And That’s Why We Drink

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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

It’s About Damn Crime

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I’m gonna let you in on a little secret: I really love true crime podcasts. Specifically true crime podcasts that are hosted by women, either inebriated or on the road to it, and/or crimes that really don’t get the attention that they deserve. Bring in It’s About Damn Crime – a podcast about true crime, but with a twist. Brittney and Justine, as minorities themselves, like to focus more on crimes related to minorities.

These are crimes that are often less discussed than crimes against predominately white victims, however they deserve just as much attention. Brittney and Justine bring these cases to the surface, sharing all the grizzly details that are generally not discussed without being incredibly overbearing.

“We are slightly unfiltered and sometimes sure to be a little offensive. If you are here looking for hard hitting reporting of these cases; this is not the place! We are just here to get out some stories that have been less talked about and do a little something more productive with our spare time.” – IADC’s website

Brittney and Justine manage to maintain a great sense of humor (i.e. Justine’s crazy dating life) while still providing clear detail and accurate information. My personal favorite episode is episode 22 – La Mataviejitas. (That is actually the episode that I live tweeted while listening to it on my main Twitter, hah!)

I was also really intrigued by the episodes on the Shafia Family Murders. That was a case that I’d heard about briefly from independent research, but it didn’t really get a lot of media coverage – at least, not here in North Alabama. Brittney and Justine provided a lot of good information about the case, divided into two episodes.

They also have a special “listeners’ stories” segment called Stranger Danger. There are ten episodes, all related to listeners’ stories regarding strangers – the weird, the terrifying, and sometimes even the helpful. This shows that Brittney and Justine have a genuine interest in their listeners and their lives.

They are incredibly interactive with their listeners, as well. Their Twitter is full of comments and reaction gifs in response to tweets from their listeners. There are 138 likes on their Facebook page, as well as 144 people actively following the page. They even have a Snapchat (which I feel all podcasts should have, but I digress): iadcpodcast. The hosts also have personal Twitters as well. You can follow Justine here. You can follow Brittney here.

There are 42 reviews for IADC on iTunes, which equates to 4.5 stars for the podcast. All of the individual reviews I saw on iTunes – excluding three of them – are 5 stars. Of the others, one is four stars, one is three stars, and one of them is one star (but I have a feeling that person is just a tad stupid). I myself personally give these ladies five stars, because they are covering topics that aren’t typically discussed and they do it in a way that is both entertaining and true to the information.

Beyond all of this, Brittney and Justine are such sweethearts. They also are a dynamic duo – their friendship is admirable and they have a connection that you can feel even through listening to their podcast. I love these ladies, and they definitely have a lifelong listener in me!

Check out their website, itsaboutdamncrime.com. Listen to them on iTunes. You can also support them by donating to their Patreon.

Give them a listen. I promise you won’t regret it!

We’re All Mad Here

Whoo, first post! Let’s do this.

Today, I’m going to talk about a podcast that is very near and dear to my heart. It’s a newer podcast – We’re All Mad Here. There are several reasons I really love this podcast, so let’s get into that, shall we?

We’re All Mad Here is a podcast about the history of mental health and the practices around treating disorders such as depression, the history of mental institutions, and more interesting information pertaining to the psychology field.

Rachel is very well spoken and articulate in the delivery of this information, and it shows that she really does her research and cares about this podcast. Her delivery of the information and the inflection in her voice is also both intriguing and soothing – it’s not stressful to listen to, but it’s still going to capture your attention and hold you there.

My particularly favorite episode is episode number nine: Rosemary Made All the Difference. I was amazed at all of the background about Rosemary Kennedy that I didn’t know. People don’t really discuss much of the (mis)treatment of Rosemary. Rachel provides a pretty detailed look into Rosemary’s life, for better and for worse.

We’re All Mad Here has ten five-star ratings/reviews on iTunes. There are also a plethora of reviews from other places, such as Twitter and Facebook, all sporting very positive ratings.

I myself have left a five star rating as well, because I am enamored by this podcast, the topics, and how wonderful Rachel is. Not only is the podcast itself really great, but the interaction with listeners is also frequent and delightful. I honestly cannot say enough good things about this podcast, and that says a lot, because I don’t really find a lot of things this enjoyable.

Keep doing what you’re doing, because it’s working. And it’s working well!

Visit the website, allmadpod.com. Follow the podcast on Twitter. Support the podcast by donating to the Patreon page.