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Grounded in the topics that distract host Kate Kennedy (entrepreneur, author, pop culture commentator) on a daily basis, Be There in Five explores all facets of popular culture in a thoughtful, analytical, editorialized, and comedic format. Kate covers a wide range of topics reflecting the current zeitgeist, i.e. celebrities, bloggers/influencers, social media, and tv/moves/music, but also focuses on the humor found in reexamining the 90s/00s zeitgeist as an adult, from AIM to Zenon. Whether musing about how so many 24-year-old bloggers have 5 kids and millions of dollars, poking holes in popular self-help gurus advice, deep diving about influencer/social media scandals, or explaining Taylor Swift's clue-dropping marketing strategy, Kate aims to dive into the topics everyone's talking about in chat rooms that don't get represented in newsrooms. (And by chat rooms, she realizes it's not 1999, but it sounded more quippy than online forums and Facebook groups). Beyond the more lighthearted topics, Kate is also a seasoned entrepreneur (of her namesake company Be There in Five) who is honest about her struggles in real-time and invites her listeners along as she, too, is trying to make it as a 30 something living in Chicago. Above all else, Kate started this podcast to champion lovers of pop culture by taking the guilt out of guilty pleasures. By speaking about the zeitgeist in an intelligent, unique, and humorous way, she hopes to assure listeners that these topics have value, contribute to society, and the only naïve people are those who refuse to acknowledge their influence.
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This week's bonus episode is a conversation with BTI5 royal correspondent Merritt Beck (@merrittbeck, The Style Scribe) about Omid Scobie's book that details Harry & Meghan's time in the spotlight, "Finding Freedom." They discuss what stood out to them in each phase of their relationship, from the courtship, engagement, wedding, and baby to ultimately stepping down as working royals. Did Kate & Merritt think it was an accurate portrayal? Did they need all these elaborate descriptions of food? Do they believe Meghan *really* wasn't involved in perhaps the most flattering book of all time?Note: Kate decided to upload the long uncut version, so this is longer than usual, but she assumed more is more when it comes to royal enthusiasts. Enjoy!Featured in this episode are 5 of our listeners' favorite Black-owned businesses:https://www.hificookies.com/https://www.secandleco.com/https://www.junebabyseattle.comhttps://freemaiden.com/https://www.flickofthewhiskcakes.com/Help A Human Out Podcast: https://stillkickin.co/blogs/help-a-human-out
Mormoney, Less Problems

Mormoney, Less Problems

2020-09-2402:16:36

This week, Kate resurrects her Mormon Mommy Blogger series to discuss a few recent obsessions she has in this space. After some reflection on last year's series, she analyzes her recent journey following a blog called Turtle Creek Lane in a level of hypnotizing excess she deems comparable to their decor. She also discusses Mormon homesteader bloggers, finding out Twilight was written by an LDS author, and ex-Mormon whistleblowers, among other things. Enjoy!Support our sponsors!Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/bethereinfiveRothys.com/bethereinfiveHelixsleep.com/bethereinfive
Six Pence None The Poorer

Six Pence None The Poorer

2020-09-1802:07:00

A lighthearted, fast-paced snorkel Kate recorded after going through her high school memorabilia on very little sleep.This episode snorkels through:Amenities at my parent’s houseAmerican Girl catalogsFavorite niche TikToks/Oracle DealTanning bed culture in the 00sRachel Hollis' new bookProm dressesProblematic high school colloquialismsDr. Seuss hats???Origin of poodle skirtsOriental Trading CatalogsHe’s All That reboot with Addison RaeMy experience watching Grease at sleepoversCrowdsourced names of high school cliquesSupport our sponsors!ritual.com/bethereinfivebutcherbox.com/bethereinfiveliquidiv.com/bethereinfive
This week, Kate is joined by fellow podcaster Jackie Schimmel of the incredibly popular podcast The Bitch Bible to talk solo podcasting, TikTok, content creation, bridesmaids, TJ Maxx, the art of bitchiness, and working at Abercrombie (among many other topics). After the interview, Kate reads through listener-submitted stories about working in mall retail in the early aughts and they do not disappoint.Support our sponsors:To get 20% off orders of $75 or more at Modcloth, go to Modcloth.com and use code bethereinfive!Go to Hellofresh.com/bethereinfive80 and use code bethereinfive80 for $80 off your first month of meals!Black-owned businesses featured:brooklyntea.com/cadencecandleco.com/Laceandpearlsjewelry.com
Contagious Laughter

