Sometimes, you find something so amazing that you can’t help but fall in love the instant you lay your eyeballs on it. And sometimes, the same thing happens with podcasts – except you can’t lay your eyeballs on that. Actually, laying your eyeballs on anything sounds painful. Let’s just forget I said that at all.
Enter And That’s Why We Drink, a podcast centered around the paranormal and true crime – hosted by the ever-lovely Christine and Em. Christine (#TeamWine) and Em (#TeamMilkshake) start each episode by discussing the reasons why they consume their chosen beverage – usually a funny little anecdote from an occurrence over the past week. It’s a very small but very important component to what makes them relatable and personable. You get a small look into their lives, which makes you feel more like a friend than a listener, which is something that is really important to me.
(Perhaps the most important part of the podcast is any and every moment that either Christine or Em talks about Gio – Christine’s little fluffy rescue pup that would totally be Em’s sidekick if she were a superhero.)
So we roll into the stories. Em presents a (usually creepy AF) paranormal story, accompanied by Christine’s gasps and “oh my gods” galore. (If you’d like an example, check out my favorite episode – Ep. 18). The thing about Em is that she has such a soothing voice (at least to me; apparently that isn’t a compliment she gets often aha!) but she manages to deliver the detail and information in a way that will still capture your attention.
Christine will, in turn, share a (usually equally creepy AF) true crime story in a similar light. Much like Em, you can tell that Christine puts a great deal of research and time into what she is sharing as well. I feel this is especially prevalent in Ep. 30, where she delivers the story of Sylvia Liken in all its infamous glory. The thing that I truly love about Christine is that, even with the uncomfortable stuff that often comes with discussing true crime, she doesn’t skip a beat. She acknowledges these things are disturbing, but still manages to say the right things at the right time (along with Em’s help; she has the better jokes! Sorry Christine!) to keep the atmosphere to become too overbearing with negativity.
Beyond the podcast itself, Christine and Em are so lovely. You can tell they are the best of friends – their chemistry radiates through the speaker, and I am genuinely envious of such a precious friendship.
Christine is such a beautiful human with such a beautiful soul. In every interaction I’ve had with her on Twitter, she has been so very kind to me. You can tell that Christine genuinely cares about people – listeners, friends, family – and she has such a good heart. That’s not really something that you see a lot of, especially with strangers over the internet. Christine is one of those people that I would totally be willing to chill with – sweatpants, watching Netflix, drinking wine on a Saturday night. Her disposition and personality is just so pure, and honestly her awesomeness cannot be overstated.
Em is just as precious. She’s got a great sense of humor, a lot of interesting stories, and an amazing personality. Another really awesome thing about Em is that she is unashamed of her sexuality and uses her platform to support the LGBT+ community. It means a lot to me knowing that there is somebody representing our community in a position such as Em. We don’t have to make it about sexuality to hear a good story, but she doesn’t shy away from it either, as so many people would. I cannot put into words how cool it is to look up to someone who is so comfortable with who she is, and doesn’t mind sharing that. Being LGBT+ is not something to be ashamed of – which is a lesson that I’m slowly learning myself – and Em is the embodiment of that self-love and confidence. Just like I’d chill with Christine, I’d definitely buy Em waffles and a milkshake.
Listening to ATWWD brings me a lot of comfort – I feel like I’m part of a family, like Em and Christine are the sisters I’ve never had (but always wanted). When I’m listening to a podcast where I feel like I’m present & included, I feel like I’ve found myself a safe place to call home. That’s very important to me.
So, Christine & Em, thank you guys for doing what you do and for being a bright light in a dark place. You guys are doing an amazing job, and I’m so thankful that I get to listen every week and feel like I’m a part of it – even if only a small part.
And That’s Why We Drink has 285 reviews on iTunes, and have a perfect 5-star rating. On Facebook, they have 1,682 likes and 1,744 follows. They also have 3,757 followers on Twitter. For such a high amount of followers, they are super interactive and attentive with their listeners/followers. You can also find them on Instagram, where they are also very interactive with followers.
There are 188 patrons that support Em & Christine on Patreon. I am proud to be one of those patrons. Even if it’s only $1 a month, throw some support behind these lovely ladies!
You can also follow the hosts on their personal Twitter accounts.
I very much love & support (and always will) this podcast. It is unique in it’s own special way, and it means so much to me. Give it a listen – you won’t regret it!
P.S. – #TeamMilkshake