the MOVIE THERAPY WITH RAFER AND KRISTEN Podcast

Pod pals, please welcome Kristen Meinzer back to the blog! Kristen is a podcast extraordinaire and she’s joined us to talk about Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen, a show that will provide “questionable advice and solid movie recommendations for whatever ails you.”



A year ago, my friend Rafer Guzman and I hosted a podcast for WNYC called Movie Date. It was a mix of film reviews and interviews with celebrities who came through WNYC, from Joan Rivers to Scarlett Johansson to Taraji P. Henson. From time to time, the show also included a segment called “Movie Therapy,” in which listeners would write in seeking advice, and Rafer and I would respond with movie and TV recommendations. The podcasted launched in 2010, and sunsetted when I left WNYC in 2016. 

While we were both sad to say goodbye to Movie Date, we also believed that someday we would host a show together again; we just didn’t know when. To our surprise, that moment came in the spring of 2020, when the pandemic hit. Old Movie Date listeners began hitting us up on Twitter and Instagram, telling us they were spending more time in front of their screens than ever, and were needing our advice more than ever. “Will you please launch a new podcast, just for those of us who need Movie Therapy?” they said. And so, we did. 

In March, we made a few pilot episodes with the early questions we received. In April we launched Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen. And not long after, we were thrilled to be featured in Apple Podcasts’ New & Noteworthy and NPROne’s Featured Shows. 

Each episode of Movie Therapy with Rafer & Kristen is broken into three segments. The first two segments feature letters from people seeking advice. Their predicaments run the gamut, from relationship woes to frustrations over homeschooling, to unwell pets, to utter loneliness in the pandemic. We offer some advice, some personal confessions, some laughter, and a TV and movie recommendation to each advice seeker. The final segment is always a listener or special guest asking “What Should I Watch Next?” after binging a series, obsessing over a movie, or seeing something that left them disappointed. Guests have included Karina Longworth of You Must Remember This, Nichole Perkins of Thirst Aid Kit, Dan Pashman of The Sporkful, and more. 

Rafer and I love making the show, and we hope that when people listen, our audience feels a little less alone with their problems, and discovers something new to watch during our new endless hours indoors. 


Thank you, Kristen! And listeners, make sure to catch the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, and wherever else you feed your podcast addiction. You can find out more about the show at and on Facebook. Plus, follow Kristen and Rafer on Twitter at @kristenmeinzer and @raferguzman, respectively.

Guest Pod Post: Brian Sheehan from TV Trivia Pod

Pod pals, please welcome Brian Sheehan to the DYEP Blog! Brian hosts TV Trivia Pod, and he encourages you to find out more about the show on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And, if you’d like to support the TV Trivia Pod, he releases bonus episodes AND bonus questions on his Patreon page after every free episode, along with movie trivia and more!


I’m Brian Sheehan, and I host TV Trivia Pod!  I love watching movies and shows, quoting all the great moments, keeping up with the latest trailers, eating popcorn for dinner, and so on. TV Trivia Pod is for people that love TV. It’s for people that finish the quote you were saying after only the first three words, or can relate something back to that episode where this happened. And, it’s for people that enjoy trivia!  For example:

  • What was the name of Angela’s cat that Dwight put in the freezer? 
  • Where does Rick ask Morty to hide the megaseeds to get through customs? 
  • Butcher compares The Boys to what music group? 
  • What is the nickname of the priest-turned-homeless man whose life the gang at Paddy’s Pub continually makes worse? 
  • One year for Abed’s birthday, the gang at the Community college, Greendale, dress up like characters from what movie? 

This podcast is for people that can’t get enough of trivia on their favorite TV shows. And it’s not deep dive stuff—nothing about who directed that episode, what did that actor do before their claim to fame, etc.  Questions come directly from the episodes, so as long as you’ve seen it, you can play!

In one sentence? I hope listeners can have fun answering questions and remembering their favorite moments from their favorite shows.


Thank you, Brian! We encourage our listeners to get out there and brush up on their trivia!

