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Follow Friday is your guide to the best people on the internet. Every week, Eric Johnson talks to well-known writers, podcasters, comedians, and more about who they follow online, and why. You'll learn a lot about how these guests think AND how to make the most of your social media screen time.

Visit FollowFridayPodcast.com for full episode transcripts, links to follow recommendations and more. And follow us @FollowFridayPod on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Follow Friday is your guide to the best people on the internet. Every week, Eric Johnson talks to well-known writers, podcasters, comedians, and more about who they follow online, and why. You'll learn a lot about how these guests think AND how to make the most of your social media screen time.

Visit FollowFridayPodcast.com for full episode transcripts, links to follow recommendations and more. And follow us @FollowFridayPod on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    Follow Friday's new Patreon + Alexandra Petri, Rose Eveleth, and Ed Zitron bonus picks

    Follow Friday's new Patreon + Alexandra Petri, Rose Eveleth, and Ed Zitron bonus picks

    (https://followfridaypodcast.com/new-patreon (Full transcript available on FollowFridayPodcast.com))
    Big news: Starting today, for as little as $1 a month, you can https://www.patreon.com/followfriday (support Follow Friday on Patreon)!
    Other than the warm fuzzy feeling you get from helping an indie podcaster out, you'll also get cool stuff when you back us: A shout-out on the show, your name in the show notes, sneak peeks at upcoming episodes, AND — most importantly — bonus mini-episodes! Today on the podcast, we're playing three examples of what those minisodes will sound like.
    These are never-before-heard bonus recommendations from three popular recent guests: Flash Forward host https://followfridaypodcast.com/rose-eveleth (Rose Eveleth), EZPR founder https://followfridaypodcast.com/ed-zitron (Ed Zitron), and Washington Post humorist https://followfridaypodcast.com/alexandra-petri (Alexandra Petri). They talk about an https://twitter.com/MortuaryReport (accessibility consultant) who knows how to break writers' block, a https://twitter.com/simpfortyrie (semi-anonymous teenager) who's more knowledgeable about the NFL than anyone on ESPN, and a https://twitter.com/brotigupta (comedian/podcaster) whose tweets capture the zeitgeist.
    To get even more cool people to follow every month, visit https://www.patreon.com/followfriday (patreon.com/followfriday) and become a backer today. And if you have something you want to promote on the show, or a podcast or other creative project you want help with, check out the higher tiers there as well.
    Follow us:
    - This show is @followfridaypod on https://twitter.com/followfridaypod (Twitter), https://www.instagram.com/followfridaypod/ (Instagram), and https://www.tiktok.com/@followfridaypod/ (TikTok)
    - Eric is https://twitter.com/heyheyesj (@heyheyesj) on Twitter
    Like the show? Please visit https://lovethepodcast.com/followfriday (LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday) and leave a review on any of the platforms listed there. Your review will encourage new listeners to take a chance on Follow Friday.
    Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by https://www.fiverr.com/yonamarie (Yona Marie). Show art by https://www.fiverr.com/dodiihr (Dodi Hermawan). Additional music by https://www.purple-planet.com/ (Purple Planet Music).


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 23 min
    Franklin Leonard (The Black List): Ted Lasso, being a good ally, how to sell a book

    Franklin Leonard (The Black List): Ted Lasso, being a good ally, how to sell a book

    The Black List founder Franklin Leonard talks about some of his favorite people to follow online, including a generous soccer star and two activists working to make disabled people more visible.

    • 41 min
    Alexandra Petri (The Washington Post): Smuggling drugs in fish, the end of the universe, yelling at "Cats"

    Alexandra Petri (The Washington Post): Smuggling drugs in fish, the end of the universe, yelling at "Cats"

    (A full transcript of this episode is available at FollowFridayPodcast.com)

    Washington Post humorist and avowed pun enthusiast Alexandra Petri writes columns with headlines like, "Are you a Brood X cicada, or just someone emerging from pandemic isolation?"; "We must get everyone in America a yacht to protect them from gun violence!"; and "I do not wish to learn anything more about my wealthy husband's near demise (which would have been sad)."

    Her interests extend far beyond comedy and wordplay, however. Today on Follow Friday, she talks about being a diehard fan of newspaper comics, what she learned from visiting a UFO convention, why philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a "nightmare person," and more.

    Alexandra also talks with Eric Johnson about four people she follows online: A self-proclaimed "comics curmudgeon" who has hot takes about Mark Trail and Mary Worth; an astrophysicist studying how the universe might suddenly end (whatever!); a mysterious YouTuber who reads creepy stories from Wikipedia and Reddit; and a literature phD who also celebrates trashy movies like 2019's "Cats."

    Follow us:

    - Alexandra is @petridishes on Twitter, @petrifying on Facebook, and @thisusernameisterrible on Instagram

    - This show is @followfridaypod on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

    - Eric is @heyheyesj on Twitter

    Like the show? Please visit LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday and leave a review on any of the platforms listed there. Your review encourages new listeners to take a chance on Follow Friday.

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    Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by Yona Marie. Show art by Dodi Hermawan. Additional music by Purple Planet Music.