Contagious Laughter

2020-09-0401:59:501

A compilation of some of Be There in Five's best moments designed for contagious laughter. In the spirit of Kate's obsession with having "rainy day" content that makes her smile without fail, she wanted to do the same for listeners by compiling some of your favorite clips, stories, submissions, and conversations into one episode. For the most part, this episode revisits moments where Kate is laughing on the verge of tears, with clips ranging from Mormon Mommy Bloggers, sororities, weddings, Bath & Body Jerks, blind spots, and more. This is also a great starting point for new listeners who want a sampling of content! Enjoy!Support our sponsors!Glossier code: glossier.com/podcast/bethereinfive for 10% offSkillshare code: 2 months free at skillshare.com/bethereinfivebutcherbox.com/bethereinfive
This week we have the fifth edition of Kate-lilah, Kate's [poorly named] series that answers listener voicemails, named after the iconic radio advice-giver Delilah.This episode discusses a variety of topics, namely:-Every reality tv show she's ever liked-Breaking up with a person you live with-Why she's not friends with her neighbors-How to pick a city to move to-Dealing with an estranged family memberAmong many, many other tangents, as usual!HOTLINE: 312.379.9676Black-owned businesses featured:https://www.southernrootsvegan.com/https://www.valeriemadison.com/http://www.lulucosmetics.coVisit helixsleep.com/bethereinfive for up to $200 off ALL mattress ordersVisit candidco.com/bethereinfive and use code bethereinfive for your risk fee starter kit and $75 off!Take action to demand justice for Jacob Blake:https://brokeandbougie.blogspot.com/2020/08/justice-for-jacob-blake-action-steps-to.html?m=1
This week, Kate snorkels (as opposed to a deep dive) through the following topics:Venn diagramsBig berry picking energyFarmer's markets in the early 2010sThe produce choices made by InstacartBotanical TourismInstagram HusbandsQ[Anon] influencersWayfair scandalPopular girl handwriting90s note writing cultureCowfeThe time God struck down on her at the VaticanSchool suppliesWomen's suffrageHow COVID has affected women in the workforceHow to support friends that are parentsWhat being a Black Belt taught me about lifeA predictably cheesy endingSupport our sponsorsGo to feals.com/BETHEREINFIVE and you'll get 50% off your first order with free shipping!Go to nutrafol.com and use promo code BETHEREINFIVE and new customers will get twenty-percent off2 free months of unlimited access to thousands of classes at Skillshare.com/BETHEREINFIVEVirtual Learning resources for parents/kidshttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1X3APgpbl5J4O9qnwDXuJALO_hv8KVt3xzobwF1wRw5M/edit#gid=0Atlantic articlehttps://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/08/how-instagram-aesthetics-repackage-qanon/615364/NYT articlehttps://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/business/economy/coronavirus-working-women.html
Fingertip Lengthy

Fingertip Lengthy

2020-08-1402:05:40

This week, Kate takes on all different types of dress codes. After seeing a meme about how nothing brings women together quite like an unclear dress code, she was inspired to go through confusing and specific wedding/event dress codes, i.e. snappy casual, that coincidentally make her want to casually snap at the host. After going through some examples of listeners' unclear dress codes submitted on Instagram, she switches gears to discuss school dress codes and the unfair double standards upheld in their enforcement. She explores modern dress codes in different areas, discusses the implications of authority figures' commentary on adolescent women's bodies, the emphasis they imply on male education, and talks through some of the shockingly discriminatory language found in many dress codes. After that, she finishes off the episode by reading listener-submitted stories with her sister Kelly, about both school and wedding dress code mishaps. Enjoy!Support our sponsors!Audible.com/bethereinfive to get a free audiobook (and read Finding Freedom before Kate podcasts about it)Liquidiv.com promo code bethereinfive gets you 20% offTeacher wishlists:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/3/d/17UydBWl5peEVzy_7vy2qqRc3aHr5UpTlZ1NqxLF8ysM/htmlviewReferences:https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/if-you-can-punish-a-teenage-girl-for-spaghetti-straps-you-can-enforce-a-mask-mandate/2020/08/10/686bc20a-dafc-11ea-b205-ff838e15a9a6_story.htmlhttps://nwlc.org/resources/dresscoded/
Taylore