Guest Pod Post: Mike Spear from the CAUSE AND PURPOSE Podcast

We have another fantastic guest post from a fellow podcaster! Today’s post is from Mike Spear, creator and host of Cause & Purpose from Sound Mind Productions, a show for, and about, social impact professionals. Cause & Purpose follows a casual interview format that’s designed to foster deep conversation, and explore the inspirations, decision points, successes, and lessons learned that guests have experienced throughout their lives and careers. Each episode features a different nonprofit leader or social entrepreneur and their stories.


I have been working on the Cause & Purpose project for exactly one year, since December 2019 and it is finally live and ready to share. It took us a bit longer to put this thing together than I ever imagined, but the hard work paid off and we’re off to the races. I’m incredibly proud of the production quality and content we’re putting forward, and I hope to add a ton of value to the social sector through the stories told by our guests. Each episode features a different nonprofit leader or social entrepreneur. The main focus will be their stories—the ups and downs, the inspirations, successes, failures, and lessons learned from lives and careers spent addressing a variety of social challenges. Each episode will include some tangible takeaways listeners can put to work in their own organizations, but it should be an entertaining listen for anyone interested in social good and making the world a better place. 

I’ve been working in the social sector for nearly 15 years now, first as a journalist and filmmaker. Then, I spent time on the technology side, helping to build a company called from a tiny startup in San Diego, to a thriving fundraising platform whose clients have now raised more than $2,000,000,000 for an array of important causes all around the world. I left Classy about a year ago, and have begun working hands-on with nonprofits and purpose-driven organizations of all kinds on their growth, culture, and impact. Over the course of my career, I’ve worked with countless organizations in a variety of ways, and have met some truly extraordinary people. I’ve learned from them, been inspired by them, and am continuously humbled by the incredible differences they’re making in the world—in their own communities and in the lives of people they might never even meet.

Cause & Purpose has been a passion project of mine for some time, and I can’t wait to share it with you.   


Thank you, Mike! And listeners, make sure to catch the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, and wherever else you feed your podcast addiction. Find the show on Facebook and on Instagram @causeandpurpose.

Guest Pod Post: Kristen Meinzer from the BY THE BOOK Podcast

Pod pals, please welcome Kristen Meinzer to the blog! Kristen wears many different podcast hats and she’s hopped on the blog to share more about By the Book, which is proclaimed “half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment.Welcome back, Kristen!



Four years ago, my friend Jolenta Greenberg and I launched a reality show podcast called By The Book. In each episode of the show, we live by the rules of a different self-help book for two weeks straight while recording ourselves at home, at work, socializing with our friends, and navigating our respective worlds—so listeners can get a glimpse of how each book enhances or destroys our lives. Over the years, we’ve done things like move traffic with our minds (while living by The Secret), introduce ourselves to strangers (while living by How To Win Friends and Influence People), and volunteer our time with causes we care about (for A Girl’s Guide to Joining the Resistance). 

But when the pandemic hit, the question arose: How can we live by self-help books when we’re no longer going to work? Or socializing in our normal ways? What happens when we’re mostly trapped at home. Will anyone want to listen to us live by self-help books when almost everything we record is confined to our own four walls? Fortunately, there are plenty of self-help books that are focused on aspects of home life, and we’d already considered having a whole season around the theme of hearth and home. COVID just pushed us to make that idea into more of a plan. 

And so we lived by The New Plant Parent, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, and other books that encouraged us to find a sense of connection and happiness in our apartments. We lived by books that promised to improve our cooking and home decor. And by the end of the season, we even lived by books that challenged us to entertain (even if the only people we were entertaining were our husbands) and fall in love with our neighborhoods (even if we couldn’t fully engage with them in the ways we used to). 

Throughout the season, we were thrilled to hear from listeners who said By The Book helped them to feel less claustrophobic in their homes (especially compared to me and Jolenta, in our little Brooklyn apartments). They told us that they felt less alone in their daily frustrations, hearing me and Jolenta do things like fight with our husbands over our shared spaces. And even the folks who wrote in at the beginning of the season to say “books about the home aren’t really about self-improvement,” wrote back at the end of the season to say, “I was wrong, you helped me to feel a greater sense of peace during these unprecedented times.” 

