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Be There in Five is a pop culture and millennial zeitgeist-focused podcast by Kate Kennedy (entrepreneur, author, pop culture commentator). Long-form and solo hosted, Be There in Five explores different facets of popular culture in a comedic, thoughtful, and analytical way, covering entertainment, social media, bloggers/influencers, and celebrities, in addition to focusing on the humor found in reexamining the 90s/00s as an adult (from AIM to Zenon). As one listener described it, “come for the relatable humor and lighthearted topics, stay for the surprising levels of depth and thoughtfulness injected into them.”

Be There in Five Kate Kennedy

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

Be There in Five is a pop culture and millennial zeitgeist-focused podcast by Kate Kennedy (entrepreneur, author, pop culture commentator). Long-form and solo hosted, Be There in Five explores different facets of popular culture in a comedic, thoughtful, and analytical way, covering entertainment, social media, bloggers/influencers, and celebrities, in addition to focusing on the humor found in reexamining the 90s/00s as an adult (from AIM to Zenon). As one listener described it, “come for the relatable humor and lighthearted topics, stay for the surprising levels of depth and thoughtfulness injected into them.”

    One Hit Mumbler

    One Hit Mumbler

    This week starts with Kate sharing an update about how her birthday surprise turned out along with the weird coincidences and special moments that made her hopeful she’s headed for Better Days. Relevant to the surprise, the first hour or so is a nostalgic snorkel covering carnivals, concerts, and 90s mumbly pop rock (feat. an intense argument for why the Goo Goo Dolls are the greatest), followed by an interview in the second hour with 3 very esteemed guests, Kate’s husband’s sisters Rachel, Claire, and Ally. Kate and her sisters-in-law cover a variety of pop culture topics, mostly about late 90s/early 2000s emo, punk, and pop alt rock artists and their ability to be considered "cool" or not, featuring a conversation surrounding perennial pop cultural punching bag: Nickelback. A funny and lighthearted episode all around featuring a random pocket of popular culture. Note: The second half of this episode was originally posted to Patreon as a bonus, but the first half is brand new! Enjoy.



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    9/9 Problems

    9/9 Problems

    Kate's got 9/9 problems and her birthday is one. Today is her bday and she decided to spend the workday with you meandering through some birthday-related thoughts, musings, and memories. From the heavier topics, e.g. the pressures we put on ourselves to be at a certain place in life, coping with the birthday blues, managing your own expectations, and why other people's parties look so fun to lighter fare, such as the good/better/best of childhood bday party gift giving and reading from crowdsourced stories that she collected last minute. She got WAY more responses than anticipated then ran out of time, so expect a second part bonus where she dives into listeners' longer form stories. All in all, she hopes we can relate to one another, realize it's ok to feel two ways about a birthday, and to go a little easier on ourselves, as the passage of time marked by these milestones can often make you feel us odds with what's far more important; you deserve being celebrated. Enjoy!

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    Beth: A Week in the Life

    Beth: A Week in the Life

    This week, Kate experiments with the snorkel format by recording daily minisodes and threading them together (as opposed to a stream of consciousness in one sitting) to create a week in the life. She feels like she gets really into things but forgets about them near immediately, and this format is attempting to capture what she’s thinking about on a daily basis and what pop culture/tv/tiktoks she’s paying attention to in passing.

    In this episode, Kate takes on:
    -The Texas 6-week abortion ban (skip to minute 15 to get to lighter stuff, not comprehensive but an angle to consider for talking to people that think they can't be impacted)
    -Her personal war on pantries filled with dry goods outside of their original containers for aesthetically pleasing food storage organization porn
    -A needlessly intense review of Ted Lasso
    -Manifesting babes linking their menstrual cycle to the moon??
    -Light venting about a lack of preparedness in OOTD videos
    -A low effort investigation into who invented the days of the week
    -What if biblical characters had housewives taglines?
    -Her concern for college students becoming influencers when we don’t know the long term implications of building a career without a traditional skillset or education for passing fame
    -Donda/Kim & Kanye’s symbolic marriage
    -Real Housewives of Beverly Hills/Did Erika Jayne know?
    -Kate's dream of naming OPI nail polishes or eyeshadow palettes

    Among other things. Enjoy!

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    This Is Me Twi-ing (Twilight Deep Dive)

    This Is Me Twi-ing (Twilight Deep Dive)

    This week, Kate is joined by Cathy Peshek (@poorlittleitgirl) to deep dive the Twilight Saga. Twilight has experienced somewhat of an internet renaissance ever since all 5 movies arrived on Netflix in July. Unsurprisingly, these ageless vampires did not exactly age well, so Kate and Cathy both celebrate and lament elements of the books/movies; from loving them for what they were to understanding the more troubling themes that seem so obvious now. They discuss the standout themes from each movie, why Bella served as a vessel for the emotionally fragile, discuss pet peeves/plot holes, delve into crowdsourced questions from Instagram, and all-in-all, just thoroughly enjoy taking a supermassive black hole of a deep dive into this iconic moment in pop culture. Enjoy!

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    Manifest Density

    Manifest Density

    This week (while experimenting with a Sunday release), Kate takes on a type of influencer/coach she hasn’t specifically discussed yet; wellness influencers that make a living teaching people how to manifest their dream life (by way of having allegedly manifested theirs). This is a confusing conversation; Kate both wholeheartedly believes in impossible things happening that she can’t comprehend due to her own [manifest] density in understanding the vastness of the universe, yet also feels griped by influencers who exploit this concept’s supernatural classification to overpromise and overcharge for things they can’t deliver. From her confusing thoughts toward spirituality and new age wellness, to discussing the law of attraction and The Secret, to the alarming materialism of modern social media manifesters, to the mental health implications of the logic that “thoughts = reality,” to the troubling ways issues like fertility are targeted, to some reflections from Kate in wondering if she's manifested her career.... this topic is layered, to say the least. Enjoy!
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    • 2 hrs 28 min
    Potential New Bender (Rush Deep Dive)

    Potential New Bender (Rush Deep Dive)

    This week, Kate resuscitates the 2019 sorority deep dive to bring you part 3: the potential new member bender. The tides didn't turn but they have appeared to have rolled in the favor of Bama rush taking over Tiktok For You pages across the nation. In this episode, Kate breaks down her fascination with reliving sorority recruitment via Tiktok, her confusion at where their accessories are from, reminisces about her own experience with raising her glass (then getting sent to standards), and discusses the part of it she hasn't covered enough: what this would look like if you weren't selected. Additionally, she dives into the lore of University of Alabama's "old row" vs. "new row" and the secret society called The Machine that is rumored to still wield a great deal of power, not only over student government, but also local & state political elections. Then, Kate does a snorkel through the Grammy nominee CDs from '96 and '98 and forgets why, but pretty sure Billie Eilish's latest bridge has something to do with it.

    TLDR; from the outside looking in, you can never understand it… from the inside looking out, you can never explain it. Enjoy & AOT!

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