Taylore

2020-08-0702:39:26

This week, Kate deep dives into Taylor Swift's surprise 8th studio album: Folklore. This album has everything; cardigans, soothing somber melodies, indie-rock flair, clandestine meetings and stolen stares. She walks through her favorite lyrics, the standout themes, the [somewhat limited, relatively speaking] Easter Eggs we know about, among many other Taylore-related tangents. In this podforsaken mess of an episode, she also meanders through what she deems to be the broader symbolism of the concept of folklore at this point in her career, how it ties to Miss Americana, and how this album is somehow both the most and least 'her' thing all at the same time. In lieu of a part 2, this episode is extra lengthy and detailed by design for those of you that are looking for a friend to talk TS with while social distancing. The devil's in the details, but you've got a friend in me :) Enjoy!(Taylor Swift Folklore Album Review)Links:Reaction video/episode by episode deep dives (coming soon) and PowerPoint parties: patreon.com/bethereinfiveKate's instagram: instagram.com/bethereinfiveSupport our sponsors!Rothys.com/bethereinfive2 free months of premium membership at skillshare.com/bethereinfiveRitual.com/bethereinfive for 10% off your first three monthsMusic:https://www.tiktok.com/@eeeeelah/video/6854262840275078406?source=h5_thttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNEgoZFEz6ghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB_TIxLjUB8Quoted article:https://www.vulture.com/2020/07/taylor-swift-folklore-aaron-dessner-breaks-down-every-song.html
This week, Kate sits down with Aparna Shewakramani, the breakout star of Netflix's hit show Indian Matchmaking, to discuss all things reality tv, matchmaking, first dates, strategic editing, double standards, and of course, Bolivian Salt Flats. She provides really insightful context in terms of the origin of the show, the actual dialogue that happened on the dates (pre-editing), and her experience (so far) emerging as a polarizing character. Does she really hate beaches and comedy? Find out all that and more on this week's episode!https://www.cnn.com/style/article/indian-matchmaking-netflix-intl-hnk-beauty/index.htmlhttps://www.vulture.com/article/everything-aparna-hates-indian-matchmaking.htmlhttps://www.vulture.com/2020/07/indian-matchmaking-dating-reality-tv-colorism.htmlhttps://www.cnn.com/2020/07/29/entertainment/smriti-mundhra-indian-matchmaking/index.htmlSupport our sponsor:New customers will get 10% off their first order on glossier.com/podcast/bethereinfive
It's Britney, Beth (Side B)

It's Britney, Beth (Side B)

2020-07-2402:20:44

Kate discusses the #FreeBritney movement with Rebecca Grant, a licensed probate attorney who is a subject matter expert on conservatorships. Kate aims to further understand why Britney's situation is so unique and at times, suspicious. Additionally, she fact checks of a lot of the questions she has about the speculation, memes, and twitter threads. For example: What can and can't a conservator force her to do? Is she being forced to work? Why can't she hire her own attorney? Why would they check the dementia box for a 26-year-old woman? How is she, now 38, still in this incredibly restrictive conservatorship and deemed to be incapacitated, yet appear to work, tour, rehearse, run an empire, etc. successfully? All this and more on this 2-part Be There in Five Deep Dive!Helixsleep.com/bethereinfive for up to $200 off mattress orders!trywinc.com code betherein5 for $22 off your first month’s wine subscription!Featured businesses:Dontmsme.comLarartphotography.comClare.com
It's Britney, Beth (Side A)

It's Britney, Beth (Side A)

