18 episodes

Introducing the podcast you’ve been missing - the type of self-help that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Tune in to hear everyone's best friend Jess DeBakey chat with her guests (and herself) about low moments in life that are actually opportunities to grow.

Follow @peakingpodcast on IG for more ~times~

Peaking Jess DeBakey

    • Comedy
    • 5.0 • 47 Ratings

Introducing the podcast you’ve been missing - the type of self-help that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Tune in to hear everyone's best friend Jess DeBakey chat with her guests (and herself) about low moments in life that are actually opportunities to grow.

Follow @peakingpodcast on IG for more ~times~

    What If I Told You None of It Was Accidental (HUGE Announcement!)

    What If I Told You None of It Was Accidental (HUGE Announcement!)

    Jess is still not a Swiftie, though the contents of this special announcement episode have been in the vault for a couple of months now. Amidst her usual rambles, distractions, and stream of conscious feelings, Jess is ecstatic to share with the boo fam the launch of a brand new podcast (cohosted with her friend and former guest Caroline Winkler): Not For Everyone.

    Go support her growing podcast dreams by following on Instagram @not4everyonepod, and look out for the first episode on December 8th, 2022!!! She couldn't have done it without y'all and looks forward to popping into Peaking every now and again for continued connections with her day ones.

    Peaking IG: @peakingpodcast

    Not For Everyone IG: @not4everyonepod

    Jess's Personal IG: @jzdebakey

    Caroline's Personal IG: @thegoodsitter

    Caroline's YouTube Channel: @Caroline_Angelica

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    Intro/Outro Music: "Have Mercy On Us" by Air Kid

    Episode Title Lyric: "Mastermind" by Taylor Swift

    • 29 min
    I Got New Rules, I Count 'Em (Jess Thots Goes [Even More] Rogue)

    I Got New Rules, I Count 'Em (Jess Thots Goes [Even More] Rogue)

    LOLOLOL right when you thought you had me allllll figured out. "That Jess, she got a a new job and suddenly doesn't have time for us anymore." THINK AGAIN! I may not have time (read: energy/patience/motivation) to edit a highly polished episode for you, but I always have tons to say. So here's a random Jess Thots episode on a Tuesday morning* because THERE ARE NO RULES.

    Anyway. I don't know the next time you'll hear from me, but I promise I'll be back soon. Preferably when you least expect it again - like a dude you just got over who's craving attention because the girl he usually texts finally found a guy that treats her right, and his mom is busy at a conference or something.

    *Correction: Monday night

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    Intro/Outro Music: "Have Mercy On Us" by Air Kid

    Episode Title Lyric: "New Rules" by Dua Lipa

    • 30 min
    Oh, My Life is Changing Everyday (feat. In Bed With Books)

    Oh, My Life is Changing Everyday (feat. In Bed With Books)

    🚨FIRST COLLAB ALERT🚨

    In this episode, Jess takes part in her very first podcast collab! She was thrilled when the ladies of In Bed With Books (Bethany and Melissa) reached out to guest on each other's shows, even though that meant she'd have to read. Connecting with new people seems to supersede that for her - noted!

    The ladies discuss all things celebrity crushes, astrology, and of course peaking. Bethany and Melissa share about their time moving abroad for the grad program where they met, a particularly challenging time for them both but for very different reasons. Before getting into it with her guests though, of course Jess had to bring you some of her trademark chaotic energy, giving the boo fam an update on her new job and ongoing existential crisis.

    You can find In Bed With Books on Instagram @inbedwithbookspod and check out their YouTube channel for full videos of their episodes (including the one with Jess!). Or, if you're more of an audio purist, go find it on Apple, Spotify, or Google Podcasts - it's the May 2, 2022 episode.

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    Intro/Outro Music: "Have Mercy On Us" by Air Kid

    Episode Title Lyric: "Dreams" by The Cranberries

    • 1 hr 20 min
    I Don't Know Why but I Feel Like Freedom (feat. Alex Martinez)

    I Don't Know Why but I Feel Like Freedom (feat. Alex Martinez)

    Back to the OG "interview" format, in this episode Jess goes deep with her fitness coach and friend, Alex Martinez. Alex opens up about his journey coming out as trans, from those little moments growing up that started to accumulate all the way through to his post-transition life and how he's turned his authentic self into his superpower. This episode is full of breakthroughs, pushes both of them to uncomfortable places of growth and learning, and of course hinges on the innate connection between two water sign brethren (Alex the Pisces to Jess' Cancer). It was a gift to have him on the show.

    Alex is the owner of Above the Bar (ATB), a personal and small group training gym in Chicago that works with clients holistically in the gym, kitchen, and their lives. All are welcomed, empowered, encouraged, important & respected at ATB. And, if you decide to pop in, you may see your very own Jess (or JZ as she is known when lifting heavy weights) cracking jokes and getting those gains. You can find him on Instagram @abovethebar.life.

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    Intro/Outro Music: "Have Mercy On Us" by Air Kid

    Episode Title Lyric: "Freedom" by Jon Batiste

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Had a Little Love but I Spread It Thin (Jess Thots Vol. Who's Counting)

    Had a Little Love but I Spread It Thin (Jess Thots Vol. Who's Counting)

    So, Jess lied when she said there wouldn't be another Jess Thots anytime soon. After pushing her Peaking schedule back and taking a week of rest, she felt it was time to ~address the public~ and fill the boo fam in on what's gotten her so drained lately. Her realization? You can be burnt out from things other than a full-time job, and you can even be burnt out from things you love to do! Wild. Also, a much anticipated update on her job search, and some TV recommendations for those days when you're screening everyone's calls.

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    Intro/Outro Music: "Have Mercy On Us" by Air Kid

    Episode Title Lyric: "Perfectly Lonely" by John Mayer

    • 28 min
    This Is Family Business (Jess Thots feat. Aleka Farha)

    This Is Family Business (Jess Thots feat. Aleka Farha)

    In this new wave version of Jess Thots, Jess opens up her internal monologue to a guest: her cousin (not first) Aleka Farha. In this cousin kiki, they have a raw conversation about the ambiguity of their Middle Eastern heritage, commiserating over shared experiences around microaggressions and racial identity in a post 9/11 America. Ultimately, they just wish the boxes on a standardized test or job application would leave room for them; or, how about the wild concept of getting rid of those boxes altogether?

    Aleka is an independent consultant, an activist, and the host of her own podcast - What in the Actual Factual (WITAF). You can follow WITAF on Instagram for all things current events, social justice, and more.

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    Intro/Outro Music: "Have Mercy On Us" by Air Kid

    Episode Title Lyric: "Family Business" by Kanye West

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

LovesWordswFriends ,

Just started listening and LOVE 💗

So happy to have found you via Caroline and so darn happy you guys are starting a new podcast 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
Congratulations 🎉

lucyirish ,

Such wonderful life advice and perspectives

She does such an amazing job! Her voice is so soothing to me for some reason. I love it! She has great stuff she talks about, super relatable. And I love when she has other people on as well. It’s still just as captivating as her solo pods! Jess your doing an incredible job. I just listened to your bday pod and can relate to all you said about turning 30! Way to go babe! Happy birthday! I’m proud of you! Thank you for all you do!

b00tznCatz ,

Super Relatable

Okay I am REALLY enjoying these episodes. Jess is easy to listen to - she has a v pleasant voice (lol) but also just talks in an eloquent-yet-really-relatable way. I’ve enjoyed hearing the guest episodes and the “peaking” theme really comes through nicely on each one. Give this a listen!!

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