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.
Hun For The Money (MLM & Insta Coaching Deep Dive)
This week, Kate takes on the Venn diagram of Instagram “life coaches,” self-help gurus, manifesting babes, and multi-level marketing #girlbosses that peddle the (often) false hope of financial freedom and entrepreneurial dreams through uncomfortable emoji-laden texts and Facebook messages. She discusses the problem with influencers selling one-size-fits-all solutions based on their anecdotal business experience and then reads crowd sourced stories from listeners who have been on the receiving end of MLM and entrenprenHERial outreach. Enjoy!
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I Just Believe in Parties!
TW: First 12 minutes contains discussion of the events, imagery, and groups present at the insurrection at the Capitol on 1/6
This week, Kate couldn’t help but wonder if influencers who refuse to acknowledge issues important to their following are perhaps still hung up on that time Samantha Jones (RIP) said she doesn't believe in the Republican or Democratic party, she just believes in parties!!! This episode (outside of comparing influencers that are unwilling to engage in substantive discussions to decorative cocktail napkins) is a mostly serious stream of consciousness about the discussion surrounding influencers' responses to the attempted coup that took place at the US Capitol January 6th. Similar to previous episodes surrounding COVID and social injustice, Kate details how she approaches politically adjacent topics as both an influencer and observer, talks about what she (and other listeners) have said they think are non-negotiables, explores the nuance of how and why people choose not to engage, the implications of not doing so, and the importance of consistency in values-driven content going forward. There's probably an Emily in Paris or Turtle Freak Lane rant in there somewhere too? She can't help herself. Enjoy!
Somewhere Hungover the Rainbow
This week, Kate’s feeling metaphorically hungover from 2020 and is providing you some hot takes on a cold January night for a distraction in an ever-chaotic world. Recorded prior to (and cut off due to) the events today in DC, this episode includes discussions about:
Neighborhoods trying the hardest to sound rich
Turtle Creek Lane’s new Mercedes
Kim & Kanye’s divorce
Freckled Fox’s separation
A mini deep dive of SimplySuzys' Instagram bait-and-switch
Are Instagram growth coaches the new MLM?
A review of Meghan & Harry’s new podcast
A Portrait of The Artist of a Young Woman in 2011
A snorkel about money laundering via fine art donation
A Pinterest tangent that’s cut short when she finds out about DC and then abruptly ends the episode.
Enjoy-- and hang in there.
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Beth of Both Worlds
A fireside heart to heart via a double episode to keep you company through the end of 2020! In this episode, Kate recorded a holiday heart to heart, asking listeners what questions/topics they'd want to discuss if they were sitting down for dinner together. From wine selection at a dinner party, to what her experience has been like with other podcasters, what she'd say if she met TS, advice for those who are single, to hearing more about her husband and family, what she'd teach her younger self, Christmas traditions, and more, Kate opens up about a variety of new topics. Here's to Better Days in 2021!
Evermore than you bargained for (bonus)
In this bonus episode, Kate was trying to do a "quick recap" of all of the discussion and mystery surrounding Taylor Swift's 9th studio album’s surprise release. However, it is not quick and recap might be a generous word since she felt like she hasn't listened enough to go song-by-song. Yet she still manages to talk about it for like, evermore, and shares her observations surrounding this album, e.g. the comparisons to folklore, the theories leading up to (and the theories following) the sister album's release, the potential trilogy, the Woodvale of it all, the easter eggs, the weird TikTok theories, literary references, some of her favorite lyrics/themes/callbacks, her general interest in mystical witchlike subcultures, and then talks about Champagne Problems for way too long. Enjoy?
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2020 Recap with Comments by Celebs
This week, Kate is joined by Julie Kramer and Emma Diamond from Comments by Celebs to rapid fire recap some recent pop culture news, i.e. Olivia Jade’s Red Table Talk, Kristin Cavallari & Austin (vs Madison and Jay and Shannon??), Evermore, Kardashians on Hulu, etc. They also recap some of 2020's notable celeb/influencer news, i.e. being obsessed with Love is Blind and Tiger King, Kourtney & Addison's friendship, Charli D'Amelio's fame and attempted "cancellation," cancel culture as a whole, Vanessa Hudgens, Ellen, Demi & Max, RHOSLC, Carl Lentz, among other topics. They also talk about the business and day to day of CBC as well as the most popular & prolific celeb commenters. Enjoy!
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Like a Wine Night With Friends
I absolutely love listening to BTI5. Kate gets me through my long commutes to and from work. I think the best part of it overall is that I feel like I’m hanging out with my friends just taking about the random stuff that goes through my brain. I have never felt like my love for all things pop culture has ever been so validated. I often find myself genuinely LOL’ing the car or even crying depending on the episode. Keep up the great work, Kate :)
Let’s go back, back to the beginning
I used to love Kate's soothing voice rambling in my ears about baby showers, early 2000’s trends and being afraid to become a mother. But lately I feel like each time I listen, I hear the same (very long) spiel about leaving corporate America and going viral with doormats and not wanting to start a flooring empire... etc etc. There seems to be a lot of concern for the proverbial new listeners and less consideration for those of us who have been listening forever. The self awareness is lacking these days :(
Kate actually feels like a friend of mine.
I could listen to Kate’s insights and takes for hours. In fact, I do! She is able to beautifully articulate things I’ve been feeling for years. So grateful I found this podcast!