Good Nightmare

good nightmare

Hello friends.

It has been a moment, but here I am. It is so amazing how fast time will pass when you are busy dealing with life, but that is a digression. The purpose of this is to write a quick little mini-review for my dear friend and her podcast, as a way to help her celebrate hitting 1,000 downloads!

So if you can’t tell (???), tonight I’m gonna be talking about Good Nightmare. This pod is pretty special to me, for a multitude of reasons. The first (and most important) – Sarah has effectively become my absolute best friend. I have never met anyone more kind, encouraging, and inspiring.

Another reason, however, is because of the topics that Sarah discusses. It is an array of fact and fiction, the strange to the macabre. From Lizzie Borden to Marie Laveau to the origins of The Little Mermaid, there really is something here for everybody.

What I love about each episode (aside from Sarah’s fabulous Aussie accent – I mean, it’s heavenly), is how detailed Sarah manages to be in under fifteen minutes. My commute to work, depending on which job, ranges from ten to fifteen minutes. I generally prefer pods with longer episodes, but it is incredibly refreshing to be able to listen to an entire episode on my way to or from work – sometimes it can be really hard to pause in the middle of an episode after getting to work, and then having to remember the details when I press play again.

Sarah also has an incredibly soothing voice, so it isn’t uncommon for me to queue all the episodes and just listen until I fall asleep. I am one of those weird people that has to have background noise to fall asleep, and this pod is low-stakes enough that I can relax while still remaining engaged. That’s important to me.

But podcast aside (although it is incredibly amazing and I am so proud of her!!!!), Sarah is just genuinely a wonderful person. She is friendly, funny, and incredibly lovely. I am just so thankful that I have gotten to be here since episode one, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for her!

(As of 10:11pm, the time of writing this, Sarah’s pod just hit 1,000 downloads. I am so proud of her!)

You can find Good Nightmare just about anywhere you can find podcasts (there are only two or three places I haven’t checked. You can also follow the podcast account on Twitter. She is so kind, and she’s very interactive with anyone that reaches out to her, so send her a tweet or a DM.

Sarah, sweet pea, I’m so proud of you! I told you that you could do it. ❤

Generation Why


Life happens to all of us, and though I debated opening this review with a detailed explanation of how life happening to me has kept me from reviewing as frequently as I want to, I’m just gonna bypass that completely. I’d rather discuss some guys who sit down and talk about the strange and often terrifying things that occur when life happens.

Aaron and Justin – the hosts of The Generation Why Podcast – pick out the strangest mysteries, most compelling conspiracies, and terrifying true crimes, then dive into all the details. I’m talking the who, what, when, where…and, often the most important piece of the puzzle, the why.

If I’m remembering correctly, this is the first podcast that really sparked my interest in listening to pods. Sure, I had listened to My Favorite Murder & similar pods (all of which are incredibly good – do not misread me!!) but none of them had caught my attention the way Gen Why did. The first episode of Gen Why that I heard was episode 234: Dee Dee & Gypsy Blancharde. Ironically, this was a few weeks after I’d ever heard about that case at all, and I wanted to hear what somebody else thought of it.

And oh boy, that started a damn addiction.

I spent weeks listening to Gen Why in between shifts at work, during my commute, while eating, doing laundry, cleaning the house, literally all the damn time. I was hooked. How? Why?

Because Justin and Aaron are damn good at what they do, that’s why.

As of writing this, there are 259 available episodes of Generation Why – including the archived episodes. That is hours upon hours upon hours of researching, recording, and editing. Regardless of the content, that is true dedication & passion – you can tell that Justin and Aaron care about what they’re doing.

Part of my reviewing process is cross-referencing the research that pods do for their content. And I have not, in the multiple episodes I’ve listened to, found any fallacies or inaccuracies. Is it possible that there are some? Of course. We’re all only human. I’m just saying that I personally haven’t found any. After looking through several episodes, I just resigned myself to the fact that they research, and they make sure their shit is straight before they post it.

