I enjoy a lot of women-hosted podcasts. Probably because I’m a woman who podcasts, but that’s a bias that can be left at the door. The problem with a lot of them is that they aren’t as personal as I would prefer them to be. They’re more fact-based without the personal experience that goes along with it. Sometimes they don’t even research or interview others with that very experience. (I’m looking at you, Stuff Mom Never Told You episode about infertility! So many missed opportunities to promote women’s health! Grrrrr...these emotional lemons are bitter...)
This is why I love The JV Club with Janet Varney. One of the many podcasts in the Nerdist Industries Network, actress Janet Varney (Avatar: The Legend of Korra) sits down with lady creatives and discusses their more awkward years as kids through to their young adult years. Nothing is off the table in these interviews, and they are funny, touching, and sincere like nothing else. Men get their chance to discuss their pimple-plagued years during The JV Club’s “Boys of Summer” series, and it is revealed that almost none of the male guests know the song that the sub-series title references.
And every interview then ends with a game of MASH! Do you remember MASH? Not the TV show, the game. It stands for Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House? It’s a silly fortune-telling game played in grade school—trust me, it’s great. Come find me at DCH one day, we’ll play it.
Recommended episode: "Felicia Day."
Felicia Day is probably the grand duchess of all things nerdy. She’s made a career for herself as an actress in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and various commercial gigs, but her breakthrough moment in entertainment happened with her web series The Guild as well as playing Penny in everyone’s favorite Internet musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. She has gone on to create the popular YouTube channel "Geek & Sundry" and appeared as recurring character Charlie in recent seasons of Supernatural.
In her JV Club interview, promoting her memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), Day discusses what many would consider an unusual life. Topics range from being a military kid, how homeschooling benefitted her development, and starting her college years at age 16! She also reveals a few of her neuroses that almost challenge my own. The keyword here being “almost”...
Running time for each episode: Approximately 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.
KC Ryan is currently a Level 5 student at DCH. An office worker by day, she spends her nights writing, improvising, recording podcasts, and having existential crises. She’s a co-host of Parsec Award-nominated podcast Anomaly Supplemental about general sci-fi and fantasy topics. Her greatest achievement so far is convincing her husband to watch Project Runway.