Next season we have a completely different theme for the show. We’re guessing some of our listeners will, again, be a bit skeptical when they hear what it is, but we’re also certain that they’ll come around to see that we’re capable of finding joy in all sorts of unexpected ways—and unexpected times.  


Thank you, Kristen! And listeners, make sure to catch the podcast on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, and wherever else you feed your podcast addiction. You can find out more about the show at and on Facebook. Plus, follow the pod on Twitter at @bythebookpod.

S4: E2 New Year, Same Us (feat. Emily Prokop of E Podcast Productions)

Hurray for 2021! We’re happy to help you kick off a new year with plenty of podcast recs. Keep reading for all the deets!

In the (Podcast) News

BYOP (Bring Your Own Podcast)

Alex gushed about Floodlines, a show from The Atlantic that delves into the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the long lasting repercussions of the governmental response to this natural disaster. A quick description of the show:

Some call it Hurricane Katrina. Some call it the Federal Flood. Others call it the day the levees broke. On August 29, 2005, the city of New Orleans was submerged. That story of hubris, incompetence, and nature’s wrath is now etched into the national consciousness. But the people who lived through the flood and its aftermath have a different story to tell. A story of rumors, betrayal, and one of the most misunderstood events in American history.

What we discussed:

  • Produced by magazine and multimedia company The Atlantic
  • Hosted by Vann R. Newkirk II, a senior editor at The Atlantic who writes on politics, race, and healthcare policy
  • Highly produced, eight-episode series combining a range of perspectives and interviews
  • Released in March 2020
  • Each episode last about 30 minutes, except the 1-hour long final episode
  • Recommended for EVERYONE, but Alex found it a very enlightening listen as a young millennial who was a tween/teen during the initial crisis—listen for a nuanced view that explores the intersections of governmental action and inaction, ethics around media and news reporting, and everyday Americans’ responses to the unimaginable.

Calendar Corner

  • January 1st: New Year’s Day
  • January 2nd: National Science Fiction Day
    • For all things Sci-Fi, check out Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy from Wired. Guests have included Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Richard Dawkins, Wil Wheaton, Bill Nye, Margaret Atwood, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
  • January 4th: National Trivia Day
  • January 10th: National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • January 15th: Bagel Day
  • January 18th: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
  • January 28th: Data Privacy Day
    • Reply All is all about the internet, and they have many episodes about the wacky things technology can do—plus a few episodes that delve into what is or isn’t secure online.

Interview with Emily Prokop, podcast consultant and host of The Story Behind and Hate to Weight

This month, we chatted with Emily Prokop who is a podcast extraordinaire! Give a listen for an enlightening conversation about all things podcast, the craze of 2020, and what we’re looking forward to in the podcast world this new year. Top line notes below!

Emily runs E Podcast Productions, a company she started to offer practical and down-to-earth information and support for DIY Podcasters so they can create and grow great-sounding podcasts WITHOUT breaking the bank or spending hours and hours on production. Want to know more on her company (and how to hire her for pod help)?

As mentioned, Emily also has two different podcasts under her belt:

The Story Behind tells the extraordinary history of the ordinary. Everyday objects are more closely examined, from their ancient beginnings through the present—all within 5-10 minutes. The show was nominated for a Webby in 2019 and Emily published a bestselling book on the show. Catch The Story Behind on their website, as well as on Twitter @StoryBehindPod.

Hate to Weight is a journey with two podcasters and friends who check in with each other every week and talk about their struggles and (hopefully) triumphs with weight loss. Catch Hate to Weight on their website, as well as on Twitter @hatetoweight.

More Tips and Recs from Emily:

We all met at the 2019 Intelligent Speech Conference in NYC, and the conference is still marching forward (with a smart virtual pivot this past summer). Check out the website for more on the annual event!

Emily also listed some of her favorite shows—grab your earbuds!

‘Til next time,

—Lainey & Alex