The thing about Justin and Aaron that also sets this podcast apart is that they are both serious and witty, with just the perfect blend of somberness & humor to keep a listener engaged but not be disrespectful to victims or anyone otherwise effected. Their conversations, speculation, and opinions are presented in a way that is not only passionate and insightful, but also makes you as the listener feel like you are a part of the conversation.

If you are a fan of true crime/mysteries/conspiracies, or if you’ve ever watched and enjoyed Unsolved Mysteries, this pod is for you. I’m not exaggerating when I say it is one of my favorites – one of the pods that I am always excited to listen to, that I have no problem with listening to the same episode repeatedly, and one that I’m always excited to see pop up when they release new episodes.

Their social media presence is strong, too. You can like them on Facebook, join the Facebook group, as well as follow them on Twitter Instagram. They also have a YouTube Channel. On their website, there is a blog. According to the site, the blog is run by a lovely lady known as Miss Lindsay, who is a blogger from England who runs her own very impressive (and frankly beautiful) blog called Real Life Is Horror. And just to make sure I’m not leaving anybody out, I also want to acknowledge Jessica S. – the researcher for Gen Why. Aaron, Justin, Lindsay, and Jessica are obviously a great team considering how successful all facets of this pod are. Thank you guys for working so hard.

Any and everything else you’d ever want to know can be found on the Gen Why site; you’ll find the aforementioned blog, archived episodes, links to Patreon & merchandise, a list of sponsors, along with a few other links. Check out the site, honestly – it’s impressive how nice and user friendly it is.

As of this moment, Gen Why has 2129 ratings on iTunes, coming to a 4.5 out of 5 stars. They also have 13.3k followers on Twitter. They’re very interactive with and appreciative of their listeners, which is always a good thing as well.

I genuinely can not think of a better way to spend my time than listening to Gen Why. As a podcast that covers all of my favorite topics, with well rounded research and hosts that are passionate & also incredibly friendly, there really is something here for everybody. I don’t know if I’d ever be able to find a reason to dislike this pod, to be honest. And that says a lot, in and of itself.

So to Aaron, Justin, & anybody involved in this podcast – thank you. Thank you for taking the time & effort to make something that isn’t only interesting & educational, but also for building a community that is friendly and welcoming to like-minded people. Thank you for all that you do.

Hillbilly Horror Stories


Ah. Yes. Finally. So sorry for the delay – life has been very interesting here lately. But we aren’t here to talk about me. Instead we’re here to talk about Hillbilly Horror Stories – a spooky lil podcast that really has my heart for a multitude of reasons. We’re going to talk about all of those reasons in detail here shortly, but let me give you a rundown about what this show is about.

My obsession with all things creepy, macabre, and paranormal can’t actually be healthy, but that’s neither here nor there. A typical episode of this show has Jerry & Tracy (or Jerry & Ricky if you’re listening to earlier episodes) talking about some of the creepier parts of our history by discussing cases of paranormal activity, hauntings, and even poltergeists & demonic possession. I’m a huge fan of a good ol’ ghost story, and there are plenty of those to be found here. And the best part? They might be true.

What I love most about the show is that often these creepy stories can be dark & overwhelming. Jerry and Tracy do a really great job at sharing these stories in a way that is still respectful when necessary but also absolutely hilarious. I don’t leave these episodes feeling spooked or anxiety-ridden like a lot of paranormal podcasts can make me feel; instead, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about a topic I’m interested in while still having a good laugh. It’s very hard to strike that balance, but Jerry and Tracy do it very well. There are 64 episodes that I have listened and re-listened to several times. This is a great show to listen to both actively (because we all love a good ghost story, don’t lie) and passively (sometimes it’s nice to have background noise while you’re doing literally anything on your to-do list that you’ve put off for three weeks).

I have a soft spot for Jerry & Tracy specifically. Weekly shoutouts to civil servants, thoughts & prayers, and shoutouts to listeners & reviewers – these are all things that show not only how patriotic they are, but also how much they appreciate their listeners. The world is full of people who just do not care, but you can tell that Jerry and Tracy do care, and that makes the world a little bit brighter for people like me. And knowing that my brother – along with hundreds of thousands of others – are in the military and are being prayed for and supported like this brings me a great deal of peace, as well.

