5 episodes

Jamie Loftus takes you through her year in the high-IQ Mensa society, from taking the test as a joke to spending the Fourth of July with 2000 angry Mensans in Phoenix. Chaos reigns, but at least it tests well.

My Year in Mensa iHeartPodcasts and Jamie Loftus

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 79 Ratings

Jamie Loftus takes you through her year in the high-IQ Mensa society, from taking the test as a joke to spending the Fourth of July with 2000 angry Mensans in Phoenix. Chaos reigns, but at least it tests well.

    Episode 3: Hotel Meetings, Mead Guys and MAGA Hats

    Episode 3: Hotel Meetings, Mead Guys and MAGA Hats

    Welcome to My Year in Mensa, episode three!
    NOTE: ALL NAMES IN THIS PIECE HAVE BEEN CHANGED. This is a first-person account based on my own writing and experience within the group, and the rest is sourced below. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out at myyearinmensa@gmail.com.
    Theme song by Sadie Dupuis (@sad13)
    Featuring the voices of Miles Gray, Caitlin Durante, Jacquis Neal, Anna Hossnieh, Danl Goodman, Ify Nwadiwe, Dani Fernandez, Maggie Mae Fish, Shereen Lani-Younes, Isaac Taylor, and Jack O'Brien.
    Music used in this episode:
    "Through the Crystal" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Absolutely Nothing" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Lost and Found" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    Sheldon Cooper Sexist Joke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMQZuBytY4Q
    "Unseen Horrors" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "Pooka" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "Scheming Weasel (faster version)" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "Pixelland" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    All sources for this series can be found at: http://jamieloftusisinnocent.com/myyearinmensasources
    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jamie-loftus/message
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    • 44 min
    Episode 4: Scottish Hooters and the Death of the Mensa Slut

    Episode 4: Scottish Hooters and the Death of the Mensa Slut

    Welcome to My Year in Mensa, episode final!
    NOTE: ALL NAMES IN THIS PIECE HAVE BEEN CHANGED. This is a first-person account based on my own writing and experience within the group, and the rest is sourced below. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out at myyearinmensa@gmail.com.
    Theme song by Sadie Dupuis (@sad13)
    Featuring the voices of Miles Gray, Caitlin Durante, Jacquis Neal, Anna Hossnieh, Danl Goodman, Ify Nwadiwe, Dani Fernandez, Maggie Mae Fish, Shereen Lani-Younes, Isaac Taylor, and Jack O'Brien.
    Music used in this episode:
    "Through the Crystal" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library 
    "Absolutely Nothing" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library 
    "Lost and Found" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Highland, Bagpipe, Joyful Song": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_ZqBSq7_GA
    Licensed to YouTube by Epidemic Sound (on behalf of Epidemic Sound); Epidemic Sound Publishing
    "Scheming Weasel (faster version)" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "Clean Soul" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) 
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    “Your Call" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "The Time of My Life" Karaoke (Fair Use): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGAW18eoevk
    "Pixelland" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) 
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "Official National Anthem" by Jingle Punks: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    All sources for this series can be found at: http://jamieloftusisinnocent.com/myyearinmensasources
    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jamie-loftus/message
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    • 47 min
    Episode 2: Phoenix in July

    Episode 2: Phoenix in July

    Welcome to My Year in Mensa, episode two!
    NOTE: ALL NAMES IN THIS PIECE HAVE BEEN CHANGED. This is a first-person account based on my own writing and experience within the group, and the rest is sourced below. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out at myyearinmensa@gmail.com.
    Theme song by Sadie Dupuis (@sad13)
    Featuring the voices of Miles Gray, Caitlin Durante, Jacquis Neal, Anna Hossnieh, Danl Goodman, Ify Nwadiwe, Dani Fernandez, Maggie Mae Fish, Shereen Lani-Younes, Isaac Taylor, and Jack O'Brien.
    Music used in this episode:
    "Through the Crystal" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Absolutely Nothing" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Lost and Found" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Run Amok" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "Onion Capers" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "Sightlines" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Official National Anthem" by Jingle Punks: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Pixelland" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com
    License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
    "Welcome to HorrorLand Kevin MacLeod" (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
    All sources for this series can be found at: http://jamieloftusisinnocent.com/myyearinmensasources
    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jamie-loftus/message
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    • 40 min
    Episode 1: IQ and the Average Girl

    Episode 1: IQ and the Average Girl

    Welcome to My Year in Mensa, episode one!
    NOTE: ALL NAMES IN THIS PIECE HAVE BEEN CHANGED. This is a first-person account based on my own writing and experience within the group, and the rest is sourced below. If you have further questions, feel free to reach out at myyearinmensa@gmail.com.

    Theme song by Sadie Dupuis (@sad13)
    Featuring the voices of Miles Gray, Caitlin Durante, Jacquis Neal, Anna Hossnieh, Danl Goodman, Ify Nwadiwe, Dani Fernandez, Maggie Mae Fish, Shereen Lani-Younes, Isaac Taylor, and Jack O'Brien.

    Music used in this episode:
    "Through the Crystal" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Absolutely Nothing" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    "Lost and Found" by Jeremy Blake: from the free YouTube Audio Library
    Eric Andre goes to Mensa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-pAWbqdyuY
    "Welcome to HorrorLand Kevin MacLeod" (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    All sources for this series can be found at: http://jamieloftusisinnocent.com/myyearinmensasources

    --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/jamie-loftus/message
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 40 min
    My Year in Mensa Trailer

    My Year in Mensa Trailer

    Gather your SAT scores and your rawest ego: My Year in Mensa follows comedian Jamie Loftus's year-long journey with the high-IQ organization, from taking the test as a joke to getting sucked into the Mensa deep web after writing a column called "Good News, They Let Dumb Sluts Into Mensa" (it's about her, promise), to three days in Phoenix at the Mensa Annual Gathering in the dead of July with two thousand angry Mensans. It'll be a look at her experience, the history of Mensa and whether there's any point in using the IQ test at all. All four episodes drop soon!
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

pup-of-love ,

Smarty pants takedown in 4 episodes

This is gold. Jamie Loftus uses no snarkiness, no character assassination - just a clever and well crafted production that shows that while there are lots of good people on Mensa, it origins need examining. And that smart people can be…. unpleasant at times. The prevalence of right wing craziness, and more to the point, the lack of responsibility Mensa takes for the hatefulness spouted by members makes me never want to join. (I do, however, want to subscribe to her next podcast!)

Beep Yen ,

Interesting topic, slightly irritating delivery

The host has found an interesting topic to explore, however she is at times annoyingly self referential, she speaks very quickly without pause, and she uses air horns to punctuate her episodes which is extremely annoying. I think with a little refinement she will become a great podcaster.

magrathea! ,

Fun! Binge worthy

I enjoyed this. I laughed a lot. I related to the blah of millennial women and being in uncomfortable situations, and then was very happy I’ve never been in a series of situations THAT uncomfortable. Thank you for the interesting story!

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