2020-07-2402:08:561

A #FreeBritney deep dive covering the career and conservatorship of the inimitable Britney Jean Spears. This week, Kate takes on a highly requested and unbelievably layered topic, the #FreeBritney movement. Side A contains the discussion of a lot of the speculation, memes, and twitter threads, along with a full timeline from 1999; side B (will be posted a bit later) is a recorded conversation Kate had with an incredible licensed probate attorney (Rebecca Grant) who will help her deep dive into the nature of a probate conservatorship. Understandably, there’s a big piece of info that’s sealed about this case, so everything is speculation, but they’ll fact check the theories discussed in the first episode and answer the big questions to the best of their ability. For example: What can and can't a conservator force her to do? Is she being forced to work? Why can't she hire her own attorney? Why would they check the dementia box for a 26-year-old woman? How is she, now 38, still in this incredibly restrictive conservatorship and deemed to be incapacitated, yet appear to work, tour, rehearse, run an empire, etc. successfully? All this and more on this 2-part Be There in Five Deep Dive!Trywinc.com code betherein5 for $22 off your first month’s wine subscription!Butcherbox.com/betherein5
This week, you're invited to a virtual bridal shower where Kate reads listeners' funny and cringy stories from our favorite parties where we watch people act SHOCKED to open gifts that they've already picked out. Instead of mourn the absence of these important milestone events, Kate wanted to celebrate them and get excited for their return by reflecting on things like all the off-registry gifts you also wish you could return. She also discusses her fear of women's khakis making a comeback, reflects on the pile of clothing she swears she'll sell on Poshmark, pleads to resist the return of low rise denim, talks through some of her country music conspiracies, and then muses about her happy place: a mid-afternoon luncheon at your godmother's house in the suburbs where the weird compliments about your 'figure' are as prevalent as the soggy Costco pinwheels and ambitiously bite-sized Caprese skewers. Enjoy!Sponsors: Go to HelloFresh.com/bethereinfive80 and use code bethereinfive80 to get a total of $80 off, includingfree shipping on your first box.Get 25% off when you go to liquidiv.com and use code BETHEREINFIVE at checkout.Featured Black-owned businesses:http://www.eyeseeme.comhttps://hamabeauty.com/http://www.thelitbar.com/
This week, Kate is lucky enough to be joined by actress, model, host, author, and new Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Garcelle Beauvais to talk all things housewives, reality tv, getting discovered, her incredible Hollywood career, her book series, Gen Z parenting, pivoting to housewives, dramatic RHOBH moments this season, and more! Kate also does her own RHOBH recap then discusses recent current events before and after the episode because she can't get over what's going on with Naya Rivera, the Hype House drama, and the [kinda solvable??] Unsolved Mysteries. A little bit of something for everyone, just like the menu at Buca di Beppo: Encino.Support our sponsors!Explore your creativity and get 2 free months of Premium Membership at https://Skillshare.com/BETHEREINFIVEhttps://gigisflairemporium.comThis week's featured Black-owned businesses:https://worthyandbadass.com/https://soapdistillery.comhttps://www.rachelbakesva.com/https://www.mitchellblack.comhttps://hlsjuicebarandgrill.com/
This week (in a different version of her deep dive than the one that is on Patreon), Kate decided she wanted to contribute further to the hype of the pop cultural phenomenon that is Hamilton to celebrate the release of the original cast album's performance on Disney+ this Friday. This deep dive includes a discussion on the themes, symbols, motifs, and broader cultural impact of the play as a whole, but only dives into the songs of Act I to give people a baseline understanding of what's going on. Act II will still be released on Patreon as planned, but Kate felt that she needed to update her opinions of what the show means to her and how she connects it to modern day as we reflect on our country's founding on the heels of Independence Day. Happy 4th, be safe, wear a mask, and raise a glass to freedom :)Act II will be posted on: patreon.com/bethereinfiveSupport our sponsors:stillkickin.com/coursesritual.com/bethereinfive for 10% off your first 3 months!
The (Gen) Zequel