Jerry has great humor, and Tracy has the best laugh. I love her southern twang, because I have just as much of a southern accent and it’s nice to hear that being represented as well. And Tracy says the funniest shit when you’re least expecting it. She honest to god cracks me up. And after a long day at work, laughter is the BEST relief.

Another really big reason that I love Hillbilly Horror Stories is that without them I never would have listened to the podcast that so immediately became my greatest obsession (yeah, I’m talking about Conspiring To Argue) but that’s a discussion for a different blog review for a different day. I just have to throw that out there and say thank you for that, anyway 😉

Hillbilly Horror Stories has a little over 400 reviews on iTunes, and a collective perfect five stars. I personally give them a perfect 10 out of 10, but because iTunes doesn’t go by that rating system, I guess five stars will do.

You can find links to their Patreon, PayPal, and their merch on their website. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. They are incredibly interactive with their listeners and just a lot of fun to interact with.

So Jerry & Tracy, thank you for working as hard as you do to bring us the content that you do. You guys are a light in an otherwise dark place, and you are greatly appreciated for that. Keep it up, because you guys are one of the best parts of my week!


Thinking Sideways


This review is not brought to you by Thinking Sidways. It is instead brought to you by…oh, I dunno…a hot dog in a tutu or something.

I tried, anyway.

Hi again. I’m here to talk about one of my favorites, Thinking Sideways. I’ve been trying to find the best way to describe this podcast, and it’s really hard. TS is incredibly unique in two specific ways: the topics they cover, and the hosts themselves.

Thinking Sideways is a podcast that takes unsolved mysteries – from internet lore to murders – breaks down the background information on that topic, and then speculates on what really happened.

Steve, Devin, and Joe are incredibly interesting. I mean, of course they’re weird – how can you live in this world & keep some semblance of sanity without being weird? But what’s incredibly interesting about them is their chemistry. They genuinely make a great team.

Most of the podcasts I listen to either have only one hosts or just two hosts. But we’ve got a team of three here. Three different senses of humor, three different outlooks, and three (for the most part) different personalities.

I’m one of those people that genuinely enjoy seeing multiple angles and opinions – assuming that the reasoning to back it up is logical. It’s nice to listen to three people discuss some of the more mysterious topics. Typically, if there are only two hosts, you can kind of predict what the outcome will be. Having three hosts means that there could be a third opinion or stance, maybe one that nobody else has considered yet.

It’s almost like having a wild card – you never really know what to expect. Will they lean more towards one opinion over another? Or will they have their own opinion overall?

Another great thing about this podcast is that these three keep things humorous while still being informative and respectful when necessary. You’re gonna get some laughs, but not at the expense of victims or otherwise. There is a fine line between a good sense of humor and just being calloused – these guys have a good sense of humor.

My favorite episode, personally, is the Dyatlov Pass Incident. It was the first Thinking Sideways episode that I listened to, but this goes beyond that. Joe, Devin, and Steve go through and exhaust all the possible scenarios (including a visit from my favorite cryptid, Mr. Chupacabra) before sharing what they believe really happened.

(My other all time favorite episode is the Lost Cosmonauts episode, in case you were curious).

I feel like I’m constantly just counting the days to the next Thinking Sideways episode, because I just cannot get enough. I love when I get that feeling, because not many podcasts capture me like that. This one definitely did.

I feel like one of the most important things a podcast can do is offer a safe space or distraction from someone’s day to day life. My life isn’t terrible by any means, but we all have our struggles – I have a lot of hard days (weeks). I love knowing that I can come home, turn on this podcast, and just escape from the pressure and pain of my reality for a little while. They offer an escape through their podcast, but also through social media.

Thinking Sideways has some of the best listeners. Honestly, these people are so kind and caring, and it’s always encouraging when a podcast can create a family like that. Life happens to all of us but we don’t lose our humor or our curiosity. There’s a sort of camaraderie between all of the listeners, and the hosts as well. It is incredibly encouraging.