    • 38 min
    Rose Eveleth (Flash Forward): Underwater aliens, COVID journalism, the language of science

    Rose Eveleth (Flash Forward): Underwater aliens, COVID journalism, the language of science

    (A full transcript of this episode is available at FollowFridayPodcast.com).

    For more than six years, Rose Eveleth has hosted one of the best science podcasts around, Flash Forward. In every episode, she takes listeners on a trip to the future to explore "possible (and not so possible)" scenarios, such as: What if we killed all the mosquitoes? What if every volcano on Earth erupted at the same time? What if we never fixed any of the Y2K bugs?

    The podcast has also spawned an illustrated companion book, featuring comics based on Flash Forward episodes from artists such as Matt Lubchanksy, Sophie Goldstein, and Ben Passmore.

    On today's show, Rose talks with Eric Johnson about four people she follows online: A fellow enthusiast about marine biology she wants to be friends with; a brilliant writer she's already friends with who sends her top-notch TikToks; an award-winning science journalist who has inspired her to keep podcasting; and a one-of-a-kind consultant who's fluent in the languages of both journalists and scientists.


    Follow us:

    - Rose is @roseveleth on Twitter

    - This show is @followfridaypod on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok

    - Eric is @heyheyesj on Twitter


    Please leave a rating or review by going to LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday


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    Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by Yona Marie. Show art by Dodi Hermawan. Additional music by Purple Planet Music.

    • 30 min
    Ed Zitron (EZPR): Joker memes, baseball isn't boring, the best tweet ever

    Ed Zitron (EZPR): Joker memes, baseball isn't boring, the best tweet ever

    (Full transcript of this podcast available at FollowFridayPodcast.com)

    When he's not writing about the media and running a PR agency, Ed Zitron is probably on Twitter, where he's curated a perfect experience for himself: He follows fascinating people who represent what he cares about, and aggressively mutes what he doesn't care for, including words like "doge," "stonk," and "Gamestop."

    "It's a melting pot of crap, just like my brain," he says.

    On today's show, Ed puts talks about four of his favorite accounts on Twitter: A baseball analyst who seems like a genuinely fun person to hang out with; a talented videographer who makes cool stuff look cooler; a musician/webcomic artist who might kick your ass (at the right place and right time); and a corporate account that posted the greatest tweet in the history of Twitter.


    Follow us:
    - Ed is @edzitron on Twitter
    - This show is @followfridaypod on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok
    - Eric is @heyheyesj on Twitter

    Please leave a rating or review by going to LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday

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    Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by Yona Marie. Show art by Dodi Hermawan. Additional music by Purple Planet Music.

    • 35 min
    Adrianne Jeffries & Regina Dellea (Underunderstood): McMansions, dogs eating butter, persuading Joe Rogan

    Adrianne Jeffries & Regina Dellea (Underunderstood): McMansions, dogs eating butter, persuading Joe Rogan

    (Full transcript of this podcast available at FollowFridayPodcast.com).

    On the podcast they co-host, Underunderstood, journalists Adrianne Jeffries and Regina Dellea answer the questions that you can't resolve with a simple Google search. For example: Why does everyone in Japan attribute this one quote to Snoopy from Peanuts? Are America's telephone area codes all part of a big conspiracy? And why did people all over the US receive "mystery seeds" in the mail from China last year?

    But when they're not solving mysteries, Adrianne and Regina have been spending a lot of time on TikTok recently, so they went all-in for today's episode of Follow Friday: Four accounts they love on TikTok, including a comedian and her dorky husband; a polymath who also roasts McMansions; a trans musician and former Vine star; and a journalist/writer who makes feminism accessible to everyone.

    Follow us:
    - Adrianne is @adrjeffries on Twitter
    - Regina is @woahitsregina on Twitter
    - This show is @followfridaypod on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok (new!)
    - Eric is @heyheyesj on Twitter

    Please leave a rating or review by going to LoveThePodcast.com/FollowFriday

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    Theme song written by Eric Johnson, and performed by Yona Marie. Show art by Dodi Hermawan. Additional music by Purple Planet Music.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

waltm ,

Eric knows his stuff

Eric Johnson has been in the podcast biz for a long time. And he knows his stuff - how they’re made, why they’re made, what makes them good. He’s also been a critic for a long time (albeit of pop culture) so he knows how creative work relates to mainstream people. Put those talents together and you get Follow Friday - a podcast you can trust and enjoy. (Disclosure: Eric and I were colleagues, but he had nothing to do with my own podcast, which was produced by a different department of our employer.)

tomhollandspiderman ,

Fantastic podcast

I really love podcasts that come with fresh and new ideas, especially when they’re simple and useful ones — Follow Friday is so good as a podcast first but also fills my feed with new and interesting people that I didn’t know about ahead of time. It’s a great way to learn about different voices and to diversify your inputs on the internet.

JustEmilyC ,

Who knew I needed this.

I'm addicted to email newsletters so this podcast totally enables my addiction. I've gotten the best recommendations. Aside from the recs, Eric Johnson, the host, is just a nice guy. Also for a new podcaster (I think), he's great at making the interviews conversational instead of rote question/answer sessions. I'm excited for more to come.

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