S3: E19 An Alternative Future

Time for some we-are-so-tired-of-the-news-please-give-us-something-to-put-in-our-minds-that-is-not-about-a-pandemic news!

And alternatively, if you need some supplemental info after you watch the news, here are some corona-related podcasts:


BYOP (Bring Your Own Podcast)

This week, Alex brought Switched On Pop (produced by Vox) to the show. Here’s a quick description of the pod:

What makes pop songs so catchy?

Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

This podcast has been going strong since 2014 and releases new content on a weekly basis. They cover a range of popular music and incredible artists, and nearly every episode is under an hour. Whether you like to geek out about chord progressions or you just want to hear from their impressive musical guests, there’s an episode for you.

Check out the following episodes that Alex highlighted:

And if you want an even deeper dive in book form, they wrote Switched on Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why It Matters detailing the ins and outs of popular music too.

Does pop music have a special place in your heart? Ever listened to a Top 40 song that surprised you? Email us and let us know!


Interview with Flash Forward Host Rose Eveleth

This month, we were thrilled to have Rose Eveleth join us and share a bit about her informative, humorous, and immersive podcast Flash Forward. We discussed her journalism origins, her goals when speculating about the future, and a few things she’s excited about for her next season.

Flash Forward is a critically acclaimed podcast about the future. In each episode, host Rose Eveleth takes on a possible (or not so possible) future scenario.

By combining audio drama and deep reporting, Flash Forward gives listeners an original and unique window into the future, and just how likely different scenarios might be.

Here’s the animal testing episode that Alex referenced:

And Lainey called out Rose’s great starter playlist, which is available here on Spotify.

Plus, Rose recommended some podcasts for listeners, too:

Here’s a list of Flash Forward‘s social handles and links:

And don’t forget, Flash Forward‘s new season premieres April 14th—make sure to subscribe and check it out!

And that’s all for April! DM us, email us, or send us a carrier pigeon and let us know your thoughts on Flash Forward, and your ideas of what the future could look like. We might feature it on the show!

—Lainey & Alex

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 doyoupodcast@gmail.com.

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,
—Lainey

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!

—Alex