Speaking of social media, you can like Thinking Sideways on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and even subscribe to their sub on Reddit. They honestly have their own subreddit. Is that not the most badass thing ever?

They (okay…typically Devin) are very interactive with their followers on each platform, which is also something that I believe is very important. It appears to me that they are very humble, and are incredibly thankful for all of their listeners. You’re gonna feel wanted, and that is one of those things that also really means a lot to me. They’re also constantly taking listeners’ suggestions on topics, which makes for some pretty unique and interesting episodes.

Thinking Sideways has 1,546 ratings on iTunes, the majority of which are five stars. Their overall rating is four stars (but should be, like, seventeen stars). They have a lot of episodes, which makes them perfect for binge-listening. So if you are interested in unsolved mysteries of any kind, this is going to be the podcast for you.

Or, if you just need some good laughs and to be distracted for a while, you can listen to this as well. There’s really not a bad time to listen to Thinking Sideways, honestly.

So, to end the review, just a quick little thank you note from me to the hosts specifically:

Thank you guys for making my days a little better, for getting me to laugh, for giving me a way out of my own head for a little while. Your podcast is one of my go-to’s for when everything else is going wrong. Thank you for working so hard and being so good to your listeners. You’ll never know exactly how big of a positive impact you have on peoples’ lives, but you definitely leave a big one. Thank you guys for being all around just some of the greatest people. Thank you.


True Crime Garage


First and foremost, I want to extend the most sincere thank you that I can. You have all been so kind, patient, and encouraging. Your support cannot be overstated. 

True Crime Garage is one of the first podcasts I genuinely enjoyed listening to. Nic and Captain have created something that encompasses a perfect balance of humor, quality content, accurate information, all within a format that just works.

The first episode I listened to was Sandy Hook – Part 1. This is a topic that is hard to cover because it is just so heartbreaking and senseless. Somehow Captain and Nic manage to approach it in a way that is informative and respectful to the victims and their families.

My first impression of this podcast was “holy shit”…in the best way possible, of course. I was absolutely amazed at the chemistry between these two, the presentation of information, and how articulate they are while presenting this information.

So let’s break this down, shall we?

True Crime Garage is the perfect podcast for you if you enjoy true crime (duh) & broadening your horizons for your choice of beer. More on the beer in a moment.

One of the first things I look for when it comes to true crime podcasts is information accuracy. Often while listening I will also be researching and reading about the case, just to check the accuracy and to make sure the information is being presented in a cohesive way. I personally feel that to be one of the most important part of discussing true crime cases and bringing light to them.

It is very apparent that Captain and Nic do a great amount of research before presenting these cases, and take care to put the timeline together in a way that follows all the key “players” of the case.

A vast majority of True Crime Garage’s episodes are multi-part episodes. For some people, that could be seen as overkill. However, for cases like these, I find it important. Most episodes are well over an hour long, and having multiple parts ensures that the case will be covered in detail that won’t be rushed. As someone who feels like a lot of important details about cases like these get left out (whether due to laziness or time restraints, I don’t know), it’s refreshing to find a pod that goes into the excruciating details and tries to tie it all together.

To keep things from becoming overbearing – let’s be honest, a lot of these cases are really dark and heavy – Nic and Captain manage to sprinkle in appropriate amounts of humor and quality banter. They do this in a way that is not at the expense of the victims or their families. That is something I respect. I use humor as a way to cope, and as a way to lighten the mood, and it’s nice to listen to someone else do it in an equally respectful way.

Another thing I love about the podcast is the speculation. After laying down a baseline of information, they will start picking out specific points (whether it’s suspects, motivation, witness statements, etc) and speculating on whether or not that’s entirely accurate, and whether or not the arguments for why make sense. They make arguments that are relevant to the situation, that bring up valid points, and really make you think, “huh, what if that is the case? What if it really happened that way?” Anything that makes me stop in my tracks and rethink the situation naturally will get a fair bit of attention from me.

