285 episodes

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 • 6.9K 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.”

    Buffalo Chicken Wraps and Pop Starlet Stats (Katelilah)

    Buffalo Chicken Wraps and Pop Starlet Stats (Katelilah)

    This week, Kate is answering listener voicemails, like dishing on the culinary delight of buffalo chicken wraps while exploring the dynamics of grilled vs. breaded chicken. Then, she discusses how she thinks people conflate data about screen time overuse with general screen time use and rants about not buying into the “mom guilt.” She also delves into hot pop culture topics, including Taylor Swift's chart strategies against artists like Billie Eilish and Charli XCX, and revisits Olivia Rodrigo’s song “The Grudge.” She also discusses the new “It girls” of pop, like Chappell Roan, Sabrina Carpenter, and Renee Rapp, and finishes answering a question about her plans for Teddy to have siblings. Enjoy!

    03:18 Musings of a Buffalo Chicken Wrap Enthusiast

    05:14 I don't care what I'm getting; I demand breading

    16:21 Screen Time and Parenting

    38:11 New Pop "It Girls" - Renee Rapp, Chapelle Roan, Sabrina Carpenter

    53:07 Charli XCX and the Taylor Swift Chart Controversy

    01:30:57 Personal Reflections: Siblings and Parenthood

    • 1 hr 41 min
    Let’s Get This Show on the Rodent

    Let’s Get This Show on the Rodent

    This week, Kate critiques the stagnant nature of traditional Father's Day gift guides and compares them to the rapidly changing trends for women like “office siren,” which leads her to snorkel through the current male microtrend: having a “rat boy summer” or taking on a “rodent boyfriend.” She also discusses how aggressive the gals on TikTok are getting about items being on sale and reflects upon why she’s being followed by a product called Bovine colostrum. Then, after a detour about irreverent bumper stickers, she formally responds to a clip she heard on New Heights where some of the Kelce’s takes about D-COMs were just plain D-wrong, and provides a framework involving DCOM cinema that will help you determine if you’re an old or young millennial. She also talks about TV ratings and how naive we can be about what we think is popular versus what’s truly mainstream and complains about the Curse of Oak Island doing the least but getting the most ratings relative to ladies like the Housewives whose lives implode on television for meager hype. The conversation also touches on reproductive rights, the volume of IVF-related news this week, and, lastly, celebrates millennial dads breaking traditional molds amid reflections on her own motherhood journey. Kate wraps up by inviting audience feedback for the podcast's future direction in a shifting industry landscape. Can you tell this was AI-generated? Enjoy!

    00:37 The Eternal Struggle of Men's Gift Guides

    04:06 Micro Trends and Aesthetics for Women

    08:35 The Rise of 'Rat Boy Summer' and Male Aesthetics

    11:16 The Impact of TikTok Ads and Shopping Trends

    30:05 Nostalgic Dive into Disney Channel Original Movies

    36:24 Millennial Disney Channel Divides

    37:28 High School Musical: A Cultural Shift

    44:00 Bumper Stickers That Must Be Stopped

    48:09 The Curse of Oak Island: A TV Phenomenon

    49:05 TV Ratings and Reality Shows

    54:21 Diving into Reproductive Rights

    55:50 Navigating Infertility and IVF

    01:16:59 The Reality of Parenting and Partnerships

    01:17:26 Celebrating Millennial Dads

    01:29:13 Podcast Future and Listener Feedback

    • 1 hr 33 min
    • video
    Heir Bud

    Heir Bud

    This week, Kate is solo and snorkeling through some of the latest and oldest of topics, like time. She warms up by wandering through things like grandfather clocks, the true crime history of the Magdalene Laundries (aka "Maggies") in Ireland, Harrison Butker’s speech, lyrics where people quote Taylor Swift but don’t realize she’s quoting someone else, and ponders why we treat punctuality like it’s an inherent virtue to the human condition when people had no way of knowing the precise time until the 18th century. Then, she crowdsources on IG in real time people's thoughts about having heirlooms as millennials in an era of fast fashion and furniture, highlighting the statement pieces of yesteryear that are incredibly pricey to maintain and whose experts are dying off. Then Kate goes off on a tangent about lucrative niche trade careers, like fixing grandfather clocks and elevator technicians, in case anyone's in the mood for a career pivot. Very random, they can't all be hits, enjoy!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Millennial Ennui: The Sequel (with Emily Henry)

    Millennial Ennui: The Sequel (with Emily Henry)

    This week, beloved #1 best-selling author Emily Henry (Beach Read, Book Lovers, Happy Place, etc.) is back for Millennial Ennui: the Sequel to chat about her latest romance novel, Funny Story. Kate and Em Hen (she delusionally thinks they’re BFFs/on a nickname basis) talk about a variety of topics, from gift shop enthusiasm to the characters we problematically root for in RomComs, to the prevalence of fudge in touristy areas. They also discuss female friendships, what it’s like behind-the-scenes to adapt books to the big screen, and explore the intricacies of female characters in Emily's books and the related challenges faced by women in their 30s—touching on breakups, motherhood desires, and societal expectations. The convo also dances through Taylor Swift's songwriting, the struggles of writing deadlines, and the wonders of libraries as havens for diverse stories and support. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 49 min
    The Art of Small Talk (with Jessica St. Clair)

    The Art of Small Talk (with Jessica St. Clair)

    This week, Kate’s chatting with co-author of the audiobook The Art of Small Talk (also actress, comedian, host of The Deep Dive podcast), Jessica St. Clair. Jessica shares her personal experience with the gift of gab and gives advice about the art of casual conversation, with topics ranging from how to be friendly with neighbors to stories about pleasant celeb run-ins. Overall, a joyful interaction that is essentially a celebration of the joys of everyday interactions. Enjoy! 

    Beths in Show (talking WAGs with Haley Pepper)

    Beths in Show (talking WAGs with Haley Pepper)

    This week, Kate interviews podcast listener and NFL WAG Haley Pepper, who shares her experiences with a lot of BTI5 adjacent topics, like pageants, Bama sororities, and being in a relationship with a professional athlete. She discusses the misconceptions and realities of this lifestyle, including the lack of job security, the high expenses, and the pressure of constantly moving and adapting, along with the challenges of motherhood. Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
6.9K Ratings

6.9K Ratings

jn987654321 ,

My favorite podcast!

Kate is so relatable, smart, funny, and genuine no matter the topic. From nostalgic topics to pop culture, and current events, Kate brings a fresh perspective to everything she shares. She is the friend you hear from without having to ask & has built a supportive community!

KLP.44 ,

Love this pod

Kate is incredibly witty and so fun to listen to!

LadyDianaFranco ,

My safest space

This podcast was the most amazing discovery for me a few years ago. Kate Kennedy is an astute observer and participant in pop culture both past and present, and her witticisms keep the episodes consistently funny and poignant. I never miss an episode. What I love more is the community Kate has built around the podcast, a community of thoughtful listeners whom she often engages with in other spaces online in addition to the pod feed. In Kate, I feel I have a parasocial friend who is always down to talk about the things that uniquely interest me and my peers, while providing insight I never knew I needed. It is my safest space online, and I’m thrilled to be a BETH.

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