The (Gen) Zequel

2020-06-2602:00:35

This week, Kate dives into the recent 180 people have done in terms of their opinion of Gen Z. Now being labeled as activists, heroes, and vigilantes, it’s clear that on this pod we need to clarify that we’ve come a long way from Tide Pods and continue the conversation we started during the episode “We Need to Tok.” Beyond discussing a little more about the psychographic characteristics that define Gen Z and how they relate to Millennials, she also formally responds to Gen Z’s recent roasting of Millennials on Twitter & TikTok. Then, she dives into Gen Z’s political activism and role in the recent Trump rally, explains K-pop’s involvement with social causes and the power of leveraging their stan-dom for causes beyond boy bands, while also exploring the other side of the story as it relates to issues of racism within a fandom that’s largely being heralded for fighting racism. Enjoy!Support our sponsors!Get up to 200 dollars off at helixsleep.com/BETHEREINFIVEGet your first 3-hour cleaning for ONLY $39 when you sign up for a cleaning plan. Go to Handy.com/bethereinfive and enter promo code BETHEREINFIVE.
This week, Kate starts with a few pop culture tangents and then ventures into her Delilah-inspired series where she answers random listener voicemails. This week, she covers topics from Rachel Hollis' divorce, to a Range Rover conspiracy, maid of honor speech writing, Real Housewives of Chicago, HomeGoods hand towels, advice when you're being pressured to get married, and more! Enjoy.Support our sponsor!Get 2 free months of unlimited access to thousands of classes at Skillshare.com/BETHEREINFIVEhttps://www.mykarite.comhttps://www.cadencecandleco.com/https://portrait.coffee/https://www.mcbridesisters.com/https://www.wyldfrontierdesign.com/
This week, Kate has Jessie Bernhardt on the podcast to discuss influence in the time of social injustice. Not only the response of influencers and the responsibility of having a platform, but also the importance of factoring in our own influence in our daily lives. They discuss the disparity of the response relative to other Black Lives Matter efforts, the responsibility of influencers in combatting social injustice, the importance of sharing, elevating (and tagging!) Black creators, a couple of the influencer scandals, and overall how we can be more inclusive in the workplace and in our daily lives.Thanks to our sponsors:Go to HelloFresh.com/bethereinfive60 and use code bethereinfive60 to get $60 off your first three weeks, including free shipping on your first box.Get 25% off at LIQUIDIV.com and use code BETHEREINFIVE at checkout.Black-owned businesses advertised:http://www.dallasgritfitness.comhttps://jadeswim.com/http://www.talulaskincare.comhttp://www.semicolonchi.com/https://www.anesiabvideography.com
Snorkeling

Snorkeling

2020-06-0601:37:15

In this episode, Kate draws from a hat that contains topics listeners submitted as deep dive requests. Instead of going deep, she "snorkels" through each topic, spending 10-20 minutes on a mini dive for each. Topics include: Kelly Ripa/Jessica Seinfeld's feud, hangover anxiety, Hillsong church/tithing/prosperity gospel, things you did to get your crush's attention, Britney's gym, prom/homecoming pictures/dinner/themes, influencer PR gifting, Selling Sunset and more!Support our sponsors:bookofthemonth.com code BETHEREINFIVE for your first month’s subscription for $9.99nutrafol.com code BETHEREINFIVE for 20% off your order!Kate also lists off black-owned businesses submitted by listeners in the Facebook group:Davidson Wine Co. https://davidsonwineco.com/Education with an Apron: https://educationwithanapron.com/Latesha Lynch Design & Coaching: lateshalynch.comThe Tiny Tassel Accessories: https://thetinytassel.comChicago Birth Works: https://www.chicagobirthworks.com/Pink Sugar Cupcakery: https://www.facebook.com/pinksugaraustin/The Zen Succulent: https://thezensucculent.com/Esthetic Haus: https://esthetichaus.com/Black-Owned Independent Booksellers:Chicago: semicolonchi.comSouth Bend: brainlairbooks.comMaywood, IL: afriwarebooks.comDetroit: detroitbookcity.comDC: mahoganybooks.comPhilly: unclebobbis.comPhilly: hakimsbookstore.comPhilly: harriettsbookshop.comBay Area: ashaybythebay.comLA: esowonbookstore.comBronx: thelitbar.comBrooklyn: cafelibrosbk.comRoxbury, MA: frugalbookstore.net Full document of resources: Educational Resources Google Doc
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