Now, beer. Beer is pretty important (especially here in the south). I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I’ll try anything once, and I must say these guys have a pretty good taste. If even I can compliment it, they must be doing something right. So when they present what they’re drinking, they do a quick rundown about what it is, its flavor, and the brewery’s history as well. Being given new alcohol recommendations is just an added bonus to a really great podcast.

On iTunes, True Crime Garage has 4,241 ratings. Most of these ratings are five stars, and the overall rating for this podcast is 4.5 stars. I’d give them a perfect five stars, if we’re being honest. I love this podcast that much.

You can like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and follow them on Instagram. I also highly recommend you check out their website, where you can find a link to donate to their PayPal and also find recommended reading which, if you are like me and cannot stop devouring books, is a pretty nifty page. True Crime Garage is available on multiple platforms, including Podbean and Stitcher.

I don’t have a single bad thing to say about Nic, Captain, or their podcast. They’re well established, have a great relationship with their listeners, and a great chemistry with each other. Having 4,241 reviews that are mostly five stars proves that they’re clearly doing something right. I could be biased, because like I said, they are one of the original ten podcasts that I really fell in love with. But there’s a reason why I like them so much, so I have to recommend you give them a listen, too.

Wine & Crime


The universe really did not want me to write this review. I have been trying for a minute now to crank it out, and man, it just wasn’t having it. But here it is! Language warning, and sorry for the wait. 

I don’t really like wine, but I really love strong, independent women who can drink it while coherently talking about some really terrible topics. This is a pretty common trend for my podcast queue, but nobody stands out quite like the ladies from Wine & Crime. Yep, the three friends who chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesotan accents (awful, but also incredibly endearing. Amanda’s accent gives me life).

See, the thing about Wine & Crime that sets them apart from other true crime podcasts – and even other TC pods in my queue – is the fact that these ladies honest to god do not give a single solitary fuck. And what I mean is that they’re going to sit down, hit you with the facts, and call it like they see it. They are blunt with how they each deliver information.

I’m definitely getting ahead of myself, excuse me.

I began listening to Wine & Crime when they released episode six, a small little topic known as Munchausen’s Syndrome. At this time, I had been reading article after article and listening to several podcasts surrounding the case of Dee Dee & Gypsy Rose Blancharde. I was fascinated by this case, and then the psychology behind Munchausen’s Syndrome (and the “by proxy” aspect) so when I stumbled across this episode, of course I had to listen.

And I’ll be honest – at first, I didn’t know how to feel about this podcast. I had just started listening to podcasts (and up to this point, only podcasts hosted by men), so it was very different (read: empowering) to stumble across a podcast where three very strong, very smart women were openly discussing the fucked up things that also fascinated me.

Let me walk you through the typical format for their pod real quick.

You’re going to start with a disclaimer that perfectly highlights Amanda’s accent. A quick warning that these are some fucked up things you’re about to hear, and listener discretion is advised. Heed that warning before turning on the cannibalism episode, definitely.

Cue the little theme music, which perfectly sets up the quirky but creepy atmosphere of the show, and then roll in to the famous intro.

“Welcome to Wine & Crime, where three friends chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesotan accents.”

I find myself quoting this several times a day, which can be problematic for several reasons.

  1. This is not my podcast.
  2. I don’t even have three friends.
  3. I’m not a fan of wine and
  4. My accent is Alabamian, not Minnesotan

But it’s just so damn catchy, and that’s how you know you’re doing something right – you’ve got a tagline that is easily memorable and repeatable. Then again, a lot of the things these women say are pretty damn quotable. More on that in a moment.

After a few moments of quick little quips and anecdotes, and the introduction of our topic, Amanda pops in with our choice of wine for the week. Now, there is something incredibly impressive about Amanda’s knowledge of wine and her ability to pair it with these (sometimes incredibly disturbing) topics. She goes in to detail the history of the wine, where it originates, and goes in to detail about flavor – the high and low notes, earthy vs. fruity tones, and why she picked this wine to go with that topic.

