Ancient History Fangirl (BONUS Content!)

Hey pod pals!

If you’re like us, you’ve probably been hunting down new pod content to ease the adjustment to social distancing. Well, we have something special for you…a bonus clip from our excellent March guests, Jenny Williamson and Genn McMenemy of Ancient History Fangirl.

Check out the audio below, as they shared fantastic #girlpower stories from the ancient world for Women’s History Month. We released this bonus content on our Patreon a little earlier for our patrons, but we’re excited to end the month by sharing it widely.

For a deeper dive on the stories they covered, check out the full episodes Fulvia, The Original Gangster of Ancient Rome” and Locusta the Poisoner: Rome’s Deadly Assassin.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

—Alex & Lainey

Podcasts in a World of Coronavirus

Hi pod pals,

Welp, NYC is officially on semi-lockdown! We just wanted to check in during this time of high anxiety and let you know we are thinking about you. Below are a few podcasts to help you understand the developing news or just to take a break from the intense rush of information. We are always here for you and we won’t stop the podcast recommendations—especially when we have a lot of time for extra podcast listening!

For a full list of podcast recommendations that will give you more information on Coronavirus, check out our last Instagram post.

What Alex is listening to:

What Lainey is listening to:

Looking for podcasts to listen to with the whole family? Check out our kid-friendly podcast recs here.

We wish you health and safe spaces! Let us know what you are listening to during your time at home. Email us at

We’ll get through this together.

—Lainey and Alex

S3: E18 Girls Just Wanna Podcast

We are back and MARCH-ing in formation for Women’s History Month! We have lots of podcast news, a BYOP, and a special women-led podcast interview on this month’s episode. Listen to the show and find the show notes below.

In the (podcast) news:

BYOP (Bring-Your-Own-Podcast)

It was Lainey’s turn to bring a surprise (to Alex) podcast that she’s loving. She brought The Last Degree of Kevin Bacon from Funny Or Die. Here’s the description:

Randy Beslow lost the role of Footloose to Kevin Bacon and has spent the last 30-plus years blaming Bacon for the way his life turned out. After he hits rock bottom, he snaps and embarks on a mission to hunt down Bacon and exact his revenge.

This 10-episode, Spotify-original podcast that features the ACTUAL voice of Kevin Bacon is so delightful!

Find a few articles about the pod here:
“‘The Last Degree of Kevin Bacon’ is a new Spotify podcast starring the famous actor” on Philly Voice

“Kevin Bacon is so in on the six-degree of Kevin Bacon joke” on CNN

Watch a video with Kevin on Funny Or Die here.

Find the tweet Lainey mentioned to the left.

We can’t wait to hear more from this podcast and what your six degrees from Kevin Bacon are. Email us with your claim to fame!

Interview with Ancient History Fangirl Hosts Jenny Williamson and Genn McMenemy

In celebration of Women’s History month, we combined both women and history into our episode when we interviewed the lovely ladies of Ancient History Fangirl! A huge thanks to Jenny and Genn for taking the time to come on the show. We chatted about their origin story, what they’ve learned, and what to expect in their new season (which is available now. because timing. ur welcome). Find a description of the show below and check out their awesome new cover art!

A informative and humorous history podcast focusing on the true stories and tall tales of the ancient world. Hosted by the fantastic Jenny Williamson and Genn McMenemy, the Ancient History Fangirl podcast has covered everything from misbehaving emperors to mythological mayhem—and they’re still going strong, four seasons later!

Here’s a link to the Ancient History Fangirl episodes we mentioned specifically:

Of course we had to ask Genn and Jenny for their history podcast recommendations. Find a list here:

Here’s a list of Ancient History Fangirl‘s social handles and links:

That’s it for this month! Let us know your favorite #GirlPower podcast on social or through email. We’ll mention it on the show.

Ta-ta for now,

Feeling the Love in February

February’s almost over, Valentine’s Day has come and gone…

But if you’re still in a loving mood, we have a quickie round up of some pods to keep you warm during the last trickle of winter. Here’s our post-Valentine’s-Day-Why-Is-It-Still-So-Cold-Outside-I-Need-A-Snuggle roundup for every type of love out there.

Looking for a Real Love Story?

Try out Modern Love from The New York Times. Their backlist is INSANE, and they cover everything from romantic or familial love to breakups and acts of forgiveness. Grab a tissue or two, because some of these episodes are tearjerkers.

Feeling Thirsty?

Stay hydrated with Thirst Aid Kit—an absolutely hilarious and spot on podcast from Slate. Cohosted by Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins, this show is unabashedly about desire and leaning all the way in.

Need Some Self Love?

Therapy for Black Girls is a long-running show with the goal of mental wellness for black women and girls. Dr. Joy Harden Bradford hosts this intersectional pod that offers weekly episodes featuring great guests. PLUS, they also have great resources here for finding a therapist near you.

Are You A Fiction Fiend?

On a previous episode, we raved about 36 Questions—A Podcast Musical, the three-part scripted production (based on the infamous 36 questions study) with actors Jonathan Groff and Jessie Shelton. So…what are you waiting for? Dive in, and thank us later.

As always, we love to hear from you—let us know what your February favorites were!


S3: E17 The Two Words You Can Never Say on a Podcast

Hey Podpals,

We hope you’re as thrilled about our new format as we are! Every month, we’ll share some updates and recent listens, a BYOP, and an interview with a special guest.

Updates, News, and Recommendations

Our recent recs and listens include:

In honor of Black History Month, we also provided a roundup of podcasts from black creators, or shows that uplift black stories and voices:

BYOP (Bring-Your-Own-Podcast)

This week, Alex brought the deets on Subtitle, a podcast focusing on linguistics and how language affects the world around us. Here’s a quickie description from the creators themselves:

Language unites and divides us. It mystifies and delights us. Patrick Cox and Kavita Pillay tell the stories of people with all kinds of linguistic passions: comedians, writers, researchers; speakers of endangered languages; speakers of multiple languages; and just speakers—people like you and me.

Alex discussed “Words We Love to Hate,” “The Language of Diamonds,” and “Gullah Geechee Enters The Academy,” but there are plenty more episodes to binge.

Check out the podcast here on Twitter, and visit the website for photo content and a space to keep the conversation going.

Interview with On the Green Fence Hosts Neil King and Gabriel Borrud

Make sure to listen to our deep dive on all things environmentally focused with Neil and Gabe, the hosts of On The Green Fence! Here’s a quick description of the show:

Two regular guys with no set environmental
views—hosts Neil King and Gabriel Borrud—explore controversial issues through the lives of real people. Their inquisitive and entertaining adventures take them across Germany, talking with climate protesters, an organic farmer and a wolf psychologist, taking a shower with contaminated water, fighting mosquitoes and going dumpster diving.  Equipped with a good dose of skepticism about the greenies, American Gabriel and British-German Neil bring their very personal views on their journeys into new terrain in this five-part
mini series.

We had an enlightening and inspiring discussion with the two of them—check it out, and you might even catch a few juicy details about their upcoming season.

Connect with them on Twitter (@dw_environment) and Instagram (@dw_globalideas), and you can find episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Thanks for joining us—we’ll see you next month!