S4: E3 We’re Pros on Cons Here at DYEP!

Happy February pod pals! Buckle up for lots of recommendations…

In the (Podcast) News

BYOP (Bring Your Own Podcast)

This month, Lainey’s BYOP was David Tennant Does a Podcast With…

Some facts!

-About an hour each
-Come out weekly on Tuesdays (started in 20219)
-From Somethin’ Else & No Mystery Productions
-Available on Spotfy and Apple Podcasts
-For fans of WTF with Marc Maron and Anna Faris is Unqualified

Lainey mentioned the Billie Piper, Neil Gaiman, and Dan Levy episodes.

Podcast Pop Quiz

In lieu of an interview this month, we brought back a very special guest—Lucie Scott! She gave us a word for one of our classic bits, known as Podcast Pop Quiz. For this segment, Lucie suggested we do a deep dive and find some interesting podcasts that revolve around the word “games.”

Alex’s picks were:

  • Hear Her Sports – a show where female athletes share stories of breaking barriers, speaking up, and living with power and confidence in today’s changing world. They publish biweekly episodes full of thoughtful interviews.
  • Shut Up and Sit Down – a show all about board games, card games, and mind games. They have a podcast, a YouTube channel, and a robust website.
  • Con Artists – a show about some of the most notorious con artists and how far they will go to gain money, power, and respect. New episodes drop every Wednesday from Parcast.

Lainey’s picks were:

  • IGN Game Scoop! – IGN shoots a week’s worth of gaming news straight into your ear!
  • Killer Knowledge – Try your hand at Parcast’s daily trivia podcast, Killer Knowledge…. Every day, you’ll have the chance to answer 5 trivia questions about a new crime, with 6 seconds to make your guess.
  • Wired to Hunt – The most downloaded and highest-rated deer hunting podcast on the internet…sharing new strategies, expert interviews, and discussing their own stories throughout the hunting season. 

Calendar Corner

February is Black History Month, and Alex shouted out some of her favorite pods—see below. Plus, keep your eyes out for a more this month with a wide range of pods from Black creators and hosts.

We have a few other holidays and their perfect pods below, too:

  • February 2nd – Groundhog Day
  • February 3rd – National Women’s Physician Day
    • Empowering Women Physicians is a podcast that encourages women physicians to reflect on the wise words of the Hippocratic Oath and consider what more they could be doing to maintain the utmost respect for their OWN human life and its quality.
  • February 5th – National Weatherperson’s Day
    • Weather Insider by AccuWeather – A podcast with AccuWeather’s Meteorologist, Bernie Rayno explaining weather terms and sharing the top breaking weather events, explained in less than 15 minutes.
  • February 13th – Galentine’s Day
    • Obviously, Do You Even Podcast? is a perfect pick if you want a show with two besties gabbing about their favorite thing—podcasts!
    • The B-Sides is a podcast hosted by progressive friends who talk about their love of pop music, often digging into discussions destigmatizing the genre.
    • Deadline City is a show hosted by Dhonielle Clayton and Zoraida Córdova, two NYC based authors and good friends who talk about writing, editing, reviews, and the wild world of publishing in general.
  • February 14th – Valentine’s Day
    • Seeing Other People (formerly Dating Sucks—the hosts took a break and got back together!) is a show that dissects dating tropes and brings on guests to talk about the ups and downs of relationships.
  • February 15th – Susan B. Anthony Day
    • The Agitators PodcastThe Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. And at times, great adversaries.
  • February 18th – National Drink Wine Day
  • February 24th – National Tortilla Chip Day
  • February 27th – National Retro Day
    • The Postmodern Jukebox Formula – Postmodern Jukebox creator Scott Bradlee as he breaks down the classic records through the decades that inspired some of his most popular pop song transformations.

That’s all for this month! Let us know what you’re listening to—DM us, email us, or Tweet us!

—Lainey & Alex

Guest Pod Post: Elizabeth Emery from Hear Her Sports

Pod pals, we have another great guest joining us on the blog—please welcome Elizabeth Emery, the creator and host of Hear Her Sports. Elizabeth Emery is a big fan of sports and female athletes. She leaves every interview smiling, super excited, energized, and motivated. She loves introducing their inspiring stories to a larger audience.


I am a former professional athlete who has been interested and involved in sports since before the passage of Title IX. In the ’90s, I raced bicycles professionally, traveling all over the country and the world. I won the US Time Trial National Championship, a gold medal in the Pan American Games, the Pan American Championships, and the Tour of Japan. I raced in The Tour de France for many years when it was called The Grand Boucle and in multiple World Championships for Team USA. Through interviews I have access to incredible athletes who really serve as co-hosts and are able to speak to listeners in a range of voices.

Less officially, but just as important these days, is that I am an athlete finding needed comfort, self-care, and strength in physical activity and being outside. I’m also a podcast host & producer trying to create more space for women to tell their stories.

Hear Her Sports comes out every other Thursday with long-form, intimate profiles of female athletes breaking boundaries, speaking up and living with power & confidence. The format gives guests all the time and space they want to introduce themselves to listeners and get into how they train, what they value, and how they think. I launched Hear Her Sports after hearing the stat that 44% of athletes are women and only 4% of sports media coverage is about women. That was in 2016. Here we are in 2021, and it’s about the same! I’m certainly seeing and my guests talk about shifts in the industry but progress is slow.

I want listeners to take away from the podcast an introduction to a range of special female athletes doing spectacular things and, at the same time realize, as recent guest Meg Fisher said about herself, my guests are regular people and listeners can accomplish great things too.


Thank you, Elizabeth! And listeners, make sure to catch the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Overcast, and wherever else you feed your podcast addiction. You can find out more about the show at HearHerSports.com and on social at @hearhersports.

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 raferandkristen.com 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 Classy.org 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.