And then she hits us with one of two “pretty damn quotable” phrases, depending on whether the wine is a twist-off or standard cork: “Nice pop!” or “Nice crack!” (Throw in a “mommy fuckin’ likey” & “fucking patriarchy” every now and then and you’ve got the grand trifecta of a quotable episode).

After the history and reasoning for the choice of wine, it’s time to dive in to the nitty gritty. Lucy delivers a lot of detailed and accurate information on the topic – the psychology, statistics, popular examples, and what exactly does that mean? explanations. Through this delivery of information, Amanda and Kenyon will ask questions that I also have and am just too lazy to Google. And let me tell you, some of this information is downright terrifying. The psychos & socios episode personally freaked me the fuck out. No thank you.

After Lucy provides the background information, our girls jump in to their stories – real examples of these crimes and scenarios that, yes, actually happened. Each one of these women tells their story in their own goofy way, but still show respect to the victim(s) and their families when applicable. One of my favorite things about this podcast is how interactive they are with each other. They truly are three friends who like to sit down and discuss this stuff, which is part of what makes it so entertaining for the listeners. Between the three of them, all of the bases are covered. You’re going to leave knowing far more about this topic than you ever wanted to, and in this case that is a good thing.

These topics can be incredibly heavy, disturbing, and in some cases downright terrifying – these ladies manage to keep it light and airy. Not so much in a blase, nonchalant way; like I said, they still show respect to victims and their families. They are moreso accepting the situations for what they are, with the knowledge that the past can’t be changed. They use humor to cope with how terrible the world can be – which is one of the healthier ways to deal – but still manage to be informative and appropriate in the delivery of these stories. This podcast usually runs about an hour and a half long, so you are getting a great deal of information and entertainment per episode.

You’ve got three very similar but very unique hosts, all which offer their own special flair to this show. The three of them together are an unstoppable force of humor and a goldmine of information. The ladies are very interactive with their listeners on the podcast’s social media pages, as well as their own individual twitters, all of which I will link below.

These ladies have 603 – yes, six hundred and three, you read that right – on iTunes. They have a perfect 5-star rating overall. I imagine the only people who wouldn’t like these ladies are people like Alan, which you will learn about when you listen to episode 25, by far the hardest I’ve laughed in a long time.

Wine & Crime is one of the first podcasts that I’ve classified into my “OG Pods” group – a list of about ten or so podcasts that truly are the reason why I am passionate about listening, promoting, and reviewing podcasts. I’m so thankful that I’ve gotten to be here for as long as I have been, and that I’ve been able to love and interact with these ladies as much as I have. The three of these women are strong, amazing, brilliant women who are the embodiment of strength in my head, and they inspire me far more than I can explain.

Be a cool person, become a patron to this badass podcast, like I am 😀 Like Wine & Crime on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and follow on Instagram. You can also follow the hosts on Twitter:

Go ahead and give this podcast a chance, even if you’re weird like me and don’t like wine. You’ll laugh, cringe, and probably become a hardcore feminist when you listen. It’s totally worth it.

Also, fun story, I went to the doctor Wednesday morning with a brutal case of bronchitis. While I was there, I heard the receptionist at the front desk listening to Wine & Crime, which was awesome! We struck up an awesome conversation about the pod. All was fine. However all was not fine when the receptionist ended up also being the nurse that gave me several shots in my butt. I’m not dead, thankfully, but I still was having some pretty serious Angels of Death thoughts that had me spooked. I’m all cool with being into morbid topics until you’re stabbing strange substances into my body. That’s just me.

So Amanda, Kenyon, and Lucy – keep up the great work and the great humor! Thank you guys for being consistent and all around amazing. You guys are great and deserve all the great things!



As a quick side note, I want to extend a huge thank you to all of you who are reading, sharing, and offering feedback and suggestions. I am by no means a professional, I just genuinely enjoy sharing my opinions, but to find that there are so many who actually enjoy reading these reviews really just makes my day. You guys are all really awesome! (Special thank you to Phil & Nick from My Thing Can Beat Your Thing. You’ve been great!)

And That’s Why We Drink


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.

Christine can be found here. || Em can be found here.

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