15 episodes

This podcast is for anyone who instinctively spells out their name after saying it, shares a name with a war criminal, or chose a new name because they were done with their original one. Even if you haven't experienced any of the above, you're still welcome to enjoy it. Hosted by Defector's Giri Nathan and Samer Kalaf. Produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. Show art by Tara Jacoby.

Namedropping Namedropping

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 45 Ratings

This podcast is for anyone who instinctively spells out their name after saying it, shares a name with a war criminal, or chose a new name because they were done with their original one. Even if you haven't experienced any of the above, you're still welcome to enjoy it. Hosted by Defector's Giri Nathan and Samer Kalaf. Produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. Show art by Tara Jacoby.

    A Stumble of Keriths with Kerith Burke

    A Stumble of Keriths with Kerith Burke

    For our season finale, Warriors reporter Kerith Burke sends us on a quest to find people who share her name. Pit stops include: a prolific novelist, an encounter with Oprah, and a complicated relationship with people named Keith.

    You can find more of Kerith Burke's work on Instagram, Twitter, and Bluesky @KerithBurke. You can find us on Instagram @namedroppingpod or send us an email at namedropping@defector.com.

    Namedropping is hosted by Giri Nathan and Samer Kalaf, and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. Our editor is Justin Ellis, and our supervising producer is Alex Sujong Laughlin. Our production assistant is Jae Towle Vieira. Defector Media is a collectively owned, subscriber-based media company. If you love this podcast and want to support us, subscribe at defector.com.

    • 37 min
    Names to Wage Struggle with Edward Onaci

    Names to Wage Struggle with Edward Onaci

    Historian Edward Onaci talks about naming practices in the Black Power Movement, how hip hop influenced his academic interests, and why sometimes the sound of a name is just as important as its literal meaning.

    You can find more of Edward’s work on Instagram @onaci7. You can also read more about his research in his book, Free the Land, available at uncpress.org/book/9781469656144/free-the-land. You can find us on Instagram @namedroppingpod or send us an email at namedropping@defector.com.

    Namedropping is hosted by Giri Nathan and Samer Kalaf, and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. Our editor is Justin Ellis, and our supervising producer is Alex Sujong Laughlin. Our production assistant is Jae Towle Vieira. Defector Media is a collectively owned, subscriber-based media company. If you love this podcast and want to support us, subscribe at defector.com.

    • 35 min
    Named by the Stars with Naveen Farrani

    Named by the Stars with Naveen Farrani

    Naveen Kundanmal (now Farrani!) talks about legal name changes, a spooky encounter at a taco place, and following in their mom’s footsteps by changing their whole entire name.

    You can find more of Naveen's work on Instagram @HotTubTimeNaveen. You can learn more about Equality Texas's work at equalitytexas.org or across social media platforms @EqualityTexas. You can find us on Instagram @namedroppingpod or send us an email at namedropping@defector.com.

    Namedropping is hosted by Giri Nathan and Samer Kalaf, and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. Our editor is Justin Ellis, and our supervising producer is Alex Sujong Laughlin. Our production assistant is Jae Towle Vieira. Defector Media is a collectively owned, subscriber-based media company. If you love this podcast and want to support us, subscribe at defector.com.

    • 40 min
    Your Name Is Your Lifesaver with Xian Zhao

    Your Name Is Your Lifesaver with Xian Zhao

    Psychologist Xian Zhao talks about using his own name in his research, going by the nickname “WTO,” and why pronouncing people’s names correctly is so important.

    You can find more of Xian's work on Google Scholar. You can find us on Instagram @namedroppingpod or send us an email at namedropping@defector.com.

    Namedropping is hosted by Giri Nathan and Samer Kalaf, and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. Our editor is Justin Ellis, and our supervising producer is Alex Sujong Laughlin. Our production assistant is Jae Towle Vieira. Defector Media is a collectively owned, subscriber-based media company. If you love this podcast and want to support us, subscribe at defector.com.

    • 29 min
    The Geography of a Name with Thomas Dai

    The Geography of a Name with Thomas Dai

    Writer Thomas Dai talks about the many places baked into his name, an infamous instance of literary yellowface, and how labels can create structure in our lives.

    You can find more of Thomas's work on his website, thomasndai.com. You can find us on Instagram @namedroppingpod or send us an email at namedropping@defector.com.

    Namedropping is hosted by Giri Nathan and Samer Kalaf, and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. Our editor is Justin Ellis, and our supervising producer is Alex Sujong Laughlin. Our production assistant is Jae Towle Vieira. Defector Media is a collectively owned, subscriber-based media company. If you love this podcast and want to support us, subscribe at defector.com.

    • 38 min
    A Street Rat Named Desire with Alli Katz

    A Street Rat Named Desire with Alli Katz

    Cartoonist Alli Katz talks about giving her kids the coolest names possible, her alternate life as Allison Williams, and how her name made her funnier.

    You can find more of Alli's work on Instagram @allikatz. You can find us on Instagram @namedroppingpod or send us an email at namedropping@defector.com.

    Namedropping is hosted by Giri Nathan and Samer Kalaf, and produced by Ozzy Llinas Goodman. Our editor is Justin Ellis, and our supervising producer is Alex Sujong Laughlin. Our production assistant is Jae Towle Vieira. Defector Media is a collectively owned, subscriber-based media company. If you love this podcast and want to support us, subscribe at defector.com.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

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Delightful little podcast

Really enjoying this!!! Each ep is self-contained and filled with warmth and mirth and just a touch of absurdity. Keep up the good work gents!

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